Where Their Stories Started: Novelists Celeste Ng and Shanthi Sekaran

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Clear your calendar for the evening of Thursday, September 28. You won’t want to miss this double-header: Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, and Shanthi Sekaran, author of Lucky Boy, together in conversation, with a special introduction by Ann Patchett. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Dees, Author and Host of Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, on Music and Mississippi History

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If you’re a book-lover and you’re not keeping tabs on the literary scene in Mississippi, you’re missing out. To change that, let’s start by introducing you to Jim Dees: author, editor, and host of the legendary Thacker Mountain Radio Hour literary and music variety show. Meet him here at Parnassus Books on Friday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. for a night of literary conversation and entertainment by musical guests including JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic and more. Read the rest of this entry »

From Toddlers to Teens: Favorites for Everyone!

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If the young readers in your house need something new to read, we’ve got them covered. Check out our back issues of staff favorites or come look at the newest selections on our shelves. Here are a few our booksellers are especially loving right now: Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann (and Geraldine): History Lesson

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Not too long ago I was out walking Sparky when one of my neighbors stopped me on the street and asked me what she should read on vacation. I’m good at this game. I asked her what she liked. Read the rest of this entry »

Music City Food & Wine (& Books)

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It’s a two-part question: If you were invited to a fantasy literary-culinary potluck, what author (living or dead) would you bring as your guest, and what dish would you bring? We asked six chefs who’ll be in attendance at the Music City Food and Wine festival on September 15-17, 2017, when culinary experts from around the country come to show off their skills in Nashville. Here’s what they said: Read the rest of this entry »

Fall’s Big Books Are Starting to Arrive (And You’re Going to Love Them)

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Hellooooo, September. Just as fashion-lovers grab the giant new issue of Vogue and give their closets an overhaul at this time each year, book-lovers know it’s time to clear off some space and give the bookshelves a makeover. Here are the new fiction and nonfiction titles we’re wild about right now — plus a few we’re just getting around to that absolutely deserve a mention.  Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Context

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There are a lot of different ways to read Jesmyn Ward’s new novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, and one of them is as a stand-alone achievement: a beautifully written story of a family’s struggle through poverty, prison, and drugs, bound together by the tremendous protection of the love they feel for one another. If you read the book this way you’ll probably have a great experience with it. Read the rest of this entry »