Notes from Ann: A Day at the Races

Posted on Updated on

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 10.18.04 AM
(All photos in this post: John Midgley / National Book Critics Circle)

The National Book Critics Circle Awards is a two-night event. The first night each of the finalists reads for three minutes. Some years it doesn’t work so well — someone decides to read for 20 minutes and everyone else gets grumpy — but this year was magic. Every reader was both wonderful and on time. I can’t remember when I’ve felt luckier to be anywhere. New York was freezing and snow banked, and some of the authors got snowed out, but many of the people who missed the first night made it to the awards ceremony the second night. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Exit West Is a Must-Read

Posted on Updated on

exitwest

We’ve been so enamored with the novel Exit West around here since we read early copies — it’s been darn near impossible to wait to talk about it. What a joy it is to be able to share it with readers this month at last!  Read the rest of this entry »

Authors in Real Life: Michael Farris Smith

Posted on Updated on

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 1.01.34 PM.png

“I love gritty — and this is the ultimate grit,” says Parnassus Book Clubs manager Kathy Schultenover. If you’ve been in the store when Kathy’s on duty lately, you’ve likely heard her pitch for Desperation Road, the new novel by Michael Farris Smith. She compares it to fiction by Tom Franklin, Ron Rash, William Gay, and Larry Brown — and says fans of True Detective would love it. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Preview: 5 Guest Authors Pick 10 Upcoming Favorites

Posted on Updated on

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 1.36.25 PM

Generally, we don’t post about books that aren’t out yet. This is a bookstore, after all, and if you get excited about a book, we want you to be able to walk right in and get it. But over the weekend, Nashville experienced a nasty cold snap. After weeks of temps in the 70s, blue skies, and budding flowers, Mother Nature came along and snowed on our parade, plunging us back into winter. You can understand why we’d feel the need to think ahead to sunnier times. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Panic, Parents: Great Spring Break Reading for Kids and Teens

Posted on Updated on

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 1.42.42 PM.png

Whether you’re headed out of town or hunkering down for a restful staycation, there’s bound to come a time when someone says, “I’m bored.” That’s where these books come in. Stop by the store or place your order online (just click the title of any book on the list), and we’ll get you all set up for a week off school.  Read the rest of this entry »

26 Books We Strongly But Politely Insist You Read

Posted on Updated on

FullSizeRender-4.jpg

So many good books, so little time. These are the books our booksellers are reading in their downtime, and they’d like you to read them right now. Or as soon as you can. At your convenience really. But soon, please. Thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

Mercy & Magic: An Evening with Mary Gauthier and Wally Lamb

Posted on Updated on

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 1.57.28 PM.png

Ah, celebrity pals: Oprah and Gayle. George and Brad. Tina and Amy. Mary and Wally.

You know, Mary Gauthier and Wally Lamb. Read the rest of this entry »