Middle School Booksellers Report: What We’re Really Reading This Summer

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If you’ve been in the young readers section of our store lately, you may have seen a couple of middle schoolers wearing name tags and hanging around. These bookstore kids (kind of like shop dogs, but human — the children of booksellers) spend a lot of time reading while their mom is working, and this year they struck a deal: for every required summer-reading book they had to read for school, they were allowed to pick a couple of books they wanted just for fun. Here’s their list of the ones they loved best. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: The Hard Sells of Summer

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Karl and I went to Norway back in May. Ever the intrepid reporter, I was writing a piece for Conde Nast Traveler (it will be in the August issue), and I brought what I hoped would be the right number of books, but it didn’t work out. I ran out just before we left Oslo, and so Karl and I found a bookstore where I could get something to read on the plane. Read the rest of this entry »

Patrick Ryan Nails the Tricky Ending (and Tells Ann Patchett All About It)

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Patrick Ryan and I met in Italy in 1999 and have been pretty much inseparable ever since. What more do you need to know? He’s the brother I always wanted. Given the circumstances of our friendship (part of this book was written in my house), our regular author interviewer and Musing editor Mary Laura Philpott decided to take the day off and let me drive the interview bus. Here are the results of that conversation. – Ann Patchett Read the rest of this entry »

From First Word to Final Edit: How Author and Editor Bring a Book to Life

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Everyone interested in the process of how a book makes it from a writer’s imagination to the light of day in a bookstore, listen up: John Gregory Brown, author of the new novel A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, and editor Lee Boudreaux will visit Nashville together this week to discuss how they worked together to bring out the best in Brown’s new story. Read the rest of this entry »

Modern Family: Real Life on the Road with Emma Straub

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Two years ago, Nashvillians met novelist Emma Straub during her stint here as a visiting writer at Vanderbilt. Having read early copies of her soon-to-be-breakout bestseller, The Vacationers, we at the bookstore didn’t think we could love the author of this book more — that is, until we got to know Straub and her delightful family. The Straubs went back to New York despite our pleas to stay in Nashville forever; but now Emma’s coming back for a visit, this time with another story (again, a bestseller), the tale of college friends all grown-up and navigating adulthood, Modern Lovers. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Celebrations! A Scavenger Hunt, Shop Dogs’ Birthday Party, and Harry Potter Pre-Orders

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Score shop dog buttons and more in this summer’s scavenger hunt!

We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, are running the store this month and would like to invite you to join us for a game! It’s kind of like fetch, but a little different.  Read the rest of this entry »

Monsters and Mankind at War in Victoria Schwab’s Vivid Imagination

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A New York Times-bestselling author, Nashville native, and world traveler who roams the globe to research, write, and promote her books, Victoria Schwab is currently in a phase of her career one might describe as “on fire.” With 11 books under her belt — a mix of adult fantasy, YA, and middle-grade fiction — she seems to have an endless imaginative well from which to draw inspiration. Dark themes abound in her work, perhaps more so than ever in her new novel, This Savage Song.
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