Small Presses: Little Gems with Big Impact

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Small presses are having a moment, and for good reason. Some of our favorite new releases this year have come from publishers you may not have heard of, but which are publishing books you absolutely need in your life if you love great literature. Read the rest of this entry »

Southern Festival of Books Preview, Part II: What Really Inspires Nashville Authors Alice Randall, Tiana Clark, and Sarah Hays Coomer

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Meet the authors this weekend at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville! (photo: Lisa Eveleigh for

Authors: they play the Hamilton soundtrack nonstop, just like us. (And they geek out over great sushi, a perfect poem, and hilarious stand-up comedy.) We asked three Nashville writers who will be reading and signing at the Southern Festival of Books this weekend, October 14-16, to tell us more about what keeps them going between projects, all about their pop culture guilty pleasures, and who’s doing work they envy. Read the rest of this entry »

Southern Festival of Books Preview: Q&A with Novelists Angela Flournoy, Megan Abbott, and Brad Watson

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If you’ve been to the Southern Festival of Books before, you know that every year seems to outdo the last with its lineup of superstar authors and emerging talents. True to form, this year does not disappoint. We hope you’ll eat your Wheaties, don your comfortable shoes, and join us this Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16 downtown on the legislative plaza. As a preview, we talked to three fiction writers who will be visiting Nashville for the events. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Next Favorite Reads, Selected by Your Own Personal Booknerds

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(Booksellers Sissy and Tristan with some of the books our staff love so much they’re recommending them to you.)

Ever wish you had a personal assistant to help you get more done in a day? We can’t quite offer that (trust us, we can’t even remember to pick up our own dry cleaning); but we can offer you a cadre of personal book-shoppers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Authors in Real Life: What You Didn’t Know about Rick Riordan

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You may think you know a lot about Rick Riordan. For example, you probably know that he’s the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, and the Trials of Apollo. You might know that he has just established his own imprint at Disney, through which he’ll be publishing books written by others about the mythologies of different cultures. If you have an older elementary or middle school aged child, you definitely know that his public appearances draw Beatlemania-type crowds — as he’s sure to do on tour for his latest book, The Hammer of Thor, the second adventure chronicling the exploits of Riordan’s newest hero, Magnus Chase. Read the rest of this entry »

History Repeats Itself (In Literature Anyway): What Is It About 1969?

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Call it coincidence or maybe synchronicity, but 1969 just keeps coming up in books this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Authors in Real Life: A Quick Quiz with Leigh Bardugo and Traci Chee

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What do your favorite writers do when they’re not writing? Where do they go? What do they watch, eat, and think about when they’re not living and breathing their work? We gave two creators of young adult fiction — #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo and rising star on the YA scene Traci Chee — the Authors in Real Life quiz to find out what makes them tick. Their answers will surprise and delight you. Read the rest of this entry »