Scenes from a Saturday

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Ask anyone who works in retail, and they’ll tell you, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is crazy. It’s the last month of the last quarter of the year, and all of humanity is out turbo-shopping. It requires extra staff, extra inventory, and an extra bit of good humor. And you know what? We love it.

When we opened our doors three years ago, we wanted to give Nashville back something it had lost: a bookstore. Not just somewhere to buy books — although, yes, certainly that — but a haven for book lovers, a place of connection for readers and writers, a home away from home for admirers of the literary arts. Right now, in this busiest of busy seasons, the store is all those things at once.

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Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday, which for independent bookstores means it was also IndiesFirst day, when authors everywhere were encouraged to pitch in as volunteer booksellers at their nearest bookshop. Lucky for us, local authors jumped at the opportunity, working two and three and four to a shift, and saying an enthusiastic YES to every task they were offered.

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They’re multi-talented!

 

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Fun fact about Ann Patchett: She’s not just a bestselling author and bookstore co-owner. She can REALLY work a roll of tape at the gift wrap table.
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Authors Jessica Young and Julie Danielson take over storytime, entertaining a rapt young audience with some holiday picture books.

 

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Authors Rae Ann Parker and Tracy Barrett, plus Barrett’s pooch (held here by our Niki) — guest shop dog for the day!

 

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Authors JT Ellison, Ariel Lawhon, Paige Crutcher, and Lisa Patton were delighted to see each other.

 

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As long as we had authors on staff for the day, we figured they could come up with a few staff recommendations. Paige Crutcher, JT Ellison, and Ariel Lawhon put their stamps of approval on these books and created shelf-talkers.

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Author Tony Earley chats with Ann. Wait a minute. This doesn’t look like working. Are they on a break? GET BACK TO WORK. TONY AND ANN.
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Authors Lisa Patton and Kristin Tubb, with Niki, about to start their shift.

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Our guest author-booksellers did more than just sell books. They acted as official marketing deputies, too, as many of them took to social media to encourage shoppers to come into the store or shop online.

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Even the authors who couldn’t be here in person were here in spirit!

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Historian Jon Meacham declares this store intergalactically superior, more or less.

 

By afternoon, the shop was ready for the next round of holidays, thanks in part to author Ruta Sepetys, who got the tree all lit up.*

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Fingers that type novels are perfect for stringing up tiny lights.

 

Huge thanks to all our customers, near and far, plus all the authors who joined Parnassus Books for IndiesFirst day. We so appreciate your support and friendship: Ruta Sepetys • Courtney C. Stevens • Jessica Young • Julie Danielson • Tony Earley • TJ Jarrett • Kim Teter • DG Driver • Tracy Barrett • Jeff High • Rae Ann Parker • Ariel Lawhon • JT Ellison • Paige Crutcher • Jeanne Ray • Jennie Fields • Lisa Patton • Carson Morton • Kristin O’Donnell Tubb • Shellie Brauener • Susan Eaddy • Daniel Sharfstein • our own Mary Laura Philpott • and of course, Ann Patchett!

Stop in and see us anytime. We promise not to put you to work. (Probably.)


 

* Speaking of Sepetys, whose Out of the Easy was one of our Young Adult Signed First Editions Club books… Have you heard about our big giveaway? All new and existing members of the YA First Editions Club as of December 24 are eligible for a drawing in which we’ll give away several three-month subscription extensions. That’s an extra three free months, which means THREE FREE, NEW, AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS! To be eligible, you’ve got to have a current membership as of December 24, so make sure to renew your subscription, or SIGN UP NOW to subscribe or give a pre-paid membership as a gift! 

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When they’re not hanging up garland, helping customers, and plugging in twinkly lights, they write books. (And yes, they signed some copies before they left!) 

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Out of The Easy (Paperback)

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Published: Speak, 2/2014

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Zion (Paperback)

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Published: Southern Illinois University Press, 9/2014
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Cry of the Sea (Paperback)

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Edge of Black (Paperback)

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Published: Harlequin MIRA, 11/2012

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