You’re likely to love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s blockbuster 2019 novel Daisy Jones & The Six if you:
– stop whatever you’re doing to watch Almost Famous every time it comes on
– went through a Stevie-Nicks-in-Fleetwood-Mac phase in your personal style
– still think about the abrupt breakup of The Civil Wars after their brief stratospheric success
– love a good behind-the-scenes celebrity profile
That’s assuming you haven’t already read it, of course, which many, many readers have. Hailed by The New York Times as “easily her most sophisticated and ambitious novel,” the bestseller follows the rise and mysterious fall of a band led by two big, charismatic talents: Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones. Written like an oral history straight out of Rolling Stone or VH-1’s Behind the Music, Daisy Jones succeeds not only as an ensemble story about friendship and ambition, but as an exploration of longing — for success, love, and some impossible combination of thrills and stability.
For those who wish to read the book before they watch the TV miniseries set to be produced by Reese Witherspoon (we see you, purists), now’s the time to jump aboard the Daisy train. Fortunately for Nashville readers, Reid will be making an appearance at the Southern Festival of Books on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:30am, in the Nashville Public Library Auditorium. Along with fellow writers Karen Thompson Walker (The Dreamers), Anissa Gray (The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls), and Alexi Zentner (Copperhead), she’ll be part of the morning’s Coffee with the Authors panel, presented by the Women’s National Book Association. Due to the popularity of this annual session, the WNBA strongly recommends reserving your seat in advance here. (Once advance seating sells out, don’t worry: Overflow seating for walk-ins will be available on the library’s 3rd floor Teen Room, where the event will be simulcast on a big screen.)
I’ve been listening to: Taylor Swift’s new album and Carole King’s Tapestry.
I love to watch: The Office, on repeat. And I’m desperately sad that Jane the Virgin has ended.
Something I saw online that made me laugh, cry, or think: Amy Hatvany puts up great memes on her Instagram that sometimes feel curated just for me. The other day she put up one that said, “I may act like I’m okay, but deep down inside, I’m hungry again.” And I felt SEEN.
Best meal I’ve had in the past month: The Impossible Burger.
A creator who’s doing something I admire or envy: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. How can one person be so good? It boggles the mind.
A book I recently recommended to someone else: Good Talk by Mira Jacob
The last event I bought tickets to was: Fleetwood Mac at the Forum.
Most meaningful recent travel destination: It’s only a half hour away but I rented a beach house in Malibu two months ago and invited all of my friends and it was everything I ever wanted. I will remember it forever.
I wish I knew more about: Everything. And Greek mythology.
My favorite thing about bookstores: That moment right before I realize I can’t buy them all.
The Southern Festival of Books
What: Talks and book signings featuring 200 of the nation’s foremost writers, plus lots of fun exhibitor booths, food trucks, and performances for all ages
When: Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13, 2019
Where: In and about the Nashville Public Library and War Memorial Plaza
For information on schedule, location, parking, and more, click here, or download the festival app.