Parnassus Books co-owners Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes

At Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the things we enjoy most is the conversation that unfolds within these shop walls. Whether it’s two strangers becoming new friends over a table of paperbacks, a healthy debate springing up between customers in the checkout line, or a lifelong fan meeting an author for the first time at a signing, these connections have some common elements at their core: an intelligent curiosity, a sense of joy and fun, and a love of books.

And just as the shop is a hub for book lovers, the Internet is a gathering place. Here on Musing, we collect and share interesting tidbits, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and lighthearted takes on the bookish life. To use a music analogy (this is Nashville, after all): If the store were an album, this site would be the B-side — extras, bootlegs, outtakes, and bonus tracks.

In Greek mythology, Mount Parnassus was home to the muses, the goddesses of inspiration for literature and the arts. Musing is one way we share what inspires us at Parnassus Books. It’s where we showcase the blog of our co-owner, novelist Ann Patchettexclusive interviews and original contributions from great authors and our own staff of book-lovers (both human and canine); literary lists and gift guides; and more — all produced right here in-house. You might call it a “laid-back literary journal” (we do). Whatever you call it, we hope you’ll click around, find something good to read, and be sure to subscribe so you can get all this FREE in your inbox.

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Meanwhile, stop by the shop in person sometime! We’d love to meet you.