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All the Light We Cannot See (And Other Books That Aren’t Really About the Eclipse, Plus a Few That Are)

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Raise your hand if you’ve gone a little eclipse-crazy. (Everyone in this bookstore just raised both hands.) Things have been especially exciting around Nashville lately, as hotels are filling up with visitors wanting to view the sky along the “path of totality.” As usual, we’re processing this moment by gathering books about it. Read the rest of this entry »

What Book Club Feels Like . . . When You’re the Author

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Author Anton DiSclafani at a book event for The After Party (at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Georgia), with a small, handsome helper.

Anton DiSclafani’s novels are book-club gold — the stories so rich with secrets and betrayals, the characters so complex and real. Both The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party practically beg the question, “What would you have done in her shoes?” We can’t wait to talk with DiSclafani when she joins us in person for Parnassus Book Club on July 17. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Reasons You Must Read Roxane Gay’s New Book, Hunger

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“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.” – Roxane Gay, Hunger Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Writing (Even If You Have a Day Job): 5 Tips from Novelist Jennifer Close

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Readers know Jennifer Close as the author of several novels, including one of our staff-favorite summer reads, The Hopefuls — the juicy and entertaining story of a friendship between two couples with political ambitions. Her students and fellow academics, however, know her as their creative writing professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC. So we thought she’d be the perfect person to answer a question we hear often from aspiring writers at author discussions: In a world of distractions and day-jobs, how do you get a book written? Read the rest of this entry »

Fathers’ Day Gifts Recommended by Our Work-Dad

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Some people have a work-spouse. We have a work-dad. Read the rest of this entry »

Coming Soon to a School Near You: The Authors and Illustrators Behind Your Favorite Kids’ Books

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(Lennon and Maisy Stella singing to schoolchildren about their book, In the Waves)

Attention, please! Could we all take a moment to shower thanks and praise upon teachers and school librarians who bring the love of reading into young people’s lives?  Read the rest of this entry »

What It’s Like to Experience Edan Lepucki’s New Novel, Woman No. 17

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Motherhood doesn’t turn women into saints; if anything, it exposes our faults, raising the stakes when we screw up. In real life, that’s enough to give you an anxiety attack. In fiction, it’s riveting — especially in the hands of Edan Lepucki, whose second novel, Woman No. 17, explores the cracks in two women’s facades. Read the rest of this entry »