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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 »

Jordan Christy’s Book Launch Playlist

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We love it when local authors launch their books at Parnassus! This Friday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., Nashvillian Jordan Christy will celebrate the release of How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World (the update to her original modern-day etiquette guide How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World). To set the mood, Christy made a playlist: Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Give a Bookmobile for Its Birthday?

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, love a birthday. When a shop-person has a birthday, there are cake crumbs on the staff room floor and lots of hugging and singing and sometimes clapping, which always makes Opie bark. So we were extremely excited to hear that Peggy, the Parnassus on Wheels bookmobile, would be celebrating her first birthday and hitting the road to celebrate all over Nashville. We wanted to get her a present! Read the rest of this entry »