Authors In Real Life

Great Books About the Great Beyond: The Immortalists and The Afterlives

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Thanks to a slew of recent books, thinking about death can actually be quite pleasant — at least as the reading experience goes. In the past couple of years, some of our most popular nonfiction titles have dealt beautifully with end-of-life realities (When Breath Becomes Air, Being Mortal, The Bright Hour, Dying: A Memoir). Now 2018 greets us with imaginative, haunting — even funny — fiction writing that explores mortality and how we humans accept (or don’t) the certainty of it. First up, these two excellent novels: The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Read the rest of this entry »

Leigh Bardugo Interviews YA Legend Tamora Pierce

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Author Tamora Pierce made a name creating trailblazing heroines long before “strong female protagonist” became a YA buzzword and a way to bank millions at the box office. Her pioneering stories earned her the Margaret A. Edwards’ Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens,” the American Library Association’s highest honor for young adult writers. Many of today’s most well-regarded and bestselling YA writers also consider Pierce’s books something of a touchstone.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tom Hanks: “God gave all of us burdens, and some of us typewriters”

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When we at Parnassus got hold of an early copy of Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks’ debut collection of short stories, we passed it around and fell in love. Brimming with nostalgia, with an empathetic and observant eye for what makes us all human, these stories reveal Hanks’ talent and skill for bringing characters vividly to life on the page, just as he does on the screen. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Novelists You’ll Meet at the Southern Festival of Books: Bryn Chancellor and Stephanie Powell Watts

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Tell everyone you know who lives within driving distance of Nashville and loves books: The Southern Festival of Books happens this weekend, Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 2017, and it is THE place to be if writers are your rock stars. Speaking of whom — novelists Bryn Chancellor and Stephanie Powell Watts will be among the visiting literary luminaries. Read the rest of this entry »

Novelist Claire Cameron Does the Impossible, Twice

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One thing I always tell readers when I hand-sell Claire Cameron’s books — which I do often, and as a pair whenever I can — is that she pulls off the seemingly impossible with her choice of narrators. A five-year-old girl in The Bear? An actual Neanderthal as the narrator of The Last Neanderthal? Both times I’ve thought, there’s no way she’s going to be able to do this, and then she does it, exquisitely and believably. Read the rest of this entry »

E. Lockhart and Libba Bray: YA Authors and Pop Culture Aficionados

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Sometimes, Parnassus gets lucky enough to bring a tremendously popular YA author to Nashville (see: John Green). And sometimes, we get so insanely fortunate that we’re able to host two beloved New York Times-bestselling YA authors at the same time. That’s the case next Wednesday, October 4, 2017, when E. Lockhart and Libba Bray (yes, both!) will join us here on the bookstore stage. Read the rest of this entry »

The Highly Anticipated Sequel That’s Everything Readers Hoped For

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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley may be the most widely loved novel in the Advancing Readers section of our store right now. Children, their parents, and their grandparents come in to tell us how much they loved it. When someone picks it up to look at the back cover, other customers lean in to say how great it is. It has been a staff pick by our junior booksellers. That’s how much people adore the Newbery Honor Award-winning story of Ada, a brave girl who starts out trapped by her own cruel mother in a London flat during World War II and journeys to a new life in the countryside. It’s an amazing novel, and now the highly anticipated sequel, The War I Finally Won, is almost here. Read the rest of this entry »