Authors In Real Life

Meet Omar, Edan Lepucki’s Creative Muse

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Tomorrow, we welcome Edan Lepucki, author of New York Times bestselling novel California, to Nashville. Today, we welcome her to Musing, where she’s the author of our our very first guest post, a toast to a cool pooch named Omar.

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Help Edan Lepucki Plan Her First-Ever Trip to Nashville

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Sure, you could credit the huge pre-order sales of Edan Lepucki’s California to the “Colbert bump” that helped launch it from first-novel obscurity onto the New York Times bestseller list, but don’t dismiss all the attention as empty hype. This book is worth every bit of the buzz. Now that it’s out, we’re seeing customers at the new releases table recommending it to each other — “Have you read THIS yet?” — and those word-of-mouth sales aren’t likely to stop anytime soon.
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On the Road with Anton DiSclafani and Jojo Moyes

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How cool would it be if you were having a book club meeting and all of a sudden the author of the book walked into the room and sat down? This week, we’re making that happen, as two New York Times bestselling authors, Anton DiSclafani and Jojo Moyes, are on their way to Nashville to talk with fans of their books. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Ahead and Learn This Writer’s Name: Smith Henderson

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photo by Rebecca Calavan

Photo by Rebecca Calavan

If you’ll indulge a goofy metaphor for a moment: Imagine a bunch of books are at a party. All the novels by famous and established authors are mingling in the center of the room, air-kissing and whatnot. First novels, when they arrive at a party like this, often linger near the door or find a seat by the wall or nervously stir a cocktail, waiting to be noticed. But this first novel is different. It walks into the party, changes the music, grabs the host’s girlfriend, and swipes a bottle of booze right off the bar, leaving all the other books wondering, “Who was that?” That was Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready to Ditch Your Day Job? Author Tracy Barrett Offers Some Advice

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It’s hard to beat the excitement of a book launch party at Parnassus when the author is a member of the Nashville community. While plenty of folks in this town and beyond know her as “Dr. Barrett” — their Italian professor at Vanderbilt — we know Tracy Barrett as an author, and we’re thrilled to be hosting the launch event for her new novel, The Stepsister’s Tale. Barrett (who holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature — smartypants) is the author of both contemporary and historical fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and YA audiences. Here, she talks with Musing about how she made the brave move to leave teaching behind and transition to a full-time writing career. Read the rest of this entry »

David Sedaris: “I’d rather go to an actual shop. I want beauty in my life. I want charm.”

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Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, the latest essay collection from humorist David Sedaris, is now out in paperback. As we stacked it on the shelves last week, we remembered how much fun we had with Sedaris during his visit to Parnassus last year. We decided it was time to catch up with one of our very favorite authors. Read the rest of this entry »

Like Father, Like Son: Willie and Bill Geist Crack Us Up

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The witty memoir co-written by Bill and Willie Geist may be an obvious choice for a Fathers Day gift, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy for yourself, too. Or your mom. Or your friends. The hilarious and often touching father-son interaction in Good Talk, Dad makes this a fun read for anybody. Read the rest of this entry »