Authors In Real Life

Jonathan Tropper on the Difference Between Writing for the Page and Writing for the Screen

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When customers come in saying they’re in the mood to read something funny, smart, maybe a bit twisted or profane but not too heavy, one of our go-to suggestions is This Is Where I Leave You, the family dramedy by Jonathan Tropper. It’s all those things, plus relatable and a fun read. No wonder it got snapped up by Hollywood. Read the rest of this entry »

Back in the Same Room: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and “Nashville” Star Connie Britton

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When Parnassus Books started publicizing this Saturday’s big event with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Connie Britton, we got some quizzical looks from customers. A few people pointed to the poster and said, “But… why… together?” We should explain: These two phenoms were college roommates back in their Dartmouth days. Read the rest of this entry »

Seth Casteel Creates The Most Adorable Books Ever: Here’s How (and Why) He Does It

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Above: A couple of superstars from Underwater Puppies

Given that our shop dogs have their own blog on this very site, it should come as no surprise that we at Parnassus Books love the work of Seth Casteel, the New York Times bestselling author and photographer behind the blockbuster book, Underwater Dogs. Of course, we’re absolutely gaga over his newest production, Underwater Puppies — because if there’s anything even cuter than dogs playing fetch in the water, it’s baby dogs playing fetch in the water. Read the rest of this entry »

From Local Bookseller to First-Time Author: Kim Teter

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It’s always a thrill to celebrate the launch of a first novel — knowing what a huge accomplishment it is for the writer and how much work and time and hope have gone into it. It’s all the more exciting when the author is a local friend of the store. So we’re delighted to host Kim Teter as she presents her young adult novel, Isabella’s Libretto, on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

“365 Days of Wonder” Features Young Readers as Authors

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Want to meet a few famous local authors? Perhaps you can get on their schedule after school sometime, if they’ve finished their homework.  Read the rest of this entry »

What’s the Big Deal About Pre-Sales? An Author Explains

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Ever wonder why you see posts from your favorite authors urging you to pre-order a book before it comes out? Or why everyone’s all up in arms about Amazon’s turning off the pre-order function on Hachette books? Pre-sales matter. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

Jon Scieszka on How to Get Kids to Love Reading (Tip: Stop Telling Them How Important Reading Is)

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Before we jump into this interview with bestselling children’s and middle-grade author Jon Scieszka about how and why kids read, let’s establish his cred on the matter: Read the rest of this entry »