Authors In Real Life

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 »

Where Their Stories Started: Novelists Celeste Ng and Shanthi Sekaran

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Clear your calendar for the evening of Thursday, September 28. You won’t want to miss this double-header: Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, and Shanthi Sekaran, author of Lucky Boy, together in conversation, with a special introduction by Ann Patchett. Read the rest of this entry »

Jim Dees, Author and Host of Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, on Music and Mississippi History

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If you’re a book-lover and you’re not keeping tabs on the literary scene in Mississippi, you’re missing out. To change that, let’s start by introducing you to Jim Dees: author, editor, and host of the legendary Thacker Mountain Radio Hour literary and music variety show. Meet him here at Parnassus Books on Friday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. for a night of literary conversation and entertainment by musical guests including JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic and more. Read the rest of this entry »

The Debut Novel that Packs Love, Loss, and Heart-stopping Drama into Just 260 Pages

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How’s this for an endorsement: When Michiko Kakutani, the famed and feared book critic at The New York Times, decided to step down from her post after 38 years, she chose Stay With Me, the debut novel by Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo, for her final review. She called it “stunning” and “entirely fresh.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ann Powers Spins the Sexy Soundtrack of Our Nation’s History

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This week’s contender for Best New Book Title is . . . drumroll, please . . . Good Booty. (It’s fun to say, isn’t it?) To understand what it’s about, you should probably know that the author, NPR music critic Ann Powers, gave it subtitle, too: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.  Read the rest of this entry »

What Tom Perrotta Watches, Listens To, and Thinks About When He’s Not Writing Bestselling Fiction

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Tom Perrotta caught the attention of readers everywhere with his novels Little Children and Election, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films. He was already a household/bookstore name by the time he wrote The Leftovers, which was adapted into a Peabody Award-winning HBO series. Some Perrotta readers swear their favorite of his novels is Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher, or Nine Inches. The point is: lots of people have been eagerly awaiting today’s publication of his latest novel, Mrs. Fletcher, and for good reason. Read the rest of this entry »