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 »

Book Tour Perk: Dog Love

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, would like to highlight one of the services we offer visiting authors: friendly canine companionship. Traveling to promote your book and need some fuzzy four-legged encouragement? Feeling sad about leaving your own dog at home? We are just the creatures to suit your pooch-affection needs! Read the rest of this entry »

12 Reasons to Get Excited: New Releases, Autographs, and Events for YA-Lovers and Young Readers

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Looking for a book that’ll blow your mind (in a good way)? Check out the latest ParnassusNext pick, selected by our manager of books for young readers, Stephanie:  Read the rest of this entry »

28 Novels, Memoirs, Essay Collections, Biographies, Sci-Fi, and Histories (Whew) to Read Right Now

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One of our favorite questions to ask visitors is, “What’s the last book you read and loved?” You can learn so much about people from their answers. And you know you’ve met a real book-lover when, after going on for several minutes about their most recent favorites, they lean in to the bookseller and ask, “And what are YOU reading?” Very often, that’s the start to a friendship that will continue every time that person comes into the store. Read the rest of this entry »

Grownup Conversation: Jami Attenberg Talks with Katy Simpson Smith

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When author Jami Attenberg moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans recently, she got to spend more time with writer-pal Katy Simpson Smith (author of Free Men, a Parnassus First Editions Club pick of 2016) — which worked out perfectly for us, because it gave Smith plenty of access to interview Attenberg about her new novel, All Grown Up. 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 »

Notes from Ann: A Day at the Races

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(All photos in this post: John Midgley / National Book Critics Circle)

The National Book Critics Circle Awards is a two-night event. The first night each of the finalists reads for three minutes. Some years it doesn’t work so well — someone decides to read for 20 minutes and everyone else gets grumpy — but this year was magic. Every reader was both wonderful and on time. I can’t remember when I’ve felt luckier to be anywhere. New York was freezing and snow banked, and some of the authors got snowed out, but many of the people who missed the first night made it to the awards ceremony the second night. Read the rest of this entry »