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 »

Notes from Ann: Blast It Like Radio

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When I read Mary Laura Philpott’s piece in Publisher’s Weekly today — “Think Before You Link,” about the way we use links when we talk about books on the internet — I started singing an old Donna Summer tune to myself: “Someone found a letter you wrote me / on the radio / and they told the world just how you felt…” It’s the song I always sing when I read something that perfectly expresses my feelings (plus it’s just a great song, and any day you sing a little Donna Summer is going to be a better day). “I was so surprised and shocked / and I wondered, too / If by chance you heard it for yourself…” 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 »

46 Books We Currently Love Even More Than Books in General

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What a season to be a book-lover. Take a look at our staffers’ latest favorite reads below and let us know: what looks good to you? And make sure you read through to the end, too, to find out the newest selections for our book subscription boxes — the First Editions Club and ParnassusNext — plus exciting previews of upcoming events! Read the rest of this entry »

“The Mix Tapes of Literature” – Why You Need to Be Reading Literary Magazines

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This month, the Sewanee Review — the historic literary journal published just down the road from Nashville at the University of the South — celebrates its 500th issue. Are literary magazines having a moment? To watch them flying off our periodicals shelf, you might think so. We asked Adam Ross, the Review‘s editor, to contemplate just what it is that literary journals add to a book-lover’s reading life. He writes: 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 »