Notes from Ann: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

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Well, I said in my last post that I wanted to read J. K. Rowling’s The Silkworm and I’m here to report that I did it. The book was an unlikely pick for me, but since The Silkworm is Hachette’s big title and Amazon is taking two to four weeks to ship the book as a way of punishing Hachette, I felt that reading it with an eye to recommending it at the store was the least I could do. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Summertime, and the Reading Is Excellent

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Summer is a great season to be a bibliophile, because it’s considered a totally normal activity to sit in a beach/pool/lawn/whatever chair and plow through books one after the other. (Speaking of which, check out Zadie Smith’s fantastic What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: “The beach is one of the few places pathological readers can pass undetected among their civilian cousins.”) In addition to Ann’s current favorites, here’s what our staff is reading and loving right now. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Learning the Ropes: A Shop Pup’s First Day on the Job

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IMG_8252 Hi. It’s me, Opie, the dog of the store manager. I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Eleanor Roosevelt. ^ That’s her. She used to be the “special correspondent” of our shop dog team, but now that she’s not a baby anymore, it’s finally time for her to start work at the store. That’s where I come in. As senior store-hound, it’s my job to teach the junior store-hound how everything works. Here’s how the first day went. Read the rest of this entry »