Martina McBride: The Hostess With the Mostest

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You knew Martina McBride was a great entertainer, as in singing to sellout crowds of thousands, but did you know she’s also a knockout entertainer of the dinner-party variety? Tonight, October 13, she joins us in Nashville to present her new book, Around the Table. Read the rest of this entry »

Going to the Southern Festival of Books? Here’s Your Guide

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Mary Grey James, Parnassus Books Manager of Books for Young Readers, rocks her “Authors Are My Rock Stars” shirt at last year’s Southern Festival of Books. (image via Carin Siegfried –

It’s HERE! The book-lovers’ Lollapalooza, the readers’ Bonnaroo, the writers’ Coachella . . . This weekend marks the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books, the extravaganza celebrating the written word, put on in Nashville by Humanities Tennessee. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 10-12, will be packed with visiting authors, thrilling speakers, autograph opportunities, writerly wisdom, and books, books, books. The quality and diversity of sessions makes this festival stand out. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it, so let us help you break it down and make a game plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Tricky Book Club Questions (What to Pick? When to Meet? How to Quit?) Answered

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Thinking of starting a book club? Ready to reboot a club that’s starting to fizzle? We are tremendously lucky to have Kathy Schultenover on our team, managing the Parnassus Book Club. She recently hosted two book club seminars at the store, passing on a wealth of guidance gained over her decades of experience. Here’s a little background on Kathy, plus some of her best advice: Read the rest of this entry »

All About the Books: How Author Visits Work and Why They’re “As Free as Possible”

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(Above: Robin Roberts greets readers after her Salon@615 event.) 

Recently, we received a very thoughtful email from Susan, a Nashville resident who is a loyal customer of Parnassus Books and a frequent guest at the Salon@615 series. For those of you who live far away or don’t know, Salon@615 is a series of visiting author events hosted by The Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, The Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books. Together, we bring dozens of authors a year to Nashville for readings and discussions. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Frogs

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Whenever I’m writing a novel I think a lot about Georges Seurat, specifically about his masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which I saw once at the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s an enormous painting, 81.7 inches by 121.25 inches, comprising tiny colored dots. It seems impossible to me that he could have visualized the whole while crouched in a corner or standing on a ladder putting in another fleck of blue. It’s hard enough to take it all in as the viewer because what the painting means at a distance and what it means up close aren’t at all the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »