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 »

Seth Casteel Creates The Most Adorable Books Ever: Here’s How (and Why) He Does It

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Above: A couple of superstars from Underwater Puppies

Given that our shop dogs have their own blog on this very site, it should come as no surprise that we at Parnassus Books love the work of Seth Casteel, the New York Times bestselling author and photographer behind the blockbuster book, Underwater Dogs. Of course, we’re absolutely gaga over his newest production, Underwater Puppies — because if there’s anything even cuter than dogs playing fetch in the water, it’s baby dogs playing fetch in the water. Read the rest of this entry »

Love Reading, Writing? Check Out Tennessee’s Own “Chapter 16”

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Isn’t it fun to have buddies who share your hobbies and interests? If you read MUSING regularly, or if you follow along on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve probably seen references to “our friends at Chapter 16.” Pardon us for name-dropping… we should probably make an introduction: Read the rest of this entry »