Emma Straub’s Fantasy Literary Vacation

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You know the summertime dilemma: Sometimes you’re in the mood to wiggle your toes into the sand and enjoy a fun story – nothing too dark and heavy — but you’re not willing to waste your time on a book that’s so silly you’ll just want to fling it into the ocean later. Is it too much to ask for a beach read to deliver multi-dimensional characters, a zippy plot, snappy dialogue you can’t help but read aloud to the person in the lounge chair next to you, and solid writing? Read the rest of this entry »

Forget “Someday” — These Kids Are Writing Novels Right Now

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Write a whole novel in 30 days? Sounds like a lofty challenge for anyone — much less for a teenager on summer break. Kristen House, who created the Nashville-based writing program A Novel Idea, says reaching for a crazy-big goal is exactly the kind of challenge today’s young people need. Read the rest of this entry »

Still Knocking Down Obstacles: Jovan Haye on His Inspiring Book Tour

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A couple of weeks ago, on a Thursday night, our store was packed — standing room only — with people who wanted to meet Jovan Haye, the author of Bigger Than Me: How a Boy Conquered Dyslexia to Play in the NFL. The crowd included adults, kids, football fans, and families associated with a local chapter of Decoding Dyslexia, an organization that aims to increase access to educational interventions for dyslexia-related learning differences. Read the rest of this entry »

A Basketful of Great Reads

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What to toss in your to-read basket? Well, it’s still April, and that means it’s National Poetry Month, so there’s plenty of poetry among this month’s recommendations. (Prose people, don’t fret — you’ll also find brilliant short stories, sexy novels, hilarious non-fiction, and more.) Read the rest of this entry »

The Hunger Games: Taste-Testing Carla Hall’s Comfort Food

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We had a blast the last time Top Chef competitor and The Chew co-host Carla Hall made an appearance in Nashville; so we couldn’t be more excited about her upcoming return to promote her new book, Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World. In the interest of customer service, we decided that rather than simply create a book display, a few of our staff would give the recipes a test run, and the rest of the gang would vote on whose dish turned out best. (We love a good competition.) Read the rest of this entry »

Debunking the Myth of the Dog and the Mailman

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We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, would like to issue this public service announcement in the name of peace and harmony: We do not hate delivery people. In fact, we love them very much. That whole “dog vs. mailman” thing? Old news. Really old.

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Notes From Ann: The Right Book

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Karen Joy Fowler and Ann Patchett (photo courtesy Chapter16.org)

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Good news first — Nashville Reads did a terrific job this year with Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. We’ve had great discussions about the book in anticipation of her visit, and a wonderful event at the library once she got here. It’s certainly the book I’ve been recommending to everyone this year. The icing on the cake to this very successful pick was that Karen got the news that the book won the PEN/Faulkner Award just before she left Nashville! We were all completely beside ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »