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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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 »

Judging Books by Their Covers with Karen Joy Fowler

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Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was the pick this month for a city-wide reading experience called Nashville Reads. (It’s also up for the PEN/Faulkner award and was named a Best of 2013 pick by The New York TimesSlateChicago TribuneLibrary Journal, and BookPage, among others. Obviously we’re not the only ones who liked it.) Originally published in America last summer, it’s now being released in the UK and in the US as a paperback. As we admire the colorful variety of these three editions, Fowler talks with Musing about book covers — her own and others — that have left an impression on her.

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