maile meloy

Notes from Ann: Maile

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I met Maile Meloy around the time Miley Cyrus was going into the first grade, a point I make only because their first names are pronounced the same way and now you’ll always remember. I knew Maile before she’d published her first book, before she’d had her first story in The New Yorker, and the thing that has always struck me is how good she is at anything she puts her mind to. She was on the U.S. Women’s Kayak Polo team and traveled to other countries with a small boat. She can ride a horse, install door hardware, speak Spanish, fly on a trapeze, solve IT problems, edit a manuscript (I have greatly benefited from her talent in this category), and teach a kid to read. She’s the person everyone wants to sit next to at a dinner party. She’s also a magnificent friend. She could have done anything she wanted to do with her life, and the fact that she decided to be a writer is our good fortune. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Preview: 5 Guest Authors Pick 10 Upcoming Favorites

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Generally, we don’t post about books that aren’t out yet. This is a bookstore, after all, and if you get excited about a book, we want you to be able to walk right in and get it. But over the weekend, Nashville experienced a nasty cold snap. After weeks of temps in the 70s, blue skies, and budding flowers, Mother Nature came along and snowed on our parade, plunging us back into winter. You can understand why we’d feel the need to think ahead to sunnier times. Read the rest of this entry »

Maile Meloy on “Aspirational” Reading for Middle Schoolers

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You may know Maile Meloy from her award-winning literary fiction (including the novel Liars and Saints and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It). Your kids, however, would recognize her as the author of the thrilling Apothecary series, which continues right here at Parnassus Books next Tuesday, November 3, with the release of the third book, The After-Room.  Read the rest of this entry »