Q & A

Bringing People Together

With Southern Cooking for Company Nicki Pendleton Wood demystifies the dinner party

by Susannah Felts

June 30, 2015 As a critic and editor, Nicki Pendleton Wood has been writing about food for decades. Now she’s brought forth her own cookbook: Southern Cooking for Company is a compendium of Southern recipes collected from home cooks all over the region. Wood will discuss the project at two Nashville events: Parnassus Books on July 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., and Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt on July 9 at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 30 June 2015

All the World’s a Stage-Six Pandemic

Emily St. John Mandel talks with Chapter 16 about the role of art in what makes us human

by Stephen Usery

June 18, 2015 While most contemporary writers of post-apocalyptic fiction trace their literary lineage to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Emily St. John Mandel reached back to Shakespeare’s King Lear in writing her own bestselling novel, Station Eleven. Mandel will read from the novel’s paperback release at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 18 June 2015

Rhythm and Pop

Lynne Berry talks with Chapter 16 about her newest picture book, Pig and Pug

by Julie Danielson

June 17, 2015 Nashville children’s author Lynne Berry has fun with alliteration in her newest picture book, Pig and Pug. She will speak at Parnassus Books, along with some canine surprises, on June 20, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Quick Wit

Novelist Matthew Quick talks with Chapter 16 about teachers, humor, Hollywood, and his new book, Love May Fail

by Michael Ray Taylor

June 16, 2015 In Matthew Quick’s Love May Fail, the sixth novel from the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, a woman leaves a failed marriage in Florida to return to her South Jersey roots, where she discovers how a high school teacher played a profound role in shaping her life. Quick will discuss Love May Fail at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Observations from the Field

Euphoria author Lily King discusses the risks involved in translating real-life anthropologists into fictional characters

by Emily Choate

June 15, 2015 In her acclaimed novel, Euphoria, Lily King draws from the life of Margaret Mead to create a story of three fictional anthropologists propelled into a passionate and dangerous love triangle. Lily King will discuss Euphoria at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 15 June 2015

One Cure to Heal Them All

In Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s new historical novel, a Tennessee root doctor looks for a way to treat suffering after the Civil War

by Stephen Usery

June 12, 2015 In Balm, her new historical novel, Dolen Perkins-Valdez investigates the possibilities of healing the personal and national trauma caused by the Civil War. On June 20, 2015, at 6 p.m., she will discuss the story on WYPL Radio’s Book Talk in Memphis on FM89.3.

Published Friday, 12 June 2015

To Recall a Mockingbird

Marja Mills remembers her time as Harper Lee’s next-door neighbor

by Liz Garrigan

June 3, 2015 When Marja Mills lived next door to Harper Lee, she frequently dined with the legendary author of To Kill A Mockingbird, her sister Alice, and their close circle of friends. Mills will discuss her memoir about the experience, The Mockingbird Next Door, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Mrs. Philpott’s Penguins

Mary Laura Philpott’s all-too-human penguins have made the leap from Tumblr to the printed page

by Margaret Renkl

May 26, 2015 Mary Laura Philpott’s new book, Penguins With People Problems, features a charming set of hilarious cartoon penguins that Philpott draws with her finger on an iPad mini. The author and her birds will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 4, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Magical Mystery Tour

Chapter 16 talks with Deborah Harkness, who continues the alchemical adventure she began in A Discovery of Witches

by Tina LoTufo

May 13, 2015 In The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness completes her bestselling All Souls trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. Harkness will read from and sign copies of The Book of Life at Salon@615 at the Nashville Public Library on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hidden Treasure, a Haunted House, and an Unlikely Trio of Detectives

In this debut novel, a boy braves bullies and worse to try to save his family home

by Tracy Barrett

April 13, 2015 In Matthew Baker’s debut middle-grade novel, If You Find This, eleven-year-old Nicholas breaks his grandfather out of a nursing home and enlists the aid of two unlikely allies to find the family heirlooms his grandfather insists he hid years earlier—all to keep his parents from having to sell their family home. Baker will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 17, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.; and again in Furman Hall, Room 114, at Vanderbilt University on April 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Monday, 13 April 2015

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