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Karen and Ann

When Karen and I decided to open Parnassus there were so many things I never considered, namely the wealth of fantastic authors we would be able to bring to Nashville. Giant book tours are a thing of the past for all but a handful of top-selling authors, and those authors are in high demand. So please, look at the list of the people who are coming to Nashville this fall and share our joy. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Back to School

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I just came back from Boston, and while I was in the airport I saw a large freestanding display outside the entrance to Hudson Booksellers, the airport bookstore chain. The sign said, If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, try these titles, and there beneath the Shades of Grey trilogy was a veritable smorgasbord of soft core porn. My first thought was, Summer’s over now. Let it go. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: But Enough About Me

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Parnassus Bookstore Grand Opening 11/19/11

In case you were wondering, I’m having an especially good summer. My mother, Jeanne Ray (You know her novel, Calling Invisible Women, was published in May, and that it’s very funny, right? We’ve been over this already.) had a shoulder replacement a month ago and she is doing fantastically well, but I didn’t know that she would do so well and so I had cleared my calendar for the entire summer in order to be a good and helpful daughter.  Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Mother’s Day in the Sun

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I’ve got pretty much one message these days and it’s this: my mother, Jeanne Ray, has a new book out, Calling Invisible Women, in which the heroine, the slightly beleaguered fifty-something named Clover Hobart, takes a believable cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs (a little hormone replacement therapy, some calcium supplement, a pinch of anti-depressant) and is rendered invisible. You would think that would be bad enough, but the really troubling part is that no one in her family notices she’s missing. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Under the Influence

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I know a bad book when I see one. I can usually tell in a matter of sentences, certainly in a matter of paragraphs, when I’m not going to like something. What’s even more frustrating than the bad books are the books that are just okay, the books that seem fine but never really amount to anything. Those are the books I read all the way to the end thinking that they’re going to get better, and when they don’t get better I feel frustrated that I wasted my time. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Strong Opinions

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A couple of weeks ago I was in the storeroom at Parnassus, which is sort of a large, messy closet where the books that come into the store are first unboxed and entered into the computer system. It’s the best place to find Tristan Hickey, because he’s so good at the whole book receiving thing. I asked Tristan what he’d been reading and he told me he’d just finished Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One and thought it was great. Read the rest of this entry »

Edith Wins!

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Forgive me for posting again so soon but this news can’t wait: Edith Pearlman just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book, Binocular Vision – New and Selected StoriesOf all the exciting things that have been going on lately, nothing is as good as this. Read the rest of this entry »

Writers’ Lives Are Not Actually Like This Under Most Circumstances

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There’s been a lot going on these past few weeks and I feel like posting a disclaimer — Writers’ lives are not actually like this under most circumstances. I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking that this is going to be an exciting blog. For the most part I plan to talk about books (and I will in just a minute), but first, Mr. Colbert. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes From Ann: Traveling

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I’ve been traveling these past ten days, and that means I’ve been getting a lot of reading done. I believe I am at least 10% smarter at 37,000 feet, but that may be because I know the phone isn’t going to ring and I don’t need to flip the laundry and I can’t check my email (well, that’s not entirely true: I was a little horrified to discover that I can now check email on American.) Of course I brought a lot of books with me. Read the rest of this entry »