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Nashville, Parnassus Books, the only independent bookstore in our city, just made a year today of keeping the locals literate. With an anniversary party this evening, a story time reading on Saturday, and a special author event on Sunday, co-owners best-selling author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes are celebrating in style. Check out the Parnassus website for more details and swing on by to thank them for keeping literature alive in our community.
Ann, who’s best-known for her award-winning novel Bel Canto, moved to Nashville at the age of six and has lived here ever since. She and Karen opened Parnassus Books last year to fill the void left by the absence of bookstores in the city they call home. In 2012, she was listed as one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People by TIME magazine for her work with Parnassus. And in addition to being a talented writer and enterprising businesswoman, she’s also witty and funny enough to stump Stephen Colbert.
Thank you, Ann and Karen, for Parnassus and for giving Nashville yet something else of which it can be proud.