Monday, June 13, 2011

Chapter 16 Speaks With Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes About Their Plans for a Nashville Bookstore

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Ann Patchett
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  • Ann Patchett
Judging by the comments and Facebook shares on a recent Pith post, news that author Ann Patchett and former Random House sales rep Karen Hayes are opening a bookstore in Nashville has created quite a buzz. Chapter 16's Margaret Renkl recently spoke with Patchett and Hayes about their plans for the bookstore, which will be named Parnassus Books. Though there's been speculation that the old Belle Meade Cafeteria would be the site, Hayes says it is just one of several sites being considered.

Karen Hayes
The Parnassus Books mission statement:
Mt. Parnassus in Greek mythology is the home of literature, learning, and music. We will be Nashville’s Parnassus by providing a refuge for Nashvillians of all ages who share in the love of the written word. We will partner with and support local writers and artists, businesses and institutions. We will strive to bring readers the best books in literature, non-fiction, children’s books, local interest, and the arts in both printed and digital formats. We will provide venues for writers to connect with readers, and readers to connect with books. By doing this we hope to complement and add to the rich cultural character of the Athens of the South.

Read the Chapter 16 interview here.

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