Ann Patchett Leads Off Spring 2017 Vanderbilt Visiting Writers

Acclaimed author Ann Patchett will read from her novel, Commonwealth, Thursday, Jan. 26, as part of the Gertrude and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series, which is housed within the English department’s Creative Writing Program.

Patchett’s reading and book signing, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Vanderbilt Central Library’s Community Room.

Patchett has written six other novels—The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run and State of Wonder —and three nonfiction books—Truth & Beauty, What Now? and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. In addition, Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books and continues to be a prominent voice on the importance of independent booksellers.

Patchett will be introduced by Lorrie Moore, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and a distinguished American fiction writer.

Local Indie Bookstores, Events for November

Those who attended our November monthly meeting featuring a panel of local independent booksellers from BookmanBookwoman, East Side Story, Fairytales, and Parnassus know that these stores have some great events lined up for the next several months. For those who didn’t make it, some of the stores’ upcoming events in November are listed below. Please check back often for updates.

Eastside Tellabration! Stories, Songs, & S’mores

In the name of storytelling, Saturday, November 17, 2012, is hereby proclaimed to be TELLABRATION!™ The Worldwide Event of Storytelling.

At this very moment, across six continents, in 40 states, and nine countries, from Sacramento to Savannah, Boise to Barcelona, West Virginia to West Indies, Etowah to East Nashville, over 300 audiences are preparing to gather for this spectacular storytelling event! Without further delay, in joy and anticipation…let the stories begin!

Where: November 17, 3-5 p.m. at I Dream of Weenie, 113 South 11th Street, Nashville, TN 37206. Live storytelling plus local music sponsored by East Side Story, Fairy Tales Bookstore, Fanny’s House of Music, I Dream of Weenie & Pied Piper Creamery.

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Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. – East Side Storytellin’ at Rumours East with River Jordan and Jenny and Tyler

East Side Story has partnered with Rumours East and WAMB 1200 AM/ 99.3 FM radio to present East Side Storytellin’—an evening of book readings, musical performances, and author/musician interviews designed to elaborate on the stories behind these creative processes. East Side Storytellin’ will be held at Rumours East, located at 1112 Woodland Street in East Nashville, the first and third Tuesday of each month. Chuck Beard, owner of East Side Story, will host the event, which will be recorded by WAMB to air on the radio station at a later date. Recordings of the show may also be found on East Side Story’s website at  This event is FREE but space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling Rumours East at 615.262.5346.

Check out Parnassus Bookstore’s Event Calendar for November, including a one-year anniversary celebration of the store’s opening on November 16, 2012 at 6 p.m..

Check out BookmanBookwoman’s Event Calendar for upcoming events. Their next event is December 6.