I took my blog on the road last week. On my way to the Tribe Conference in Franklin, Tennessee my fellow writer and friend Melissa and I stopped at Parnassus Books. The store is a literary mecca in Nashville, Tennessee.
Author Ann Patchett is the co-owner of the store. She’s also the author of my book club’s first read Truth and Beauty. We celebrated our tenth anniversary and love of all things Patchett by hearing her speak at the Cincinnati Mercantile Library’s Niehoff lecture in October.
May I digress? Ann talked about the importance of independent owned bookstores. We met her during the cocktail hour and she shared that her fabulous dress was a gift from her friend Liz (author Elizabeth Gilbert). We smiled, gushed, and probably spit like teenagers with braces when we told her that we love her work. She was gracious, engaging, and an intriguing speaker.
I try to make it a point to hit independent bookstores when traveling with or without my boys. I found some gems at Parnassus. It has a beautifully stocked and comfortable children’s book section.
For Calvin I found, The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony. Calvin has an obsession with buses and cities. His beloved London double decker buses and London Bridge feature large in this tale about the Queen losing her hat on the way to visit a certain baby. (Can you guess?)
Calvin also scored This is San Francisco by Miroslav Sasek. This was gold, pure gold, since we were there in June (see my blog post California Love) and he adores Sasek’s This is New York.
Max loves all things Star Wars these days. He was happy to get Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Yarns: A New Hope by Jack Wang and Holman Wang. These clever books show Star Wars figures made of yarn and the one word a page are great for new readers.
The Tribe Conference (for writers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs), the bookstore, and a little time away from my two kindergartners left me feeling inspired!
Ps. At the conference we were challenged to ask for email addresses for our blogs. I got around 60! Thank you to all who responded!
Where to find the books and other info
Check out your local bookstore or library for all the titles mentioned above or visit Powell’s City of Books for the The Queen’s Hat, and This is San Francisco.
Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back can be bought from Chronicle Books.
Read my friend Melissa’s blog post about The Tribe Conference. (Hint..she writes poetry.)
Elizabeth Gilbert will be at Parnassus Books on October 21 with her new book, Big Magic.
6 thoughts on “Taking my blog on the road”
Parnassus was very fun! I highly recommend it. thanks for the shoutout, Julia! Glad the boys enjoyed their books!
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Parnassus is one of my top ten favorite bookstore in the nation! I’ve always hoped I’d stumble into Ann while perusing the shelves but no luck yet. :o)
I was hoping for the same thing, Sarah! No luck.
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