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Winter Arts Preview 2020: Books

Winter Arts Preview 2020

In November, Amazon opened a bookstore in the Mall at Green Hills. Big whoop, I say. Across Hillsboro Pike, Parnassus Books is brimming with shoppers of all ages. They lounge on the couches. They stand in the aisles reading, seemingly oblivious to everything around them. And they’re never asked to leave or buy anything, although they usually eventually do.

As we hunker down and wait for winter to pass, the gang at Parnassus is bringing us a bevy of events, among them appearances by authors Gish Jen, Louise Erdrich, James McBride and more. In East Nashville at The Bookshop, bibliophiles convene for book clubs and story hours — there are even some for grown-ups! The calendars of libraries, universities, community centers and writers’ collectives are stacked with bookish events that offer far more than some sterile mall experience ever could. Books need people! And people need people! And in case you don’t know, book people are often the smartest, kindest, most curious people out there. We’ve got a few tips to help you find some book people — and some books — this winter.

Jan. 25: Jeanine Cummins at Parnassus Books 

In American Dirt, the much-anticipated novel by Jeanine Cummins, a Mexican woman makes a harrowing journey, traversing 1,000 miles to bring her son to safety in the U.S. Lydia and Luca are fleeing a cartel that murdered 16 members of their family, including Lydia’s journalist husband. “It’s so easy to think of immigrants as other,” Cummins told Publishers Weekly. “I think it’s all the easier to do when you don’t have access in an intimate way to the stories of people who are coming here.” The novel has received heaps of praise from prominent Latina authors Julia

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