This fall, Humanities Tennessee, in partnership with the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books, is excited to present an outstanding lineup of authors for the Salon@615 series at the Main Library in Downtown Nashville.
To kick off the series on September 18, actress-turned-writer Molly Ringwald will be discussing her debut “novel in short stories,” When it Happens to You. This collection follows a Los Angeles family through their everyday lives, revealing the everyday pains we all know and share.
On September 20, we welcome Nashville author Jennie Fields and Irene Goldman-Price for an evening of readings and conversation about Edith Wharton. Fields' new novel is Age of Desire, about Wharton's relationship with a reporter. Goldman-Price is the author of My Dear Governness: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann.
On October 1, author Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis will be discussing the second installment in their middle grade fantasy adventure epic Wildwood Chronicles, Under Wildwood. Rock fans will recognize Colin Meloy as the singer and songwriter for The Decemberists and children's lit fans will recognize Carson Ellis's work from Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead, Dillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. This event will be held at the Nashville Children's Theater.
Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, will join us on October 2 to discuss his new novel Telegraph Avenue, the story of record-store owners and midwives in San Francisco that is already being called “the NorCal Middlemarch.”
On October 9, there will be a special lunchtime book signing at 1:00 p.m. at the downtown Nashville Public Library with Caroline Kennedy, who wrote the forward to the new book Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.
Louise Erdrich, known for her brilliant accounts of Native-American life will discuss her novel The Round House on October 9. This new novel tells the story of a boy coming of age on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota in the aftermath of a horrible crime.
Another celebrated chronicler of Native-American life, Sherman Alexie will discuss his new collection of short stories, Blasphemy, on October 18. Bringing together fifteen of his classic stories with fifteen new tales, this is a great book for those new to Alexie’s work as well as his long-time fans.
On Saturday, October 20, we welcome Patricia Cornwell to University School of Nashville for a 2:00 pm talk, followed by signing. Cornwell's new book is The Bone Bed.
Mystic River and Shutter Island novelist Dennis Lehane will join us on October 23. Lehane’s newest novel, Live by Night is the story of a gangster in prohibition-era America, following one man’s rise from a common thief to one of the most successful rum runners on the Gulf Coast.
On November 5, Mem Fox will bring us to a younger crowd. The bestselling children’s book author will discuss her newest book, Tell Me About Your Day Today, a story about a boy and his beloved stuffed animals illustrated by the award-winning Lauren Stinger.
Ann Patchett says that our next author, Emma Donoghue, “writes books that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.” Donoghue, author of last year’s bestselling ROOM, will join us on November 13 to discuss, Astray, her new book about crossing borders physical and otherwise.
Barbara Kingsolver is known to both literary fiction enthusiasts and foodies. The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle author will come to the library on November 27 to discuss Flight Behavior. This newest novel tackles the contentious issue of climate change through characters of Kingsolver’s native Appalachia.
Finally, on December 13, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Jon Meacham will join us to discuss his newest work, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. This newest biography of our third president shows that Jefferson’s genius lay in that he was both philosopher and politician.
All events will be held at 6:15 in the auditorium of the Main Library in downtown Nashville. Events are free and tickets are not required, but if you would like to guarantee a seat, they can be reserved for at ticketsnashville.com two weeks in advance of the event. Tickets Nashville charges a $2.50 service fee. Also, keep your eyes open for a new dedicated Salon@615 website launching this August that will help you stay up to date with all of our author events, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook! We hope to see you at the library!
Salon@615 Fall Events:
Molly Ringwald: September 18
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis: October 1, Nashville Children's Theater
Michael Chabon: October 2
Louise Erdrich: October 9
Sherman Alexie: October 18
Dennis Lehane: October 23
Mem Fox: November 5
Emma Donoghue: November 13
Barbara Kingsolver: November 27
Jon Meacham: December 13