Free and open to the public.
Last month, at least 150 people packed into Parnassus Books to support Margaret Renkl, New York Times opinion writer and former Scene contributor, who just published her first book at age 57. Renkl is the patron saint of Tennessee authors. She has worked tirelessly for decades to promote their books, offer guidance and create communities of writers across the state. Her book, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, is a collection of essays about the natural world. She weaves meditations about Carolina wrens and rat snakes with snapshots of her family history, and common themes rise to the surface between these seemingly disparate topics. Noted author and Parnassus Books co-owner Ann Patchett says the book “has the makings of an American classic.” We have to agree. You can crowd into Harpeth Hall’s McMurry-Frances Bond Davis Theater for another reading and discussion with Renkl. You’ll see the world differently afterward — promise.