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Ann Patchett

Author Ann Patchett is our very first featured Bookstore Champion! We’re proud to say that Ann has been a friend and supporter of since the beginning. In 2011 she opened independent bookstore Parnassus Books — a partner store — in Nashville, Tennessee, with business partner Karen Hayes. Ann has used her platform as a renowned author and bookstore owner to bring attention to the importance and value of independent bookstores in their communities.

Ann’s featured audiobooks

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“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”

Ann Patchett, Author and Owner of Parnassus Books

Parnassus Books Cares About Us. Does Amazon?

Parnassus Books is normally the happiest place in Nashville, cheerful with bantering booksellers and wagging shop dogs and everybody-knows-your-name regulars and out-of-towners wearing the stunned look of a child in an endless candy aisle. But when I stopped in last week, the store was too quiet, too still. “What’s going on?” I asked Andy Brennan, the manager. He looked at me for a long moment. “Amazon is opening a store at the mall,” he finally said...

By Margaret Renkl • The New York Times

Read the Article The Audiobook App That’s Changing How You Listen to Books

Love a good audiobook? Us, too. No, really — we do. Parnassus booksellers may spend their days preaching the gospel of the printed page, but sometimes we have to sit through a long road-trip or knock out a few hours of household chores (ugh, laundry) — occasions when an audiobook makes for perfect entertainment. Many of you have told us you feel the same way...

Musing: A Publication of Parnassus Books

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The Bookstore Strikes Back

Two years ago, when Nashville lost its only in-town bookstores, the novelist Ann Patchett decided to step into the breach. Parnassus Books, which Patchett and two veteran booksellers envisioned, designed, financed, and manage, is now open for business and enjoying the ride.

The Atlantic

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The Bookstore Champions award recognizes individuals who actively advocate for local bookstores through their platforms, influence, and contributions.

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