Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, Nikki Giovanni Top Star-Studded Salon@615 Fall Calendar



Night Film author Marisha Pessl by David Schulze
  • Night Film author Marisha Pessl by David Schulze
Last week Country Life passed along the preliminary list of authors for October's 25th anniversary Southern Festival of Books, a roster that ranges from Bill Bryson and Chuck Palahnuik to Andrew Solomon, Jonathan Tropper and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie author Ayana Mathis. But if anyone worried that event would concentrate all the season's author appearances in one crowded weekend, take a look at the fall schedule Humanities Tennessee's Salon@615 series just unveiled.

In partnership with the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus Books, Salon@615 brings in touring and local authors for readings and signings, free and open to the public. This fall's schedule starts Sept. 12 with Marisha Pessl, author of the award-winning Special Topics in Calamity Physics, whose new snuff-cinema literary thriller Night Film has drawn some of the summer's hottest buzz. Pessl is a best-selling writer with reams of breathless coverage online — and it says much for this fall's slate of appearances that she's the least-known talent on the slate.

She's followed by The Secret History author Donna Tartt (Oct. 22), Garrison Keillor (Oct. 28), Pat Conroy (Oct. 29), Eat Pray Love's Elizabeth Gilbert (Nov. 1), Wally Lamb (Nov. 5), Amy Tan (Nov. 18, previously seen in Nashville performing "These Boots Are Made for Walkin' " at the late 328 Performance Hall in dominatrix gear with the Rock Bottom Remainders), and poet Nikki Giovanni (Nov. 20). There's also a Nov. 4 celebration of Parnassus co-founder Ann Patchett's new book, which carries the Tolstoy-be-damned title This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

Schedule is below; for ticket information (including sale dates), click here.

Thursday, Sept. 12
Marisha Pessl
Marisha Pessl will discuss her highly anticipated second novel, Night Film, a literary thriller. Pessl's prize-winning debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt will discuss her book The Goldfinch.

Monday, Oct. 28
Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor is an author, storyteller, humorist, and celebrated radio host of A Prairie Home Companion. O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound is his first poetry collection.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy will discuss The Death of Santini, his memoir of his father. Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of nine books, including The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides.

Friday, Nov. 1
Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert is the acclaimed author of five books of fiction and nonfiction. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam and beyond.

Monday, Nov. 4
Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett will discuss This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, which blends literature and memoir, and examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb will discuss his latest work, We Are Water, a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy. Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, two of which were No. 1 New York Times bestsellers.

Monday, Nov. 18
Amy Tan
Amy Tan will discuss her new novel, The Valley of Amazement. The book maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history — and the mystery of an evocative painting known as "The Valley of Amazement."

Wednesday, Nov. 20
Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni will discuss her new book Chasing Utopia: Poems. Poet, activist, mother, and professor, Nikki Giovanni is a five-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.

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