2016 Selection

The Color of WaterJames McBride

2016 Sponsors: Nashville Public LibraryParnassus BooksHumanities TennesseeNashville Public Library Foundation, Bookpage, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Megan Barry 

2016 Participating organizations: Association of Personal Historians, Center for Refugees + Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT), East Side Story, Family of Abraham, FiftyForward, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Lipscomb University, MNPS, Nashville Jazz Workshop, Oasis Center, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Ride for Reading, The Stone Fox, Tennessee Brew Works, TSU, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Vanderbilt University

Past Selections

Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys – Spring 2015

Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2015 Sponsors: Nashville Public LibraryParnassus BooksHumanities TennesseeNashville Public Library FoundationMayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean

2015 Participating organizations: FiftyForward, Lipscomb University, MNPS, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Vanderbilt University

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler – Spring 2014

2014 Author Talk Recording, Book Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.

2014 Sponsors: Nashville Public LibraryParnassus BooksHumanities TennesseeNashville Public Library FoundationMayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean

2014 Participating organizations: Yazoo Brewing Company, M.L. Rose, Bongo Java Roasting Co., SILO, Ugly Mugs, Nashville Farmers’ Market, The Pied Piper Creamery, Fifty Forwards Knowles, Nashville MTA, Primate Rescue Center, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Family Tree Design, The Belcourt, The Writing Studio at Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University

Life of Pi, Yann Martel – Spring 2013

Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2013 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Nashville Public Library, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood - Fall 2012

Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2012 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, McNeely Pigott & FoxPublic Relations, LLC, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean