About Salon@615

Salon@615 is an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books and Humanities Tennessee designed to nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting bestselling authors for talks and book signings. Since its inception in early 2011, Salon@615 has become a regular and vital author series on Nashville’s cultural calendar.

Partner Organizations


Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library

The Nashville Public Library system offers a collection of two million items including books, DVDs, CDs, and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, as well as more than 1,000 public-use computers, 24/7 reference assistance, and free exhibits and programs.


Humanities Tennessee

Humanities Tennessee

Humanities Tennessee is a private, non-profit organization and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The organization conducts literary and history programs statewide and supports museums and rural organizations through a statewide grants program. Among the organization’s literature and language programs are The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written WordChapter16.org, and many Young Readers and Writers Programs.


Parnassus Books

Parnassus Books


Nashville Public Library Foundation

Nashville Public Library Foundation

The Nashville Public Library Foundation, established in 1997, has raised more than $25 million for such purposes as enhancing the exquisite Grand Reading Room, the Bridgestone/Firestone Conference Center, the beautiful Robinson Courtyard, the Civil Rights Room and adding more than 150,000 items to library collections. The Foundation also supports the award winning preschool literacy program, Bringing Books to Life, the Nashville Public Library Literary Award, Salon615, Writer’s Circle and presents the Nashville International Puppet Festival.



Salon Archive

Stream audio and video of past Salon@615 events. Subscribe to the Salon@615 podcast in iTunes or get the latest archive recordings by email.

From the Archive: Nikki Giovanni

Poet, activist, mother, and professor Nikki Giovanni discussed her latest book, Chasing Utopia: Poems.

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From the Archive: Marisha Pessl in Conversation with Adam Ross

Marisha Pessl discussed her literary thriller Night Film with fellow author Adam Ross.Pessl’s prize-winning debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, was...

From the Archive: Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs–the number one New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors–discussed his latest book, This Is How: Surviving...