IN PERSON: Margaret Renkl, author of Graceland, at Last

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Margaret Renkl to celebrate the release of her new book, Graceland, at Last.

This is a free event which will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30pm Central Time at Harpeth Hall's Frances Bond Davis Theater. (Address and parking information provided below.)

Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks will be required during this event. 

About the Book

From the author of the bestselling #ReadWithJenna/TODAY Show book club pick Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

For the past four years, Margaret Renkl's columns have offered readers of The New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. Now more than sixty of those pieces have been brought together in this sparkling new collection.

"People have often asked me how it feels to be the 'voice of the South, '" writes Renkl in her introduction. "But I'm not the voice of the South, and no one else is, either." There are many Souths--red and blue, rural and urban, mountain and coast, Black and white and brown--and no one writer could possibly represent all of them. In Graceland, At Last, Renkl writes instead from her own experience about the complexities of her homeland, demonstrating along the way how much more there is to this tangled region than many people understand.

In a patchwork quilt of personal and reported essays, Renkl also highlights some other voices of the South, people who are fighting for a better future for the region. A group of teenagers who organized a youth march for Black Lives Matter. An urban shepherd whose sheep remove invasive vegetation. Church parishioners sheltering the homeless. Throughout, readers will find the generosity of spirit and deep attention to the world, human and nonhuman, that keep readers returning to her columns each Monday morning.

From a writer who "makes one of all the world's beings" (NPR), Graceland, At Last is a book full of gifts for Southerners and non-Southerners alike.

About the Author

Margaret Renkl is the author of Graceland, At Last and Late Migrations, which was a Read with Jenna/ TODAY Show book club selection. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in GuernicaLiterary HubProximity, and River Teeth, among others. She was the founding editor of Chapter 16, the daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina. She lives in Nashville.

Parking Information

The Frances Bond Davis theater is located within the McMurry Center for Arts and Athletics. Attendees can use the Esteswood Drive Parking Lot. Click here for a Harpeth Hall campus map! 

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Harpeth Hall School - Frances Bond Davis Theater
3801 Hobbs Road
Nashville, TN 37215

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Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781571311849
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - September 14th, 2021