Fierce Reads YA Author Event

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome four young adult authors on the Fierce Reads Tour. L.L. McKinney, Margaret Owen, Sara Faring, and Katy Rose Pool will be in conversation with Nashville librarian, Angela Frederick. Read on for important event guidelines, as well as more information about the authors and their books!

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. Your purchase of A Dream So Dark, The Merciful Crow, The Tenth Girl, or There Will Come A Darkness from Parnassus Books will come with a signing line ticket to join the signing line.

Video recording, audio recording, and/or live-streaming during author appearances and signings is not possible without prior written permission from the publisher and Parnassus Books.

Can't make it to the event, but still want to purchase an autographed or personalized book? Place your order below, enter "signed copy" plus any personalization details in the comments section of your order, and we'll have the author sign your books and ship them to you after the event!

More about L.L. McKinney and A Dream So Dark

Still reeling from her recent battle (and grounded until she graduates high school), Alice must cross the Veil to rescue her friends and stop the Black Knight once and for all. But the deeper she ventures into Wonderland, the more topsy-turvy everything becomes. It's not until she's at her wits end that she realizes--Wonderland is trying to save her.

There's a new player on the board; a poet capable of using Nightmares to not only influence the living but raise the dead. This Poet is looking to claim the Black Queen's power--and Alice's budding abilities--as their own.

Dreams have never been so dark in Wonderland, and if there is any hope of defeating this mystery poet's magic, Alice must confront the worst in herself, in the people she loves, and in the very nature of fear itself.

L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She's an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She's spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She's also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan


More about Margaret Owen and The Merciful Crow

Fie, a sixteen-year-old chieftain from a lowly cast of mercy-killers, must rely on her wits and bone magic to smuggle the crown prince of Sabor to safety.

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle, WA, while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.

More about Sara Faring and The Tenth Girl

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi--a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother--it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina's elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house--despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi's ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored... and one of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence.

Sara Faring is a multilingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. The Tenth Girl is her debut book. She currently resides in New York City.

More about Katy Rose Pool and There Will Come A Darkness

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations--until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world's salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them--or all of them--could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

Katy Rose Pool was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Katy spent a few years building websites by day and dreaming up prophecies by night. Currently, she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she can be found eating breakfast sandwiches, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and reading books that set her on fire. There Will Come a Darkness is her first novel.


Event date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
A Dream So Dark (The Nightmare-Verse #2) By L.L. McKinney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250153920
Availability: Backordered
Published: Imprint - September 24th, 2019

A Blade So Black (The Nightmare-Verse #1) By L.L. McKinney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250211668
Availability: Special Order - Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - September 24th, 2019

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow Series #1) By Margaret Owen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250191922
Availability: Availability to be confirmed
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 30th, 2019

The Tenth Girl By Sara Faring Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250304506
Availability: Availability to be confirmed
Published: Imprint - September 24th, 2019

There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) By Katy Rose Pool Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250211750
Availability: Availability to be confirmed
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 3rd, 2019