IN PERSON: James Patterson in conversation with John M. Seigenthaler

James Patterson author photo, credit Stephanie DianiThe Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, Dialogue Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, in partnership with Parnassus Books, are thrilled to present an evening with James Patterson, in conversation with John M. Seigenthaler, to discuss Patterson's new book, The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians, and his prolific writing career, support for literacy initiatives, and the power of books and reading.

This ticketed event will begin at 6:45 PM on April 11th, at Vanderbilt University's Langford Auditorium - 2209 Garland Avenue, Nashville Tn, 37232. Doors will open at 5:30.

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Each ticket is $31.00 and includes one general admission seat and one copy of The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians, which you will receive at check-in. Books will not be signed and there will not be a signing line for this event.


  • Parking will be available in the 25th Avenue Garage at 2401 Highland Ave., Nashville, TN 37212.
  • Please use the entrance on Highland Avenue to access the garage. The other entrances may be blocked due to construction.

About the book:

This "celebration of the world of books" (Kirkus) serves up "comfort food for bookworms" (Publishers Weekly) in true stories from the booksellers and librarians--the superheroes of reading--as told to the greatest storyteller of our time, James Patterson.

To be a bookseller or librarian...

You have to play detective.

Be a treasure hunter. A matchmaker. An advocate. A visionary.

A person who creates "book joy" by pulling a book from a shelf, handing it to someone and saying, "You've got to read this. You're going to love it."

Step inside The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians and enter a world where you can feed your curiosities, discover new voices, find whatever you want or require. This place has the magic of rainbows and unicorns, but it's also a business. The book business.

Meet the smart and talented people who live between the pages--and who can't wait to help you find your next favorite book.

About the author:

James Patterson is the most popular storyteller of our time. He is the creator of unforgettable characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, Jane Smith, and Maximum Ride, and of breathtaking true stories about the Kennedys, John Lennon, and Tiger Woods, as well as our military heroes, police officers, and ER nurses. He has coauthored #1 bestselling novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton, told the story of his own life in James Patterson by James Patterson, and received an Edgar Award, ten Emmy Awards, the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, and the National Humanities Medal.



Event date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Langford Auditorium
2209 Garland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232