IN PERSON: Kwame Alexander, author of The Door of No Return

Parnassus Books and the Nashville Public Library Foundation are pleased to present Kwame Alexander, author of The Door of No Return

This event will take place in the auditorium at the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 pm Central. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. Masks are strongly encouraged at this event and required to enter the signing line.

A ticket is required to attend this event. Purchase your ticket below! 


There are two ticket options for this event.

  • A one person/one book, general admission ticket costs $ 21 and includes one seat at the event and one copy of The Door of No Return.
  • A two person/one book, general admission ticket costs $ 25 and includes two seats at the event and one copy of The Door of No Return

About The Door of No Return

Dreams are today’s answers for tomorrow’s questions.
11-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. Its mysterious, immersive quality. The rich, earthy scent of the current. The clearness, its urgent whisper that beckons with promises and secrets…
Kofi has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves these things above all else: his family, the fireside tales of his father’s father, a girl named Ama, and, of course, swimming. Some say he moves like a minnow, not just an ordinary boy so he’s hoping to finally prove himself in front of Ama and his friends in a swimming contest against his older, stronger cousin.
But before this can take place, a festival comes to the villages of Upper and Lower Kwanta and Kofi’s brother is chosen to represent Upper Kwanta in the wrestling contest. Encircled by cheering spectators and sounding drums, the two wrestlers from different villages kneel, ready to fight. 
You are only fine, until you are not.
The match is over before it has barely begun, when the unthinkable–a sudden death–occurs…
The river does not care how grown you are. 

As his world turns upside down, Kofi soon ends up in a fight for his life. What happens next will send him on a harrowing journey across land and sea, and away from everything he loves.

About Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his Newbery Medal-winning novel The Crossover and The Undefeated, winner of the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor. He is the founding editor of Versify, which aims to change the world one word at a time.


The Main Library parking garage is directly under the library. Entrances to the garage are on Sixth and Seventh Avenues between Church and Commerce Streets. Handicap parking is located on the 4th level of the garage. Bring parking ticket inside the library to get it stamped/validated for reduced price. (Free : First 90 Minutes with Validation, $3.00: Each additional half hour, up to 12 hours)


Event date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219