IN STORE: Jamie Sumner, author of Deep Water, in conversation with Olympic gold medalist, Ashley Whitney

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Jamie Sumner, author of the middle grade novel, Deep Water, in conversation with Olympic gold medalist, Ashley Whitney.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Wednesday, April 10th at 4:00pm Central Time. 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.)

About Deep Water

Six hours.
One marathon swim.

That's all Tully Birch needs to get her life straightened out. With the help of her best friend, Arch, Tully braves the waters of Lake Tahoe to break the record for the youngest person ever to complete the famous "Godfather swim." She wants to achieve something no one in the world has done, because if she does, maybe, just maybe, her mom will come back.

The swim starts off well--heart steady, body loose, Arch in charge of snacks as needed. But for Tully, all that time alone with her thoughts allows memories to surface. And in the silence of deep waters, sadness can sink you. When the swim turns dangerous, Tully fights for her survival. Does she keep going and risk her own safety and Arch's? Or does she quit to save them both, even if it means giving up hope that her mother will return?

About Jamie Sumner

Jamie Sumner is the author of Roll with ItTime to RollRolling OnTune It OutOne Kid's TrashThe Summer of JuneMaid for It, and Deep Water. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other publications. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids. She is also the mother of a son with cerebral palsy and has written extensively about parenting a child with special needs. She and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her at

About Ashley Whitney

Ashley Whitney, a Nashville native, is a true embodiment of excellence and dedication. With an impressive athletic career, she has achieved remarkable feats, including being a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and a silver medalist in the World Championship. Ashley's commitment to pushing her limits is demonstrated by her completion of the grueling Ironman race. As a member of the Open Water National Team and a two-time Swim the Suck champion, she is fueled by her passion for open water swimming. Beyond her athletic pursuits, Ashley also serves as a coach, sharing her expertise as a NAC masters swim coach and co-head coach for Seven Hills. In addition to her inspiring accomplishments, Ashley is a loving mother to two beautiful teenage girls. Her unwavering determination and love for open water sports make her an incredible role model for aspiring athletes and coaches alike.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

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Deep Water By Jamie Sumner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665935067
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2024