IN STORE: John Scalzi, author of Starter Villain

Humanities Tennessee and Parnassus Books are pleased to present an evening with John Scalzi as he discusses his new book, Starter Villain, as part of the 35th annual Southern Festival of Books.

This is a ticketed event which will take place IN STORE on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30pm Central Time. 


Each ticket is $32.00 and includes one general admission seat and one signed copy of Starter Villain. There will be a signing line following the event where John Scalzi will personalize your book. In addition, John will sign up to 3 backlist titles.

Additional copies of some of John's previous titles will be available for sale at the event while supplies last.

About the book:

Inheriting your uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might think. Particularly when you discover who's running the place.

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan.

Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie.

But becoming a supervillain isn't all giant laser death rays and lava pits. Jake had enemies, and now they're coming after Charlie. His uncle might have been a stand-up, old-fashioned kind of villain, but these are the real thing: rich, soulless predators backed by multinational corporations and venture capital.

It's up to Charlie to win the war his uncle started against a league of supervillains. But with unionized dolphins, hyper-intelligent talking spy cats, and a terrifying henchperson at his side, going bad is starting to look pretty good.

In a dog-eat-dog a cat.

About the author:

John Scalzi is one of the most popular SF authors of his generation. His debut Old Man's War won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts (which won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel), and 2020's The Last Emperox. Material from his blog, Whatever, has also earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

About the Southern Festival of Books:

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is among the oldest literary festivals in the country, annually welcoming hundreds of authors and thousands of visitors to Nashville each October. Find out more at



Event date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215