IN STORE: Karen Outen, author of Dixon, Descending, in conversation with Margaret Littman

Author photo of Karen OutenMargaret Littman's photoParnassus Books is pleased to welcome Karen Outen to celebrate her new book, Dixon, Descending, in conversation with Margaret Littman.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Thursday, February 8th at 6:30pm 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.) Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.

About the Book

A powerful, heart-wrenching debut novel about ambition, survival, and our responsibility toward one another

Dixon was once an Olympic-level runner. But he missed the team by two-tenths of a second, and ever since that pain decades ago, he hasn't allowed a goal to consume him. But when his charming older brother, Nate, suggests that they attempt to be the first Black American men to summit Mount Everest, Dixon can't refuse. The brothers are determined to prove something--to themselves and to each other.

Dixon interrupts his orderly life as a school psychologist, leaving behind disapproving friends, family, and one particularly fragile student, Marcus. Once on the mountain, they are met with extreme weather conditions, oxygen deprivation, and precarious terrain. But as much as they've prepared for this, Mt. Everest is always fickle. And in one devastating moment, Dixon's world is upended.

Dixon returns home and attempts to resume his job, but things have shifted: for him and for the students he left behind when he chose Mt. Everest. Ultimately, Dixon must confront the truth of what happened on the mountain and come to terms with who can and cannot be saved. DIXON, DESCENDING offers us a captivating, shattering portrait of the ways we're reshaped by our decisions--and what it takes to angle ourselves, once again, toward hope.

About the Author

Karen Outen's fiction has appeared in Glimmer TrainThe North American ReviewEssence, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has been a fellow at both the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Maryland.

About Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman tells the stories of the people and places of the South. A journalist and author, she’s written several Moon Travel Guides, including “Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip” along the historic Natchez Trace and “52 Things to Do in Nashville.” Her children’s book, “It’s Her Story: Irena Sendler,” introduces kids to difficult decisions people made during the Holocaust. She regularly writes for Condé Nast Traveler, Preservation magazine and the Nashville Scene. Her favorite way to explore a new place is by paddleboard, and she has paddled in all 50 states.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

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Dixon, Descending: A Novel By Karen Outen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593473450
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - February 6th, 2024