IN STORE: Mary Robinette Kowal, author of The Spare Man

Cocktails & Mystery - Join us as we celebrate the launch of Hugo Award Winning author Mary Robinette Kowal's newest book The Spare Man. This book blends her no-nonsense approach to life in space with her talent for creating glittering high-society in a stylish SF mystery.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Tuesday, October 11th 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 Event

As part of the Interplanetary Space Ship Lindgren's onboard activities, guests are invited to meet the author on the promenade deck. Our cruise staff invites you to show off your interpretation of the latest in space cruise wear as part of an onboard costume contest (teal, purple and gold are in fashion this season) as we enjoy stellar cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. 

Each guest will receive a mission patch from the Interplanetary Space Ship Lindgren. 

About the Book

Hugo, Locus, and Nebula-Award winner Mary Robinette Kowal blends her no-nonsense approach to life in space with her talent for creating glittering high-society in this stylish SF mystery, The Spare Man.

Tesla Crane, a brilliant inventor and an heiress, is on her honeymoon on an interplanetary space liner, cruising between the Moon and Mars. She’s traveling incognito and is reveling in her anonymity. Then someone is murdered and the festering chowderheads who run security have the audacity to arrest her spouse. Armed with banter, martinis and her small service dog, Tesla is determined to solve the crime so that the newlyweds can get back to canoodling—and keep the real killer from striking again.

About the Author

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning alternate history novel, The Calculating Stars, the first book in the Lady Astronaut series. She is also the author of The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo Awards, the Nebula, and Locus Awards. Her stories appear in Asimov'sUncanny, and several Year's Best anthologies. Mary Robinette has also worked as a professional puppeteer, is a member of the Award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and Neal Stephenson. She lives in Tennessee with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit her online at

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
The Spare Man By Mary Robinette Kowal Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250829177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - October 11th, 2022