IN STORE: Sophomore Novel Panel with Rachel Beanland, Blair Hurley, Claire Gibson, and Lauren Francis-Sharma

Please note: Lauren Francis-Sharma will unfortunately not be able to attend this event as previously announced.

Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Rachel Beanland, Blair Hurley, Claire Gibson, and Lauren Francis-Sharma for a special panel discussing the challenges and and joys that come with writing a second book. When it comes to writing and publishing, building a career and making art, how do we separate the sacred from the profane, the creative process from the business of books? As we expand our horizons to include a new cast of characters, how do we best contend with our demons, self-doubts, and the tendency all humans have toward self-aggrandizement? After having a short discussion about their current published works, they will have a frank discussion about art and life, and the community support we need to tackle hard projects. 

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Tuesday, October 19th 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 will be required during this event. 

About the Authors

Rachel Beanland is the author of Florence Adler Swims Forever, which was released in July 2020 by Simon & Schuster. The book was selected as the Barnes & Noble Book Club pick for July, and was named a Featured Debut by Amazon and an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association. It was also named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the best books of 2020 by USA Today, and was recently recognized with the 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction. Rachel received her MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Richmond where she is at work on her second novel.

Blair Hurley is the author of The Devoted, published by W.W. Norton, which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her work is published or forthcoming in Electric Literature, The Georgia Review, Ninth Letter, Guernica, Paris Review Daily, West Branch, and elsewhere. She received a 2018 Pushcart Prize and two Pushcart Prize nominations in 2019.

Claire Gibson is the author of Beyond the Point, published by HarperCollins' William Morrow, which was selected as a Book of the Month Club pick for April 2019 and optioned by a major Hollywood studio for development as a television series. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Garden & Gun among many other publications. Claire lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two young children. 

Lauren Francis-Sharma is the author of Book of the Little Axe, the 2020 American Library Association’s “Libraries Transform Book Pick” and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction. Her first novel, 'Til the Well Runs Dry was awarded the Honor Fiction Prize by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School. Her more recent work can be found at Barrelhouse, ElectricLit, The Lily, as well as the anthology, Us Against Alzheimer’s. Lauren is a book reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle, a MacDowell Fellow, serves on the board of The PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and is the Assistant Director of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

Registration: Sophomore Novelist Panel

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Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982132477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

The Devoted: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357301
Availability: Availability to be confirmed
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Beyond the Point: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062853745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 2nd, 2019

'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250074676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
This book cannot be returned
Published: Picador - September 15th, 2015

Book of the Little Axe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - May 18th, 2021