Virtual Event: Parnassus Book Club Featuring Ruta Sepetys' Fountains of Silence

The Parnassus Book Club is delighted to welcome author of The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys, for a virtual conversation with Kathy Schultenover, in a private Zoom meeting.

Attendees are invited to join either of two sessions: Monday, January 25, 2021 or Tuesday, January 26, 2021, both at 6:30pm Central Time. 

Advance registration is required to reserve a space for this special event. To sign up to receive notifications about registering for Parnassus Book Club meetings, please complete this form. The Parnassus Book Club convenor, Kathy Schultenover, will send an email when registration opens, and she will take reservations until each of the two sessions is full. Several days before the event, Kathy will send partcipants the link to use for the meeting. 


Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography—and fate—introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War—as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence—inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain.


Ruta Sepetys is an internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist, as her books are read by both teens and adults worldwide. Her novels Between Shades of GrayOut of the Easy, and Salt to the Sea have won or been shortlisted for more than forty book prizes, and are included on more than sixty state award lists. Between Shades of Gray was adapted into the film Ashes in the Snow, and her other novels are currently in development for TV and film. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is passionate about the power of history and literature to foster global awareness and connectivity. She has presented to NATO, to the European Parliament, in the United States Capitol, and at embassies worldwide. Ruta was born and raised in Michigan and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. 


Parnassus Books is thrilled to host Ruta in conversation with Kathy Schultenover, the Parnassus Book Club convenor for an hour-long session. This month's meeting format will showcase our special guest, allowing for a larger number of participants than usual. To sign up to receive notifications about registering for Parnassus Book Club meetings, please complete this form. Kathy will send an email announcement to those who have expressed interest when registration opens for these two sessions, and she will manage the registration list. Kathy will distribute the Zoom link to participants before each evening's session. Please address any questions about this event or ones you may have for Ruta directly to Kathy.

Event date: 
Monday, January 25, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
The Fountains of Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142423639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2020

The Fountains of Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399160318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019