VIRTUAL EVENT: Salon@615 Special Edition with Ruta Sepetys, in conversation with Alan Gratz

Parnassus Books in partnership with Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Humanities TN, and Bookpage, is thrilled to welcome Ruta Sepetys, as a special edition of our Salon@615 speaker series. Join us Tuesday, February 1st at 6:15 pm Central, as Ruta discusses her new book, I Must Betray You, in conversation with Alan Gratz, author of GROUND ZERO.

This is a ticketed virtual event which will take place on Zoom. Reserve your spot through the Eventbrite link below.

Please note: There are FOUR ticketing options available for this event and you must purchase your ticket by 5:15 pm Central time on the day of the event in order to attend. You may request a personalized book when you purchase your ticket. Please read carefully.

  • $21.00 which includes a signed, hardcover copy of I Must Betray You and in-store pickup at Parnassus Books.
  • $30.00 which includes a signed, hardcover copy of I Must Betray You and priority rate shipping to a U.S. address
  • 43.50 which includes a signed, hardcover copy of I Must Betray You and shipping to a non-US address
  • $5.00 donation ticket which does NOT include a book.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered ticketholders on the day of the event. Books will not be shipped or available for pick-up until after the event. All attendees who select in-store pickup will be notified when their book is available. 

About the Book:

A gut-wrenching, startling historical thriller about communist Romania and the citizen spy network that devastated a nation, from the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray.

Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren't free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.

Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He's left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves--or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.

Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives. But what is the cost of freedom?

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys is back with a historical thriller that examines the little-known history of a nation defined by silence, pain, and the unwavering conviction of the human spirit.

About Ruta Sepetys:

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 EasySalt to the Sea, and The Fountains of Silence 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.

About Alan Gratz:

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Ground Zero, Allies, Grenade, Refugee, Projekt 1065, and Prisoner B-3087, all of which have won numerous awards and accolades. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Alan now lives with his wife and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina. 

About Salon @615:

Salon@615 is an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, and BookPage magazine, designed to nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting bestselling authors for talks and book signings. Since its inception in early 2011, Salon@615 has become a regular and vital author series on Nashville’s cultural calendar.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 6:15pm
Event address: 
Virtual event: Zoom