YA author event with Rachael Allen and Laurie Devore

Parnassus Books is pleased to present young adult authors Rachael Allen and Laurie Devore, who will discuss and sign their new books in conversation with Nashville's own Ashley Herring Blake. Read on for more information about the event, the authors, and their books.

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line and have books signed by each author at this event, you must purchase a copy of the author's new book from Parnassus Books, either in-store, over the phone, or online (scroll down). To have books signed by Rachael Allen, you must purchase A Taxonomy of Love; to have books signed by Laurie Devore, you must purchase Winner Takes All. If you would like to have books signed by both authors, you must purchase both books. A selection of each author's previous titles will be available for purchase at the event as supplies last.

Your book purchase will include a ticket that will admit you into the signing line at the event. By purchasing a book from Parnassus, you are not only supporting a locally owned, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to Parnassus. Beginning with our 2018 events, Parnassus event attendees may collect 10 eligible signing line tickets and redeem them at Parnassus for a coupon and a free tote bag.

Video recording, audio recording, and/or live-streaming during author appearances and signings is not possible without prior written permission from the publisher and Parnassus Books.

Can't make it to the event, but still want to purchase an autographed or personalized book? Place your order below, enter "signed copy" plus any personalization details in the comments section of your order, and we'll have the author sign your books and ship them to you after the event!

More about A Taxonomy of Love and Rachael Allen

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it's ... something at first sight. He knows she's special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of "friend" gets messier, too. 

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn't always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it's this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful. 

Rachael Allen is the author of 17 First Kisses and The Revenge Playbook. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs.

More about Winner Takes All and Laurie Devore

Visceral and whip-smart, this new novel by the author of How to Break a Boy paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection in a story about a girl who plays games of the heart with the school bad boy.

For Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.

For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.

They both have everything to lose.

Nell wants to succeed at everything--school, sports, life. And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy. Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead. They're a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.

Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives. But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win?

Laurie Devore was born and raised in small town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the south every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a "y'all" into every conversation. Her first novel was How to Break a Boy

Event date: 
Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
A Taxonomy of Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419725418
Availability: Backordered
Published: Amulet Books - January 9th, 2018

Winner Take All Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250082886
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
This book cannot be returned
Published: Imprint - January 30th, 2018