Weekly Highlights – July 15-20


Author event with J. Courtney Sullivan at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

#YeahYA Harlequin Teen Author Fest 2013 at Books-A-Million – 6:30pm
Harlequin Teen authors are a tour of book stores. The tour offers titles from contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, and romance and will feature the following writers:

  • JULIE KAGAWA (author of Iron Fey & The Blood of Eden series)
  • AIMÉE CARTER (author of The Goddess Test series)
  • KAREN ANN HOPKINS (author of the Temptation series)

Open House: A Comedy Open Mic Night at The Mercy Lounge – 8pm, 21+
Open House is a comedy open mic for people who love comedy and openness. It will be a night of joy, tears and the occasional snort-laugh. So, come on down and watch some comedians tell funnies OR hop onstage and give it a try yourself. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
Featuring  Jordan Hull, Charlie, The Inscape, Kinship, Hello Walls, Bear in the Campsite, Timm and Farrah.


Let’s Talk books with Donna Nicely and Bill Ivey at Paranssus Books – 1:30pm
Please join moderator Donna Nicely and local author Bill Ivey for an afternoon of recommended reads

Nashville Civil War Lecture Series: Mark Brown presents The Homefront at the Belmont Mansion – 4:30pm
The Metropolitan Historical Commission and 16 state and local partners announce the Nashville Civil War Lecture Series and the release of a new Civil War history brochure. The lecture series will take place on the third Tuesday of the month, May through October, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, at a new location each month, offering a unique opportunity to explore the stories of Civil War Nashville in some of the city’s most exquisite historic sites.

Patrick Sweany In-Store at Grimey’s – 6pm
From Grimey’s: “Our pal Patrick Sweany continues to make his mark on the music scene. His Piedmont picking style and Delta-influenced slide playing, along with his deep, smooth resonant voice grabbed the attention of Dan Auerbach, who produced 2 of Patrick’s 4 previous records. He’s toured with The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, Paul Thorn and more. His latest record, “Close To The Floor,” hits the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded to 2″ tape in Nashville, TN and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allison Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Jon Radford (Luella, Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt), and Ryan Norris (Lambchop), among others. It’s his best yet and we’ve got Patrick Sweany performing a raucous live set in the record store on the day his new album is released!”


Kamryn Person at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
Performing at recitals, town fairs, and other small venues around Massachusetts by eight years old, Kamryn never failed to impress those who heard her. Kamryn writes like a pro, bringing authentic country lyrics and acoustic guitar to each and every one of her recordings. Mixing in the traditional country roots of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams with the upbeat and rowdy crowd-pleasing style of the classic outlaws, Kamryn brings something to the table that not many do; traditional country in a seventeen year old performer.

Author Event: Steven Womack at McKay Books – 7pm
Edgar award-winning author, Steven Womack, will be reading excerpts from his novel “By Blood Written”.


Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park – 5pm
Featuring Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue, The Kingston Springs, Sol Cat, and Roots of a Rebellion.

Author event with Michael Harvey at Parnassus Books – 6:30pm
The booksellers at Parnassus Books could not be more thrilled to welcome Michael Harvey to the store for an evening of discussion of his new book The Innocence Game.


Film Screening: My Favorite Brunette at Cookeville Depot Museum – 8pm
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and an appetite for popcorn and drinks. The movie is FREE, and the popcorn and drinks are only $1.

Star Party at Bowie Nature Center – 8:30pm
Star parties are a great way to become acquainted with the real night sky. Astronomy enthusiasts from all around the area gather under a clear night sky to view the astronomical sights above. It doesn’t matter whether you have a degree in astrophysics or you don’t know which end of a telescope to look in, everyone is welcome. Even if you’re just a beginner, a star party can be a great introduction to the night sky. If you have a telescope or binoculars, bring them along – the more, the merrier!


“Water, Water Everywhere” at Warner Parks Nature Center – 9:30am-3pm
Explore the water cycle, get wet in Vaughn’s Creek, and learn about your own water usage during this celebration of life-giving water.

Superhero Day at he Academy of Indian Lake Village – 10am-2pm
Come on out to an amazing Superhero Day at The Academy of Indian Lake Village Child Development Center and Preschool. They will have awesome superheros to meet, bounce houses, food, games, activities, and real local heros.

Puppet Truck Presents Aesop’s Fables at the North Library Branch (10am), Inglewod Branch (2pm)
A bright new adaptation of Aesop’s classic tales comes to you complete with puppets, humor and wisdom. Stay tuned for a classic race, a new friendship, some not so tasty grapes, and many more stories. Laugh until you cry or until you’ve learned your lesson. Running time: 30 minutes

Shelby Past & Present: A Centennial Commemorative at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 11am
Head over to the nature center to pick up your copy of the book dedicated to the park, Shelby Past & Present: A Centennial Commemorative. Learn the history and browse the gorgeous photos that make up this book by East Nashville’s Bill Schumm. Bill will be on hand with books to purchase and sign.

Middle TN Genealogical Society: Finding Your Ancestors through 19th Century Photography at FiftyForward Patricia Hart Building – 1pm
Lynda Massey, a native Nashvillian, and Coordinator at the Belle Meade Plantation.  She is a member of several Historical Organizations including The United Daughters of the Confederacy and DAR.  Ms. Massey will speak on the topic Finding Your Ancestors through 19th Century Photography.  She became interested in photography upon inheriting ancestral photographs.  During her presentation, she will explain how to identify, date, and care for your photographs.  Don’t miss this outstanding presentation.  There is no charge for this meeting and refreshments will be served.

Former Preds Coach Brent Peterson Signs New Book at Vandy B&N – 2pm
Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt proudly welcomes Brent Peterson to our store for an exclusive discussion and book signing.


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  • MC

    Please update!! I need a social life back!!!

  • Pip

    Where did you go again??

  • John

    Dammit. Come back.

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