Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Superbooks Sunday

On game day, Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes will be featured on Oprah’s network, OWN

January 28, 2013 When a person takes a late lunch break and heads over to the local bookshop on a mid-week winter afternoon, she might expect to spend a quiet hour in the abandoned stacks.

At the most famous independent bookstore in America, however, it’s never very still, much less abandoned. If you’d stepped inside Nashville’s Parnassus Books on Wednesday, you’d have been joining a crew from Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, there to interview co-owners Karen Hayes and Ann Patchett. The much-interviewed pair were discussing the founding of the bookstore and their hopes for its future–and for the future of bookselling in America. Look for the show, a segment of “Super Soul Sunday,” on February 3.

Click here to read Chapter 16’s Q&A with Patchett and Hayes about the opening of Parnassus, and here to read the site’s full coverage of the bookstore and the book tour that launched it.

January 31 update: Click here for a preview of the part of the “Super Soul Sunday” episode which features Patchett and Parnassus Books.