About Nashville Reads

Nashville Reads is a way of bringing the entire city together to read great literature, in an attempt to broaden the literary horizons and open up a forum for discussion. Here are past years’ selections.

Dreamers (Soñadores), by Yuyi Morales

2020 Season Info (English)

2020 Season Info (Spanish)

2020 Partners: Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Lipscomb University, Mayor's Office - Mayor John Cooper

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

2019 Season Info

2019 Sponsor: Advance Financial Foundation

The Potlikker Papers, by John T Edge

2018 Season Info

2018 Partners: Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Bookpage, Mayor’s Office – Mayor David Briley

March: Book One, by John Lewis

2017 Synopsis and Author Info

2017 Sponsor: Ingram Content Group

2017 Partners: Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Bookpage, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Megan Barry

The Color of Water, by James McBride

2016 Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2016 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Bookpage, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Megan Barry

2016 Participating organizations: Association of Personal Historians, Bongo Java Roasting Company, Center for Refugees + Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT), East Side Story, Family of Abraham, FiftyForward, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Gordon Jewish Community Center, Lipscomb University, MNPS, Nashville Jazz Workshop, Oasis Center, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Ride for Reading, The Stone Fox, Tennessee Brew Works, TSU, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Vanderbilt University

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

2015 Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2015 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean

2015 Participating organizations: FiftyForward, Lipscomb University, MNPS, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Vanderbilt University

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

2014 Book Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2014 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean

2014 Participating organizations: Yazoo Brewing Company, M.L. Rose, Bongo Java Roasting Co., SILO, Ugly Mugs, Nashville Farmers’ Market, The Pied Piper Creamery, Fifty Forwards Knowles, Nashville MTA, Primate Rescue Center, The Porch Writers’ Collective, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Family Tree Design, The Belcourt, The Writing Studio at Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

2013 Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2013 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Nashville Public Library, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

2012 Synopsis, Reading Guide, Author Info

2012 Sponsors: Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, McNeely Pigott & FoxPublic Relations, LLC, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Karl F. Dean