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Nashville Reads kicks off campaign

Fowler novel chosen for city read program

Humanities Tennessee joins Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books to launch the third Nashville Reads campaign. The goal of the yearly initiative is to unite the entire city in reading a great piece of literature at the same time.

This year’s Nashville Reads novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, tells the story of a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way – except one.

Nearly 1,000 free copies of Fowler’s book now blanket the city. They are on city buses, at city parks and community centers, in restaurants, gyms, shops and coffee houses across the county.

Marked with a “Take Me, Read Me, Leave Me” sticker, these books are available for people to pick up, read and leave for the next person to discover. Metro high schools across Davidson County also received copies of Fowler’s book for their school library collections.

Other highlights of the Nashville Reads campaign include:

• “Drop Everything and Read Day” on Monday, March 3:

o At 2 p.m., Mayor Dean and a group of special guests will read excerpts from Fowler’s book during a reception at the Main Library, 615 Church Street.


• Three contests: a 1200-word story contest, a six-word essay contest and an Instagram contest - details are available on the Nashville Reads website, www.


• Free events scheduled over the next month, including book club discussions, book talks at local breweries and coffee shops, workshops and movie showings - visit for a full list of events.


• Salon@615: Nashville Reads Edition: Tuesday, April 1, at 6:15 p.m. at Main Library, 615 Church Street. Author Karen Joy Fowler will discuss and sign copies of her book. This is a free, ticketed event. Advance tickets are available for a $2.50 service fee per ticket and will be available two weeks prior to the event. Visit for details.


About Nashville Reads

Nashville Reads, now in its third year, is an annual collaboration of several organizations that champion literature and literacy in our city: Nashville Public Library, The Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, and the Mayor’s Office of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Past selections include “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.