Mary Laura enjoys talking about her own books, but she also loves talking about other people’s books.

Mary Laura is the “book enthusiast at large” for Nashville’s legendary independent bookstore, Parnassus Books. For five years, she was also the founding editor of Musing — the bookstore’s digital magazine, to which she still contributes regularly. She appears from time to time in conversation with visiting authors on their book tours, too — ranging from the latest up-and-coming literary novelist to celebrity authors such as Sally Field.

A sampling of Mary Laura’s interviews with fellow authors:

George Saunders
Meg Wolitzer
Emily St. John Mandel
David Sedaris
Anna Quindlen
Lily King
Emma Straub
Matthew Thomas
Deborah Harkness
Sally Mann
Elizabeth Strout
Ann Patchett
Colson Whitehead
Yaa Gyasi
Garth Risk Hallberg
Jessica Knoll
Jennifer Haigh
Elizabeth Gilbert
Ruth Reichl
Jane Smiley
Richard Russo
Melissa Ann Pinney
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Nigel Barker
Joshua Ferris
David Arnold
Renée Watson

Paula Hawkins
M.O. Walsh
Mary Norris
Angela Flournoy
Paula McLain
Tim Johnston
Steve Almond
Gayle Forman
Joy the Baker
Andrew Maraniss
Ann Powers
Chuck Klosterman
Jonathan Miles
R.O. Kwon
Michiko Kakutani
Brit Bennett
Michael Chabon
Ayobami Adebayo
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Megan Abbott
Brad Watson
Rick Riordan
Glennon Doyle Melton
Garth Stein
Grace Helbig
Scott Turow
Mallory Ortberg
Megan Amram
Sharon Draper
Jodi Picoult
Martina McBride
Jonathan Tropper

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (with Connie Britton)
Seth Casteel

Kim Teter
Tony Earley
Jon Skieszka
Hampton Sides
Edan Lepucki
Anton DiSclafani
Jojo Moyes
Smith Henderson
Tracy Barrett
Willie Geist
Elizabeth McCracken
Michael Pollan
JT Ellison
Jeff Kinney
Sue Monk Kidd
Karen Joy Fowler
Meg Wolitzer
Claire Cameron
Matthew Quick