Writing & Talking About Books

Mary Laura is a bookseller and founding editor of Musing — the online magazine of Nashville’s legendary independent bookstore, Parnassus Books.

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Musing reaches thousands of people each week through subscriptions and social media and has been featured and/or syndicated by outlets including Lit Hub, NPR, Publishers WeeklyShelf Awareness, Salon, and more. As the editor (and often author) of all content, Mary Laura manages regular sections including the Authors In Real Life interview series, the Shop Dog Diaries column, Notes from Ann (Ann Patchett’s blog), plus lots of other articles, lists, and staff book reviews.

Author Conversations

George Saunders
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
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

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Mary Laura is also an Emmy-winning co-host of A Word on Words, the literary interview mini-show that airs online and on Nashville Public Television. Her guests have included Jesmyn Ward, Elizabeth Strout, Adam Haslett, Celeste Ng, Weike Wang, Lisa Ko, Yaa Gyasi, John Hart, Ed Tarkington, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Adam Silvera, David Arnold, Emma Straub, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, Jane Smiley, Maile Meloy, William Finnegan, Lauren Groff, and more!

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Mary Laura speaks about books, reading, and writing at events around the country — ranging from small regional festivals to major national conferences such as BookExpo America.

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And every week she sends out a TinyLetter with a book recommendation! Get on the list.

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