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Luncheon with Barbara Kingsolver

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L.A. Jackson

401 11th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37203

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Parnassus Books and L.A. Jackson are delighted to present a special, exclusive luncheon with bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver, in conversation with Ann Patchett. Tickets include a gourmet plated lunch prepared by Nathan Duensing, the executive chef of the Thompson Hotel, dessert by award-winning pastry chef Lisa White, an autographed first edition of Unsheltered, and an afternoon of intimate literary conversation and fellowship.

Valet parking will be available at a discounted rate of $8 per car, and the surrounding surface lots offer paid self-parking as well.

About Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career she studied and worked as a biologist. She lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia.

About Unsheltered

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. The magazine where she worked has folded, and the college where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous Greek father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter, Tig, and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son, Zeke, who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.

In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood.

A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher’s friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town’s most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.

Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred—whether family or friends—and in the strength of the human spirit.

About L.A. Jackson

Serving craft cocktails and creative small plates, L.A. Jackson is a rooftop bar located on top of Thompson Nashville hotel in the Gulch.

About Executive Chef Nathan Duensing

Nathan’s interest in the culinary arts was largely inspired by his family, particularly his farmer grandfather. Growing up Nathan spent most of his free time helping his grandfather tend his garden, where he learned the values of hard work and patience, necessary to yield a successful crop and ensure the vitality of the land. Nathan also credits his father, who grew up on that farm, for teaching him how to forage, hunt and preserve food. Since graduating from culinary school in St. Louis over 10 years ago, Nathan has worked in kitchens all over the country including St. Louis, Chicago and most recently in Nashville as the executive chef of the restaurant at Gaylord Opryland Resort. An adopted native of the city, Nathan is especially close with the local farmers and looks for every opportunity to collaborate with them while developing his menus.

About Pastry Chef Lisa Marie White

In March 2008, on a trip to France, Lisa was inspired to pursue her lifelong passion for baking. When she returned to the States, she enrolled in the accelerated Baking and Pastry program at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. After culinary school, she worked as a pastry cook with Della Fattoriain Petaluma, CA. In April 2009, she decided to move to New Orleans, where she had worked as a Red Cross Volunteer after Hurricane Katrina. Soon after, White earned a pastry cook position Restaurant August, then went on to help open and spearhead the pastry offerings at Domenica. In 2015, Lisa opened Willa Jean Bakery to wide acclaim, prompting Eater New Orleans to name her Chef of the Year. In 2017 Lisa moved to Nashville to helm the pastry department at Thompson Nashville and earned a James Beard Semi-Finalist Award in 2018.

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L.A. Jackson

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