Kathy Schultenover — Best Stories from Parnassus Books

Speaker Friday, September 15, 2023

“Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.

Dr. Howard Gardner, professor Harvard University

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”

 —Hannah Arendt, political theorist, philosopher

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”

Sue Monk Kidd, author

Books are stories. Reading them makes us all better storytellers and leaders. Fiction informs our lives and shows us how we can be better people using an imaginary world. Sometimes we, the reader, laugh, and sometimes we are aghast at the imaginary world set before us. Other times we learn important lessons for business or community. Regardless, if it is a good book, we learn about a community we may know little about and find ourselves changed, thinking “What a riot!” or “Wow–so that is how others react?” or asking questions like “What went wrong?” or “How do I and my friends do better?”

Kathy Schultenover is a bookseller at Parnassus Books and Book Clubs Manager. She also facilitates the Parnassus Book Club and the Classics Book Club meetings. She is a former English teacher who has led book groups for more than 40 years, including 17 at Davis Kidd Booksellers and 12 at Parnassus Books.

Parnassus Books is the independent bookstore for independent people located in Nashville, Tennessee. Our shop was opened in 2011 by novelist Ann Patchett and her business partner, Karen Hayes, and Ann took over as the sole owner in the summer of 2022 after Karen retired.  Parnassus stocks an extensive and exciting selection of books including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, local interests, and the arts. The store also boasts an extensive local author section.

In Greek mythology, Mount Parnassus was the home of literature, learning, and music.

Based on https://www.parnassusbooks.net/about-us

 Our Current Speaker Schedule

9/8/23Dr. Paul Stumb, President Cumberland University — Nuclear Subs and World Peace
9/15/23Kathy Schultenover — Best Stories from Parnassus Books
9/22/23Dr. Frank Boehm, Parks — Middle East Peace … Is it Possible?
9/29/23Teresa Davidson — Executive Director, Mid-South Liver Alliance
10/6/23Matt Kisber, Chair Board Silicon Ranch Solar Energy
10/13/23Alan Sowell. JD, Volunteer at WCC — Hopeforce and Turkey Worldwide Support
10/20/23Cyril Stewart, AIA, Architect — Restoration and Urban Renewal of Second Ave
10/27/23Rotary District Governor — Betty M Burchett,

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