Ann Patchett talks local bookstores with Stephen Colbert [Video]
"Ooh! Independent bookstores! I should buy one of those on Amazon." That was Stephen Colbert on Monday night. After a couple of days off, he apparently wanted to talk about bookstores. As you do.
He did so with novelist Ann Patchett, whose 2011 novel "State of Wonder" was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Patchett is co-owner of Nashville's Parnassus Books, which opened after the city's two major bookstores closed. "I see this as a gift to the city," Patchett told the Associated Press last year. "I see this as a charitable contribution ... not as an investment, not as a smart business move, but really as somebody who loves Nashville and somebody who doesn't want to live in a city without a bookstore."
On "The Colbert Report," she makes a case for a bookstore as a place to find community -- book clubs, readings for kids, even Jack Black and Al Gore. Colbert seemed convinced -- maybe he'll head to Parnassus when his next book comes out.
-- Carolyn Kellogg