Dolly Parton to publish new book, 'Dream More'
Described as a book of "inspirational wisdom," "Dream More" is based on a commencement speech Parton gave at the University of Memphis in 2009.
In a statement about the book, Parton said:
I know that I’ve learned some things in my life that are important to me, and I think maybe they might be good ideas to pass along to you. Not as advice, but as information that I have found has helped me over the years. Enough to share, and a little to spare....
If you’re lucky, your dreams will never die, you may not always achieve them, but if you always have dreams and reach for them, you’ll never be a failure. I still have dreams of what I want to do next.
Dolly Parton was born in a small rural town in Tennessee in 1946, but her singing talents brought her to the Grand Ole Opry by the time she was 13. Parton's career went on to include singing, songwriting, acting and founding a theme park, Dollyland.
Parton was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor for her achievements in the arts in 2006. She has won 10 Country Music Assn. awards, five Academy of Country Music awards, three American Music awards and seven Grammys. Twenty-six of her songs have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Music chart. She has written, her bio states, a whopping 3,000 songs, including "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You." She has sold more than 100 million records.
Prior to "Dream More," Parton penned the memoir "Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business." In a release about her new book, Ivan Held, president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, said, "Everyone knows Dolly Parton — it's an honor and a privilege to be able to publish her words of deep and abiding wisdom. 'Dream More' is her wish for each of us — and the philosophy she's developed over many decades."
— Carolyn Kellogg