Karen Hayes – Board Member + Membership Committee Chair
Karen Hayes is living every book-lover’s dream: running her own bookstore. Together with novelist Ann Patchett, she co-owns Parnassus Books in Green Hills. Karen found her way to the owner’s desk after a career that included a stint at Ingram Content Group plus 16 years as a traveling sales rep for Random House, in which she came to know and love local businesses while calling on independent bookstores around the country. In addition to putting Nashville on the literary map by bringing hundreds of authors to town each year for Parnassus events, she also sits on the advisory board of OZ Arts Nashville and the board of The Porch Writers’ Collective and represents Parnassus in the citywide Nashville Reads initiative. Karen has lived in Nashville since she was 12 years old, with the exception of a couple years in Italy — a country she gets back to whenever she can. If you can’t find her at the bookstore, try one of the hiking trails or parks around Nashville (or if it’s after dark, whichever music venue has the best act playing).