Best-Selling Author Jason Reynolds, Parnassus Books and Project LIT promote reading at Lipscomb University

8Lipscomb University’s College of Education, in partnership with Parnassus Books, hosted award-winning, bestselling author Jason Reynolds as part of the Lipscomb Literacy: Building Equity & Engagement series on April 10.

The visit saw widespread support and participation from area schools with around 600 middle school and high school students in attendance to hear Reynolds talk about the importance of reading and telling your story.


Students had an opportunity to share and discuss their thoughts about Reynolds work prior to the main event through a book club session with the Project LIT Community in Beaman Library. The session included small group discussion of Reynolds’ “Long Way Down.” Project LIT Community began in 2016 when founder Jarred Amato, inspired by an article he read in The Atlantic about “book deserts,” worked with his Maplewood High School students to start a movement to quench the lack of books.

“The initial goal was to increase book access in Nashville. It has evolved from that to providing access to more diverse books, more culturally relevant books and great books in particular, and to promote a love of reading in our communities,” explained Amato.

“Simply increasing book access without focusing on the quality of the books or increasing excitement about reading isn’t going to solve the problem. The goal is to create a community of lifelong readers at all levels and bring people together for conversations about books,” said Amato.

You can read the entire article here. You can also check out last week’s blog post, “How do you measure the impact of an author visit?”

Thanks so much for reading, and be sure to check out our #ProjectLITchat tonight. 7 ET/6 CT! ALL are welcome!

Author: Jarred Amato

High school English teacher who is passionate about improving TN education, one book at a time.

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