March 11, 2024

Failure And Success: Not As Different As We Think

Failure. Chances are you, like most people, don’t find comfort in the word. It evokes pessimistic emotions that pile so high it’s hard to see any positives over the enormity. We’re expected to view failure negatively. Why wouldn’t we? We’ve posited failure at the far end of the spectrum from success until it feels impossible to achieve your goals if failure riddles your path. However, to grow professionally and personally, failure is not only a present factor; it’s essential to […]
February 12, 2024

Together We Can Be Ready For Anything: Leadership And Reading, 2024’s Perfect Match

As the turn of the year settles in, we are beginning to shed our reflective mindsets of late 2023 and pushing to take action on our 2024 resolutions. Last year came with many changes here at Hooks Book Events and in the workforce as a whole. As the calendar flips to February, we’ve noticed the year has taken a running start, and, maybe for the first time since the 2020 shutdown, the pace has been steady. Professional resolutions seem attainable— […]
May 8, 2023

Parnassus Books Announces the Acquisition of Hooks Book Events

Tennesseans Bring Book Businesses Together to Provide Enriching Nonfiction Author Programs for Business Teams and Organizations Parnassus Books announced today that it has acquired Hooks Book Events, a provider of nonfiction book and author programs for businesses and organizational teams. Hooks Book Events will operate as a division of Parnassus. The acquisition unites friends Ann Patchett and Perry Pidgeon Hooks, both longtime members of the bookselling/publishing community. It was while she worked at Davis-Kidd booksellers in 1994 that Perry first […]
September 7, 2022

Banned Books and the Future of America

Banned books are back in the headlines. It’s not the first instance, nor will it be the last, but this time the heat has turned up in Keller Independent School District outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Historically, banned books hold the connotation of book burning, but Keller Independent School District isn’t resorting to matches.  Instead, they limit access to titles parents and community members deem inappropriate for specific age groups. And of the 40 titles under review, many will be […]
August 3, 2022

The Hybrid Workplace: Let’s Fix the Problems, Not the Symptoms

The Partnership for Public Services and Boston Consulting Group recently released the annual rankings for the 2021 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Unfortunately, the results showed a dismal response to employee engagement across the board. Worse yet, employees were only 40.1% certain their leaders would “use the results of the 2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to make their agencies a better place to work,” as Drew Friedman explains. Of course, lower engagement is expected, given the evolution […]