If you know Ambrose Printing Company, you know we have a love for books, print, and Nashville. With that said, we want to acquaint you with three outstanding Nashville authors and their very interesting stories.

Ann Patchett

Ann is the author of seven best-selling novels, plus three books of nonfiction, and has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards. Just a few of those awards were the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Book Sense “Book of the Year,” a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award, and more.

Ann was also listed on the TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012 for having a major impact on the literary and writing arts culture of Nashville. In 2011, she had co-founded Parnassus Books, a successful and popular bookstore.

She has also become a fierce champion of a movement to restore value in the corner bookstore. When the last independent bookstore in Nashville closed, she opened Parnassus. Why? She believes that when there is no bookstore in a city, there is an incredible void.

Ridley Wills II

Mr. Wills is a well-known and prolific historian and author. His Nashville Pikes, Volume Two: 150 Years Along Hillsboro Pike, brings the area to life. It details how it developed from a few antebellum farms into a populated commercial district and residential neighborhood. Mr. Wills gives an excellent account of the noteworthy homes that have existed there since the 19th century and fascinating insights into the lives of the people who lived there.

He also writes about the largest archaeologically intact Native American village site that still remains under the turning lane that goes off the Pike onto Old Hickory. The village flourished between 1400-1435 and contains the foundations of seven houses, two wooden palisade walls, and several child burial sites.

The University of the South gave Mr. Wills an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on May 7, 2016.

Steve Diggs

Steve is a best-selling Nashville author of seven books including the popular No Debt, No Sweat, which has appealed both to people who are sound financially and are seeking investment strategies, as well as those who are in turmoil financially and seeking a plan and ideas that will get them out of debt. His other books are Free to Succeed, Stop Running on Empty, The Money Boot Camp Workbook, How to Speak Like a Super Hero, Life’s Too Short, and Putting Your Best Foot Forward.

In addition, he is a producer of video and audio curriculum and is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers internationally, having shared his motivating inspirations more than 4,000 times on five continents with his presentations. He has earned the highest designation in the speaking industry, which is held by fewer than two percent of speakers throughout the world: National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).