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Dolly Parton is writing a book!

On April 23rd, also known as World Book Day 2021, Dolly Parton posted the above photo on her Instagram, adding that she is “dreaming”.[s] of writing [her] one day a novel of their own. [wink emoji]”

Seldom does a musician bridge the gap between literature and music as thoroughly as Dolly Parton. She has openly expressed her belief in the power of books and reading for decades, and her next project will combine reading and music even more, and looking back, the wink emoji at the end of her post gives plenty of clues.

Today, just 110 days after World Book Day, Parton has blessed us by not only announcing a partnership with James Patterson to co-write a novel called Run, Rose, Run through Little, Brown & Co., but also her next album: 12 songs specially written to accompany her new literary adventure. The album is produced by Parton’s label Butterfly Records. The novel follows a young woman who travels to Nashville with the dream of becoming a star; Her music is powered by a brutal secret she worked hard for, which as any mystery / thriller reader knows, is a dangerous combination.

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Expressing excitement about working with Parton, Patterson said: “[i]It was an honor – and a lot of fun – to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I have long admired for her music, storytelling and tremendous generosity. ”

Parton has long been a master of books and reading. In 1995 she founded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to children from birth to 5 years of age; To date, the library has provided 163 million books. Book Riot author Isabelle Popp wrote an in-depth article on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in March 2020. She posted a list of her favorite books she read in 2020, including Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Welcome!).

Parton’s love of reading stems from her father, who could neither read nor write. She decided to inspire future generations to love books and reading so that they would never fight like her father. She has spoken at length about her love for books and we can’t wait to see what Run, Rose, Run has in store for us.

The book hits the shelves on March 7, 2022.