Ann Patchett with Amor Towles - These Precious Days

Tuesday, December 7, 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET
Private Online Event - Donation to Left Bank Books or Book Purchase Required

 
Left Bank Books and HarperCollins welcome beloved New York Times bestselling author
Ann Patchett,
who will discuss her new book
These Precious Days,
on December 7th at 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET in a private online event.
Patchett will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author
Amor Towles.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
These Precious Days: Essays

or a donation to Left Bank Books for admission.
Signed copies available while supplies last.
 
 
About These Precious Days: Essays

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.

"Any story that starts will also end." As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart.

At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores "what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self." When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks' short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman--Tom's brilliant assistant Sooki--with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both.

A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer's eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be.

From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo's children's books (author of the upcoming The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz's Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matters most. Infused with the author's grace, wit, and warmth, the pieces in These Precious Days resonate deep in the soul, leaving an indelible mark--and demonstrate why Ann Patchett is one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

"The elegance of Patchett's prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An enviable life shared with candor, emotion, and knockout storytelling power."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

About our Speakers

Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels, four works of nonfiction, and two children's books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women's Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Dutch House, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

 

You may purchase a SIGNED copy of These Precious Days: Essays from Left Bank Books online or by phone. When purchasing the book or making a donation to Left Bank Books, you must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from or made a donation to Left Bank, you will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

 

Please note that Ms. Patchett will not be able to take questions during this event.

Co-hosted by Boswell Books, Watermark, McLean and Eakin, Square Books, Anderson's Bookshop, Novel: a Bookstore, and The Novel Neighbor.

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