Ann Patchett Book Signing

a signing of 

Tom Lake: A Novel 

with Ann Patchett


August 7, 2023
12:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


$31.88 (book included)

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome renowned author ANN PATCHETT for a signing of her novel Tom Lake. The signing will take place beginning at 12:00pm on Monday, August 7. The signing will end at 1:30pm. People who have registered should arrive between 11:45am, when doors to the signing line open, and 1:00pm to ensure their spot in line.

Please Note

  • This is a book signing only. See the signing guidelines below.
  • Each ticket includes 1 copy of Ann Patchett's Tom Lake and admission to the signing line.
  • Tickets to the signing line are ONLY for the signing line from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at Harvard Book Store.
  • People who have already ordered copies of Tom Lake from Harvard Book Store are welcome to join the signing line and do not need to purchase a ticket, so long as they have proof of purchase.
  • Tickets to Ann's event at the Brattle Theatre with Richard Russo later in the day are completely sold out.
  • People who do have Tom Lake-included tickets for the sold out Brattle event later in the day and would like their copy of Tom Lake personalized by Ann, are welcome to come to this signing at the bookstore and do not need to purchase a ticket to the signing line. Ann will not be personalizing books at the Brattle Theatre event, but all event copies will be autographed.

Tickets and Book Pickup

  • Tickets are required to join the signing line. Each ticket includes one (1) copy of Tom Lake and admits two (2) to the signing line.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.
  • Additional copies of Tom Lake will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
  • Books included with ticket purchase can be picked up the afternoon of the signing, but not before.



  • The signing will begin at 12:00pm on Monday, August 7, 2023.
  • Doors will open to the signing line at 11:45am. Harvard Book Store event staff will instruct attendees where to line up.
  • Ticket holders will receive their books when checking in on the afternoon of the event.
  • The signing will end at 1:30pm. Folks who have registered should arrive between 11:45am, when doors to the signing line open, and 1:00pm to ensure their spot in line.

Signing Line Guidelines

  • Ann will personalize ticket holders books, as well as sign her backlist titles. Please limit backlist titles to 3 per ticket holder.
  • Due to Covid precautions, no selfies with the author will be allowed, and ticket holders must stay on the opposite side of her signing table.

Mask Policy

Face masks are encouraged but not required.

Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of nine novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, Commonwealth, The Dutch House and Tom Lake. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written four books of nonfiction–Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, What Now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays examining the theme of commitment, and These Precious Days, essays on home, family, friendship, and writing. In 2019, she published her first children’s book, Lambslide, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, followed by Escape Goat in 2020.

Photo Credit: Heidi Ross


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