Virtual Event: Ann Patchett
These Precious Days:
in conversation with SCOTT SIMON
November 23, 2021
6:30 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store joins HarperCollins and bookstores across the country to welcome bestselling, award-winning novelist ANN PATCHETT for a discussion of her new essay collection, These Precious Days. She will be joined in conversation by SCOTT SIMON, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.
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Admission Ticket- $32.00: Includes one admission link and one copy of These Precious Days. U.S. shipping also included. Books will be shipped to ticket-holders following the event. Please note: we are unable to ship internationally.
Admission Ticket - $5.00: Includes one admission link and a $5 coupon toward the purchase of These Precious Days on harvard.com, emailed to you following the event.
About These Precious Days
“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.
Praise for These Precious Days
"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)
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