Virtual Event: Ann Patchett, author of These Precious Days, in conversation with Amor Towles

Parnassus Books is proud to present Ann Patchett discussing her new book, These Precious Days, in conversation with Amor Towles.

Join us Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30pm Central Time. This is a ticketed virtual event which will take place on Crowdcast. Reserve your spot through the Eventbrite link below.

Please note: There are four ticketing options available for this virtual event, and you must purchase your ticket by 5:30 pm CDT on the day of the event in order to attend. 

  • $29.50, which includes a signed hardcover copy of These Precious Days and in-store pickup
  • $38.50, which includes a signed hardcover copy of These Precious Days and US priority shipping to a U.S. address
  • $52.00, which includes a signed hardcover copy of These Precious Days and shipping to a non-U.S. address
  • A Donation-based ticket, which allows attendees to contribute what they wish and view the virtual event. This ticket does not include a book.

The Crowdcast link will be emailed to registered ticketholders on the day of the event. Books will not be shipped or available for pick-up until after the event. All attendees who select in-store pickup will be notified when their book is available. 

About the Book

"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.

About the author

Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels, The Patron Saint of LiarsTaftThe Magician's AssistantBel CantoRunState of Wonder, Commonwealth, and The Dutch House. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three 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, and, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays.

About Amor Towles

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.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Virtual event: Crowdcast (Registration Required)