Virtual Event: George Saunders, Author of A Swim in the Pond in the Rain, in Conversation with Ann Patchett

Parnassus Books is proud to present a ticketed virtual event featuring George Saunders, author of A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, in conversation with Ann Patchett.

Join us Tuesday, 19 January, 2021 at 6:00pm Central Time.

This is a ticketed virtual event which includes a signed copy of the book and will take place on Zoom. Reserve through the Eventbrite link below. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered ticketholders on the day of the event and books will be available for pick-up at the store or mailed after the event.

Please note: This book is the Parnassus First Editions Club January selection. Parnassus FEC subscribers, keep an eye on your email for a special invitation. 


From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December, a literary masterclass on what makes great stories work, how to become both a better writer and reader, and what they can tell us about how to live.

In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he’s been teaching for twenty years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

Saunders approaches each of these stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. For the process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is as much a craft as it is a quality of openness and a willingness to see the world through new eyes.

Funny, frank, and rigorous, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain ultimately shows how great fiction can change a person’s life and become a benchmark of one’s moral and ethical beliefs.


George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize; Congratulations, by the wayTenth of December, a finalist for the National Book Award; The Braindead Megaphone; and the critically acclaimed collections CivilWarLand in Bad DeclinePastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.



Event date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Road, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215