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Ann Patchett on Ordinary Joys

Chat with cherished writers and real life friends

Ann Patchett (photo credit Emily Dorio)
Meg Mason (photo credit Grant Sparkes Carroll)
Thursday 23 May 2024
Event Code: 1

“How other people live is pretty much all I think about,” writes Ann Patchett.

Since her breakthrough novel, Bel Canto, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Ann’s clever, compelling and expertly crafted portraits of other people’s lives have enamoured readers and critics alike.

The author of bookshelf staples like Commonwealth and The Dutch House returns with another bestseller, Tom Lake – a meditation on young love, marriage and the lives people lead before having children.

Hear stories from Ann and her writer penpal, Meg Mason (Sorrow and Bliss), on home, family and bookselling – with some Parnassus Books reading recommendations thrown in!


Ann Patchett appears thanks to the support of Rosie Williams and John Grill AO.

Supported by

Sydney Town Hall
483 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000