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LAUREN GROFF is, according to James Wood in The New Yorker, “an original writer whose books are daringly nonconformist.” Her latest novel, the New York Times bestseller Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, and others. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Fates and Furies “a delirious, exhilarating, and heartbreaking ride through the decades of one fable-like marriage.” Groff’s other two critically acclaimed novels are the New York Times Notable Book Arcadia and the Orange Prize for New Writers finalist The Monsters of Templeton, called “fabulously inventive…extracting characters from classic novels, adding two cups of history, a quart of imagination, and stirring vigorously” (The Christian Science Monitor). She is also the author of the story collection Delicate Edible Birds.
ANN PATCHETT, on Time’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People in the World” list, is author of Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and Orange Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and sold more than a million copies. Her other works include the novels The Patron Saint of Liars, The Magician’s Assistant, Run, and State of Wonder; the essay collection This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage; and Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Patchett will read from her new novel Commonwealth, which Publishers Weekly calls “a funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait…. Patchett elegantly manages a varied cast of characters as alliances and animosities ebb and flow, cross-country and over time.” She is co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and a staunch advocate for independent bookstores.
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
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