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2020/2021 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint Lauren Groff & Ann Patchett Reading

Monday October 17, 2016 7:30 pm
Tickets for this reading are sold out


Alley Theatre
615 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002
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hpm-fy2017full_2lineAlthough tickets for this reading are sold out, Inprint and Houston Public Media will be live streaming the reading on inprinthouston.org and houstonpublicmedia.org/inprint. Please join us online if you do not have a ticket to the reading so you can also enjoy the event on Monday, October 17, 7:30 pm. 

Fates & Furies ppb coverLAUREN 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.

Commonwealth HC CANN 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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“Lauren Groff on Writing with Lightness,” The Atlantic.com, by Joe Fassler, October 6, 2015

Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies by Robin Black, The New York Times, September 8, 2015

“This Week in Fiction: Lauren Groff,” by Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, July 13, 2015

“The Workhorse and the Butterfly: Ann Patchett on Writing and Why Self-Forgiveness Is the Most Important Ingredient of Great Art,” by Maria Popova, Brainpickings.org, April 27, 2015

“The Bookstore Strikes Back” by Ann Patchett, The Atlantic, December 2012

“Ann Recommends,” from the Parnassus Bookstore website