Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bestselling author Ann Patchett to visit Asheville Nov. 5th

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is proud to present Ann Patchett during her This is the Story of a Happy Marriage book tour. The reading and booksigning is a ticketed event ($15.00) and will be held at UNCA's Lipinsky Auditorium on November 5th at 7PM. Tickets are required and are now available at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood Street or by calling Malaprop's at 828-254-6734. Tickets are also available online at www.malaprops.com. Each ticket comes with a coupon that may be used towards the purchase of This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.  (Coupon redeemable only through Malaprop's.)

The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art.

"The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living." So begins This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, an examination of the things Ann Patchett is fully committed to--the art and craft of writing, the depths of friendship, an elderly dog, and one spectacular nun. Writing nonfiction, which started off as a means of keeping her insufficiently lucrative fiction afloat, evolved over time to be its own kind of art, the art of telling the truth as opposed to the art of making things up. Bringing her narrative gifts to bear on her own life, Patchett uses insight and compassion to turn very personal experiences into stories that will resonate with every reader.

These essays twine to create both a portrait of life and a philosophy of life. Obstacles that at first appear insurmountable--scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, opening an independent bookstore, and sitting down to write a novel--are eventually mastered with quiet tenacity and a sheer force of will. The actual happy marriage, which was the one thing she felt she wasn't capable of, ultimately proves to be a metaphor as well as a
fact: Patchett has devoted her life to the people and ideals she loves the most.

An irresistible blend of literature and memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a unique examination of the heart, mind, and soul of one of our most revered and gifted writers. We are thrilled to bring Ann Patchett to Asheville!

DATE: November 5th at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

LOCATION: UNCA's Lipinsky Auditorium. Maps are available at Malaprop's.

COST: $15.00

BONUS: Each ticket comes with a coupon for $10 off the purchase of Ann's new book! Malaprop's is taking pre-orders for the book now.

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