"If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read a book. This is how we change the world: We grab hold of it. We change ourselves." These wise words come from Ann Patchett, whom you may know as the byline on many of your favorite novels and books of nonfiction: Commonwealth (her latest), as well as Bel Canto, State of Wonder, and my personal favorite Truth & Beauty, just to name a few.
But what you may not know is that Ann is a fierce champion of books on the other side of the business too. When the bookstores in her hometown Nashville went under, Ann took charge and co-founded Parnassus Books. "I have no interest in retail; I have no interest in opening a bookstore," she said in an interview with the New York Times. "But I also have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore."
Ann will be visiting Copperfield's for a special event at the Luther Burbank Center on September 22, and we feel very lucky to be hosting not only an illustrious author but also such a strong supporter of the written word. Her new novel, Commonwealth, begins with a bottle of gin and follows the lives of two families irrevocably altered by the encounter. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, the fictional story draws on elements of Ann's own life for inspiration while meditating on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories.
As if we didn't already adore Ann enough, her new book truly is excellent. So join us for a special night with one of our favorite authors and bookstore owners at the LBC! We can't wait to see you there. Click here for event details and more information about Commonwealth.