An Evening with Ann Patchett

An Evening with Ann Patchett

We are pleased to welcome one of our favorite authors, Ann Patchett, back to the store to celebrate her latest novel, Commonwealth. Ann will visit the store on Friday, October 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres at Stafford's Perry Hotel in the Rose Room. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. For more information, or to reserve your space, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email. Tickets can be purchased below through our website, in-store or via phone.

There are two ticket options for this event:

  • A $25.00 ticket, which is just entry to the event and hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar.
  • A $50.00 ticket, which includes hors d'oeuvres and Commonwealth in hardcover. No title substitutions. Cash bar.


The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.


Ann Patchett is the author of The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What Now?, and the essay collection This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

Event date: 
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Stafford's Perry Hotel Rose Room
100 Lewis Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
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Commonwealth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062491794
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

“Exquisite... Commonwealth is impossible to put down.”
   — New York Times

State of Wonder: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062049810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012

"Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction."—New York Times Book Review

Bel Canto (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061565311
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2008

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Winner of the Orange Prize • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

"Bel Canto is its own universe. A marvel of a book." —Washington Post Book World

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062236685
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

The Patron Saint of Liars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547520209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 19th, 2011

In 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett launched her remarkable career with the publication of her debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, a best-selling book that is “beautifully written . . . a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion” (Boston Herald).


The All of It: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062090096
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - June 7th, 2011

Jeannette Haien’s award-winning first novel relates the seemingly simple tale of a parishioner confiding in her priest, but the tangled confession brings secrets to light that provoke a moral quandary for not only the clergyman, but the reader as well.

Magician's Assistant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156006217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - September 17th, 2004

From the best-selling author of The Dutch House, a secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey self-discovery in this "enchanting" book (San Francisco Chronicle) "that is something of a magic trick in itself" (Newsweek).

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Run: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061340642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2008

"Engaging, surprising, provocative and moving...a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family." -- Washington Post

What now? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061340659
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - April 15th, 2008

Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing careers, or transitioning from one life stage to another.