A Virtual Conversation with Ann Patchett and Laura Dern

Join PEN/Faulkner Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ann Patchett in-conversation with award-winning actress Laura Dern for an exclusive event, hosted in collaboration with independent bookstores across the U.S.to celebrate the publication of THESE PRECIOUS DAYS.

IMPORTANT: Participation in this special event requires ordering a copy of THESE PRECIOUS DAYS from Laguna Beach Books. Once you make your purchase, we will send you a link and a password to access the event via Crowdcast.



The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays.  

“Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart. 

At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both. 

A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be. 

From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books (author of the upcoming The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matters most. Infused with the author’s grace, wit, and warmth, the pieces in These Precious Days resonate deep in the soul, leaving an indelible mark—and demonstrate why Ann Patchett is one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

About Laura Dern:

Laura Dern has been the star of independent classics and Hollywood blockbusters. She has won an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, multiple Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Award. She has the well-earned reputation as being one of the nicest people in her industry. She’s also a very good reader.

Event date: 

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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ISBN: 9780063092785
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Published: Harper - November 23rd, 2021