Off-site Event: Ann Patchett


Thu Dec 07 2023 at 07:00 pm to 09:30 pm


Nicholas Senn High School | Chicago, IL

Women & Children First is thrilled to welcome Ann Patchett for a reading and book signing to celebrate TOM LAKE.
About this Event

Women & Children First is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett for a reading and book-signing to celebrate her new novel, Tom Lake.

This is a ticketed, off-site event held at Senn High School (5900 N Glenwood Ave). 

MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Attendees whose ticket purchase includes a book will pick up their copy of Tom Lake at the entrance of the event. The program will conclude with a book-signing. Tickets are nonrefundable. 


In this beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of America’s finest writers.

In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family's orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother, and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.

Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story, told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety, that demonstrates once again why she is one of the most revered and acclaimed literary talents working today.

Ann Patchett is the author of several novels, works of nonfiction, and children’s books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the National Humanities Medal, PEN/Faulkner, the Women’s Prize in the U.K., and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her novel The Dutch House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the owner of Parnassus Books.

Accessibility: This event is hosted at Senn High School, which is a fully wheelchair accessible space. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Masks are required. For access requests, questions, or scholarship tickets, please email [email protected]


Where is it happening?

Nicholas Senn High School, 5900 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


USD 35.00 to USD 45.00

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