Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Ann Patchett with Nancy Pearl
‘This is the Story of a Happy Marriage’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Patchett Ann credit Heidi Ross
Arts & Culture, Media Library

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NancyPearlOffering inspiration for writers alongside eloquent insight into the trials and tribulations of authorship, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a selection of entertaining and personal essays by prize-winning author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and State of Wonder). Emphasizing the journey over the destination, her title piece is a very real love story in trademark Patchett style—she writes: “… the story of my marriage, which is the great joy and astonishment of my life, is too much like a fairy tale, the German kind, unsweetened by Disney.” Nancy Pearl, left, guides Patchett through this and other stories of beauty, truth, and humor, at once surprising and familiar.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Arts & Culture series, with Elliott Bay Book Company. Sponsored by City Arts.
Learn more:  About Patchett.
About Pearl.

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  1. trish maharam
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I cannot seem to pull up my ticket purchase for ann patchett, so i am hoping you have a record of it.
    i purchased 4 tickets.
    please contact me and let me know how to proceed.

    • Town Hall
      Posted November 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Trish. We’ll have someone contact you right away!

  2. Susan Cook
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Are there transcripts of the interviews available? I couldn’t write fast enough to get down all the names of books and authors that Ann Patchett and Nancy Pearl discussed last night.

    • Town Hall
      Posted November 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Susan! We don’t transcribe but you should find an audio recording up here on this page in a few days!

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    […] been kind of a killer. What kept me going was this: Thursday night. Ann Patchett and Nancy Pearl. Town Hall. Seattle. Telfer. We had the best time. We were able to get up there in time for dinner. La Bete […]

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