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AN AFTERNOON WITH ANN PATCHETT, Bestselling Author of the New Novel, The Dutch House

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café & the Great Smoking Writing Program at UNC Asheville Present An Afternoon With Ann Patchett, Bestselling Author of the New Novel, The Dutch House

Asheville, NC — Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville, welcome acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author Ann Patchett on Saturday, Oct 26, 2019, at 12 Noon, as she presents her new novel, The Dutch House. The event will take place at Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall Street, in downtown Asheville. Doors open at 11 am and light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $32.50 each and include a signed copy of the book. Visit to purchase tickets.

About The Dutch House: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and one canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. The Dutch House is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. A tour de force filled with suspense and unforgettable characters, the novel digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves, and of who we truly are. 

The reviews have been ardent in their praise. The Washington Post raves “…we cannot stop reading. Subtle mystery, psychological page-turner, Patchett’s latest is a thriller.” Publisher’s Weekly described The Dutch House as “[a] splendid novel…[a] thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.” NPR says “…you won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.”


ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels–including Commonwealth, Bel Canto, and State of Wonder–and three works of nonfiction–among them This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage and Truth and Beauty. She recently published her first children’s picture book, Lambslide. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England’s Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore. Critics have described Patchett as “a master storyteller,” and “a lavishly gifted writer.” The New York Times Book Review said: “expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”  

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café is an independent bookstore and café founded in Asheville, NC in 1982. We carry a carefully curated selection of books for adults, children, and young adults, along with a large array of gift items. Author Ann Patchett, writing in the New York Times, said of us: “Malaprop’s was the heart and soul of Asheville, NC, when Asheville was a sleepy little hippie town, and it’s still its heart and soul now…” 


See an article in Lily Lines/The Washington Post  “Ann Patchett Refuses to Buy a Smartphone, Maybe That’s Why She’s Written So Many Books” 

The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort of the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.

Contact: Stephanie Jones-Byrne,  Director of Marketing & Author Events at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café  828.254.6734

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