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Ann Packer

in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 11:30AM - 1:30AM

VENUE: Historic Villa


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About our moderator, Katherine Maxfield:

“Thank you, Katherine, for your expert conversational style!” -Armistead Maupin

“Katherine Maxfield was impressively well prepared and is a splendid, gifted conversationalist” - Michael Krasny

Maxfield’s conversations with writers have been favorably compared to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, City Arts & Lectures, and Celebrity Forum. Her friendly yet probing style encourages writers to reveal their writing and thought processes, delves into the world of agents and publishers, and examines interesting angles of their most recent publication.

Maxfield has a BA (economics), an MBA (marketing) and an MFA (writing). She worked for Silicon Valley’s ComQuest, ROLM Corporation, Polycom, Apple, and 3Com. Her non-fiction book, Starting Up Silicon Valley, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014 and was a 2015 Eric Hoffer winner in the business category. Her award-winning short fiction and personal perspectives have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ontario Review, and numerous other literary journals.

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Raise a glass to toast Ann Packer, who has lived a rich literary life, indeed. Her mother, author and professor Nancy Packer, was Director of Stanford’s Creative Writing Program. Her father, attorney and professor Herbert Packer, wrote articles that remain classics in legal thought. Her brother, writer George Packer, covers U.S. foreign policy for the New Yorker. She counts among her friends many noted writers, including Meg Wolitzer and Michael Chabon. Her conversation with Maxfield will explore the joys and challenges of such a literary life, and will delve into Packer’s bestselling books, especially her most recent The Children’s Crusade.

Tickets include a delectable lunch provided by gourmet caterer Café Primavera, paired with wine by Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards.  

About The Children’s Crusade

“Beautifully precise… marvelously absorbing… Packer is an expert at complicated relationships.”—Kirkus Reviews

The adult Blair children, still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of their youngest sibling whose sudden presence and familiar troubles force a reckoning with their history and set off a struggle over the future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal the intricate ways in which childhood experiences and relationships set the course for adult life and return us to our earliest selves.

About Ann Packer

Packer is the acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and two bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award, among many other prizes and honors. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and her novels have been published around the world. Her acclaimed novel The Children’s Crusade was published in spring 2015. She lives in San Carlos with her family.

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