Ann Packer

Ann Packer will be in RiverRun Bookstore to read from Songs without Words, followed by a Q&A session and book signing on Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.

Ann Packer was born in Stanford, California, in 1959, and grew up near Stanford University, where her parents were professors. She attended Yale University, and then, after five years of working at a publishing company in New York, she went on to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, selling her first short story to The New Yorker a few weeks before receiving her degree. A fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing followed, and she spent two years living in Madison, Wisconsin, which would later become the setting of her first novel, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier.

While living in Wisconsin, she published short stories in literary magazines and had a story chosen for inclusion in the annual O. Henry Awards prize stories anthology. With support from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, she completed her first book, Mendocino and Other Stories. The National Endowment for the Arts provided a fellowship, and she spent much of the next decade working on The Dive from Clausen’s Pier. A critical success that became a national bestseller and translated into ten languages. Dive was the inaugural selection of Good Morning America’s “Read This!” book club and received a Great Lakes Book Award, an American Library Association Award, and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. Ann’s second novel, Songs Without Words, is now available.

Ann returned to her native Bay Area in 1995. She lives with her family in San Carlos.

The book discussion begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 29, at RiverRun Bookstore, located at 20 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. For more information on the event, call (603) 431-2100.