Ann and Madeline Miller Celebrate 10 Years of the First Editions Club

When we thought about how we wanted to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Parnassus First Editions Club, we started looking back over all the wonderful books and authors who’ve made the club what it is. We’ve had some stunning luck choosing prize winners over the years, but the book that set everything in motion was the very first novel we ever picked, and the very first one Madeline Miller ever wrote, The Song of Achilles. We loved it then and we love it now, and ten years later the choice seems nothing short of brilliant—the book is still an enormous bestseller!

So who better to reminisce and celebrate with than Madeline Miller herself? We had a joyful conversation about reading and writing, bookstores and book tours, the past and the future. Thank you, Madeline, for coming to Parnassus all those years ago, and thank you for this special gift for our tenth anniversary.

— Ann Patchett

Enjoy this conversation between Madeline Miller and Ann Patchett!

More about our First Editions Club: Every member receives a first edition of the selected book of the month, signed by the author. Books are carefully chosen by our staff of readers, and our picks have gone on to earn major recognition including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Plus, there’s no membership fee or premium charge for these books. Build a treasured library of signed first editions and always have something great to read! Makes a FABULOUS gift, too.