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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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The Art of Gathering
How We Meet and Why It Matters
By (author): Priya Parker
9781594634932 Paperback, Trade English SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General Apr 14, 2020
$23.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.25 in 320 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
“Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!”—Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED

A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together—at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond.


In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive—which they don’t have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.

Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn’t, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings—conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp—and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.

The result is a book that’s both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue—and how you host and attend them.

INSIGHTFUL, PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR EVERYONE: Whether you’re a CEO or a teacher, a hostess or a convention-goer, The Art of Gathering provides unexpected insights into how we can optimize meetings large and small, formal and informal, decisive and celebratory. This is big-idea nonfiction at its most timely, inclusive and relevant.

EXCITING HARDCOVER PUBLICATION: The hardcover was met with strong, steady sales and great publicity ranging from The New York Times to an author appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

A PERSUASIVE, PROMOTABLE AUTHOR: Priya Parker is a world-reknowned expert in this field and is an accomplished speaker and who has trained thousands in how to improve their gathering skills. She will continue to promote the paperback at conferences, speaking engagements and beyond.

FASCINATING TAKEAWAYS: Each section of the book explores different aspects of how to organize and attend the gatherings in our lives, which Parker illuminates in astute and illuminating detail, making it easy for readers and the media to pull out useful nuggets.

THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN GATHERINGS: More and more, technology and distance are separating people, and we are losing the ability to interact successfully with each other. Real-time, in-person human gatherings are becoming increasingly important because they’re happening less often. The Art of Gathering shows us how to recover what we’ve lost and points toward exciting ways to connect, communicate and cooperate.

Priya Parker is the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Marketing: Social media and online promotion

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Publicity: National print and online reviews and features

Tie- in to lecture tour



Author Social Media: Facebook.com/PriyaParker; Twitter: @PriyaParker

Praise for The Art of Gathering:

“I learned much from this book. Priya Parker has created both an art and a science to gathering in ways that can bring joy and fulfillment to any meeting.”—Deepak Chopra

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