|Occupation Novelist, memoirist|
Notable works Bel Canto
Parents Jeanne Ray
Genre Literary fiction
Spouse Karl VanDevender
Name Ann Patchett
Movies The Patron Saint of Liars
|Born December 2, 1963 (age 57) Los Angeles, California, United States (1963-12-02) |
Books Bel Canto, State of Wonder, This Is the Story of a Happy M, Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, The Magician's Assistant
Similar Katrina Kenison, Lucy Grealy, Elizabeth Strout
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Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction in the same year, for her novel Bel Canto. Patchett's other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars (1992), Taft (1994), The Magician's Assistant (1997), Run (2007), State of Wonder (2011), and Commonwealth (2016).
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A conversation with bel canto author ann patchett and lyric creative consultant ren e fleming
Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. She was the younger of two daughters of Frank Patchett, a Los Angeles police captain and Jeanne Ray, a nurse (who later became a novelist). The couple divorced and her mother remarried, moving the family to Nashville, Tennessee when Patchett was six years old.
Patchett attended St. Bernard Academy, a private Catholic school for girls in Nashville, Tennessee run by the Sisters of Mercy. Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College. She later attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It was there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.
In 2010, she co-founded the bookstore Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes; the store opened in November 2011. In 2016, Parnassus Books branched out with a mobile bookmobile, piggybacking on success of food trucks, and expanding the reach of the bookstore in Nashville. In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
For nine years, Patchett worked at Seventeen magazine, where she wrote primarily non-fiction and the magazine published one of every five articles she wrote. She ended her relationship with the magazine after getting into a dispute with an editor and exclaiming, "I’ll never darken your door again!"
Patchett has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, ELLE, GQ, Gourmet, and Vogue. In 1992, Patchett published The Patron Saint of Liars. The novel was made into a television movie of the same title in 1998. Her second novel Taft won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician’s Assistant, was released in 1997. In 2001, her fourth novel Bel Canto was her breakthrough, becoming a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and winning the PEN/Faulkner Award.
A friend of writer Lucy Grealy, Patchett has written a memoir about their relationship, Truth and Beauty: A Friendship. Patchett's novel, Run, was released in October 2007. What now?, published in April 2008, is an essay based on a commencement speech she delivered at her alma mater in 2006.
Patchett is the editor of the 2006 volume of the anthology series The Best American Short Stories. In 2011 she published State of Wonder, a novel set in the Amazon jungle, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.