OccupationNovelist, memoirist Period1992–present Notable worksBel Canto RoleAuthor ParentsJeanne Ray
NationalityAmerican GenreLiterary fiction NameAnn Patchett SpouseKarl VanDevender MoviesThe Patron Saint of Liars
BornDecember 2, 1963 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, United States (1963-12-02) BooksBel Canto, State of Wonder, This Is the Story of a Happy M, Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, The Magician's Assistant Similar PeopleLucy Grealy, Jeanne Ray, Katrina Kenison, Elizabeth Noble, Stanley Bing
Salon 615 anne lamott in conversation with ann patchett
Ann Patchett (born December 2, 1963) is an American author. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Patchett's other novels include Run, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, State of Wonder, and The Magician's Assistant, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award in 1994.
A conversation with bel canto author ann patchett and lyric creative consultant ren e fleming
Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray. Her father, Frank Patchett, who died in 2012 and had been long divorced from her mother, served as a Los Angeles police officer for 33 years, and had participated in the arrests of both Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan.
She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live. Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog. If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home. "Home is ...the stable window that opens out into the imagination.:
Patchett attended high school at St. Bernard Academy, a private Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy. Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley. She later attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she met longtime friend Elizabeth McCracken. It was also there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.
In 2010, when she found that her hometown of Nashville no longer had a good book store, she co-founded Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes; the store opened in November 2011. In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. She is a vegan for "both moral and health reasons."
Patchett's first published work was in The Paris Review, where she published a story before she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
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 said that the magazine was cruel and eventually she stopped taking criticism personally. 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 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.
Awards and honors
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize (Taft)
PEN/Faulkner Award (Bel Canto)
Orange Prize (Bel Canto)
BookSense Book of the Year (Bel Canto)
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (Bel Canto)
2011: Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist (State of Wonder)
Helmerich Award (career award, 2014)
I think people become consumed with selling a book when they need to be consumed with writing it Part of it is living in Tennessee I'm so out of the loop And as a person - I'm out of the loop I'm oblivious by nature I can write for any magazine now - in any voice I can do it in two hours - I could do it in my sleep - it's like writing a grocery list