Author Bio: Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 1990, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a New York TimesNotable Book for 1992. In 1993, she received a fellowship from the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Patchett’s second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafta Prize for Fiction in 1994. Her third novel,The Magician’s Assistant, was shortlisted for England’s Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her fourth novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the Book Sense Book of the year. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her next novel, Run, was an instant New York Times bestseller. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the san Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment WeeklyTruth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. In 2008 Patchett published What Now? Based on the lauded commencement address she gave at Sarah Lawrence College.

Patchett was the editor of The Best American Short Stories 2006. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times MagazineHarper’s magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington PostGourmet, and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, and is the co-owner of Parnassus Books. 

More information about Ann Patchett and State of Wonder: (Ali: embedded videos below?)

1. State of Wonder Book discussions with Patchett

2. Patchett speaks about her bookstore, Parnassus Books

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