Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett
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Patchett at the 2012 Time 100 gala
Born (1963-12-02) December 2, 1963 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Novelist, memoirist
Nationality American
Period 1992–present
Genre Literary fiction
Notable works Bel Canto

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.[1][2] Patchett's other novels include The Patron Saint of Liars (1992),[3] Taft (1994),[4] The Magician's Assistant (1997),[not verified in body] Run (2007),[5] State of Wonder (2011, shortlisted for the Orange Prize[2][better source needed]), and Commonwealth (2016). She is a recipient of a 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship,[6] and in addition to the foregoing awards, has received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize (Taft, 1994),[4] and the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award for the body of her work (2014),[7] and was shortlisted or a finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award (for Bel Canto),[8] and for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize (for State of Wonder).[9]


Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California on December 2, 1963.[10][better source needed] Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.[11] As described by Patchett, her father, Frank Patchett (d. 2012) had been long divorced from her mother, and had served as a Los Angeles police officer for 33 years; she describes him as participating in the arrests of both Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan.[12][verification needed]

When she was six, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and as of 2010, continued to live there.[needs update] Patchett has said she loves her home in Nashville, with her husband, a physician, and their dog; asked if she could go any place, Patchett has replied that the place she would go would always be home. "Home is ...the stable window that opens out into the imagination.[13] Patchett attended St. Bernard Academy, a private Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy.[3][verification needed][4][10] Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley.[14][third-party source needed] 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.[3] It was also there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.[3][verification needed]

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.[15] 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.[16] In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.[17] Patchett has decriberd herself as "pretty much a vegan" for "both moral and health reasons." [18]


Patchett at the Miami Book Fair International 2014

Patchett's first published work was in The Paris Review,[citation needed] where she published a story before she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.[citation needed]

For nine years, Patchett worked at Seventeen magazine,[3] 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.[citation needed] She ended her relationship with the magazine after getting into a dispute with an editor and exclaiming, "I’ll never darken your door again!"[3]

Patchett has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, ELLE, GQ, Gourmet, and Vogue.[14][third-party source needed]

In 1992, Patchett published The Patron Saint of Liars.[4] The novel was made into a television movie of the same title in 1998.[citation needed] Her second novel Taft won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in fiction in 1994.[4] Her third novel, The Magician’s Assistant, was released in 1997.[citation needed] In 2001, her fourth novel Bel Canto was her breakthrough, becoming a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist,[8] and winning the PEN/Faulkner Award.[1]

A friend of writer Lucy Grealy, Patchett has written a memoir about their relationship, Truth and Beauty: A Friendship.[citation needed] Patchett's novel, Run,[5] was released in October 2007.[citation needed] What now?, published in April 2008, is an essay based on a commencement speech she delivered at her alma mater in 2006.[citation needed]

Patchett is the editor of the 2006 volume of the anthology series The Best American Short Stories.[citation needed] In 2011 she published State of Wonder, a novel set in the Amazon jungle, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.[2][better source needed] .

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  1. ^ a b c PEN/Faulkner Staff (2002). "Past Winners & Finalists: 2002—Ann Patchett, Bel Canto". Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Brown, Mark (April 17, 2012). "Orange Prize 2012 Shortlist Puts Ann Patchett in Running for Second Victory". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Weich, Dave and Patchett, Ann (June 27, 2001). "Exclusive to Powell's, Author Interviews: Ann Patchett Hits All the Right Notes". Archived from the original (interview) on February 4, 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dukes, Jessica and Patchett, Ann. "Meet the Writers: Ann Patchett". Archived from the original (biosketch and interview) on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  5. ^ a b Hart, Jennifer, and Patchett, Ann (September 24, 2008). "Book Club Girl Talks With Ann Patchett, Author of Run". Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Guggenheim Fndn. Staff (1995). "Fellows: Ann Patchett, 1995; Field of Study, Fiction". [John and Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation]. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Watts, Jr., James D. (March 30, 2014). "Ann Patchett is 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award Recipient". Tulsa World. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c NBCC Staff (2001). "All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists: 2001 Awards, Fiction Finalists". [National Book Critics Circle]. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Wellcome Collection Staff (2011). "All books A-Z: State of Wonder, By Ann PatchettS, Shortlist 2011". [Wellcome Collection's Wellcome Book Prize]. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Anon. (September 14, 2016). "GoodReads: Ann Patchett [user submitted author biography]". Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2016. [better source needed]
  11. ^ Swilley, Stephanie (May 2002). "For Jeanne Ray, Writing is All in the Family". BookPage. ProMotion, Inc. Retrieved December 12, 2009. [dead link][dead link]
  12. ^ Patchett, Ann (February 27, 2015). "Opinionator, The End: Finding Joy in My Father's Death". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Patchett, Ann (October 13, 2010). "Domestic Lives: A Novelist's Prime Nesting Place in Nashville". NY Times. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Patchett, Ann (September 14, 2016). "About Ann" (autobiography). [personal website]. Retrieved 14 September 2016. [third-party source needed]
  15. ^ Patchett, Ann (December 2012). "The Bookstore Strikes Back". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
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  17. ^ Gilbert, Elizabeth (April 18, 2012). "The World's 100 Most Influential People, 2012: Ann Patchett, Writer". Time. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Rustin, Susanna (June 10, 2011). "A Life in Writing: Ann Patchett" (interview). The Guardian. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 

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