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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Ann Patchett is the 15th Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (1999)


Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963, but grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. After finishing high school, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 1992, she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, during a residential fellowship she won to the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Patron Saint of Liars was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. In 1994, Ann’s second novel, Taft, won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction. The Magician’s Assistant, her third novel, earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship and was short-listed for England’s Orange Prize.

Bel Canto, Ann’s fourth novel about the interactions and relationships formed among of group of terrorists and the people they hold hostage for several months, was very successful, winning both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002. Bel Canto was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. Translated into thirty languages, the novel sold over a million copies in the United States alone.

Truth and Beauty is a memoir about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was published in 2004 and named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Truth and Beauty won the Chicago Tribune’s 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.

Ann Patchett continues to write for numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Vogue. She currently lives in her hometown of Nashville with her husband, Karl VanDevender.


What Now? (2008)

Run (2007)

The Best American Short Stories (Editor; 2006)

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship (2004)

Bel Canto (2001)

The Magician's Assistant (1997)

Taft (1994)

The Patron Saint of Liars (1992)

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