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 57)
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)[1] 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.


Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.[2] 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.[3]

When she was six, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and she continues to live there. 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.:[4]

Patchett attended St. Bernard Academy, a private Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy.[5][6] Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley.[7] 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.[5] 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.[8][9] She is a vegan for "both moral and health reasons." [10]

Published work

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,[5] 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.[11] She ended her relationship with the magazine after getting into a dispute with an editor and exclaiming, "I’ll never darken your door again!"[5]

Patchett has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, ELLE, GQ, Gourmet, and Vogue.[7]

In 1992, Patchett published The Patron Saint of Liars.[6] The novel was made into a movie of the same title in 1998.[12] Her second novel Taft won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in fiction in 1994.[6] 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.[7]

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



  • Patchett, Ann (1992). The patron saint of liars.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (1994). Taft.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (1997). The magician's assistant.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2001). Bel canto.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2007). Run.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2011). State of wonder.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Patchett, Ann (2004). Truth and beauty : a friendship.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2008). What now?.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2011). The getaway car : a practical memoir about writing and life.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2011). "The Mercies". Granta. 114 (Spring 2011).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2014). "How knitting saved my life. Twice". In Hood, Ann (ed.). Knitting yarns : writers on knitting. New York: W. W. Norton.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2013). This is the story of a happy marriage.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • — (2013). "The Mercies". In Henderson, Bill (ed.). The Pushcart Prize XXXVII : best of the small presses 2013. Pushcart Press. pp. 166–181.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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  2. Swilley, Stephanie (May 2002). "For Jeanne Ray, writing is all in the family". BookPage. ProMotion, Inc. Retrieved December 12, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Patchett, Ann (1 March 2015). "Finding Joy in My Father's Death" (01 March 2015). The New York Times. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Patchett, Ann (October 13, 2010). "Domestic Lives: A Novelist's Prime Nesting Place in Nashville". NY Times. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Weich, Dave (2001-06-27). "Ann Patchett Hits All the Right Notes". Retrieved 2007-07-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dukes, Jessica. "Meet the Writers: Ann Patchett". Barnes & Noble. Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-02. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "About Ann". Ann Patchett's Official Website. Archived from the original on 7 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-02. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Elizabeth Gilbert (Apr 18, 2012). "Ann Patchett: Writer". TIME. Retrieved Feb 5, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "The Bookstore Strikes Back". Atlantic Magazine. December 2012. Retrieved Feb 5, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Susanna Rustin (June 10, 2011). "A life in writing: Ann Patchett". The Guatdian. Retrieved Mar 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Ann Patchett on The Patron Saint of Liars". HarperCollins. 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "The Patron Saint of Liars". Internet Movie DataBase. Retrieved 2007-07-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. James D. Watts, Jr., "Ann Patchett is 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award recipient", Tulsa World, March 30, 2014.

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