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Bel Canto
Q&A with Author Ann Patchett

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Ann Patchett
is a bestselling author who first made headlines in 1992 when her debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has maintained a high level of success since; her novel Taft won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in 1994, and 2001’s Bel Canto received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the Book Sense Book of the Year prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her other novels are The Magician’s Assistant and Run. Her most recent novel, State of Wonder, was released in June 2011. Her nonfiction has been published in Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, Gourmet, the New York Times, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She has also published two books of nonfiction: Truth and Beauty, in 2004, a memoir detailing her friendship with writer Lucy Grealy; and What Now?, an essay based on her 2006 commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, and is a winner of the Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Patchett lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books,