Ann Patchett has a magic touch. Every book she writes wins an award. After winning a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, which was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingrahm Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Her second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994.
Her third novel, The Magician’s Assistant, was short-listed for England’s Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her next 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. Bel Canto It was also named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages.
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 Weekly. Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and 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.
Patchett was also the editor of Best American Short Stories 2006. In between, she has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, ELLE, GQ, and Gourmet.
And that doesn’t even take into account her bookstore—Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee—which was co-founded in 2010 with Karen Hayes and branched out with a mobile bookmobile on 2016. In Greek mythology, Mount Parnassus was home to the muses, the goddesses of inspiration for literature and the arts.
Just as the shop is a hub for book lovers, Musing is the place to find Ann Patchett’s blog, exclusive interviews and original contributions from great authors, literary lists, gift guides, and more. In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.
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