In conjunction with the Brentwood Library Foundation’s Fifth Annual Author Event, “An Evening at the Library” will feature Ann Patchett. Ann Patchett is a local author if you go by her postal address; however, she is recognized in more places than her backyard if you ever read USA Today or Time magazine.
Ann Patchett moved to Tennessee when she was six. She grew up here and considers Nashville to be her home. Her mother is the well-known novelist Jeanne Ray, so it was only natural that she would embrace words and become a writer. And a writer she is with several novels already written, such as the New York Times bestselling Run; The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician’s Assistant; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of two works of nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling What Now? and Truth & Beauty. Ann Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, Gourmet, the New York Times, O: the Oprah Magazine, ELLE, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post.
Her latest, State of Wonder, about a research scientist sent to find her former mentor who has disappeared in the Amazon, landed at No. 12 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list last year and spent 28 weeks in the top 150.
These days the best-selling novelist is also a co-owner of Parnassus Books, a bookstore thriving in an age of e-books when ordering and reading is a click away. The bookstore sold $2 million worth in the past year, but bookselling doesn't interfere with writing. She recently completed an essay collection, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, to be released in November 2013.
She's not the first writer to own a bookstore, but because of her timing and literary stature, she is a true book advocate for our times. In November 2012 she hosted a conversation with J.K. Rowling at New York's Lincoln Center. In April 2012 she made the 2012 Time 100: The Most Influential People in the World list. She even appeared on The Colbert Report in February 2012. In April 2013, Ann Patchett will be appearing at The Brentwood Library, sharing her love for books as well as her experience as an internationally known author. Be part of the book movement and join us for an evening filled with good food, drink, and conversation at The Brentwood Library.