Ann Patchett

Council at The Authors Guild, Inc.

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett

Council at The Authors Guild, Inc.

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Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles but raised in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, she studied with such notable authors as Russell Banks and Grace Paley before getting her first short works published. She labored long and hard in the trenches of Seventeen magazine (where her talents went largely unrecognized), before striking gold with her ambitious first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of 1992 and subsequently made into a major motion picture.

Since her auspicious debut, Patchett has crafted a handful of elegant novels, garnering several accolades and awards along the way. But her real breakthrough occurred with 2001's Bel Canto, a taut, psychological thriller set in the claustrophobic confines of an embassy under siege in South America. Winning both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize, Bel Canto catapulted Patchett into the ranks of bestselling authors.

As if to prove her versatility, Patchett departed from fiction for 2004's Truth & Beauty, the heartbreaking account of her longstanding, difficult friendship with the late Lucy Grealy, a gifted writer whose disfigurement from cancer precipitated a tragic descent into addiction and death. This memoir won several literary awards and appeared on many end-of-year best books lists.

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Birthday

12/02/1963 - Nashville, TN

Age

57

Number of Awards

1

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Chief Operating Officer at The Authors Guild, Inc.

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Chief Operating Officer at The Authors Guild, Inc.

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Former Founder/Chief Executive Officer at The Pipeline

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Council Member at Maine Coast Heritage Trust

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President at The Authors Guild, Inc.

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Former Director of National Advocacy at Edwin Gould Foundation for Children

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President & Publisher at The Harper's Magazine Foundation

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Shakespeare Scholar in Residence, New Work Development at The Public Theater

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Member, No Kid Hungry Leadership Council at Share Our Strength, Inc.

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Instructor, Writing at MasterClass

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Awards & Honors
2012
TIME - 100 Most Influential People in the World
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