Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Spotlight

Today's author is Ann Patchett.

Quick Facts:

1. She was born in Los Angeles in 1963 but was raised in Nashville.
2. She attended Sarah Lawrence College.
3. She won a residential fellowship in 1990 to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; there she wrote her first novel, Patron Saint of Liars, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1992.

4. She received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College in 1993.
5. Her second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994.

6. Her third novel, The Magician's Assistant, earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship.

7. Her fourth novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002.

8. Her newest book, What Now?, is based on her commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College.

9. Listen to her talk about Run with Book Club Girl on Blog Talk Radio Authors on Air.

10. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Vogue.

Have you read any of Ann Patchett's books? Do you recommend any of them?
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