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2013 ALA Annual Conference - Ann Patchett on Being an Author

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Published on Jul 4, 2013

Ann Patchett is a super-champion of books and reading, known not only for writing award-winning, compelling and thoughtful books, but also for eschewing the trend and opening Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, when all the other bookstores in town had closed. At the time she said she wondered if she was "opening an ice shop in the age of Frigidaire," but instead the store garnered reviews as glowing as her books, and headlines in national media like "The Bookstore Strikes back."

Patchett is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction, and her titles frequently hit the New York Times bestseller list. Her books include "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; "State of Wonder";"Run"; "Truth & Beauty";"The Magician's Assistant"; "The Patron Saint of Liars," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and "Taft," which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

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