Bestselling Author Ann Patchett
To Speak at Literary Voices™ Event
From the very beginning, with the publication of her
first novel in 1992, The New York Times was describing Ann Patchett ’s
work as “generous, fearless, and startlingly wise.” Since then,
Patchett has published four more novels, including the phenomenal
bestseller “Bel Canto,” two works of nonfiction, and has guest
edited “Best American Short Stories” in 2006.
Ann Patchett will be the speaker at the 7th Annual Literary Voices™
Author Dinner, sponsored by the Endowment Trust of the Metropolitan
Library System, on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. She will speak at the
Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $125 per person for
the dinner and the talk.
Patchett is a Los Angeles native who was raised and still lives in
Nashville, TN. Her first novel, “The Patron Saint of Liars,” was
named a Notable Book for 1992 by The New York Times and was made into
a movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Maggie Gyllenhaal in 1998.
Subsequent novels include “Taft,” “The Magician’s Assistant,”
and “Run,” but it was her fourth book, “Bel Canto,” that won the
National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. It is
also in development to become a motion picture.
The New York Times wrote about “Bel Canto” that it contains “"Patchett
doing what she does best — What gives this novel its power is
Patchett's flair for sketching the subtleties of her characters'
behavior." The New Yorker continued the praise by observing
that “Patchett's tragicomic novel — a fantasia of guns and Puccini and
Red Cross negotiations — invokes the glorious, unreliable promises of
art, politics, and love."
For more information about the Literary Voices™ 2009 Author Dinner
call the Metropolitan Library System’s Endowment Trust office at (405)
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