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Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall
Enter on 8th Avenue 1119 8th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
206-652-4255
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Metro Route 12 to 8th and Madison worked well for me.
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attended Jun 16 2011

Ann Patchett is not only a talented writer, she is an excellent performer and storyteller. She's probably the liveliest and funniest writer I've ever seen. Very enjoyable evening. I would see her again in a heartbeat.

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attended Jun 16 2011

She was funny and warm and smart.... a very engaging speaker.

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attended Jun 16 2011

I had no idea Ann Patchett was such a great public speaker! She crafted a genuinely personal tone so that her talk felt very much like a conversation around a rowdy,... continued

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Website

http://www.lectures.org/season/special_events.php?id=295

Quotes & Highlights

There will be a book signing, with copies available for purchase, immediately following a Q&A moderated by Linda Bowers.
Visit Ann Patchett’s official website.
“A spellbinder from bestselling author Patchett…Thrilling, disturbing and moving in equal measures – even better than Patchett’s breakthrough Bel Canto (2001).” —Kirkus Reviews
“Patchett is a master storyteller who has an entertaining habit of dropping ordinary people into extraordinary and exotic circumstances to see what they’re made of. [An] expansive page-turner…Patchett’s fluid prose dissolves in the suspense of this out-there adventure…that readers will hate to see end.” —Publishers Weekly
“A superbly rendered novel…Patchett’s portrayal is as wonderful as it is frightening and foreign. Patchett exhibits an extraordinary ability to bring the horrors and the wonders of the Amazon jungle to life, and her singular characters are wonderfully drawn…Powerful and captivating.” —Library Journal

Description

Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 1990, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. Patchett’s second novel, Taft, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, The Magician’s Assistant, was short-listed for England’s Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Her novel, Bel Canto, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named the Book Sense Book of the Year. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages.

In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and Entertainment Weekly. Truth & Beauty was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Patchett has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Gourmet and Vogue. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender.

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