Ann Packer: Biography

Ann Packer

One of the best-selling authors Ann Packer was born in 1959 in Stanford, California. Ann’s parents were professors at Stanford University. Her mother taught English and Creative Writing. Her brother George Packer is a novelist, journalist and playwright. No wonder Ann got the flair for writing from a young age.

Ann studied in Yale University and also attended the Lowa Writer’s Workshop from 1986 to 1988. Ann received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Michener – Copernicus Society and the National Endowment for Arts.

After completing her studies, Ann moved to New York and started to work at Ballantine Books writing paperback cover copy. Ann got popular through her first novel, ‘The Dive from Clausen’s Pier’. She took 10 years to complete this novel. The novel was made into a cable television film but for some reason the fans of the novel didn’t approve it.

Ann Packer is well-known for her short-fictions. ‘Swim Back to Me’ and ‘Mendocino’ were among them. Three of Ann’s best-selling novels, ‘The Children’s Crusade’, ‘Songs Without Words’ and ‘The Dive from Clausen’s Pier’ received the Kate Chopin Literary Award and won many more recognition.

The short-fictions written by Ann have appeared in The New Yorker and in the O-Henry Prize stories. Her novels have been published all over the world. Ann is the recipient of James Michener Award.

Currently Ann Packer lives in San Carlos with her family. Her latest novel, ‘The Children’s Crusade’ was named one of the ten best books of 2015 by People Magazine.