Ann Patchett: Biography

Ann Patchett

02 dec 1963

Ann Patchett is an award-winning American author from California. She is the daughter of the novelist Jeanne Ray and Frank Patchett, a Los Angeles police officer.

Patchett was first published in The Pars Review. She had a short story published before graduating. She worked at Seventeen magazine for a total of nine years, writing non-fiction articles and a handful of pieces of fiction. Roughly 20% of the articles that she wrote were published. She has spoken in interviews about how cruel the feedback could be from the magazine and how she learned that she learned to stop taking it personally. She stopped writing for them after a heated dispute with one of the editors of the magazine. Since then she has had her work published in various other publications including The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, GQ, ELLE and The Washington Post.

Her novels have been very well received. Her first novel The Patron Saint of Liars was published in 1992 and was made into a film which was released in 1998. Taft, her second novel, was awarded the 1994 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fourth novel, Bel Canto, was her most celebrated novel, and the one for which she is best known. It is based on the Lima Crisis which took place in Peru from 1996-1997 and the novel was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001.

Ann Patchett still lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their dog. She is a vegan on both ethical and health grounds. In 2011, she opened a book shop in Nashville with Karen Hayes. She continues to work as a full time writer.