Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett was born in Los Angeles but moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of six. At the Catholic school she attended her talent for storytelling soon became her unique way of impressing her teachers, and escaping constant detention. When she went on to the Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Ann was determined to become a poet. However, after studying creative writing with teachers such as Grace Paley her course was set. In Ann’s own words: ‘Itook to fiction like a duck to water.’ Her first short story, ‘All Little Coloured Children Should Learn to Play Harmonica’ was published in the Paris Review at the age of twenty-one just before she graduated.

After a teaching position at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and a residential fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Centre in Massachusetts, Patchett’s first novel was published.

She is the author of four novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Bel Canto, which was the winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award.

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