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Bestselling Author Ann Patchett to Speak at Downtown Library

Following her talk at the Library Endowment Trust’s 7th Annual Literary Voices™ event on April 14, internationally bestselling author Ann Patchett will present a free discussion of the writer’s life and art.

  “Author Confidential: A Conversation with Ann Patchett” will take place in the 46th Star Auditorium of the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, from 10am to noon. She will share insights from her writing career and answer questions from the audience.

Patchett is the author of seven fiction and non-fiction books, including the phenomenal bestseller “Bel Canto,” winner of the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Awards.  The Washington Post has described Ann Patchett's writing as "engaging, surprising, provocative, and moving."

Ann Patchett believes that the book and its reader form a special individual relationship.  “Reading, no matter what book clubs tell us,” she wrote last year, “is a private act, private even from the person who wrote the book. Once the novel is out there, the author is beside the point. The reader and the book have their own relationship now, and should be left alone to work things out for themselves.  Chances are I can explain, in the course of a Q&A, a novel’s dissatisfying ending or a character’s cloudy motivations, but who’s to say I’m right? Once the book is written, its value is for the reader to decide, not for the author to explain.”

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.

For more information about “Author Confidential: A Conversation with Ann Patchett” call 606-3856 or 606-3879. Books will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

The event is free and suitable for all ages.

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