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Award-winning author Ann Patchett to read July 26

APSUs Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents a reading by Ann Patchett, winner of the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, in APSUs University Center, Room 303.

The author of four novels, Patchett won the PEN/Faulkner Award and Englands Orange Prize for Bel Canto, which also was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents a reading by Ann Patchett, winner of the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, in APSU's University Center, Room 303.

The author of four novels, Patchett won the PEN/Faulkner Award and England's Orange Prize for “Bel Canto,” which also was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In her most recent work, “Truth and Beauty: A Friendship,” Patchett pays tribute to her friend, acclaimed writer Lucy Grealy, who died in 2002 of a heroin overdose after battling for years with a rare cancer and the disfigurement it caused. Booklist calls Patchett's first work of nonfiction “an electrifyingly intimate portrait of a remarkable human being, and a profoundly insightful chronicle of an incandescent friendship.”

A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Patchett's first novel, “The Patron Saint of Liars,” won a James A. Michener/Copernicus Award. Her second novel, “Taft,” earned the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction of 1994. “The Magician's Assistant,” her third novel, earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994. That October she was awarded the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award.

In addition, Patchett has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine; The Washington Post; Gourmet; Paris Review; O, The Oprah Magazine and Vogue.

The reading is free and open to the public.

For further information, telephone the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at (931) 221-7031.
—Rebecca Mackey