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April 7, 2008

Writers' Workshop alumna Ann Patchett reads at UI April 15

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Ann Patchett, the author of "Bel Canto" and "Run," will read from her work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Building. Listen live via the UI Writing University website at

"Bel Canto" was not only the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Orange Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, but also was the Book Sense Book of the Year and the 2003 "One Community, One Book -- Johnson County Reads" selection. "Run" was released last fall.

Patchett's other work includes "What Now?", "Taft," "Truth & Beauty," "The Patron Saint of Liars" and "The Magician's Assistant."

After receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from the UI, she won a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., where she wrote her first novel, "The Patron Saint of Liars." It was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992.

In 1993, she received a Bunting Fellowship from the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Her second novel, "Taft," was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994. Her third novel, "The Magician's Assistant," was short-listed for England's Orange Prize and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 2004, Patchett published "Truth & Beauty," a memoir of her friendship with the late writer Lucy Grealy, and it was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and Entertainment Weekly. "Truth & Beauty" was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Janet Maslin wrote in the New York Times Book Review that "Run" demonstrates "the silken agility with which Ann Patchett constructs her fiction," and "(it) shimmers with its author's rarefied eloquence, and with the deep resonance of her insights."

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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