Season of Wonder: Escape the Ordinary
Ann Patchett Interviewed by Maureen Corrigan
Best-selling author Ann Patchett is the keynote speaker for the 10th anniversary season of Frederick Reads. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME in 2012, Patchett will be interviewed by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on-stage.
Ann Patchett is a celebrated author, a devoted reader and a champion of literary culture. She has written eight books and is a frequent contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal. She has served on the board of the Nashville Public Library Foundation and in 2011, when the last of Nashville’s bookstores had been shuttered; Patchett declared ”I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” And so, in November of that year she opened Parnassus Books, a new refuge for the written word.
Patchett published her first story in The Paris Review while still a student at Sarah Lawrence College. Bel Canto, her fourth novel, was published in 2001 and was awarded the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The world-renowned Lyric Opera Company of Chicago has commissioned a production based on that novel that will premiere in 2015. Her most recent novel State of Wonder was published in 2011. The Washington Post called that book “the smartest, most exciting novel of the summer” and Library Journal described it as “superbly rendered.” Patchett is also the author of three works of nonfiction including Truth & Beauty, which won the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage which NPR called “terrific and wide-ranging.”
Patchett’s interviewer, Maureen Corrigan, has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air for over 20 years. She is also a columnist for the Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University. In the past, she has written reviews for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and The Nation, among others. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism. In 2012, she served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Corrigan is also the author of two books of her own. Her titles include Leave me Alone I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Library Journal.
This event is free and no tickets are required. A fundraising reception precedes the event, and book sales and signing will follow. For more information, contact Donna Bannwolf at email@example.com or 301-600-1629.
Frederick Reads Exclusive Meet and Greet Reception
$50 per person
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with both nationally known literary luminaries at this fundraising reception prior to the free main event. Attendees will receive a complimentary book and first-choice seating at the on-stage discussion following the reception. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are required to attend the reception and can be purchased by contacting the Weinberg box office at 301-600-2828. Reception ticket proceeds help Frederick Reads bring notable authors to Frederick for free, public readings.
Frederick Reads is made possible by support from:
Curious Iguana, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick Women’s Civic Club, Friends of FCPL, Hood College, Literacy Council of Frederick County, Plamondon Hospitality Partners, Scott Key Center, Tourism Council of Frederick County, and other organizations and individuals