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Texas Matters: Ann Patchett, Commonwealth And Writing


Best-selling author Ann Patchett is known for her works of fiction and nonfiction.  Her many acclaimed works include Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Truth and Beauty, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and many others, including her latest, Commonwealth, her seventh novel, which provides a discerning, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-rending study of sibling and other familial relationships.  Ann Patchett also co-owns Parnassus Books and went into the independent booksellers business when two other bookstores in Nashville closed.

She spoke with Texas Public Radio’s Special Contributor Yvette Benavides from her home in Nashville about writing fiction and nonfiction, book titles, shoes, book festivals, and the most profound of friendships—with people and dogs.

You can see Ann Patchett and over 100 other authors at this year’s San Antonio Book Festival on April 8. 

In addition to her appearance at this free, family-friendly book festival, she will be the festival’s special featured speaker at a fundraising luncheon on Friday, April 7 at 11:30 am at the Witte Museum. For ticket purchases and more information, go to the festival website at saplf.org/festival.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi