Thu, 2 December 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

An Evening with Ann Patchett

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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‘I don’t think that there’s a book of hers that I haven’t put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after’ (Gillian Anderson).

As a novelist, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Her essays are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. In this livestream, In Conversation event she joins us to explore family, friendship, marriage, failure, success, and what it all means, letting us all see our own worlds anew.

From her portrait of the three men she called her fathers to unexpectedly falling into a life-changing friendship with Tom Hanks; and from the unexpected influence of Snoopy to the importance of knitting, this journey into the life and thought of one of America’s finest living writers promises to be unexpected, illuminating, penetrating and wise.

Praise for Ann Patchett:

‘She never hits a wrong note’ – Louise Erdrich

‘She is one of those rare writers, like Anne Enright or Anne Tyler, who is able to convey poignancy and humour in the space of a single sentence’ – Elizabeth Day

‘Spoken about in the same breath as the likes of Jennifer Egan or Dave Eggers, Patchett is one of the most celebrated novelists of our times’ – Sunday Times

‘Assures Patchett, alongside John Irving and Anne Tyler, a place as one of the foremost chroniclers of the burdens of emotional inventory and its central place in American lives’ – Financial Times

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Ann Patchett

New York Times Bestselling Novelist and Essayist

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction. Her most recent novel The Dutch House was a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize. In 2002 she won the Orange Prize for Fiction with Bel Canto, a prize she has also twice been shortlisted for with The Magician’s Assistant in 1998 and State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.