Episode 4 brings us the incredible writing talent that is Ann Patchett, an "auto-buy" author for our hosts and the 2023 National Humanities Medal recipient for "putting into words the beauty, pain and complexity of human nature." The three start their conversation by diving into Elin and Ann's respective years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop before exploring Ann's writing process, her friendship with Lucy Grealy, and her ability to nail human relationships on the page. They also discuss the release of Ann's latest novel Tom Lake, as well as Ann's favorite writers and what it's like owning Parnassus Books in Nashville.
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Ann Patchett Reading List:
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
What else are we reading in this episode:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Other authors mentioned:
Jane Smiley, Anna Quindlen, Tim Winton, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Frank Conroy, Allan Gurganus, Russel Banks, Grace Paley, John Irving, Lucy Grealy, Colson Whitehead, Colleen Hoover, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Hanks, Kate DiCamillo, Elizabeth McCracken, Louise Erdrich, Elizabeth Strout, Harlan Coben, Andrew Sean Greer, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, and V, formerly Eve Ensler.
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