Ann Patchett Event, Writer’s Garrett Dallas

Went to see Ann Patchett, one of our favorite novelists, at a Dallas Writer’s Garrett event last night in Richardson. Patchett is the author of Bel Canto, a great novel about terrorism and love, Truth and Beauty, a memoir, and her latest, a novel called Run that’s doing very well on the NY Times bestseller list.

Fun event. Ran into Professor Laurin Porter of UT Arlington’s English Department there, as well as Professor Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University.

Patchett was fun. A few highlights:

  1. She’s clearly indebted to nineteenth-century novel–she is currently on a Henry James binge and she cited Tolstoy twice.
  2. I liked the bit about how reading novels makes you a better person because it forces you into the head of the “other”, it forces you to live other people’s lives for a short time. (She said it more eloquently than I am expressing it here.)
  3. Patchett does not watch T.V.

Louise Erdrich is coming in 2008. We may have to go see her too. The Master Butcher’s Singing Club is one of my favorite novels of the past few years.

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