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.
Patchett was fun. A few highlights:
- She’s clearly indebted to nineteenth-century novel–she is currently on a Henry James binge and she cited Tolstoy twice.
- 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.)
- Patchett does not watch T.V.