Southern Voices Festival 2014A Celebration of Writing, Music and Art
An Evening With
Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
The Library Theatre
Reception follows Southern Voices warmly welcomes best-selling novelist Ann Patchett to our festival. After the presentation, we invite you to join Ms. Patchett on the Library Plaza for a book signing and reception. Books will be available for purchase.
Ann Patchett is a celebrated author, devoted reader and champion of literary culture. She has written nine books including The Patron Saint of Liars, State of Wonder and the Orange Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award Winner, Bel Canto.
In 2011, when the last of her hometown of Nashville’s independent bookstores closed, Ms. Patchett declared, “I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” In November of that year, she opened Parnassus Books, a new refuge for the written word in the old “Athens of the South.”
TIME magazine named Ann Patchett one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012 for her efforts on behalf of the literary community.
Along with being a prized novelist, Ms. Patchett is a frequent contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal, and has served on the board of the Nashville Public Library Foundation. She also writes nonfiction. The true story of her friendship with author and childhood cancer survivor Lucy Grealy, Truth & Beauty, won the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction in 2004. Additionally, the world-renowned Lyric Opera Company of Chicago has commissioned a production based on her novel, Bel Canto, to premiere in 2014.
Most recently, Ms. Patchett released a portrait of her life, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Examining her deepest commitments such as writing, friends, family, dogs, books and her husband, the book gives us a glimpse into the very real world of the author. From stories of a failed marriage to a successful bookstore, Ann Patchett shares the experiences that shaped her. The Hoover Public Library is honored to welcome back Southern Voices alumna Ann Patchett. We look forward to hearing more about the life and work of this literary icon.
Saturday, Feb. 22 - Registration: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - The Library Theatre & The Library Plaza- Book sales and signings will follow the afternoon session. - Lunch on your own