Ann Patchett is the author of six novels including Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder and The Patron Saint of Liars. She was the editor of the Best American Short Stories 2006 and has written three books of non-fiction, Truth & Beauty, What now? And This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has been the recipient of numerous awards including England’s Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her books have been New York Times bestsellers and New York Times Notable Books. She is also owns Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee. She lives in Nashville.