Award-winning author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett will speak Tuesday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium.

Patchett’s presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed with a book signing. The University Store will sell books at the event. Audio or video recordings of the talk will not be permitted.

Her presentation, part of the UW Libraries Development Board’s annual author event, is funded by the McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence. Members of the development board will host an evening dinner with Patchett at 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (307) 766-3279 by Tuesday, April 15.

Those attending the afternoon talk are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for parking and seating. UW Transit and Parking Services will provide complimentary parking on campus starting at 1 p.m. in select areas, and free shuttle service the day of the talk.

Patchett has received many awards and fellowships, including England’s Orange Prize; PEN/Faulkner Award; the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Book Sense Book of the Year; a Guggenheim; and the Women’s National Book Association’s Award. Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

In November 2011, she opened Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., with her partner Karen Hayes. She has since become a spokesperson for independent booksellers, talking about books and bookstores on “The Colbert Report,” National Public Radio, “The Martha Stewart Show” and “The CBS Early Show.” Along with James Patterson, she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. Time magazine in 2012 named Patchett as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People.

She is the author of six novels, “The Patron Saint of Liars”; Taft”; The Magician’s Assistant”; “Bel Canto”; “Run” and “State of Wonder.” She was the editor of “Best American Short Stories, 2006,” and has written three books of nonfiction: “Truth & Beauty,” about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy; “What now?,” an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College; and, most recently, “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage,” a collection of essays that examines the theme of commitment.

For more information, visit or call (307) 766-3279.

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