Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction twice, for The Magician’s Assistant in 1998, State of Wonder in 2012 and won the prize for Bel Canto in 2002. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl.