Novelist Ann Patchett will read from her work at Millsaps College on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. in room 215 of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex (campus map). Patchett will serve as the 2013 Eudora Welty Visiting Lecturer in Humanities and will read from her latest novel State of Wonder. The reading is free and open to the public.
The Welty Lecture was established in 1982 for the purpose of bringing to the college distinguished scholars, writers, artists and critics who have made significant contributions to the understanding and appreciation of southern culture. The endowment honors Eudora Welty, the distinguished writer and lifelong resident of Jackson, who for many years served on the Board of Trustees of Millsaps College. Welty was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor. Notable writers and scholars as Cleanth Brooks, John Shelton Reed, Ellen Douglas and Clyde Edgerton have visited Millsaps as part of the Welty Lecture program.
Patchett is the author of six novels: The New York Times bestsellers State of Wonder and Run; The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician's Assistant; and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of two works of nonfiction: The New York Times bestselling Truth & Beauty and What Now? Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, Gourmet, The New York Times, Vogue, and The Washington Post. She lives in Nashville and was recently listed by Time magazine as one of the World's 100 Most Influential People.