Ann Patchett and Elizabeth McCracken on NPR's "Morning Edition"

Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett

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ANN PATCHETT, best-selling author and Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna, speaks about her need for the "first reader" when creating fiction. Patchett describes how fellow fiction writer and friend Elizabeth McCracken has always played that important role for her in her work. Listen to both authors describe their process of writing and editing on NPR's "Morning Edition".

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

ANN PATCHETT was born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in Nashville, TN. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of The Patron Saint of Liars (a New York Times Notable Book for 1992), Taft (awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994), and The Magician's Assistant, which earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship. Bel Canto, Patchett's 2005 book, was a New York Times Bestseller, as well as the Johnson County Reads selection. Her newest work Run will be released September 25, 2007.

ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN was born in 1966 and grew up in Boston. She attended Boston University, and received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. She has received grants from the Michener Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of the short story collection Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry (1993), and The Giant’s House (1996), which will be released in a new paperback version this fall. Her latest work include Niagra Falls All Over Again (2001), and The American Child (2004).

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