'Bel Canto' World Premiere Opens at Lyric Opera of Chicago

When American novelist Ann Patchett watched news of a four-month siege of the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru, by young rebels in 1996, she saw its potential as a compelling story and used it as the template for her multiple award-winning 2001 novel, “Bel Canto.” The siege had begun during a large party and to […]

Resolving to Read that Recommendation

Forget those five pounds—you promised your friend you were going to read that book, the one she recommended to you every time you see her. I recommend books to friends all the time, and now it’s my turn to listen to them. Here are some of the “must read” books I haven’t read yet. What […]

Ann Patchett Talks About Her New Book, “State of Wonder”

Ann Patchett’s newest book is “State of Wonder,” about a pharmaceutical researcher, Marina Singh, who must travel to the Amazon jungle after a colleague’s mysterious death. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I knew when I was 5 years old. It’s the one true thing about me that I’ve always known […]