Novelist speaks at Literary Voices 2009 Author Dinner

Award-winning novelist Ann Patchett will lead an evening of stories and laughter Tuesday as the featured speaker at the seventh annual Literary Voices 2009 Author Dinner.

The Metropolitan Library System Endowment Trust’s largest fund-raiser, the dinner hosts a different author every year. Patchett, a Los Angeles native who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., has published several novels, including “The Patron Saint of Liars,” which was adapted into a movie. Her bestseller, “Bel Canto,” also in development to become a motion picture, sold more than a million copies and won the PEN/Faulkner award and England’s Orange Prize for Fiction.

“They try to choose a popular author that they think will be an entertaining speaker and they try to choose an author that will be a little different every year,” said Lloyd Lovely, library system deputy executive director of finance and support. “People like hearing about reading and writing and their life.”

In addition to her novels, Patchett edited the anthology “Best American Short Stories 2006″ and has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Vogue and The New York Times Magazine.

Lovely said he expects about 400 guests to attend Tuesday’s dinner.

“It’s an enjoyable evening,” he said. “It’s not all that formal. People just generally like getting out and the whole idea of supporting the library.”

A nonprofit organization created in 1986, the trust supports the library system through various fund-raising programs.

The dinner starts at 7 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 N.W. Grand. Tickets are $125. For more information, call 606-3760.  “Caitlin Harrison

Caitlin Harrison

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