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Revisiting 'Run' With Ann Patchett On Monday's Access Utah


Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard cares about is his ability to keep his children all his children safe. 

That’s a synopsis of Ann Patchett’s novel “Run.” Today we revisit a conversation with Ann Patchett from 2010, on the occasion of the paperback release of “Run.” 

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars,Taft,The Magician’s Assistant,Bel Canto,Run, State of Wonder, andCommonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction–Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, What Now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, andThis is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays examining the theme of commitment. In 2019, she published her first children’s book,Lambslide, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the100 Most Influential People in the World.

Ann Patchett lives in Nashville with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky. Clickhere to subscribe to her blog, Notes from Ann, featuring book recommendations, exclusive commentary, articles, and more. Follow along with Parnassus Books onTwitter,Instagram, Facebook, and the bookstore blog,Musing.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.