- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2002


Ann Patchett's novel "Bel Canto," published by HarperCollins, has been selected as the winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

In "Bel Canto," Miss Patchett who was nominated for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award and received numerous other awards and recognitions takes the reader to an unnamed South American country ravaged by terrorism and a hostage crisis.

In an unexpected twist, terrorists and hostages forge friendships, and people from different nations become compatriots with the help of music.

The judges, David Guterson, Jane Hamilton and Sylvia Watanabe, considered more than 325 novels and short-story collections published in the United States during 2001 from more than 85 publishing houses, including small and academic presses.

The PEN/Faulkner Award is the nation's largest peer-juried prize for fiction.

As winner, Miss Patchett will receive $15,000. The four finalists, Jonathan Franzen for "The Corrections," Karen Jay Fowler for "Sister Noon," Claire Messud for "The Hunters" and Manil Suri for "The Death of Vishnu," each will receive $5,000.

Miss Patchett and the four finalists will be honored during the 22nd annual PEN/Faulkner Awards ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library at 7 p.m. May 11.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by phone at 202/544-7077.

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