Out Loud! The Metro Library Network Author Series is funded by the Giacoletto Foundation. The Giacoletto Foundation was established in 2007, fulfilling the wishes of the late Giacoletto brothers. Born in Clinton, Indiana, John worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids and Lawrence was a professor of engineering at Michigan State University.Producing the author series are the three libraries that comprise the Metro Library Network.
Cedar Rapids Public Library
Hiawatha Public Library
Marion Public Library
Ann Patchett, an alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will open this year’s series on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Patchett is the author of five novels including State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of two nonfiction books, including the memoir Truth & Beauty, which recounts her friendship with fellow author Lucy Grealy. In 2012, she was named one of Time magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People,” in part due to her highly publicized decision to open an independent bookstore—Parnassus Books—in Nashville, Tenn., bucking trends in the book business.