Ann Beattie

A popular and critically acclaimed short story writer, Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s Best American Short Stories 2014. Among her many awards in the genre, Beattie received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story in 2000 and the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2005.

Notable recent works include the novella Walks with Men (Scribner, 2010) and The New Yorker Stories, a collection of 48 stories previously published in that magazine from 1974 to 2006 (Scribner, 2010). Beattie’s next book, The State We’re In: Maine Stories, is forthcoming in August 2015.

The writer’s collections include Distortions (Doubleday, 1976), Secrets and Surprises (Random House, 1979), The Burning House (Random House, 1982), Where You’ll Find Me (Linden Press, 1986), What Was Mine (Random House, 1991), Park City: New and Selected Stories (Knopf, 1998), Perfect Recall (Scribner, 2001), and Follies: New Stories (Scribner, 2005).

Equally as prolific as a novelist, Beattie has published eight novels, including Chilly Scenes of Winter (Doubleday, 1976), Falling in Place (Random House, 1980), Love Always (Random House, 1985), Picturing Will (Random House, 1990), Another You (Knopf, 1995), My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (Knopf, 1997), The Doctor’s House (Scribner 2002), and Mrs. Nixon: A Writer Imagines a Life (Scribner, 2012). Her writing has been translated into many languages, including book publications in France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Japan and China. 

The Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia (Emerita), Beattie is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a bachelor's degree from American University and a master's degree from University of Connecticut.

Beattie and her husband, painter/sculptor Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida. She is currently finishing up her next story collection, expected in 2016 from Scribner.