Ann Patchett has been a great writer for so long, it’s easy to take her talent for granted. She published her first short story in the prestigious Paris Review before she’d graduated from college. Her bibliography includes the exceptional novels The Magician’s Assistant and Commonwealth, and she wrote a memoir, Truth and Beauty: A Friendship about her relationship with the late writer Lucy Grealy. In 2012, TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Oh, and her 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Bel Canto happens to be one of the best novels of the millennium. It’s safe to assume the fairly prolific Patchett will have a new book coming out shortly, and it will be excellent. Still, her novels never cease to surprise with their poised lyricism and casually proffered insights. Her latest, The Dutch House, a dark tale of class conflict about the waxing and waning fortunes of a pair of close-knit siblings, looks to be another intimate story set against a rich historical backdrop. Patchett comes to town to talk about her career and The Dutch House as part of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library Pen Pals series. Both presentations are sold out, but you can still register for the waitlist online.