Holy cow, what an opportunity!
I just went back to the website for Eat, Love, Pray to read a bit more detail about and by the author, Elizabeth Gilbert. And guess what? She is going to be within reasonable driving distance in February.
Here's the scoop: as part of the Portland Literary Arts Lecture Series Ann Patchett & Elizabeth Gilbert will be speaking on Tuesday, February 10th 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $12.00 - $28.00
This is what the info on the website says:
"The two writers will share our Portland stage to discuss friendship and the writing process. Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert met a few years ago at a writers’ conference and have since developed a friendship, primarily through letter writing. This very special event brings these two authors on stage for the first time to engage the audience and each other in an exploration of creativity.
Ann Patchett’s books include The Magician’s Assistant (1998); Bel Canto (2002); Truth and Beauty (2004), a memorial tribute to her friend and fellow writer Lucy Grealy; and Run (2007). Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the short story collection Pilgrims (1997); The Last American Man (2002); and the New York Times best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love (2006).
All single tickets are sold at the PCPA Box Office and are general admission.
Reserved seating is only available through Portland Arts & Lectures with a series subscription. Portland Arts & Lectures: 224 NW 13th Ave. Ste.306; (503)227-2583; http://www.literary-arts.org/pal/"
Then Gilbert will be following that appearance with a solo gig in Seattle on Feb 12 - but that one is considerably more spendy (Tickets for that event at University of Washington are $30-$60).
HMMMM... I have gone to book readings and signings in the past and NEVER paid for a ticket to be there. I'm not sure how typical this is in the book world.
Still, I'm sorely tempted to go to the event in Portland. Rozel, any chance you could come? Pat? Mimi? Andrea?
Let me know if any of you have any interest. It could be one blast of a road trip. Food for thought anyway.