An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert
Friends of the Knox County Public Library, in partnership with the Knox County Public Library, is pleased to present An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert at the historic Tennessee Theatre on November 2.
Tickets, which are $35 ($30 for students/seniors) will include a copy of Gilbert’s new book, The Signature of All Things, go on sale Friday, September 6 at 10:00 a.m., and may be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office, online at www.tennesseetheatre.com, by phone 865-656-4444, or at any KnoxvilleTickets Outlet.
In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert, acclaimed author of five works of fiction and nonfiction, one of the most influential people in the world. Gilbert’s 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Published in 30 languages, the memoir sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts in 2010. Gilbert’s novel Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book, and her non-fiction book Committed was a # 1 New York Times bestseller.
Gilbert lived in Knoxville as a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee following her epic journey around the world which inspired Eat, Pray, Love. She edited the final drafts of the book while living on Market Square in the St. Oliver Hotel. The screenplay for the movie Eat Pray Love was written by one-time Knoxville News Sentinel intern and Glee creator, Ryan Murphy.
Gilbert is currently on a national book tour with the release of her latest novel, The Signature of All Things.
"Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing—a desperate need to understand the workings of this world, and the mechanism behind of all life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, this story novel soars across the globe—from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam and beyond. It is written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time. Alma Whittaker is a witness to history, as well as maker of history herself. She stands on the cusp of the modern, with one foot still in the Enlightened Age, and she is certain to be loved by readers across the world."