Elizabeth Gilbert has been writing since, well, shes been able to read and write. Growing up on her familys Christmas tree farm in Connecticut, Gilbert and her sister, Catherine Gilbert Murdock (also a novelist), didnt have a TV set or record player, so they entertained themselves by reading and writing little plays they would act out.
It was Esquire that introduced Elizabeth Gilbert to America, publishing her short story Pilgrims under the headline The Debut of an American Writer and making her only the second previously unpublished writer the magazine set to print since Norman Mailer.
Gilberts latest novel, Committed, is a followup to her best-selling Eat, Pray, Love and continues her examination of relationships, infatuation, fidelity, social responsibilities, and humbling expectations by reflecting on her personal experiences. Books & Books will bring Gilbert in for a heart-to-heart at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Temple Israel. Folks wishing to go must commit to buying a copy of Committed ($26.95), upon which they will receive two tickets for entrance. Get them at any Books & Books location (265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-4408; 927 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-532-3222; 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-864-4241).
Sat., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2010