I went to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak last night at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The über popular Ms. Gilbert spoke for about an hour before she fielded questions collected on index cards. As a former Toastmaster, I was impressed with her ability to speak without notes for such a long time to such a large audience in such a large venue. That woman can talk!
If you don’t know who she is, Ms. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, the mega-selling book about her travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia as she was trying to recuperate from a traumatic divorce. Carolyn Bess, the producer of the DMA’s Arts and Letters Live program, introduced Ms. Gilbert with a few interesting facts about the author such as that the movie Coyote Ugly (starring Piper Perabo and John Goodman) was based on her article she wrote for GQ magazine, she and her husband are the owners of an antique store in New Jersey, and Julia Roberts will be starring in the movie version of the book.
In Ms. Gilbert’s non-stop monologue, she covered a variety of subjects like the time her husband was detained at DFW International Airport by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and deported out of the country (the reason they eventually married), the autonomy of women in the past 50 to 75 years (how new this is in the whole realm of history), her new book Matrimonium (and how she became a student of marriage due to her life experiences), how the body expresses the ailments of the soul, and, lastly, about why she chose not to have children. Peppered in among these were many experiences, quotes, and words of wisdom.
After the talk, Ms. Gilbert came down to the grand foyer of the center to sign books. The line to get books signed was daunting. A group of us just wanted to get a better idea of what Ms. Gilbert looked like closer up, as there had been a good number seated in the balcony. She really is quite striking and has a relaxed aura about her.
Another enjoyable evening thanks to the DMA’s Arts and Letters Live!
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