ELIZABETH GILBERT RECOGNIZED AS 2017 NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY LITERARY AWARD HONOREE
Author will be featured in conversation with Ann Patchett at free public lecture
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert, the 2017 Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Award honoree, will join previous Literary Award honoree Ann Patchett for a free public lecture and conversation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Montgomery Bell Academy.
The lecture and conversation is a free, ticketed event open to the public. Tickets are available now at nplf.org/publiclecture. The event will be hosted by the Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) and Salon@615 partners.
Gilbert is the award-winning author of “Eat, Pray, Love.” a story chronicling her yearlong journey of self-discovery following her divorce. In her most recent book, “Big Magic,” Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective on creativity.
The Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Award recognizes distinguished authors and other individuals for their contribution to the world of books and reading. Past recipients in addition to Patchett are U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Jon Meacham, Scott Turow, Robert K. Massie, Margaret Atwood, John McPhee, Billy Collins, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Irving, John Updike, David McCullough and David Halberstam.
“Elizabeth Gilbert has inspired millions with her work, which made her a perfect candidate for this award,” said Shawn Bakker, CEO of the NPLF. “We are excited to honor an author who not only has been critically acclaimed, but has sparked creativity, exploration and discovery through the written word.”
“Receiving the Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Award is a real honor,” Gilbert said. “I am very excited to come to Nashville and encourage others to live their best, most creative lives.”
The Nashville Public Library Foundation was founded in 1997 to raise private funds from the community to support and enhance the programs, collections and facilities of the Nashville Public Library. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Foundation and its commitment to the city of Nashville.
About Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love,” has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by the Toronto Sun. The best-seller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce and was eventually turned into a major motion picture. In the decade since “Eat, Pray, Love,” people around the world have sought Gilbert’s advice on how to lead a bold and inspired life, and she has dedicated herself to exploring the mysteries of courage and creativity. Out of this period of introspection comes Gilbert’s brilliant nonfiction treatise, “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.”
About the Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Award
Each year, the Nashville Public Library Foundation recognizes an outstanding author with its Literary Award, which honors the author’s achievements while promoting books, literacy and reading in Nashville. Gilbert is the 14th honoree.
About Salon @615
Salon@615 is an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books and Humanities Tennessee designed to nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting best-selling authors for talks and book signings.