Look at all these people! All of us were lucky to spend the evening in Portland with Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) , who packed this auditorium to the rafters, a place usually reserved for big concerts. It gave me such a thrill to see a down-to-earth, soul-searching writer attract such a loyal following.
She was, as you might imagine if you've read anything by her, totally funny, charming, inspiring, self-deprecating, witty, humble. She spoke for about 1 1/2 hours, totally improv, and then took questions from the audience.
I love her.
She talked a lot about writing, lots of good tidbits I could bring back to my students, but she mostly talked about what she believes about life and being true to yourself, about being reflective and honest enough to see yourself and take ownership over your decisions.
A lovely evening indeed, albeit a very late night for a Tuesday which sorts of throws my whole week into a game of catch up, but VERY well worth it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Posted by Emilie at 7:12 PM