Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eat, Pray, Love, and then sell out Merrill Auditorium

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.


Lisa said...

It's so amazing that you just blogged about this, Emilie! I just started re-reading Eat, Pray, Love - the book you gave me last Christmas. I read it once during our Christmas vacation last year in Bali, appropriately, but haven't been able to read anything else since. It's been a strange year and I want to read, I just can't concentrate. So, I decided, that perhaps reading Gilbert again might be the cure. I'm glad to know there are so many other fans out there. She just calms my soul every night before bed. Hopefully she'll put me back on track and inspire me to pick up another book after the second time. I'm glad she was as inspiring and witty in person as she is in print.

Tiercy said...

Sounds like a great evening!!

Carver Fam said...

One word- jealous.

jenn said...

wish I could have gone...what a great read, great woman!