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Elizabeth Gilbert became a writer-in-residence at UT after an epic journey around the world that would inspire her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love and a subsequent movie of the same title.
While at UT in spring 2005, she was a visiting writer in the Department of English and taught a class called “Location, Location, Location: Sense of Place in Fiction.”
“Liz Gilbert was one of the most dynamic and popular visiting writers we’ve had at UT,” said English Professor Michael Knight. “Her buoyant intellect and spirit were downright contagious. Her students loved her. She kept in touch with some of them for years after she left Knoxville.”
Gilbert returns to Knoxville for one evening this fall and will appear at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the Knox County Public Library are presenting “An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert” at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.
Tickets for the event are now on sale. They are $35 for the general public and $30 for students and seniors. The price includes a copy of Gilbert’s new book, The Signature of All Things.
Tickets may be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office, online, by phone at 865-656-4444, or at any Knoxville Tickets outlet.
Gilbert lived in the St. Oliver Hotel near Market Square while at UT. She had written much of the book but was in the process of editing it. Eat, Pray, Love was a number one New York Times bestseller. It has been published in thirty languages and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. It was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts in 2010.