Writer and motivational speaker Elizabeth Gilbert returns to Asheville on Thursday, October 22, in support of her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The new work delves into topics of creativity, bravery and living an inspired life. “With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration,” says the author’s website. “She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.” Find quotes from the book here.
Recently Gilbert posted the following Big Magic-related thoughts on her Facebook page:
If you are alive, you’re a creative person.
We’ve gotten trapped recently (over the last few hundred years, I mean) into this mindset that “creativity” belongs only to a few — to the special, to the geniuses, to the professionals, to the rare souls who devote their lives to the fine arts.
Creativity is our shared inheritance as human beings. Me, you, and everyone we know are descended from generation after generation of ancestors who created things. For tens of thousands of years, your most family members and mine were all makers — builders, singers, explorers, healers, storytellers, weavers, dancers, engineers, growers, cooks, tinkerers..
Creativity is not just what human beings do; it’s what human beings ARE.
Gilbert, who is best known for her memoir Eat Pray Love, posted the dates for her Big Magic book tour on her Facebook page earlier today. In response to a fan excited about the Malaprop’s-sponsored event, Gilbert wrote, “I LOVE me some Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and I love me some Asheville!”
That love was certainly felt during Gilbert’s last Asheville appearance, held in June, 2014 at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky auditorium in support of her novel, The Signature of All Things. Read an interview with Gilbert about that book here.
Event info from the Malaprop’s website:
Beloved author Liz Gilbert will be in Asheville on October 22nd to present her new book: Big Magic. We’re holding her event at Asheville Highschool Auditorium at 7pm. Order your tickets now!
Each ticket ($35) includes a pre-signed copy of Big Magic.
Event date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 – 7:00pm
Event address: Asheville High School Auditorium, 419 McDowell St.