2017 Literary Award Honoree

Public Lecture

Elizabeth Gilbert

Free Public Lecture
Featuring the 2017 Literary Award Honoree
Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with Ann Patchett

Saturday, November 11
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Montgomery Bell Academy
4001 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by the Toronto Sun. Exploding onto the scene in 2006, the bestseller famously chronicled the year Gilbert spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more than 30 languages, Eat, Pray, Love has sold over ten million copies worldwide.

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. In this book, she digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective on creativity.

This is a free, ticketed event open to the public. 

Note: There will be no Q&A or book signing at this event.

Parking is free on the Montgomery Bell Academy campus. This event will be handicapped accessible and open captioned.


The Nashville Public Library Literary Award recognizes distinguished authors and other individuals for their contribution to the world of books and reading. Past recipients are John Lewis, Jon Meacham, Scott Turow, Robert K. Massie, Margaret Atwood, John McPhee, Billy Collins, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Irving, Ann Patchett, John Updike, David McCullough and David Halberstam.

The Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF) raises private funding to enhance the programs, collections and facilities of the Nashville Public Library.

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 bestselling authors for talks and book signings.