Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert, to appear at the Tennessee Theatre on November 2

(Knoxville, TN - September 2, 2013) Friends of the Knox County Public Library, in partnership with the Knox County Public Library and the Union Avenue Books, is pleased to present An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert at the historic Tennessee Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on November 2. Tickets, which are $35 ($30 for students/seniors) and will include a copy of Gilbert’s new book, The Signature of All Things, go on sale Friday, September 6 at 10:00 a.m., and may be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office, online at, by phone 865-656-4444, or at any KnoxvilleTickets Outlet.

In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert, acclaimed author of five works of fiction and nonfiction, one of the most influential people in the world. Gilbert’s 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Published in 30 languages, the memoir sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts in 2010. Gilbert’s novel Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book, and her non-fiction book Committed was a # 1 New York Times bestseller.

Gilbert lived in Knoxville as a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee following her epic journey around the world which inspired Eat, Pray, Love. She edited the final draft of the book while living on Market Square in the St. Oliver Hotel. The screenplay for the movie Eat Pray Love was written by one-time Knoxville News Sentinel intern and Glee creator, Ryan Murphy.

Gilbert is currently on a national book tour with the release of her latest novel, The Signature of All Things. The book marks Gilbert’s return to fiction and describes the panoramic quest of the independent and intellectually curious Alma Whittaker. Born into a privileged Philadelphia family in the 19th century, Alma is strongly influenced by her parents who are both strong-willed botanical experts. Alma quickly comes into her own within the world of plants and science, but it is her association with the artist Ambrose that deepens her understanding of life.

"We are very excited to be able to bring Elizabeth Gilbert to Knoxville as part of our tradition of bringing world class authors to this community," commented Martha Gill, President of the Friends of the Knoxville. "Our mission is to foster a love of libraries, books, and reading in the area."

An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert is made possible through the generous support of Union Avenue Books,  Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR, B97.5 and the Tennessee Theatre.