Author Elizabeth Gilbert is widely known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love. But before Gilbert traipsed across Italy, India and Indonesia, she had a quiet sort of success in less-commercial literary circles. In 1997 she published a collection of short stories, Pilgrims, which was both a New York Times Notable Book and a PEN/Hemingway finalist. Gilbert also wrote for many men's magazines, including GQ, in which a 1997 article called "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon" was adapted into the film Coyote Ugly.
Gilbert's latest book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage, is another memoir, in which she explores the institution of marriage around the world. Gilbert, who never wanted to marry again, had to in order to maintain her relationship with Felipe, the Brazilian man Gilbert met and fell in love with in Bali. In an interview on her website Gilbert explains:
"I was hoping to make peace with those new terms--to essentially study my way through the history of marriage until I could find a way to be OK with the fact that I was entering that institution again, and the best way I know how to really get granular and intimate with a subject is to write a book about it."
So whether you're a longtime fan of Gilbert or a newcomer, you can hear her speak on Tuesday, March 15. Gilbert will be at the Egyptian Theatre as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations Series.