Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learn How to Eat, Pray, Love; Elizabeth Gilbert Will Give a Talk Tuesday at the Florida Theatre

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learn How to Eat, Pray, Love; Elizabeth Gilbert Will Give a Talk Tuesday at the Florida Theatre

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Byline: Charlie Patton

Elizabeth Gilbert believes in living a life "where you routinely make your decisions based on curiosity rather than fear."

That's the message of her 2015 best-seller "Big Magic," a book that is part memoir and part self-help book.

It will also be the message of the talk Gilbert will give at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Florida Theatre. Her appearance will be Theatre Jacksonville's annual fundraiser, moved to the Florida Theatre because it seats many more people than Theatre Jacksonville.

Gilbert is best known for "Eat, Pray, Love," a 2006 memoir that spent more than 3 1/2 years on the New Times bestseller list and was made into a 2010 movie starring Julia Roberts.

The success of that book somewhat overshadowed the fact that Gilbert had written three earlier books, a short-story collection, a novel and a biography, all of which were critically acclaimed.

In the wake of that success, the literary establishment turned against Gilbert.

"After that book was published there was a loss of literary credibility," Gilbert said in a telephone interview. "When I wrote about men I got a lot of literary praise. Then I wrote 'Eat, Pray, Love' and to the chick's lit dungeon I go. Women's experiences aren't taken quite as seriously as men's."

Meanwhile, the huge success of the book threatened in some ways to dwarf the rest of her career. In "Big Magic" she writes about Harper Lee, who enjoyed huge success with her first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and published nothing more until 2015.

"People treat me like I'm doomed," she said in a 2014 TED talk.

But Gilbert chose not to be doomed.

After "Eat, Pray, Love," she began research on a novel that would be set in the jungles of Brazil. But a problem involving the immigration status of Jos Nunes, a Brazilian gem importer she had met in Bali while researching "Eat, Pray, Love" and had called Felipe in the book, interrupted her.

So she set the Brazilian book aside.

Eventually Nunes became Gilbert's second husband and her fifth book became "Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage," published in 2010. …

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