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Thu, 16 April 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Elizabeth Gilbert – How to Seize the Day

In Conversation with Hadley Freeman

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The author of Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic and City of Girls joins Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman to explore life lessons for these anxiety inducing times.

Elizabeth Gilbert is a world traveller whose unending search for answers to life’s biggest questions have made her the voice of a generation: a singular author whose works resonate profoundly with all of us who wish to face up to life’s excitements and challenges with imagination and wisdom.

Aged 34, she left her home, husband and career to travel the globe; her chronicle of that journey became Eat, Pray, Love, an international bestseller so popular Time magazine declared her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

In celebration of the paperback release of City of Girls — a novel about daring to break conventions, following your desires and the joys of female friendship — Elizabeth joins the How To Academy for a free livestreamed conversation with Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman. In these dark and difficult times, how can we learn to seize the day? Drawing upon all she has learned in her journey through life, Elizabeth will explore how to overcome fear, embrace gratitude and wonder, and thrive even in these most perilous of times.

This livestream is free to all participants. Please consider purchasing a copy of Elizabeth’s novel City of Girls from independent bookseller Primrose Hill Books.

Praise for Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls:

‘Transcendent: art at its most carnal and healing … Empathic, generous, wise, sensual, brave, stunning and luminous’ – Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women

‘A glamorous, sexy, compelling romp of a novel … Radical and refreshing’ – Dolly Alderton, Sunday Times

‘A glorious, multi-layered, emotionally astute celebration of womanhood’ – Sam Baker, Guardian

‘A warm and wise meditation on friendship, on the choices women make, and on the way that multi-faceted relationships and sexuality are far from being modern phenomena’
– Stephanie Merritt, Observer

Elizabeth Gilbert

The number-one bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and other celebrated works.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the number-one bestselling author of Eat, Pray,Love, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 46 languages, as well as other international bestselling books of fiction and non-fiction. She has published two novels, including The Signature of All Things, which was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Hadley Freeman

Guardian writer and best-selling author

Hadley Freeman has been a staff writer at The Guardian since 2000, where she has won some awards and lost many more. Her fourth book, House of Glass, will be published in the US (Simon & Schuster) and UK (4t Estate) in March 2020.