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Monday, November 13, 2023
7:30 p.m.

Frances Mayes & Ruth Reichl –
In Conversation

Beloved and admired authors Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun) and Ruth Reichl (Tender at the Bone) will share the stage for a conversation about their shared themes: food, memory, family, culture and travel. This free-wheeling conversation will allow both writers to explore their love of food and recipes as it evokes memories and also the exploration of their own and other cultures. Both have written passionately about home and travel, taking their readers with them as they uncover how food and home define us, and how we can uncover the shared humanity when looking at the vast culture experiences in the United States and abroad.

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Frances Mayes  – Bestselling Author

Serving as Pen & Podium’s inaugural season’s very first speaker in 2003, Frances Mayes is the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, which was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over two years and is published in over fifty languages. It became a film starring Diane Lane. Her other internationally best-selling memoirs include Bella Tuscany, Everyday in Tuscany, and Under Magnolia. The recent A Place in the World, a lyrical collection on the meaning of home, also debuted on the New York Times and other bestseller lists. She is the author of the novels Swan and Women in Sunlight, now in preproduction as a film by Water’s End Productions. Her award-winning travel narratives include A Year in the World, See You in the Piazza, and Always Italy. A passionate cook and restorer of houses, Frances has also written In Tuscany, Bringing Tuscany Home, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, and Pasta Veloce, new this year. The Great Marriage, a novel, is forthcoming in 2024. She and her husband Edward divide their year between Cortona, Italy and Durham, North Carolina.

“By the sweat of her brow and the strength of her vision, Frances Mayes has become a layer in the history of Tuscany.” – Los Angeles Times


Ruth Reichl – Acclaimed Food Writer, Magazine Editor, Chef

Recipient of six James Beard Awards, Ruth Reichl’s work transcends all platforms with top honors for bestselling books, magazine feature writing, restaurant critique, and multimedia food journalism. Her books include acclaimed memoirs Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Not Becoming My Mother and Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, which chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief at Gourmet Magazine. In addition to serving as one of the top restaurant critics in America at The New York Times from 1993-1999, she also worked as restaurant critic and food editor at the LA Times from 1984 to 1993. Reichl was host of the Food Network’s Eating Out Loud and appeared as a judge for several seasons on Bravos’ Top Chef Masters.

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” – Ruth Reichl