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Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" - Panelist Blurb

Elizabeth Gilbert is best known as the author of the international bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, and the novel The Signature of All Things. Her most recent book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, explores the nature of creativity and the habits that will sustain a creative life.

In 2006, Gilbert captivated the world with her powerful and transformative memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which chronicled the year she spent traveling the world after a difficult divorce. The book was an international bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, Eat, Pray, Love was made into a feature film starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem—an experience Gilbert has called “surreal,” “amazing” and “touching.”

Gilbert followed the success of Eat, Pray, Love with The Signature of All Things, a sweeping story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The Signature of All Things was named as one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker, and is currently being produced as a miniseries by PBS's Masterpiece.

Gilbert’s most recent novel, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, is a nonfiction treatise on creativity. People worldwide have sought advice from Gilbert on how to lead a bold and inspired life and she has dedicated herself to exploring the mysteries of creativity and courage.

Gilbert built her journalism career writing for men’s magazines and creating powerful portraits of epic, unusual men. Her writing has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine. Her work in Spin caught the attention of editors at GQ, and she became a stalwart at that publication, producing vivid, provocative pieces that soon grew into books and even a film: 2000's Coyote Ugly. Gilbert was a Finalist for the National Magazine Award, and her work was anthologized in Best American Writing 2001.

Her other books include Pilgrims (1998), a wide-ranging collection of short fiction that was named a New York Times Most Notable Book and winner of the Ploughshares prize, among many other honors; Stern Men (2000); and The Last American Man (2002), which compellingly explores America’s long-standing intrigue with the pioneer lifestyle, was a Finalist for the National Book Award.