Posted March 20th, 2019 in Uncategorized
The international best-selling author Frances Mayes gives an illustrated talk about her new book “See You in the Piazza” Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia. The event is part of the annual Sunday with Friends literary series. It is free and open to the public.
Many people just know of the iconic places in Italy such as the Roman Coliseum and the leaning Tower of Pisa. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this country’s offerings. “See You in the Piazza” is a travel narrative that crisscrosses Italy, discovering the hidden secrets, the enchantment of the backstreets, and the hubbub of the markets where tourists rarely go. An additional pleasure is finding new recipes that celebrate Italian cuisine.
Mayes is the author of a trilogy of memoirs about moving to Tuscany and restoring an old villa Bramasole: “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Bella Tuscany” and “Every Day in Tuscany.” She has published two photo-texts, “In Tuscany” and” Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy.” All five highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the pleasures of food, wine, gardens, and the “voluptuousness of Italian life.” The books are translated into more than 40 languages.
In recent years Mayes has also published a novel “Swan,” a mystery and family saga set in South Georgia, and “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir.”
Mayes is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the University of Florida. A widely published poet and essayist, Mayes has also written numerous books of poetry, and her text “The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems” is widely used in college poetry classes. She was formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing. Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing.
She and her husband divide their time between Hillsborough, North Carolina, and Tuscany.
There will be a reception as well as book sales and signings after the event.