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Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is a best-selling author and journalist whose critically acclaimed novels and works of nonfiction expand our understanding of creativity, spirituality, and love. 

Her memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, published in 2006, chronicled the year she spent traveling the world after a shattering divorce. Translated into more than 30 languages, the book has sold over 13 million copies, and was adapted into a 2010 film starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Following Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert wrote Committed: A Love Story, a meditation on marriage as a sociohistorical institution. 

In the years since, people around the world have looked to Elizabeth for guidance in leading brave, authentic, and creative lives. Her best-selling nonfiction treatise Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear unpacks her own generative process and shares her insights into the mysteries of curiosity and inspiration. She is also author of The Signature of All Things, which was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, and her latest novel, City of Girls, which has sold nearly one million copies.

From the beginning of her writing career, Gilbert’s observant eye and abiding appreciation for her subjects has distinguished her work. Not merely a writer but also an explorer, she worked in a Philadelphia diner, on a western ranch, and in a New York City bar. Starting as a magazine journalist, her writing has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, and the New York Times Magazine. Her work caught the attention of editors at GQ, where she wrote provocative pieces that 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.

While her more recent work has grabbed the spotlight, Elizabeth’s first book, a collection of short fiction titled Pilgrims, was a New York Times Most Notable Book and won a Pushcart Prize. Her TED Talk is among the top 25 most popular of all time.