If you like writer Alexander McCall Smith or the movie "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," you will love Betsy Woodman. She writes a series about a woman named Jana Bibi living in 1960s India, in a house that, when she first inherited it, was full of monkeys. Not to worry, the monkeys were expelled by a bagpipe player, who now is one of Jana's housemates. Betsy's books (there are three, so far) are utterly charming, full of a sly intelligence, humor, and most of all, great heart. In a world where so much "entertainment" is just plain depressing, violent, or both, Betsy's books have a way of affirming the beleaguered belief that the world really is pretty swell. Come and hear her talk about her life in India as a child, the way she got a three-book contract in her mid-sixties, and listen to a reading from her wonderful new book, EMERALDS INCLUDED. |
Then enjoy Indian finger food, served on sari tablecloths and decorated with (what else?) marigolds. As in all WRITING MATTERS events, proceeds from the $10 charge will go toward buying books for elementary school libraries in need.
Arts Center of Oak Park / The Ernest Hemingway Museum (View)
200 N. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|