The Friends of the Washington County Public Library will present a celebration of one of Southwest Virginia’s most beloved writers with “An Evening with Adriana Trigiani” from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, July 26, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
The event will consist of a special Italian meal inspired by the new cookbook, “Cooking with My Sisters,” co-authored by her sister Mary Trigiani who is an Abingdon resident. There will be book sales and signings, an entertaining talk by Adriana, and music from the film “Big Stone Gap.”
There will be a special VIP event before the dinner where guests will get to meet Adriana and Mary Trigiani, enjoy a wine bar reception with special hors d’oeuvres, book signings and photo opportunities. Tickets to the main event are $50. Tickets to the VIP reception are $100.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Washington County Public Library to support the services of the Washington County Public Library System.
Adriana Trigiani has become much beloved around the world for her novels, including the “Big Stone Gap” and the “Valentine” trilogies, “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” “Lucia, Lucia,” “All the Stars in the Heavens” and the recent “Kiss Carlo.” The New York Times called her a “comedy writer with a heart of gold” and Trigiani notes, “If there is one thing I hope my books do always and forever, it’s that they honor working people.” Trigiani wrote and directed the film adaptation of “Big Stone Gap,” shot entirely in her hometown, which starred Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman and Whoopi Goldberg. This summer, she is in Scotland directing Kathie Lee Gifford and Craig Ferguson in “Love Me to Death.”
Tickets are available online at wcpl.net. To learn more, contact Dianne Lester at (276) 676-6383.