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Speaking engagement featuring author Adriana Trigiani aimed at raising awareness of ALS

staff report • Nov 17, 2012 at 7:02 AM

New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani will return to her roots on Saturday to celebrate the holiday weekend at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park.

Trigiani will speak at “A Silver Lining Thanksgiving” at 11 a.m. Participants will have an opportunity to meet the author, receive an autographed gift copy of her latest book, “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” and tour the museum’s Festival of Trees, which features more than 80 holiday displays.

Trigiani was raised in Big Stone Gap in a big Italian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel. The heartwarming story continues in the novel’s sequels, “Big Cherry Holler,” “Milk Glass Moon” and “Home to Big Stone Gap.” Stand-alone novels “Lucia, Lucia,” “The Queen of the Big Time” and “Rococo” all toped the bestseller lists, as did Trigiani’s 2009 “Very Valentine” and its 2010 sequel “Brava, Valentine.”

Trigiani teamed with her family for “Cooking With My Sisters,” a cookbook co-authored by her sister Mary, with contributions from their sisters and mother.

Trigiani’s first young adult novel, “Viola in Reel Life” — the first in a series — debuted in September 2009, followed by “Viola in the Spotlight” in 2011. She released the non-fiction “Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from my Grandmothers” in November 2010.

Trigiani has served as a writer/producer on “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World,” and as executive producer and head writer for “City Kids” for Jim Henson Productions. Her Lifetime television special, “Growing up Funny,” garnered an Emmy nomination for Lily Tomlin. In 1996, she wrote and directed the documentary film “Queens of the Big Time.”

She is married to Tim Stephenson, the Emmy award-winning lighting designer of the “Late Show” with David Letterman. They live in Greenwich Village with their daughter, Lucia.

Although tickets to “A Silver Lining” are free, individuals will be limited to three tickets each. Ticket holders are asked to bring their ticket along with a canned good to receive admission to the museum.

“A Silver Lining” will serve to raise awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Special guest Phil Timp, who has ALS, will speak. Canned goods will be donated to the Big Stone Gap Food Bank.

To reserve tickets, call (276) 523-1322 or stop by the museum.

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