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Author Adriana Trigiani to headline New Beginnings benefit

Staff report • Feb 18, 2007 at 10:45 AM

ABINGDON - Adriana Trigiani, author of the best-selling novel "Big Stone Gap," will return to Southwest Virginia for a benefit dinner and auction on March 16 in support of New Beginnings Southwest Virginia.

Trigiani will speak and sign books to help raise money for the nonprofit residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in Dryden. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.

In addition to the dinner, the event will feature book sales, book signings, a silent auction, and music by Dickenson County native Ron Short.

The noted author grew up in Big Stone Gap. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer and documentary filmmaker. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the "Big Stone Gap" novels, "Lucia, Lucia," "The Queen of the Big Time" and "Rococo" and co-author of "Cooking With My Sisters."

Trigiani has written the screenplay for the movie "Big Stone Gap," which she will also direct. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

New Beginnings, a substance abuse treatment center, opened on Nov. 1, 2005, and approximately 130 individuals have sought treatment at the facility. The treatment center's mission is to provide a long-term residential program for people regardless of the ability to pay.

Tickets for the event are $50 each and may be purchased at Pennington Pharmacy in Pennington Gap; and Family Drug, The Post News and Main Street Antiques, all in Big Stone Gap.

Regional ticket locations include Marketplace Antiques, Michael's Pharmacy and the Washington County Public Library, all in Abingdon; Emory & Henry College in Emory; and Berry Home Center in Chilhowie.

Tickets may also be purchased at the NewBeginningsSWVA.com Web site. For more information call (276)546-4300.

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