by David Borzo
SmartTalk Connected Conversations Presents: Frances Mayes “Under the Tuscan Sun: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler,” Des Moines Civic Center, 7:30 p.m. March 28.
(Des Moines, IA) The next celebrity speaker for the Smart Talk Connected Conversations is Frances Mayes, international adventurer, literary and culinary phenomenon. Frances took the world by storm as the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, the international bestseller that began with five overgrown acres and a 200-year-old farmhouse, and ended up with a life-affirming story that the world has embraced. Under the Tuscan Sun was also made into a blockbuster film a few years later, starring Diane Lane.
Frances is a seasoned Italian cook, author, poet, professor, entrepreneur, and yes, and engaging raconteur. She is also the founder of The Tuscan Sun Festival, a popular arts festival that brings together musicians and artists from many disciplines to the beautiful Tuscan countryside of Northern Italy. An inspiring speaker, Frances will be sharing her story at the Des Moines Civic Center on Wednesday, March 28th, an exciting addition to the SmartTalk lineup this year. She personifies that dream of escape many of us have – taking a chance and putting the day-to-day routine aside to grab life by the scruff of the neck! She didn’t just dream it, she did it.
We’ll be sure to hear her talk about her new book, the Tuscan Sun Cookbook (coming out March 13th). The Tuscan Sun Cookbook is a toast to the experiences that Frances and her husband have had over two decades at their home in Cortona, Italy; restful days in Tuscany, roaming the countryside for the perfect flavors and ingredients, and dinner parties that stretch well into the night. The Tuscan Sun Cookbook is ripe with authentic recipes and culinary secrets that are organized in the book like a traditional Italian dinner. Inspired! That’s what the SmartTalk series does; presents stirring speakers who take us into an adventurous world and share their stories of life and love. It’s all about the personal experience, the revelations, tragedies and triumphs. There’s a message for us all from Frances Mayes this month, and you can join us on March 28th to share in the SmartTalk connection.
And don’t forget, your SmartTalk ticket also includes the pre-show reception of fancy Hors D’oeuvres, presentations, drawings and giveaways by local businesses, perfect for an escape “out on the town” with the girls. It’s all good!