Powell thrust herself from obscurity to cyber-celebrityhood when, in 2002, she embarked on an ambitious yearlong cooking and blogging expedition through all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She detailed the experience in her critically acclaimed 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (Bay Back Books, 2005), which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in August 2009. Her second book, Cleaving (Bay Back Books, 2009) takes readers on an entirely different but equally obsessive soul-saving journey, this time through the world of butchery.
Powell will discuss both books during the public reading and Q&A on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and also focus on moving from memoir writing to fiction writing.
Lecture takes place at O'Shaughnessy Performance Space (Benildus Hall) at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.