Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Author Paula Butturini to Appear at Bernardsville Library

Paula Butturini, a former Chicago Tribune and UPI foreign correspondent and author of Keeping the Feast, One Couple's Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy, will speak about her book at Bernardsville Public Library on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm. The book was an Editor’s Choice Selection by The New York Times in March 2010.

Ms. Butturini and John Tagliabue, a writer for The New York Times, met in Italy, fell in love, and four years later married in Rome. But less than a month after the wedding, tragedy struck. They had transferred from their Italian paradise to Warsaw and, while reporting on an uprising in Romania, John was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire. Although he recovered from his physical wounds in less than a year, the process of healing had just begun. Unable to regain his equilibrium, he sank into a deep sadness that reverberated throughout their relationship. It was the abrupt end of what they'd known together, and the beginning of a new phase of life neither had planned for.

A story of food and love, injury and healing, Keeping the Feast is a memoir of nourishment and restoration in Italy after a long period of tragedy. It is a contemplation of the extraordinary sustaining powers of food, family, friendship, and grace and the story of the reverberations set off by that one bullet up and down the generations of her entire family, and how they fought for nearly twenty years to find the new place in the world.

Ms. Butturini was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up along Long Island Sound. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and has spent most of her adult life in Europe, working and freelancing for numerous U.S. newspapers and the old United Press International in London, Madrid, Rome, Warsaw, and Paris.

Books will be available during the program for purchase and signing. There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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