Eat Pray Love celebrates its 10th anniversary with the release of a memoir-inspired collection that includes an essay from a Denver author.
When Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat Pray Love, came out 10 years ago, it swept the nation with its moving and inspiring challenge to find your path in the world. Gilbert was curious to see how her book had affected the lives of her fans, so she encouraged her supporters to write essays to her on how Eat Pray Love inspired change in their lives, and the responses came flooding back.
So much so that Gilbert decided to make a collection out of them. Riverhead Books partnered with Gilbert to publish the anthology, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, on Tuesday, March 29, the 10th anniversary of Eat Pray Love.
Out of the nearly 2,000 submitted essays, only about 50 of the true stories were chosen for the collection, and each is as diverse as their authors. The essay writers come from all different backgrounds, experiences and ages. And one such contributor is Denver writer Karstee Ann Davis.
Davis’ short essay tells how she coped with divorce and change, learning to stand on her own. But this change didn’t happen immediately after she read the book in 2009; it was a long, gradual process of understanding.
“I was really drawn to Gilbert’s yoga classes, so I started implementing those into my life, along with the practice of gratitude and forgiveness. Finding meaningful work to do was important to me as well, and getting to a healthy place,” says Davis.
She first heard about the essay contest through a Facebook page, and just knew she had to get her story out. With the help of one of her professors at University of Colorado Boulder, Davis sent in her essay “Fall Risk” and began the “exciting and nail-biting process of waiting,” she says.
Davis will be at the LoDo Tattered Cover May 4 signing copies of the book, and Gilbert will be at the Paramount Theater May 5, where she will be highlighting Davis as a contributor for Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, as well as discussing her latest book, Big Magic. VIP tickets are limited, but include a private cocktail reception with Gilbert.
“It’s a powerful book, Eat Pray Love, and I’ve read the book that my essay is in—it’s inspirational to see that anybody can transform their lives if they’re willing to put in the work,” says Davis.
Find more of Davis’ writing on her blog, purifiedoutlook.com.
*Correction: This article previously stated that the Tattered Cover event would be May 4-5, but this is not the case. The event will only occur May 4.