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I have just heard the wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert speak at the Literaturhaus, Zürich about her new novel "the signature of all things".

She talked about the three years she had spent researching the book, how her original ideas about the main character and plot changed, how her "fear" made her research the field in such detail. Also, that this novel is more autobiographical (by indirect means) than her bestseller "Eat, Pray, Love" was. I could have listened to her speak all night, and as always in Zurich, found it very frustrating that the floor wasn't opened up to questions. Also that so much of the evening was in German and that the moderator (to my mind) talked too much. Her TED TALK about writing and creative genius is still one of my favourite talks. I would have loved to have asked her about that!

The Literaturhaus was founded in 1838 and didn't allow women to be members at first, but gave them the job of choosing which books to hold in the library! Power in purchasing. Interestingly, the building was the first one in Zurich to have artificial light, which made its library and reading rooms very popular :-) We take the ability to read whenever, wherever, for granted.

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