In this case, it’d be wrong to say a dog is a man’s best friend. It’d be more accurate to say approximately 70 foxhounds and 19 hunting bassets are a woman’s best friends. The woman I’m talking about is Rita Mae Brown, who is widely known for her novel Rubyfruit Jungle. More recently she has written a memoir called Animal Magnetism, detailing the lessons she has learned throughout her life from animals. Her book is catching attention nation-wide, in fact an article was just published about her which you can read here.
Brown grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, and after spending some time in LA and NYC she decided farm life was her true calling. She then moved to rural Virginia and grabbed a 1,000 acre parcel of land. There, she raised 40 horses, 11 cats, and the dogs mentioned above. The lessons she has drawn from these experiences have shaped her life and thus her memoir chronicles how she learned trust, strength, and compassion from these animals.
This gutsy farm girl has a lot to say, and her poetic voice makes it all the more poignant. Come hear her speak about her life and sign books on Saturday November 7th from 4-5 pm at the Painted Bride Art Gallery.
Buy tickets in advance! $15 before 10/15, $20 after. Tickets are $12 for members of First Person Arts.
Don’t Forget! Rita was recently written about in the news! Take a look at the article published today in Pridesource, mentioning her and her new memoir. Read it here.