Shareology had a 2nd to front row seat at last night’s preso by Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun. (Her husband Ed’s relatives from Winona took up Row 1.) Those who thrill to the tale of Bramasole were happy to listen to tales of Italy, restoration and food, food, food! She has written 5 books on Italy, two you probably know, 2 picture books with glorious photos of Italy, and yet more recipes. Her latest book, Every Day in Tuscany, is about the restoration of a second home in Italy, which is 1000 years old! Shareology had to ask her: how old is Bramasole? Turns out that lovely home is 250 years old…. She was glad to be back in Minnesota for lilac time….
Biggest surprise of evening? After all those years of travel, living in Italy, San Francisco and now North Carolina, Frances Mayes still retains a southern accent! A soft sort of drawl, similar to Laura Bush’s actually.
Kay Roseland @KayLoire