Tonight we are privileged to welcome Paula Butturini, author of Keeping the Feast, to our Winter Reading Series discussion. She will be here “live” participating in our discussion and answering questions at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST) in the comments section of this post.
The conversation got going in this post, where I posed some discussion questions for everyone and asked for questions for Paula.
I’ve been gathering your questions for Paula and of course would welcome more. Here’s what we have so far.
How does John feel about Keeping the Feast? How might the book have been different if he’d been the one to write the memoir?
Your beating was so brutal. At what point did you feel safe and confident enough to work again?
I remember reading that you kept a journal (I can’t find it in the book, but I remember reading that!) Did you know then that you might write a book like this? How were you journals used in writing the book- did you re-read them, use whole sections, or just refer back to them as necessary? Did John also keep a journal?
The bullet that ripped through John changed your lives so dramatically. Journalists put themselves in harms way in the most dangerous places in the world, getting as close to the action as possible in order to share it with the masses. Why do they risk their lives that way? At what point is personal safety more important than the public’s need to know?
From Jill at Fizzy Thoughts:
I was surprised by their decision to buy a house in France…I would’ve expected a return to Italy. I was wondering if she’d be willing to speak a little bit about what factors influenced their decision to buy a house in France, and if Italy was even a consideration.
Also.. has living in France changed the way she cooks?
When I saw Thrity Umrigar at FoB last year she mentioned that journalism gave her good work ethics for writing her novels…that writer’s block wasn’t an issue, as she considered it her job to sit down and write every day (I’m totally paraphrasing here). Did Paula find it difficult to transition from journalism to writing a book? Did she build on her experiences as a journalist, or was it a completely different writing experience?
From Kathy at Bermuda Onion:
I loved all the food descriptions and kept hoping for recipes, so I’m wondering if Paula has considered writing a cookbook.
From Susan at Suko’s Notebook:
The only additional question I might add is if there will be a sequel at some point in time, or even a book exclusively about food–not necessarily a cookbook, but something very food-related? The author writes so beautifully about food.
From Dar at Peeking Between the Pages:
1. I was amazed by your perseverance and patience in the face of John’s depression especially having grown up with it. How difficult was that for you and how were you able to put aside your feelings and anger to be there for him like that? I think it takes a special kind of person to do that.
2. How is your relationship with your daughter given how yours was with your mom? It’s great how honest you are with her regarding John’s depression – she will grow up understanding depression hopefully instead of resenting it.
3. I really loved how food was something that always brought comfort whether shopping for it or preparing it. I think it’s important to find that something that will bring you through the tough times. I thank you as well for sharing your story with us about depression because too often it’s a hidden disease and it shouldn’t be.
And one from “anonymous” – ok, it’s me..
My husband had a nervous breakdown 4 years ago and suffered a scary bout of depression and anxiety after his business of 11 years failed. I worry about a relapse whenever anything goes wrong and nervously watch for signs of it. So, my question is, has John ever had a relapse? Do you live in fear that he might?
Come by tonight at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST) to say hi to Paula and see how she answers our questions! Hope to see you then!
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