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Author Appearance: Linda York Leaming 

When: Thu., May 5, 5 p.m. 2011
Phone: 383-6555
What Elizabeth Gilbert did for Bali in Eat, Pray, Love — i.e., send adventure-starved Americans packing at once in search of romance and enlightenment — local author Linda York Leaming may do for the remote Asian country of Bhutan in her memoir Married to Bhutan: How One Woman Got Lost, Said “I Do” and Found Bliss. Leaming arrived almost two decades ago in the country, which borders India and China and reportedly has one of the world’s largest percentages of refugees in proportion to its population. Yet it also owes much renown to its doctrine of “gross national happiness” — a platform embracing ideals of conservation, economic equity and cultural promotion, with liberty and condoms for all. In her book, Leaming tells how she fell in love not just with the Buddhist country and its non-materialist principles, but also with artist Phurba Nangay, whom she married and introduced to such wonders of Western culture as refrigerator icemakers. She’ll host a reading and signing in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. For more information, see
— Jim Ridley


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