Tales From Tea in Tripoli: Reading and Book Discussion of Author Bernadette Nason's Travel Memoir

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Contact: Kanya Lyons, 512-974-7379

Tales From Tea in Tripoli: Reading and Book Discussion of Author Bernadette Nason's Travel Memoir

Join the Austin Public Library for Tales From Tea in Tripoli on Sunday, September 17 from 3 – 5 PM at the Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd. Local actor, storyteller and writer, Bernadette Nason, will share a program of hilarious, thrilling and utterly absurd stories from her memoir, Tea in Tripoli. Come meet the author and get your copy of the book signed. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-8700 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

“Nason writes with honesty and warmth. She’s a wonderful story-teller, and this memoir is full of wit and humour. It’s a journey many will recognize, trying to find oneself in a new place, even if we can’t bring it to life with the poignancy and colour that make this memoir such a delight to read. Nason challenges us to think again about our own journeys. She reminds us that wherever you go becomes part of you in some way. You may come back to where you started, but you see it in new ways.”  

– Ian Manners
D. Phil (Oxon) Emeritus Professor of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin

“Writing like the accomplished storyteller she is, Nason takes us on a journey--both literal and metaphorical--in this compelling memoir. Hers is a fascinating voice full of insight and humor, and the result is by turns intense and hilarious."

 – Dr. Donna Ingham
Storyteller and Author of Tales with a Texas Twist and Texas Myths and Legends

"Tea in Tripoli is an irresistibly fascinating account of a young British woman living in Libya during the time of Gaddafi. Bernadette Nason is an accomplished story teller, and in this memoir she transfers her oral abilities into the written word in a most beguiling and engaging way. She writes about an array of escapades and adventures, ones that are poignant as well as those that are outright hilarious, conveying all the complexities a young woman on her own would face in an unfamiliar repressive culture. And she does all of this as if speaking directly to the reader with an honesty that is truly disarming."

– Susan Miville
Director of Education, Austin Symphony

About Tea in Tripoli 
Broken by divorce, debt, and workplace sexual harassment, twenty-six-year-old Bernadette Nason is hanging by a thread. When her cat is run over by a garbage truck, Nason makes an impetuous decision. With almost no travel experience, she grabs the first available overseas job and, two months later, finds herself in Libya. ‘Fitting in’ has never been her strength, yet here she is, the most unstable, self-loathing, slightly overweight fish ever to throw itself recklessly out of its own water. 

About Bernadette Nason
Bernadette Nason is an award-winning actor, voice-over artist and professional storyteller. Born in the UK, she worked for many years in London, fiffteen months in Libya and five years in Dubai. She’s been on the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster since 2002, telling tales annually to over 30,000 students, Pre-K through high school. She currently lives in Austin.

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