MEET WITH MARIETTA  |  Author Marietta McCarty


03-04-2014 14:52:37 PM


Mental clarity makes a true friend for life, showing up at every turn. The contents of our minds drive our lives-whatever shape it's in, the mind is behind the steering wheel of our thoughts and actions. I know from experience about this friendship and count on it. I also know that mental clarity can play a devilish game of hide and seek-that maintaining clarity takes work and persistence. We're lost without it. Confusion leads us blindly, nowhere, bad wheres.The post An Open Mind Is Empty appeared first on Marietta McCarty....


Food and Philosophy highlight upcoming events
For immediate release:
Award-winning author and philosopher Marietta McCarty has paired up with two local establishments to host her signature Meet with Marietta events in March and April. Both pair philosophy and food -- two central elements in her latest book, The Philosopher's Table.
Persistence and Grace 
March 22 | Luncheon and Book Signing
Waynesboro, Va.
Stone Soup Books in Waynesboro will host an author's luncheon with Marietta on March 22 starting at noon. The charming atmosphere of this cafe/bookshop provides the perfect backdrop for lunch, laughter, and philosophizing. Marietta will join diners as she rotates among three tables circling from noon to 1:30 p.m. Chef Laura will prepare specialities to complement Burmese cuisine from Vegetable Curry to Mango Tart with Coconut Crust. Burma is the setting for the March chapter in The Philosopher's Table titled "Persistence and Grace." Reservations are required.
A book signing will follow the luncheon at 1:30 p.m. for approximately one hour. In addition to The Philosopher's Table, Marietta's first two books, Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids (a New York Times Extended List bestseller) and How Philosophy can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most (winner of a Nautilus Book Award) will be available for sale.
Make Your Reservations Now.
$10 per person 
(540) 943-0084

Community and the Melting Pot 
April 5  |  Dinner and Discussion
Crozet, Va.
Bring a bowl, spoon, and cup to Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery as owner Anne DeVault ladles her homemade soup and warm beverages for all comers, welcoming you for a discussion of "Community and the Melting Pot," April's topic in The Philosopher's Table. The event gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Marietta's talk and interactive discussion starts at 7.  
Her three books will be available for sale and signing. Hot soup pairs well with good conversation. As with the spirit of the chapter, proceeds from the admission fee will be donated to the Food Bank. Limited seating. Reservations are required. 
Make Your Reservations Now. 
$5 per person 
(434) 823-1144

For more information on McCarty or upcoming events, visit her website at
Beatrix Ost with
Marietta McCarty
Beatrix Ost, Author
My Father's House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria

"The Philosopher's Table is enchanting and for me a well of information for what I want to write about next. It's a bulls-eye gift. Very small. Very smart. 
Very self-assured."

About Marietta    

Marietta McCarty is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher's Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club-Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

Marietta enjoyed lively philosophy circles among her college students at Piedmont Virginia Community College for twenty-eight years before setting off on her career as an author. Her books lead her into new circles of fledgling philosophers of all ages-on playgrounds, in dining rooms, through back doors into kitchens, through front doors into libraries and restaurants, at business meetings and after-work parties. 

"You could say my life has been a succession of big dinners enjoyed with as many of my friends and family that can be squeezed around the table-all eating, talking, and laughing. I have sometimes wondered which part I enjoy the most. Is it the tasty meal, the flowing wine, or the boisterous conversation that so often ensues as a result of the first two elements? Marietta McCarty goes at it rather brilliantly from another angle, encouraging you to put the lively conversation first. Choose a philosophical topic from her book, and it comes matched with a dinner menu and music list. Invite a few friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and voila! Welcome to the first seating of your own Philosophy Dinner Club."

- Tom Douglas, Executive Chef, Restaurateur, And Author