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The Valley Women Today: Adriana Trigiani, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Screenwriter of Big Stone Gap

15 June 2017

Every month on the Third Thursday, we highlight a woman who’s making a difference in our community and feature her on a segment we call the Valley Women Today. This can be a woman who is successfully running a business, making an impact with non-profits in her community or just someone who has a unique history that might be of interest to our listeners.

Today’s show was actually recorded yesterday. We had the amazing opportunity to attend the Valley Business Women’s Luncheon hosted by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and speak with Adriana Trigiani. She’s has written best-selling novels, screenplays, and two memoirs. Plus she has written and directed documentaries and a major motion picture – Big Stone Gap based on her book series. It was a great conversation with insight to the struggles women face in her industry and as a whole. We talked about her journey, her accomplishments and creative processes. For more information about Adriana or to purchase her books, including her latest: Kiss Carlo  due out on June 20 – visit her website: adrianatrigiani.com.

You can get more details about the quarterly Valley Business Women’s Luncheons on the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/ or by liking their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyBusinessWomen/

From her website: Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels, including her latest, All the Stars in the Heavens, the instant bestseller of The New York Times, Barnes & NoblePublishers Weekly, USA Today, and Indie Booksellers nationwide. She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker’s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia.  Trigiani’s themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have brought her legions of fans who call themselves Adri-addicts (a term coined by book maven Robin Kall). Their devotion has made Adriana one of “the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today).

Photo from IMDB

Adriana wrote and directed the film adaptation of her debut novel Big Stone Gap, produced by the Academy Award winning producer Donna Gigliotti, shot entirely on location in her hometown, with an all star cast including: Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Anthony LaPaglia, Jenna Elfman, Jane Krakowski, Judith Ivey, Mary Pat Gleason, Dagmara Dominczyk, Mary Testa, Paul Wilson, Chris Sarandon, Jasmine Guy, and introducing Erika Coleman and Bridget Gabbe, with music by John Leventhal, and songs performed by his lovely wife, Rosanne Cash.  Glorious local talent perform on the soundtrack and act in the movie, sharing their gifts beyond the peaks of the Appalachian mountains. The soundtrack is now available on iTunes and in stores.

Big Stone Gap opened the Virginia Film Festival on November 6th, 2014. Tickets for the 1000-seat house sold out in minutes, breaking a record for the festival. The film screened at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival in May 2015 to three sold-out crowds; at the closing ceremony, Big Stone Gap took home the first award of the night for Best Ensemble. Big Stone Gap hit theaters nationwide on October 9th, 2015 and spent 11 weeks in theaters. The film was the #2 Romantic Comedy of 2015, and listed as a top-grossing women-directed film of that year. It is now available to own.

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