Novelist and Emmy nominee Maria Semple coming to foundation event


Maria Semple photo
Maria Semple (Photo by Elke Van de Velde)

Maria Semple, author of the breakout bestseller, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, will speak at a Sept. 5 luncheon presented by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Tickets are $28 at

Semple’s latest novel, Today Will Be Different, tells a hilarious and life-affirming story about a woman who wakes up determined to be her best self … until life intervenes.

Semple’s life has revolved around writing. Her father, Lorenzo Semple, Jr., was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter with titles as varied as Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford and the pilot episode of the original “Batman” TV series to his name. Semple’s partner, George Meyer, wrote “The Simpson’s Movie,” numerous episodes of The Simpsons TV show and was a staff writer on Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live.

While she has three other novels, Semple got her start in TV. Her credits include episodes of “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Mad About You” and “Arrested Development.”

The film version of “Bernadette” will debut in March 2019 starring Cate Blanchett. “Today Will Be Different” is in development at HBO with Julia Roberts in the starring role and as executive producer.

On her website, Semple says, “Thanks, librarians!” for choosing “Bernadette” for 2013 Alex Award, given to adult books that have special appeal to young adults. The book is now in development at HBO with Julia Roberts as star and producer.

The foundation supports early literacy through programs such as the Sno-Isle Libraries Third Grade Rockem Sockem Reading Challenge. More than 5,000 students across Snohomish and Island counties have improved their reading skills, learned to work together as a team, and discovered the joy of reading for fun.

The foundation helps bring people together through such events as TEDxSnoIsleLibraries and the Issues That Matter forums. It also recently helped establish the Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point libraries in areas that did not have full library service readily available.

Guests at the September lunch will have an opportunity to contribute to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and support works that expand the reach of library services, promote civic engagement and foster a lifetime of learning.