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 will cost $28 and go on sale to the public starting Aug. 14 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.

Before Semple devoted herself to fiction, she wrote for television and was nominated for a prime-time Emmy. The film version of “Where’d You Go, 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.

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.