Monday, April 6, 2009

Antoinette May

Kepler's was pleased to host Antoinette May on April 3, 2009, reading from her newest book, The Sacred Well. Event host Pam Grange describes the evening:

Toni is quite a fascinating woman! Her good friend Lucy Sanna, who introduced her, said that she has broken the mold when it comes to independent women and that she has both an international, as well as a local following. Toni reads Tarot cards, chases ghosts, and collects myths. Her fascination with the unknown led her to write the bestselling Adventures of a Psychic, a biography of clairvoyant Sylvia Browne, which spent 42 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Her love of travel took her to India at the age of 19 – by herself. Interest in archeology took her to the Yucatan for the first time over 20 years ago. While there, she ended up, by a strange combination of circumstances, spending a night alone in a dense jungle. She says she was visited by a ghost in the form of a woman, dressed in jodphurs, a shirt, tie and pith helmet. The ghost told her that Toni had read about her as a child in a book entitled “Digging in Yucatan” and that Toni would be fine during the night. Terrified and unable to go to sleep, Toni sat up until dawn when she could find her way out of the jungle.

Her love of the Yucatan launched her career as an award-winning travel writer, and she returned to the Yucatan many times while researching this book. In those days, flights were not crammed full as they are now, and she was often able to get a free ride on Mexicana when loads were light. She remains fascinated by the Mayan ruins and the history and myths surrounding them.

The audience was full of her friends and admirers, and it was quite a lively evening!

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