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Book Lovers Ball Interview Series, with Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin

If pages and jackets are more your speed than glass slippers, then the Book Lover's Ball is something you'll want to hear about. A fantastic fundraiser for the Toronto Public Library Foundation, the February 7, 2013 gala will see more than 60 authors in attendance.

Today we continue our series of interviews with several of the event's fabulous guest authors, speaking with Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier At Home (Doubleday Canada). Both Happier At Home and Gretchen's previous book, The Happiness Project have become New York Times bestsellers. Read on to hear from Gretchen about her books, the ball and more.

Stay tuned for more interviews with guest authors from the Book Lover's Ball.

Open Book:

Is this your first time attending the Book Lover's Ball? If so, to what aspect of the event are you most looking forward? If you've attended before, what is one of your favourite memories from the event?

Gretchen Rubin:

This is my first time attending — and I can’t wait to spend time surrounded by other booklovers. My perfect way to spend an evening!


This year the ball features book-inspired entertainment. Tell us a bit about your most recent book.


Happier at Home is about the year I spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier at home. I realized that for me, and for most people, home is the foundation of a happy life. I looked at elements of home such as time, possessions, body, marriage, neighborhood and parenthood to find specific, manageable ways to make changes in my everyday life. And I found many opportunities — without spending any extra time, energy, or money to do it.


What will you be wearing to the gala?


I bought a new red dress for the gala — my first long dress in a very long time.


This event raises funds for the Toronto Library System, the busiest urban library system in the world. With what Canadian writer, living or dead, would you most like to spend an afternoon in the library? What might you ask him or her?


Robertson Davies — a writer I love. I would ask him to talk about his ideas on Jung. Like Davies, I’m fascinated by Jung, but find Jung’s writing almost impenetrable, and would love to understand his work through Davies.

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

For more information about Happier At Home please visit the Doubleday Canada website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

For more information about the Book Lover's Ball, please visit their website.

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