Best-selling author Frances Mayes will speak about the "Adventure of Life" Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007.

Mayes, who always loved old houses, was smitten when she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres.

Four hugely popular books resulted from that infatuation: Under the Tuscan Sun, which was made into a film; Bella Tuscany; In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes and photographer Bob Krist; and Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy, with Edward Mayes and photographer Steven Rothfeld.

Mayes was the editor of the 2002 Best American Travel Writing. She is also the author of the travel memoir A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller, which immediately debuted as a New York Times bestseller.

Her books of poetry include Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto. Her work, The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems, is widely used in college poetry classes.

Mayes, formerly directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She now devotes herself full time to writing and to her “At Home in Tuscany” furniture and accessory lines. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for International Education. A reception and book signing will immediately follow.

RSVP to R. Scott Reedy, 617-994-4221.

Frances Mayes
4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007
Walter H. McLaughlin Moot Courtroom
Sargent Hall, 4th floor
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston