Fannie Flagg, author of 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' booked for Fall Author Event

Monday , April 11, 2016 - 6:07 PM1 comment

BECKY WRIGHT, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The Ogden School Foundation has announced Fannie Flagg as the star of this year’s Fall Author Event.

Flagg, bestselling author of “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe,” “Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven” and “I Still Dream About You,” will speak about her work on Thursday, Nov. 10, during a dinner gala at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. 

“Almost everybody’s seen or read ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’ ” said Renae Woods, program director for Ogden School Foundation, noting that Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for the movie script.

According to the author’s website, Flagg has worked as an actress and writer for stage, film and television productions. Many people remember her from the shows “Candid Camera” and “Match Game.”

The Fall Author Event committee talked about bringing Flagg to Ogden for years, according to Woods. This year seemed like perfect timing because Flagg is releasing a new book in the fall titled “The Whole Town’s Talking.”

“Her books are always really light-hearted, and they have such a feeling for the South,” Woods said. 

Flagg’s latest book to hit the shelves was “The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion” (Random House, 2014).

“It’s a fascinating book that goes back and forth between the present and a family in the South, and World War II and the women who flew with the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots),” Woods said.

The Ogden School Foundation uses funds raised through the Fall Author Event to support a variety of enrichment activities for students, including theater performances, science programs and field trips.

Tickets to the Fall Author Event cost from $70 to $150 per person, depending on seat location. Table sponsorships range from $700 to $1,500. Major sponsors, donating $5,000 or more, receive additional benefits, including an invitation to meet the author at a luncheon. Reservations can be made on the foundation’s website, www.ogdenschoolfoundation.org/.

For more information, call 801-737-7305.

You can reach reporter Becky Wright at bwright@standard.net or at 801-625-4274. Follow her on Twitter at @ReporterBWright or like her on Facebook.

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