Conversations & Signings with Beaufort Authors

About Donna Armer

Donna Keel Armer has traveled extensively in North America, Europe, and Africa. She graduated cum laude with a double major in psychology and social sciences and pursued graduate studies in theology. She has held management positions in the insurance and airline industries and, with her husband, ran a hospitality business in Southwest Georgia. An accomplished photographer,

Donna has published numerous articles on travel, home decorating and gardening, and food, including a partnership with the Order of Sons of Italy to publish Bella Cucina Italiana, a cookbook that also features her photography. Donna and Ray live in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, where she volunteers at the Pat Conroy Literary Center and Hunting Island State Park.


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Donna Armer

In conversation with Bonnie Hargrove

NOVEMBER 4, 2020


Location: RAIN (inside) or SHINE (on the lawn)

Please bring a chair (for lawn), wear a mask and social distance.

Event is FREE

About Solo in Salento

“A sassy and sacred memoir for those sorting out what’s most valuable in life.” Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me A Story: My Life With Pat Conroy Donna Keel Armer’s story begins with a lie. Desperate to break free from a life haunted by a wretched past, the loss of faith, and a slow sink into domestication, she tells everyone, including her beloved husband, that she requires time alone to research a historical novel. But her real purpose is a solo flight from everyone and everything. In a small coastal village in Southern Italy she learns how to sort through the fragmented pieces of her life as her hands learn the art of mosaics. And, a baffling recycling system teaches her that life can be continually sorted and renewed. In this rich memoir, Donna assembles a mosaic of art history, culinary adventure, and self-discovery with an unexpectedly delightful primer on recycling. Her story weaves a tapestry of mystery, magic, music, martyrs, and marvelous food that she discovers on the way to finding her heart.

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