The daughter of the Dean of Medicine at Columbia University, Elizabeth Cooke was raised in Manhattan, graduating from The Brearley School, and Vassar College, with a major in Drama, and minor in Art. As a young woman, she worked in theater and as a casting consultant, briefly served on the board of MoMA, before moving to Paris for three years, after her marriage ended. There, she immersed herself in the museums, studied at the Sorbonne, cooked at The Cordon Bleu, and traveled all over Europe. Until recently, Elizabeth Cooke resided on the East End of Long Island. For 10 years, she was the Chairman of The Bide-A-Wee Home, a prestigious animal shelter complex in New York City and Long Island. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Westhampton Free Library for 30 years.
In “Eye of the Beholder,” completed after the memoir, Elizabeth Cooke writes in rather irreverent terms, of the lives of six artists and the most compelling muse in each of their lives: next came, “A Shadow Romance,” an odyssey of an unfulfilled love affair between a mature New York City couple: then, the four “Hotel” books. She has just completed “How To Game People Without Even Trying,” the true story (fictionalized) of the murder of her second husband in his Paris apartment. A fifth ‘hotel’ book, titled “Rendezvous at a Small Hotel” has just been released. The sixth hotel book, “Intrigue At A Small Hotel” has received top honors from The Paris Book Festival for 2016. The seventh and final in the hotel series, “The Hotel Marcel Dining Club” is currently available.
For her, there is great joy in having the gift of expression that writing provides, and this is reflected in her rather prolific output.
PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL
WINNER ~ For the past four years, Elizabeth Cooke has won awards at the Paris Book Festival.
In 2015, her book “There’s a Small Hotel” was winner in the general fiction category.
In 2016, “Intrigue at a Small Hotel” won grand prize for all categories.
In 2017, “Still Life” A Love Story – received an honorable mention.
In 2018, “Eye of the Beholder” was runner up in the Photography/Art category.
THE LIGHT THAT IS PARIS WILL NEVER BE DIMMED
There is no way that the spirit of France, the resilience of its citizens, the courage of Parisians, will be cowed by the cowardly and vicious attacks of the past months.
Since Caesar’s Rome invaded, since the Huns crossed into France, since British kings forded the English Channel, since the Vikings rowed ships down the Seine, since World War 1 and the blood spilled in Brittany, since Hitler’s occupation of Paris in World War 11, the bravery, the stoicism, the faith of the French has prevailed.
Paris, its capital, has been there for it all. The city is not going anywhere, and the joyous life it inspires will surely resurge.
The bistros’ casualness. The stadium’s thrill. The sound of music.
And the delight and welcome of a small hotel.
Author Elizabeth Cooke
“In 2011, I published my memoir, titled Life Savors. I wrote it for my immediate family. Having had a rather cut-up life, really a series of lives, my children and step children asked me to put down my story so they could understand where I’d been and why.
Actually, I had written pieces during the years; first, lyrics for modern musical songs in the 1950s; later short stories and a couple of novels. I even had an agent, but life intervened and any writing career never took off.
After the memoir, given the isolation of an unexpected illness, the quietude imposed because of it, drew me to the act of writing again, and frankly, I have not been able to stop. Writing became a distraction and pleasure. It is as if all those earlier attempts had come to fruition in a rather prolific output.
Sometimes the stories seem to write themselves, but they each have a basis in my own truth and experience. There is great joy in seeing my characters come alive.
I find it really marvelous at this late date, to have the gift of expression that writing provides.”