VERO BEACH – Author Karen Tripson has fond memories of her childhood in Vero Beach. Those memories include daily visits to the home of her grandparents, Waldo and Elsebeth Sexton, who lived next door, as well as trips to Waldo’s botanical paradise, McKee Jungle Gardens. Tripson will return to the Garden for a special author lecture and book signing event on Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Tripson’s lecture will spotlight her new novel, The Cooking Class in San Sebastian, a story about love late in life, aging, the challenges of staging a Basque art exhibit and Basque cuisine. She will discuss the inspiration behind her novel, and attendees will get to taste samples of the food featured in the book, pintxos, and a small wine sampling, prepared by Sealantro at the Garden Café. As an additional treat, Tripson will recall personal memories of her grandfather, Waldo Sexton.

“I am happy to have a chance to speak about my book as well as share my memories about Papa that no one has ever heard before, except maybe my siblings,” stated Tripson. “Like anyone who is written about a lot, the same Waldo anecdotes get told over and over. I want to add something new to the history of Waldo; a different point of view on a complex man.”

Space is limited for Karen Tripson’s March 27 lecture at McKee and advanced registration is required. Those interested in attending may call 772-794-0601 to register. Cost to attend the event is $20 for McKee members and $25 for non-members. Copies of The Cooking Class in San Sebastian will be available for $14.95 (plus sales tax) during the book signing.

About the author
Karen Tripson has been a writer since childhood. As an adult, she has cooked, catered, reviewed cookbooks and written about entertaining and wine tasting. She blogs on her personal web site under the tagline ‘Cooking and Reading Every Day.’ Currently residing in Seattle, she is passionate about cooking, her home, her family, and her dog. The Cooking Class in San Sebastian is a culmination of those passions. More information on Karen Tripson can be found at

About McKee Botanical Garden
McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. General admission rates are $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, and $10 Children ages 3-12. Admission is free for members and children under 3. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. The Garden is closed on Monday. The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. For additional information, please visit

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