Karen Grassle

The USCB Lunch with Author 2022-2023 Series continues Nov. 22 at The Belfair Clubhouse beginning at noon. Author Karen Grassle will be discussing her memoir “Bright Lights, Prairie Dust.”

Grassle is known around the world for her iconic role as “Ma” on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie.”

Growing up in a loving but alcoholic home by the Pacific, Grassle – the curious and optimistic little girl who would grow up to become the beloved actress from “Little House on the Prairie” – seeks comfort at her local Baptist church, in dance, and in friendship.

Finding herself wholly at home on the stage, she pursues acting with all her heart. As a young woman, leaving lovers behind, she wins a Fulbright to study in London. There, she revels in the excellence of the theatre and the stimulating travel; only occasionally, she is baffled when brought low by a night of drinking.

Cast as “Ma,” it seems she will have it all: love and acting in a big, new life. But her moods fluctuate wildly as the pressures of success increase along with her drinking. She is advocating for women when it all comes apart. 

In this raw, emotional memoir, Grassle recounts with surprising candor and humor how she ultimately faced her own alcoholism and found her way home.

Grassle grew up beside the Pacific Ocean in Ventura, California.

While studying at the University of California at Berkeley, she discovered her calling and began to pursue training in acting, eventually receiving a Fulbright to study in London at the famed London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

During her years on television, Grassle co-created the TV movie “Battered” and advocated for women’s issues. She continued to appear on television and also stood by on Broadway for Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave. She has continued to work in major roles, spending six years  

Actors Theatre of Louisville, and later, at theatres near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as around the U.S. and Canada. Her most recent film is Not to Forget, a lighthearted story that revolves around the issue of dementia and family.

Books will be available for purchase and the author will be signing books. Reservations must be made by Nov. 15.  Tickets are $50 each. 

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit USCBCenterForTheArts.COM or call 843-521-4145.