Tuesday, November 18, 2014


On Friday I fly to Miami and the fabulous Miami Book Fair, which marks the end of this wild three month book tour! I'm so grateful for all the people I've met and all the places I've gone talking about An Italian Wife. It's been wonderful sharing experiences with so many other Italian Americans. Last Saturday's event in Plymouth MA hosted by Westwinds Bookstore (thank you Brooke!) with authors Christopher Castellani and Marianne Leone added to this celebration  of all things Italian. Our themes and experiences were so similar it felt like being with Mama Rose and family for Sunday Supper!

This week, before I head to Miami, I'm in NYC and get the chance to see both The Underclassman (yay Sara!) and Dogs of DC (yay Sam!). Then a little 80+ degree weather before Thanksgiving goes into high gear. 

Oh! And some exciting news: I finally started the decrease row on my bias blanket! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Salem Lit Fest, Hickory Stick Books, Stellina, and Black Sheep Knitting

That's what my week looks like next week and I hope to see you at one of these great spots! Details on my website. 

As the book tour winds down (from August!), I'm tired as heck (hello my old friend anemia!) but happy as can be for the truly amazing response to An Italian Wife and to my own story about growing up in an Italian American family. 

I'm eager to get back to my writing (which I've kept doing of course) in the concentrated and focused way that I need to finish this new novel. And to be in the arms of my family, who have put up with more pizza for dinner than they should have to and with me coming and going at all crazy times. Can't wait to cook for them and hang out with them!

Lots of knitting and reading ahead too. But first, the final weeks of An Italian Wife and me on the road! 

Friday, October 24, 2014


These are a few of my favorite things! Beautiful Westport MA, where my family spent so many golden summers...I'll be at Partners Village Store on Main Rd tonight from 5:30-7. 

Tomorrow's event on Federal Hill is sold out, but directly afterward, at 2,I'll be at Barrington Books. 

And Sunday you can join the KNITTING YARNS crew in Wellfleet. That's Anne LeClaire, Taylor Polites, Marianne Leone, and me at Preservation Hall at 2:30!

What a fun weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drop everything! Go to Churchmouse Yarns!

As someone who visits a lot of yarn stores across the country, I have to say that Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island near Seattle WA is one of the best of the best. You know that yarn store you walk into and want, immediately, to live there? Well, you actually could. Because when you tear yourself away from the gorgeous yarn and samples in the front and walk to the back (arms laden with yarn), you will find tea! And interesting food stuff! And bowls and cups and tea cozies and soap made from the lanolin of the wool from sheep in Yorkshire! Yes! Kit and John are the loveliest people ever, and will tell you about the people in Kenya locally sourcing tea and hand designing each box as well as how to increase rows on a pesky pattern. This is why I left with 2 rows of my bias blanket knit, a bar of that soap, two boxed of that tea, a box of Steve Smith tea concocted just for Churchmouse, a pattern for Ferryman gloves and two skeins of yarn to knit those gloves, and a box of Bunches and Bunches ginger snaps made in Portland OR. 

Oh, and I signed lots of KNITTING YARNS and drank a fair share of champagne too!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Good Morning, World!

So nice to wake up in my own bed in my own house! I'm having so much fun on the road with An Italian Wife. And I love all the wonderful Italian Americans I've met these past two months who recognize this fictional immigrant experience in their own. I've been fed italian food, from pasta to egg biscuits, and heard so many heartwarming and funny stories. Thank you to everyone who has made this autumn so terrific!

And we're not yet done! You can find the next month of events here on my website. If you're in or near Narragansett RI, Bainbridge Island WA, Wellesley MA, Portland, Falmouth, Auburn, and Wells ME, Miami FL, Watertown MA, or Hickory Stick Books in CT, I'm coming your way in October or November!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weymouth MA, Narragansett RI, Bainbridge Island WA!

An Italian Wife and I will be at the Tufts Library in Weymouth on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 and the Narragansett Library on Wednesday, October 15 at 7.

Then I'm off to Bainbridge Island for two terrific events: On Saturday, October 18, in the auditorium of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at 7PM, a troupe of actors will be reading from Knitting Yarns! I can't wait for this exciting event! Earlier that same day, from 1-3 PM, in the same location, I'll be giving a lecture on the art of revision. If you live on or near Bainbridge, I hope to see you at one or both events!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Melrose MA tonight!

How I love reading at the Melrose Library! Looking forward to being there tonight at 7:30. 

First: Pilates this morning. Fresh apples with peanut butter. An interview with Newport Life. Lunch with an old pal. An afternoon of writing. A Skype interview. 

Feeling sad today. But listing simple pleasures reminds me that to look around and take measure and be grateful.