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. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Coming up

If I woke up to my beloved trucks across the street at D'Agostino's then this must be Tuesday in NYC! Sadly no lingering this morning. I'm heading straight home to attend to family and then tonight to speak to Annabelle's school.

Tomorrow night i will speak at a church in Whitinsville, MA. This event was set up by someone near and dear to me, and I'm so looking forward to it. 

If you're anywhere near Melrose MA, come to the library on Thursday at 7. They always fill the place with the most wonderful people!

And Friday I fly to Minneapolis for the Twin Rivers Book Festival. My panel is on Saturday. I love Minneapolis! Please don't snow this weekend!

Home Saturday night, but late. And Sunday? All my favorite Libras and Scorpios are converging at Gogo's for ravioli. Let the feasting begin!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bari and Brattleboro VT

I'm looking out at the Adriatic Sea, and feeling very grateful for these five days in Italy. Puglia is so different than any place I've been in Italy, or anywhere. The food is simply amazing, all fava beans and orecchiette, and burrata and focaccia. The landscape is breathtaking. And frankly, I'm not ready to leave. 

But leave I must. A bit of a hellish travel day tomorrow. Then a day at home before heading to Brattleboro VT and the Literary Festival there. I'll be on a panel with Paula MacLain, and at the flash fiction event, both on Saturday. If you're in or near Brattleboro, come to the festival. There's lots of your favorite writers there! 

The view from here: