My New Book: A FINE ROMANCE- Falling In Love With The English Countryside
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A FINE ROMANCE Book Signings!
Scroll down to see how our tour is coming along. As we confirm more locations and dates we’ll be adding them here. Don’t forget to wear your special Girlfriend’s Name Tag so we know each other!
And here’s a special Name Tag for our Guyfriends!
August 15, 2013 4:00-5:30pm
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
35 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
For those who might wish to see Susan in her natural habitat, here’s information on how to get to Martha’s Vineyard. BOAT INFORMATION: You do not need reservations to walk onto the boat, only if you want to bring a car. You can buy a ticket right at the dock. It’s a 45 minute ferry ride from Woods Hole on Cape Cod, to the Island. Cabs meet each boat, there’s a good bus system on the island too. FERRY SCHEDULE Driving Directions to Woods Hole.
August 17, 2013 4:30-6:00pm
44 Main Street, Edgartown, MA 02539
Me and Georgie meeting at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard in MA
August 19, 2013 4:30pm
432 Route 61, East Sandwich, MA 02537
Sorry, Titcombs event is SOLD OUT
August 21, 2013 2:00-4:00pm
Mill Falls Marketplace
312 Daniel Webster Hwy, Meredith, NH 03253
Signing books and meeting old friends at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith, New Hampshire on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
She’s making recipe books for all her grandchildren and brought them for me to sign! You should see them! They’re just darling. What a gal!
I signed lots of extra books to leave behind with Bev, but they’re all gone now . . .
Life on the road . . . Twittering from the Fine Romance Van
August 24, 2013 1:00-3:00pm
The Toadstool Bookshop
614 Nashua Street, Milford, NH 03055
September 3, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
The Learned Owl
204 North Main Street, Hudson, OH 44236
Sorry, The Learned Owl Event is Filled to Capacity
Our Girlfriends at the Learned Owl in Hudson, Ohio.
Chris Wells (on the left) writes often on the blog . . . she’s from Texas and brought her whole cute family to the Learned Owl!
September 5, 2013 5:30-7:30pm
Books ‘N’ More
28 West Main Street, Wilmington, OH 45177
They asked me to tell the Beatles story at Books “N” More!
September 7, 2013 11:00-1:00pm
3165 Alpine Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Grandma (Margaret), Granddaughter (Lauren), and Mom (Patty), it’s a family affair in Grand Rapids!
Rosinda, her daughters Anabelle and Anita and her husband Nuno drove down from Canada! xoxo!
September 9, 2013 Monday, 5:00-7:00pm
215 S. Main Street, Goshen, Indiana
The wonderful staff at Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana: from left, Missy, Veronica, me, Brad and Grace.
September 10, 2013 Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm
5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL
They always save us the best parking place! But it looked so quiet from the outside …
♫ How was I to know there was a party goin’ on . . . ♪
Mother-daughter Girlfriends, Sarah and Terri (Terri’s the mom!) and of course, the lamb.
September 12, 2013 Thursday, 3:00-5:00pm
at the beautiful Westmoreland Country Club
2601 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL
Tickets required for Book Talk, Tea Party and Signing ♥ This will be fun!
SORRY: Registration for this event is closed.
Here we are, Girlfriends Galore, at the Westmoreland Country Club Tea Party. It was so much fun! They made the most beautiful tea food, scones, cookies, sandwiches, fresh fruit, it was an extravaganza!
(I know I’m a late bloomer and I’ve come to accept it and be happy that there is any blooming at all, but how old will I have to be before talking in front of a group is easy? Not there yet! #scariestthingido #scarierthandrivingonthewrongsideoftheroadinengland #thethingsidoforlove
Me and our lovely girlfriend, Dawn.
September 14, 2013 Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm
15 South Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa
Here I am at Prairie Lights Bookstore on Saturday night, happy because it’s so much fun meeting everyone!
One of my favorite things ~ it’s so often a family affair ~ here’s Nancy, Chelsea, Haley, and Patricia!
Nicest people in the world, in love with home, family, seasons, cooking, girlfriends, making things, books, tea, England and all the things we love. Another wonderful afternoon! ♥
Pouring rain this Sunday morning in Iowa City…we’re packing up, on our way to Kansas City for a book signing at Rainy Day Books and this:
A NEW EVENT: I just found out, I “get to be” (fear factor requires quotes) on Local Kansas City TV, WDAF Fox 4 answering questions about A FINE ROMANCE, Monday morning, twice, once between 8-9 and another segment between 9-10 am. And then, between 10 and 11, I’ll be on Kansas City Live KSHB TV, 41 Action News. Sorry I can’t be more specific time-wise than that. We will try get links to these to put up later, if such a thing will exist. Bye for now Girlfriends! Wish me luck!
As far as I’m concerned, it’s all a miracle. ♥
Whew! We did it, we did not fall off our stool, we did not drool, our lip did not quiver visibly, and we did not die. Afterward it felt like it had been fun! And then, off we went to Rainy Day Books.
September 16, 2013 Monday, 7:00-8:30pm
2706 W. 53rd St., Fairway, Kansas
Rainy Day Books will be serving “English Refreshments” ~ the price of admission is $26.95 plus tax and includes a book along with the ticket to attend.
AND HERE WE ARE:
Where a wonderful welcome was waiting for us . . .
Many of these lovely faces have names we would recognize on the blog . . . they came from all over Missouri and Kansas, from Iowa too, even from North Carolina and Arkansas. What a great thrill it was for me to meet everyone. All the way along, it’s been more than I ever imagined. I’ve loved every second of it.
We took lots of pictures and told each other stories of our lives . . . we all seem to have so much in common. Brave girls, everyone doing their best in this life, to make it matter and make a difference.
One of our guy friends got into the act making us all laugh . . . Brian was getting a book and a picture for his friend Debbie who couldn’t make it ~ he was such a cutie-pie.
This is Vivien and Roger, the dynamic team that owns and runs Rainy Day Books, a Kansas City institution since 1975. Kansas City is lucky to have this amazingly hard-working duo (is what I think). Everyone comes to sign books at their bookstore ~ from Presidents to the normal people like me. They have a wall of signed books from different authors in their store. They have a gift of making their customers (and their authors) feel like a million bucks. They wrote something profoundly insightful about Independent Bookstores, and why it’s so important to support them, in case you’d like to read it.
And now . . .
Oh yes, here we go again . . . this morning we drive to Wichita for a signing tonight at Watermark Books — our last one until the second printing comes in! Come be with us if you can . . . I’d love to see you. xoxo
September 18, 2013 Wednesday, 6 – 8pm
4701 East Douglas, Wichita, Kansas
Here we are just arriving at Watermarks Books, a wonderful little independent bookstore in Wichita, Kansas . . . and look at all our wonderful girlfriends! Joe went up first to make sure he took pictures of faces and not just of backs of heads — he’s been doing a great job. Note: not too many photos of Joe? ’Cause he’s always got the camera!
After I gave my talk, it was time for signing and picture taking . . . everyone was making friends in line and many of them went out to dinner (and perhaps a bit of Twine) afterwards. Girlfriends who’d never met before! I loved that.
Of course there was lots of laughter . . . Cute is as cute does. ♥
Saying goodbye to the kind and multi-talented people who put this event together.
But couldn’t go until I signed a small stash of first editions to leave behind for you in case you need one (with help from Beth).
AND NOW: Book signing adventure is on hold until California (scroll down for future events, and don’t forget, we have to drive HOME from California, the adventure has just begun!). Last night, the full Harvest Moon, and today the meandering adventure begins. Play day!
I have loved every moment of this trip. I asked Joe last night if he was sad or happy that it was our last Event (for now), and he said, “both” which was my thought exactly. It’s been beyond wonderful, but there is something to be said for nowhere imminent to be and no rush to get there! We’ll still be taking you along. . . I’ll get back to posting more regularly very soon.
NOTE TO GIRLFRIENDS: Because of you and your wonderful response and your so-much- appreciated word-of-mouth, the first printing of A FINE ROMANCE has SOLD OUT! We’ve had to put the rest of the book-signing tour on hold until more books come back in at the end of October. Which means that after Wichita, we’ll be making a big left turn in our Fine Romance Van to go visit my Dad (commonly known among the Girlfriends as “Blog Daddy”). And then on to California to see my mom and all my oldest friends, plus Kellee and Sheri and my Central Coast home and to do more events which are being scheduled right now. There will be more blogging along the way!
You can still pre-order your signed copies from our web store; those books will be the very first to be mailed out when the second printing arrives. And even before that happens, we see the handwriting on the wall in the form of bookstore orders and our publisher has requested a THIRD printing, which should arrive to us by December first in plenty of time for Christmas. You did this.
Fireworks, squealing happiness, joy to the world, we are thrilled! Thank you for your leadership! And for the five-star reviews on Amazon.com!!! Darling girls, I know it’s you! ♥
Here we go again! The second printing of A FINE ROMANCE has finally arrived and we are off again, heading first for Pasadena.
November 5, 2013 Tuesday, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
And here we are, in beautiful downtown Pasadena. We found a parking space right in front of the wonderful Vroman’s Bookstore (since 1894)! If you ever have a chance to visit this bookstore, you should (Pasadena is filled with beautiful old houses and wonderful things to see and do).
Sherri (on the left) and Jen (on the right) welcomed us and of course Joe manned the camera!
But next time I want to bring my camera up with me so I can take a picture of all the smiling faces! I asked how many in the audience had been to my blog and almost everyone raised their hands! It was wonderful, more like a reunion, putting familiar names with faces, coming from as far away as Arizona and Oregon.
November 7, 2013 Thursday, 1 – 2:30 pm
6433 Ming Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93309
And here we are, yesterday at Strawberry Patches in Bakersfield, California. This store is so cute, so beautiful, even if you never sewed a stitch in your life, you would want to come here, for the colors alone . . . anyone would feel inspired in this charming quilt shop.
It was decked with every kind of bunting, and the Girlfriends were all there, with Parisian Champagne (from Trader Joe’s, so good!). Joe took so many photos, but he wasn’t the only one! Cameras galore!
Moms, daughters, sisters, best friends ~ Girlfriends Forever, old friends and new!
The fun and creative tiara-bedecked girls that made this happen, from left to right: Nancy B., Kathie, Jane, me (with little felted Jack, made for me by Suzanne, I am so madly in love with it, I cannot tell you. I felt guilty taking it because it was too darling, but I had to, HAD to — see it closer in the photo below and you will understand), Suzanne in pink (Strawberry Patches is her store), Kara, and Barbara. ♥ Right this moment, with memories of yesterday swirling in my mind, I’m munching on cookies from my little bag of “Rachel’s Lemon Butter Cookies,” (pg. 139 of A FINE ROMANCE) made by Nancy B (“from Bakersfield,” our blog Girlfriend) … she tied them into little cellophane bags with ribbons and stickers for everyone to take home. Having them with my tea. 6:30 am perfection. Yummy! And that’s how the whole thing was, homemade and filled with heart!
And this, I mean, really! I am beside myself. His red ball, his rubber band? Too much. Award winning, “Most Adorable Thing.”
I had a wonderful time, THANK YOU Strawberry Patches!
Friday, November 8, 4-5 pm Pacific Time.
November 10, 2013 Sunday, 1-3pm
Remnants of the Past Antique Show and Sale
Alex Madonna Expo Center
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
This is a two-day event, November 9-10, filled with fun. Read all about it by clicking on the link for Remnants of the Past for more information including directions and places to stay. Bring your best friend and join the fun!
There’s a contest you’ll want to know about too!
All day on Sunday, Susan will have a booth filled with her things — her brand new Tea Tins and her Lavender Tea (as she mentioned in the book), her new SB Dream Charms, calendars, scrapbooks, lots of wonderful Susan Branch things from her store. Kellee and Sheri will be there too!
Signed copies of A FINE ROMANCE will be available at the show all day Saturday and Sunday, but if you would like your copy to be personalized, Susan will do that for you in person on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 pm.
This event takes place in a barn, with white tents and aisles and aisles of one-of-a-kind treasures for sale on a hill overlooking beautiful San Luis Obispo located on the Central Coast of California, halfway between LA and SF. This is a “Girlfriend Road Trip” if ever there was one! A perfect Autumn celebration, there’s a special “Man Cave” for your guy, and wonderful food and people come from everywhere.
November 22, Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
BOOKWORKS in Albuquerque
4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bookworks made us feel so welcome!
We are bundled up, it’s cooooold in Albuquerque. It was a wonderful evening of talking about England and creativity, answering questions, signing and hugging.
November 25, Monday 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
FULL CIRCLE BOOKS in Oklahoma City
50 Penn Place
1900 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
405/842-2900 or 800/683-READ
December 7, Saturday 1-3pm
Titcombs Bookshop on Old Cape Cod
432 Route 61,
East Sandwich, MA 02537
December 14, 1:30 to 3:30pm on Martha’s Vineyard
Edgartown Books, Christmas in Edgartown
44 Main Street,
Edgartown, MA 02539
To get to Martha’s Vineyard by ferry: BOAT INFORMATION: You do not need reservations to walk onto the boat, only if you want to bring a car. You can buy a ticket right at the dock. It’s a 45 minute ferry ride from Woods Hole on Cape Cod, to the Island. Cabs meet each boat, there’s a good bus system on the island too. FERRY SCHEDULE. Driving Directions to Woods Hole. Hotels on Martha’s Vineyard.
Coming this Fall in the Holiday Issue!
Yankee Magazine will be featuring Susan Branch!
Learn more here!
Where Women Cook: Celebrate!
The women include: Susan Branch (of course!); popular food blogger Molly Wizenberg of Orangette; bestselling author and blogger Angie Dudley of Bakerella; The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond; Farm Chick Serena Thompson, and other popular food personalities.
Events, Magazine Articles, Personal Appearances, Interviews, & Pod Casts
If you’re interested in an interview with Susan or would like her to speak to your group, click HERE.
My favorite thing about signing Baby Love.
Susan writes a bi-monthly article for a national (free) newspaper called THE COUNTRY REGISTER …there is one published in every state in America…look for it wherever you see newspapers, often in antique stores too.
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