Coffee Share From Hilton Head Island

Good morning, Everyone. I am melting in these sultry hot days on HHI. It is worth it since I am visiting my grandkids, daughter, and son-in-law for five days. My granddaughter is between school and her summer program, so I came to fill the gap. We’ve filled the hot days with dips in the pool, hikes in the “jungle”, beaching, putt-putt golfing, and preparing epic PBJs and fried eggplant. It’s been a great yet exhausting week. Mission accomplished. Grab your coffee. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you it was a bittersweet Father’s Day last week. The first year of holidays, birthdays, Sundays, and special occasions without my dad leaves deep, empty gaps. The now-normal does not yet feel “normal”. However, it was a nice day to spend in the backyard with everyone. Dad was with us in the company, conversation and view.

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that I scheduled an actual LIVE book event!  The Beach Book Signing and raffle will be held at Davis Park, Fire Island on July 10th. The post mistress, Linda Firpo, graciously offered for me to set up a table to meet readers and sign books next to the Post Office. Ten percent of the proceeds go to the Davis Park Fire Department. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by the Post Office. I will chat about books, take pics of my fans (with permission of course), sign books, and, at 2:00, raffle one of each book (Daily Bread, Becoming America’s Food Stories, and Hug Everyone You Know). It’s going to be a great day!

If we were having coffee together, I would report that I contracted Penny Weber, artist extraordinaire, to illustrate a new cover for Daily Bread and Book 2. Daily Bread will be re-released in August-ish with a fresh cover and new (search-worthy) title. How do you like The Heart of Bakers and Artists? Book 2 has a final title (drum roll) The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers. Stay tuned for cover reveals and launch dates.

If we were having coffee together, I would add other writing news. I posted Telling the Stories this week. You can find it here. If you would like to keep up with my crazy writing life, sign up for Stories Served Around The Table News to Nosh and download two FREE recipes cards from Becoming America’s Food Stories! You can do that right here

That’s about it. Thanks for indulging me. Great big thank you to Natalie the Explorer, the incredible host of Weekend Coffee Share.

 Be kind. Be safe.

Have a great week, Everyone. Make it funtastic.

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If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily Bread and/or Becoming America’s Food StoriesThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread and/or Becoming America’s Food Stories, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Becoming America’s Stories Readers slideshow, coming soon! Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.

“If you don’t cook with love, you have to get out of the kitchen.” Florence Messina

Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

14 thoughts

  1. I love the photo with your grandchildren, Antoinette. Hikes in the jungle sound like a hoot. Congratulations on your live book event and the cover reveals! “Funtastic” is a great word and back at you.


  2. This past week, we noted that several businesses have dropped or relaxed the mask requirement and next week our church goes back indoors. This was all good stuff, but then today I see that you’ve scheduled a LIVE BOOK EVENT! Yea for you Antoinette. What a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of summer. So, you’re bringing it to California and Sonoma County when. . . ?


  3. SO happy to hear about your live book event!! That will be so nice after all we’ve been through! Such great photos with your family.. ❤ Yes, Father's Day was rough for us too, but I do believe both mine and Bill's dads were with us in spirit as they always are. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!


  4. That’s a very nice photo of you and your grandchildren, Antoinette. Congrats on your book achievements and upcoming live book event! Very exciting. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  5. Antoinette, I’m so enjoying your books, it’s like I’m taken back in time. And your food one, has caused more of a longing in me to get back to my roots and learn more.

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    1. Thank you!!
      If you have elders (grandparents aunts uncles) talk to them. Check out my Grand prompts to ask your grands blog #grandpromptstoaskyourgrands


  6. Antionette, what a fun time for you. So much to appreciate in special days with grandkids. You didn’t put the eggplant on the pbj’s, did you? Where do I send my photo with Becoming?

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