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Good morning, Everyone. It’s a muggy day in my little corner of Long Island. Tropical Storm Elsa blew in quickly and dumped a lot of rain. The hydrangeas are happy yet beaten down a bit. I’ll have to do some trimming and propping today.

It’s been a busy week. Pour your coffee. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together this morning, I would ask you if you noticed the header. I just received word that Daily Bread won 1st place in the Purple Butterfly Children’s Book Award in the Historical Fiction category! Yippee!! My publisher, Stephanie Larkin, at Red Penguin Books, did a great job putting together the meme. It’s like a “major award” but, instead of a tacky lamp, I get some literary clout, and stickers and memes to share.  

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you I took my great news to my book signing event on Saturday at Davis Park Fire Island. Matt and I rode the ferry across the Great South Bay and set up tables, books, giveaways, and sign up lists next to the Post Office. Beach daytrippers and residents passed by, browsed, and some bought books, which I happily signed for them. Matt took care of the transactions (thank God!) while I chatted with old friends and met new people throughout the day. Great day. Special thanks go out to Linda Firpo, Postmistress Extraordinaire, and Sweet Saily, who were so gracious in letting me set up shop.   

If we were having coffee together, I would remind you that Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands starts this Wednesday June 13th. You can find the details here. Try it. I’d love to read your stories and consider your feedback. 

Thanks you 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.

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