Shaking Off Coffee Share

Good Morning, Everyone.

It’s a gray raw morning here on Sayville Long Island. Snow is in the forecast…uhh. 

The coffee is hot. Grab your mug. Let’s quickly catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would invite you to view the Tenement Museum Book Talk event. I had a wonderful chat with Erika Sullivan and responded to Zoom participant questions. It was a comfortable and easy-going hour. I’d do it again! Thank you to everyone who viewed and commented.  

If we were having coffee together, I would proudly announce that the Jr. Bookworms Book Club is available for viewing on Between the Covers YouTube channel. Seven middle-grade students joined Stephanie Larkin, publisher of Red Penguin Books, and me for a lively and insightful chat about Daily Bread. The kids were great. Take a look.

If we were having coffee together, I would add that Daily Bread received 5 star reviews from Readers’ Favorite. Not only were the words wonderful, I am entitled to a flashy sticker to place on the book cover. WhooHoo!

 

If we were having coffee together, I would admit that I am struggling to get into the holiday mood. Like everyone else, parties, gatherings, and drop-in visiting are non-existent. But then another blow unraveled this week. My youngest daughter Robyn, who lives in Oregon, and my middle daughter, who lives in Hilton Head Island, SC, with her family that includes the grandkids, will not travel due to, you know, #!*@ing COVID. Missing my dad adds to the melancholy. 

This crazy year forces us to adapt. Today, I am going to the grocery store to stock up on baking supplies and take a walk through my beautiful downtown Sayville. Instead of cooking Sunday dinner tonight, I’m flooding the house with Christmas baking. Baking is not my strong skill set, but the aromas and comfort should help offset the sadness. My eldest daughter, Sara, will visit tomorrow for my hubby’s birthday. We will Zoom with the faraway children, decorate the tree, and sing Happy Birthday. It will have to do. 

If we were having coffee together, I would say that my husband and I are renting the same condo on Hilton Head Island for two months (maybe longer).   Once we get COVID results, we are driving south soon after Christmas. We will be nearby the kids and able to walk the beach daily. 2021 is looking up. 

Be well, Everyone.  

Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

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

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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.

Writing Adventures Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone.

There is a brisk chill in the air here on the south shore of Long Island. Winter is not far away. Get yourself a hot cup of coffee. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you the week was cluttered. It started with nausea and the fear that I may have contracted The Bug, but after standing on the Urgent Care line for an hour and a half outdoors with my back to the wind, the happy diagnosis was a typical stomach bug; WHEW! This gave me the go-ahead to rest for a day, then pick up with helping my mom with all kinds of home business affairs, take care of the husband as he recovers from knee replacement surgery (the scar is unbelievably unnoticeable, and he is walking about nicely and can drive!), schedule needed appointments, start on Christmas card and calendar designing, and get back to writing.  

If we were having coffee together, I would update you on the writing front. Although Becoming America’s Food Stories is out, the paperback version is having technical problems with delivery. I ordered two retail copies, but the big order to distribute to reviewers and my contributors is still in process. The eBook is instant. The special Black Friday $1.99 price will stand for another week or so. Daily Bread eBook version will remain at 99 cents for a bit as well. 

Daily Bread has been on an upward ride this week. I had an amazing Jr. Bookworm Book Club Zoom event with Stephanie Larkin, publisher of Red Penguin Books, and seven middle-grade students from two neighboring school districts. The kids were fantastic, and Stephanie was a terrific host. I was so impressed with kids’ insight and thoughtful commentary. We had an excellent discussion for an hour and a half. I can’t wait to share it on YouTube! 

Thanks to Sally Cronin and Debby Gies, Daily Bread was included in the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Children’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Book Fair. What makes this so exciting is that the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine hails from England, so now Daily Bread has an international presence!   

If we were having coffee together, I would report that I got to go on a field trip to New York City Lower East Side armed with a list of questions, a camera, mask, and umbrella. I am researching Lillian Wald and the Henry Street Settlement House for Book 2 in the Becoming America’s Stories Series. I needed to visit the house. Group tours are not available yet due to the pandemic, but I did score a private tour with a knowledgeable young woman, Katie Vogel. She took me through the house, which was fascinating. Although updated for community activities, the archives, photographs, beautiful crown moldings brought out the essence of this historic landmark. Briefly, Lillian Wald founded the settlement house with help from progressive philanthropists. She began the visiting home nursing service, pushed for nurses and nutrition programs in schools, instituted community clinics, provided a place for labor and social activism to meet, and was a strong voice for peace, women’s suffrage, and addressing the needs of the poor. Henry Street Settlement House will play a part in my story characters’ lives.

 Anyway, I had to forgo my usual train travel into the city and drove (thank God for GPS). After circling the blocks for parking, I surrendered to a garage. I had a wonderful visit. Seeing and walking through the house gave me a firsthand feel as to how people gathered and interacted inside and outside this historic landmark. 

After the tour, I walked to Orchard Street to drop off Daily Bread and Becoming America’s Food Stories to the Tenement Museum ( a 10-minute walk). I am scheduled for the live Book Talk on December 8th at 7:00 PM EST (here is the link.).  The bookstore and select tours are opened on a limited schedule.

From the Tenement Museum, I walked to Mott Street, where my story character, Lily Taglia, lived in 1911. It is no longer a sprawling Little Italy neighborhood as a bustling Chinatown is now occupying the shops and apartments. There is so much to do and see! Rain threatened. I needed to experience the walk from the fictional home on Mott Street to the real Henry Street Settlement House. I had walked around this neighborhood last year to see where the bakery could have been located, school and church. I love research.  

As I walked, I imagined the children in my story running through the street, cutting through shortcuts in the park (Seward Park and the Seward Park NY Public Library was in existence in 1911) and finding a respite for play at the Henry Street Settlement House. The walk was a little over a mile, doable for kids in those times. I made it back to the parking garage just as the skies opened up to the forecasted rain. I managed to navigate out of the city and onto the parkway that led me home, with a treasure trove of information and experiences playing out in my head. Now I have to write the story. 

Today, as the story mulls in my imagination, I have to take care of errands, pull Christmas decorations out of the attic, visit Mom, and attempt to get some cleaning chores done. First, feed the cat and pour another cup of coffee. 

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

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

Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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.

Tenement Museum Book Talk

Join me at the Tenement Museum Virtual Book Talk on YouTube Live for a Daily Bread chat on December 8th, 2020 7:00-8:00 pm EST. I will be joined in conversation by Erika Sullivan, the Tenement Museum’s Advance Sales Associate and aspiring Young Adult Librarian.

Here is the lead:

In 1911, Manhattan’s Lower East Side swelled with immigrants and stories of struggle while vying for the American dream. Daily Bread is one such story, following the life of nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants. Lily learns that “it is not easy to be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhood, skirting old-world traditions, tackling bigotry, disasters, dotty bakers, and crossing busy streets by herself”. Inspired by the stories her grandmother, aunts, and mother told around the dinner table, Antoinette Martin weaves an imaginative tale. She will read a passage from the historical novel and talk about the cookbook that is published in tandem.

While this program is free, you can donate to support future programming from the Tenement Museum here

When: December 8, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET

Where: https://youtu.be/ay8hslpVe24

This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.

Hope to see you then.

(SO Excited!!)

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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.

Another Generous Review

 Maria Antonia, writer, artist, teacher, and middle grade book reviewer shared her lovely review of Daily Bread. You can read all about it here.

Thank You! Thank You!!  

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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.

A Thankful Thanksgiving Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone.

 The day has not dawned yet. I am writing in my unheated sunroom without a blanket over me. It will be a warmer than expected day here on the south shore of Long Island. I am up early to meet my sisters for a Sunday brunch at Mom’s house. I’m bringing the bagels. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that Thanksgiving was a success. The tent rental had sides to keep the morning rain out and the wind from blowing everything into the next yard. Everyone could distance themselves, remain outside while we counted our blessings, and enjoyed the day together. Everyone brought something to the table. Of course, there was too much to eat. Matt barbequed the turkey, his specialty, mostly sitting down with his leg raised. The new knee is recovering very well. 

Throughout the day, some tears mingled with lots of laughter. Those of us who needed to be together on this thankful day were able to reminisce as we navigated the COVID challenges and break in new traditions. We had and have so much to be grateful for. Dad’s spirit was with us.

If we were having coffee together, I would report that Becoming America’s Food Stories is out in the world in paperback and eBook formats. You can take advantage of Black Friday Cyber Monday long weekend and order Becoming America’s Food Stories eBook for $1.99 at Amazon. Daily  Bread eBook is also on sale for 99¢. If any of you foodies or story lovers out in blog land is interested in reviewing Becoming America’s Food Stories, please contact me for more specials. 

If we were having coffee together, I would remind you that December 8th is the virtual Book Talk at the Tenement Museum. Still so excited! Here is the link

I would also remind you of the first Daily Bread Jr. Bookworm Book Talk will be recorded on Monday—that’s tomorrow! Seven children will Zoom in for a lively discussion. It should be a lot of fun.  Stay tuned for the recorded link.  

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

The day is dawning. I need to start the day and get the bagels, cream cheese, and maybe some lox. 

Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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.

Black Friday into Cyber Monday e-Book Sale

Get in on the

Becoming America’s Stories series

Black Friday into Cyber Monday

eBook SALE 

Daily Bread
“…is a  a rich, complex, and particularly American story…” A.R.Hollinbeck

Buy for 99¢ on Amazon

https://amzn.to/33Fp0o7

Becoming America’s Food Stories
“… a delicious visit to a family table…” C.S. Flaherty

Buy for $1.99 on Amazon
https://amzn.to/36cnNWH

Happy Shopping and Reading

Don’t Forget

When you received your eBook or paperback, take a picture of you with Daily Bread and Becoming America’s Food Stories. I will send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

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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.

Amazon

Red Penguin Books

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.

Late to the Weekend Coffee Share Party

sleepy coffee

I think I have been in a daze lately. I completely missed the Weekend Coffee Share this weekend. Suddenly, it is time to plan for Thanksgiving, figure which grocery store to buy what I need or at least think I need. I am already late collecting photos for the family calendar, which are usually gathered after Halloween. It is going to be too much for me to stalk several family members (you know who you are) and copy their pics into the Shutterfly bin. 2021 calendar will be all about Dad. Missing him aches. Perhaps seeing him with us in pictures will help as a new year unfolds.

Husband, Matt, is making very good progress in recovering from the left knee replacement. He will be able to start outside rehab next week and, perhaps, be able to drive the following week.

My sisters and I rented a tent so that we may celebrate Thanksgiving safely outdoors. It’s a bit chilly here, but we figure the propane heaters may help. This just may work out if the rain and wind subside.

Daily Bread’s companion cookbook, Becoming America’s Food Stories: a collection of reminiscences and recipes. is now available in eBook format. The paperback version is coming SOON! Stay tuned.

There is some terrific Daily Bread news. Alice Hollinbeck, a wonderful middle-grade book reviewer and blogger, wrote a 5-star review for Daily Bread. Check out her blog, Rosi Hollinbeck. There is something for all writers and readers.

Here is the link to view the upcoming Book Talk interview at the Tenement Museum on December 8th (SO excited)! 

Also, Stephanie Larkin at Red Penguin Books, Daily Bread’s publisher, and I have set up a Jr. Bookworm Book Club Zoom event with a group of middle school kids. It will be aired on the Red Penguin Books broadcast schedule. We will be Zoom-ing on November 30th at 6pm. Stay tuned for recorded links!

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Be well. Be safe, Everyone.  

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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.

Amazon

Red Penguin Books

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.

Rollercoaster Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone. After a brief treat of unseasonable warmth, brisk temperatures remind me that is November and winter is coming.  I hope all is well in your world. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that it has been a rollercoaster week.  My husband, Matt, got a brand new left knee on Tuesday to match the right one he received last November. Within 24 hours after surgery, I took him home. Yes, it was a quick turnaround, and sidelined my plans to get a few chores completed uninterrupted, but it seemed that the hospital was anticipating a return of the COVID-19 nightmare. Matt was much safer at home. Daily physical therapy and Matt’s diligence is paying off, though. His walking improves every day (he got up and down the basement stairs yesterday), and the pain is dissipating. Amazing!

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I have also been helping my mom settle and rearrange household business since my dad’s passing. Each little task erases Dad’s name from the roles and his hand in the daily comings and goings.  It physically aches. 

We are scrambling to figure out how my family can celebrate the holidays with our grief still raw, COVID-19 surging, and restrictions keeping us apart when we really need to be together.  For Thanksgiving, my sisters and I decided to rent a smaller tent than the one we had for my dad’s memorial and a few outside heaters. We have enough folding tables and chairs between us so that our immediate family pod can sit at the table together outside. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report an upside to the rollercoaster week. TADA! This is the cover of Daily Bread’s companion cookbook, Becoming America’s Food Stories: a collection of reminiscences and recipes. How do you like it? The book will be ready to go to print next week. Stay tuned.

Here is the link to view the upcoming Book Talk interview at the Tenement Museum on December 8th (SO excited)! 

Also, Stephanie Larkin at Red Penguin Books, Daily Bread’s publisher, and I are setting up a Jr. Bookworm Book Club Zoom event with a group of kids within the next week or thereabout. It will be aired on the Red Penguin Books broadcast schedule. We are hammering out the details to share very soon. 

Well, that’s it, Everyone. Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

Amazon

Red Penguin Books

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.

Preparing Coffee Share

Good morning, Everyone

 I hope you are all well and relieved. I, for one, dare to feel hopeful.

It is a beautiful Sunday morning on the south shore of Long Island. I am sitting in my pleasantly cool sunroom with my cat, Hershey, who naps on my left side and a steaming cup of coffee set on the right. Is your coffee warm? Let’s catch up. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that the Bella Vela is tucked in the side yard covered with a three-year-old shrink-wrapped. The wrap fits well enough for another winter with a little duct tape and extra bungee cords. I am determined not to throw all the plastic away into a landfill. I just need to retrieve my Sunfish sailboat from the beach club so that our boat fleet will be ready for winter hibernation. It was an odd season with COVID looming over all of us and more than the usual share of wild winds. 

My sister and brother-in-law are keeping their roomy houseboat in its dock space this winter. We have been able to take boat rides to Sailors Haven, a National Seashore Park on Fire Island. Yesterday my sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, grandnephews, mom, and I rode across a calm bay. The ocean was inviting. Luckily, I came prepared and took one last 2020 full-body dip with my niece DD. The ocean was cold, and there was a bit of an undertow, but it was worth the cathartic dip.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you my family is slowly adjusting to my dad not being with us. It is a crushing void. Mom has her good and bad moments. We are making progress with future plans and needed chores. Our extended family and friends have been so kind. 

If we were having coffee together, I would announce that a lot is going on in my writer’s world. Daily Bread received number 1 new release in the Children’s 1900 US Historical Fiction category on the Kindle platform. Scheduling live events have been difficult because, you know, COVID. The recent spike in cases has put everyone back on high alert and vigilance, which is a good thing in keeping all of us safe. 

However, I am all set for virtual book clubs and library and school visits. You can view the options here. I am very excited about doing a virtual book talk at the Tenement Museum. Tune in on December 8th at 7 p.m.

If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily BreadThank you!

Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

While scrambling with Daily Bread’s promotions, Becoming America’s Food Stories cookbook is just about done. More preparations. Stay tuned for the cover reveal. 

Well, that’s it, Everyone. Big thank yous go out to Eclectic Ali for keeping the Weekend Coffee Share up and running.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.

Be well. Be safe.  

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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.

Stories Served News and Nosh

Welcome to Stories Served Around The Table News and Nosh.

 October came and went in a whirlwind of downs and ups. The big down was that my dad, the best of the best, passed away. My family and tribe of friends are slowly finding our new normal without our patriarch at the helm. I’m grateful for all the beautiful and peaceful outreach prayers and positive energies as we grieve our loss. 

 Grieving

Writing News

October’s blog posts chronicled the publication journey of Daily Bread. Daily Bread is Book 1 in the Becoming America’s Stories series.  

Harvest Moon Coffee Catch Up

Cover Reveal!

It’s Here!

Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books had the editing, layout, and cover worked out in record time. Jubilant reviews described Daily Bread as “a real page turner,” “an epic story.” Read more accolades here. You can order Daily Bread on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats. Don’t forget to rate the story. An honest review is also appreciated on Amazon or Goodreads. 

Did you notice the Authorgraph button? This handy-dandy link provides ebook readers their very own personally signed author autograph! I think this is a brilliant idea and satisfies that longing for a personal connection with an author. And it’s FREE

 I have learned that the way to get my books into readers’ hearts and hands is marketing and promoting. Writing the story is the easy part of the whole process. COVID-19 has given book launches and promotion events new avenues to explore. Like many of my fellow writers, I got creative to be involved with my audience at a safe distance.

Here is what is happening and will happen soon.

~There are Daily Bread Curriculum Connection resources for teachers and parents who are teaching their kids. Check out the writing prompts, puzzles, page hugger templates, and more. You can browse and download them here. They’re  FREE

~A Circular Tale Offer

If you email me a picture of you reading Daily Bread (paperback or ebook formats),

I will send you a Daily Bread Thank You Gift.

  

~The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators hosts Bookstop. Books by SCBWI members may develop a Bookstop page containing author information, book synopsis, target audiences, and purchasing links. Here is the SCBWI link. 

~Red Penguin Books sponsors Between the Covers TV. I joined a panel of authors whose books just came out with Stephanie Larkin via ZOOM. It aired on October 28th but will have a long life on YouTube.    

Attention Teachers Librarians PTO Arts Chairpersons

I am offering virtual and (limited) live Meet-the-Author and Writers’ Workshops for upper elementary and middle school students. You can browse my classes here. I am also registered in the BOCES Arts in Education program. Type MARTIN in the keyword search. 

~Stay Tuned for Red Penguin Books Jr. Book Club dates where I will be discussing Daily Bread with my favorite audience-Kids- via a virtual platform.

~Save The Date  I will be at the Tenement Museum Live Virtual Book Talk Event on December 8th at 7:00 pm EST. So excited!

~ Keep an eye out for the publication of the Daily Bread companion book—Becoming America’s Food Stories: a Collection of Reminiscences and Recipes. It will be available in time for holiday gift shopping.

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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.

Amazon Red Penguin Books

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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