Save the Date for Stanley's TV Debut!

Remember Stanley?  He’s the adorable little hedgehog who got some attention here on She Is Too Fond of Books after Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places) wrote a post spotlighting a special bookstore – The Spirit of ’76 in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Barry titled her post ”Sock Puppets, Hedgehogs, and Full-Time Writing.”  The hedgehog was, of [...]

“Breakfast with the Authors” at the Concord Festival of Authors

The Concord Festival of Authors was created in 1993 as an arm of the Angela Arkell Mitchell Foundation, a non-profit with the following mission:

to promote books and authors, to present the work of contemporary authors to the public, and to provide forums for authors to discuss their work.

At its founding, events for the Concord Festival [...]

A hedgehog walks into a bookstore ...

“Are you sitting down?”, the e-mail began.   “No, I mean really…..are you sitting down?  You’re not even going to believe this!!”

This note from Hilary Emerson Lay, the manager at The Spirit of ’76 bookstore in Marblehead, Mass., greeted me last Monday morning.  Yes, I was sitting down (hand wrapped firmly around my second cup [...]

Book Review: *The Map of True Places* by Brunonia Barry

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 4, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0061624780

Back-of-the-book blurb:  Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats; she’s now a respected psychotherapist, engaged to one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. But the suicide of Zee’s patient Lilly Braedon throws Zee into emotional chaos [...]

Sock Puppets, Hedgehogs, and Full Time Writing

Usually this type of post would be titled something like Spotlight on Bookstores:  The Spirit of ’76 in Marblehead, Mass. But, how could I argue with the title written by the author, Brunonia Barry?!?  Sock Puppets, Hedgehogs, and Full Time Writing certainly got my attention!  Brunonia Barry is the author of The Lace Reader [...]

Call in and talk to Brunonia Barry, author of *The Lace Reader*


Tomorrow night (Wednesday, November 5), you can call in and talk to Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader .  The conference call takes place at 8pm EST; click this link for details, including how to call in, or email questions ahead of time.  The webcast will be archived at that same link, so you [...]

Author event: Brunonia Barry and *The Lace Reader*

Tonight my 12-year-old (LW12) and I drove up to the Barnes & Noble in Peabody for an event with Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader.  In case you’ve missed it, I’m absolutely smitten with this book; it has an intricate plot with well-developed characters and it highlights the wonderful city of Salem.  You can read [...]

On the road to Salem with *The Lace Reader*

We took the kids on the road up to Salem yesterday afternoon, about a 45-minute drive north.  I had my tote packed with The Lace Reader and a map and guide to “Towner Whitney’s Salem, Massachusetts” that I downloaded from the Salem tourist board.

We got to Salem around 3, driving through the center of town, [...]

The Week Ahead: July 28 – August 3, 2008

Monday 7/28/08- Discussion of Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz begins today over at Everyday I Write the Book.  This is the first time I’ll be participating in one of Gayle’s on-line book groups, and I’m really looking forward to it.  The author will be responding to comments left on the discussion post; if you’ve read the [...]

Book Review: The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Publisher: William Morrow (July 29, 2008 )
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0061624764
ISBN-13: 978-0061624766

The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry’s debut novel, deserves all the advance praise it has received; it is one of my favorite books of 2008!  This book will draw you in with well-developed plot, subtle twists and clever revelations.  The comparison has [...]