Book tour, book clubs, yesss! (I can't wait.)

You guys are tremendous. This blog goes dark for months while I hole up and write a book, and when I do finally pop my head up and say, “Hey, I’m done! Wanna see?” in fact you do. Thank you for all your pre-orders over the last month – so many that someone at my publisher apparently noticed and wanted to know what had happened. You happened. You! Thank you for standing by me, friends. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. This book is for you. I hope you know that.

I also hope that I will get to meet you, at least some of you, very soon. On June 24, the day after Stir comes out, my book tour begins. I know how lucky I am to get to say that in 2015, when books, and bookstores, and publishing, and complete sentences, and probably even multisyllabic words, according to some Henny Pennies, are allegedly doomed. (Shhhh, it’s not true!) If you can make it out to an event, I’d be thrilled, and incredibly grateful. It will be so nice to meet you, to actually see each other’s lips move as we talk!

My publisher is still nailing down the details of a couple events, but I’ll tell you what we’ve got so far so that you can mark your calendars. Keep an eye on the events page I've created for updates. All events are free and open to the public, but PLEASE R.S.V.P. if you plan on attending the evening at BookCourt in Brooklyn or Harvard Book Store in Cambridge. These two evenings are launch parties, and I want to be sure we’ll have enough food and wine on hand.

Brooklyn, NY 
June 24, 7:00PM
163 Court Street
with Wall Street Journal book review editor, Bari Weiss
Dessert and wine will be served; please R.S.V.P. here.

Hartford, CT
June 29, 7:00PM
Beth El Temple
An evening of healing in honor of Rabbi Ilana Garber
Please R.S.V.P. here

Cambridge, MA
June 30, 7:00PM
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Dessert and wine will be served; please R.S.V.P. here.

Washington, DC
July 1, 6:30PM
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Please R.S.V.P here.

Columbus, OH 
July 9, 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble 
Easton Town Centre
4005 Townsfair Way

Cleveland, OH 
July 12, 2:00PM
Barnes & Noble
Eton Chagrin Boulevard
28801 Chagrin Blvd

San Francisco, CA
July 16, 6:40PM
Omnivore Books
3885a Cesar Chavez Street

Seattle, WA
July 21, 6:30PM
Book Larder (in conversation with Molly Wizenberg)
4252 Fremont Ave. N.
Please R.S.V.P. here.

Seattle and San Francisco folks, stay tuned for something in your neck of the woods, too.

UPDATE: Seattle and Washington D.C. events have just been set! See above.
UPDATE 6/15: San Francisco event has been set! See above. 
UPDATE 6/26: Hartford event scheduled! See above.

I can’t wait to meet you. (PLEASE COME.)

And if we can’t meet in person, how about the next best thing? Book club! I want to Skype into yours. If you’d like to read Stir with your book club and invite my head floating on a computer screen into your home, I’d be honored. I’m not sure how many of these I’ll be able to do. I hope lots. I figure we can get started and see how things go. To sign up, please send an e-mail to sweetamandine[at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line STIR BOOK CLUB, and include a date or two that might work for you. I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can.

I think that’s all for now. I'm excited, and plenty nervous. Typing this out made me feel ever so slightly less nuts. Phew.

Next time: cookies.



Donna said...

I have your Cleveland date on my calendar. Looking forward to officially meeting you. Love the blog! I too, have a food blog, am a native Ohioan, and have a healing brain I'm learning to love all over again. Best of luck as your book tour begins...

Christina said...

So exciting, congrats! I can't wait to read it. Any chance you'll be in Chicago on this book tour?! I'll come!!!!

Sasa said...

Congratulations!!! (Come to New Zealand also please!)

shari said...

Oh no! I was planning to come see you in the Boston area, but I already have plans for the 30th. Can't tell you how sad I am that I won't get to see you and give you a hug in person. xo

Mary said...

I second the request for Chicago!

Unknown said...

I would have loved to have seen you, but I will be out of town on July 1 when you are in DC, boo! I'm thrilled to see that you published the book though and I look forward to reading it and seeing you some other time.

Jennifer said...

Oh, heck! Going to be out of town (Cambridge) on 6/30! Best of luck on the tour and can't wait to read the book.

El said...

This is very exciting. Congratulations!!!

Truth Serum said...

What a wonderful book. I am listening to you Talk on WNYC!

Truth Serum said...

What a wonderful book. I am listening to you Talk on WNYC!

Lena said...

Congratulations! I'm planning to see you at Kramerbooks next week, but I want to wish you luck on your tour in the meantime. I just got my copy yesterday, and the book is beautiful. I have read every inch of sweet amandine, love your writing, and can't wait to dig in to Stir.

Angela Brown said...

Hi Jessica,

I've only recently discovered your site while stumbling across some PR online for your new book. It's a really lovely site, and I've been enjoying skimming back through your archives and acquainting myself with your story. Congrats on your book; I'm looking forward to picking it up sometime this summer. Feel free to stop by my site sometime if you like :)

sarah d. said...

Jessica! This book is delightful! Already on the list as my pick for our bookclub! Not sure if you'll tour Texas, but will keep an eye out. Congrats! -Sarah Dickson Entralgo

Caterina said...

Hi Jessica,

I picked up "Stir" on Monday and haven't been able to put it down. The book is beautiful and so is your writing. Your story is an inspiration.

Caterina said...

Hi Jessica,

I picked up "Stir" on Monday and haven't been able to put it down. The book is beautiful and so is your writing. Your story is an inspiration.

afoshee said...

I just finished reading STIR, and can say I'm now a devoted fan. Please come to Tampa FL!

Kris LoFrumento said...

So glad to get to hear you read and talk about your experiences/book last night in Columbus! Can't wait to read the book!

Susan Herrmann Loomis said...

Hello, Jessica,

I've just finished your lovely book, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

What a story, what courage. Good luck with your tour.

Cathy said...

Read your book this week and loved it! Looking forward to exploring your blog. How could I have missed it?

Dani Elis said...

Congrats on the book! I'm a new reader to your blog and have just started your book last night. Just wish I could stay in bed all day and finish it :)

Donna said...

I really loved reading your story. Very well written and personal. One of my favorite books which I will share with my sister. Thanks.

Jo Doran said...


I just sent you a message on Facebook regarding a book review I wrote on your book for NetGalley/Penguin. I included my email in the FB message, in case you're interested in reading the review.


Isabelle Hulm said...

Hi Jess,
I have just ordered your book and can't wait to receive it.
All the best from Holland xxx

bevd said...

I LOVED the book. We totally want you to come visit in our book club! I will suggest we read it next book club, so maybe in November? Ours is a small book club but VERY committed readers - AND cooks!!

Shira Gura said...

Would you consider coming to Israel for a talk????

Kathy said...

I recently started going back to the library and happened to choose your book. I just finished it and wanted to tell you how much I love your writing style. You are able to express feelings I have but never put into words. I love to cook and recently recovered from a broken femur. Spent 3 weeks in a rehab facility and recognized many of the inner thoughts you shared. Thank you for a wonderful book and those recipes!

Lecia said...

I have never been on your blog before, but I am on it now because I loved your book, everything about it!

I reviewed it here, http://readcleanbooks.blogspot.com/2015/09/stir.html, and I hope you continue to write, cook, nurture, and all the other things that make you, you! Congratulations.

Rosy Brewer said...

I LOVED your book and sorry I missed you here in Seattle. If I had only known then I would have been there because your book is quite extraordinary. I reviewed it on my blog today in case you are interested. http://rosythereviewer.blogspot.com/2015/09/mistress-america-and-week-in-reviews.html Keep Writing!

Rosy Brewer

Jan R. said...

Read your book after a blogger mentioned it. I loved it and the example of faith and trust you exemplified throughout your injury, surgeries, and recoveries. I really love the way you describe food, the ingredients and the process you use when cooking, or think about cooking and food, along with the many family memories associated with all of that. I saw a post on Facebook for a Cookbook Club which caught my eye because I am in a regular book club. Well, I have some friends interested in beginning with me after the first of the year and your book is the one we will begin with! I made your recipe for latkes today along with the cranberry applesauce and I am definitely hooked! I will be making these for years to come! Thank you for sharing your story and the meals that brought you back home. Blessings, Jan R.

brocha s said...

I've been an avid follower for years after I discovered your Cassata Cake. I make it for birthdays all the time and we LOVE it!! I am a Clevelander and was so excited to see that you are coming here for your book tour, but it's so early in the afternoon, I'm going to be at work. I wish you the best of luck though. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Brocha S

Heather B said...

I just loved your book, Jessica. I just had my second baby and read a majority of it while I was sitting and feeding him. I made your Whole Wheat Banana Bread a few days ago and my husband and 3 year-old daughter gave it two big thumbs up (and me, too!) Thank you for sharing your story of healing and hope. I'm from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area...would love to see you make it to the Midwest sometime!