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My Polish Tour Information

April 26, 2013

Hi Polish fans! I’m going on a mini-tour in Poland, and you will find the dates, times, and locations in the banner below. I’m already looking forward to seeing Long Market in Gdansk and so much more.



The Bronze Horseman Film News

March 12, 2013

My devoted readers and friends,

I’m thrilled to tell you that our mutual dream of seeing The Bronze Horseman on the big screen is one step closer to reality.

ITA Productions, a British company, has optioned the rights to my book. The producer, Martyn Hall, and the director, Sash Andranikian, love Tatiana and Alexander, and want nothing more than to make it into an emotional visual spectacle of a film. Sash, from a long line of animators and movie-makers, is Russian-American like me. He has read all three TBH books, and tells me that he loves them all. Martyn says The Bronze Horseman is the only book that has made him cry. They are looking to go into pre-production by the end of 2013, and to begin shooting early in 2014. So perhaps by the end of 2014, with a healthy dose of luck, we might have our movie.

We are going to be working from a script I wrote, which is fantastic, though it does mean that I have to rewrite it, which inevitably means I have to cut it. As you all know from my books, brevity is hardly my strong suit. My editing process always results in my books becoming twenty percent longer, not thirty percent shorter, which is what Martyn would like.

The good news is, the producers are promising that I will be on set to revise and add scenes as needed during filming, so at least we are going to have participation and some small measure of control in the creation of this magical thing called The Bronze Horseman, a movie.

I welcome your comments, questions, concerns, and of course, casting suggestions.

No, the film will not be in Russian. (Like the book wasn’t!)

What do you think of Alex Pettyfer as Alexander?

My very best,



“Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Russian”

March 5, 2013

I wrote a little blog post over at USA Today about Children of Liberty, and about two of my favorite movies, Love Story and The Great Gatsby. I wanted to talk about a deep and central part of Children of Liberty, which is, of course, Gina and her experience moving to America.

Read it here.



Children of Liberty book giveaway!

February 15, 2013

Hi everyone,

In honor of Valentine’s Day yesterday, I am having another little giveaway of five signed books, this time for Children of Liberty. Here’s what you do to enter:

Just complete the sentence “[Blank] makes me happy” and tell me why. It could be a person, a place, or, for you readers out there, a book!

Send your entries to the email address paullinasimonscontest@gmail.com.

The contest starts today, and closes next Friday. We will announce the winners picked at random the following Monday, February 25th.

And for those of you who don’t end up winning, Children of Liberty goes on-sale in the US on February 26th!

Good luck, and as always, thanks for reading.



Full 2012 Tour Information

October 8, 2012


Hi everyone,

The Children of Liberty Australia/New Zealand tour for October/November has been finalized. Ta da! See the dates and locations below.


New Zealand

Sunday October 28th:
Talk/Reading
Whitcoulls Sylvia Park
Mt Wellington, Auckland
3 pm

Monday October 29th:

Signing
Whitcoulls Queensgate Mall
Wellington
12:30-1 pm

Talk/Reading
Whitcoulls on Lambton Quay, Wellington
6 pm

Tuesday October 30th:

Signing
Masterton Paper Plus
Masterton
12:30-1 pm

Talk/Reading
Palmerston North Library
Palmerston North
6:30 pm
(Tickets $5, from the Library 06 351 4519 or Paper Plus 06 359 4635)

Wednesday October 31st:

Signing
Whitcoulls The Plaza, Palmerston North
11-11:30 am

Talk/Reading
Paper Plus Napier
6 pm

Thursday November 1st:

Signing
Whitcoulls Corner
Queen Street, Auckland City
12:30-1 pm

Australia
Sydney and Surrounding Areas:
Friday November 2nd:
12 pm
Dymocks Chatswood Event

5 pm
Dymocks Erina Event

Saturday November 3rd:
11am Castle Hill Library Talk

Sunday November 4th:
11:30 Wagga Country Golf Club Literary Lunch

Monday November 5th:
7 pm Norton Cinema Talk

Brisbane and QLD:
Thursday November 8th:
6 pm Clovely Estate Literary Dinner

Perth:
Friday November 9th:
6:30 pm Presbyterian Ladies College Theatre Evening Event

Saturday November 10th:
3:30 pm Karrinyup Library Talk

Adelaide:
Monday November 12th:
7 pm Brighton Performing Arts Centre Event

Tuesday November 13th:
10 am Norwood Town Hall Talk

3 pm Blackwood Library Talk

Melbourne:
Thursday November 15th:
6:30 pm Ebony Quill Cafe evening event

Friday November 16th:
12:30 pm Torquay Resort Talk

7 pm Weirrebere Plaza Library Cocktail Night

Hobart:
Sunday November 18th:
11:30 pm Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Talk

Canberra:
Monday November 19th:
6 pm Woden Library Talk

For more information on how to book certain events, please see my Facebook page, which has phone numbers and contact info. Looking forward to seeing you all, and I hope you’re enjoying Children of Liberty.



The Cover for Children of Liberty

August 21, 2012

Ta da! Here is the Australian cover for the new book, out October 1st down under. Hope you like it as much as I do.



New Zealand Dates Are Here!

August 15, 2012

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Kiwis, mark your calendars for these dates this fall (summer for you guys). I’ll have locations and more information sometime next week, hopefully.

 

Sunday 28 October: Auckland

Monday 29 October: Wellington

Tuesday 30 October: Masterton, Palmerston North

Wednesday 31 October: Napier

Thursday 1 November: Auckland



All About “Children of Liberty”

April 20, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone:

You may have seen this somewhere already, but here’s the official announcement: my new book is called Children of Liberty, and here’s the description (from Amazon):

At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, Gina from Belpasso comes to Boston’s Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, who is searching for his.

The fates of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entwined, on a collision course between the old and new, between what is expected and what is desired, what is chosen and what is bestowed, what is given and what is taken away.

As America races headlong into the future, much will be lost and much will be gained for Gina and Harry, whose ill-fated love story will break your heart.

I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I have loved writing it. It will be out in Fall 2012.



In the Yankee Hats, the Lucky 15

November 29, 2011

Here are the following ten names who will get a signed copy of Tatiana’s Table:

 

 

 

 

SARAH MEADOWS from New Jersey
ROSALIND BRONKHORST, South Africa
ASHLEY ADKINS, US (?)
PEGGY BAILEY, US
JACOB EVANS, US
ANNIE CHANTALE VILLARREAL CHIU, Mexico
SONJA POPKO, Germany
YAEL APEL-SOFER, Israel
HICRET SANCAK, Turkey
JENNIFER MCCULLOUGH

 

 

 

 

Congrats to the above and grateful thanks to everyone for being so generous with their time and family traditions.
As it turns out, TATIANA’S TABLE is harder to get hold of than a cab in the the rain, and we’re fortunate to scrape up ten copies of it. But I also have in my possession the freshly minted special edition of The Bronze Horseman, just out for publication in Australia.



This Christmas edition contains a letter from me, and also a new “deleted” scene between Tatiana and Alexander. I have five of these I’d like to sign and send to the next five names I pull out of the Yankee hats, two from one hat, three from the other. Or should I do three from one, two from the other?

The Bronze Horseman recipients are:

JENNIFER SEXSON, US
MODI ALYSSA, Madagasgar
CRISTINA, from Italy (I had several “Cristinas” submit recipes, and this one didn’t include her last name, but the recipe was for Frico)
LISA HUSSAINOV, New York
KRISTIN VETERE, US

 

I will be publishing the winners’ recipes on my Facebook page and here in the next few days.

Thank you, and may you have a joyous Christmas season,



Of Chocolate Hedgehogs and Grasshopper Pies

November 29, 2011

Hello, my Culinary Friends,

I have never been more famished. I sit here in my little studio holding on my lap your hundreds of recipes and letters, salivating over your family delights. All I have with me here to eat is an old can of cashews, Greek yogurt with early November’s expiration date, Nespresso coffee capsules, and bags of ice in the freezer. I believe I will go dig up a TV dinner and nuke it for my midnight dinner. Be right back.

OK, I’m back. This has been an illuminating, gratifying, deeply entertaining contest. Because I have received almost as many recipes as there are countries. Some countries were very well represented, such as Italy, and some woefully underrepresented, such as France.

But Malaysia yes
And Vietnam
The Netherlands
And Chile
And Germany Germany Germany
Mexico
And New Mexico, thrice
Spain and Israel
Turkey and Australia
The Country of Man, which submitted four Man recipes.
And a voice from the great beyond: a woman named Maria Pavlova from St. Petersburg wrote to me with her recipe for Solyanka. My grandmother’s name was Maria Pavlova. She was from St. Petersburg. She made Solyanka all the time.

On my hungry lap I hold instructions for, among others,
empanadas and tapenades
Yorkshire Pud and Bread Pud
and Egyptian Milk Pud
Assam Laksa and Bratwurst
Chocolate Sausage!!!
Pizza (from scratch)
Stuffed cabbage with Moose Meat
Corn and Crawfish Stew
Grandma’s Pie and Almond Pie
And Lemon Meringue Pie
Nut Rolls and Beef Samosas
Casadiellas and Cucoli Fritti
Hot Fudge Cake and Borsht
Chocolate Muffins with Nutella inside; where are you, Nutella-loving Che, are you reading this and drooling?
Oliebollen and Aalsterse Vlai
Corn Souffle and College Drive-in!
Melting Moments and Chocolate Bundt Cake
Oatmeal Bake and Potato Bake
And let’s not forget Fire Crackers.

I wish I had two hundred books to give away.

Thank you all so much for enriching my life with your lives. You’ve given me a great gift, because now I’m going to make your concoctions all December, through New Years. From now on just call me Porky Pig.
I will have to walk through my door sideways.

I have written out your names on strips of paper, rolled them up and placed them in two Yankees baseball caps. I will now go and eat my cooled-down tofu with peas or whatever is waiting for me in the microwave, and pull out ten names and be right back.

Cue waiting music…

P