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A late summer awakening!

My novels and I have lain dormant for the summer, yet now, people have suddenly woken up and a few ‘speakers’ secretaries‘ have invited me to give a book talk to their groups . I’ve a few new catchy titles and I’m delighted to say that, among those invitations, Trafford Libraries are hosting me at Altrincham Library on October 5th. ‘Suffragettes and Spaghetti’ is their popular title choice, which forges links between the two novels. October is not as far off as it seems! Here’s to a sunny end to August.

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Baking for Books

Made my best SFRATTI yet, yesterday, ready for my three approaching book talks, next week. To read about sfratti see: P91 in my 2nd novel Not in our Hands. Sfratti are rolls of pastry, baked, once filled with boiled honey and nuts, flavoured with orange peel and cinnamon. The recipe has been passed down from the 16th Century, devised by Jews living in the ghetto of PITIGLIANO (often called ‘Piccola Gerusalemme – Little Jerusalem). Sfratti means ‘evicted’. Why? Because the Jews of Rome were evicted by Papal representatives who banged on the homes of Jewish homes with wooden sticks, to tell them to leave their homes whence they were sent to live in ghettos like Pitigliano. This sweet pastry imitates a wooden stick and is often eaten at Rosh Hashanah, when sweet food is traditionally eaten.So from tragic to joyful. I was so so lucky to find them, freshly baked, in 2014, in  a shop in Pitigliano where the shopkeeper knew all about their origins.I found the recipe on a website. So I brought a 500 yr old recipe, back to life.Yum!

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I am soon hoping to have my details on a speakers’ website, offering book talks and others. It’s a free service run by one Dianne Mannering when you type in ‘Public Speakers’ List’ on google. I have found that talking to others about writing and my novels is a great way to reach my readership and create new ones.

Roll on, September

With the so-called summer fast disappearing, I’m gearing up for my autumn bookings, with some charity group bookings, a presentation at Leeds Day Limmud but first, on Wednesday September 9th, a return visit to Reading Matters in Derbyshire.

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I’ll be talking about ‘Not in our Hands’ of which copies will be available. Looking forward to seeing Lyndsey and Sue again, and hopefully meeting friends I made there, first time round – not least Lyndsey’s lovely Mum. (Hopefully, I’ll make some new friends as well.) So if you know Chapel en le Frith, why not join us at the shop at 7.30? There’s a £5 entry fee, which includes a warm welcome, tea and cake. Sorry the image doesn’t do justice to the delightful shop, with its homely interior.

September 9th Another book talk date!

Just been invited back to READING MATTERS, that lovely book shop in beautiful Chapel en le Frith. I daren’t call it my favourite bookshop, lest others are offended. Suffice it to say that Lyndsey and Sue’s welcome last time was enough to keep out the winter chill of the Derbyshire hills…but on SEPTEMBER 9th the weather should not be a problem. I’m calling my talk ‘From Lancashire to Tuscany, a writing journey’ which will of course give insight into ‘Not in our Hands’. I wonder whether any of the people I met there last time will be there again – but no matter, I love meeting any people who like reading. So put it down: 6pm Wednesday Sept 9th. See you there.

How time flies! The Northwich LitFest is nearly here, planned so long ago! Sandiway Library, here I come, next Tuesday June 1st at 7.30. I’ll be chatting about my books – mainly the latest, Not in our Hands. After the WoW fest in Liverpool, here’s hoping the Sandiway Library space will be as full as the venue in Liverpool !And according to Susan Osborne, the Northwich LitFest’s energetic organiser,there are cakes to look forward to after the event.

Full house at Northwich Lit fest

Full house at Northwich Lit fest

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The Northwich Lit Fest (photos soon) came and went – leaving such a good feeling. Susi Osborne, the lone organiser, clearly has her finger on the pulse of a Lit Fest. All the seats were all taken – and more added – in the welcoming Sandiway Library, whose staff took as much of a personal interest in the event as Susi and myself. If not more, since they provided wonderful home made cakes afterwards. The people there were charming, interested, interesting and generous. It was such a pleasure to chat to them all – I hope to hear that they enjoy ‘Not in our Hands’ – as well as ‘The Purple Rose’, which people also bought. Onward and upward! I am very lucky.

WoW is the best word!

Well, it’s the best word to describe what’s been happening and what is about to happen to my life with my second novel, ‘Not in our Hands’. It’s been a while since I had a minute to update this, partly because I’ve been giving book talks or launches almost every week, interrupted by the break for both Pesach, Easter and a short holiday away.

But now I’m ready to start again, with talks to groups and most excitingly at the WoW festival in Liverpool (as in: Writing on the Wall) and at the Northwich Lit Fest. In Liverpool why not come down to the Siren Cafe on St James’ Street  on Wednesday May 13th, at 6 pm? The session is called ‘Jewish Threads‘ when I and Anita Canter will be in conversation with Publisher Helen Sandler and reading extracts from our books (mine being fiction, Anita’s memoir). It should be fun. http://www.writingonthewall.org.uk/festival-events/10-festival/377-jewishthreads.html

I’m giving two more talks to book groups later in May and then on Tuesday June 2nd, at 7.30pm I’ll be appearing with my book (s) at Sandiway Library as part of the Northwich Literature Festival. The most helpful organiser and author, Susi Osborne will be there too, on that evening. http://www.northwichlitfest.co.uk/p/events.html

On both these occasions I’ll be talking about both books,The Purple Rose and ‘Not in our Hands’, for those as yet unfamiliar with my writing.

And then? Two London spots. One, a book reading circle at Emunah House in Hendon on June 21st and the night before,another very special private one organised by my wonderful daughters-in-law. June 30th sees another talk to a Manchester book circle, then it quietens down till an Autumn booking. Or maybe it won’t! The books are readily available even if stores don’t have them in stock the day you want…Liverpool Waterstones will be stocking them ready for WoW! And the eBook is out there too.

And that’s it. The future of the book is, of course ‘not in my hands’, but in yours. So, dear readers, keep the reviews coming on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_14?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=charlotte+gringras&sprefix=charlotte+grin%2Caps%2C335  or write it up on Goodreads…https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24395988-not-in-our-hands?ac=1  – why not?