Rita Papazian's Blog

Name: Rita Papazian

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Book Signings & Talks

Lots of exciting news about my book, "Remembering Fairfield: Historic Places, Famous People. Barnes & Noble in Westport has invited me to speak and sign books on Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. Thanks to the bookstore's Community Relations Manager Trish Tierney for inviting me to come to talk about my book. It is especially exciting for me to be a guest speaker at the bookstore where I have covered so many other authors, i.e. Martha Stewart and Anna Quindlen, among others.
Also, The History Press has arranged for me to do a book signing at Fairfield Borders on Saturday, September 15 at 2 p.m. Again, this is exciting for me since I've been covering so many authors at this store in downtown Fairfield. I don't think I'll draw the 400 people that Julie Andrews attracted the day I covered her. But, you never know.
I am very appreciative of the Fairfield Public Library and to Deputy Librarian Karen Ronald who invited me to give a Book Talk on Saturday, October 13 at 3 p.m. at the library. Karen has also invited me to participate in the Writers Conference at the library on December 1. Tentatively, I am scheduled to give a workshop on Memoir Writing, a strong interest of mine. I've given workshops and talks about the art of memoir writing, especially my experience interviewing the late Jack DiScala of Norwalk. His memories growing up in Italy and immigrating to this country were captured in my first book, "Gioacchino: Memoir of An Italian Immigrant."
The other day I dropped by the Fairfield Woods Library and noticed a display case of Fairfield history books. Although I know the town's library system has ordered copies of my book, I quickly went to my car, grabbed a copy of "Remembering Fairfield" and asked the reference librarian to add my book to the display. He very nicely obliged. It's the little things that people do that are so appreciated.
I am very excited to see my book on display at both Borders and Barnes & Noble. It is a real thrill. It is also selling at the Pantry and I want to give a shout out of appreciation to the owners of the Pantry who have the book beautifully displayed near the check out counter. It is local merchants, like the Pantry, that understand how important it is to support local creative endeavors.
Incidentally, the book is also available at the Fairfield Woman's Exchange in Southport, Fairfield Staitioners and the Fairfield Gallery right now.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Big News for "Remembering Fairfield"

I must say, after self-publishing my first book, "Gioacchimo: Memoir of An Italian Immigrant," it is exciting to have my second book published by a legitimate publisher, The History Press. The company has a great support staff for my book in terms of marketing, promotion and sales.
I'm scheduled for a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Westport on Thursday, September 6 and at Fairfield Borders on Saturday, September 15.
Also, on Sunday, September 16 I will be selling my book at the Fairfield Citizen News media table at the Fairfield Museum and History Center's big event celebrating the opening of the Fairfield Historical Society's new facility on the Fairfield Town Green.
Yesterday, General Electric emailed requesting 24 copies of "Remember Fairfield: Historic Places, Famous People," and "with my signature." How exciting is that! I had to go back to my bookshelf of autographed books to see how authors sign their books.
In my collection, three authors wrote something in addition to their name. Chris Lemmon (son of Jack Lemmon) wrote "With my very best wishes." Catherine Goldhammer wrote "With best wishes" and Jonathan Alter wrote "With warmest regards." Jane Fond signed her name with a little heart drawn. Al Franken signed his name with "love." The rest just signed their name on the title page: Martha Stewart, Tina Brown, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, John McCain, Brooke Shield, Sebastian Unger and Joan Didion, who addressed her signing with "For Rita."