It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Pat Mitchell

Thanks to Martha Reynolds once again for featuring me on her blog. A Girl from the Hill is one of the hundreds of books that will be available at the Association of Rhode Island Auhors (ARIA) annual expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet this coming Saturday, December 2nd, 10am to 5 pm. Come visit- books make great gifts!

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Pat Mitchell photoThe Girl, with her fiance, in 1946

A Girl from the Hill is a tribute to my mother, who grew up on Federal Hill during the Great Depression. The collection of essays depicts her life of as one of laughter and love, as well as its share of suffering and sorrow.

Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood was, and still is, Rhode Island’s “Little Italy.” Thousands of Italian immigrants, including my grandparents, came to Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century to begin new, better lives. They struggled to assimilate into American culture, and my mother’s parents, Giovanni and Maria, tried their best to become John and Mary. My mom, their youngest of eight children, was full of joy, and enjoyed much of her childhood despite her mother’s struggle with diabetes.

I began the book merely as a simple exercise, to see if I could actually write a book…

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Nov 23 – Meet Rhode Island Author John W Grisham

Yes it is a little freaky that OUR John Grisham is an author and an attorney, and THAT John Grisham is too. That’s what makes Rhode Island awesome. And it’s own parallel universe. Check him out at the Expo. 12 days away!

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Nov 22 – Meet Rhode Island Author Buffi Wixted and the Fellowship of Elves

Whew- that was fun.  So we are now caught up and ready for one more week of meeting Rhode Island Authors.

Buffi’s Fellowship of Elves is a perfect story for the holiday season- get a signed copy at the ARIA Authors Expo on Saturday December 5th at the Lincoln Mall – 11am to 5pm.

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Nov 20 – Meet Rhode Island Author Rachael I McIntosh

Rachael McIntosh is one of over 100 Rhode Island authors appearing at the 3rd Annual ARIA Author’s Expo on December 5th.  Her Security through Absurdity trilogy will be available, and just reading her bio on Martha Reynolds Writes tells me that her style is crisp, clear and a wild ride.  Take a look:

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Nov 15 – Pick a Poem with Deborah Halliday

Deb Halliday does not consider herself an author, but a literary archeologist.  She has rescued some wonderful Victorian poems and created a fantastic collection that will be available at the ARIA Author Expo on December 5th.  if you are interested in Victorian era poetry this is for you.  Even if you aren’t, as I wasn’t, Deb will draw you in with her lively personality and snippets.  Click below to learn more.

Nov. 15 – Meet RI Anthologist Deborah Halliday

Nov 14 – Meet Rhode Island Author Kevin Mulhern

It’s comforting to know that in this world full chaos and evil there are bright spots. People who want to see children grow to be strong and confident. Take a look at Kevin Mulhern’s work with his children’s book Cody the Cloud, and if you like what you see come visit him and other Rhode Island authors at theARIA Book Expo on December 5th at the Lincoln Mall.

Nov 14 – Meet RI Author Kevin Mulhern