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!

Martha Reynolds Writes

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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November 13 – Meet Rhode Island Author Christine DePetrillo

Meet mild-mannered elementary school teacher/author of sizzling romantic fiction Christine DePetrillo, one of over 100 Rhode Island authors you can meet at the ARIA book expo on December 5th. That’s just 3 weeks away! Read about Christine’s seemingly hum drum happy go lucky world- and what she does to keep life interesting!

Nov. 13 – Meet RI Author Christine DePetrillo

Nov 11- Meet Rhode Island Author Paul Caranci

If you are interested in Rhode Island history, you may have already come across the work of Paul Caranci.  If not, this post by Paul may inspire you to learn more about the author and the topic. He will be at the ARIA 3rd Annual ARIA Book Expo on December 5th.  Stop by and meet him to learn even more about this beautiful, strange state that many of us live in.

Nov. 11 – Meet RI Author Paul F. Caranci

Nov. 5 – Meet RI Author Bob Sendling

I really like what Bob has to say. And I’m so glad I’m getting to know so many cool ARIA authors. Here’s to counting cows …

Martha Reynolds Writes

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There are lines of perception that flow freely through the meditative mind which need space to expand and be fully realized. I had a social discussion recently that confused me. I sat up most of the night trying to understand…here are my thoughts:

Someone was saying that there are so many poor people who take advantage of “the kindness of strangers.” Actually, the statement was not nearly that gentle. The assumption is that most of the people on welfare or government assistance of any type are just ripping off the hard-working taxpayers. You know the stuff…free cell phones, free food, subsidized rent, free medical care.

As I heard these words, I found myself tuning out of the conversational flow. I thought of the pygmy tribes in Africa who cannot get medicine because the government considers them ‘sub-human’ and will not ‘waste’ medicine on them. I read of a kind…

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Meet Rhode Island’s Authors – They Rock!

It’s time again for the Scituate Art Festival. If you’re local you don’t want to miss this opportunity to browse the best that  Rhode Island has to offer – from Wall art to antiques to the best apple dumplings around. And books. I’ll be there with other local authors with books for you or for gifts. Yes, we are already doing that.

There is some really exceptional writing happening in Rhode Island. Check it out and discover something new.

http://www.scituateartfestival.org/

Introducing Alex Kimmell, the Horror!!

Please check out one of my ARIA colleagues, Alex Kimmell, who will be participating in the 2014 Expo on November 8th!

I will be reposting introductions to ARIA authors all this week, so please stay tuned and let me know what you think- the ARIA Expo is guaranteed to be an awesome event and opportunity to meet some of Rhode Island’s brightest authors!

 

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