Archive for May, 2010

Christina and Martha at Speak! My best friend, Christina Ball, hosted the first event for Dear Money at her Speak Language Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It was a delightful, intimate evening at her lovely school.  Out of the woodwork came Avery Chenoweth, the older brother of a good friend, Matthew, from pre-school.  Avery is a […]


I am so grateful to Summer Smith, the HMH publicist.  Next week, June 3rd, is the publication date of Dear Money.  She’s booked me on the Leonard Lopate Show at noon (please listen) and that night I’ll be reading at Barnes & Nobel on Broadway at 82nd Street (please come).   Because of her hard work […]


Reading and signing: A Rich Hour May 27 — tomorrow Speak Lanaguage Center, 313 Second Street, SE, Suite 109, Charlottesville (entrance on Garrett Street) 6-8 Pm Find out more: click here. I know, this is a teaser.  I do do do promise the Gateau au Chocolat recipe.  We’re making it tomorrow.  Pictures and all to […]


The Novel Experiment Researching her book about a novelist-turned-trader, the author got a front-row seat at the financial meltdown May 20, 2010 By Martha McPhee I was propositioned by a Wall Street trader. Actually he was a manager of mortgage-backed-securities traders at a well-regarded investment bank. We were at a garden party in the country, […]


Are women authors held to different standards than men?   In 1849, to her critics, Charlotte Bronte wrote, “To you I am neither man nor woman—I come before you as an author only. It is the sole standard by which you have a right to judge me—the sole ground on which I accept your judgment.’ […]


The other night my younger sister, Joan Sullivan, was honored by the Bronx Academy of Letters for being its founding principal.  She is now Deputy Mayor of Education for the City of Los Angeles.  This is the speech she delivered: I want to get one thing straight. This school was not founded by me. The […]


Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination — Oscar Wilde.