Charlottesville, The Results Are In: Book Tour (1)

30May10

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 writer and a swing dancer with a beautiful sense of humor.  Mary Alice, the best friend of my mother’s in the third grade, came with her sister — a complete surprise.  I felt celebrated and thoroughly loved.

Another wonderful surprise was a stranger, a flight attendant for American.  Her name is Claudia and she had the most gorgeous free, spirit.  I would LOVE to write a magazine piece about her, following her as she hopscotches across the globe — a fly on the wall of the planes she works.  And yet another surprise was a woman named Kristin who has written a nonfiction book on the Bible.  She found out about the discussion from my website. That’s a first.  So in the end, we didn’t have to drink all the wine alone.

I will always be grateful to Christina for supporting me and my work.  Her school is a magnificent place that brings language and travel experience to the people of Charlottesville and beyond.  I wrote about her for More Magazine two years ago.  On Friday, Christina arranged with the Charlottesville Writer House for me to discuss the research I did for Dear Money.  That was filled with interesting people who asked terrific questions about how I learned all about the mortgage-backed securities market.  The group included one economist who had worked for the FEC in NYC at the height of the bubble.  It also included Kristin from the night before.  Bless her.  I wish New York City had a Writer House like the one run by Rachel Unkefer. The group is a nonprofit that creates a space for writers to work and take classes, and also to hear other writers speak and read.

When all the work was done, Christina and I had a delicious lunch at Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar (yes, we indulged in a mid-day glass of Gavi) and then went shopping at our favorite store, Marshall’s, but didn’t find anything.  It was a gorgeous trip.  I took the train: $58!  You can’t beat that for a journey that’s over 6 hours, to a spot that is stunning and filled with charm and great food and wonderful people who love to read.


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5 Responses to “Charlottesville, The Results Are In: Book Tour (1)”

  1. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I wish I could have been there.

    • 2 marthamcphee

      You’re going to be on the super duper Sex and the City San Francisco tour and I can’t wait. I have so many great friends. And the publication of this novel reminds me of that over and over again, making it very easy to be mindful of gratitude. Thank you!

  2. 3 Pat Newman

    This sounds so fabulous. I love Charlottesville (one of my brothers lived there for a time and I have an interest in 18th Century American houses and decorative arts). Glad it went so well. The timing of this book seems just right and I’m hoping it attracts even more attention and that sales take off.

    Looking forward to seeing you at BookSmith in SF.

  3. Ciao Martha! Come vai?
    I just finished reading BRIGHT ANGEL TIME on my way home from London today. What a heady book! I loved every sentence, hung onto every description and felt all of your words. It was an incredible journey. It was also great fun to meet you and your friends, and hear about DEAR MONEY – can’t wait to start it tonight! Sounds like you have a lot on your plate with the PR – I have a feeling this is going to be an amazing book.

    Thank you for the mention in your blog – anytime – you’re on; and infatto I will be flying out of JFK to Rome and Milan as of July 1 – that would definitely be a piece in itself! Hope to keep in touch, here or on FB! Buona fortuna sul tuo nuovo lbro!! xx Caudia

    • 5 marthamcphee

      Thank you, Claudia. I loved meeting you. I’m off to Italy today — JFK to Rome. I wish that were flight with you. xx


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