Congratulations to author Marylee MacDonald for winning the Gold Medal from the Readers' Favorites International Award competition for Montpelier Tomorrow!
Summertime is proud to be publishing her outstanding new book, Bonds of Love and Blood (January 2016)
Advance Praise for Bonds of Love and Blood
"psychic space virtually sizzles." —FOREWORD REVIEWS
"engrossing"—MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"With elegant prose enlivened by shards of mean humor, MacDonald captures how hard it is to love and/or trust abroad or at home."—KIRKUS REVIEWS
9th April 7pm Join the French author for a night in Spokane exploring the joys of French literature.
April 13th: 7pm Marie Houzelle reads from her novel Tita "The best book I read this year!" - Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa
Where: Shakespeare &Co.103 South 3rd St WMissoula, Mt, 59801
Marie Houzelle, author of the lovely Tita, and Barry Kirwan, author of the thrilling space opera The Eden Paradox Series, will read tonight at Berkeley Books in Paris (Latin Quarter) along with Aden Ellias, whose debut novel will be released this spring.
Readings will be in French and in English in a fun and welcoming atmosphere thanks to Ivy Writers Paris! This literary event is free and open to the public.
See Press Release here.
by Marie Houzelle, English, 312 pages, ISBN-13:978-1940333014 paperback: $14.99
Tita is seven, and she wonders what wrong with her. As her small town vibrates to age-old Latin rituals on the verge of slipping away, Tita finds refuge - and a liberation- in books.
"Like opening the door to a secret garden, TITA transports the reader straight into life in a small town in the south of France during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a precocious seven-year-old heroine not soon to be forgotten. Houzelle's prose is unfailingly deft and refreshing. This book is a delight!" - Anne Korkeakivi, author of An Unexpected Guest
"Marie Houzelle is a master of the first-person narrative. In Tita she has created a strange, utterly original child whose deadpan certainties are a beguiling invitation to readers of all ages."- Katharine Weber, author of Triangle and True Confections
“The best book I read this year. A rare novel written in English that gives a real taste of French culture. I cannot recommend it enough!” - Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa
"a charmed magic casement on a French childhood."- Sheila Kohler, author of Dreaming for Freud
"1950s provincial France from the viewpoint of a singular child. A triumph of a first novel".– Yuriko Tamaki, columnist, the Yomiuri Shimbun.
"rich and warm...a book worth savoring."– Judith Starkston – New York Journal of Books
"her brilliance, potential, and unusual way of looking at the world will have won readers over". – Publishers Weekly
CATEGORIES: France – literary fiction – coming of age – travel – YA – Catholic - 1950s
ISBN: 9780982369852 Suggested Retail Price : $9.99
For some, Paris is home, for others, merely a dream. For Gaston, it is a bench, the anchor of his life. For Sue, a romantic city filled with scandalous, dark-eyed men, for Frank an all-consuming fire, for Mme Santinelli a ghost she'd hoped to forget.
By turns humorous, bittersweet, historical or surreal, each of these carefully selected stories invites us to explore a different facet of Paris.
SELECTED BY DISTINGUISHED JUDGES
I chose "The Way You Looked at Me" for its graceful writing and general subject - our differing points of view - and for its powers of observation, and astute cross-cultural detail. (JUDGE DIANE JOHNSON, author of Le Divorce)
“Hortense on Tuesday Nights” had a sparse, mysterious quality which engaged me. The point of view was culturally ambiguous - and distinctly Un-American - which I found refreshing. (JUDGE ELIZABETH BARD, author of Lunch in Paris: a Love Story with Recipes)
I liked the story for its realism, its knowing voice, its discreet sense of humor, its successful reliance on dialogue, and its confidence in its own originality. (JUDGE CHARLES TRUEHEART, on “Our Pharmacy” by Nafkote Tamirat)
For more on the Authors, Editorial Committee and Judges, click here.
by Hilary Kaiser ISBN 978-0-9823698-3-8
These oral histories give voice to both American veterans who chose to reside in France after World War II and to French women who married GIs and subsequently emigrated to the United States. They bring to life the realities of World War II in France, North Africa, England, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Germany.
"We owe our World War II veterans a huge debt – a debt of honor …Hilary Kaiser had the wisdom to record their individual memories. Because of her, these veterans’ stories will survive… Their courage and perseverance in the face of war will be an inspiration for us and our children…" -James S. Dickey, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired)
Hilary Kaiser, Ph.D, is American by birth and French by marriage. The daughter of a GI who fought in Japan during World War II, she is an oral historian and an Associate Professor Emerita of the University of Paris.
WWII Voices is available in ebook for Kindle,
by Laurel Zuckerman ISBN: 978-0615252896
How hard can it be for an American to teach her mother tongue in France?
"Her tragi-comic story explains how France produces the worst English teachers in the world" - LE POINT
"Wickedly funny" - GOOD TEACHER MAGZINE
Laurel Zuckerman is the author of Sorbonne Confidential and Les Rêves Barbares du Professeur Collie. An HEC graduate and long-time resident of France,her essays and interviews have appeared in Hommes et Commerces, Cahiers Pédagogiques, The Paris Times, Le Point, Le Monde, Le Monde de l'Education, The Guardian, The Times, as well as on France 24, TF1, RFI, and the BBC. A former e-procurement systems specialist, Laurel edits Paris Writers News.
"Laurel Zuckerman has split the academic world with a book that relates her experience at the heart of the archaic French teacher-training system."
THE GUARDIAN – "[Zuckerman’s] account of her experience in France's teacher training system has… sparked a furious debate over the country's uneasy approach to English."
LE MONDE DE l’EDUCATION - "The candidate imagines that being a native English speaker constitutes an advantage. She learns rather that it is a handicap. Her tribulations are the pretext for exploring with humour... why French students rank last in Europe for English."
LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR – "savoury and highly instructive"
L’EXPRESS - "Absurd, ill-adapted, discriminatory. And dramatically funny…The French university system seen through the half naïve, half incredulous eyes of an American. The reader laughs a lot and concludes that reform is urgent."
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FUSAC: What is the most satisfying thing about writing fiction?
What proves you are French?
I am (more or less) acquainted with most European languages, which might or might not make me European.
French? I abhor camembert, roquefort, brie, and pont-l’évêque...
What was the impetus for writing your new novel “Tita”?
The material I worked on was inspired by childhood memories; the impetus was the wish for a small, self-contained shape: short chapters, limited time frame, restricted world, little girl…
If you were an article of clothing…?
A short sleeveless white cotton dress.
If you were a cosmetic…?
If you were a shoe…?
If you were a mode of transportation…?
A local train.
If you were a drink…?
KEY WEST LITERARY SEMINAR
Fair starts: Sunday, January 11, 2015
VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK
Fair starts: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL
Fair starts: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
SOUTHERN KENTUCKY BOOK FEST
Fair date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
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ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL
Fair starts: Thursday, April 23, 2015
SC BOOK FESTIVAL
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source : BookTV http://www.booktv.org/Book-Fairs.aspx
Source: Summertime Publications Inc Dated: Nov. 30, 2014
Francophiles and lovers of books about France will be able to discover the charmed world of Tita this Monday, as Marie Houzelle's stunning debut novel about the adventures of a precocious schoolgirl in 1950s France is released for the first time as an ebook.
NOW AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK FROM AMAZON KINDLE WORLDWIDE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Source: Summertime Publications Inc
Dated: Dec 1, 2014
Summertime Publication Inc has acquired the worldwide English language rights to the prize-winning stories of Arizona author Marylee MacDonald. The short story anthology will be published under the title BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD in 2015.
France. The 1950s. Tita is seven. Her sleepy, wine-producing town revels in tradition. But everything is changing.
Paperback: 312 pages, (pubdate: September 15, 2014),
Retail Price: $14.99
Publisher: Summertime Publications Inc
Distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, IndieBound
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In Houzelle's first novel, Tita is a seven-year-old girl growing up in the south of France in the 1950s whose life seems to be defined by obstacles: the many foods that disgust her, the school that fails to challenge her, and parents who struggle to understand her. Tita is precocious and clever, but in some ways painfully inept. She is thoughtful but frail obsessed with rules and rituals, and determined to understand the nuances. Through Houzelle's sharp, straightforward prose (which captures Tita's perspective), the story of how Tita grows takes center stage. She learns the alternatives to those things that have held her back or held her down. She challenges social strictures that she feels are meaningless. She battles her mother to get what she wants, and when sometimes that turns out to be the wrong decision, she acknowledges it. At the novel's end, Tita is still a little girl, but her brilliance, potential, and unusual way of looking at the world will have won readers over. --Publishers Weekly
There is nothing simplistic about this novel. Tita is not an exercise in blind nostalgia for a lost past. It is a rich and warm, yet open-eyed portrait of a place and time just beyond our current reach. It is a book worth savoring. -Judith Starkston New York Journal of Books
Houzelle s singular voice and deadpan prose left me utterly wowed. This is a not-for-children novel - like all the tomes Tita secretly reads - but it could crossover to younger readers as well as its adult fiction market. The complexity and grace that has gone into Tita's creation gives us a protagonist who goes from being a saint-loving, misdiagnosed-ADHD phobic to a plucky, poignant individual. See more at Out and About in Paris
--Lizzie Harwood Out and About in Paris
Like Roald Dahl s Matilda, Tita, a precocious seven-year-old, finds refuge in books from an often baffling world. Guided by Marie Houzelle s sharp eye and confident hand, we experience humour, astonishment and delight as we discover life in 1950s provincial France from the viewpoint of a singular child. A triumph of a first novel --Yuriko Tamaki, columnist, the Yomiuri Shimbun
Like opening the door to a secret garden, TITA transports the reader straight into life in a small town in the south of France during the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of a precocious seven-year-old heroine not soon to be forgotten. Houzelle's prose is unfailingly deft and refreshing. This book is a delight! - Anne Korkeakivi, author of An Unexpected Guest
Marie Houzelle is a master of the first-person narrative. In Tita she has created a strange, utterly original child whose deadpan certainties are a beguiling invitation to readers of all ages. Like Louise Fitzhugh's classic Harriet the Spy, the story is powered by a precocious and independent loner whose observations and reports are both charming and moving. Tita is a remarkable debut.- Katharine Weber, author of Triangle and True Confections
The best book I read this year. Witty, wry, and clever, Tita s young voice captivated me from the first page. Tita poignantly portrays small-town life as well as the end of the Catholic church s grip on France, revealing cracks in society that a decade later become the riots of 1968. A rare novel written in English that gives a real taste of French culture. I cannot recommend it enough! - Janet Skeslien Charles, author of Moonlight in Odessa
This book has a charm so unique and powerful, it pulls you in simply, effortlessly, like following a tree lined path on a summery day. The language is utterly original and quietly moving and very very funny and it makes you want to follow Tita onward past the last pages and into the years beyond. I loved it.- --Nicola Keegan, author of Swimming
TITA is a seven-year-old French girl whose fierce originality threatens to make her an outcast from the only world she knows - that of 1950s southern France. As her small wine producing town vibrates to age-old rituals on the verge of slipping away, Tita finds refuge - and a future - in books.
Where to purchase TITA?
TITA (paperback Sep 2014; kindle ebook Dec 2014) is available at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and Reelbooks in Fontainebleau and other fine bookstores, and online at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr
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Created in 1988 for English-speaking internationals in Paris, FUSAC serves the expat community with an extensive classified section offering jobs, rentals, services, French lessons and all kinds of opportunities for bilingual and English speaking expats, as well as interviews, a wonderful language game and, of course, a book section.
We are delighted that FUSAC has featured Marie Houzelle's wonderful new novel TITA in its Book Corner and in an interview with the author. http://www.fusac.fr/livres/213/*TITA/ Thank you FUSAC! http://www.fusac.fr/ ON TWITTER @fusacparis
Language: English, 312 pages,
ISBN-13:978-1940333014; : paperback: $14.99
Tita was released in paperback in September and will be published as an ebook in December 2014.
Available at your local bookstore and on Amazon, B&N and other book sellers. In Paris, you can find TITA at the famed Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. In Fontainebleau Reelbooks carries TITA! Ask your favorite local bookstore!
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