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April 23

In the time since you and I last spoke, I’ve been to New Jersey and back for my sister-in-law’s wedding and, in the name of research, have eaten a lot of New Jersey bagels and New Jersey pizza. It was hard. And while I continue to dig my way out of the giant to-do list that accumulated in my absence, I wanted to quickly remind you: tonight, a crew of musicians is performing original music inspired by my first book A Homemade Life. 8 pm! The Royal Room! 5000 Rainier Avenue South! Seattle! Come on out! The whole concept is one of the weirdest, best things I’ve ever heard of, and I can’t wait. I baked four Winning Hearts and Minds Cakes for the occasion - five, but we sort of accidentally ate one - and I’ll be there to sign books and talk a bit. High five, Bushwick Book Club! See you tonight.

P.S. I wrote a little post for the Bushwick Book Club blog in which I share what I’ve been reading and listening to lately and out myself as John Green fangirl.


Blogger Kelsey said...

How amazing, wish I could hear it! Your Winning Hearts and Minds cake is my go-to cake recipe. My husband refers to it as "the cake you make". As in, "Did you make that cake you make?" Being known as "THE cake" is a pretty good testament I would say. Have so much fun!

12:48 PM, April 23, 2014  
Anonymous martina said...

There is a very nice article about you in the latest Seattle magazine. Great photo too. Every recipe of yours that I have tried has been a hit!

3:03 PM, April 23, 2014  
Anonymous Jessica said...

In my house it's now called "The Cake That Won Thanksgiving." I made a particularly homely one for a dinner party with relative strangers on Thanksgiving this year. I felt a little ashamed, until everyone clearly preferred it to both the fancy chocolate bakery cake and the pie.

4:24 PM, April 23, 2014  
Blogger Graphic Anthology said...

Oh my goodness! That sounds amazing! How fun and quirky it will be. Wish I lived in Seattle.

5:24 PM, April 23, 2014  
Anonymous Jade Sheldon-Burnsed said...

Haha! I'm a closet John Green fan too! Gosh, I totally wish I could be there! I can't wait for your book tour...

5:35 PM, April 23, 2014  
Blogger Laura McGowan said...

Have fun tonight! Sounds like a cool band/book club. Very interesting. Your "Winning Hearts and Minds Cake" is my go-to chocolate cake, too, and I've tried many. And, as a Jersey girl, it is my opinion that NJ has some of the best food in the country. Vic's Pizza in Bradley Beach - yummy.

5:54 PM, April 23, 2014  
Blogger Melissa Dalgleish said...

Can we have a post just about John Green? So much <3.

5:58 PM, April 23, 2014  
Anonymous Beth Hautala said...

Yay John Green! Yay Winning Hearts and Minds Cake! Yay music that I wish I could hear! Enjoy every minute!

6:46 PM, April 23, 2014  
Anonymous Marios @ Betterwithlemon.com said...

I just read your blog post on Bushwick Picks and I couldn't believe my eyes. Someone else read and loved "Plays Well With Others." It's one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it so many times and practically forced many friends to read it. It makes me cry too. Every time.

6:59 PM, April 23, 2014  
OpenID forcedbloom said...

Congratulations on ALL of your success, Molly! I am in the Idaho panhandle and wish I was just a bit closer to come celebrate your success in all its lovely reverberations.

7:35 PM, April 23, 2014  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Oh my god, I just read The Fault in Our Stars a few weeks ago and it made me happier and sadder than any book in forever! And now I'm in full-on John Green fangirl mode and watching all his youtube videos. (I am also not a teenage girl: about to turn 45.)

Really looking forward to your new book. I read A Homemade Life several months before my dad died and again recently, a year after he died, and the pieces about your dad resonated. Actually, my dad is why I had to put off reading TFiOS.

7:55 PM, April 23, 2014  
Blogger Brianne said...

So sad to have heard about this at the last minute. Next time! Side note - we listened to your English Muffins podcast this weekend and then found Bay's at Target of all places (in Seattle). We tried, and liked, thanks for the rec!

10:14 PM, April 23, 2014  
Blogger cmvbbay said...

2x your age. Bought the John Green book when we were recently traveling and it was the first book I've read in recent years that I could not put down. Copious weeping at the end.

Loved Delancey (ARC).

12:31 AM, April 24, 2014  
OpenID deliberateobfuscation said...

It is pretty darn easy to be a John Green fangirl no matter what age you are. TFIOS is such a lovely, lovely story!

2:46 AM, April 24, 2014  
Blogger Emily said...

I just love the book cover. The font. The picture. So cute!

3:05 AM, April 24, 2014  
Anonymous Louise @ Kitchen Fiddler said...

Oh how fun! I wish there could be a repeat of this in NYC, as I'm so curious to hear what music was inspired by your wonderful writing and recipes! As a violinist and passionate home cook who tends to be very detail-oriented, I have frequent cross-sensory experiences combining tastes and sounds, in addition to the more obvious connections between language/story and music. I hope it was a wonderful night for you, Molly!

10:15 AM, April 24, 2014  
Anonymous Sophie James said...

This sounds so extraordinary it must be true. I like the idea of a 'winning hearts and minds' cake - I think there must be chocolate in it. It would be bad for you in a very good way. Sophie

10:42 AM, April 24, 2014  
Anonymous wanderingeducators said...

YAY!! have fun!!

10:47 AM, April 24, 2014  
Blogger La Table De Nana said...

I loved and love your book! Still have it..It's not one you lend..you buy another and offer:)

Too far from Seattle for me..

12:51 PM, April 24, 2014  
OpenID cafecarlson.com said...

Lovely. How I wish I could be there!- Heather

1:11 PM, April 24, 2014  
Anonymous Bette Hab said...

Hi Molly,
Good luck tonight! I hope lots of people come to listen to the music! I had never thought about someone creating music to accompany a non fiction book until just recently when my son-law, Dan Jones, presented me with a CD called Modern Love by David Lockwood which is based on Dan's column of the same name in the Sunday NYTimes Styles Section. Dan's book, Love Illuminated, came out in Feb. and is also based on the Modern Love column. You never know what creative endeavor will spawn something quite different. Maybe next we'll see a movie based on A Homemade Life!........Now I'm off to Trader Joe 's for some good dark chocolate so I can bake that Winning Hearts and Minds cake again.
Bette Hanauer

1:19 PM, April 24, 2014  
Blogger neglected farms said...

I was there last night- it was a great deal of fun! Thanks for sharing a different side of yourself.

6:31 PM, April 24, 2014  
Blogger Holli Moncrieff said...

I wish I could be there. In anticipation of book #2 coming out soon, I just finished re-reading "A Homemade Life." You're such a beautiful writer, Molly. I can't even remember how I stumbled upon you now, but I'm so glad I did!

11:18 PM, April 24, 2014  
Blogger Ellen said...

...what fun!! So sorry to be way over here in Michigan and hoping that you'll write about such an extraordinary life happening! And oh my gosh I need that Bushwick Book Club poster for the event on my kitchen wall- is it available somewhere?! Hope you enjoyed every moment.

9:08 PM, April 25, 2014  
Anonymous SeattleDee said...

Drat! out of town and missed the event - and it was in my neighborhood for a change! It must have been a terrific evening. Side note: more June notes/pics please.

8:19 AM, April 26, 2014  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I rarely comment here, but was a little thrilled to note that Mike Lovato, one of the musicians in the group, was a classmate of mine from kindergarten all the way through high school. Small world!

3:22 PM, April 29, 2014  
Anonymous Martha in princeton said...

Amy... did you guys get to De Lorenzo's in Trenton for pizza?

6:35 PM, May 03, 2014  

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