September 03, 2016

Dan's Literary Festival for 2016 The Hampton's Premier Literary Celebration

It was a wonderful experience to attend Dan's Literary Festival for 2016. Though I wasn't a winner this year (I was a winner last year in 2015), it was still wonderful to see and congratulate the new winners and to attend the book signing and meet Daniel Simone, Robert Caro, Carl Bernstein, Dick Cavett, and of course, Dan Rattiner, whom I've met a number of times before. Such luminary figures for our times!
Robert Caro gave the opening address, which was a wonderful rendering of his early years as a writer struggling to make a living. Carl Bernstein gave a powerful keynote speech on Truth in today's world and how the media, the political arena and all of us the people are ultimately responsible to bring it about and responsible when we don't. I can't wait to see and hear it again when the celebration event is posted on Dan's Papers website.
Dick Cavett read the winning essays. No, I shouldn't say "read." He performed them. He spoke them with such meaning, exemplifying the great performer he is. He even told a few jokes and entertained the audience with his great charm and wit. It was a pleasure to meet him, too.
It was a distinct pleasure to meet Ina and Chris, wives of Robert Caro and Dan Rattiner, respectively. Both lovely inside and out.
I don't have personal photos of Dick Cavett and Carl Bernstein with me, but the pretty Dan's Papers photographer took some of us together, which I expect she will publish in next week's issue of Dan's Papers.
Many thanks to all that were involved as supporters, organizers and participants, especially Allison O'Reilly, event and media coordinator of Dan's Papers who juggles everything so well.

August 14, 2016

Future Events

 I'm looking forward to two events I have in my schedule of talks:

1. "Writing with an Italian Flavor" Author Talk at Canio's Bookstore in Sag Harbor on Sat. Oct. 1, 2016, 5pm
2. Author talk at Sons of Italy Culture Dinner Meeting in Delray Beach-Fort Lauderdale Feb. 8, 2017

In the interim

It's bee a while since I've posted.  In the interim, I've begun work on my second novel, entered a few contests and done a number of book talks, e.g., Connetquot Library in Bohemia Oct. 26, Palm Isles in Boynton Beach Feb. 12 , Brandeis Women Talk in Lake Worth Feb. 29, La Cigale in Boynton Beach March 6, St. Joseph's College in Patchogue April 27, Port Jefferson Library May 14, Montauk Library Food Demonstration June 11, Smithtown Library Author Fair Aug. 13.  I wish to thank all the people who hosted me in these venues and those that came to listen and who bought my books.

October 26, 2015

Dan's Papers Literary Salon Reading

Many thanks to Dan Rattiner who hosted Dan's Papers Literary Salon Reading last Saturday evening and to Allison O'Reilly, Sales and Marketing Associate for Dan's Papers, who coordinated the event. It was a pleasure to read my winning essay, The Love of Your Life, and to hear others essays including Dan's own reading from his new book.

September 08, 2015

Winner of Dan's Papers Judges Choice 2015 Literary Prize for Non-Fiction for my essay The Love of Your Life.

Thank you to Dan's Papers, Founding event Chairman Robert Caro, the Sponsors (Major funding provided by Barnes & Noble) and the Judges (Stony Brook Professor Andrew Botsford, author Joan Z. Holden, Mystery writer Chris Knopf, Retired Chairman of Marquardt Advertising Jim Marquardt, former owner of an independent New Hanpshire bookstore Stephanie Parrott and Chairman of Barnes & Noble Booksellers Len Riggio for choosing my essay The Love of Your Life as one of the winning entries.

The ceremonies were held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the John Drew Theater, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY.  Pulitzer Prize Winner Jules Feiffer gave the Inaugural Address and National Book Award Winner Tom Wolfe delivered the Keynote Address.

Anyone wishing to read it can google Dan's Papers the Love of Your Life.
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Reading "To Kill a Mocking Bird" in Barnes & Noble Book Store

It was a pleasure to read from "To Kill a Mocking Bird" in the all-day reading of the book at Barnes & Noble Book store in Lake Grove Mall.  Thank you for the invitation.

Thank You

Many thanks to Karen Kepner and The Arbors at Bohemia for hosting me for a Book/Talk Signing on June 12, 2015.  It was a pleasure to meet the residents and share my story with them.

Local Author Fair

Thank you to Tom Donlon and Samantha Winter and every one who attended the Local Author Fair in Port Jefferson Public Library on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  It was a huge success and a pleasure to be there.

April 22, 2015

Thank You

Thank you to Jo-Carhart and the East Islip Public Library for hosting me last night. The audience could not have been more receptive and enthusiastic about my story and books.

April 20, 2015

Author Talk April 21st, 7 p.m. East Islip Public Library

Please join me for my Author Talk tomorrow, April 21st, 7 p.m. 
East Islip Public Library
381 East Main Street
East Islip, NY 11730
(631) 581-9200 x 5.

March 04, 2015

Book Talk March 7, 2015

Please join me at my next BOOK TALK:
When: Sat. March 7, 2015 10 AM
Where: Spanish River Library, 1501 Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, FL
FREE, OPEN TO PUBLIC

February 26, 2015

Thanks to Marcia Isaacs and the members of Cascade Lakes Women's Association

I also wish to thank Marcia Isaacs and the members of Cascade Lakes Women's Association for hosting me for an Author Talk yesterday.  Again, everyone was receptive and moved by my story.

Many thanks to Sandra Sicolo and students at the Language Exchange Institute

Many thanks to Sandra Sicolo and her students at the Language Exchange Institute in Boca Raton, FL for the wonderful reception I received while giving my book talk today. The students, who migrated to the US from various countries, will be reading my novel as part of their class assignment.

February 13, 2015

Thank you to North Palm Beach Library



Thank you North Palm Beach Library guests who attended my book talk. You were wonderful, receptive and enthusiastic to hear my story and read my books.

February 09, 2015

Memories and Italian American Women Identities. Conversations with Rose Marie Dunphy. FAU Feb. 8, 2015

A huge THANK YOU to Ilaria Serra, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, for hosting me in yesterday's program: Memories and Italian American Women Identities. Conversations with Rose Marie Dunphy. THANK YOU also to the very receptive and gracious audience. It was a pleasure to tell my story and share my books.

January 28, 2015

Celebrating Italian Culture FAU, Sun, Feb. 8,2015

I will be interviewed and also read from my books at FAU (Florida-Atlantic University} Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 2 p.m. during their event: Celebrating Italian Culture. All are invited.
 — at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 297-3000.

Thank You

It's been a while since I've posted and I owe a great thanks to the Westhampton Beach Library for hosting my book talk in late November, 2014.  I also wish to thank the Piper's Glen Estates Women's Association for hosting me Jan. 12, 2015.  Both places were enthusiastic to hear my talk and very interested in my books.

November 06, 2014

October 17, 2014

Book Talks at Hofstra University Oct, 7th and Port Jefferson Library Oct. 11th

I was so busy the last few weeks that I didn't get a chance to post my talk at the Italian-American Experience Lecture Series at Hofstra University on Oct. 7th, 2014.  Thank you Dr. Stan Pugliese, staff and audience in attendance for the warm welcome and successful night.  Thanks, too, to Samantha Winter, staff and audience in attendance at the Port Jefferson Library on Oct. 11, 2014 for hosting me to share my story and books with such acceptance and warm emotion.   Thanks also to Sharon Z. who recommended me to the Library and to her book clubs that have read my book and loved it.

Read the review of my novel by Story Circle reviewer Mary Jo Doig

ORANGE PEELS AND COBBLESTONES by Rose Marie Dunphy; rev/Mary Jo Doig. A poignant, memorable story set in Italy. http://t.co/BuKXocuhxR
Orange Peels and Cobblestones: by Rose Marie Dunphy: Story Circle Book Reviews
STORYCIRCLEBOOKREVIEWS.ORG

September 08, 2014

The Scent of Italian Cooking


My new cookbook THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING is published

My new cookbook THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING  (ISBN 9781500915674) is published. You can see it and get all the details by going to amazon.com and typing the title with my name and it will appear. Below is a News Release on it. 

What’s the Sense of the Mediterranean Diet?

The newly-published cookbook, THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING by Italian-born author and expert cook Rose Marie Calicchio Dunphy, offers just that. The authentic Italian and Italian-American recipes are easy to read and prepare. Not only are they nutritious, but they create the most wonderful scents in your home.

A new study shows that cooking shows on TV have grown in number as more and more people sit down to watch them. Why only watch a cooking show when you can create one yourself in your own kitchen quickly and easily? Why not stir up your senses with all the scents and flavors that you and your family can experience through the joy of cooking and eating the freshest, healthiest and most delicious foods the earth provides? Italians have been doing this for centuries.

THE SCENT of ITALIAN COOKING is a cookbook of Italian and Italian-American recipes passed down to the author from her grandmother, mother and other Italian relatives in Italy that delight everyone's nostrils and palates. It also includes recipes the author created on her own by experimenting with different foods and flavors to produce in her home, and hopefully in yours, the wonderful scent of Italian cooking. The recipes are easy to understand and to use. The author wishes to display a love of cooking that she hopes is contagious. The book contains photos of foods with many of the recipes, a section on how to shop for foods, a Table of Contents, an Index for quick access to each recipe as well as photos of the Italian landscape.
Contact: tealeafpublishing@gmail.com or rdunphy2@gmail.com for more information.

August 12, 2014

Been Busy Working on a Cookbook

I have been busy working on a cookbook of my favorite Italian and American recipes, so have not had much time to post. But below is the Prologue to my novel, ORANGE PEELS and COBBLESTONES, for those of you who have not read the book. 
                                                                  PROLOGUE
“You better not wait any longer,” John said to his friend after an hour had elapsed. They’ve just posted another delay.” The friend had driven John and his wife Marietta to Kennedy Airport. At the gate Marietta sank down with their one year-old baby in the only seat available while John went to check once more on the status of the flight to Los Angeles.
                   “The problem is mechanical. They don’t know how long it’ll be before it’s fixed.” John was clearly frustrated but Marietta didn’t mind the extra time on the ground. She dreaded what might be in store for her once she was up in the air. Her first flight, when she was ten, had been traumatic, and she was afraid of the memories left within the clouds. Would they come to haunt her, knowing what she planned to do? Or would they come to her aid, give her the courage not to be afraid and not fail?
She also worried about the plane crashing. She cringed at the thought that her daughter might not have a full life. And the idea of dying before she saw her mother and sister again was too painful to bear. She’d never be able to ask the questions she’d been rehearsing for months, the ones that had plagued her ever since she was a little girl. They pestered her at every significant event in her young life. She knew it was no way to live – happy and sad at the same time. The vast emptiness she felt inside her was the worst. It masked the past where those questions lay buried like soldiers in unmarked graves. Someone had to come forward and identify them in order to grieve properly. 
When Marietta married John he’d filled a part of that hole. But since giving birth to Anna, the questions surfaced with a vengeance. Hard questions. Not the kind you’d normally ask others, certainly not the kind you could ask your mother. How would Stella react when Marietta confronted her? They were family, but... 
                     Family – Marietta smiled warmly at the sound of the word. In California she had the beautiful promise of family, her family. But then, family had torn her apart. She no longer trusted it. Would it betray her again as it had once before? Or would it welcome her back permanently, the way she had hoped for all these years?
The announcement to board finally came. The young parents gathered their sleeping child along with their belongings and entered the long corridor that led into the plane. With the engines roaring and the lights dimmed, Marietta leaned her head on John’s shoulder and instantly fell asleep. She dreamed not of her mother Stella but of her grandmother handing her a slice of bread spread with olive oil, of her cousin Lucia waving her orange peel in the air urging her to come out and play. She dreamed of her lost childhood a world away.

July 22, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: THE COMMODORE'S BALL

NEWS RELEASE! My memoir piece titled The Commodore's Ball, will be published in THE EAST HAMPTON STAR this coming Thursday, July 24, 2014. The paper sells throughout the Hamptons and NYC, if anyone wishes to read it. The piece will also be online.

June 23, 2014

Invited by Hofstra University for a Book Talk/Signing, Tues. Oct. 7, 2014, 7-8:30 PM

I have been invited to speak at Hofstra University's Italian-American Experience Lecture Series on Oct. 7, 2014, 7-8:30 PM.  Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549.  Free and Open to the Public.  All are welcome.

Book Talk/Signing in Mt. Sinai

This Friday, the 27th of June, at 9:30 am, I will be giving an Author Talk at the Acampora Center at Mt. Sinai. The address there is 739 Route 25A, Mt. Sinai.

Book Talk/Signing at the Dolphin Bookshop

On June 14, I had a Book Talk/Signing at the Dolphin Bookshop and Cafe in Port Washington, NY.  My books were on display one week prior to the event and continue to be on sale there today.  

May 26, 2014

Book Talk/Signing at The Dolphin Book Shop and Cafe, Port Washington, NY, 2-4 PM, Sat. June 14, 2014

Won't you join me for a book talk/signing at The Dolphin Book Shop and Cafe in Port Washington, NY?
Date: Sat. June 14, 2014
Time: 2-4pm
Free and Open to the Public

Happy Memorial Day!

A big Salute to all the men and women who fought and continue to fight and die for us so that we may live in peace and freedom.  We are indebted to you and your families for your sacrifice.

Author Visit with Sharon Zollenberg's Book Club, May 19, 2014

It was a pleasure to visit and share dinner with Sharon and her Book Club members who had read Orange Peels and Cobblestones as their monthly selection.  Their questions showed that they were deeply affected and emotionally involved with the book's story.  Thank you so much for your positive support.  Sharon booked me for two other events that she runs: a book talk/signing in Mt. Sinai Senior Center on June 27, 2014 and another with the Port Jefferson Library book club on Oct. 14, 2014.

Delray Beach Library Book Talk/Signing, Delray Beach, Florida April 10, 2014

The event was a great success.  About 40 people attended and all were intrigued by the story of my book.  Many asked questions that lasted longer than I expected and bought copies of my book, which I gladly signed for them.  The event was even more successful in that a member of the audience asked me to be a speaker at one of their group meeting for the 2015 winter season.

April 02, 2014

2 Future Book Talk/Signings

Am looking forward to my book talk/signings with the Council for Catholic Women in Ascension Church on Wed. April 9th, 7 PM and at the Delray Beach, FL library on Thurs. April 10th, 2 PM.

March 07, 2014

The Palm Beach interview of me by Linda Haase, Feb. 27, 2014

This is the photo that appeared along with The Palm Beach Post interview of me by Linda Haase, Thurs. Feb. 27, 2014, titled "Unanswered questions lead author to confront demons."

Thank you St. Jude's Columbiettes in Boca Raton, FL

A big thank you to St. Jude's Columbiettes for the wonderful reception and welcome they gave me during my book talk last night and for so many buying ORANGE PEELS and COBBLESTONES. Mille grazie also to the members of the Italian class next door who chose to join us to hear me speak and for buying the Italian translation of my book, CIOTTOLI e BUCCE D'ARANCIA.

February 20, 2014

Upcoming Book Talk/Signings

Please join me if you can.
Thurs. March 6th, 6:45 P.M. St. Jude's Columbiettes in Boca Raton, FL
Thurs. April 10th, 2 P.M. Delray Beach Public Library in Delray Beach, FL
Sat. April 19th, 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Islip International Airport in Ronkonkoma, NY

Book Talk/signing

Thank you St. Vincent Ferrer Columbiettes in Delray Beach, FL for welcoming me warmly during my book talk last night, for gifting me the lovely daffodil plant and for buying my books.

Thanks also go to St. Jude's Council of Catholic Women in Boca Raton, FL for also welcoming me warmly during my book talk  and for buying my books on Jan. 23rd.

November 24, 2013

How to Write a Compelling Novel

How to Write a Compelling Novel
by Rose Marie Dunphy, author of ORANGE PEELS and COBBLESTONES
1.       Write in Scenes.  This satisfies Writing’s Cardinal Rule, which is, “Show.  Don’t Tell.”  Think of each chapter as a play composed of scenes.  You are a spectator or eye witness of the scene.  Then record the action, which is what happens; the dialogue, which is what each person says; description, what the people look like; location, where the scenes take place.
2.       Like a journalist, you’re providing the 5 Ws, Who, What, Where When and How.
3.       Write about something you know, something you’re familiar with.  It comes across as more authentic.  There isn’t much you can say about what you don’t know.  You need to research what you don’t know and once you do that, you know it, so it’s still writing about what you know.
4.       Write about something you love or hate.  It has to be a strong emotion so your passion comes through.
5.       Let the conflict of the book show its face early in the first two pages.
6.       End each chapter with something that needs to be resolved.  Unfinished business.  The reader will want to turn the page and if he or she doesn’t have the time to continue reading, they’ll be itching to get to the book as soon as possible.
7.       Write your first draft of each scene furiously, from your heart.  Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, great character development of anything else.  Get you your story down.
8.       Create characters with flaws as well as redeeming qualities.   Make them human, not saints and devils.
9.       Use strong verbs to describe the action and limit adjectives and adverbs.  Your verbs should carry the story forward.
10.    Use all your senses or as many as you can to write a scene.  Think of the reader as a blind person next to you and you are taking them on a journey providing the world they can’t see.
11.    Bridge your scenes or connect them with prepositional phrases so that they flow, for example, “in the meantime, whereas, on the other hand, not so for John.”
12.    Try to have two or three parallel themes or stories going in your book. Orange Peels is about Marietta’s need to come to terms with her past but it’s also a love story between John and her.
13.    Revise many times.  Once you have all or a good deal of writing done, revise, revise, revise.
14.    Choose an apt title, preferably unusual, so that it will pique the reader’s curiosity and an interesting cover design.  It acts as the readers’ first impression, how they get introduced to your book.
15.    You need ass glue.  What this means is that you must sit in your chair and write even when you don’t feel like it or are stymied.  You have to stay there, keep at it until you break through and make some ground.
16.    Write every day, preferably at the same place and the same time of day.  The routine will help you stay glued to your chair.
17.    Read, read, read other authors.  Copy how they describe a character, a location, an action.  Write a scene using your favorite author’s style.  It will come out differently because you are not copying his or her words but their style.
18.    Read books about writing to learn and perfect the craft.  There are tons out there.  Some of the best are Stephen King’s book “On Writing”, Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones”, Ann LaMott, etc.
19.    Join a writing group and bring in your writing for critique and input regularly.  Others see what you don’t.  Remember, they’re like your readers and will pick out things you’re not even aware of or they will confirm your personal intuitions that something isn’t quite right in the development of the story.
20.    Believe in yourself.  If you don’t, no one else will.

21.    Promote your book every way you can.

November 17, 2013

Point #9 How to Write a Compelling Novel

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2.       Use strong verbs to describe the action and limit adjectives and adverbs.  Your verbs should carry the story forward.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mary.

Point #8 on How to Write a Compelling Novel.

1.   Create characters with flaws as well as redeeming qualities.   Make them human, not saints and devils.


November 16, 2013

Point #7 How to Write a Compelling Novel

1.       Write your first draft of each scene furiously, from your heart.  Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, great character development or anything else.  Get you your story down.

November 15, 2013

Thank you to the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University.

Thank you to the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University. My presentation on Nov. 13th at Stony Brook University went exceedingly well. Dr. Mignone gave me a wonderful introduction, Josephine Fusco and Donna Severino were very welcoming and the audience was very receptive to the talk and to wanting to read my book. It was a pleasure to be there.

Point #6 on How to Write a Compelling Novel.

1.       End each chapter with something that needs to be resolved.  Unfinished business.  The reader will want to turn the page and if he or she doesn’t have the time to continue reading, they’ll be itching to get to the book as soon as possible.

October 28, 2013

Valentino and Me

Here I am at the Museo di Valentino in my hometown of Castellaneta with Daniela, the museum secretary, both of us holding my novel in Italian, CIOTTOLI e BUCCE D'ARANCIA. A large photo of Valentino is behind us. The museum has movies, pho...See More
 — with Museo Valentino in Castellaneta, Puglia, Italy.

October 25, 2013

Point #5 How to Write a Compelling Novel

Point #5 Let the conflict of the book show its face early in the first two pages.

5th National Day of Writing

October 22nd was the 5th National Day of Writing. I was invited to speak at St. Joseph College, Patchogue branch during Common Hour today and the students present were very receptive and wonderfully attentive. It was a pleasure to talk about my book and about writing.

September 03, 2013

HOW TO WRITE A COMPELLING NOVEL continued...

4. Write about something you love or hate.  It has to be a strong emotion so your passion comes through.

August 20, 2013

HOW TO WRITE A COMPELLING NOVEL continued...

3. Write about something you know, something you're familiar with.  It comes across as more authentic.  There isn't much you can say about what you don't know.  You need to research what you don't know if that's what you want to write about.  Once you research it, you know it, so it's still writing about what you know.

August 16, 2013

HOW TO WRITE A COMPELLING NOVEL continued...

2. Think like a journalist.  Provide Who, What,Where,Why and How

August 15, 2013

HOW TO WRITE A COMPELLING NOVEL

1. WRITE IN SCENES.  This satisfies writing's cardinal rule, which is, "Show, Don't Tell."  Think of each chapter as a play composed of scenes.  You are a spectator or eye witness of the scene.  Then record the action, which is what happens; the dialogue, which is what each person says; description, what the people look like; location, where the scene takes place. (Come back another day to see more points.)