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May 14, 2011

ToutSweet%20US%20cover%20lo%20res.jpg'We haven't seen you in ages,' said Nicki, proprietress of the cafe at La Grande Galerie when I dropped in for one of her lovely cappuccinos on Friday afternoon. 'What have you been up to?'

'Nothing much,' I replied. And then I realised that this isn't actually true.

Since I last saw her I've written 40,000 words of Tout 3, started work on the publicity for the August launch of Tout Sweet in the US [left], visited the UK with Delphine for the royal wedding and attended a snail party.

At the snail party, hosted and cooked by the deputy mayor of a nearby village, we sang songs about escargots, including one (unlikely to appeal to feminists) about a man who loves his wife much more when she's made him snails for dinner.

The royal wedding trip was also fun. 'You must be so proud to be British,' said Delphine, as we watched the gleaming carriages and the horses trotting in formation towards Buckingham palace. And as I imagined all the work that had gone into that, I really was.

La Grande Galerie, as many blog readers know, is a wonderful meeting place, especially during the summer months and there is a lot happening in coming weeks, including a new French-English conversation group between 2.00- 5.00pm on Wednesdays.

Oh and finally a word of warning: Biff will be staying at the GG from Tuesday until Saturday this week. He loves visiting his friends there, so if you see him, I'm sure he'd appreciate a friendly pat.


17/5/2011 (and also 7/6/2011)
Peter Hoskins will be at the GG signing copies of his book 'In The Steps Of The Black Prince.' Peter walked 1,300 miles across France while researching his book, walking from Bordeaux to the Mediterranean and back. I'm very interested in this as the Black Prince spent one night locked up in the chateau in my village.

Vide-Grenier. A jumble sale with proceeds going to the Hope Association animal rescue.

THE GRAND GALERIE'S THIRD BIRTHDAY. 4pm - late. There should be quite a few familiar faces at this event. More info nearer the time.

La Grande Galerie, 7 Rue Temple, 86400, Civray. Tel +33 (0)5 49 87 73 02; www.grandegaleriefrance.com

comments (12)

1. Posted by Glyn Pope on May 16, 2011 3:14 PM

Hi Karen
Thank you so much for the publicity on your blog, however, probably because you were thinking about the plot of your next novel, you got the date wrong! I shall be at La Grand Galerie on the 21st June 2011 between 10am and 1pm.
Also with me will be Jocelyn Syms, author, with her fascinating book about colour, 'Colour Matters.'
I look forward not only to meeting you, Karen, but of course anyone else who is able to attend.
With very best wishes
Glyn Pope author of 'The Doctor, The Plutocrat, and The Mendacious (yes Mendacious) Minister.'
See http://glynpope.blogspot.com/

2. Posted by LibertyLondonGirl on May 16, 2011 7:05 PM

v exciting! don;t firget to do a gUest blog for me to coincide w/ the US launch! (BTW you know that my blog address changed to libertylondongirl.com about 18mths ago?!) LLGxx

3. Posted by LibertyLondonGirl on May 16, 2011 7:06 PM

PS LOVE the new cover. so fab

4. Posted by mimi pompom on May 16, 2011 8:35 PM

Dear LLG

many thanks for the comment on the cover - I love it too! And several guest postings coming up....
I knew that your blog URL had changed but my publisher didn't - but i put them straight last week and they've assured me it will be changed onthe final cover. Hope you're having fun in Singapore

5. Posted by Peter Hoskins on May 17, 2011 6:10 PM

Dear Karen

It was good to meet you today at La Grande Galerie.

Hope to see you again soon.


6. Posted by Ange on May 18, 2011 10:32 AM

Love the new book cover, although perhaps a baguette or two should have been in the basket instead!

7. Posted by Ange on May 18, 2011 10:34 AM

Oh no...i wasnt wearing my glasses..,please retract that last comment!lol

8. Posted by nina on May 22, 2011 5:35 PM

Wow, your new book cover looks good. At first I thought it was an ad for a film, named Tout Sweet!

9. Posted by Beautywoome on May 23, 2011 2:50 AM

Ba! So very excited to have your book in the US in August... as I haven't been back to the UK since (cough, cough) October but have been wanting a copy for months.

As an avid reader of your blog, I can't wait!

10. Posted by Richard Dean on June 7, 2011 9:26 AM

Popped into the Galerie last Thursday.... amazing place, very warm welcome and very impressive art work. Rosie now has her eye on a fabulous painting of a lady in red. It turns out that Walter & Eileen used to have the Red Lion in Hawkshead, not far from us. We met Biffs pal,Glen, who was looking forward to his visit.And Nickys cafe....yummeee! Well done with your US launch. Were not surprised....they're great reads. Can't wait for the 3rd book

11. Posted by alisha on June 19, 2011 5:37 AM

Hi! I came to your blog through the travel memoir writers group and think this it's great. I especially like the book cover here - is that the American or British one?

12. Posted by anna on June 21, 2011 11:03 PM

DO you know the cover is in use on another book - Living the Savvy Life, I think. Isn't that odd? It's on Amazon - I had it down on my wish list for a while!

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