Friday, October 20, 2017

Rural Intelligence

I'm so honored to be featured in the latest issue of Rural Intelligence!

The Rural We:  Jamie Cat Callan

Photo by Krystal Kenney

Jamie Cat Callan is the author of the bestselling books “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone,” “Bonjour, Happiness!” and “Ooh La La! French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day.” Her next book, “Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy and That Certain je ne sais quoi,” will be released on January 2, 2018. Her books have been published in 21 countries and have been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Time. Jamie, a Bard College graduate who has lived in Europe, on the Cape and in Los Angeles where she earned her MFA in screenwriting from UCLA (and worked for Meg Ryan), is happy to be back in the Hudson Valley. She and her husband, a former climate change scientist, are the owners of La Belle Farm in Valatie, New York, where they’ve lived since January of 2015.
 
I’m originally from Connecticut and met my husband there. When he got a job on the Cape, we lived in Woods Hole and Mashpee for a total of 10 years. When he wanted to retire and become a gentleman farmer, we moved to a farm from the 1820s. We have 50 acres and all the farming is done by my husband. We have chickens, turkeys and a huge garden. I pick berries — that’s the extent of my work — but I’m very involved in the Valatie Farmers Market.

In January, Penguin Random House will release the fourth of my French lifestyle books. My grandmother was French and I grew up watching her and being aware of the differences between her generation and my generation of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The books are really an homage to her. I’ve traveled to France many times and I’m a huge fan of the culture. But I don’t think a reader has to have French relatives to “get” the books. They’re about honoring the lovely things of the past instead of doing things only for the sake of efficiency. When I lived in a little village in Southern France, they had no clothes dryers and the clothes smelled so nice from being hung outside on the line. In fact, the part of the world where I live now reminds me of that.



For American women, and for American men as well, there are certain lovely, old-fashioned things that our European ancestors understood: enjoying fresh air, taking your time, walking everywhere, less is more, not collecting a lot of stuff you don’t need, and appreciating what is in front of you right now. We know French women are fashionable, but actually they don’t spend a lot of money on their clothes. They mix it up with scarves and jewelry; they’re big on consignment shops and items passed down to them by relatives.

Parisian Charm School's first chapter is about using one’s intelligence. Intelligence is probably the most charming, most seductive thing a woman can possess. I talk a lot about intelligence, honoring the past and reading books. One word I use to describe the way French women approach life is “artful,” which they apply to everything from creating an interesting ensemble to cooking and gardening. Here it’s more about time, efficiency and money. We say we have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” They don’t have this exactly; they have la bonheur, which translates literally to “a beautiful hour.” They’re not running after it or pursuing it – it’s all right there in your kitchen, in the apple torte you just made.

What makes French women so appealing is how they’re such individuals, they have their own style based on what their mothers and grandmothers have taught them. What’s beautiful is finding out who you are.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider pre-ordering your copy of Parisian Charm School, s'il vous plait.  

I so appreciate your support!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Parisian Charm School: The Copy Edits are In!

Yes, I finished my copy edits last week and returned them to my copy editor at my new publishing home, Penguin Random House and they were accepted!
 
Next step is to get a famous person to blurb the book.  Hmmmm...does anyone know Diane Von Furstenberg?  How about Garance Doré?  

Anyway, I am excited to begin promotions, plan a book launch in New York City and begin my 2018 book tour--where I hope I get to meet you, dear readers!

Merci beaucoup for sharing the news with your friends!  Parisian Charm School is available for pre-order from Amazon, Indie Bound, Books-a-million, Rizzoli, and from your favorite bookstore.  If you pre-order the book, write a little comment below, letting me know, with your email and I will send you an exclusive sneak peak into Parisian Charm School!

Merci beauoup, mes amies!

Friday, July 7, 2017

A peak inside the pages of Parisan Charm School

 Bonjour, readers!  

I was so excited when I received the illustrations for the inside of my new book, Parisian Charm School!
And so, I thought you'd enjoy this little sneak-preview.  


It goes with the following passage: 
  


Thank you for all your support over these years.  I am so grateful.  And if you have a blog and you'd like to interview me or review the book, please let me know!  
Love, Jamie

Monday, June 26, 2017

Parisian Charm School has a book cover!

Bonjour, mes amis!
I am so thrilled to show you the beautiful cover illustration for my new book,
Parisian Charm School.

Trés chic, n'est pas?!  
The lovely and talented Kimberly Glyder is the artist.  You must take a look at her website:  http://www.kimberlyglyder.com/
You'll see all the fabulous book covers she's created.  
Oh my goodness, she is so talented and so nice!  J'adore Kimberly!
Isn't she beautiful?  And I think she looks a bit French too!
C'est parfait.
I know you'll love Parisian Charm School.  It's coming out from TarcherPerigee at Penguin/Random House on January 2, 2018.  Yes, I have my "pub date!" 

If you'd like to pre-order a copy, please talk to your local independent bookstore or visit this link on Amazon.

And finally, if you have a blog with a nice-sized following, and you'd like to review my book or interview me or arrange for me to visit your home town on book tour, please let me know and I will have my publisher send you an advanced reader copy!  
Merci beaucoup!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Parisian Charm School

Bonjour, mes amies!

I am so happy to announce that my latest book, Parisian Charm School, will be released by my new publishing home--

Penquin/Random House

Yay!  
Can you tell I'm excited!?

Parisian Charm School will come out sometime in 2018.
I am in the middle of finishing the book right now, so I'll have more news in the coming months.  

Still, since I'm getting ready to launch my new project, I wanted to share my new author photo with you.  

 This photo was taken in Paris last fall, near Palais Royal, where I had the most wonderful photo shoot with the very talented international photographer, Krystal Kenney.


Isn't she adorable?! 

Merci beaucoup for all your support over the years, mes amies.  I am so grateful for your inspiration and readership!

Please stay tuned!
Love,
Jamie

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Happy Feet" by Jessica Lee

Bonjour, friends--
I am so excited to announce that my dear friend, Jessica Lee, has just been published in The Globe and Mail.
You may remember Jessica from my books--especially "French Women Don't Sleep Alone" which details how Jessica and I traveled to France together to interview French women about love and romance.
Jessica was single back then, but since our travels, she met and married a wonderful Canadian man and moved from Boston to Ottawa.
Please take a look and enjoy her delightful story about moving to Canada and finding the right socks. 
 If you live in Canada, the essay will appear in this Sunday's paper.
Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, dear friends!
I hope you enjoy the season with warmth, love and lots of fun.
And with this in mind, may I humbly recommend my little writerly invention for the perfect holiday gift!   
You can get a copy (or two or three) here on The Writers Toolbox/AmazonAnd of course, you might try your local independent toy or bookstore.

Here's what you'll find inside The Writer's Toolbox:
Yes, all those little games and even a booklet are packed inside that box!
Oh, and here's a link to my demonstration on You Tube on how to use the games in The Writers Toolbox:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaO7TYQJXqc
  
I will have lots of news to share in the New Year--a new French girl book, another writerly invention and some  lovely surprises.  
Here's wishing you a creative and fun season!
And thank you for all your support, from the bottom of my heart!
Love,
Jamie