Six weeks from today, my twentieth Elm Creek Quilts novel, The Giving Quilt, will be published. The early reviews have been very positive! Publishers Weekly writes, “Chiaverini's themes of love, loss, and healing will resonate with many, and her characters' stories are inspiring.” Booklist says, “Chiaverini delivers another satisfying Elm Creek Quilts story in the latest title in this excellent series…This volume features the series at its best, with warm, fully realized characters and powerful themes.”
At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt shop clerk among them—gather for a special winter session of quilt camp to make quilts for Project Linus. Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia's provocative question—”Why do you give?”—in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection, and its rich rewards. Featuring not only well-loved characters but intriguing newcomers, The Giving Quilt will remind us all: Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.
As longtime fans know, my Elm Creek Quilts pins have become so popular that I've decided to create a new pin for each new novel. The pin for The Giving Quilt features a design using the Resolution Square block inspired by the cover art.
You can receive a limited edition Giving Quilt pin of your very own if you come see me on my book tour from October 30-November 18, 2012. I'll be visiting several of my favorite shops and libraries across the country and will give away a pin with each copy of The Giving Quilt you have me sign at that store, while supplies last. For book tour locations, dates, and times, please see the Events page on my website. You can also find a list of events on my Facebook fan site.
Can't make it one of my events? The wonderful booksellers at Books & Company in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin are ready to help. If you pre-order The Giving Quilt from the Books & Company website, they will include a Giving Quilt pin with your book when they ship it to you. I will autograph the books when I visit the store on November 1, 2012, so all orders need to be placed before then. If you would like your book to be personalized, please be sure to indicate the name of the person to whom the book should be addressed.
Thanks, and Happy Reading!