Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got. – Philip Jose Farmer

Women enjoy getting together at parties to buy jewelry, handbags, and make up.  I would like to add books to that list.

As I wrote this book, I imagined both the characters and readers as if they were sitting with me having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Now, I’m hoping to make the conversation real.

If you are in a book club and would like to choose We’ve Come Undone as a selection or if you have a group of friends who like to talk about books, writing, and the kinds of issues explored in the story, let’s have a book party!  Contact me at jmtramontano@gmail.com.  A Kindle e book is available.

I have become involved in programs to make people aware of the extent books are being banned. Although there is a week in September devoted to making people aware, the growing problem is a real danger to all of us and fighting against it needs to be a year-round mission.

This from the PEN AMERICA 100 website:

Many Americans may conceive of challenges to books in schools in terms of reactive parents, or those simply concerned after thumbing through a paperback in their child’s knapsack or hearing a surprising question about a novel raised by their child at the dinner table. However, the large majority of book bans underway today are not spontaneous, organic expressions of citizen concern. Rather, they reflect the work of a growing number of advocacy organizations that have made demanding censorship of certain books and ideas in schools part of their mission.

  • From July 2021 to June 2022, PEN America’s Index of School Book Banslists 2,532 instances of individual books being banned, affecting 1,648 unique book titles.
  • Bans occurred in 138 school districts in 32 states. These districts represent 5049 schools, with a combined enrollment of 4 million students
  • The 1,648 titles are by 1,261 different authors, 290 illustrators, and 18 translators, impacting the literary, scholarly, and creative work of 1,553 people altogether.


There have been several programsheld in the Saratoga Springs area. To launch the little Liberty Book Library in the courtyard of Caffe Lena, a library of banned books, I participated in a program on August 24, 2022 dedicated to raising awareness of the extent of the problem. I encourage everyone who wants to maintain a free society to become involved

A second program took place at the Crandell Library in Glens Falls on September 19, 2022


Now, I encourage you to continue your book clubs using Zoom or some other digital platform. It may not be as cozy but with a glass of wine or cup of tea or hugging a friend, but it can be the next best thing.  Contact me.  I’ll be there if I’m able. I look forward to hearing from you.

Other 2022 events:

Saratoga Book Festival Literary Marketplace

Saratoga Civic Center

October 22, 9:30-2PM

Saratoga, NY

Social Justice Center Poetry Feature

November 17  7:00PM

Albany, NY


Professor Java’s SanctuaryCafé Reading

December 1, 7PM

Colonie, NY

Caffe Lena Poetry Feature

December 1, 2021 7pm

Saratoga Springs, NY


Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza Reading and Book Signing

October 11, 6-8 pm

Albany, NY 

Berkshire Lakes Book Club 

December 10, 10-11:30 am

WCA Book Club 

Fiddlers Creek

February 13, 2020   1130 -130 pm

May 21, 10AM-11AM

Schenectady Today TV Show

Proctors Theater

Schenectady, NY


May 22, 5PM-8PM

Albany Book Release Party

14 Brookwood Avenue, Albany, NY 12203


May 27, 7PM-9PM

Adelaide Book Night

KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

May 29, 7PM-9PM

The Strand Book Store

828 Broadway at 12th Ave

New York, NY 10003


Reading introduced by Adelaide publisher Stevan Nikolic. I had the pleasure to read with Australian writer Judyth Emanuel. It was a lovely experience all around


May 29-31

Book Expo

Javits Center

655 W 34th St

New York NY 10001

June 1-2
655 W 34th St

New York, NY 10001



April 18, 2PM-4PM

Private Book Party

Naples, FL

March 24, 1PM-5PM
Naples Book Release Party
14693 Sonoma Blvd, Naples, FL 34114

March 26, 11 AM-12:30PM
Woman’s Cultural Alliance
Reading and Book Signing
Fiddler’s Creek Club House, 3470 Club Center Blvd, Naples, FL 34114

March 16, 9AM-2PM

Marco Island Writers Book Fair

Mackle Park Community Center

Marco Island, Florida

February 15, 2017  2PM-3PM

Meet the Author 

South Regional Library

Lely Cultural Blvd

Naples, FL 



January 5, 10:30-12:30
New Book Club:  Naples Women who Love To Read   Discussion hosted by Janet Weingarten

Very lively book club discussion  Many thanks to the book club members who read the book so closely and had so many interesting things to say about the characters, the times, and of course their own experiences. Channeled the Grandma as much as possible with a very close facsimile of her noodle kugel courtesy of Linda O’Neil’s fabulous recipe!

January 20, 2:00-4:00
Book Talk on Writing a Novel. Reading excerpts from the novel in  progress.  Hosted by Carol Fahl at Riviera Gulf Club



January 11, 1:00-4:00
Naples Writers Book Signing
Spanky’s Speakeasy  Naples, FL

February 8, 7:00-11:00
Naples Writers Book Sale
St. Paul’s Church, Davis Avenue, Naples, FL

March 8, 12:00-4:00
Marco Island Writers Guild Author Fest
Lutheran Church, N. Collier Blvd. Marco Island, FL

March 22, 10:00-12:00
Gulf Coast Writers Guild Awards Ceremony
Lutheran Church, Ft. Myers, FL
Matruschka Dolls poem contest award winner

April 10, 2:00-4:00
Literary Tea and Reading hosted by Jean-Marie Baldwin in Naples, FL

May 21, 4:30-5:30
Book Group Discussion hosted by Susan Becker Naples FL

June 22, 3:00
Sunday Four POETRY Reading Old Songs Community Center
Voorheesville, NY



January 6, 9:45
Book Club, Naples, FL

May 21, 10:00
Book Club, Poestenkill, NY

May 30, 7:00
Book Club, Temple Beth Emeth, Albany, NY

October 16, 7:00
Book Club, Glenmont, NY

October 19, 1:00-4:00
Guilderland Public Library Local Author Book Fair

November 24, 2:00-4:00
Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Community of Writers Schenectady Public Library



February 29, 5:30
Book Party, Naples FL

April 2, Noon
Book Party, FL

April 12, 7:30
Book Party, Broomall, PA

April 21
WordFest,  The Linda, Albany, NY

April 28
Poetry Reading, Saratoga NY

May 3
Book Party, Lexington, MA

May 16
Finishing Line Press Poetry Reading
Arboretum, Delmar, NY  

June 2, 1-3
Publishing Workshop, East Greenbush Library, NY

June 10
Finishing Line Press Reading, Roe Jan Library, Hillsdale, NY

June 13, 7:00
Guest speaker, Albany Public Library Annual Meeting   

June 27, 7:00
Book Party, Duanesburg, NY

September 11, 7:00
Book Club, Glenmont, NY

September 20, 7:30
American Italian Heritage Museum and

September 21, 6:30
Paternal Nocturne reading, Roe Jan Library, Hillsdale, NY

September 27, 2:00
Book Club, Delmar, NY

November 11, 4:00
Book Party, Lexington, MA



September 10, 2:00
Book Release Party Albany, NY

September 13,15
Aids Council Book Sale

September 17, 2:00
Living Walls Reading
NYS  Museum

October 15, 2:00
Hudson Valley Writer’s Guild  Community of Writers Reading
Albany Public Library                                                                        

October 16, 3:00
Book Party  Chatham, NY

November 3, 6:00
Book Party  Latham, NY

November 5, 3:00
Reading  Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

November 10, 7:00
Book Party, Niskayuna, NY

November 11
Reading    Women’s Building, Albany, NY

November 17, 6:30
Reading  East Line Books, Clifton Park

November 20, 2:00
Book Party, Alexandria, Va

November 22
Schenectady Today Show Cable TV

November 26, 2:00
Albany Institute of History and Art

December 4, 1:00
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy,NY

December 7, 7:30
Poetry Reading, Cafe Lena, Saratoga, NY


2 thoughts on “BOOK CLUBS, BOOK TALK

  1. Standing On The Corner Of Lost And Found. . . .hm.m.m.m Sounds like a place that most of has been, huh? Great blog and keep it going! Hope you’re having a successful book signing tour!


    1. Yes, the title seems to resonate with everyone! Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I’ve been remiss in checking comments. This whole blog/ social media thing is brand new to me.


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