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Keith Van Sickle on tour: One Sip at a Time

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Keith Van Sickle

on Tour

November 6-17

with

One Sip at a Time

 

One Sip at a Time:
Learning to Live in Provence

(travel memoir)

 Release date: January 28, 2017
at Dresher Publishing

ISBN: 978-0998312002
192 pages

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SYNOPSIS

Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence?

Keith and Val had a dream – to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. But there were two problems: they weren’t French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan…

Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine.

If you’ve ever dreamed of changing gears and learning what joie de vivre is really all about, you won’t want to miss this delightful book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

One Sip at a Time Keith Van SickleKeith Van Sickle
is a technology industry veteran
and lifelong traveler
who got his first taste of overseas life
while studying in England during college.
But it was the expat assignment to Switzerland
that made him really fall in love with Europe.
After returning to California, he and his wife Val dreamed of living abroad again
but were unable to find another expat gig.
So they decided to invent their own.
Now they split their time between Silicon Valley and St-Rémy-de-Provence,
delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.

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Uncorked: giveaway winner

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Uncorked winner Janine

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Uncorked:
My Year in Provence
Studying Pétanque,
Discovering Chagall,
Drinking Pastis,
and Mangling French

[memoir/ nonfiction]

 Release date: March 20, 2017
at Sea to Sky Books
176 pages
ISBN: 9780981347417

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 SYNOPSIS

Will having smoke repeatedly blown in his face deter a foreigner from breaking in to French culture? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he gained acceptance inside a charming village in Provence.

Uncorked celebrates the “uncorking” of a few tightly held traditions that are near and dear to hearts of the locals of the Cote d’Azur and Provence – being taught to play pétanque (boules) under the clandestine cover of darkness; learning vernissage etiquette; drinking pastis before noon; navigating narrow village roads at top driving speed. Shore also “uncorks” personal awakenings about the value of following roads-less-travelled and making time to smell-the-roses, as we cultivate friendships and traditions.  And, through exposure to the life of artist Marc Chagall, Shore reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face to gain acceptance in a foreign land.

Shore’s humorous and heart-felt accounts of his year living in Provence will touch and amuse, and evoke fond memories of travel to fascinating places — and they might even trigger reflection on the importance of being afforded new chances in life. 

TREAT YOURSELF to some belly laughter and fond reminiscing about your own past travels!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul ShorePaul Shore
is an author and technology industry veteran,
who has worked around the globe.
His second book, “Uncorked”, is an Amazon Best Seller, a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist, and a nominee for a Whistler Writers Festival Independent Book Award.
Paul’s drive to embrace new challenges has seen him involved in a variety of pursuits. After the software startup he was with in France was acquired by computer chip maker Broadcom in 1999, Paul returned to Vancouver and led the company’s voice-over-internet group for years. Marrying a talent for business with a passion for sport and community, Shore pursued a role in the world of sports and spent an inspiring, and at times physically risky, few years working for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He has also regularly dedicated energy to volunteerism, while living in Whistler with his wife and children and exploring the mountains and ocean of the coast.

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A Very French Christmas: tour quotations

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on Tour

August 8-14

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A Very French Christmas:
The Greatest French Holiday Stories
of All Time

(short story collection)

Release date: October 10, 2017
at New Vessel Press

ISBN: 978-1939931504
142 pages

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SYNOPSIS

A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel.
With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas like the French.

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THE AUTHORS

Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France
Irène Némirovsky, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Dominique Fabre,
Paul Arene, Francois Coppee, Antoine Gustave Droz, Anatole La Braz

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Books Are Cool

This book very successfully presents us with an excellent selection of festive French literature that I think will please and interest the vast majority of readers.
The Frenchness emerges in various ways in the anthology.
The book makes for an interesting, enjoyable and educational read, will make your Christmas more multi-cultural and will, I hope, tempt you to discover more French writers after sampling the writing in this anthology.

The Fictional 100

A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time is a joy to hold and page through, as it is beautifully produced–not surprising since it comes from New Vessel Press.
I have described so many stories, because they were all so fascinating, just as the book’s subtitle promises. The Christmas themes are treated with a refreshing originality and variety, and I can imagine returning to reread this collection for many Christmases to come.

The French Village Diaries

This selection of Christmas tales was full of beautifully written pieces.
Culturally I learned a lot and was certainly glad to make my acquaintance of some of France’s great writers. I am looking forward to re-reading this book nearer the festive season and now that I’ve dipped my toes into the literature of some of France’s greats, I’m keen to read more.

Words And Peace

Experience Christmas as you have never before, with this unique, very French short story collection.

Readerbuzz

There’s a definite French-ish feel to the stories, and all of them have a little dash of Christmas in them.
Yes, these are good stories. More than that, they are remarkably good stories. So good that I think I’ll go back and read them again.

Reading To Unwind

This is a short story collection like none I have ever read before.
The stories where great with very profound lessons.

Reading for the Stars and Moon

I feel like this is a nice little book that shows the differences in culture and tradition of a French Christmas toward, for me, an American Christmas.
I would definitely recommend this book if you like to read about other cultures.

Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Each story is only about to 5-15 pages long.
They are fun, interesting, heartwarming, inspiring, delightful, magical, compelling, and even sometimes funny.
I loved learning more about French culture during Christmas time.

Locks, Hooks and Books

I liked learning about the way French celebrate Christmas and seeing something other than British or American

 

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