A huge thank you to all the booksellers who have been so supportive of me and the book. I’m so grateful! I’d love to work with you to plan a fun book event for your bookstore patrons and readers.
If you’d like to brainstorm a book event for Friendship Bread, please get in touch with Random House publicity through the Contact page. In addition to the traditional book signings and book clubs, there are Amish Friendship Bread recipe swaps, bake offs, or even fundraisers to help local charities. Co-promotional opportunities with local libraries, bakeries, farmer’s markets, and cooking schools create even more options for readers to engage with the author and the book in a fun and memorable way.
Here are some in-store event ideas:
- Recipe Swap: For bookstore patrons who’ve been bit by the Amish Friendship Bread bug, they can bring copies of their favorite Amish Friendship Bread recipe to swap with other patrons who have copies of their favorite recipes, too! I’ll bring several of my own to share, too. If people print them on letter-size paper, by the end of the night everyone will have their own “custom” Amish Friendship Bread “cookbook.” Hand out a cover sheet with the bookstore’s logo, Friendship Bread book cover, event date, and “Amish Friendship Bread Recipe Swap with Author Darien Gee.” It’s a fun, wonderful keepsake for everyone!
- Make-Your-Own-Starter-Kits: Have a large bag of flour, a large bag of sugar, a container of milk or water (if milk, keep refrigerated until use or use a powdered milk with enough water to mix), packets of instant yeast, and a box of gallon-size Ziploc bags. You can either set up an assembly-line format with people taking a bag and then working their way down the line (other people can “serve” each ingredient into the bag), or let people make their own. They can mash the ingredients in the bag — even if it doesn’t mix together right away, it will as the days go by. And in ten days they’ll be ready to bake!
- The Friendship Bread Challenge: Let bookstore patrons come up with their best Amish Friendship Bread recipes! They can bring copies of their recipes along with their bread, then choose the top one or two favorites.
- Host a Bake and Take: Just like in the novel, you can use your Amish Friendship Bread starter to bake different variations to share with the community. Join the greater Friendship Bread Kitchen Bake and Take (in March, June and September), or do your own! Make a list of people or organizations you are grateful for, and ask bookstore patrons to bake a loaf or two for them. You can also do cupcakes, muffins, or even cookies (do a search on our site or browse the Recipe Box for ideas). We often forget how grateful we are for the people in our lives, not just close friends and families, but the people who keep our homes safe, who educate our children, who deliver our mail, who offer a friendly smile. A Bake and Take is your way to thank them in return, and to let them know how much you appreciate them!
Our Readers’ Guide has 12 thought-provoking questions about the book. To view them, click here. I’m also available to double the signing and sign my titles written as the national bestselling author, Mia King.
I look forward to connecting soon!