Sunday, August 27, 2023

Hummingbird Books Local Author Fair on Sep 14th


So excited to be a part of this year’s local author fair at Hummingbird Books Thursday night, September 14th, from 6 to 8 PM. Thank you so much to the folks at Hummingbird Books for having me. I look forward to seeing you there!

Hummingbird books is located at “The Street” in Chestnut Hill, MA, between the Shake Shack and Legal Seafood. Plenty of free parking.


55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Both my books will be available for sale there, plus some treats.

The Happy Clam

“Throughout, she revealed herself as insightful and funny, charming and wise, qualities that, along with the rigor of her presentation of research, ensure The Happy Clam stands out from the pack.”

BookLife Review


“The Happy Clam is a self-help book about finding one's inner happiness and contentment – a topic that has been well traveled. However, Schmidt has the ability to tread these waters with a unique perspective, and successfully manages to take a tired subject and breathe new life into it.  During a time when the whole world is feeling quite down and lost, a book such as this is welcomed with open arms.”

BookLife Prize Critic’s Report


“More than just another motivational self-help oriented memoir, "The Happy Clam" is particularly inspirational with real life illustrations, observations, and insights that reads with the storytelling style of a memorable novel.”

Midwest Book Review


“A very apt title for a very happy little book!  This book is a treasure, a mixture of anecdotal evidence as well as that backed by research, 'The Happy Clam' features many practical strategies to boost your happiness. Chapters are short and snappy, and read well.  The book is very readable, aided massively by the personal contributions the author shares.”

Morag Murray


“This short, sweet book is like a long conversation with your really smart best friend.”

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Award Judges Panel


Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (2003)

Or: Rugby and the meaning of life. Explores life lessons drawn from the sport of rugby.


“The lessons of sport, be it rugby or tennis, are the lessons that guide a successful and productive life – as long as you look for them, listen and learn.  Schmidt has done all of this for us.”

Donna A. Lopiano, PhD, CEO, Women’s Sports Foundation


“Rugby - a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.”

Oscar Wilde


For more about what people are saying about The Happy Clam, reviews, and interviews, see prior blog posts. For the playlist, see the post from July 2020.


Watertown Arts Market 2023


A big thank you to everyone who stopped by my table at the Watertown Arts Market, held Saturday August 19th at Filippello Park. It was a delight meeting folks and sharing my books and geodes with kids young and old alike.


Geodes & Journals Program 2023


We also just finished up another successful Geodes and Journals program at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club, with the help of some friends and co-workers from the US Army Corps of Engineers New England District. Through geodes and journals, we introduced the kids to writing and rocks, as geodes offer the perfect gateway to science and engineering. We also covered water and life, and about 4 billion years of Earth history, no small feat!


© 2023 Rosemary A. Schmidt

Rose Schmidt is the author of The Happy Clam (© 2020), and Go Forward, Support! The Rugby of Life (© 2003), both published by Gainline Press. The views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the views of any other agency or organization. Use of individual quotes with proper citation and attribution, within the limits of fair use, is permitted. If you would like to request permission to use or reprint any of the content on the site, please contact me. Twitter: Rosebud@GainlineRS

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