Thursday, November 1, 2012

Author Jennifer Chiaverini: The Giving Quilt

There’s something about cooler weather that always brings back memories of my youth snuggling under big, thick quilts handmade by my grandmother. The elements of love, caring and family that went into her quilts can also be found woven into author Jennifer Chiaverini’s New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series.

I’m delighted to share with you today a look at Jennifer’s latest installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series, THE GIVING QUILT. In time for Thanksgiving, THE GIVING QUILT is a heartfelt tale that celebrates the joy of generosity.

I’m also happy to announce that Jennifer will be visiting my home state next week on your book tour. She will be heading to Atlanta for her first time ever on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The setting is the Georgia Center for the Book at the DeKalb County Public Library at 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 7. The library is located at 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur (GA). 

A modern master of contemporary and historical fiction, Jennifer’s Elm Creek Quilts series has topped the bestseller list twice in the last year alone. In THE GIVING QUILT, Jennifer takes a page from her own life to deliver an emotional and poignant story very close to her heart. As a long-time member and advocate of Project Linus, an organization dedicated to providing quilts and blankets to children in need, Jennifer decided to donate a very unique and special gift—a prime spot in one of her bestselling novels.

At Elm Creek Manor, the circle of quilters is hard at work preparing forTheGivingQuilt “Quiltsgiving.” Held annually the week after Thanksgiving, expert and novice quilters from near and far gather for a special winter session of quilt camp to make pieces for Project Linus. 

As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to the question, “Why do you give?” in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Each of the quilters, including a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt shop clerk, uses her unique talents to teach, inspire, and give back to her fellow campers. 

Once again Jennifer delivers the complex characters and rich descriptions of setting and mood that fans and critics have come to expect. Featuring not only well-loved characters but intriguing newcomers, THE GIVING QUILT will remind us all that it is truly better to give than to receive. 

Jennifer is also the author of five collections of quilt projects inspired by her novels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more on Jennifer and her writing, visit her website at

Are you a quilter? Do you enjoy reading novels where quilting is woven into the story? Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget, if you’re in Decatur (GA) next week stop by for Jennifer’s book tour.

1 comment:

  1. Mason - What an interesting premise for a story; a group of quilters. And I have always liked the work of Project Linus. It's a terrific case ad I'm glad it's getting some 'air time' in this novel. Thanks for highlighting this.


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