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Monday, July 6, 2009

VBT - Barbara Bonfigli

Hello Friends!

Wow what a month! June passed by in a flurry of activity. All three of my out-of-state children & one grandchild came in and we were busy, busy, busy! Now everyone is gone back to their lives and it is quiet, quiet, quiet LOL!

Today I bring to you, author Barbara Bonfigli and her book, Cafe Tempest Adventures on a Small Greek Island which is on tour with Niki Leigh Promotions.

First a little about the author.....Barbara is an author, lyricist and theatrical producer. When she isn’t writing songs or travel articles, or producing shows, she packs some French roast and catches a plane to Athens. Then a ferry or a hydrofoil to... but that's classified.

She hitchhiked to Greece in her first nomadic summer, and discovered her native land. She’s been exploring it ever since -- hiking in the Pelion, kayaking in the Dodecanese, sailing the Aegean. In a tiny seaside taverna, over fried kalamari and a pitcher of homemade red, a few Greek families and she watched Obama conquer Berlin.

Maps are her recreational drug of choice. After wearing out five passports and four continents she uncorked her memories and imagination -- and a bottle or two of retsina -- to write her first novel, "Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island". It's a kind of "A Year in Provence" meets "Zorba the Greek". You are invited to the mythical island of Pharos, to laugh and dance in the hammock, not the cradle of Western civilization.

Now, about the book......What is it about Greece that makes it so exotic, so romantic, so tantalizing that it’s right at the top of everybody’s bucket list – the one foreign land they’re longing to visit? Our dreams are made on Never on Sunday, Zorba the Greek, and more recently My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mama Mia.

Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island is a witty, evocative, beautifully written novel that puts you right in the heart of Greek island life. It’s so alive with the sights and smells and tastes and characters of Greece that you can pick it up and start your Mediterranean vacation on page one. On a deeper level, the book is filled with the kinds of observations, reflections, and arc of self-discovery that make Eat, Pray, Love so compelling.

“Welcome to Pharos. Laugh and dance in the hammock—not the cradle—of Western civilization,” says author, lyricist, and theatrical producer Barbara Bonfigli. “I’ve been falling in love with Greece since I was old enough to drink retsina. But if Sarah hadn’t captured my imagination you’d never know how I feel about friendship, feta, and the abundance of grace that turns friends into lovers and fishermen into kings.”

When Sarah, a thirty-something American theatrical producer, is asked to direct the locals in their summer show, she picks Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. What follows is a hilarious adventure in casting, rehearsing, and consuming. Her neighbors are excited about acting but delirious about eating. Their rehearsals in a deconsecrated church become a feast in four acts.
Armed with a sizzling wit, a dangerously limited Greek vocabulary, and a pitch-perfect ear for drama, Sarah navigates the major egos and minor storms of a cab driver Caliban, a postmaster Prospero, and a host of fishermen dukes and knaves.

When she falls in love, there are even trickier seas to navigate. Her own offstage romance provides an exhilarating, unpredictable counterpoint to Shakespeare’s story of magic, intrigue, and the power of love.

Sounds interesting..... To learn about Barbara Bonfigli and Café Tempest, feel free to visit any of these sites.....

Barbara Bonfigli’s website – www.cafetempest.com

Order Café Tempest directly from the publisher - http://www.tellmepress.com/pub_ct.php or from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Café-Tempest-Adventures-Small-Island/dp/0981645313

To see the complete tour schedule visit http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2009/05/cafe-tempest-by-barbara-bonfigli-summer.html

Well Friends, hope you enjoy this visit to a small Greek island!

Trying to get things back on an even keel after such a busy month - so I may only see you a couple time a week again for a while.

Until later....take care and be BLESSED!


Nikki Leigh said...

Hi Pam

Thank you for sharing information about Cafe Tempest and Barbara with your readers. We're hearing great things from bloggers and blog readers about the book :)

Nikki Leigh

Barbara Bonfigli said...

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for inviting your readers to "Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island." If they're recovering from a guest invasion of this holiday weekend my novel may be just the thing to airlift them to a warm sunny low key locale where knowing no one isn't a barrier to having your best time. Don't you think there's room for a delicious Greek vacation in everyone's imagination? Opa! Barbara
visit my website at cafetempest.com and tellmepress.com www.tellmepress.com