Join me at the Big Book Getaway on Feb 21-22, 2014

February 21-22, 2014 The Big Book Getaway


Mohegan Sun Hotel, Uncasville, CT 06382

I'll discuss my novels, take questions,and sign books. Celebrate with hundreds of other book lovers! You'll hear presentations by Debbie Macomber, Sarah Addison Allen, P.J. O’Rourke, Pete Hamill, Eloisa James, Charlotte Rogan and even Dr. Ruth Westheimer! There will also be panel discussions on genres including romance, biography, military, fiction, theater, travel, cooking, memoir, spiritualism, history and many other topics.

FYI: This is a paid event. For tickets and more info go to:

"The Map of True Places" Hits the Bestseller List

The paperback version of "The Map of True Places" hit the Massachusetts South Shore Fiction Bestseller list.

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

Map is in very good company. Just check out the rest of the Top Ten list:

Paperback fiction

1. The Postmistress, Sarah Blake

2. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

4. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

5. Lipstick in Afghanistan, Roberta Gatley

6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

7. The Island, Elin Hilderbrand

8. The Map of True Places, Brunonia Barry

9. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Cathleen Schline

10. Winter Garden, Kristin Hannah

To see what other kinds books are selling well in this area, click here.


Breakfast in Cape Cod Anyone?

I'll be in Hyannis this Friday, July 9th at the Cape Code Writers Conference Breakfast with the Authors. The event will be at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis starting at 9:30AM. Authors Spencer Quinn and Lynn Kiele Bonasia will be there with me. Please come if you're in the area. Click here for all the details

Read from my new book "The Map of True Places"

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry My new book, The Map of True Places, will be available on May 4th. In the meantime, you can read excerpts from it starting today and in the weeks to come. It's a story about relationships and family and finding your true place in the world when you have no map to follow. If you'd like to read the first part of the book now, please click here. I'd love to hear your thoughts so feel free to post something on my blog or on Facebook. There'll be two more excerpts released soon so stay tuned.

Where do you go when you’re lost?

The compass points but doesn't lead.

I have a long history of having no idea where I am when I drive. The open road is not my medium. I am far better on the open water. GPS recently changed that but only when I can get all the data input. But recently I have discovered celestial navigation. I can now find my way home from any place in the northern hemisphere using only the stars, an almanac, and a watch. Since most of my friends and family don’t have the courage to let me drive, this will not make a big difference in their lives, but it will in mine.

This all came about because I’m working on the rewrite of my second book The Map of True Places, which will come out in the summer of 2010. The stars are turning out to be important to the story, an image system of sorts, in the same way that lace became an image system in The Lace Reader. I have to say that I didn’t plan it that way, it just sort of happened. I was lost in poetry and literary quotes. But I couldn’t make those work the way I wanted them to. They weren’t adding to the story. So I stepped back and took a look at what I had written and was surprised to find that the stars were everywhere, as was navigation, both historically and metaphorically.

So I’m studying celestial navigation. I’m learning to use a sextant and mathematical tables. By the time I’m finished, I plan to be certified. So, if one of you ever gets stuck with me on a boat in the middle of nowhere without a GPS or Loran, and it’s a clear night, you can count on me to get us home. As long as it’s in the Northern Hemisphere. And there’s an almanac on board. And one of us still wears a watch.