This project started with very humble beginnings and I am so proud of what it has become.
The beautiful artwork featured in "A Tea Reader" was done by New Hampshire-based artist Stephanie Sewhuk-Thomas and Massachusetts-based artist Katie Sloss. For information about reprints of the work please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make inquiries to the artists.
Featured essayists (alphabetical list):
Louisa May Alcott -- Author of more than 30 works. Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Brother Anthony of Taizé -- Professor emeritus at Sogang University. Author. Seoul, South Korea.
Sir Edwin Arnold -- Poet and journalist in the 1800s. England/India.
Danielle Beaudette -- Owner of Cozy Tea Cart. New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Sebastian Beckwith -- Founder of In Pursuit of Tea. Connecticut/New York, U.S.A.
Les Blank (as told to Katrina Ávila Munichiello) -- Acclaimed filmmaker of "All in this Tea." California, U.S.A.
Julie Carney -- Animal control officer. New York, U.S.A.
Laura Childs -- Author of ten "Tea Shop Mysteries." U.S.A.
George Constance -- Owner of Indonique Tea. Connecticut/Louisiana, U.S.A.
Babette Donaldson -- Author of "Emma Lea" children's tea book series. California, U.S.A.
Kate Finnegan -- Director of Kaji Aso Studio. Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Aaron Fisher -- Author of several books including "The Way of Tea." Taiwan.
Roy Fong -- Owner of Imperial Tea Court. California, U.S.A.
Robert Fortune -- Botanist and explorer in the 1800s. Scotland/India.
George Gissing -- Novelist in the 1800s. England.
Cynthia Gold -- Tea sommelier. Massachusetts, U.S.A.
G.J. Gordon, Esq. -- Secretary of the committee to explore a tea industry in India in the 1830s. England.
Muriel Harris -- Journalist and author in the early 1900s. England.
Russell Hires -- Father. Florida, U.S.A.
Stefani Hite -- PR/Marketing Art Director turned educator. Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Jehiel Keeler Hoyt -- Editor in the 1800's. New Jersey, U.S.A.
Rudyard Kipling -- Author of works including "The Jungle Book." India/England/U.S.A.
Elizabeth Knight -- Tea sommelier, lecturer, and author. New York, U.S.A.
Kirsten Kristensen -- Owner of Tea 4 U. Tea specialist. New Jersey, U.S.A.
Gina Leibrecht -- Filmmaker and editor. California, U.S.A.
Thomas J. Lipton -- Founder of Lipton tea. Yachting enthusiast. Scotland.
Kien Long -- Ruler of China from 1736-1795. China.
Dheepa Maturi -- Owner of Chai, Baby!, Indiana, U.S.A.
John Millstead -- Police officer and father. Texas, U.S.A.
Peter Anthony Motteux -- Editor of England's first magazine, 1692. France/England.
Frank Hadley Murphy -- Author of "The Spirit of Tea." New Mexico, U.S.A.
William Robertson Nicoll/Claudius Clear -- Ordained minister/editor. England.
Rob Nunally -- Owner of Onomea Tea Company. Hawaii, U.S.A.
Stephen D. Owyoung -- Curator of Asian art. Missouri, U.S.A.
Jane Pettigrew -- Tea lecturer, writer, and consultant. England.
James Norwood Pratt -- Noted tea lecturer and author. California, U.S.A.
Ahmed Rahim -- Founder of Numi Tea. California, U.S.A.
Anne Thackeray Ritchie -- Author of "From an Island," 1877. London, England.
Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore -- Writer, photographer, and geographer in the late 1800s. U.S.A.
William Gordon Stables -- Surgeon in the Royal Navy. Author in the 1800s. Scotland.
Debbra Summers -- Lives on a farm with her husband, six cats and a dog. Canada.
Lu T'ung -- Philosopher and poet in the 800s A.D., China.
Jodi-Anne Williams-Rogers -- Environmentalist and writer. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stephanie Lemmons Wilson -- Blogger and creative artist. Northwestern U.S.A.
Stephanie Wright -- Psychologist. South Carolina, U.S.A.
Virginia Wright -- Writer/Editor of Gongfu Girl. Co-founder of the Association of Tea Bloggers. Washington, U.S.A.
Le Yih -- Early Ch'ing Dynasty. China.
Winnie Yu -- Owner of Teance. California, U.S.A.
Dorothy Ziemann -- Mother and pediatric ER nurse. Georgia, U.S.A.
F.A.Q.s about "A Tea Reader"
1. How long did it take you to write the book?
The whole process officially started back in April of 2009 when I posted the call for essays on my blog. I spent the
next six months collecting essays from the open call, as well as reaching out to people I knew in the industry asking
(begging?) them to write for me. I sent proposals to agents and publishers in October 2009. Tuttle Publishing expressed
interest and we decided to add in the historical/older essays and I spent the next seven months finishing the manuscript
and editing, editing, editing. The book was released in October 2011. 18 months from my first step until it hit the shelves.
2. What is your favorite kind of tea?
I definitely can't answer that. I am the kind of person who chooses my tea by mood. This morning I'm in a writing mood
and today it called for a darker oolong. Some times I'm looking to re-focus and I go with something like an Assam or
Yunnan or a Kenyan CTC. If I'm feeling mellow and relaxed you'll probably find me with a greener oolong or a 1st flush
3. What's your next project?
Top secret. Just kidding. I actually do have another book project in the works but it's a little too early to announce.
I have submitted my first proposal but, as we saw before, it could take awhile. I can't wait to tell you all about it though.
In the meantime I'm continuing to blog at Tea Pages and write for magazines and newspapers as I can. I'm a Contributing Writer
at World Tea News and very soon I'll be announcing a new position I am very excited about. And if you just can't get enough of
me you can find me on Twitter (@TeaPages), TeaTra.de, and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/teareader).
4. How can I get an autographed copy?
If you'd like an autographed copy, email me (kamwrites (at) gmail.com) and let me know where you're located. I'll let you know
if I know of a local shop that stocks signed books. Otherwise I'll be happy to send you a personalized/autographed book plate.
5. How can I get you to do a reading?
I'm booking events and readings as I can. Send me an email (kamwrites (at) gmail.com) with the details and we can talk about it.
My travel budget is small right now but I try hard to get to where people want me.