Lift Off

Published April 3, 2016 by rochellewisoff
Book signing Scott H

Good friends came to support me.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 is a date that will stick in my mind and on my wall for a long time to come. For me this was a long dreamt of milestone—my first Barnes & Noble book signing.

BN with Rebbe

It’s pretty special when your rabbi shows up. Thanks, Rebbe!

signing books

Although Please Say Kaddish for Me debuted in May of 2015 and From Silt and Ashes close behind in December, due to extenuating circumstances and a full time job, they were never officially launched. 


For four hours old friends and new readers gave congratulatory hugs and asked questions. Friends and family members had already purchased the books but wanted them personally autographed. This author happily complied.

Isn’t ‘author’ a lovely word?

BN with Tarin and Jan

My hubby, Jan, managed to get in a picture. The young lady is our great niece Tarin Clay. How sweet that she made a special trip for the occasion. Sorry this one’s a little fuzzy. Still precious.

BN with Weiners

There’s nothing more wonderful than family at a book signing. I’m between my cousin, Jeffrey Weiner and his lovely wife Karyn.

BN with Kimmee

Avid reader and good friend, Kim. I’m thrilled she got a copy of each book.

BN with Denise

With Denise Mahoney. Isn’t she adorable?

Meeting a new fan. She read Please Say Kaddish for Me with her book club. On to  From Silt and Ashes!

Meeting a new fan. She read Please Say Kaddish for Me with her book club. On to From Silt and Ashes!

BN with MG

With Marie Gail Stratford, someone who has shared tears and laughed at my jokes. Thanks MG!

BN with Theo and T Toon

Theo and Terry…we were coworkers for many years. Now we’re ‘just friends.’

A new happy memory. Stay tuned for the next time!

A new happy memory. Stay tuned for the next time!



78 comments on “Lift Off

  • How wonderful, congratulations! I can only imagine how exciting that must have been! And yes, “author” is a lovely word indeed. I love the framed announcement, what a great way to commemorate this milestone.

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  • Congratulations! How very exciting. Just a couple of weeks ago my boyfriend was talking about his temple’s reading challenge. I mentioned your blog and that I thought you had written a book and suggested his group check it out. Now, I will have to follow up that they did:)

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    • Dear Nato,

      A temple would be the perfect place for my books. There are two now. 😉 From Silt and Ashes is the sequel to Please Say Kaddish for Me. Jewish history that really isn’t well known…the dark side of Fiddler on the Roof.

      At any rate, thank you for stopping by. 😀



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  • Yes! You can officially add the title Author (though you were already, it is always nice to have it confirmed in such a big way!) Congrats, my friend, I could not be happier for you. A most deserved honour!

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  • Congrats and may the memories of that very special day carry you forward when you’re feeling overwhelmed or swamped – hard word, dedication, time and effort spent, but following the dream held within your heart! Worth all of the effort – and truly – more than a beautiful accomplishment for the author you are!

    Beautiful Rochelle!

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  • Dear Rochelle

    Many congratulations on your very special day. It looks as though you enjoyed every last minute of it. Jan looks so proud of you as we at FF are after all the hard work you have put in to get where you are now.

    May you go from strength to strength.

    Well done and, if i may, ‘mazel tov’

    Best wishes

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    • Dear Dee,

      Thank you so much for coming by. It was a lovely day and Jan is a proud, supportive husband. I’m blessed there. It’s been wonderful having FF’rs comment on this post, too. You certainly may say ‘mazel tov.’ 😉



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