tomorrow night’s book launch + latest country style issue…
Posted in my heart wanders, recent work April 28th, 2011 by pia

wow, it’s really happening: Today My Heart Wanders is being delivered to bookstores across the country. And the official book launch here in Sydney is tomorrow night at Ariel Books in Paddington. Have you rsvp’d? If you plan to come, please make sure you email or call Ariel (02 9332 4581) to let them know as I’ve had word that they will be checking names at the door. Party on, people! This is going to be fun. (PS don’t sit at home and watch the royal wedding, come and hang out with us instead! It will be the place to be).

In more exciting news, the latest country style magazine is out on newsstand shelves today and features a very special article I wrote about Australian artist Greg Hyde (do you remember my post about him on the lovely bloesem some years ago?), and how a visit to his mud brick home five years back inspired me to listen to my heart which lead me to move to Paris, then Amsterdam, and then to write about the journey which is, My Heart Wanders. It seems magical when you look back and realise how certain events and occurrences lead you to where you are today, non? Back then, if someone had said to me that I would end up living on a houseboat in Amsterdam, with a French man, and be asked to write a book about it, I would have said “you’ve lost your marbles”.

I will tell you more about the article and the shoot next week, but for now, I hope you can locate a copy of the magazine to read it at your leisure. Victoria Carey, the editor of Country Style, will be coming along to the book launch tomorrow night to say a few words.

Meanwhile, I have to get on with the preparations for magnolia square for Saturday! Above is a sneak peek at what I’m making. And in my usual style, I’ve left the whole ‘what to wear’ to the last minute, and am dashing out the door to go and find myself a vintage dress.

Hope to see you tomorrow night at Ariel!


PS musicians wanted! I’d LOVE some acoustic & instrumental music at the launch tomorrow night, but all efforts to locate a band free for the night have failed. If you and a friend play the guitar or violin, or the likes, and would be happy to play some lovely sweet music while people mingle tomorrow night, I’d be forever grateful.

PPS I took these photos with my iphone, using with tilt shift and the new brannan filter.


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  1. Eva / Sycamore Street Press says

    Congratulations on the new book, Pia! It looks like just the kind of thing I could devour in one night. I’ll have to get my hands on it… wish I could be there at the launch!

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  2. .kat. says

    Wish I was in Sydney! Know abouts
    when your wonderful book will be
    available in the US? Oh! And I
    think you meant tilt “shift”. ;D

    April 28th, 2011 | #

  3. katiecrackernuts says

    I will be at the launch tomorrow night and on your suggestion picked up CS to read on the train home. Given my partner and I are craving our country roots we both read it before the evening’s end, me recalling Trelawney House (it’s on the way to where a dear friend’s propery was) and Dunedoo’s art show, also in the current edition, and so many places in between. It was perfect to curl up with on the couch during a wet and windy evening (when I should have been running, whoops). See you tomorrow. Sorry no instruments from me, I am a dunce at all things musical. I can hum.

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  4. Augusta says

    pia, you’re such an inspiration and a guiding star. please keep doing what you are doing. congratulations and enjoy tomorrow! wish i could be there. i’m sure you will look stunning.


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  5. dayle says

    Congratulations – wonderful, enjoy the launch night! dayle

    April 28th, 2011 | #

  6. Lucy says

    Congratulations! A beautiful cover for a beautiful book. How inspiring that you followed your heart and now look where you are.

    April 28th, 2011 | #

  7. pia says

    merci mes amis!

    @.kat – classic!! Now corrected, thank you!!


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  8. Luisa Brimble says

    Can’t wait Pia!!!! WOW!!! Finally going to meet you. There will be four of us coming to see you! Yipeeeeeeee!!!!!

    April 29th, 2011 | #

  9. Jane Frosh says

    Hi there! I would LOVE to come to your launch tonight! I have emailed Arial, fingers crossed there is space for me. jane x

    April 29th, 2011 | #

  10. olga says

    Oh, can’t wait to see the new Country Style! Congarts, Pia!! Hope you have the best weekend!

    April 29th, 2011 | #

  11. Penelope@thirdroomstudio says

    Congratulations – wish I was in Sydney! Looking forward to seeing the book in the store.

    April 29th, 2011 | #

  12. Maria says

    Pia congratulations! I wish I could be there with you at this special event! Hope you are coming in EU for this reason:-)

    April 29th, 2011 | #

  13. Kathryn says

    Hi Pia! Congrats on your beautiful new book. It was lovely to meet you and Romain, briefly, at the book signing at Ariel tonight. I won’t even be sad if it rains all weekend, as I can curl up and read through your book at leisure. Bestest wishes for everything in your future. Hope Arlita and I can catch you again sometime. Kathryn x

    April 29th, 2011 | #

  14. theresa/t does wool says

    congratulations…how I wish I were near to attend.
    I am drooling to get a copy of your book~

    April 30th, 2011 | #

  15. Jane Hall says

    Hello Pia Jane,
    My friend Heather and I met you today at Magnolia Square. You were every bit as lovely as expected and it was a thrill to meet you.
    I have mentioned you and your lovely book on my blog, if you ever get a chance to have a look.
    Continued success and very best wishes,

    April 30th, 2011 | #

  16. Linnea says

    Congratulations, Pia!! That is so BIG :o) Hope you enjoy celebrating this weekend!

    April 30th, 2011 | #

  17. sobrina says

    I wish I could have been there! Also, thanks for posting what you used to take these pictures were — I was just about to ask!

    May 1st, 2011 | #

  18. paula mills says

    Lovely to meet you on Saturday Pia, I am thoroughly enjoying your new book, well done. Paula x (Sweet William)

    May 2nd, 2011 | #

  19. Mandy says

    Oh Pia, I would have so loved to have been there, I’m sure you all had a wonderful night.

    May 2nd, 2011 | #

  20. Rumisu says

    Congratulations again Pia! We would have loved to be there in person, but we’ll be with you in spirit. Thanks for inspiring us to let our hearts wander. Best of luck to you,

    May 2nd, 2011 | #

  21. Evon from Armoire says

    Hi sweetie! I saw it on frankie Magazine issue 41 May/June 2011 🙂 It’s an australian magazine and I saw it in Singapore about your book! I’m so excited! I’m gonna check out borders next week for your book!!!!!!!!!

    congratulations and I cant wait to read them xxo

    May 2nd, 2011 | #

  22. hybrid handmade says

    me too! I would have loved to have been there – I can’t wait for the book to be ready on Amazon!

    May 2nd, 2011 | #

  23. Nuha says

    congrats and good luck on your book signing!! I’m sure the whole thing must be so exhilarating 🙂

    May 2nd, 2011 | #

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  25. Edwina says

    Pia, I so admire you and your work. I will be getting your book off Amazon and hope that it will inspire me to follow my heart.

    May 6th, 2011 | #

  26. Annie says

    hi Pia – first, I just want to congratulate you on your book!!! But I also want to thank you – for following your heart and for sharing your journey here. it is not always an easy decision – but it is one, that once you commit to it, your heart, that is – there is no turning back!! we followed our hearts to kauai, hi and are still amazed at actually “being here.” i would love to have your book in my tiny boutique, here in the middle of the pacific – how do i go about trying to do that? thanks again and keep up all the beautiful posts, photos and messages!!! aloha nui loa, annie

    April 22nd, 2012 | #

  27. Tanya says

    I found your book today in a gorgeous gift shop on the outskirts of Melbourne. As I read it, I feel like I have wrapped myself in something beautiful and every image is an inspiration – Thank you.

    September 10th, 2012 | #

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