[Author Chat + Giveaway] Mara Rockliff on Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

A great chat with Mara Rockliff. I promise you’ll want to eat a gingerbread cookie afterwords. Or maybe two or three. 🙂

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There’s nothing more delicious than learning something new about a well-loved food.

When I think of gingerbread, I think of Emily Dickinson lowering basketfuls to the neighborhood children, Laura Ingalls Wilder setting out a pan to cool at Rocky Ridge Farm, or Emily Brontë baking a family parkin. I’d read about gingerbread’s long and interesting history, marveling that Queen Elizabeth I was essentially responsible for the gingerbread boy cookies we now bake every holiday season. But I never imagined a gingerbread baker could be an unsung hero in Revolutionary history.

Officially hitting shelves today, Mara Rockliff’sGingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution (HMH, 2015), introduces young readers to Christopher Ludwick, a German-born American patriot living in Philadelphia, who as Baker General of the Continental Army, fed General George Washington’s troops and even snuck off…

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Best Way to Begin the New Year: Shameless Self-Promotion


Here’s a conversation between a random blog reader and Robin Newman.

Reader: You’re not going to do it.

Robin: Of course, I am.

Reader: It’s not a good idea.

Robin: Really?

Reader: Really!

Robin: Why not?

Reader: It’s in bad taste.

Robin: Like a little bad taste. Or a lot? I can live with a little. It’s not like I’m doing a reality TV show. (But if anyone is interested, call me! We’ll talk. 🙂 )

Reader: You’re not going to listen to me, are you?

Robin: No, but I’ll be super quick about it. Promise!

Reader: Go for it!


Robin: Deborah Zemke and I will be signing promo copies of our book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, at the ALA Conference in Chicago on Saturday, January 31th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, McCormick Place West, Exhibit Hall, Booth 4226. If you’re around, please stop by! We’d love to see you!

Reader: That wasn’t too painful.

Robin: I’m not done yet. And I also want to let everyone know that The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Super awesome, right?

Reader: Right! Are you done now?

Robin: Almost. If anyone would like some bookmarks, postcards, stickers or flyers, not to mention some super groovy glow in the dark Wilcox & Griswold bracelets, please e-mail me your address. And if any of you could kindly help spread the word about The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, I would really, I mean REALLY, appreciate it. Happy New Year! Wishing everyone all the very best in 2015! xoxo