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I am an author, educator, musician, and ex-small business owner.
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Got a really nice review today

From Writing Tips to Naked Irishmen: Short Reads on Vermont Books by Margot Harrison, et al. (7 Days Newspaper, Vermont)

“The streets and even the sidewalks were frequently littered, and unsavory-looking characters lurked around every corner — homeless people and drug addicts, as well as an occasional prostitute or two.”

In this passage from her memoir, Nancy R. Hinchliff describes the historic Louisville, Ky., neighborhood where, at the age of 64, she purchased an elegant Victorian hoping to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. A retired schoolteacher with little relevant experience, she nonetheless ended up running her inn for two decades, gathering plenty of stories along the way. From rehab nightmares to unhelpful help to eccentric guests (the title alludes to two particularly memorable ones), Hinchliff weathered plenty of misadventures. An independent-minded, lifelong urbanite who minces no words — — "Moving to Vermont," she writes, "was like moving to a third-world country for me" — she tells her tales in brisk, readable chapters. Each one includes a delicious-sounding recipe from Hinchliff's B&B repertoire.

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale
By Nancy R. Hinchliff, She Writes Press, 240 pages. $16.92.
Hinchliff launches her book on Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m. at Phoenix Books Essex.
— M.H.


New Book Pre-Sale Orders

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman: An Innkeeper's Tale, by Nancy Hinchliff, is now available for pre-sale. It describes the author’s experiences running a B&B in Old Louisville. Publication date is June 6, but you can preorder it by going to Divas. After June 6, look for it at Carmichael’s and other major book outlets.

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Nancy Hinchliff: Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen - An Innkeeper's Tale Book Launch
Essex
Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale with author Nancy Hinchliff!
ABOUT THE BOOK: In 1994, at the age of 64 with no business experience and very little start-up money, Nancy Hinchliff buys a turn-of-the-century mansion in Louisville, Kentucky on a whim and turns it into a charming Victorian Inn. Through sheer tenacity, she learns the business while successfully coping with one mishap after another. The reader is drawn into this humorous and engaging tale as the author wields her way around cantankerous contractors, harrowing housekeepers, and no shortage of strange and interesting guests and events. Through her collected stories, Hinchliff gives readers a personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it’s like to be an inn keeper as she candidly describes her twenty-year journey of self discovery.
"For anyone who has ever thought about running a Bed & Breakfast, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman offers a hilarious birds-eye view behind the Victorian curtains... with mouth-watering recipes woven through-out, the author shows us just how much you can do with a little daring tenacity in the face of a lonely retirement." —Katharine Hollister, editor, Beatdom Magazine
“Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen is brave, funny, entertaining, and educational. I loved [Hinchliff’s] wit, marveled at her courage and tenacity, and rooted her on throughout.” —Teresa Rhyne, author of The Dog Lived (and so will I)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nancy Hinchliff holds undergraduate degrees in music and education and graduate degrees in music, science of education, and special education. She is certified to teach English, music, geography and history. She taught in the Chicago public school system for twenty-five years, and in the school of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing all of her adult life-mostly journal articles, essays, and creative non-fiction-and has been published in newsletters, local magazines, and as a guest on several blogs. In 2008 she coauthored Room at the Table, a cookbook written for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky, for which she won their president's award. Hinchliff is now a member of the Burlington, VT Writer's Workshops and is working on her second memoir.

DATE: Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex, 21 Essex Way, Essex
ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

Nice article in Vermont Biz magazine yesterday
Operatic Divas & Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale
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Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:56am -- Denise Sortor
Nancy Hinchliff and Phoenix Books Essex will celebrate the launch of Hinchliff's new memoir, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale, on Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm. In 1994, at the age of 64, with no business experience and very little start-up money, Nancy Hinchliff bought a turn-of-the-century mansion in Louisville, Kentucky on a whim and turned it into a charming Victorian Inn. Through sheer tenacity, she learned the business while successfully coping with one mishap after another.
In Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen, the reader is drawn into this humorous and engaging tale as the author wields her way around cantankerous contractors, harrowing housekeepers, and no shortage of strange and interesting guests and events. Through her collected stories, Hinchliff gives readers a personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it’s like to be an innkeeper as she candidly describes her twenty-year journey of self discovery.
"For anyone who has ever thought about running a bed and breakfast, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman offers a hilarious birds-eye view behind the Victorian curtains... with mouth-watering recipes woven through-out, the author shows us just how much you can do with a little daring tenacity in the face of a lonely retirement."
—Katharine Hollister, editor, Beatdom Magazine
“Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen is brave, funny, entertaining, and educational. I loved [Hinchliff’s] wit, marveled at her courage and tenacity, and rooted her on throughout.”
—Teresa Rhyne, author of The Dog Lived (and so will I)
Nancy Hinchliff holds undergraduate degrees in music and education and graduate degrees in music, science of education, and special education. She is certified to teach English, music, geography and history. She taught in the Chicago public school system for twenty-five years, and in the school of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing all of her adult life - mostly journal articles, essays, and creative non-fiction - and has been published in newsletters, local magazines, and as a guest on several blogs. In 2008, she coauthored Room at the Table, a cookbook written for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky, for which she won their president's award. Hinchliff is now a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop and is working on her second memoir.
This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Essex is located at 21 Essex Way in Essex, Vermont. Copies of Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-872-7111 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz (link is external).
About Phoenix Books:
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Phoenix Books Essex, Phoenix Books Burlington, Phoenix Books Rutland and Phoenix Books Misty Valley are Vermont-owned, independent bookstores. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. Seven Days readers voted Phoenix Books the "Best Bookstore" for the newspaper's 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Daysie Awards, and Rutland Herald readers voted Phoenix Books the 'Best Local Bookstore' for the newspaper's 2016 Best of the Best awards


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