Welcome to the website for "A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time" Tuttle Publishing, October 2011

"A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time"
 is a collection of non-fiction essays, old and new, inspired by tea.

The intent is to show that tea is far more than something that quenches your thirst.  

Tea provides comfort, a time for reflection, and a starting point for conversation.  

 Tea plays a supporting role in the stories of our lives. 

  "A Tea Reader" aims to share the ways that tea has changed our lives, one cup at a time.


Publishers Weekly says:

"Like fine wine, savoring a cup of tea involves more than expertise.
In this charming anthology, freelance journalist and blogger Munichiello provides a refreshing reminder    of the days when tea parties evoked thoughts of friendship rather than political differences." 

Shelf Awareness says:

This anthology of essays, stories, and poems devoted to the art and comfort of tea is as warm and soothing as that hot cuppa...So although at least a passing appreciation for tea will further readers' appreciation, any fan of good writing will enjoy sampling the contents...even, dare it be said, those who prefer coffee."

Mary Lou Heiss, co-author of The Story of Tea and
The Tea Enthusiasts Handbook

"Like a fragrant pot of tea, this well-curated collection of personal narratives is full-bodied, bracing and delicious. Cozy up in a comfortable chair (with your favorite cuppa, of course) and lose yourself in the keen enthusiasm of this convivial group of tea lovers as they weave personal memories and heartfelt experiences about the importance of tea in their lives. This is a richly rewarding compendium that speaks to the passion and allegiance of tea drinkers."

Joseph P. Simrany, President of Tea Association of the USA, Inc. says:
"A glimpse into the lives and souls of people who share a common passion;  their unrelenting love for tea. A must-read for tea enthusiasts and
those who soon will be."

Tracy Stern, Founder of SALONTEA and author of
Tea Party
and Tea for You says:

"Katrina brilliantly captures the romance and journey of tea."

Shozo Sato, professor emeritus,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign says:

"My recommendation is that reading an anecdote or two with a cup of tea will bring pleasure and appreciation to anyone who enjoys drinking tea."

Here's a promotional video to give you a sense of the book.

"A Tea Reader" Promo Video


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You can also find out more about the author, 
Katrina Ávila Munichiello, at www.kamwrites.com

The book is available for purchase through
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound
, and
from bookstores and tea shops around the world.


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 Darjeeling.

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) 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.