Pear Tree – November 2019

Photo by JayneAuthor Reading/Signing at Caldwell Library (Photo by Jayne DiGregorio) 

“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it.” — Leo Rosten.

October was unbelievable! First, Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero is released! THEN, Love Cats gets picked up for a SECOND EDITION by traditional publisher Pink Flamingo Media — whoa! It will be released in 2020.

To say I am walking on air is an understatement!

During the month of October, I’ve also completed my first playwright, Ain’t Life a Beach! It will be performed at the Westlake Golf & Country Club in Jackson, NJ, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. info on tickets TBA.

Jesse Walker, of “The Jesse Walker Show” will be the star on the show and I was honored to be a guest on his show recently. You can check out the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7_O5ZdsVNo&t=2s

This is what life is all about, doing what you love and being happy!


Would you like to make your dreams come true too? Do you have a book inside you I can help you write? Do you want to be a part of the Pear Tree High-Five Tribe and make your dreams come true?  Would you like to book a program, or get help writing your book (or blog or Facebook page)? Become part of the Pear Tree journey! Call 908-276-1514 during business hours of noon to 6 p.m.; or email maryannechristiano@gmail.com anytime!

Feel free to contact me regarding my services (writing coach, writing, ghost writing/memoir writing, book editing, blogging, typing, public speaking/lectures, wedding officiant, and over 50 model) at: MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com.

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone (or in-person) consultation is free to potential new clients. Every client who uses Pear Tree services will be featured in the newsletter (unless for whatever reason they don’t want to be in the newsletter, as privacy is respected).


 Current Books

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: Ten Ways to Become Your Own Hero” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta will be available October 2019. To pre-order, go here: https://kicamprojects.com/shop/be-extraordinary/

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta 

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audio versions! To get your copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261


Monday, October 7, 2019, 2 p.m. “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember.” Wallington Library, Wallington, New Jersey. FREE, but must call to register.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 2 p.m. “Eat Well for the Holidays,” Westfield Library, Westfield, New Jersey. FREE, but must call to register. Sampling!

Pop Up Shop

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2 to 6 p.m. (Maryanne will be reading poetry at 3:30 prompt!) Leading by Mission Pop Up Shop. There will be comedy, music, poetry, and shopping. $10 in advance (email me for tickets): maryannechristiano@gmail.com); $15 door – and ACCEPTING TOY DONATIONS. The Neighborhood House Association, 644 W. 4th St., Plainfield, NJ.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 1 p.m. “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember.” West Milford Recreation Center, 66 Cahill Cross Rd., West Milford, NJ. (Rain/Snow Date, January 14, 2020, 1 p.m.)

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1 p.m. “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember.” Kip Senior Center,  55 Kip Avenue, Rutherford, NJ. (Rain/Snow Date, February 1, 1 p.m.)

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” Kinnelon Public Library, Kinnelon, NJ. (Rain/Snow Date, January 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 25, 2020, 11 a.m. “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember.” Cedar Grove Library, Cedar Grove, New Jersey. (Rain/Snow Date, Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 7 p.m. “Ain’t Life a Beach” play, written by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and starring Jesse Walker, presented at The Westlake Golf & Country Club, Jackson, New Jersey. Info on tickets TBA.

I also have some private events booked for seniors, antique clubs, women’s clubs, schools, and corporations. I can do a presentation for your private group too.

Contact me (maryannechristiano@gmail.com) if your library, JCC, rotary club, or senior group would love to have a presentation. Topics are listed below. Or we can discuss creating a topic for additional cost.


Below is the complete list of all the current available lectures. Please note: paid lectures are only available to corporations that pay “day of.” Pear Tree no longer presents programs to facilities that have a net 30, 60, 90-day policy.

General (For libraries, senior groups, JCCs, etc.) 

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” (land lines, typewriters, etc.)

Inspiration/Motivational Speaking (for schools/corporations/etc.) 

“Say No to Bullying!”

Inspirational/Motivational WORKSHOPS! 

“Be Your Own Hero!”

“Meet Your Soul Mate”

Be YOUnique, anti-bullying channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq6J9MSvcjd-haQ30ycLWA?view_as=subscriber

Health Conscious Foodies (for libraries or women’s groups) 

(Note: Limited to 20 people)

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the audience to participate, sharing their views and experiences. They always have a great time!

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing and availability.


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