This summer, I took my first extended, non-work-related vacation in nearly a decade. I spent a glorious few weeks in Italy (Capri and the Amalfi Coast, which will likely figure in a future book!), drinking wine, eating pasta, visiting villages. The trip was more amazing than I could have imagined,...

I was humbled and honored to raise over $8,000 in one night for my community’s incredible arts center! An overflow crowd packed The Saugatuck Center for the Arts for Martins & Musings, where I entertained the crowd with stories of my life on the road as an author. I also...

Over the past two years, I’ve done nearly 100 events across the United States. I’ve visited bookstores, libraries, book clubs, women’s groups and community centers. I’ve spoken to a handful of readers and to an auditorium filled with hundreds of people. As an author, I spend much of my time...

I so love writing for Good Housekeeping! The magazine’s editors and readers truly “get” what I write. Last year, I wrote an essay on my grandmothers’ charm bracelets and lives that appeared in the magazine, and I recently penned a deeply personal essay that appeared on Goodhousekeeping.com. The essay about...

I was honored to learn that The Charm Bracelet was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book of the Year. Each year, hundreds of books are nominated and a select few are chosen by the Library of Michigan as their best books of the year. The chosen books are by Michigan...

Thrilled with the wonderful early reviews and buzz for The Hope Chest! New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein called The Hope Chest “a graceful, touching novel, and a moving, emotionally impactful read.” Booklist stated that “the artifacts of women’s lives serve as the framework for Shipman’s latest … which demonstrates...

The Hope Chest (So groß wie deine Träume in Germany, or As Big As Your Dreams) IS A BESTSELLER IN GERMANY! The novel debuted on the Spiegel bestseller list at #13 and is moving up the list every week! To date, the novel has sold to Germany, Italy and Norway...

I am thrilled to share with you today a Q&A with the renowned and iconic name in American home decor, Christopher Radko. For over 30 years, Christopher’s handcrafted holiday ornaments and decor have graced the homes of royalty, Hollywood celebrities and families world over. Christopher has been on TODAY and OPRAH,...

I was honored to be invited to the East Hampton Library's 12th Annual Authors Night in August. I was greeted by Library Director Dennis Fabiszak on the way into the event, who shared the sweet story that I was invited because his mother adored The Charm Bracelet, and he immediately...