CAN YOU SEE US NOW? The Book Tour Diaries

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Since the publication of my debut novel, “CAN YOU SEE US NOW?” in February, I’ve had the best time with several book events and media appearances.  I am so grateful for the support of so many Tomatoes who have attended the events, read the book, and left wonderful reviews on Amazon too. The world is definitely seeing us now.  Here are the highlights of past events, upcoming events, and media interviews too.  I’ll continue to update.

Cheryl Benton Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig

I had so much fun as a guest on “Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig,”  a live FaceBook broadcast from StarShop Studio in the heart of Times Square. Dr. Robi is a nationally known psychotherapist, award winning report, and author of “Your Best Life is Now.” We chatted about how The Three Tomatoes started, why women over 45 are awesome, ageism, Cheryl’s novel, “Can You see Us Now,” and the soon to be published “Martini Wisdom.” Watch the video.

Readings, Wine, and  Music

When I looked for a venue for my book launch in NYC in February, the venue had a baby grand piano, and that triggered a light bulb moment.  Why just do readings, when I could invite some of my very talented singer friends to do music that went with the readings.  And that is exactly what we ended up doing in New York City.  We had nearly 100 people attending (many of them jaded book party goers) who just raved about what a fun and entertaining event it was – many said it was the best book event they had ever attended.  So based on that success, have now done three readings, wine and music events.

The Magic of Friendships

At the heart of “CAN YOU SEE US NOW?” is the power of our friendships.  And at the end of all of our book parties, we invite everyone to sing “That’s What Friends Are For”.  This is the video from our launch event, but the magic has happened every single time.

Feb. 22. New York City Book Party Launch

The launch party was held at Shetler Studios in New York City.  My talented performing friends included:  Randie Levine-Miller, Amy Coleman, Kathy Waters, and Beth Goehring.  My favorite part of the evening was when we all sang, “That’s What Friend’s Are For”.

March 4. Glen Cove, New York Book Party Launch

How lovely to do a book event in my home town.  And to get a citation from Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton acknowledging the book too.

May 14. The Transition Network Hosted Book Party Event

It was wonderful to be invited by The Transition Network , an organization for accomplished women over fifty, to do another readings with music event. Wonderful musical performances by Randie Levine-Miller, Beth Goehring, Karen Nason and Merrill Stone. It was another special evening.

May 17. San Francisco/Bay Area

High on a hill in 3T SF Editor Kim Selby’s beautiful Redwood City home, I had the chance to meet fabulous San Francisco area Tomatoes.  And it was fun to do the readings with Kim.

May 20. A Garden party in LA with Readings by Esteemed Actresses

Oh what fun in 3T LA Editor Debbie Zipp’s beautiful garden.  A queens chair, fabulous LA Tomatoes, and esteemed actresses, Penny Peyser, Robin Dearden, Molly Cheek, Nancy Linari and Pat Lentz, reading from my book!


June 9. Richmond, Virginia.   If you’d like an invite to this private event, email

Sept. 27 at 7 PM.  Glen Cove Public Library. Glen Cove, New York. I’m so excited to be hosted by my home town’s library.

I am happy to  discuss speaking to your organization or book clubs.  Email


It’s been great fun to be a guest on several radio shows and podcasts to talk about my book.  Thanks to all!

Feisty Side of Fifty

The Debbie Nigro Show

Ask Beatty


Stress Free Now


  • Cheryl Benton

    The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

2 Responses

  1. Congrats Cheryl! So great to see your work receiving recognition. FINALLY a book that doesn’t refer to people over 50 as elderly.

  2. Karen Burns says:

    Fun! Too bad you couldn’t make it to Seattle……;)

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