September 29, 2021 | Issue #61
Join Mary Kay, Patti, Kristy & Kristin This Fall!
Four In-person Events in Florida in October!

Here's your chance to meet Mary Kay, Patti, Kristy & Kristin together in-person! The four F&F co-founders & co-hosts have a string of four events together in Florida in late October. They are hitting the road to celebrate the launches of MKA's The Santa Suit (9/28), Patti's Once Upon a Wardrobe (10/19) and Kristy's Christmas in Peachtree Bluff—with Kristin joining as a moderator. Click through below for more info on each event and to reserve your spot!

Sat 10/23, 7pm—Tombolo Books in St. Pete.
Sun 10/24, 2pm—Oxford Exchange in Tampa.
Mon 10/25, 11am—F. M. Don's with Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda. Get tickets!
Mon 10/25, 5pm—Sanibel Community House w/ Macintosh Books in Sanibel. Get tickets!
Bookstore of the Week

We have partnered with Warwick's in beautiful La Jolla, CA as our featured independent bookseller—not of the week, but for the next FIVE WEEKS! That's right, Warwick's will be the F&F bookstore partner for the upcoming three book launch episodes (MKA’s The Santa Suit tonight, Patti’s Once Upon a Wardrobe on 10/20 & Kristy’s Christmas in Peachtree Bluff on 10/27) plus all the other episodes in between. Warwick's is the country's oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore, so we see them as an ideal partner for our mission! We are going to keep encouraging you to shop local and shop small by buying from Warwick's over the course of the next five episodes of F&F. And we will be offering you special opportunities along the way. Browse their selection which includes the F&F hosts' books as well as the latest by tonight's guest, Debbie Macomber. 

Remember you can also always find all the books by every F&F guest, past and present, in the F&F Shop, with portions of all sales placed there helping to fund F&F and going straight into the pockets of indie booksellers nationwide. 
Latest News From "The Fab Five"

MARY KAY ANDREWS This week MKA declared it not just fall, but Christmas sweater weather! And she celebrated the launch of THE SANTA SUIT this week by getting her Pfizer booster shot before hosting festive launch parties in Atlanta and Savannah. Her tour this week takes her to some of her favorite indie bookstores in Greenville, SC, Seaside, FL, Fairhope & Wetumpka, AL and then back to Atlanta. Check out her full book tour HERE.
What Mary Kay is reading: Once Upon A Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

PATTI CALLAHAN is popping her champagne and celebrating the announcement that Once Upon a Wardrobe is an INDIE NEXT PICK!!!!!! She is counting down the days until the release of Once Upon a Wardrobe, packing for tour and readying her talks! This SNEAK LISTEN of the audio version is so beautiful. She’s thrilled BookTrib and Augusta Chronicle both picked her book for Fall Must Reads. She is so excited for tonight’s launch with MKA and Debbie -- there might be a weird hat involved. 
What Patti is Reading: Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander

KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY spent her gorgeous fallish weekend with her parents, and her mom helped her pack for the CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF tour, which begins October 18, one week before the October 26 launch. And she gets to hug Mary Kay! And Kristin! And Patti! And Meg! Her sweet boy’s tenth (How is he ten?!) birthday is this weekend, so she’s looking forward to cake and taco bars. (And a house full of dirty, smelly but happy little boys fresh off a fishing boat!)
What Kristy is Reading: The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews!

KRISTIN HARMEL is counting down the days (it’s 25, in case you were wondering) until she gets to meet up with Mary Kay, Patti, and Kristy to chat with them -- across Florida in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Punta Gorda and Sanibel -- about THE SANTA SUIT, ONCE UPON A WARDROBE, and CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF, three of her favorite books of the year. She’s also looking forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World this Friday with her husband, son, and mom!
What Kristin is reading: Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey
An Original Essay by Mary Kay Andrews

Each week, the Friends & Fiction authors take turns
writing an essay for, the online home of Parade magazine.This week, Mary Kay wrote about how pushing ourselves to adapt and change can be terrifying, exhilarating
and ultimately exciting.

Around the middle of every month, it seems, I glance at the calendar on my office wall and realize I haven’t turned the page. Which might be a metaphor for my life.

I’m change-averse, you might say. Maybe it’s because I’m a “woman of a certain age,” which is a polite way to say I’m old and set in my ways. And yes, I still have an AOL account, please stop calling me a dinosaur.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells me that summer has ended and fall has begun, as of September 22. Yet, still, I cling to OPI’s Strawberry Margarita, my summertime toenail polish of choice, putting off that moment when I switch over to my favored autumnal shade of Cajun Shrimp.

People of all ages resist change...

To continue reading MKA's column
on, click HERE.
Listen to the F&F Podcast!

Coming soon! Out this Friday, October 1st!—Ron Block sits down with our own Mary Kay Andrews to talk all about her brand new book just out this week THE SANTA SUIT!
Out Now! WB_S1E16—Ron Block sits down with USA Today bestselling thriller writer Hank Phillippi Ryan to discuss her new book Her Perfect Life. LISTEN NOW!
Out Now! WB_S1E15—Ron Block & Patti Callahan sit down with Pulitzer finalist and National Book Award winning author of history, Nathaniel Philbrick to discuss his latest book Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy. LISTEN NOW!
Out Now! WB_S1E14—It’s all about online reading groups! Ron & Kristy interview Kristy Barrett, the founder of the Facebook group A Novel Bee and Ron & Patti interview Andrea Peskind Katz, the founder of the group Great Thoughts Great Readers. LISTEN NOW!
Listen, download, subscribe, rate, review & share wherever you get your podcasts!
News from the F&F Official Book Club

Have a look at our monthly book club schedule through the end of the year and be sure to save the dates! All events are at 7pm Eastern unless otherwise noted.

Oct 1: Happy Hour with Ron Block
Oct 17: 1pm Pre-Pub Day Virtual Brunch with Patti Callahan Henry
Oct 25: The Orphan Witch with Paige Crutcher
Nov 15: Once Upon a Wardrobe with Patti Callahan Henry
Dec 3: Happy Hour with Ron Block
Dec 6: The Santa Suit with Mary Kay Andrews
Dec 20: Christmas in Peachtree Bluff with Kristy Woodson Harvey
If you missed our Book Club chat with Patti Callahan Henry discussing her book The Bookshop at Water's End please click HERE to watch. 

If you missed the 9/23 pre-pub day celebration of The Santa Suit with Mary Kay Andrews, watch it HERE.
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We can’t wait to see you model your merch!