SEPTEMBER 29—Debbie Macomber and the launch celebration for MKA's The Santa Suit
OCTOBER 6—Kwame Alexander
OCTOBER 13—Tasha Alexander & Andrew Grant
OCTOBER 20—Alice Hoffman and the launch celebration for Patti's Once Upon a Wardrobe
OCTOBER 27—Richard Paul Evans and the launch celebration for Kristy's Christmas in Peachtree Bluff
Events with the Fab Five!
FRI SEPT. 3, 3pm ET: Kristin will be live at the Village Green Commons outside the Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library at 160 Frank Allen Rd in Cashiers, NC. More information here.
SAT SEPT. 4, 12:30pm ET: Kristin will be live at the Hudson Library at 554 Main St. in Hudson, NC for a Books & Bites reading. Reservations required; more information here.
SAT SEPT. 4, 3:30pm ET: Kristin will be live at the Macon County Public Library at 149 Siler Farm Rd. in Franklin, NC for a Books & Bites reading with light refreshments provided. Reservations required; more information here.
Meet Megan Abbott & Laura Lippman!
On tonight’s episode, we are thrilled to welcome TWO rockstar author guests. Megan Abbott is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar-winning author of several hit novels, including You Will Know Me, The Fever, and Dare Me, which she also co-executive produced as a TV series for Netflix. Her new book, THE TURNOUT, came out in early August and was a Read with Jenna book club pick and Megan’s first-ever book to be on the New York Times bestseller list. Laura Lippman is a former journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of the Tess Monaghan series and several standalone novels, including Lady in the Lake. She has won the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She joins us to talk about her new book, DREAM GIRL, about a novelist plagued by mysterious phone calls from a woman claiming to be his main character.
The one thing you’ve learned you can’t live without during the pandemic:
Beautiful clothes. I know, it makes no sense, but I lived in yoga pants before the pandemic. During the pandemic, the alcove off my bedroom that doubles as my closet was a safe place to escape and fill time. I've been more or less the same size for much of my adult life, so I've kept a lot of clothes and most of them spark beautiful memories.
Your perfect day:
I get to work a little, workout, and play a little and, at some point, my daughter and I go to Arby's for mozzarella sticks.
Our featured independent bookseller of the week is Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. Known for its strong selection of literary fiction and books on the American South and by Southern writers, the store hosts the popular Thacker Mountain radio show and over 150 author events a year. Get 10% this week off with code friendsfiction10 on our guest's books including THE TURNOUTby Megan Abbott and DREAM GIRL by Laura Lippman, as well as on new and recent titles from the Fab Five. Visit the specially curated F&F page on the Square Books website to SHOP NOW!
Latest News From "The Fab Five"
KRISTIN HARMEL is wondering whether you know that her little sister, Karen Cleveland, also writes novels. Karen’s third book, YOU CAN RUN, is out this week, and Kristin is looking forward to welcoming her to the show on a Sunday bonus episode later this month. Kristin’s also hitting the road this weekend to spend a few days chatting with readers in the Cashiers, NC area, including stops in Cashiers, Hudson, and Franklin; see event details above.
What Kristin is reading: I’m re-reading Daryn Kagan’s Hope Possible, since she’ll be one of our guests next week! It’s inspiring me anew!
PATTI CALLAHAN is trying not to spend her day watching the Once Upon a Wardrobe video trailer over and over again, the one she premiered last week on the show, and the one that her publishing house made. Meanwhile, she loves hanging out with some of her favorite writers in an Atlanta Journal and ConstitutionTen Must Read Books This Fall. And there are so many fun things ahead -- this week Patti will release Chapter One of Once Upon a Wardrobe in her newsletter. Are you signed up? AND she was just cooking dinner last week when her son texted “You are on TV!” The Expedition Unknown episode featuring Patti and the story behind Surviving Savannah was released! You can watch it here as they dive for more treasure and tell the tale of the doomed S. S. Pulaski.
MARY KAY ANDREWS is counting down the days until the Sept. 28 release of The Santa Suit. Watch for the tour details on her social media. She enjoyed interviewing rockstar librarians Virginia Stanley and Nancy Pearl for the F&F Writer’s Block podcast episodereleased last Friday. And in the meantime, she’s staring down the barrel of an October deadline for her novel for summer 2022 and working with her peeps at St. Martin’s Press on the most adorable cover ever!
KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY had the best time chatting with @readsrandiread on Instagram yesterday about the second book in her Peachtree Bluff Series, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM, ahead of the October 26 launch of CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF! She is also so excited that Booktrib included CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF as “One of 8 Fiction Books Revealing the Risk of Fame.”
Each week, the Friends & Fiction authors take turns
writing an essay for Parade.com, the online home of
Parade magazine.This week, Mary Kay wrote a column
about how opposites attract.
My starter husband I were having a “slight difference of opinion” on how the lights should be hung on the Christmas tree. I wanted them artistically swagged and loosely looped from branch to branch. He insisted that only a savage would perpetrate such an atrocity, because as everyone knows, the only proper way to hang lights is in tightly organized concentric circles around the tree.
He did everything short of whipping out a slide rule and tape measure to prove his point, but only because he knew this would mean an open declaration of war.
Our friend Dave, after witnessing this “spirited debate,” took a long pull on his bourbon and water, and offered his unbiased opinion. “Here’s the problem,” he told us. “Tom is an engineer. He sees a problem, calculates the answer and dispatches a resolution using logic and precision. You are a writer. And as far as I can tell, you think the solution to every problem is subject to revision. For artsy-fartsy creative types like you, all of life is just a first draft.”
My husband did a small victory dance. Me? I rearranged the lights on the left side of the tree while he was pouring himself a bourbon, and vowed to fix the rest of the lights once he was busy measuring and diagramming our backyard.
The thing is, our friend Dave (also an engineering school grad) wasn’t wrong.
So what happens when artsy-fartsy loosey-goosey bumps up against slide rule logic? Is there ever a winner in the war of precision vs. revision?
Coming soon! Out this Friday, September 3rd!—Ron Block interviews S.A. Cosby, author of this summer’s phenomenal bestselling novel Razorblade Tears.
Out Now! WB_S1E12—Ron and MKA chat with Virginia Stanley, the longtime Director of Library Marketing at HarperCollins, and rockstar librarian, bestselling author, literary critic, and the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library, Nancy Pearl. LISTEN NOW!
Out Now! WB_S1E11—Ron Block and Patti Callahan in conversation with Tracey Lange about how her debut novel, We are the Brennans came to be. Also, Ron and Kristy Woodson Harvey interview Allison Larkin about the origin story of her novel, The People We Keep. LISTEN NOW!
Out Now! WB_S1E10—Ron Block talks with Monica West, author of Revival Season & Wanda M. Morris, author of All Her LIttle Secrets. Both are debuts and stunning examples of Diverse Voices. LISTEN NOW!
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News from the F&F Official Book Club
Have a look at our monthly book club schedule through January 2022 and be sure to save the dates!
Sept 20: The Bookshop at Water's End with Patti Callahan Henry
Oct 1: Happy Hour with Ron Block
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 Sun 8/15 one-year anniversary celebration, watch it HERE.
If you missed our Mon 8/16 book club chat with Kristin Harmel about her beautiful book The Forest of Vanishing Stars watch the replay HERE.
Three of the Fab Five (Mary Kay Patti & Kristy) have new books coming this holiday season! Here is your opportunity to be among the very first to read these books just as they are released—and to obtain loads of exclusive extra swag available only to those who subscribe! This package is available for purchase only through our friends atNantucket Book Partners.
Books will ship when they release this fall.
For the one-time flat-rate charge of $82, subscribers will receive:
An autographed first edition copy of each book
A QR code distributed only to subscribers which grants access to a private recorded presentation together with all three authors discussing their books
An exclusive Friends & Fiction coffee mug
A package of Friends & Fiction branded hot chocolate
A book club kit sent with each book containing discussion questions, a letter from the author, a recipe, and other special content