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Join us TONIGHT—Wednesday, January 17th—LIVE at 7pm Eastern on the F&F Facebook page and YouTube channel to meet this week’s guest, Kristin Hannah, to hear all about her new book, our F&F Pick for January, THE WOMEN, as we celebrate the 200th episode of our web show!
Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, the instant #1 New York Times bestsellers The Great Alone and The Four Winds, and Firefly Lane, which was the No.1 Netflix series around the world the week it came out.
Her novels have hit the New York Times , Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Indie bookstores’ bestseller lists; won the People’s Choice award for best fiction; been named Book Of the Month Club’s Book of the Year; been voted the Best Historical Novel of the Year by Goodreads; been chosen as book club picks by Reese Witherspoon and the TODAY Show; and been highlighted as best books of the year by outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, and Buzzfeed.
Kristin Hannah joins us to discuss her new novel, THE WOMEN, which is at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided. It will be in stores everywhere on Feb 6 and we are so thrilled and honored to have Kristin with us to discuss it.
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Latest News from the Fab Four!
PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY spent a quiet week working on her next novel and also falling down the rabbit hole of ancestry, finding long lost relatives in Ireland (she figured out how to find the plot of land where her GGG grandfather once lived)! It’s so fascinating. Now, she is readying the house for family to come stay for her son’s engagement party this week, and watching for the snow they say is also coming!
What Patti is reading and why she’s loving it: The Magic All Around by Jennifer Moorman. I love anything with magic, myth and families. And this book fills the bill for all of that and more. I’ll be interviewing her in two weeks on the podcast so tune in!
MARY KAY ANDREWS has settled in at home, cooking up proposals for her next two novels and starting plans for the book tour for SUMMERS AT THE SAINT, which will be out May 7, and looking forward to her first event of 2024 on Saturday, Jan. 20, the Southern Author Expo at the Greenville (SC) Public Library.
What MKA is reading and why she’s loving it: First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston. Wow! This book is rightfully making a splash in the book world—January Reese Witherspoon pick, etc. And who doesn’t love a cat-and-mouse suspense with a female con artist? I’ll be interviewing Ashley for an upcoming podcast, so stay tuned.
KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY had a great long weekend celebrating a friend’s birthday watching lots and lots of her son’s basketball games, which is, fortunately, one of her favorite things to do! She is hard at work on the finishing touches for the A HAPPIER LIFE tour and can’t wait to share it with all of you! And…She’s getting edits back for her next book, so yay for that!
What Kristy is reading and why she’s loving it: Susan Mallery’s The Summer Book Club. This is such a charming, feel-good story of friendship that I am loving! Plus, it’s giving me summer vibes, which I need right now!
KRISTIN HARMEL is hard at work on a polished first draft of her 2025 novel, due very soon. She’s also enjoying a visit with some family members in town this week–and she’s thrilled to have gotten to see her nephew play in an invitational baseball tournament over the weekend.
What Kristin is reading and why she’s loving it: City Spies by James Ponti. It’s a middle grade novel by an author friend of mine who is visiting my son Noah’s school next month. Noah wanted to read the book so that he could go see James speak, and we decided to read it at the same time so that we could discuss it. I’m loving having a literary conversation with my second-grader about my friend’s book, which is so well-plotted and fun (and award-winning… and bestselling!)!
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SAT JAN 20th, 10am - 2:30pm ET—Meet MKA in Greenville, SC at the Southern Author Expo at the Greenville County Public Library, Hughes Main Library branch, 25 Heritage Green Pl.
In Case You Missed It
Last week on F&F Ron & MKA hosted Grady Hendrix for a lively chat about his latest instant New York Times bestselling campy and darkly comic Gothic thriller, How to Sell a Haunted House, just released in paperback. Tune in to hear from this master of horror about what drew him to the genre, why puppets and dolls are so compelling, and his roots in Southern storytelling, along with lots of funny and self-deprecating insights into his road to publication and his writing process. You can WATCH that episode on Facebook or YouTube, or LISTEN to it on our podcast.
Coming Up on The Friends & Fiction Show
All shows can be watched on Facebook & YouTube each Wednesday evening at 7pm ET, and listened to on our podcast each Friday, all year long.
The Fab Four are taking turns interviewing some additional authors in short 10-minute video segments we are calling “Behind the Book.” Check out two recent interviews that Kristy and Kristin have run on the F&F YouTube channel!
F&F Merch Store & 2024 Subscription Box
We have a Friends & Fiction merch store with t-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs and a book bag on Bonfire. We also have other items like wine tumblers, reading journals, and our original white v-neck logo tees available through Oxford Exchange. You can also order the F&F 2024 SUBSCRIPTION BOX through our friends at Oxford Exchange. All details HERE!
F&F Official Book Club & 2024 Reading Challenge
Join Brenda Gardner & Lisa Harrison on Monday, January 22nd at 7pm ET on the Facebook page for the F&F Official Book Club with Brenda & Lisa as they welcome writing duo Christine Platt & Catherine Wiggington Greene to discuss their January pick, Rebecca, Not Becky. You can also follow the Book Club on Instagram and subscribe to their YouTube channel where you can catch past discussions. With the help of Annissa Armstrong, the Book Club is also hosting the 2024 F&F Reading Challenge. Join them for a different category prompt each month to read outside your comfort zone. The January challenge is to read a book published in your birth year, and February is to read a debut novel by an author of color.
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