Trips to 50 Countries Helped Shape Kelsey Timmerman's WHERE AM I GIVING

Courtesy of Muncie Star Press
Posted Aug. 13, 2018

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Kelsey Timmerman said his latest book is going to make people uncomfortable about how they're giving back. Here's why.

In Where Am I Giving?, Kelsey Timmerman, a New York Times best-selling author, shares his own experiences learning about giving and encourages his readers to reflect on how they're helping others, which he said can be very uncomfortable for those who aren't doing quite enough. He feels that, too. He said that discomfort is the first step toward progress.

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"I feel like if you’re not doing anything to address at least some of the issues in the world, you should feel extra uncomfortable," Timmerman said. "There has to be awareness before there can be acceptance of some responsibility, and then action. I think there’s a lot that some people don’t want to be aware of." Read More...

Lisa Wingate's BEFORE WE WERE YOURS the 3rd Best Selling Novel of 2018 (so far)!

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Posted July 26, 2018

This runaway best-seller was released more than a year ago, yet sales still surge, keeping this novel at the #25 spot on Amazon’s list, and the #3 bestselling novel overall. Winner of the Southern Book Prize, the novel is based on a real-life nightmare in America’s history, when Georgia Tann kidnapped thousands of poor Sourthern children to sell to the wealthy for decades. Author and former journalist Lisa Wingate is no stranger to fiction, with 20+ novels under her belt and a slew of literary awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The Huffington Post calls Before We Were Yours “one of the year’s best books” in 2017.

Interested in hosting Lisa for an author event?  Get in touch with us today!  And buy your copy of Before We Were Yours here.

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN Among the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018!

Courtesy of Publishers Weekly
Posted July 26, 2018

Therese Anne Fowler's forthcoming A Well Behaved Woman (Oct 2018) is among Publishers Weekly most anticipated Books of Fall 2018!

Therese’s work has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages and is published around the world. Her first novel, Z is now available as an original dramatic series for Amazon Studios starring Christina Ricci.

What Therese has discovered is that she has an affinity for badass women from history whose stories have been either mistold or are largely untold. Her next novel centers on Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, a determined, opinionated, compassionate, often amusing woman from America’s Gilded Age. A Well-Behaved Woman, a kind of homage to Edith Wharton with a dash of affection for Jane Austen for good measure, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on October 16, 2018.

Congrats, Therese!

A|U Monthly Muse - August 2018

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August 2018: Great Reads for Hot Nights

Still looking for a good book to help beat the August heat?  Check out these three amazing titles that transport readers!  Madeline Miller's Circe is a blisteringly modern superwoman drawn from ancient myth. Jamie Ford's Love and Other Consolation Prizes shines light on a fascinating and tragic bit of forgotten history.  And Crystal Wilkinson's The Birds of Opulence illuminates a bucolic southern black township, and several generations of women who have vexing relationships with the land, one another, and the fight to survive.  Be sure to check out Wiley Cash's Open Canon Book Club (featuring The Birds of Opulence in September), where readers from across the country will gather in virtual discussion! Stay cool... and let us know what you're reading!

Happy Pub Day, Dawn Raffel!

Out today... The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies!

The extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies--by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City. How this turn-of-the-twentieth-century émigré became the savior to families with premature infants, known then as "weaklings"--while ignoring the scorn of the medical establishment and fighting the climate of eugenics--is one of the most astounding stories of modern medicine. And as readers will find, Dr. Couney, for all his opportunistic entrepreneurial gusto, is a surprisingly appealing character, someone who genuinely cared for the well-being of his tiny patients. But he had something to hide.

Drawing on historical documents, original reportage, and interviews with surviving patients, acclaimed journalist and magazine editor Dawn Raffel tells the marvelously eccentric story of Couney's mysterious carnival career, his larger-than-life personality, and his unprecedented success as the savior of tiny babies. Buy your copy here!

Interested in hosting Dawn for an upcoming event?  We're working on her Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 schedule now - get in touch with us today!

What Would You Say to Men If You Knew They Were Listening?

A|U Author Andrew Forsthoefel wants your input! He's facilitating a workshop for men (and all those who identify as such) on the practice of trustworthy listening, and its role in 1) understanding the wounds of sexism, and then, if we can keep listening, and if we're graced, 2) healing those wounds.


Andrew is asking men to listen: to themselves, to each other, to women. He'd like to take some time in the workshop to hear about what all kinds of women have to say about the topics of men/masculinity and listening.  That's where we need your help!

Would you please give 20 minutes of your day to a group of men who will be gathering with the sincere intention to learn how to be better listeners? With the help of some sisters and aunties, Andrew has drafted a questionnaire for women to fill out, as a way to share what you have to say. He will be asking some of these questions in the workshop.

The workshop is called "Approaching the Wounded Lion: Re-imagining Masculinity in the Age of #MeToo."  Any and all input is very much appreciated!

Why a (Now-Deleted) Op-Ed About Replacing Libraries with Amazon Blew Up the Internet

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Written by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Posted July 24, 2018

On Saturday, Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas, chair of the economics department at LIU Post, published an essay touting the preposterous idea that Amazon stores should replace libraries. It quickly went viral, touching off a social media maelstrom. The piece has since been taken down. But anyone who cares about education, books, learning and their local community should be horrified by this suggestion.


To suggest that Amazon -- or any other single company -- could replace the rich knowledge local libraries have about their patrons' needs is insulting. To minimize and dismiss the significant role of public libraries -- historically and today -- in combating inequality and fostering democracy is simply ignorant.

Libraries are one of the last remaining civic spaces open to the public. They provide vital free services and are storehouses of information. In addition to allowing patrons to check out paper books (including large print and out of print), ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music at no cost, libraries also offer free internet access, career centers and community programming. Additionally, they allow nonprofit agencies and organizations to use their rooms as meeting spaces. Keep Reading...

How a Late Night TV Distraction Propelled Lisa Wingate to the National Book Festival!

Courtesy of The Waco Tribune-Herald
Posted July 22, 2018

A late night television distraction when she should have been writing led to Texas author Lisa Wingate’s latest bestseller, Before We Were Yours, and, likely, an invitation to this year’s National Book Festival Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C.


Wingate, with more than 30 books to her credit, is no stranger to book festivals and author talks, but when the National Book Festival called this spring, she jumped to accept. “I couldn’t say ‘Yeah!’ quickly enough,” she said in a recent phone interview from a working vacation in Colorado.

Wingate will be presenting in one of the festival’s larger spaces, with her remarks simulcast as part of its coverage. “That’s really exciting stuff,” she said. “This is the big one.”

And it came in part, in addition to a track record of more than 17 years writing popular fiction, because she had her television on while writing one night. On the TV was the Investigation Discovery cable series “Deadly Women,” and an image from the 1940s of a front room filled with babies caught Wingate’s eye. Keep Reading...

Jennifer Haupt's IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS Selected for Ann Katz Jewish Festival Common Read!

The Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts in Indianapolis will feature Jennifer Haupt's In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills as their 2018 Community Read this fall! Now in its 20th year, the festival spans three weeks of local, national, and international authors, filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists.

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Haupt's beautiful debut novel is a riveting family saga that spans from the turmoil of Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement through the struggle for reconciliation and forgiveness in post-genocide Rwanda. At the heart of this literary novel that crosses racial and cultural boundaries is the search for family on a personal and global level.

Congrats, Jennifer!  And here's to many more community reads adoptions to come!! For our Indy readers, be sure to check out Jennifer's presentation on October 25th, 2018 at the Arthur M Glick JCC.

Lessons from Grandmothers: Lisa Wingate's Novel TENDING ROSES Re-Released!

Courtesy of Shreveport Times
Posted July 11, 2018


As a young mother, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate wrote a novel “during little-boy nap times and preschool play dates.” Seventeen years have passed since then, and Wingate, a writer friend for many of those years, has written the hugely popular Before We Were Yours and more than two dozen other novels.

“The baby boys who made writing a piecemeal job back then have grown and flown and found lives of their own,” she said. “The nest is empty, but the story remains.”

This month an anniversary edition of that first novel, Tending Roses, has been released, and it’s the kind of novel that many of you enjoy, about the bonds of family and the power of second chances. The novel is woven around stories that Grandma Rose writes and leaves in a secret journal for her granddaughter, Kate. Beyond that, a main part of the plot is dealing with a family member with Alzheimer’s, a familiar challenge to many. Read more...

The Open Canon Book Club - THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE

An exciting announcement from Wiley Cash of the newly formed Open Canon Book Club!


I'm proud to announce the formation of the Open Canon Book Club and our September selection: The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. Thank you to the many bookstores and authors who are supporting this!

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We live in a time when appealing to and listening to the diversity of America's voices are more important than ever. The goal of the Open Canon Book Club is to introduce readers to voices and portrayals of the American experience they may not have otherwise encountered in their day-to-day lives, their education, or their book club meetings. Literary diversity plays a vital role in making us understood to one another, and this hope of understanding is the hinge upon which our democracy swings.

Follow the link below to join the book club and receive information on member discounts from participating bookstores, news and updates on each month's selection, interviews, newsletters, and other exclusive content.

Wiley Cash & Lisa Wingate Win 2018 Southern Book Prizes!

Courtesy of StarNews Online
Posted July 5, 2018

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Congrats to A|U's Wiley Cash and Lisa Wingate who were honored with a 2018 Southern Book Prize. The Last Ballad won for Literary Fiction, and Before We Were Yours won for Southern Fiction.

The awards are presented annually on Independence Day by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, an association of non-chain bookstores throughout the Southeast. Books are nominated by booksellers and their customers, and winners are selected by a jury of 10 booksellers.

“We need more women (and men) like Ella Mae Wiggins in this world. Someone who is willing to stand up for a better world no matter the cost. This is her story, and we are all better for having come to know it."” – George Williams, MoonPie General Store, Pigeon Forge, TN

“Lisa Wingate is a master storyteller, and I am particularly attached to her historical fiction. Each time I read one of the books, I learn of a part of our southern past that is mostly forgotten.” – Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


The Monhegan Distinguished Writer Series Welcomes Christina Baker Kline

Courtesy of Village Soup
Posted July 6, 2018

Monhegan Memorial Library will welcome novelist Christina Baker Kline to take part in the third annual Distinguished Writers Series on Monhegan Island. Kline will speak about her latest novel, A Piece of the World, winner of the 2018 Maine Literary Award for Fiction.


The complete program will stretch over two days, beginning with a welcome reception Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Partridge House; a Writer’s Q&A Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at the library (advance sign-up required); and concluding with an Author Talk, Q&A with Klein and special guest Jamie Wyeth and Book Signing, also Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Monhegan School ($10 donation at the door). All other events are free of charge. Copies of A Piece of the World will be sold at the event.

Kline is the third writer to speak in the Distinguished Writers Series. Previous honorees were Richard Blanco and Paul Doiron.

A|U Monthly Muse - July 2018

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July 2018: Reading to Unite

In a time when our country seems so divided, we see literature as a unifying force. Check out these wonderful titles that help frame productive conversations and build common ground!

Adams County Reads One Book: A PIECE OF THE WORLD Selection Announced

Courtesy of The Gettsyburg Times
Posted June 29, 2018

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The Adams County Reads One Book Program was pleased to announce last week that they've selected Christina Baker Kline's A Piece of the World for their fall program.  Kicking off with an author appearance in late September, Adams County Reads will offer unlimited simultaneous downloads of the book, and has arranged lots of great programming and discussion groups around the selected title.  Happy Reading!

Imbolo Mbue Named Among Carnegie Corporation's Great Immigrants


Courtesy of The Carnegie Corporation
Posted: June 28, 2018

Congrats, Imbolo Mbue!

The Carnegie Corporation of New York released its annual list of Great Immigrants today comprised of 38 naturalized citizens who enrich the fabric of American culture and strengthen our democracy through their lives, their work, and their example. The Carnegie Corporation's philanthropic foundation, its board of trustees and staff, invite Americans to help celebrate these distinguished individuals by participating in its online tribute titled “Great Immigrants, Great Americans.”

Every Fourth of July since 2006, the Corporation has sponsored the public awareness initiative to commemorate the legacy of our founder, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, who believed strongly in both immigration and citizenship. Today the Great Immigrants tribute is an archive of accomplishment featuring more than 500 exemplary naturalized U.S. citizens. For 2018, the honorees represent 30 different countries of origin, a range of personal immigration experiences, and high-level leadership in numerous fields, all of them united through their experience of becoming Americans.

“Andrew Carnegie understood that immigrants come here to be a part of America, not apart from America” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York.  “In their faith, their love of family, and their patriotism for their adopted land, these Great Immigrants have done so much — and will do so much more in the future. For this, and for all their contributions, we respect, admire, and celebrate them.”

The honorees will be recognized with a full-page public service announcement in the New York Times on the Fourth of July. For the months of June and July, the Corporation has produced public awareness materials for sharing online via Facebook and Twitter @CarnegieCorp #GreatImmigrants.

Amanda Eyre Ward Speaks with Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

Courtesy of The Washington Post
Posted: May 30, 2018
Op-Ed by Amanda Eyre Ward

Send Me a Teddy Bear, the Pregnant Child Who Had Crossed the Border Alone Asked Me....

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To research my 2015 novel, “The Same Sky,” about the intersecting lives of a Texas couple who own a restaurant and a Honduran girl who crosses the border illegally to find her mother, I left my husband and three children and went to Brownsville, Tex., and San Diego. In visits to six shelters over several days in both cities, I interviewed dozens of unaccompanied minors who had been caught entering the United States illegally, most trying to reach their parents. Richer kids told me they had come with “coyotes” in buses, cars, planes and, in one case, a speedboat; poorer kids had ridden on top of the train that cuts across Mexico to the United States.

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Their stories were terrifying. Some were more horrific than others. In San Diego, my interpreter was also the children’s psychologist; as the kids spoke, the psychologist shook her head, sometimes saying, “I didn’t know about that,” and “Oh, God, she hadn’t told me this part.” Almost all the children in the shelters spoke about God and their belief that he was watching out for them, even though many told me stories of seeing other kids die — starved, beaten, drowned, burned, bitten by alligators, left behind because they were too dehydrated to walk another step, tossed off a speeding train. Keep Reading


Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.

Carla is a strong-willed young girl who's had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla's grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands--and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength--no matter what dangers await--to find the place where you belong.

Host Post | Summer 2018

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Welcome to the very first Authors Unbound quarterly Host Newsletter! We'll use this space to keep you updated on what other outstanding hosts around the country are up to, provide valuable information on event management and organization, and feature authors who we highly recommend for your next author engagement.

Christina Baker Kline wins Maine Literary Award!

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Courtesy of Portland Press Herald
Posted: June 15, 2018

A Piece of the World is on a roll!  After previously winning a New England Society book award and the Nautilus book award, Christina Baker Kline's 2017 bestseller has now won the Maine Literary Award!

The Maine Literary Awards is an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Nominations are open to all Maine residents (including part-time seasonal residents). This year, 145 books were entered, with A Piece of the World earning top honors.

Congrats, Christina!

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