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Peter Heller's THE RIVER Tops Forbes List for 10 Summer Books Recommendations!

Courtesy of Forbes
Posted July 2, 2019

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Hillary Taylor, bookseller at Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi: “The River by Peter Heller is a fantastic book by an amazing author. It has all of the elements you need for a great summer read: friendship, adventure, outdoor, survival, canoeing. Set against a Canadian backdrop, it has a great mystery element that keeps it fast paced. I couldn't put it down.”

We’re currently adding dates to Peter’s Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 schedule, so if you’re interested in hosting him for an event, be in touch with us soon!

Boys and Girls Club of Tupelo Gear up for GINNY MOON this Fall!

Courtesy of WCBI News
Posted June 28, 2019

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Boys and Girls Club members in Tupelo are taking part in a city wide initiative that promotes reading and literacy. “Tupelo Reads” is an annual program that encourages residents to read the same book, and come together for activities promoting literacy.

This year’s book is Ginny Moon  the story of an autistic teenager.  Volunteers with “Tupelo Reads” have spent the past few days at the Haven Acres Boys and Girls Club, talking about key themes of the book with the young people. One of the most important is compassion.

“That was a big takeaway that they may encounter people who are different , not just with autism spectrum, but many other things and to deal with people that might be different in a compassionate way,” said Lisa Reed, chairperson of “Tupelo Reads.”

The book’s author, Benjamin Ludwig will visit Tupelo in September for “Tupelo Reads” community events.

Melanie Benjamin Wows Readers in Orlando!

Courtesy of Southwest Orlando Bulletin
Posted June 21, 2019

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Melanie Benjamin took to the podium for the 14th annual Southwest Author Series and infused laughter with wisdom. She shared how she first wanted to be an actress and dreamed of playing other people on stage. But then she married, joking that marriage is where dreams go to die.

“Melanie Benjamin was incredibly engaging with a great sense of humor,” Colin Galloway (president of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips) said. “It was fun. We all enjoyed it.”

Benjamin has two children. At a school event, she saw a poster her son had made indicating the stay-at-home mom was a “cleaning lady.” That set her off on a journey to become more. She decided to try her hand at writing and soon was hired to write a parenting column and short stories for a local magazine. But she said that her writing meant authoring a book.

Then she came across a photograph of a little girl dressed in rags and learned she was Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration for Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Benjamin wanted to know more about the girl’s life and wrote her first historical fiction book — Alice I Have Been — under a pen name.

Benjamin captivated the audience with tales of how she came up with the ideas for her subsequent books and teased some of the storylines. She encouraged would-be writers to get out, see things and read, read, read.

Writer’s Block Bookstore, an independent bookseller in Winter Park, sold copies of Benjamin’s books, which she autographed while chatting with participants after the presentation. The bookstore sold out of most of her titles.


A|U Monthly Muse - June 2019 (Beach Reads)

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June 2019: Beach Reads

As the days warm and spring shifts into summer, you might find yourself with an open afternoon and a beckoning chaise lounge. Whether you’re poolside, lakeside, or languishing on a beach, the longer days call for losing yourself in a good read. Beach reads come in all stripes and those written by this month’s featured writers, though different in topic and tone, all deliver engaging storytelling. In other words, you won’t want to put them down. Complete with intrigue and intelligence, these books prove that with deft treatment, powerful material can see the bright of day.

A|U Authors Team Up on Nonfiction Follow-Up to BEFORE WE WERE YOURS

Courtesy of Shreveport Times
Posted May 29. 2019

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NYT Bestselling Author Lisa Wingate wrote Before We Were Yours, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and just came out in paperback last week. Two years ago, when author Judy Christie read an early copy of that novel, she felt it was one of the best books I’d read in a long time – in part because it was inspired by a piece of little-known and gripping Southern history and Lisa had written such a compelling fictionalized account.

In Before and After (due from Ballantine Books on Oct 22, 2019) Lisa and Judy write of first family meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed, and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace brothers, sisters and cousins. In a culmination of art-meets-life, long silent victims of the corrupt system returned to Memphis with Lisa and Judy to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion…with what were startling and emotional results. The book is available for pre-order from your favorite booksellers, including at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Before and After makes a great companion book to Before We Were Yours One Book One Community selections - and it’s a powerful book for stand alone events as well! Both Lisa and Judy are available for speaking engagements - and if you’d like to explore further, be in touch with us today!

FALL AND RISE - Limited TV Series Planned for 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Courtesy of Deadline
Posted April 3, 2019

Lionsgate Television Group/3 Arts will mount an event limited series about 9/11. They have acquired exclusive television rights to Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11, based on the Mitchell Zuckoff book that HarperCollins published April 30, 2019. The book is a comprehensive character-driven nonfiction narrative account of the worst terrorist attacks in American history.

The aim is to have a limited series ready for the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The series, which will soon be shopped to broadcasters and streamers, with a showrunner to be set shortly after, will focus on a group of cross-section of people who found themselves at the center of unimaginable events. It will cover the events that brought them in proximity of terror attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers and D.C. government buildings, and the lasting impact it had on their lives. It will likely be eight hours in length.

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 is the perfect One Book One Community, and All Campus Reads title! Be in touch with us today to schedule an event with this award winning and talented author.

A|U Monthly Muse - May 2019 (Dark Worlds)

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May 2019: Dark Worlds

From Grimm’s Tales to Game of Thrones, humankind have long been obsessed with the particular intrigue found in dark tales. Though these kinds of stories can be based on historical events, they also seem to reside on the edge of two worlds: the world of what might be and the world as we know it. Casting light into dark recesses, this month’s featured authors travel to this space between worlds to create new, vibrant ones. You’ll lose yourself entirely to these stories, willingly treading along in these dark, but transformative, worlds.

Cumberland County College Announces One Book Title - GINNY MOON

Courtesy of: The Daily Journal
Posted May 2, 2019

Cumberland County College’s “One Book, One College” 2019-20 reading campaign has launched with the selection of Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. Now in its 16th year, CCC’s successful One Book, One College concept was designed to get the campus and the community to bond by discussing relevant themes covered in a single book. A recommended read on CCC’s campus, members of the community are also urged to read the book.

Ginny Moon is a poignant and inspirational story of an autistic teenager who is searching for a place to call home. Ginny has been in foster care for years after being taken from her abusive birth mother and moved around to different homes. She is finally in a place where she’ll be safe and protected, with a family who will love and nurture her. But Ginny has no intention of belonging. She is determined to get back to her birth mother and make things right…even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous.

A lifelong teacher of English and writing, Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds a master’s in English education and a Masters in Fine Arts in writing. Shortly after he and his wife married, they became foster parents and adopted an autistic teenager. Ginny Moon is Ludwig’s debut novel and was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

Cumberland’s One Book, One College program is highlighted each year with an on-campus visit by the author. The public is invited to meet Ludwig during his presentation and book signing on Oct. 16.

2019 Indies Choice Book Award Winners Announced!

Courtesy of BookWeb
Posted May 1, 2019

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Today, the American Booksellers Association announces the winners of the 2019 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as voted on by independent booksellers nationwide.

Earning yet another accolade is our very own Madeline Miller, and her breath-taking novel, Circe, which was named the Adult Fiction Book of the Year - and the Audiobook of the year!

Also recognized this year:

Thrity Umrigar for The Secrets Between Us - Audiobook Honor
Jarrett J. Krosoczka for Hey, Kiddo - Young Adult Honor Book

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Madeline Miller's CIRCE Shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction!

Courtesy of: The Gaurdian
Posted April 28, 2019

Big Congrats to Madeline Miller, who’s Circe, a twist on the story of the witch who seduces Homer’s Odysseus, has been named to the shortlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction - the most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honoring Women’s fiction. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate the originality, accessibility and excellence in writing by women and to connect world-class writers with readers everywhere. Madeline won the prize for her first novel, The Song of Achilles, in 2012.

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Heather Armstrong Details How She 'Died 10 Times' to Cure Depression

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Courtesy of The New York Post
Posted April 20, 2019

Heather B. Armstrong was never a mommy blogger who presented an idyllic picture of parenthood. Her Dooce.com — which began in 2001 — is full of candid posts about her postpartum depression, divorce and struggles as a single mother.

But in 2016, Armstrong reached a nadir: She woke up every day wishing she were dead.

“I had this demon in my head saying, ‘You’re never going to feel better,’ ” the 43-year-old told The Post.

So she decided to take part in a clinical trial that would temporarily leave her brain-dead — 10 times.

That experience is the subject of her book “The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times in Order to Live,” out Tuesday. In it, Armstrong details her brutal 18 months of treatment-resistant depression, as well as the medical experiment, in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to flatline her brain ­activity for 15 minutes.

Armstrong, a Salt Lake City resident, has suffered depression since high school and had her first nervous breakdown while at Brigham Young University. After she gave birth to her daughter Leta 15 years ago, she checked herself into a psych ward for postpartum depression. (She also has daughter Marlo, 9.)

Yet the 18 months before she began the clinical trial were the worst she had ever experienced. It started in 2015, when she signed up to run a marathon. The intense training proved too much, with travels, work and family. Armstrong felt so overwhelmed that she stopped showering and brushing her hair. She also stopped taking her medications, which weren’t working. Keep reading…

Elizabeth Rush's RISING Named a Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize!

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Courtesy of Pulitzer.org
Posted Apr 16, 2019

Elizabeth’s Rush’s Rising was named a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction along with In a Day’s Work by Bernice Yeung; Eliza Griswold’s Amity and Prosperity was named the prize winner this year.

Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.

Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

Congrats Elizabeth!!

Barnes & Noble Announces Martha Hall Kelly's LOST ROSES as the April 2019 National Book Club Selection!

Courtesy of Finger Lakes Times
Posted April 9, 2019

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Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly as the April 2019 selection for the Barnes & Noble Book Club, a monthly book club designed to bring readers in communities across the country together to discuss the most compelling books. Barnes & Noble is selling a special Exclusive Book Club Edition of Lost Roses as well as hosting a free Book Club night for customers to discuss the novel in stores across the country on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 PM local time. Customers can buy the book starting today and sign up for the Book Club in their local store or online at BN.com.

Martha Hall Kelly’s bestselling Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

Lost Roses is a thought-provoking, page-turning story of political and personal revolution that will have readers everywhere talking about the lengths people will go to protect others, family and strangers alike,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble.

This B&N Exclusive Edition contains a special afterword from Martha Hall Kelly, featuring a deeply personal look at the many travels and journeys she took researching the history and the characters for Lost Roses and Lilac Girls. Customers can buy the book now on BN.com, or at their local Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble will hold the Book Club discussions on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 PM, about one month after the book goes on sale. Customers can sign up to attend the discussion online at: bn.com/bnbookclub.

Previous Barnes & Noble Book Club selections include: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin, and The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.

A|U Monthly Muse - April 2019 (Get Real)

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April 2019: Get Real

Nonfiction titles range widely in topics and form, though all invite the reader to take a deep dive into true stories. From research to memoir to pithy essays about lived experienced, it’s easy to see why nonfiction is a favorite genre. Whether writing about the body, motherhood, or growing up in a polygamist family, this month’s highlighted authors write with a most refreshing type of frankness. There stories may differ from yours, but there’s definitely a universality in getting real.

Fauquier Community Read to Feature BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, by Lisa Wingate

Courtesy of Fauquier Now
Posted March 14, 2019

For its 2019 Fauquier Community Read book, the county public library has selected a thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart, forever changed by a 1930s adoption scandal.

A New York Times bestseller, Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.

“In the spirit of a community read, people are encouraged to pick up the pass-along copies, read it and pass it along to another reader,” library Director Maria Del Rosso explained.

The Community Read will include “An Evening with the Author,” Thursday, May 16, at Highland School’s Rice Theater in Warrenton. Ms. Wingate will read from Before We Were Yours and discuss her process for research and writing. After a question and answer session, the author will sign copies of the book. Copies of Before We Were Yours will be available for purchase at the event from The Open Book.

Additional programs that address themes raised in Before We Were Yours have been planned for April and May, including book club discussions and genealogy presentations.

San Luis Obispo Libraries Announce Book to Action - HEY, KIDDO!

Courtesy of New Times SLO
Posted Feb 28, 2019

Hey Kiddo, a graphic memoir by author Jarrett J. Krosoczka, has been selected as the 2019 Book to Action pick by the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries. The book, a National Book Award finalist, illustrates Krosoczka's childhood growing up in a family grappling with his mother's heroin addiction. The book is intended for young adults and also recounts how an art class and a sketchbook brought much-needed positivity to Krosoczka's life.

"This book breaks your heart and cracks you up," Erica Thatcher, a collection development coordinating librarian, said in a press release. "It's such a timely topic. We think it will resonate with both teens and adults."

Thanks to funding from Friends of the Atascadero Library, SLO Friends of the Library, and the California Center for the Book in Los Angeles, Krosoczka will host presentations for students at Atascadero High School, SLO High School, and the SLO County Juvenile Hall. A book signing and discussion, open to the public, takes place on Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the SLO Library.

Hey Kiddo is available at SLO County libraries for checkout. A book club kit is available as well. Visit slolibrary.org for more information.

Imbolo Mbue to Headline Northcoast Writers' Showcase

Courtesy of Cleveland.com
Posted March 3, 2019

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Imbolo Mbue, author of the critically acclaimed Behold the Dreamers, will be the keynote speaker for the second Northcoast Writers' Showcase from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Lakeland Community College.

Mbue's keynote will cap a day in which readers and aspiring writers can interact with dozens of talented and hard-working authors, ask questions about their writing journey, and attend workshops about the craft of writing.

The showcase begins at 11 a.m. in Lakeland's H-Building. Authors will have their books available for sale and signing throughout the event. And breakout sessions will be held during the afternoon, as well.

Both the Showcase and Mbue's keynote address are free to attend and open to all. People can register for Mbue's talk at www.leagueoflibraries.org.

The Northcoast Writers' Showcase is hosted by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a group of 12 libraries in Lake and Geauga County that have partnered to promote the arts, creativity and enthusiasm for learning in the region.

The Lake-Geauga League of Libraries includes Burton, Fairport Harbor, Geauga County, Kirtland, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, Madison, Mentor, Morley, Perry, Wickliffe and Willoughby-Eastlake library systems.

A|U Monthly Muse - March 2019 (Spring into Action)

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March 2019: Spring into Action

The shorter days of winter now behind us, the hustle and bustle of spring brings with it an innate sense of activity. Seize this momentum -- add books to your reading list that invoke a similar call to action. Writing from a range of experience, these three authors write about topics as relevant and diverse as immigration, vaccine-preventable diseases, and the art of listening.

A|U Monthly Muse - February 2019 (Love Stories)

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February 2019: Love Stories

Love, as they say, “makes the world go round.” Affection comes in many iterations — from friendship to familial love to romantic love and everything in between. Since February offers perhaps the sweetest of all holidays, we invite you and those you love to imbibe in stories that traverse the thresholds of the human heart this month. Whether inspired by true events or wrought into tales that seem truer than life, these books are intimate portraits of love, intimacy, and human connection.