Lisa Wingate

A|U Monthly Muse - August 2019 (New Books Out This Fall)

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With Labor Day just around the corner and the first day of school fast approaching, the time has come to bid adieu to summer. Whether the days have been hazy, crazy, lazy, or just plain beautiful, it won’t be long before that telltale nip is in the air. It’s never easy to say goodbye to the season of warmth and play. If you find yourself searching for a reason to look forward to fall, this lineup of forthcoming titles will have you wishing for the sound of fallen leaves underfoot. Through fiction and nonfiction, these talented writers tackle a plethora of subjects. From recounting the true story of the Kindertransport rescue in Nazi Germany to an exploration of being Latinx in the Trump era and more, these books are hopeful while training an unflinching eye on past and present challenges.

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!

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.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS Celebrates 1 Year on NYT Bestseller List!


Congrats to A|U Author Lisa Wingate, who’s Before We Were Yours celebrates its one year anniversary this week as a New York Times Bestseller! This blockbuster hit is a thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart… based on a notorious true life scandal.

Readers across the country have been captivated by Before We Were Yours, selecting for countless Book Clubs and library discussion groups. Lisa’s author events have been packed to capacity, owing in large part to the books powerful topic, and Lisa’s amazing ability to connect with readers in person.

Before We Were Yours is a perfect choice for One Book One Community programs! Interested in hosting her? The 2019 schedule is filling fast, so get in touch with us today!

Lisa Wingate could be the poster child for the perfect author. She’s gracious, kind, generous, super talented and knows how to engage an audience. The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Clubs adore discussing her books. There is a good reason we invite her year after year; she sets the standard for great books to place in the hands of real readers. We are so thankful she continues to educate, enlighten, and tell a great story. Lisa Wingate is giving voice to those who could not tell their own.
— The Pulpwood Queens Book Club
We were thrilled to host Lisa Wingate at Books in Bloom on May 20, 2018, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Lisa Wingate’s talk focused on her inspiration for writing and the culture and background of the historical period in which her novel, Before We Were Yours, was set. The author had a very good rapport with the audience, and was very engaging, relaxed and relatable. She was an inspiring presenter, engaging her audience immediately. The hour slipped away very quickly.
— Books In Bloom Literary Festival
A [story] of a family lost and found . . . A poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.
— People Magazine
Before We Were Yours is sure to be one of the most compelling books you pick up this year. . . . [Lisa] Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.
— Parade Magazine

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.

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...

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...

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


Lisa Wingate Appears with Victims of the Tennessee Children's Home Society


Courtesy of Commercial Appeal
Posted June 11, 2018

Lisa Wingate discussed the significance of being in Memphis with survivors of the Tennessee Children's Home Society adoption scandal. Lisa said she thought about her own children as she began forming the idea for Before We Were Yours, based on the Tennessee Children's Home scandal. 

"What if one day, somebody just took these two little pieces of my heart and I didn't know where they had gone or what had happened to them?" Wingate said Sunday during a stop with victims at Elmwood Cemetery, where many children who died while in Tann's care are buried. Read more!


Lisa Wingate Kicks Off If All Arkansas Read the Same Book - BEFORE WE WERE YOURS


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Posted June 1, 2018

Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours is the 2018 selection for the If All Arkansas Read the Same Book project. She'll be visiting local libraries this week, meeting patrons and signing books. Created in 2001, If All Arkansas Read the Same Book is an annual, statewide reading program designed to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to promote book discussion in libraries of all types across Arkansas.

Have a great trip, Lisa!

A|U Monthly Muse - May 2018 (Community Reads Picks)

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May 2018: Community Reads Picks

Community Reads Programs take the idea of a localized book club and expand it to cover a whole community. The right book selection can initiate important conversations, and a culminating event with a bestselling author is the perfect way to engage your community's readers. A|U highly recommends these wonderful titles, which have collectively been adopted by hundreds of libraries and universities across the nation. Get in touch today for programming ideas and event feedback.

Lisa Wingate's BEFORE WE WERE YOURS Celebrates 6 Months on the NYT Bestseller List!


Courtesy of The Eagle
Posted April 22, 2018

Texas author Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours (Ballantine, $26, hardcover) has been on the New York Times Bestseller List every week for more than six months, much longer than the latest novels from such authors as John Grisham and James Patterson.

Eventually it will come out in paperback, but not anytime soon. Meanwhile, it's been making the top 10 week after week after week.

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale... This engrossing new novel is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals––in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country––Before We Were Yours brilliantly fictionalizes and brings to life a shocking facet of America’s past. It's perfect for One Book, One Community programs - get in touch with us today to set up an event!

Congrats, Lisa!