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December 5, 2012

Book Clubs are not for Sissies

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Susan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the founder of the literary blog LitPark.
A few weeks ago on Facebook, I saw author Brian Freeman mention that he was doing a book group event at a women’s prison, something he had done in the past. He mentioned that these readers asked some of the best questions that he has been asked when speaking with book groups.  Intrigued I asked this author of seven thrillers, the most recent of which is SPILLED BLOOD,  to share his thoughts on this experience with us.
Sylvia Cicetti is the mom of’s Carol Fitzgerald. An ardent Adriana Trigiani fan, she attended her event Monday night at Spring Lake Public Library in Spring Lake, N.J., which was part of Adriana’s tour for THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE, her latest New York Times bestseller. Carol asked her mom to share her thoughts on this event in the following Q&A. 
Jamie Ford is the author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. Here, he talks about the adventure of joining a Men's Book Club.
Jill Smolinski is the author of OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION, THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST and FLOPPED. Her short story "40 Days" appears in the anthology AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, and she has also written nine books on topics ranging from origami to supermodels. She lives in Los Angeles with her son. Visit her at
Jana Riess, the author of FLUNKING SAINTHOOD and a longtime friend of, lives in Cincinnati and attended Erik Larson’s event this past Saturday afternoon at the Cincinnati Public Library. He is on tour for IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler's Berlin, which is just out in paperback. We asked her to share her thoughts on this event in the following Q&A.
April 16, 2012

Men are also from Venus

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Devan Sipher has been writing about weddings for The New York Times’ "Vows" column for more than five years. He received a master of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in New York City, and is still single. Here he talks about the inspiration for his new novel, The Wedding Beat, which follows Gavin Greene, a hopeless romantic --- and lonely, single guy --- who writes the wedding column in a popular newspaper.  
March 27, 2012

Eileen Goudge on Marriage

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Bestselling author Eileen Goudge has always been fascinated with discovering people's motives. In her new novel, The Replacement Wife, she asks a difficult question --- what would you do if you were told you had only six months to live? --- and weaves it into a story of love, family, and fate. Here, she reflects on the experience that inspired her to write this story and shares some of her philosophy about marriage, life, and love.
Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles with her husband Greg Boose and their daughter. Claire is an experienced therapist specializing in grief and the author of THE RULES OF INHERITANCE, her new memoir about the death of both her parents when she was a young adult. This book was reviewed on and is one of our Bets On picks. In this post, Claire discusses her decision to take a nonlinear approach to her memoir, and she also shares her own experiences with the five Stages of Grief.
March 13, 2012


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Kate Alcott was a reporter covering politics in Washington D.C., where she and her husband still live. Here, she talks about her inspiration to write The Dressmaker, her new novel.