It’s that time of the year when things can get a little hairy planning all the holiday festivities. Looking for that perfect antidote? I strongly suggest you try Evergreen Tidings From the Baumgartners. This book will surely take the edge off! My interview with the remarkably patient Gretchen Anthony was absolutely my pleasure and I cannot thank her enough. Thank you so much Gretchen! #givealistenreadthebook
Synopsis: Formidable matriarch Violet Baumgartner learns the hard way that no family is perfect when her daughter reveals a shocking secret in front of Violet’s husband’s whole retirement party.
On this surprisingly snowy November day, I’m posting this lovely interview with the ever-sunny Libby Page. We spoke about her debut novel, The Lido, and it’s not to be missed. The Lido will provide just the right amount of warmth for this fall season. Thank you so much Libby Page for joining us!
What a great interview with author Susan Perabo…this novel is an absolutely perfect book discussion choice. Susan has an uncanny ability to nail the honesty, warts and all, of familial relationships within the construct of this stark family drama.
Please take a listen and read this book.
We also discussed Susan’s name appearing at the Women in Baseball exhibit at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown! I know, right?
And from the “If I can find a way to embarrass myself, I sure will nail it” category: in my fervor, at the end of the interview, I called Susan, “Lisa” after the title character of the book (eye-roll and rookie mistake all at once!), I apologized profusely and do hope she’ll allow another interview in the future.
Synopsis: When a popular middle-school girl is abducted in broad daylight by a masked man, the victim’s rival, Meredith, struggles with terror while their community organizes vigils and searches.
Back in August I had the absolute delight of interviewing Anne Youngson, author of the must read, Meet Me at the Museum. I must thank Caroline Bleeke of Flat Iron Books for sending me the advanced review copy and to both Caroline Bleeke and Amelia Possanza for helping me put this interview together. Thank you so much ladies and to Anne Youngson for taking the time to speak with me!
Meet Me at the Museum: A disenchanted farmer’s wife and a widowed museum curator begin a correspondence over their mutual fascination with poet Seamus Heaney’s “The Tollund Man” and gradually share details from their lives, forging an unexpected bond along the way.
I had the absolute pleasure of hosting Tatjana Soli last month. We talked about her newest book, The Removes, a riveting historical fiction tale of General Custer, his wife Libby and Anne Cummins, a 15-year-old girl abducted by the Cheyenne. The book takes place just at the end of the Civil War and rides us up and into the Battle of Little Big Horn. Did I say it was riveting? Please check it out.
Tatjana Soli is the bestselling author of not-to-be missed books like “The Lotus Eaters, “The Forgetting Tree” and “The Last Good Paradise”.
Must reads all of them and perfect for your book discussion groups.
Soli’s work has been awarded the UK’s James Tait Black Prize and she’s been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her books have also been twice listed as a New York Times Notable Book.
As part of the Merrick Library’s Summer Reading kick off, I had the absolute pleasure of hosting author Susan Henderson on Friday, June 8th.
We discussed her wonderful second novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams.
I had laryngitis, which is probably a master class in what NOT to do while podcasting, but I was way too excited to meet Susan and discuss the book. Susan was a gem to keep the conversation going and I am forever grateful!
Teen Summer Reading sign ups start Sunday, June 10th Libraries Rock!
LIT AFTER HOURS: ESCAPE FROM AZKABAN JULY 27• 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
You and your friends are tricked by dark wizards to take their place in Azkaban! The only way to escape is the
proper use of magic, potions, and spells! If you are unable to escape, you will spend an eternity in Azkaban! Open to all muggles and wizards entering 7th- 12th grade. Registration begins June 27.
ESCAPE ROOM: FIND THE SORCERER’S STONE JULY 30 • 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Do you have what it takes to get through the Hogwarts professors’ obstacles and save the stone before Voldemort finds it and becomes immortal? Each group must work as a team to find the hidden clues and solve the puzzles and riddles to complete the challenge. This is a multi-generational program. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Groups are limited to 10 people per team. Space is limited. Call for registration. Registration begins June 30th.