MEET ABBOTT KAHLER TONIGHT!
Weekly News from Friends & Fiction—JANUARY 24, 2024
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Join us Wednesday, January 24th at 7pm Eastern on the F&F Facebook page and YouTube channel with hosts Patti Callahan Henry and Kristin Harmel as they welcome this week’s guest, New York Times bestselling author Abbott Kahler, to hear all about her newly released fiction debut, WHERE YOU END, which was inspired by a true story of identical twins and amnesia.
Once named “a pioneer of sizzle history” by USA Today, Abbott Kahler is the author of four New York Times bestselling works of narrative nonfiction under the name Karen Abbott, including The Ghosts of Eden Park and Liar Temptress Soldier Spy. A prolific writer and media guest, her books have been optioned for television and film, and been featured as Indie Next picks, as Amazon’s and Library Journal’s best books of the year, and as Smithsonian Magazine’s best history books of the year. Tune in to hear about Abbott’s leap to writing fiction, her real-life inspiration for this novel, her research, her writing process, and more.
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Latest News from the Fab Four!
PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY LOVED talking to Abbott Kahler for this week’s edition of The Friends & Fiction Show – she’s a true finder of lost historical mysteries. Patti also had an incredible weekend hosting an engagement party for her son, Thomas. To see him so loved and surrounded by absolute support had her mother’s heart on fire. She is working away on edits for 2025 (she can NOT wait to tell you about this book!) and playing with a new idea. This has been a lovely week even with a low of 11 degrees in Alabama.
What Patti is reading and why she’s loving it: Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle. Rebecca always knows how to hit that chord with – I wonder what would happen if – and this time it’s even better with a woman who gets “expiration dates” for each date she goes on. One month. Six days. Four weeks. But what happens when the paper is blank? What does it mean?
MARY KAY ANDREWS is doing a deep dive on her Irish ancestry in preparation for her next novel, and starting to plan the book tour for Summers At The Saint (out May 7!)
What MKA is reading and why she’s loving it: Simply The Best is the latest in Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series and stars a take-no-prisoners sports agent and a down-on-her luck chocolatier. This is SEP at her kookiest!
KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY is having a great start to 2024 and has had the best time sharing her writing tips over in her newsletter and on her blog, www.kristywoodsonharvey.com/blog. If you’re writing this year, check it out! She’s in full-on editing mode for her 2025 book and getting SO excited for A HAPPIER LIFE, coming June 25. She’ll be announcing tour dates soon, so stay tuned!
What Kristy is reading and why she’s loving it: Blank by Zibby Owens. I’m loving reading about the writing and publishing world. Who knows more about that world than she does?
KRISTIN HARMEL spent most of the weekend either in front of her computer (working on her 2025 novel, due soon) or in front of the fireplace (Orlando got down to the 30s over the weekend, which is quite cold for Central Florida!), with brief breaks to go wine-tasting, and to take son Noah to Dave & Buster’s for a bit of video game fun. Kristin had the magic touch on the claw machine this weekend and won Noah four stuffed animals, which she’s inordinately proud of.
What Kristin is reading and why she’s loving it: I’m just finishing up a book I started before the holidays on audio. I didn’t have any long solo drives over the winter break, so I put it aside until I had more time in the car to listen, and I’m so glad to be back in this world. The book is Kantika by Elizabeth Graver, and the story—a multigenerational fictionalization of Graver’s own grandmother’s early life, spanning from Istanbul to Barcelona to New York—is gorgeous. It means even more to me because my friend Jonathan is a relative of Graver’s, so this is the story of his family, too. I’m on the final chapter, and I don’t want it to end.
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In Case You Missed It
Last week on The Friends & Fiction Show, all four F&F hosts—Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel & Kristy Woodson Harvey—interviewed our Featured Guest for January, mega-bestselling rockstar author Kristin Hannah, to discuss our F&F Pick of the Month, THE WOMEN, her forthcoming epic saga of female nurses during the Vietnam War and its aftermath. This was the 200th episode of our Wed night web show and was complete with champagne toast and appearances by one of our original co-founders Mary Alice Monroe, plus podcast host Ron Block and managing director Meg Walker! Tune in and celebrate with us! Meanwhile, pre-order THE WOMEN (out Feb 6) from the F&F Shop on Bookshop.org where you’ll also find books by all our hosts and guests, all at a discount, all while supporting our show and our beloved indie bookstores nationwide!
Coming Up on The Friends & Fiction Show
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The Fab Four are taking turns interviewing some additional authors in short 10-minute video segments we are calling “Behind the Book.” Check out a few recent bonus interviews that our host authors have run on the F&F YouTube channel!
F&F Merch Store & 2024 Subscription Box
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F&F Official Book Club & 2024 Reading Challenge
Join Brenda Gardner & Lisa Harrison on Monday, February 19th at 7pm ET on the Facebook page for the F&F Official Book Club with Brenda & Lisa as they welcome author Virginia Kantra to discuss their February pick, The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale. You can also follow the Book Club on Instagram and subscribe to their YouTube channel where you can catch past discussions, including their most recent chat with writing duo Christine Platt & Catherine Wiggington Greene about their book, Rebecca, Not Becky. With the help of Annissa Armstrong, the Book Club is also hosting the 2024 F&F Reading Challenge. Join them for a different category prompt each month to read outside your comfort zone. The January challenge is to read a book published in your birth year, and February is to read a debut novel by an author of color.
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