October 20, 2021 | Issue #64
Join Mary Kay, Patti, Kristy & Kristin This Fall!
Four In-person Events in Florida this weekend!

Here's your chance to meet Mary Kay, Patti, Kristy & Kristin together in-person! The four F&F co-founders & co-hosts have a string of four events together in Florida Saturday through Monday. They are hitting the road to celebrate the launches of MKA's The Santa Suit, Patti's Once Upon a Wardrobe, and Kristy's Christmas in Peachtree Bluff—with Kristin joining as a moderator. Read about all four events in one spot HERE or click through below for more info on each event and to reserve your spot!

Sat 10/23, 7pm—Tombolo Books in St. Pete. Get tickets!
Sun 10/24, 2pm—Oxford Exchange in Tampa. Get tickets!
Mon 10/25, 11am—F. M. Don's with Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda. Get tickets!
Mon 10/25, 5pm—Sanibel Community House w/ Macintosh Books in Sanibel. Get tickets!
Five Facts from Our Friends, Alice Hoffman

The one thing you’ve learned you can’t live without during the pandemic:
Your perfect day:
Walking with my dog on the beach.
Your favorite independent bookstore:
It’s hard to choose because there are so many wonderful independent booksellers. Warwick’s, Books & Books, Harvard Book Store, and RJ Julia Booksellers are just a few of the ones I love.

The last book you raved about:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

Your next book in ten words or less:
Biblical. Strong Women. A story that has never been told before.
Bookstore of the Week

Have you bought a book from Warwick’s Books lately? They are our featured indie of the month! Located in beautiful La Jolla, CA they are the country's oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore, making them an ideal partner for our mission! Please shop local, shop small, and support our partners by buying from Warwick's all month long. Browse their selection which includes the F&F hosts' books as well as the latest by this week’s guest, Alice Hoffman.

Remember you can also always find all the books by every F&F guest, past and present, in the F&F Shop, with portions of all sales placed there helping to fund F&F and going straight into the pockets of indie booksellers nationwide. Since its inception, has raised more than $16 million for indie bookstores!
Latest News From "The Fab Five"

MARY KAY ANDREWS is headed to her home state of Florida this week for round two of THE SANTA SUIT tour. First stop on Thursday is The Bookmark in Neptune Beach, where she encountered her first guide pony during last summer’s book tour for THE NEWCOMER. By the weekend she’ll be in her hometown of St. Petersburg, at Tombolo Books, where she hopes to catch up with old friends. She’s packed her laptop because she’s still trying to finish next summer’s book, THE HOMEWRECKERS. 
What Mary Kay is reading: THE BOYS: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family by Ron Howard.

PATTI CALLAHAN is so thrilled to be on the road celebrating Once Upon a Wardrobe and traveling with her best pals. She LOVED talking to Canadian YOUR MORNING TV on pub day! You can see her in these places! She wrote a piece for Writer’s Digest about how she writes about real people and you can check it out here!  And Patti loved talking about history with the podcast Historical Fiction Unpacked. She also talked to LAB podcast about Wardrobe. And now that the book is out she is thrilled to share THE BOOK CLUB KIT! And TONIGHT she can not wait to talk to Alice Hoffman about magic. Check out Patti’s website for so many new things coming up 
What Patti is Reading: Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey

KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY is so thrilled that the CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF pre-tour has begun and is having the best time with Patti and Mary Kay--and counting down the minutes until she sees Kristin too. She is so grateful to all the Friends & Fiction fans that have come out to support her! She’s so thrilled to have been included in this super fun Career Authors article by her good friend Julie Cantrell, chatting all about writing a Chrismtas book! 
What Kristy is Reading: THE BOOK OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman.

KRISTIN HARMEL had a blast with author Alison Hammer (LITTLE PIECES OF ME) seeing their friend Stephen Kellogg (Aleksander in the FOREST OF VANISHING STARS musical!) play live in Orlando on Saturday. And now, she CAN NOT WAIT to meet up with Mary Kay, Patti, and Kristy for FOUR dates in Florida this weekend (with a bonus date with Kristy in the Orlando area next Wednesday!). Hope to see you there!
What Kristin is reading: LOST AND FOUND IN PARIS by our friend Lian Dolan, coming April 5, 2022
An Original Essay by Patti Callahan

Each week, the Friends & Fiction authors take turns
writing an essay for, the online home of Parade magazine.This week, Patti asks if we are too old for fairy tales. Spoiler alert: NO!

Are we ever too old for fairy tales?

Before you answer, think about how it feels when you hear the words, “Once upon a time.” Don’t you lean forward? Don’t you want to know what happens next?

In the opening page of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, legendary 20th-century author C. S. Lewis dedicates the book to his goddaughter, Lucy, by writing, “Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again.” What does he mean when he says this? Old enough? Didn’t he mean ‘young enough’?

Or maybe he didn’t. Maybe he meant that fairy tales appear when we need them—both when we’re young enough to view the world in wonder, and old enough to know that behind life’s difficulties sometimes lurks some magic. I will never feign to answer for Lewis, but it does beg the question—are we yet old enough to read fairy tales again?

To continue reading Patti's column
on, click HERE.
Listen to the F&F Podcast!

Coming soon! Out this Friday, October 22nd!—It’s “Once Upon Peachtree Bluff” as Ron welcomes Patti & Kristy to celebrate the release of Patti’s Once Upon A Wardrobe & Kristy’s Christmas in Peachtree Bluff!
Out Now! WB_S1E19—For his Library Rockstars series, Ron interviews Sari Feldman, retired executive director of Cuyahoga County Public Library and a past president of the American Library Association. LISTEN NOW!
Out Now! WB_S1E18—Ron & Patti sit down with award-winning, New York Times bestselling poet, short story writer, and novelist Ron Rash. LISTEN NOW!
Out Now! WB_S1E17—Ron Block sits down with our own Mary Kay Andrews to talk all about her brand new book just out this week The Santa Suit! LISTEN NOW!
Listen, download, subscribe, rate, review & share wherever you get your podcasts!
News from the F&F Official Book Club

We have a lot of fun events coming up. Take a look at our book club schedule through the end of the year and be sure to save the dates! All events begin at 7pm Eastern unless otherwise noted (newly added events are marked with an asterisk*).
Oct 24: 4:30pm ET Kristy Woodson Harvey Live from The Oxford Exchange in Tampa for a Pre-Pub Day celebration of Christmas in Peachtree Bluff
Oct 25: The Orphan Witch book club discussion with Paige Crutcher
Nov 15: Once Upon a Wardrobe book club discussion with Patti Callahan Henry
*November 18: Friendsgiving! Our annual virtual zoom sharing our favorite recipes, family traditions and cookbooks returns. Save the date!
Dec 3: Happy Hour with Ron Block -Get your TBR lists ready! We will have book recommendations galore and we will announce our book club picks for January-March 2022. You don't want to miss it!
Dec 6: The Santa Suit book club discussion with Mary Kay Andrews
Dec 20: Christmas in Peachtree Bluff book club discussion with Kristy Woodson Harvey
If you missed our Sunday Pre-Pub Brunch with Patti Callahan Henry be sure to check out the recording HERE.
Need more books added to your growing TBR list? We've got you covered! Check out our latest Happy Hour with Ron Block HERE.
Not a member of the Friends & Fiction Book Club? Click here to join us. We would love to have you!
F&F is Now on LoCo+!

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