May 26, 2021 | Issue #43
Five Facts from Our Friend, Nancy Thayer
The one thing you’ve learned you can’t live without during the pandemic:
Books and my husband

Your perfect day:
Coffee, writing, walking on the beach with my husband, reading a mystery and, of course, eating—especially chocolate.

Your favorite independent bookstore:

The last book you raved about:
The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe

Your next book in ten words or less:
Summer Love follows four people who reunite on Nantucket.
Bookseller of the Week
Our featured independent bookseller of the week is Mitchell's Book Corner. A full service, independent bookstore on Nantucket Island, MA, Mitchell’s opened its doors on the corner of Main and Orange Streets in June 1968. They’ve been in operation ever since, offering a wonderful collection of books for all ages and interests and a large selection of Nantucket books! Get 10% off at Mitchell's with the code FF10 on FAMILY REUNION by this week's guest Nancy Thayer (in stores now!)
and on other new and recent titles from the Fab Five. Visit the specially
curated F&F page on Mitchell's website to SHOP NOW! 
Latest News From "The Fab Five"

KRISTIN HARMEL’s  THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES (a New York Times bestseller, Goodreads Choice Finalist, and National Jewish Book Awards finalist) is NEW in paperback this week, in stores everywhere!

MARY ALICE MONROE was featured in AAA Go Magazine. Writer’s Digest featured two essays by Mary Alice: Writing the Family Saga and Tips to Invite Your Readers into Your Story World. New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander gave Mary Alice's upcoming children's book, THE ISLANDERS, a rave review. "This is storytelling for young readers at its finest--Equal parts summer adventure and environmental suspense, The Islanders is a middle-grade love letter to family, friendship, and the natural world." 

MARY KAY ANDREWS is back at home in Atlanta after two weeks of virtual and in-person touring for The Newcomer, which earned a second week on the New York Times bestseller list last week. She's celebrating the fact that her 28th novel also hit bestseller lists for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Publishers Weekly. Also, the paperback of Hello, Summer is just out and perfect to slip into your beach bag. She and Mr. MKA just capped off the five-month-long renovation of their newest vintage summer vacation rental, Coquina Cottage, and are excited to welcome their first guests for Memorial Day Weekend. You can watch her video walkthrough of the cottage on her Instagram feed. 
KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY had a real-life Love Actually moment last week when the manuscript pages she was editing flew off the dock and into the water! Fortunately, her intrepid nine-year-old son gathered them all! Since she was editing CHRISTMAS IN PEACHTREE BLUFF, which talks about Love Actually, she feels like this was a good omen. Despite her writing about Christmas, it is feeling like summer in Beaufort, NC and she cannot wait to host the rest of the Fab Five June 23 and June 24! The June 23 luncheon is SOLD OUT, but a few tickets remain for Friends & Fiction LIVE at the Coral Bay Club on June 23 at 7 pm and Dinner with Friends at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast. For dinner reservations call 252-726-1034. Can’t wait to see you there!

PATTI CALLAHAN is so thrilled to see that Once Upon a Wardrobe was chosen as a BUZZ BOOK of the FALL SEASON!! If you CLICK HERE you can read the opening chapters of her book and the others chosen as Fall and Winter Buzz Books! Meanwhile she will be celebrating the start of summer with her kids, lots of food, the southern summer heat already arriving, and the ability to again hug everyone in her family. 
An Original Essay by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Each week, the Friends & Fiction authors take turns
writing an essay for, the online home of Parade magazine.This week, Kristy shares a column on what her son's adventurous spirit and love of nature has taught her.

When it comes to outdoor adventures, I am not the parent my 9-year-old, Will, generally thinks of first. I am happy to go out on the boat or fish off the dock, but my son was born deeply loving the water and the natural world that makes up our coastal North Carolina town, and is most at home when he is out in it. I have always believed it’s a genetic trait, something passed on from his father and grandfather, who feel the water, sand and sky in much the way that I feel words, and understand them on an elemental level that eludes me.

But, last week, my husband was still at work when Will said, “Hey, Mom. Want to kayak over the island and walk the trail?”
It was a little windy for my liking, but I said, “Sure,” all the same. Because I am the mom who does homework and carpool and bedtime. And, every now and then, I want a taste of what it feels like to be the fun parent.
“You’ll be my guide, right?” I asked, only half-joking, as we walked across the street and down the dock.
“Mom,” he said back. “I’ll show you everything you need to know.”

And, well, my outdoor-loving boy taught me more than a few things about nature—and reminded me a little about life, too.

To continue reading Kristy’s essay on, click HERE.
Friends & Fiction Merchandise
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Our merch is here!

Cozy cotton with a flattering v-neck and our signature Friends & Fiction logo, these comfy t-shirts are the perfect way to show your Friends & Fiction pride! ORDER T-SHIRTS HERE
Friends & Fiction wine sippies are available for preorder and will be shipping soon from Oxford Exchange! ORDER WINE TUMBLERS HERE.

But that’s not all! We also have F&F 20oz travel tumblers for on-the-go coffee of drinks! ORDER TRAVEL TUMBLERS HERE.
We can’t wait to see you model your merch! 
Listen to the F&F Podcast!

Coming Soon! Out this Friday, May 28th
S1E13—Patti & Mary Alice interview authors Signe Pike and Rebecca Bruff about writing fiction based on real people.

Out Now! S1E12—Kristin interviews two different pairs of authors who both write as a team. Meet Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb (authors of Three Words for Goodbye) and Christina Lauren, author of The Soulmate Equation.

Out Now! S1E11—Patti & Mary Kay recently interviewed Jen Hart from Book Club Girl.
Stay tuned for big news on the F&F podcast coming up soon on one of our Wed night live shows!

Listen, download, subscribe, rate, review & share wherever you get your podcasts!
News from the F&F Official Book Club
We are excited to announce our monthly book club schedule through January 2022! Can't wait to discuss the selections below with our fabulous authors & book club members! All sessions are at 7 pm ET.
June 21: The Newcomer with Mary Kay Andrews
July 19: The Summer of Lost and Found with Mary Alice Monroe
Aug 16: The Forest of Vanishing Stars with Kristin Harmel
Sept 20: The Bookshop at Water's End with Patti Callahan Henry
Oct 18: Second Star to the Right with Mary Alice Monroe
Nov 15: Once Upon a Wardrobe with Patti Callahan Henry
Dec 6: The Santa Suit with Mary Kay Andrews
Dec 20: Christmas in Peachtree Bluff with Kristy Woodson Harvey
Jan 17, 2022: The Sweetness of Forgetting with Kristin Harmel
If you missed our hilarious book club discussion of Under The Southern Sky with Kristy Woodson Harvey, click HERE to see it!
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