2017 Featured Author: Ann Patchett

Patchett headshotOn September 13, Ann Patchett’s latest novel, Commonwealth, will hit shelves. The book’s been popping up on “Most Anticipated” lists all summer, from Publisher’s Weekly to The Washington Post, included alongside highly praised forthcoming titles from such authors as Colson Whitehead, Zadie Smith, Yaa Gyasi, Jonathan Safran Froer, and Jacqueline Woodson. Apart from being a novelist, Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, and from what I’ve read in interviews, she doesn’t slow down for long. She’ll be touring with Commonwealth this fall, and if you don’t get a chance to catch her while she’s on the road, never fear – I’m happy to announce that she’ll be a featured author at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest on April 22, 2017. I’ll give you a minute to commit that date to memory. Continue reading

Book Review: Martina Boone’s “Persuasion”

Boone, MartinaMartina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the “wh” sound right, so she set out to master “all the words”—she’s still working on that! In the meantime she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit.

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Book Review: Martina Boone’s “Compulsion”

Boone, MartinaMartina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the “wh” sound right, so she set out to master “all the words”—she’s still working on that! In the meantime she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit.

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Book Review: Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why”

Jay-Asher_credit-Rita-Crayon-HuangJay Asher is the author of Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us (coauthored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler), and What Light (forthcoming in October 2016). Asher’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages. He got the idea for his debut novel when he was struck by the strangeness of hearing someone’s voice in his head while listening to an audio tour in a museum. Thirteen Reasons Why was a #1 New York Times bestseller, has sold over 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, is currently in production to be a 13-part series on Netflix, and has won numerous awards and honors including the California Book Award. Asher lives on the central coast of California with his wife and two children. When not writing, he enjoys camping and playing guitar.

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Author Interview: Dr. David Bell

davidBellDr. David Bell is a bestselling and award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. In 2013, he won the prestigious Prix Polar International de Cognac for best novel written by a non-French speaker. He’s an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a PhD in American literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati. Continue reading