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Indian-American Author to Speak on The Immigrant Experience

Prominent author, Chitra Divakaruni, will speak in Bend, OR as a part of Central Oregon Community College’s Visiting Scholar Program.

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The Value of An Hour: Economizing Your Time in an Author Search

A few days ago, I found the perfect pair of ski boots online. I’d been wanting them for ages, and was thrilled to see that a UK retailer had them in stock. The rub: shipping cost more than the boots themselves! Naturally, I began researching U.S. stores that might carry them, and before I knew […]

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Common Reads with Sizzle… History: Author Karen Abbott and Centre County Reads 2016.

Centre County Reads, a Community Reads Program in Pennsylvania heading into its 14th year of programming, is delighted to welcome author Karen Abbot—dubbed the pioneer of “sizzle history”—in April of 2016. This year’s selection Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, is not only a common reads favorite… it has all the makings for a read that is […]

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From Farm to Table

October 16th is World Food Day, when communities come together to reflect on how individual buying decisions and actions affect global health and poverty. One way you can contribute this year is to start planning your 2016 World Food Day programming now!

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Venues Big and Small: How Anyone Can Afford to Host Author Events

Hosting an author for a literary event is an engaging way to generate new readers, and inspire those who already like to read. But finding the money to bring in a well-known author can be daunting. However, budget limitations should not make hosting authors a non-starter. Consider holding a ticketed, VIP reception with the author […]

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Community Reads Tips from Monroe County, MI

BIC: What advice or tips can you share with us about hosting a community reads program? Monroe County One Book, One Community: I think the recipe for success is to find community funding for your program. When individual groups and organization make a financial commitment, they will become more involved and will then attend events […]

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Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train Breaks Record Sales

Author and speaker Paula Hawkins has captured thousands of fans with her first novel The Girl on the Train, a mystery thriller following the life of a heartbroken woman who lives vicariously through the couple she sees every morning on her train commute to work. Recently, sales of The Girl on the Train broke the Nielson’s BookScan hardcover […]

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How I Met Harper Lee: A Podcast With The Mockingbird Next Door Author Marja Mills

Author and speaker Marja Mills was featured this week on the First Coast Connect podcast, part of the WJCT Public Broadcast in Jacksonville, Florida, to tell the story of how she met Harper Lee, the subject of her book The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee. Mockingbird is Mills’ first book and is an extremely rare […]

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Room Author Emma Donoghue Ventures into Young Adult Fiction

Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, is writing a novel for young adults centered around the Lotterys, a large family living their quirky life in an old Victorian house. Scholastic is set to publish the novel, The Lotterys Plus One, in 2017. Room, Ms. Donoghue’s seventh novel, was an international bestseller and has earned dozens of awards in several countries, […]

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Author Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Stands Out on Stage

New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford

Author and speaker Jamie Ford‘s bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was recently turned into a play by Annie Lareau of Seattle’s Book-It Repertory. When an old hotel in Seattle’s Japantown uncovers the long-forgotten belongings of Japanese families sent to internment camps, Henry Lee watches intently. Convinced he knows who one item belongs to, he […]

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