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Thankful for Reading (Part 1): a 5-part virtual Fireside Adventure featuring bestselling and fan favorite authors Jane Ward (and Jennifer Steil, Michelle Cox, Eliza Knight, and Elizabeth de Veer)

November 3, 2022 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


About the Event

The holiday season is soon upon us, always a good time to pause and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As we count our blessings this year, we’d like to give thanks to you dear Adventurers and to the talented authors who bring their books to us every year. This season, we are delighted to feature five bestselling and fan-favorite authors, Jane Ward, Jennifer Steil, Michelle Cox, Eliza Knight, and Elizabeth de Veer, as part of a fun 5-part Thankful for Reading Series that you won’t want to miss!

Each week, Adventures by the Book’s Susan McBeth and Amber Reinhart will chat live virtually with a different author to discuss their new book on the innovative and interactive storytelling platform, Fireside, which allows you to join the conversation live. Pre-order a book below for shipping to you and then tune in to Fireside for this fun five-part series.

This week’s episode features award-winning author and journalist Jane Alessandrini Ward, as she chats about her most recent book, In the Aftermath.

To join all (or part) of this series on Fireside, simply pre-order a book below to be shipped directly to you. Prior to the event, we will send you a private VIP link to attend the virtual event. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can be part of the virtual audience to chat live with the authors. With other devices, you can still listen live to the broadcast HERE.

Upcoming Series Schedule

PART 1 featuring Jane Ward: Thursday, November 3, 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern
PART 2 featuring Jennifer Steil: Thursday, November 10, 4:00pm Pacific/7:00pm Eastern
PART 3 featuring Michelle Cox: Thursday, November 17, 4:00pm/ Pacific7:00pm Eastern
PART 4 featuring Eliza Knight: Wednesday, November 30, 4:00pmPacific/7:00pm Eastern
PART 5 featuring Elizabeth de Veer: Thursday, December 8, 4:00pmPacific/7:00pm Eastern



About the Authors and Books

Jane Alessandrini Ward is the author of In the Aftermath (2021), The Mosaic Artist (2011) and Hunger (Forge, 2001). She has been a contributing writer for an online regional and seasonal food magazine and a blogger and occasional host of cooking videos for an internet recipe resource affiliated with several newspapers across the country. Jane now divides her time between Chicago and the north shore of Massachusetts.

In her book, In the Aftermath, when David Herron—overwhelmed and despairing, his family’s business and finances in ruin due to the bursting lending bubble of 2008—takes his own life one chilly spring morning, he has no idea the ripple effect his decision will set into motion.

To schedule a book club visit with Jane or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:



Jennifer Steil is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in many countries (currently Uzbekistan). Her third book, the novel Exile Music, was released by Viking in May 2020, won the Grand Prize in the 2020 Eyelands Book Awards, and was named a finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Lesbian Fiction Award.

Based on an unexplored slice of World War II history, Exile Music is the captivating story of a young Jewish girl whose family flees refined and urbane Vienna for safe harbor in the mountains of Bolivia.

To schedule a book club visit with Jennifer or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:



Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others.

In the sixth book of the series, A Spying Eye: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel, Clive and Henrietta return to Europe in an attempt to resurrect their failed honeymoon. While in London, they are approached by their old friend, Inspector John Hartle, who convinces them to search for the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, a famous Renaissance painting, of which Hitler’s top men are also in pursuit.

To schedule a book club visit with Michelle or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:



Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author. She is the creator of the popular historical blog, History Undressed and a co-host on the History, Books and Wine podcast.

Her latest book, The Mayfair Bookshop is a brilliant dual-narrative story about Nancy Mitford—one of 1930s London’s hottest socialites, authors, and a member of the scandalous Mitford Sisters—and a modern American desperate for change, connected through time by a little London bookshop.

To schedule a book club visit with Eliza or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:



Elizabeth de Veer has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and has been admitted to writing residencies at the Jentel Artist Residency, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

The Ocean in Winter is Elizabeth’s first novel and an unforgettable story about grief, love, and what it means to be haunted… The lives of the three Emery sisters were changed forever when Alex, eleven at the time, found their mother drowned in the bathtub of their home.

To schedule a book club visit with Elizabeth or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:




About Fireside

Fireside is the new podcast platform founded by billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank TV star, Mark Cuban, and Falon Fatemi, former CEO and Founder of Node.ai. This innovative, technological format allows YOU to actively participate in live discussions, debates and meaningful conversations.

Adventures by the Book, as one of many content creators, hosts a literary series that includes regular book discussions, author talks, book clubs, special presentations, and much more.