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Book Bingo (Historical Fiction): A Virtual Adventure

November 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Free – $104.79

About the Virtual Event

We are pleased to partner with the Amery Area Public Library in Wisconsin for another fun Book Bingo (Historical Fiction): A Virtual Adventure! If you are already familiar with our popular Southern California series that features NovelNetwork® authors, you will understand why we receive so many requests to expand the program nationwide. Pivoting to virtual events has made this not only possible, but offers up fun opportunities for exciting partnerships, participation by more of our over 125 book club favorite authors, and space to accommodate many more readers!

 The launch event features book club favorite historical fiction authors: Rita Dragonette, Laura Kamoie, Jessica Keener, Robin Oliveira, Judith Teitelman, and Marisel Vera, in conversation with Heather Wiarda, Adult Programming Coordinator for the Amery Area Public Library and Adventures by the Book® and NovelNetwork® founder Susan McBeth.

Join us at this free event, where we will bring you six fabulous authors, an interactive virtual game of bingo, and fun prizes, and all you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well) to learn about great new reads to add to your to be read list).

While this event is free, your purchase of a book(s) below (to be shipped to you within the U.S.) provides much-needed support to these authors whose book tours and events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Your Adventure includes a book discussion with all six authors, an interactive virtual game of Book Bingo, Q&A, prizes, and the opportunity to meet the authors via Zoom. Books may be ordered below for shipping within the U.S. and will include a signed bookplate. See below for registration information.

About the Authors

Rita Dragonette is a writer who, after spending nearly thirty years telling the stories of others as an award-winning public relations executive, has returned to her original creative path. She lives and writes in Chicago, where she also hosts literary salons to showcase authors and their new books to avid readers.

Rita’s debut novel, The Fourteenth of September, is based upon her personal experiences on campus during the Vietnam War. In 1969, as mounting tensions over the Vietnam War are dividing America, a young woman in college on an Army scholarship risks future and family to secretly join the anti-war counterculture and is ultimately forced to make a life-altering choice as fateful as that of anymale Lottery draftee. It has received the Best Book Award for Historical Fiction (finalist 2019) and Women’s Fiction (finalist 2019), National Indie Excellence Awards for New Fiction (2019) and Best Cover Design (2019), Beverly Hills Book Award for Women’s Fiction (2018), American Book Fest Fiction Awards for Literary Fiction (finalist 2018) and Best Cover Design (finalist 2018) and the Hollywood Book Festival (honorable mention 2018, general fiction).

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


Laura Kamoie is a Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary and recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. With two non-fiction books on early America, a collaborative novel of the French Revolution, Ribbons of Scarlet, the runaway bestsellers America’s First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton, Laura combines her love of history with her passion for storytelling.

My Dear Hamilton is  the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton–a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before–not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal–but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

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


Jessica Keener has published more than 100 feature articles for national publications including The Boston Globe MagazineO, The Oprah MagazineInspired HouseCoastal LivingDesign New EnglandBoston Common, and Poets & Writers. Fascinated by how people define their personal nesting grounds and how most of us harbor secrets, consciously or unconsciously, the Boston area resident knows that fiction is one way to shine light on these emotional caves we all have inside us.

She has a long-standing interest in health that comes from her early experience with a life-threatening illness, and as a recipient of an experimental bone marrow transplant in the late ’70s, one of the first. Her story, “Recovery,” was inspired by this transformative event and won Redbook’s second prize in fiction, which you can find in her collection, Women In Bed.

Her most recent novel, Strangers in Budapest, takes place in this gorgeous city of secrets, with ties to a shadowy, bloody past. It is to this enigmatic European capital that a young American couple, Annie and Will, move from Boston with their infant son shortly after the fall of the Communist regime. For Annie, it is an effort to escape the ghosts that haunt her past, and Will wants simply to seize the chance to build a new future for his family. The book was a 2017 and 2018 IndieNext Pick, a “Best New Book” — Chicago Review of Books,  a “Best Books of 2017” — January Magazine, a “Best New Books” — Entertainment Weekly, a “Best New Books” — Real Simple.

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


Robin Oliveira is the New York Times, USA Today, and amazon.com bestseller of the historical fiction novels My Name is Mary Sutter, I Always Loved You, and Winter Sisters. She holds a B.A. in Russian from the University of Montana, and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, Russia. She worked for many years as a Registered Nurse, specializing in Critical Care and Bone Marrow Transplant. In 2006 she received an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives outside of Seattle, Washington.

Her most recent book, Winter Sisters, is an engrossing story of unspeakable crime and unbreakable love in 1879 New York, an epic blizzard descends on Albany, devastating the city. When the snow finally settles, two newly orphaned girls are missing. Determined not to give up hope, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, searches for the two sisters. When what happened to them is finally revealed, Dr. Sutter must fight the most powerful of Albany’s citizens, risking personal and public danger as she seeks to protect the fragile, putting at risk loves and lives in her quest to right unimaginable wrongs.

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


Judith Teitelman has straddled the worlds of art, literature, and business since she was a teenager and worked her first job as a salesperson at a B. Dalton / Pickwick Bookstore. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Art History, she opened and managed Art and Architecture Books of the Twentieth Century. She began her career in the nonprofit sector in 1983, and in 1990 launched her arts and business management consulting firm working nationally with grass roots and mid-sized organizations and large institutions. She is also a mentor, trainer, and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines, and is on the Theater School faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) co-teaching Entrepreneurship. She is a regular trainer at the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), among others, and was a trainer for more than 20 years at Los Angeles’ Center for Nonprofit Management.

Guesthouse for Ganesha, a tale of love, loss and spirit reclaimed, weaves Eastern beliefs and perspectives with Western realities and pragmatism. In 1923, seventeen-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln “with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus begins a twenty-two-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the “Age of Darkness” when human civilization degenerates spiritually), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate to India. Esther’s traveling companion and the novel’s narrator is Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God worshipped by millions for his abilities to destroy obstacles, bestow wishes, and avenge evils.

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


Marisel Vera is a Chicago writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Through her work, Vera explores the particular burdens that Puerto Ricans, on the island and in the
diaspora, carry as colonial subjects of the most powerful country in the world.

Her latest novel, The Taste of Sugar, is a tale of love and endurance on the eve of the Spanish-American War, told through two Puerto Rican families, which Ron Charles of The Washington Post describes as: “Enthralling. . . . A masterful work of historical fiction that traces monumental economic and political currents. . . . [A] Latino Grapes of Wrath” and O, The Oprah Magazine raves about: “This illuminating work of historical fiction sheds light on a forgotten chapter of the American story through characters who burrow into your bones and whisper in your ear.”

Vera is also the author of If I Bring You Roses (Grand Central), a story about a Puerto Rican couple who move to the United States during
1950s’ Operation Bootstrap to chase the American Dream in Chicago’s factories.
Vera is currently at work on a novel about four Puerto Rican girls growing up in 1970’s Chicago, The Girls from Humboldt Park (working title).

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



For Book Clubs or Author Live Chats

Are you in a book club, library reading group, or is your group of friends, colleagues, family members seeking fabulous authors who are excited and available to meet with you? Then you will be delighted to know that Rita Dragonette, Laura Kamoie, Jessica Keener, Robin Oliveira, Judith Teitelman, and Marisel Vera are all members of our wonderful community of over 125 NovelNetwork authors available to meet with small groups via video chat.

NovelNetwork is the nation’s first and only match(dot)com for authors and book clubs to find each other, so check it out today. Book clubs join for free and gain access to our database of dozens of authors, from NYT and international bestsellers, to debut authors, cookbook authors, mystery and non-fiction authors, and representing various regions of the United States, and even Alaska and Hawaii, all of whom want to meet with you!

To schedule a visit with Rita, Laura, Jessica, Robin, Judith, Marisel, or any of our authors, join FOR FREE  here.

Event Registration

This event is free and open to the public (on a first-come, first-served basis); however, registration below or thru the Amery Area Public Library is necessary in order to receive your Zoom invite and your virtual bingo card (bingo cards will only be available to those who register before November 4, 2020). You may attend the event without playing bingo, but will still need to register to receive your Zoom invite. While the event is free, your purchase of a book(s) below offers support to these authors whose book tours and events have been cancelled. Book prices below include shipping within the U.S. and will include signed bookplates.




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