It’s kickoff time! Time for two great teams of authors to give book enthusiasts and reading fans the experience of a lifetime, complete with national anthem (sung by none other than classically-trained singer and internationally renowned author Kate Quinn!), half-time show, four quarters of excitement, crowd-pleasing food, and maybe even some memorable commercials and a tale-gating party, scheduled to take place aboard the luxurious and historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
And of course, no Adventure by the Book would be complete without lots of excitement and fun. Your ticket includes:
No, we aren’t talking about Super Bowl weekend; we are talking about our inaugural Super Book Weekend, and you are invited!!
This special experience is possible with support from NovelNetwork, Magic Time Literary Publicity and the ALA Book Club Central.
Cassandra King Conroy is a best-selling novelist whose fiction has won the hearts of readers everywhere, especially in the American South.
In her new book, My Life With Pat Conroy, Cassandra turns to memoir as she considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her husband, the legendary Pat Conroy, as well as other renowned figures of modern Southern literature.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and her most recent, The Summer I Met Jack. Michelle Gable graduated from The College of William & Mary.
When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.
Schedule a book club visit with Michelle today thru NovelNetwork. Book clubs join for free.
Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Ian Ludlow thrillers, Killer Thriller, and True Fiction.
His new novel, Lost Hills,is the launch of a new series featuring Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective Eve Ronin.
Tod Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize; The House of Secrets, which he coauthored with Brad Meltzer; and the crime-tinged novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Fake Liar Cheat, plus five novels in the popular Burn Notice series.
He is also the author of the story collection Simplify, a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize, and Other Resort Cities.
Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment.
The author of The Southern Side of Paradise, The Secret of Southern Charm, Slightly South of Simple, Dear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.
Schedule a book club visit with Kristy today thru NovelNetwork. Book clubs join for free.
Attica Locke’s is the author of Pleasantville, which won the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction; Black Water Rising, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; and The Cutting Season, a national bestseller and the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
She was a writer and producer on the Fox drama, Empire. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
Tembi Locke is an accomplished actor who has appeared in over sixty television shows and films, including The Magicians, NCIS: LA, Animal Kingdom, and Dumb and Dumber To. She is also a TEDx speaker. Her talk, What Forty Steps Taught Me About Love and Grief, traces her journey as a cancer caregiver.
She is the creative voice behind The Kitchen Widow, an online grief support community that has received mentions in The New York Times and The Guardian. The author of From Scratch, she lives in Los Angeles with her young daughter, but can be found each summer on the island of Sicily.
Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books.
Her novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA® Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction.
Schedule a book club visit with Kristina today thru NovelNetwork. Book clubs join for free.
Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include As Bright as Heaven, starred review in Library Journal; Secrets of Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014.
A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.
Schedule a book club visit with Susan today thru NovelNetwork. Book clubs join for free.
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series: The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, and Beach House Reunion.
She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, and the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award.
Jan Moran is the author of several books, including Scent of Triumph, and Fabulous Fragrances I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publication and on television and radio, including CNN and Extra, Instyle, Allure, Women’s Wear Daily, and O Magazine.
She earned her MBA from Harvard Business school, her BBA from the University of Texas, and created Scentsa, a touch-screen program for fragrance and skincare, for Sephora stores in the US, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Denmark. She has also attended the University of California at Los Angeles Extension Writers’ Program, studying fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting.
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Colleen Oakley is the author of two previous novels, Close Enough to Touch and Before I Go, which were named best books by People, Us Weekly, Library Journal and Real Simple, and both were long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Oakley is also the former senior editor of Marie Claire and editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness.
Her articles, essays and interviews have been featured in the New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Georgia with her husband, four kids and the world’s biggest lapdog.
Kate Quinn is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the runaway bestsellers The Alice Network and The Huntress. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice.
She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to 20th century historical fiction. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.
Schedule a book club visit with Kate today thru NovelNetwork. Book clubs join for free.
J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie’s Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction.
Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.
Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten in 2016.
Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, was released the following year. Her latest novel, The Night Before, was published in May 2019, and is being developed into a TV series by Eva Longoria Baston.