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We're five bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

We're five bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

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United States

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We're five bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

Language:

English


Episodes

Sunday Bonus Episode: Julia Kelly

3/1/2021
The Fab Five welcome internationally bestselling author of historical women's fiction, Julia Kelly, whose books have been translated into 11 languages and who also writes historical and contemporary romance under the name Julia Blake. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London. Julia joins us to talk about her latest...

Duration:00:31:02

Friends & Fiction with Kristin Hannah

2/25/2021
The Fab Five were so happy to welcome back their good friend, mega-bestselling author Kristin Hannah. She jpined us to talk about her brand new instant #1 New York Times bestselling novel THE FOUR WINDS, as well as the #1 Netflix adaptation of her book FIREFLY LANE. We've sure come a long way since we had Kristin on the show as our first-ever guest back in April. And now she's got lots to talk to us about as two of her books sit atop the bestseller list.

Duration:01:17:29

S1E4: Kristin & Patti with Katherine Reay & Janet Skeslien

2/19/2021
Kristin Harmel and Patti Callahan Henry discuss Books about Books with author Katherine Reay and her novel The Printed Letter Bookshop, and author Janet Skeslien Charles’ upcoming novel The Paris Bookshop.

Duration:00:33:28

Friends & Fiction with Susan Elizabeth Phillips

2/11/2021
New York Times bestselling author and master of the rom-com, Susan Eizabeth Phillips, joins the Fab Five for a raucous Valentine's Day themed episode. Come along for a wild ride as these six ladies play "Literary Spin the Bottle," a game made up by Mary Kay Andrews. Each author answers rapid-fire questions about their first literary crush, favorite couple from each author's own books, first romance novel they remember reading...oh, and all six authors read their own real-life meet-cute...

Duration:01:05:58

S1E3: Mary Kay & Mary Alice with Marie Benedict

2/5/2021
Mary Kay Andrews and Mary Alice Monroe interview New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict about her new historical novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, an exploration of Agatha Christie's mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926.

Duration:00:34:41

Friends & Fiction with Ann Napolitano

2/4/2021
Bestselling novelist Ann Napolitano joins the Fab Five to discuss her phenomenal instant New York Times bestseller DEAR EDWARD, just released in paperback this week. They discuss Ann's extensive research process, how writing has been a real escape during the pandemic, her experince teaching fiction writing, and her love of independent bookstores—particularly the one she chose as our featured bookseller of the week, Books Are Magic in Brooklyn.

Duration:01:05:56

S1E2: Patti & Kristin with Michael Farris Smith & Rachel Hawkins

2/1/2021
Patti Callahan Henry and Kristin Harmel talk about Modern Takes on Literary Classics with Michael Farris Smith about his novel, NICK, about Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby, and Rachel Hawkins about her novel The Wife Upstairs, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre.

Duration:00:34:44

Friends & Fictin with Marisa de los Santos

1/28/2021
Poet and bestselling novelist Marisa de los Santos joins the Fab Five to talk about about her latest novel I'D GIVE ANYTHING, as well as her writing process and the cross section of poetry and novels, the powerful women who have influenced her life, and her collaborative relationship with her writer husband David Teague.

Duration:01:02:13

Sunday Bonus Episode: Susan Zurenda & Alison Hammer

1/24/2021
Join the Fab Five for this Soecial Sunday Bonus episode in which they continue their conversation about debut novels by welcoming two more first-time authors. Meet Susan Zurenda whose BELLS FOR ELI will hit shelves on March 5, 2021; and Alison Hammer whose first novel YOU AND ME AND US came out April 2020. Both women had full careers in other fields before getting a publishing deal and they discuss their journey to getting published.

Duration:00:37:51

The Fab Five on Debuts: How We Got Our Start

1/21/2021
The Fab Five have an in-depth chat about debut novels, discussing their own debuts and how they got their start. They welcome three debut novelists tp join the fun, all with Winter 2021 debuts that are getting loads of nice buzz. Meet Nancy Johnson, author of THE KINDEST LIE (Feb 2, 2021); Sarah Penner, author of THE LOST APOTHECARY (March 2, 2021); and Pamela Terry, author of THE SWEET TASTE OF MUSCADINES (March 16, 2021).

Duration:00:54:03

Friends & Fiction with William Kent Krueger

1/14/2021
Bestselling, award-winning author William Kent Krueger joins the Fab Five to talk about his novel THIS TENDER LAND. They each discuss their rituals after handing in a manscript, the influences of Huck Finn and The Odyssey on Kent's latest work, and how his study of childhood resiliency has informed his writing.

Duration:00:55:45

Friends & Fiction with Diane Chamberlain

1/7/2021
New York Times, USA Today and London Times bestselling author of 27 novels, Diane Chamberlain, joins the Fab Five to talk about her latest novel, BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN, just out in paperback. Listen in as they discuss dream first travel destinations for after the pandemic and their latest favorite reads, as well as Diane’s background as a psychoanalyst and passion for social justice issues—and how both inform her writing.

Duration:00:54:39

Friends and Fiction with Anne Bogel

12/31/2020
Author of Don't Overthink It, Anne Bogel—better known as the blogger "Modern Mrs. Darcy" and the orce behind the podcast What Should I Read Next—joins the Fab Five to round out the year. They discuss what we're keeping and leaving behind for the new year, what makes a truly exceptional read, and the best books of 2020.

Duration:00:59:48

The Friends & Fiction Ugly Sweater Holiday Office Party

12/23/2020
Do your ugliest Christmas sweater, pour a festive beverage, and join the Fab Five for their first annual holiday office party. They discuss ther picks for best and worst in Christmas music and movies and their all-time favorite Christmas books.

Duration:00:46:15

Friends & Fiction with Tim Ehrenberg and to Laura Taylor

12/18/2020
Mary Kay Andrews and Kristin Harmel sit down with two incredible independent booksellers. They talked to Tim Ehrenberg of Nantucket Book Partners in Nantucket, MA, and to Laura Taylor of Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL. Hear all about their stores, the creative ways they are finding to not just survive but thrive during the pandemic, the importance of shopping local, and their desert island reads.

Duration:00:34:20

Friends & Fiction with Lisa See

12/18/2020
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See joins the Fab Five to talk about her latest book, The Island of Sea Women. Listen in as she talks about being part Chinese and growing up fully immersed in Chinese culture, but somehow feeling like an outsider in both white and Chinese cultures—a theme that has found its way into most of her books.

Duration:01:04:40

Sunday Bonus Episode: Christmas Books with Susan Mallery

12/13/2020
Susan Mallery, #1 NYT bestselling author of more than 150 novels and 16 Chritmas novels, joins the Fab Five to talk about her prolific career, the art of writing a great Christmas book, and faovrite Christmas books.

Duration:00:41:02

Friends and Fiction with Andie MacDowell & Todd Komarnicki

12/9/2020
The Fab Five sit down with Golden Globe award winning actress Andie MacDowell and writer/producer Tood Komarnicki to discuss adapting stories for the big and small screen.

Duration:01:19:50

Friends and Fiction with Robyn Carr

12/9/2020
Award winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, Robyn Carr joins the Fab Five to talk about her career and the latest installment in her Virgin River series, which has been adapted as a Netflix Original Series.

Duration:00:59:51

Sunday Bonus Episode: Holiday Cooking with Nathalie Dupree

12/2/2020
James Beard Award-winning author of 15 cookbooks, Nathalie Dupree, joins the Fab Five to discuss how food and stories go hand-in-hand, her legacy as a "connector," clever entertaining hacks, and who she'd invite to her fantasy dinner party.

Duration:00:45:24