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We're four 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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We're four 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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Friends & Fiction Celebrates the Launch of Mary Kay Andrews's Summers at the Saint

5/17/2024
On this episode, the Fab Four gather to celebrate this month’s F&F Featured Author, the NYT bestselling novelist and Queen of the Beach Reads herself, our very own Mary Kay Andrews, to discuss her brand-new novel, our May 2024 Pick of the Month, SUMMERS AT THE SAINT, a fresh new summer mystery full of romance, betrayal, and long-buried secrets. With 32 novels and one cookbook under her belt, Mary Kay has been a staple on the bestseller lists every single year for two decades running. She takes a break from her whirlwind book tour to join us LIVE from Dallas, Texas, to celebrate SUMMERS AT THE SAINT in grand F&F style. Our whole community more will learn more about the novel Publishers Weekly calls “a mesmerizing mix of mystery and romance,” and which has been named an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick. It wouldn't be an F&F launch party without some fun games and lots of other shenanigans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:27

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Friends & Fiction with Ruth Ware

5/10/2024
On this episode, Mary Kay Andrews & Ron Block welcome the international No.1 bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers, Ruth Ware, to discuss her latest gripping beach read, ONE PERFECT COUPLE, a high-tension and ingenious thriller which follows five couples trapped on a storm-swept island as a killer stalks among them. Ruth’s thrillers (In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; The Death of Mrs. Westaway; The Turn of the Key; One by One; The It Girl; and Zero Days) have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and have sold more than six-million copies. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth joins us from her home on the coast of England to discuss ONE PERFECT COUPLE, her latest fast-paced, spellbinding thriller coming from Gallery Books on May 21. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:32

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Friends & Fiction with Janet Skeslien Charles

5/3/2024
On this episode, Patti Callahan Henry & Kristin Harmel welcome the New York Times and internationally bestselling author, Janet Skeslien Charles, to discuss her brilliant new novel, MISS MORGAN’S BOOK BRIGADE, based on the true story of Jessie Carson, the American librarian who changed the literary landscape of France. Janet has spent the past decade researching Jessie Carson at The Morgan Library, the NYPL, and archives across France for her latest novel MISS MORGAN’S BOOK BRIGADE. The result is a “compelling ode to the astonishing power of libraries and librarians” (Marie Benedict) which our own Patti Callahan Henry calls “an astonishing novel…and a moving tale of sacrifice, heroism, and inspired storytelling.” Janet’s previous novel The Paris Library, was an instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY bestseller and named an Amazon Best Book of 2021. We are so looking forward to discussing this latest installment in her library trilogy with Janet as she heads back to the States from her home in Paris to embark on a US book tour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:28

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Friends & Fiction with Sally Hepworth

4/26/2024
On this episode, Kristin Harmel & Kristy Woodson Harvey welcome the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Sally Hepworth, to discuss her forthcoming book, DARLING GIRLS, a thrilling page-turner of sisterhood, secrets, love, and murder. Sally's nine novels (including The Good Sister and The Soulmate) are available around the globe in English and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Several of her novels have been optioned for TV and film and she has sold more than one-million books worldwide. She joins us from Melbourne, Australia, to discuss DARLING GIRLS (just out from St. Martin’s Press), which has been dubbed “a rollercoaster of a novel” by Bookpage and an “unnerving thriller” by Booklist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:31

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Friends & Fiction with Emily Henry

4/19/2024
On this episode, the Fab Four—Kristy Woodson Harvey, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harme & Patti Callahan Herny—gather to welcome this month’s F&F Featured Author, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and titan of romantic comedy, Emily Henry, to discuss her forthcoming book, our April 2024 Pick of the Month, FUNNY STORY, a shimmering, joyful novel about a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common. Emily Henry is the #1 NYT and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of HAPPY PLACE, BOOK LOVERS, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION, and BEACH READ. Known as much for her witty banter, steamy love scenes, and happy endings as she is for her sheer dominance over the bestseller lists and her millions of copies sold, Emily joins us to discuss her soon-to-be blockbuster summer hit novel, FUNNY STORY (coming 4/23 from Berkley), which has been named a most-anticipated book of the year by TIME, The New York Times, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, and Today.com among others. “This sumptuous novel is Henry at her very best,” according to Bustle, and we are so excited to welcome Emily and get the full scoop just before this book hits shelves everywhere! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:01:52

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Friends & Fiction with Jo Piazza

4/12/2024
On this episode, Patti Callahan Henry & Ron Block welcome bestselling author, podcast creator, and award-winning journalist, Jo Piazza, to discuss THE SICILIAN INHERITANCE, her transporting novel rooted in the author's own family history about a long-awaited trip to Sicily, a disputed inheritance, and a family secret that some will kill to protect. Jo Piazza is the national and international bestselling author of We Are Not Like Them, You Were Always Mine, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, The Knockoff, and How to Be Married. Her work has been published in 10 languages in 12 countries, and 4 of her books have been optioned for film and television. Jo's podcasts have garnered more than 25-million downloads and regularly top podcast charts. An editor, columnist, and travel writer, her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, New York magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, and many other publications. She joins us to discuss her brand-new historical novel, THE SICILIAN INHERITANCE (out now from Dutton Books), which has been called “a page-turning family chronicle,” by The Washington Post, “a joy to read,” by the New York Times, and “packed with wit and wicked twists,” by Town & Country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:01

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Friends & Fiction with Lisa Scottoline

4/5/2024
On this episode, Mary Kay Andrews & Kristin Harmel welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline to discuss THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEVLINS, her latest pulse-pounding domestic thriller about family and justice, the ties that bind us, and the lies that tear us apart. A former President of Mystery Writers of America, Lisa Scottoline is the #1 bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of 36 novels, with 30-million books in print, published in 35 countries. Her books have been optioned for film and TV, and she has also co-authored a series of humorous memoirs with her daughter, novelist Francesca Serritella. A former lawyer, Scottoline taught a course she developed, "Justice & Fiction," at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She and her array of disobedient pets join us from her home outside Philadelphia to discuss THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEVLINS, a LibraryReads Hall of Fame Pick which People Magazine hails as “her most emotionally intense nail-biter to date.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:35

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Friends & Fiction with Allison Pataki

3/29/2024
On this episode, Kristin Harmel & Ron Block welcome former news writer and producer turned NYT bestselling author Allison Pataki to discuss her highly-anticipated latest novel FINDING MARGARET FULLER — a sweeping story about America’s forgotten leading lady, an inspiring trailblazer and fierce adventurer who transcended the rigid roles ascribed to women and changed history, all on her own terms. Allison Pataki is the NYT bestselling author of ten books including The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Accidental Empress. She joins us to discuss the inspiration for, research, and lasting messages in her high-anticipated latest novel FINDING MARGARET FULLER which has already been featured on the Today Show and gotten starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:36

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Friends & Fiction with Anna Quindlen

3/22/2024
On this episode, Mary Kay Andrews and Kristy Woodson Harvey welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anna Quindlen to discuss her latest instant bestseller AFTER ANNIE, a hopeful novel about how adversity can change us in profound ways. Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, non-fiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of ten novels including, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, which was published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at the New York Times, she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Anna’s new novel, AFTER ANNIE, was released earlier this month and instantly landed on both the NYT and USA Today bestseller lists. Called “luminous with life, hope and the power of love” by People Magazine (who also named it their Book of the Week), AFTER ANNIE is the Barnes & Noble National Book Club selection for March, an IndieNext pick, a LibraryReads pick, and an Amazon Best of the Month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:50

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Friends & Fiction with Chris Bohjalian

3/15/2024
On this episode, the Fab Four — Patti Callahan Henry, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel & Mary Kay Andrews — gather to welcome this month’s F&F Featured Author, the No.1 NYT bestselling novelist, screenwriter and playwright, Chris Bohjalian, to discuss his forthcoming novel, our March 2024 Pick of the Month, THE PRINCESS OF LAS VEGAS, in which a Princess Diana impersonator and her estranged sister find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of money and murder on the Las Vegas strip. Chris Bohjalian is the No.1 NYT bestselling author of 24 books, including THE LIONESS, HOUR OF THE WITCH, and THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, which was made into a MAX limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His novels SECRETS OF EDEN, MIDWIVES, and PAST THE BLEACHERS were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than 35 languages. His new play, “The Club,” premiered at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse in February. He joins us from his home in Vermont to discuss his new twisting tale of organized crime and family secrets, THE PRINCESS OF LAS VEGAS (3/19, Doubleday), which has been called “a well-calibrated satire of cryptocurrency culture” by Publishers Weekly and a “lively romp” by Kirkus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:12

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Friends & Fiction with Rebecca Serle

3/8/2024
On this episode, host Kristy Woodson Harvey interviews NYT bestselling author, producer and screenwriter, Rebecca Serle all about her forthcoming novel, EXPIRATION DATES. Told with Rebecca's signature warmth and insight into matters of the heart, this book has been called “a romantic gem” by Laura Dave, “sometimes heart-wrenching, often heartwarming” in a starred review by Publishers Weekly, and “compulsively readable” by Booklist. We will hear from Rebecca about her road to publication, her shift from writing YA to adult, her involvement with her screen adaptations of her novels, and the uncanny real-life love story that happened in her own life after writing this book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:48

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Friends & Fiction with Tommy Orange

3/1/2024
On this episode, hosts Patti Callahan Henry & Kristin Harmel welcome this week’s guest, the Pulitzer Prize-finalist and author of the breakout bestseller THERE THERE, Tommy Orange, to discuss WANDERING STARS, his masterful follow-up to his already classic first novel. Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. Tune in to hear about his highly-anticipated second novel, WANDERING STARS, which extends his constellation of narratives into the past and future, tracing the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through three generations. We are eager to introduce you to this “outstanding . . . dazzling work of literary fiction” (Boston Globe), which has been named to most-anticipated lists by TIME, Real Simple, Oprah Daily & NPR. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:10

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Friends & Fiction with Tia Williams

2/23/2024
On this episode all four of our fabulous hosts — Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Kay Andrews & Kristin Harmel — interviewing our Featured Author of the Month, Tia Williams, to hear all about her new book, our F&F Pick for February, A LOVE SONG FOR RICKI WILDE. Join us as we discuss Tia’s highly-anticipated follow-up to her NYT bestselling Reese's Book Club pick DEVEN DAYS IN JUNE. This enchanting love story features a free-spirited florist and an enigmatic musician who are irreversibly linked through the history, art, and magic of Harlem, and has been praised for its “dazzling prose” by the New York Times, and predicted as “one of your most memorable reads of 2024” by People. We hear from Tia all about the hints of magic sprinkled through this novel, her research into the Harlem of today and its renaissance era of the 1920s, the importance or representing black excellence and black love stories in mainstream literature, and even her dream casting choices should this book be adapted for the screen. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:23

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Friends & Fiction with Kate Quinn & Janie Chang

2/16/2024
On this episode, hosts Mary Kay Andrews & Kristin Harmel interview bestselling authors Kate Quinn & Janie Chang all about their new co-written novel, THE PHOENIX CROWN, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles. Kate is a NYT & USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction (including THE ALICE NETWORK, THE HUNTRESS, THE ROSE CODE, and THE DIAMOND EYE) whose work has been translated into multiple languages. Janie Chang writes historical fiction (including the Globe and Mail bestsellers DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD and THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS) often drawing on her family history with 36 generations of recorded genealogy. We hear from them about their inspiration and research, the logisitcs of writing a novel together, and all that they learned along the way. Tune in to hear all about the book NYT bestselling author Jamie Ford calls “impeccably researched, magnificently rendered, and breathlessly paced.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:35

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Friends & Fiction with Amy Jo Burns

2/9/2024
On this episode, hosts Patti Callahan Henry and Ron Block welcome critically-acclaimed author Amy Jo Burns who previously penned the memoir CINDERLAND and the novel SHINER, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and an NPR Best Book of the Year. We will hear all about Amy Jo's new novel, MERCURY, in which a roofing family's bonds of loyalty are tested when they uncover a long-hidden secret at the heart of their blue-collar town. Tune in and learn about the inspiration for the mystery at the heart of the novel, how she crafted the blue-collar setting and strong female characters, her path to publication, and lots more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:18

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Friends & Fiction with Jennifer Moorman

2/2/2024
On this episode, hosts Patti Callahan Henry & Kristy Woodson Harvey interview award-winning, bestselling author, Jennifer Moorman about her new novel, THE MAGIC ALL AROUND, a treasure hunt through the past that reveals one woman’s extraordinary gift for arranging the future. Jennifer is the author of the Mystic Water Series, which includes the reader favorite, The Baker’s Man. A southern Georgia native, Jennifer once toured the US for 5 years as a singer-songwriter with a full band. A Harry Potter fanatic, she considers herself a traveler, an amateur baker, and a dreamer who can always be won over with chocolate, unicorns, or rainbows. Tune in to hear about the inspiration behind her new novel, her writing life, her baking, and of course, magic! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:05

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Friends & Fiction with Abbott Kahler

1/26/2024
On this episode, hosts Patti Callahan Henry & Kristin Harmel welcome NYT bestselling author Abbott Kahler to discuss her new novel, WHERE YOU END (in stores Jan 16), which is inspired by a true story of identical twins and amnesia. Once named “a pioneer of sizzle history” by USA Today, Abbott Kahler is the author of four NYT bestselling works of narrative nonfiction under the name Karen Abbott. A prolific writer and media guest, her books have been optioned for television and film, and been featured as Indie Next picks, Amazon’s and Library Journal’s best books of the year, and Smithsonian Magazine’s best history books of the year. Tune in to hear about her leap to writing fiction, her real-life inspiration for this novel, her research, her writing process, and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:11

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Friends & Fiction with Kristin Hannah

1/19/2024
Join all four F&F hosts—Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel & Kristy Woodson Harvey—on the 200th episode of our Wed night web show as they interview our Featured Guest for January, Kristin Hannah, about our F&F Pick of the Month, THE WOMEN! Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, the instant No.1 NYT bestsellers The Great Alone and The Four Winds, and Firefly Lane, which was the No.1 Netflix series around the world the week it came out. Her novels have hit the NYT, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Indie bookstores’ bestseller lists; won the People’s Choice award for best fiction; been named Book of the Year by Book Of the Month Club; been voted the Best Historical Novel of the Year by Goodreads; been chosen as book club picks by Reese Witherspoon and the TODAY Show; and been highlighted as best books of the year by outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, and Buzzfeed. THE WOMEN (in stores Feb 6) is an intimate and eye-opening portrayal of Army nurses during the Vietnam War, and is at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:01:47

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Friends & Fiction with Grady Hendrix

1/12/2024
Join Mary Kay Andrews and Ron Block as they welcome award-winning screenwriter and bestselling novelist, Grady Hendrix. He is the author of of more than a dozen books including Horrorstör , My Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is being adapted into a feature film by Amazon Studios), and the NYT bestseller The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires (currently being adapted into a TV series). Grady joins us to discuss his latest instant New York Times bestselling campy and darkly comic Gothic thriller, How to Sell a Haunted House, just released in paperback. Tune in to hear from this master of horror about what drew him to the genre, why puppets and dolls are so compelling, his roots in Southern storytelling, along with lots of self funny and deprecating insights into his road to publication and his writing process. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:47

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Friends & Fiction “Just Us” 2024 Sneak Preview

1/5/2024
This Winter 2024 season premiere of the Friends & Fiction Show will get you in the spirit for all the new and exciting things we have ahead in 2024! On this special “Just Us” episode, you will hear from the Fab Four all about our new format for the new year, including a run-down of our guests for the entire Winter season, plus an impromptu chat amongst our four hosts and founders about how F&F has changed them, howwriting advice they've gleaned from our guests has impacted their own craft, what they’re looking forward to in the new year, and their vulnerabilities as writers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:15