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"Fiercely Hopeful"— 8 Weeks Out

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

January Newsletter 2021

"In Patti Callahan’s fiercely hopeful Surviving Savannah, the past and the present intertwine with ringing authenticity. Disaster and crisis become a powerful testing ground, as Callahan’s expertly-drawn characters are forced to discover how to live past tragedy, and what matters most in the aftermath. This is exactly the kind of story we need right now."

Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and When the Stars Go Dark

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"Fiercely hopeful." We need so much hope these days. The beginning of 2021 didn't pan out quite the way we'd hoped. But sometimes what we expect and what we get aren't exactly the same things. But we can’t abandon hope. It’s too important. So how does a story about a ship called The Titanic of the South become hopeful? Well...let me tell's all about how we survive the surviving. Let the passengers of the steamship Pulaski tell you all about it. We are eight weeks out now until Surviving Savannah is released and you can meet the Lamar Family and discover their true and forgotten story. You can pre-order here (or if you have already pre-ordered): A special gift for you, compliments of the author— A custom SURVIVING SAVANNAH leather luggage tag. We look forward with great hope to the day we can travel again! Claim Luggage Tag Gift


Surviving Savannah Coming March 9, 2021

How to Pre-Order First Edition Signed Copies

The Alabama Bookshop (Bonus #1 and #2)

The Oxford Book Exchange

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For signed bookplates, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Patti Callahan Henry 1919 Oxmoor Road. PMB #303 Homewood, AL 35209



Look for SURVIVING SAVANNAH Book Tour coming soon!

SPARK Writing Festival

VIRTUAL EVENT | Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 @ 10 am CT Welcome to the second SPARK Writing Festival. Let’s SPARK something new together! January 10-16, 2021 FREE! All-virtual through Zoom. One registration gets you an “all-access.” Saturday, January 16th @ 10 am. Keynote talk with Patti Callahan. REGISTER. BECOMING MRS. LEWIS WEBINAR

VIRTUAL EVENT | Sat Jan 23, 2021 @ 10-11am PST We invite you to join us for a C.S. Lewis College and C.S. Lewis Foundation webinar featuring NYT best-selling author Patti Callahan and behind the novel and podcast, Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Ticket Price $5.00. REGISTER NOW. FOXTALE BOOK SHOPPE VIRTUAL EVENT | Thursday. Jan 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm ET FoxTale Book Shoppe is delighted to welcome Kaya McLaren WHAT'S WORTH KEEPING to the virtual fox den along with our friend NYT bestselling author Patti Callahan. This Virtual event is free to attend. REGISTER. THE BACK ROOM WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS VIRTUAL EVENT | Sunday Feb 7, 2021 @ 7 -9 pm ET Join The Back Room with literary fiction authors Hallie Ephron, Patti Callahan, Caroline Leavitt, and Marjan Kamali for an evening of great conversation! REGISTER. 2021 LUNCH WITH THE AUTHOR SERIES Belfair Country Club BLUFFTON, SC | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 2021 Lunch with the Authors Series. Join Patti Callahan with her new book, SURVIVING SAVANNAH. Breakfast at 9 am and Lunch at 12 pm (sold out). VIRTUAL WRITER'S CONFERENCE Join us from anywhere! VIRTUAL EVENT | Starts: Friday, April 16, 2021@ 4 pm Ends: Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 2 pm. 2021 SCWA Writer's Conference with Keynote speakers: Patti Callahan Henry and Jeffrey Blount. Plus Craft workshops, agents, panels, Slushfest, and much more. REGISTRATION open now.

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"New Southern Books We’re Eager To Read in 2021" —Atlanta Journal

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Ask Us Anything About Writing

With three acclaimed New York Times bestselling Authors Ariel Lawhon, J.T. Ellison,

and Patti Callahan Henry

“Do you have any advice about revising?”

I discuss the craft of writing with my author friends J. T. Ellison and Ariel Lawhon all the time, and we thought we'd bring some of these conversations to you. We've been soliciting questions from our readers and this month’s topic is a great one.

This is Patti's answer.

"Self-Editing Secret: Listen Carefully."

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Ariel, JT, and Patti

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A fiery life of one of history's greatest heroines, Florence Nightingale

WILD SWAN: An Audible Original by Patti Callahan Performed by award-winning Cynthia Erivo Since the days of books-on-tape (which I still say sometimes), I have always loved finding stories on audio. So on Career Authors (above article) I talk about using audio to fine-tune our stories before they come out! When I wrote WILD SWAN (an audible original) it changed the way I edited SURVIVING SAVANNAH.

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The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

Podcast One Year Anniversary!

If you are looking for a podcast listen during the pandemic, do not forget about Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast. Or if you prefer holding a book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is available now in an expanded paperback edition. For your book club: Visit Resource Center. VIRTUAL EVENT | Sat Jan 23, 2021 @ 10-11am PST Register in Advance Read More


Friends and Fiction


One of the most powerful things that happened during this past year was the creation of Friends and Fiction with Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Kristin Harmel, and Kristy Woodson Harvey. We have some exciting things planned for 2021—and many new ways to connect. Join in the fun!

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Winter/Spring 2021 Calendar Podcast LIVE Check out all episodes here if you missed any! YOUTUBE Channel SUBSCRIBE INSTAGRAM Subscribe to Newsletter

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Friends and Fiction Firsts:

A Signed First Edition Club Join Today! You asked us about signed copies and we listened... we are SO excited to announce the exclusive FRIENDS & FICTION FIRSTS: A SIGNED FIRST EDITION CLUB, a subscription club in partnership with Oxford Exchange, where you get SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS of ALL FIVE of the Friends & Fiction authors’ 2021 books as soon as they are released...PLUS a tote bag with logo. Read More


About the Author

Patti Callahan New York Times Bestselling Author. Podcast Host.

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the (Historical Fiction), BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis (writing as Patti Callahan). In addition, she is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner "Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019.

Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA

On March 9, 2021, a new historical fiction novel — SURVIVING SAVANNAH based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck will be released. WILD SWAN, a novella following the fiery life of one of history’s greatest heroines and the mother of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale by Patti Callahan was released December 10, 2020, as an Audible Original performed by Cynthia Erivo. The author is also the host of the popular seven-part original "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series" launched, October 2019. The podcast audiobook collection including bonus material was released in January 2020, and available now. The new expanded BECOMING MRS. LEWIS paperback edition was released on March 24, 2020, and available now. Patti Callahan is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly Friends and Fiction Facebook Live Show and podcast, featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe with endless stories, special guests, and a way to connect readers and writers. THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER (writing as Patti Callahan Henry—Southern Contemporary Fiction) was launched in June 2019, and THE PERFECT LOVE SONG—A Christmas Holiday novella released in October 2019, and available now. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Read More.

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