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"Magic" —Mid-May Newsletter

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Newsletter | May 13, 2021

May is probably the most gorgeous month here in the south and it makes everything feel so hopeful. And magical — as if anything is possible! If the world can burst into flowers and green green green, what isn’t possible? And we are going to be talking about that – magic and enchantment— for the next months!

We are less than six months away from the publication of Once Upon a Wardrobe! And we are going to have a grand time these months preparing for the book with conversations, giveaways, and even a The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe book club! (keep your ears and eyes open for details!)

What is a fairy tale? And why do they affect us the way they do? And where do they come from? And how and why do they get passed down for so many generations, working their way into our hearts and minds? I can’t wait to talk about all of this.

Meanwhile, our first blurbs for Once Upon a Wardrobe are rolling in and I am so honored for this one by the indomitable Kristin Harmel, the NYT bestseller of The Book of Lost Names.

“With a touch of fairy tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe will take you behind the legend and deep into the English and Irish countryside, where you’ll encounter not only the inspirations for one of the 20th century’s most beloved works, but also a tale of heartache, hope, and discovery that will forever change the Narnia you thought you knew.” —Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Once Upon a Wardrobe Coming October 19, 2021 We have loads of fun things coming up. Stay Tuned HERE for upcoming events!!

Buzz Books Great Reads Fall 2021

Buzz Books is back with a whole new collection for #BuzzBooks2021. Get your #free copy here: My excerpt from ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is included in #BuzzBooks2021 and it's #free! Some of this year's greatest titles excerpted in #BuzzBooks2021 and excited to be part of the bunch.

Reunion Beach

Honors the late Dorothea Benton Frank

Now a New York Times Bestseller! Buy the Book

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION BOOKSHELF | May 4, 2021 By Suzanne Van Atten Frank’s fans were legion, but so were her friends. Many of them are writers who adored Dottie, as they called her, for her gregarious nature, her witty humor and her warm, Southern hospitality. “Dottie, when she loves, she didn’t love you a little bit,” said Patti Callahan, author of “Surviving Savannah.” “If she loved you, she loved you big. You were part of her family. She checked on you. She helped your kids. She gave you advice, even if you didn’t want it. She was such a big spirit.”

The Summer of Lost and Found

This week my pal, Mary Alice Monroe’s book, The Summer of Lost and Found was released. Join her on Book Tour with a mix of in-person and virtual events, and includes some of her author friends for special "in conversation with" events, including Debbie Macomber, Delia Owens, Lisa Wingate, and Elin Hilderbrand, and William Kent Krueger. Book Tour Book Trailer Buy the Book

Join us on FRIENDS AND FICTION Wednesday night at 7 PM ET for our book launch party for The Summer of Lost and Found! Tune in for the fun, including special guest and Mary Alice's dear friend, actress Andie MacDowell.

Friends &

Fiction Podcast

Patti Callahan and Mary Kay Andrews interview Jennifer Hart from Book Club Girl @bookclubgirl

About the Author

“Stories that steal your imagination.”

Patti Callahan New York Times Bestselling Author and Podcast Host

Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA Patti Callahan is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. 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. “With a belief that the power of story changes us and moves us, Patti’s historical fiction, SURVIVING SAVANNAH, WILD SWAN, and BECOMING MRS. LEWIS explores the untold stories of the past that affect us now.” (writing as Patti Callahan)

SURVIVING SAVANNAH, a new historical fiction, based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck, known as "The Titanic of the South" was released March 9, 2021. The new podcast series, "The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah" is an in-depth exploration into the fascinating stories explored in her novel, Surviving Savannah. The podcast series includes interviews with some of the foremost experts on the myth and lore of Savannah, shipwreck treasure hunting, the hidden stories in museums, and the astounding real-life family story that inspired the novel. Available now. 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 2020, as an Audible Original performed by the award-winning narrator, Cynthia Erivo. BECOMING MRS. LEWIS, The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis was released in an expanded edition, March 2020. 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. The new expanded BECOMING MRS. LEWIS paperback edition was released in March 2020. REUNION BEACH, Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank, a collaboration and tribute was released April 27, 2021, and available now. Patti joins a group of bestselling authors to present a moving anthology to pay tribute to the legendary NYT bestselling author and her literary legacy. ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis from Callahan— coming October 19, 2021, and available for pre-order now—published by Harper Collins' new imprint —Harper Muse. Callahan's Once Upon a Wardrobe will be their debut novel launching this fall. Patti Callahan is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast, featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe. With endless stories and special guests, live every Wednesday at 7 pm ET on the Friends and Fiction Facebook group page, their YouTube Channel, and Parade Magazine Facebook page. You can follow them on Instagram and, for weekly updates, subscribe to their newsletter In a recent essay series partnership with Parade Magazine, each Wednesday viewers get a new “life lesson” from one of the FF writers on as well as a chance to discuss the themes later that evening on Facebook Live. 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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