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Once Upon A Wardrobe Meets the world today!

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

Pub Day Newsletter | October 19, 2021

Available in Hardcover, e-book, audiobook, and Audio CD International Editions: Canada, Germany, AU, NZ, UK Read Excerpt First Two Chapters

First Edition Signed Copies are available at the following: Alabama Booksmith Buxton Books E. Shaver Booksellers

Booksellers with Signed Copies For signed bookplates, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Patti Callahan Henry 1919 Oxmoor Road. PMB #303 Homewood, AL 35209

Dearest Readers and Friends,

Once upon a time…didn’t you already lean forward and wonder what happens next? Ah, that is because we are made for story.

And I have long been fascinated by the origins of some of our favorite stories, some of our favorite magical lands!

And Narnia is one of those lands. There was a time I longed to be Lucy; I wanted to step through a wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia and have tea with Mr. Tumnus, who, like all of us, was at times misguided and flawed, but at his core, seemed to be good. And perhaps that’s the beautiful thing about books; at the very least, they can take us to magical places; at their best, books and literacy become a catalyst for transforming us for the better as human beings.


ONCE UPON A WARDROBE BOOK TOUR Meet Patti in a city nearest you! (Live and Virtual events) Book Tour Details Patti will join many of her author pals in conversation — check out the list here:

Tue, Oct 19 St. Simons Casino ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA | Tues, Oct. 19, 2021 @ 12:30pm Meet the Authors: Mary Kay Andrews and Patti Callahan. Along with being prolific authors, Patti and Mary Kay are renowned storytellers and this program promises to entertain as well as inform with their holiday books. Books will be available. By Literary Guild and G J Ford Bookshop. Tue, Oct 19 The Paris Market Savannah SAVANNAH, GA | October 19, 2021 @ 5pm Save the Date: An evening with Patti Callahan with her latest book, ONCE UPON A WARDROBE with authors, Mary Kay Andrews and Kristy Woodson Harvey. Books for purchase by E. Shavers Booksellers Savannah, GA. Wed, Oct 20 Belfair Country Club BLUFFTON, SC | Wed. Oct 20, 2021 @ 12 pm Luncheon Join Patti ONCE UPON A WARDROBE with Mary Kay Andrews, and Kristy Woodson Harvey. Join us for not one, but THREE of your favorite authors in conversation about their latest holiday books, their writing, and fun stories. Bookseller: Hilton Head Barnes & Noble. Thu, Oct 21 Soby's Restaurant GREENVILLE, SC | Lunch & Lit Thurs. Oct 21, 2021 @ 12 pm- 1:30pm Join us for Lunch & Lit at Soby's featuring New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan and her most recent book. Tickets are $45 and include a three-course lunch and a copy of Once Upon a Wardrobe. By M.Judson Booksellers Greenville, SC Fri, Oct 22 Kimbel's Wachesaw MURRELL'S INLET, SC | Friday, October 22, 2021 @11:00 am- 1:00pm Where did Narnia come from? Join Author Patti Callahan and her latest, “Once Upon a Wardrobe” for a luncheon at Kimbel's Wachesaw sponsored by Litchfield Books. Books and signing at store 2-3 pm. Tickets are on sale now. Call 843.235.9600. Fri, Oct 22 Buxton Books CHARLESTON, SC | Friday, October 22, 2021, @6:00-9:00 pm Buxton Books is so excited to be hosting the event for Patti Callahan's newest novel, Once Upon A Wardrobe. Join us in the beautiful hall of Charleston Library Society hear Ms. Callahan speak on the writing journey of C.S. Lewis. Tickets include a signed book, wine available, and a special gift. Sat, Oct 23 Tombolo Books St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG, FL | Saturday, October 23, 2021 @ 7:00-8:00 pm Join a conversation with Author Patti Callahan 7-8 pm with her latest book, Once Upon A Wardrobe. With Kristy Woodson Harvey, Mary Kay Andrews, and Kristin Harmel. Books available from Tombolo Books and book signing. Sun, Oct 24 Oxford Exchange TAMPA, FL | Sunday, October 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm Join us for a very special afternoon with Mary Kay Andrews, Patti Callahan, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Kristin Harmel and their books. Buy books and tickets. Mon, Oct 25 F.M. Don's PUNTA GORDA, FL | Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Books & Brunch Author Extravaganza! Copperfish Books presents brunch with Authors Patti Callahan, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Mary Kay Andrews, and Kristin Harmel at F. M. Don's restaurant. Mon, Oct 25 MacIntosh Books and Paper SANIBEL, FL | Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 5:00- 7:00 pm Meet New York Times Bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan, and Kristin Harmel @ Sanibel Community House. By Macintosh Books. Festive cocktails and desserts will be catered by Malia of Sanibel Spoondrift. Purchase tickets in advance. Tue, Oct 26 Atlanta History Center ATLANTA, GA | Tues Oct 26, 2021 @ 7:30 pm Author Talks with NYT bestselling Author Patti Callahan and her latest book ONCE UPON A WARDROBE - In conversation with Author Emily Giffin. Book Signing and gift bags. AHC Bookstore/gift shop. Thu, Oct 28 Wheaton College WHEATON, IL | Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 pm The Marion E. Wade Center presents a book launch of Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan in Barrows Auditorium of the Billy Graham Hall, Wheaton College. Fri, Nov 05 Beaufort County Black Chamber BEAUFORT, SC | Friday, Nov 5, 2021 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, we will host a panel discussion remembering bestselling and beloved novelist Dorothea Benton Frank and her special friendship with Pat Conroy, featuring contributing writers to Reunion Beach: Cassandra King, Patti Callahan, Marjory Wentworth. Sat, Nov 06 Barnes & Noble Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre MT. PLEASANT, SC | Saturday, November 06, 2021, @1:00 PM Author Patti Callahan signs copies of her new book, Once Upon a Wardrobe. Megs Devonshire is a brilliant student whose younger brother George has fallen ill and becomes captivated with a new book called The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Sun, Nov 07 Lowcountry Presbyterian Church BLUFFTON, SC | Sunday Nov 7, 2021 @ 4:00pm-5:00pm As part of the 6th annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, bestselling author Patti Callahan will discuss her newest book, Once Upon a Wardrobe, in conversation with Lowcountry Weekly publisher Margaret Evans at and in partnership with Lowcountry Presbyterian Church of Bluffton. This event is free. Stay tuned HERE for more to come!

Once Upon a Wardrobe BOOK CLUB KIT

Check out all the great ideas and resources for your upcoming fall/winter book club!

PDF Includes:

  • Book Club Party Ideas

  • Recipe: Sugar-Topped Cake

  • Enchanting Narnia Facts

  • Discussion Questions

  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe original cover

  • Chat with Patti and more!

Once Upon a Wardrobe In the News

TV News: WKRG 5 -Author Patti Callahan talks about her latest work, 'Once Upon a Wardrobe' Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) - Patti Callahan may well be the most prolific author in the state of Alabama right now. Once Upon A Wardrobe her latest

Lab: The Podcast -Interview with Patti Callahan New York Times Bestselling author, Patti Callahan joins LAB: The Podcast to celebrate the October 19th release of her latest book, Once Upon

Podcast Interview-Emancipating the Past Host, Allison Treat speaks with NYT bestselling Author Patti Callahan about her upcoming novel, ONCE UPON A WARDROBE and her historical fiction.

Indie Next Pick for November

“About the transformative power of books, with touches of fairy tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe is for everyone who ever loved The Chronicles of Narnia and wants to make a return trip back into C.S. Lewis’ world.” Taylor Owens, Wilson Book Gallery, Wilson, WY

Reviews & Press

“Once Upon a Wardrobe is a smart and subtle treatise on art, fiction, myth, fairy tale, make-believe, and finally truth, which is not a collection of facts but constructed by an infinite number of bits and pieces, tangled together, which make up a life story, make up a life. I was impressed by this novel and also genuinely moved by it." —– Dr. Don Noble, scholar, radio host, book reviewer, and author of Alabama Noir

Indie Next: Once Upon a Wardrobe Celebrating the Indie Next Announcement From Patti: "I am proud and thrilled and I love my Indie booksellers for this nomination. They mean the world to me. I am grateful for every bookseller who took the time to read and to comment and my heart is bursting."

Plateau Magazine: Literacy Grows Communities October 4, 2021 Posted In People, Plateau Magazine Oct-Nov 2021 By Marianne Leek Photos by Bud Johnson, Brian O'Shea Acclaimed author Patti Callahan Henry to discuss "Once Upon a Wardrobe" One of the first books to ignite my love of reading was "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," the first in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S.

DON NOBLE: Patti Callahan's novel explores the origin mystery of Narnia Patti Callahan's new book, "Once Upon a Wardrobe," is at its heart an origin story, but its own origins are clear by Don Noble. AJC: Bookshelf: Bonus books- an early Christmas present from Andrews & Callahan ATLANTA LIVING & ARTS By Suzanne Van Atten, For the AJC October 7, 2021 Friends & Fiction authors use pandemic downtime to write two books in a year. Mary Kay Andrews, who publishes a blockbuster beach read every summer, has just surprised fans with a bonus book this fall.

Friends & Fiction Holiday Bundle

Season's Reading Looking for the ultimate holiday gift? Friends and Fiction have partnered with Oxford Exchange to offer your holiday package: The Holiday Bundle Includes: @pattichenry Once Upon A Wardrobe @marykayandrews The Secret Santa @kristywharvey Christmas at Peachtree Bluff New releases and a FREE exclusive Season’s Readings ornament! PLUS, if you haven’t had the chance to read @kristinharmel’s The Forest of Vanishing Stars, you can add it in—as well as any other Friends & Fiction merch!

Join us for F&F Wed evening to celebrate Patti's new book and special guest, Alice Hoffman Come get swept away with us on a super special episode of #friendsandfiction next week! Patti Callahan and Alice Hoffman.

Join us Wed evenings @ 7 pm ET #FacebookLive on the #FriendsandFiction Group Page or on our YouTube channel. Sunday Bonus episodes @ 5 pm ET.

Florida FF October Road Trip JOIN PATTI, MARY KAY, KRISTY & KRISTIN THIS FALL! FOUR IN-PERSON EVENTS IN FLORIDA IN OCTOBER! Here's your chance to meet Patti, Kristy, Mary Kay, & Kristin together in-person! The four F&F co-founders & co-hosts have a string of four events together in Florida in late October.

About the Author

“Stories that steal your imagination.”

Patti Callahan is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling 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. Patti Callahan is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. 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.

Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA

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