Updated: Jul 6
This has been an incredible month, and you, the readers, are the ones who have made it even more so! Being on the road for book tour has been an extraordinary experience. Celebrating the NYT list (twice!), and seeing old and new friends, has been a dream. 28 events, 19 days, six flights, five rental cars, and every night a different place to sleep, but we did it! I say “we” because I didn’t do this alone – I did it with your help, with your encouragement, and with your enthusiasm. I did it with my team at Atria Books, with the Friends and Fiction posse, with Meg Walker, and with my family and pals.
I want to tell you about some of the things that have inspired me on the road, and other things that I’ve been happy to come home to:
A Book: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin. I read this in fits and starts. I open it anywhere and it speaks to me. As I move back into the creative process, this book feels like a friend.
A Podcast: Book of the Month – Virtual Book Tour podcast. They are so much fun and ask fantastic questions! They played a game with me that I should have won, but did not!
A TV Show: All Creatures Great and Small. It is filmed in the English countryside, and it has been such a peaceful and well-written show to come home to after all the chaos of the road!
A Quote: “I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life--not someone else’s life--water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with Wolves
Face/Body: Atone by Moon and Rock. SO comforting and healing to use after long days on the road!
Things I am looking forward to:
Our Friends and Fiction co-host Kristin Harmel’s The Paris Daughter is out next week!
A few more stops on the road before spending most of June with friends and family!
The Secret Book of Flora Lea
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The Secret Book of Flora Lea Audiobook Listen to Audio Clip Videos by Patti What She Is Excited For Listeners To Hear On Recording The Author's Note About Cynthia Erivo's Narration
You know Cynthia Erivo? I know you do. Yes, that Cynthia. The woman who has won a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy. The woman who played Harriet Tubman in the movie Harriet. The woman who is playing Elphaba in the movie adaptation of Wicked. Yes yes yes. The woman who was…
The sheer joy of this publication has been a privilege and honor and
there is so much more to come!
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About Patti Callahan Henry
New York Times Bestselling Author and Podcast Host Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author of seventeen 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 is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast A full-time author, mother of three, and grandmother of two, she lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama, with her husband, Pat Henry. Her newest novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea, is set outside Oxford in the hamlet of Binsey and will be released on May 2nd, 2023, with Simon & Schuster Atria. Read More
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