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Patti Callahan | Speaker | Podcast Host

ABOUT

Short Bio


Patti Callahan Henry 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. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti is also a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Website




Expanded Bio


Patti Callahan Henry 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 (03/21) 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. Episodes One-Six, 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”—the podcast audiobook collection including bonus material was released in January 2020. 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. REUNION BEACH, Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank, a collaboration and tribute was released April 27, 2021. 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. 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 New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe. With endless stories and special guests, they are 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 Parade.com 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. Website




Longer Expanded Bio


Patti Callahan Henry's Southern contemporary books include Losing the Moon, Between the Tides; Where the River Runs; When Light Breaks; Between the Tides; The Art of Keeping Secrets; Driftwood Summer; The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story; Coming Up for Air; And Then I Found You; The Stories We Tell; The Idea of Love, The Bookshop at Water’s End, and The Favorite Daughter. Her historical fiction titles (writing under the name of Patti Callahan) include: BECOMING MRS. LEWIS (10/18) the improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, and her Behind the Scenes of BECOMING MRS. LEWIS PODCAST (01/20) Collection. WILD SWAN, a novella and story of Florence Nightingale released (12/20), as an Audible Original performed by Cynthia Erivo. SURVIVING SAVANNAH—(3/21) a new historical fiction novel based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck, known as "The Titanic of the South" was released. 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— (10/21) —published by Harper Collins' new imprint —Harper Muse. Callahan's Once Upon a Wardrobe will be their debut novel launching this fall. A finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, an Indie Next Pick, an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year, Patti is published in numerous languages. Her articles and essays have appeared in Southern Living, PINK, Writer’s Digest, Garden and Gun, Portico Magazine, Parade Magazine, Love Magazine (UK), Red Magazine (UK), Atlanta Journal, Birmingham Magazine, and more. Her essays can also be found in anthologies and collections such as Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy; Southern Writers Writing, and State of the Heart. REUNION BEACH, Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank, a collaboration and tribute was released (4/21). Patti joins a group of bestselling authors to present a moving anthology to pay tribute to the legendary New York Times bestselling author and her literary legacy. 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 New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe (3/20). 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 Parade.com as well as a chance to discuss the themes later that evening on Facebook Live. Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups. She also is a contributor for the columns, "As Us Anything About Writing" and "Up Close and Personal with Patti." Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Patti learned early the value of storytelling. At the age of twelve, her family moved to South Florida where Patti found the sanctuary of libraries and began her slow but steady journey into understanding the power of story to navigate confusing times in life. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full-time. The mother of three children, she now lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Website





TOPICS

Speaking Topics


PATTT CALLAHAN New York Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, & Co-Founder of Friends and Fiction SPEAKING TOPICS

~The Soul of the Story: The Journey and Creative Writing Process ~The 3 Secrets to Writing: A Workshop and Discussion ~Once Upon a Wardrobe — Where did Narnia Come From? ~The Improbable Love Story of C. S Lewis and Joy Davidman ~Surviving Savannah: The True Story of the Southern Titanic ~An Evening with Patti Callahan




EVENTS


For Patti's upcoming events, visit APPEARANCES. For Patti's past events and appearances, vist PAST EVENTS.





VIDEOS

Oxford, England | Follow Joy's Journey


Patti Callahan introduces Joy Davidman, the wife of C. S. Lewis—the fiery woman behind the inspiration for her novel, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS —The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis




The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah


The extraordinary true and untold story behind the novel Surviving Savannah with Patti Callahan at The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum— Savannah, GA




Oxford, England | Tour Magdalen College


Have you ever wanted to see the stunning grounds and ancient architecture of Oxford University -- Magdalen College -- where C. S. Lewis was the Tutor of English Literature? The Seting for Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a novel by Patti Callahan




CANADA | 100 Huntley Street TV Interview


Becoming Mrs. Lewis | Patti Callahan Interview 100 HUNTLEY Street | Canada TV with host Maggie John




NATIONAL | Your Morning, CTV Interview | Becoming Mrs. Lewis


Your Morning Show, CTV Hosted by Ben Mulroney talks with Patti Callahan about her new book, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS.




GLOBAL | The Morning Show Canada


NATIONAL | The Morning Show, Global TV With Patti Callahan l Canada
C.S. Lewis’ muse, Joy Davidman BECOMING MRS. LEWIS
For the VIDEO, please visit: VIDEOS AND PODCASTS




Oxford, England | The Glory of Oxford Englad


Oxford, England is as enchanting as it is beautiful. It is where C. S. Lewis lived and taught and where he fell in love with Joy Davidman. A setting in the novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis here is a view and history of the mystical city with Patti Callahan.




Oxford, England | C. S. Lewis's home—The Kilns


Have you ever wondered what C. S. Lewis's home looked like? Or how it influenced his life and love story with Joy Davidman? Take a little tour with us here. Patti Callahan | Becoming Mrs. Lewis.




Oxford, England | The Places of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis


Tour and discover the research done to pen the novel, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan.




Oxford, England | C.S. Lewis and the Woman He Loved


An intriguing conversation with C. S. Lewis Chair Terry Lindvall about Joy's influence on Jack's life. Becoming Mrs. Lewis novel with Patti Callahan.




Other Videos | TV


VIDEO INTERVIEW: Author Spotlight with Patti Callahan ONCE UPON A WARDROBE with Jake Reece @ Alabama Booksmith - behind the scenes. VIDEO BOOK TRAILER: "Once Upon a Wardrobe" PODCAST VIDEO: THE SWFL 100 Surviving Savannah author talks historical research, shipwrecks and more on the PRosé podcast WTOC TV: New book ‘Surviving Savannah’ details steamship Pulaski disaster with Patti Callahan 2021 Atlanta History Center Author Talks Patti Callahan Surviving Savannah with Paula McClain Author Spotlight —The Alabama Booksmith with Patti Callahan and Surviving Savannah with Jake Reece. 2020 Tom & Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series 10th Anniversary Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis Samford University Video: Behind the Scenes of Wild Swan (A story of Florence Nightingale) by Patti Callahan with Cynthia Erivo Narrator Bookreporter host Carol Fitzgerald Talks to Patti Callahan | Becoming Mrs. Lewis. By the River | SCETV Patti Callahan Henry | Becoming Mrs. Lewis & The Favorite Daughter with host Holly Bounds Jackson Public TV | Bookmark Don Noble is joined by Patti Callahan, author of the new novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis. Changing Seasons: Patti Callahan —Becoming Mrs. Lewis. Refreshing women with stories of hope 2019 Southern Voices Guest Speaker Hoover Public Library Patti Callahan | Becoming Mrs. Lewis.




Book Talk | The Wade Center


Becoming Mrs. Lewis | Book Talk with Patti Callahan The Wade Center BECOMING MRS. LEWIS fictionalizes Joy Davidman's friendship with C.S. Lewis and her journey from New York to Oxford where she found not only love but also her own voice. Podcast of Wheaton College | Patti Callahan, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” – Podcast Episode




Stories in the Lowcountry





CTV NEWS CANADA with INDIGO's Heather Reisman  | Top Summer Picks





C. S.  Lewis College


"Behind the Story of Becoming Mrs. Lewis": An Interview with Patti Callahan" Patti presents on the writing of her book Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, including insights she gained from researching their lives and relationship. It is followed by an interview from our moderator, Amber Salladin and a Q&A session with questions from our audience.




Alabama Public TV | Bookmark with Dr. Don Noble


June 2021 | SURVIVING SAVANNAH Don Noble sits down with Patti Callahan to discuss her new book "Surviving Savannah," a novel about the untold story of the "Titanic of the South."




Discovery Channel TV | EXPEDITION UNKNOWN America's Titanic with Host Josh Gates —Surviving Savannah


Patti Callahan Author of Surviving Savannah with Josh Gates, Host of Discovery, EXPEDITION UNKNOWN "America's Titanic" SEASON 9 • EPISODE 6 Josh dives in search of millions in lost coins sunk with America's Titanic. 48 min Premiered 08/25/2021 Watch Episode (Patti appears: 5:02-11:04) Patti Callahan on Discovery Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates




TV News: WKRG 5 —Author Patti Callahan ‘Once Upon a Wardrobe’


Patti Callahan Once Upon a Wardrobe TV News: WKRG 5 —Author Patti Callahan talks about her latest work, ‘Once Upon a Wardrobe by: Bill Riales Posted: Oct 15, 2021 Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Patti Callahan may well be the most prolific author in the state of Alabama right now. In the past three years, she has published three works of historical fiction. Her latest, ‘ Once Upon a Wardrobe,’ is closely connected to her 2019 historical fiction novel, ‘B ecoming Mrs. Lewis,’ that explores the unusual relationship between poet Joy Davidman and author C.S. Lewis. In between, she also published the historical fiction novel ‘ Surviving Savannah.’ These follow more than a dozen contemporary fiction novels. Callahan published her first work of contemporary fiction in 2004. She will appear at Page and Palette Friday (Oct. 15) at 6 o’clock. View feature





PRAISE

Praise for Patti Callahan Books


ONCE UPON A WARDROBE "Indie Next November 2021 List." —Americas Booksellers Association “I advise you to read this book, then wait for a while and then read it again, for while it may not be Narnia, there is magic in it.” —Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis’s stepson “Callahan (Becoming Mrs. Lewis) once again visits the life and works of C. S. Lewis in this enlightening novel of logic and imagination, faith, and reason…this enchanting novel of faith and hope is a must-read for fans of C. S. Lewis. Readers will be eager to return to the world of “The Chronicles of Narnia” with new insights." —Library Journal (Starred Review) "With elegant prose, Callahan invites the reader to intuit creativity’s source. Once Upon a Wardrobe is a captivating story for all ages; a standalone book combining fact, and fantasy, and its peek behind the curtain crafting is an important adjunct to C. S. Lewis’s Narnia chronicles." —New York Journal of Books “This is a heartwarming tale about the transformative power of books, with engaging and detailed descriptions. George’s earnestness and imaginative nature uplift his family and will charm any reader who enjoys looking at the stories behind our favorite childhood stories." —Booklist “Callahan (Becoming Mrs. Lewis) mines the life and work of C.S. Lewis in this enjoyable exploration of the power of imagination to see one through difficult times…the heartfelt characters will win over sentimental readers. Callahan’s fans will love this.” —Publishers Weekly​ “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, and author of Alabama Noir “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 “Exquisitely heartfelt, ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is a love letter to the magic of stories. I call it the Callahan Effect — from the first page to the last, Patti Callahan's wise and beautiful prose draws you in and doesn’t let you go." —Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost and Lost Lake “Once Upon a Wardrobe is a poignant meditation on the lengths we will go to for our loved ones as well as a fascinating glimpse into the early life of C.S. Lewis. Patti Callahan’s beautiful, life-affirming novel is a reminder that literature lives inside us, and that when we read someone else’s story, we understand so much more about our own. A gorgeous, compelling book." —Janet Skeslien Charles, award-winning author of The Paris Library “In this powerful, enchanting tale for all ages, readers uncover the inspiration for Lewis' famous books, while at the same time discovering the way in which stories —and myths—weave through our existences, subtly transforming us in immeasurable ways. Stunning.” ​—Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie “Once Upon a Wardrobe is a tender, enchanting tribute to the power of story and the myriad ways it can both break and heal our hearts. It is the story of a dying boy and a loving sister and the path a treasured story takes from one heart to the other. Perfect and timely and beautiful and poignant, it is everything the world needs right now." — Ariel Lawhon, New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Codename Helene “Enchanting and luminous, filled with the love of family, this is a story for anyone whose life has ever been changed by a book. Megs and George will stretch your heart, perhaps fracture it, then shine light through the cracks and send your spirit soaring. It is impossible not to be swept away by Patti Callahan’s exploration of what lies beneath C.S. Lewis’s beloved land of Narnia. This is storytelling at its finest, deepest, and most profound. A triumph." —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends “I so loved this story. Every page is filled with magic and wonder, with insight and wisdom. I am in awe of Patti Callahan’s talent." —Debbie Macomber #1 New York Times bestselling author “Beautiful, tender and poignant, ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is a rare treasure. Written with elegant prose, warmth, and a clear passion for her subject, Patti Callahan has crafted a love letter to beloved Narnia, and to the power of story to inspire, connect and heal. Truly magical."​ —Hazel Gaynor, New York Times and international bestselling author of When We Were Young and Brave. “The stories of CS Lewis have long been a comfort and a beacon to me, lighting the way in my darkest hours. Reading Patti Callahan’s Once Upon a Wardrobe, I felt just as I did upon first discovering the wonders of Narnia: joy, hope, and the sustaining knowledge that grace, can be found in the pages of a beloved story. This remarkably moving book deserves to be embraced and cherished as the classic it will undoubtedly become.“ ​– Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of The Gown View More SURVIVING SAVANNAH “Gripping....bringing to life a little-known shipwreck in meticulous detail. [An] engrossing, centuries-spanning tale.” —Publishers Weekly

"Both Augusta and Lilly are women of their times, dependent on their family, especially the males, but their struggles at sea after the boiler explosion, and amid the fear and heavy loss, reveal courage and a resilience to survive that elevates them and brings on newfound strength." —Historical Novels Review "The stuff of which Oscar worthy movies are made, Surviving Savannah is a masterfully crafted and simply riveting read." —Midwest Book Review "[An] enthralling and emotional tale...A story about strength and fate." —Woman's World

“An epic novel that explores the metal of human spirit in crisis. It is an expertly told, fascinating story that runs fathoms deep on multiple levels.” —New York Journal of Books Callahan takes readers through a deep dive into a dark night of the soul. She meets us in the darkness with difficult questions and beautiful suppositions. And, let me tell you, this book is an absolute page-turner. As someone who has been to Savannah and had the chance to experience the setting in person, I feel the accuracy of Callahan’s rich descriptions which float off the page." —H. M. Cotton for Alabama Writers’ Forum "Fans of Christina Baker Kline and Kate Quinn will love this beautiful, richly detailed novel about a lost bit of American maritime history. In a seamless blending of fact and fiction, Patti Callahan has created an atmospheric, compelling story of survival, tragedy, the enduring power of myth and memory, and the moments that change one's life." —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone

"Hidden history rises from the watery depths in all its glittering glory but also in its intimate, human detail. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, underpinned by timeless themes of personal trauma and its aftereffects, Surviving Savannah is a journey readers and book clubs will treasure.” —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Friends "Fiercely hopeful...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, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife "Patti Callahan masterfully weaves a little known historical tragedy, an enigmatic mystery, and a searing family saga into a mesmerizing tale that will captivate readers until the last page and beyond." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris "The astonishing story of the 'Titanic of the South' is brought to vivid life....This tale of survival, love, and loss, as well as Callahan’s epic portrayals of a trio of strong, passionate women, gripped me from the very first page. Simply masterful." —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue View More ACCOLADES SURVIVING SAVANNAH BECOMING MRS. LEWIS "Readers familiar with the life and work of C.S. Lewis will relish learning about the woman who inspired some of his most famous books. Others will find the slow burn of the romance between the two mesmerizing. All fans of women's fiction, particularly works with religious themes, will appreciate reading about this vibrant and intelligent woman." — Booklist

"Patti Callahan took a character on the periphery, one who has historically taken a back seat to her male counterpart, and given her a fierce, passionate voice. For those fans of Lewis curious about the woman who inspired A Grief Observed this book offers a convincing, fascinating glimpse into the private lives of two very remarkable individuals." —New York Journal of Books

"Patti Callahan weaves a hypnotic historical fiction narrative of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, or 'Jack,' as he's known to his closest friends . . . Spanning more than a decade, this slow-burning love story will be especially satisfying to writers and C.S. Lewis fans, as there are many references to his literary canon and his famous stories of Narnia. Callahan's prose is heartfelt and full of grace." —BookPage

"Callahan crafts a masterpiece that details the friendship and ultimate romance between the real Davidman and Lewis . . . Fans of Karen White and Mary Alice Monroe will enjoy this book. Callahan's writing is riveting and her characters spring to life to create a magical and literary experience that won't be soon forgotten." — Library Journal, STARRED review 'Layered with personal reflection, poignant life events, and the Davidman-Lewis journey toward respect and love, Becoming Mrs. Lewis may very well become a literary classic of its own.' — Hope by the Book, GOLD STAR review

"Patti Callahan has inhabited her subject so convincingly that Joy's light can finally shine brightly. Highly, highly recommended!" —Historical Novels Review

"Patti Callahan's lyrical novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis details American author Joy Davidman's unconventional friendship-turned-romance with famed author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis . . . The thoughtful narrative reads more like a memoir than fiction." — WORLD magazine

"Callahan (The Bookshop at Water's End) vividly enters the life of a woman searching for both God and romantic love in this pleasing historical novel about writer and poet Joy Davidman. In 1946, Joy lives in Ossining, N.Y., with her alcoholic husband, Bill Gresham, and her two small sons. In a moment of desperation, she prays to a God she doesn't believe in and experiences feeling 'fully known and loved.' Three years later, now deeply considering Christianity, she writes to Christian apologist C.S. Lewis with her questions about God. He responds, beginning a long-term correspondence in which Joy finds 'peace, connection, and intellectual intimacy.' By 1952, she wants to leave her unfaithful, abusive husband, but sees no way out. She does manage to take a much-needed physical and mental respite, heading to England for six months and falling in love with both England and Lewis; her only regret is leaving behind her sons. But, even after Bill and Joy divorce, Lewis at first keeps their relationship platonic, and Joy must search for true love and fulfillment through her relationship with God. Making full use of historical documentation, Callahan has created an incredible portrait of a complex woman." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "It's novel. And it's a very good one. . . extraordinarily accurate. . . more accurate than most biographical essays that have been written about my mother.' - Douglas Gresham, son of Joy Davidman, wife of C.S. Lewis." —Read Aloud Revival View More ACCOLADES BECOMING MRS. LEWIS





BOOKS

Historical Fiction


Once Upon a Wardrobe Surviving Savannah Becoming Mrs. Lewis Wild Swan Audible Original




Anthologies and Collections


Reunion Beach Southern Writers On Writing State of the Heart Dead Ends Our Prince of Scribes Millennial Messages




Southern Contemporary Fiction


The Perfect Love Song The Favorite Daughter The Bookshop at Water's End The Idea of Love The Stories We Tell Coming up for Air And Then I Found You Driftwood Summer The Art of Keeping Secrets Between the Tides When Light Breaks Where the River Runs Losing the Moon





PODCASTS

The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah


THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND SURVIVING SAVANNAH POCAST SERIES Episodes One-Six The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah Podcast Series Join New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan for an in-depth exploration into the fascinating stories explored in her novel, Surviving Savannah. You’ll hear 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 everywhere you download podcasts. View/Listen to All Episodes and Videos. EPISODE Description: Trailer: The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah with Author Patti Callahan and guests. EPISODE 1 Description: Patti Callahan talks to Micah Eldred, CEO of Endurance Exploration, about shipwreck hunting and how this changes the stories we thought we knew. EPISODE 2 Description: Patti Callahan talks to Micah Eldred, CEO of Endurance Exploration, about finding the remains of The Titanic of the South at the bottom of the sea. EPISODE 3 Description: Patti Callahan talks to historian Jim Jordan about his astounding discovery of the Savannah Lamar’s family papers. EPISODE 4 Description: Patti Callahan talks to historian Erik Colonius about his extraordinary novel The Wanderer, which regales the true story of Charlie Lamar’s future after surviving the wreck of the Steamship Pulaski. EPISODE 5 Description: Patti Callahan talks with curator and museum director of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Wendy Melton, about maritime history and the lost story of the Steamship Pulaski’s wreck. EPISODE 6 Description: Patti Callahan talks with curator and historian Shannon Browning-Mullis about the truth and mythology of Savannah, Georgia.




Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis


BEHIND THE SCENES OF BECOMING MRS. LEWIS PODCAST COLLECTION Episodes One-Seven with Bonus Episode Join author New York Times bestselling Author, Patti Callahan for a seven-part original podcast that explores in depth the improbable and beautiful love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.
The BECOMING MRS. LEWIS is a "behind-the-scenes" look at subjects that everyone wishes to talk and learn about that may not have been included in the award-winning novel, which is now a USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and The Globe and Mail bestseller. Author Patti Callahan is the host of this exciting new Podcast Series by HarperCollins Publishers. From fascinating interviews and places of Patti's journey in re-creating the improbable love story between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. From New York City to Oxford, England, you can join the journey with Joy and Patti. Hear Patti talk with Joy Davidman’s son and C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, along with other fascinating experts in the field, and receive other bonus materials. We hope you enjoy this fascinating Behind the Scenes BECOMING MRS. LEWIS Podcast series, subscribe and tell all your friends and family. For More Information, visit our EPISODES PAGE. Episode 1 WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART I
—With Douglas Gresham
(before Joy's cancer) Episode 2 WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART II —With Douglas Gresham
(after Joy's cancer) Episode 3 LOSING FAITH Did Lewis lose his faith after Joy’s death?
—With Dr. David Downing ​Episode 4 WHY JOY? —Why did Lewis choose Joy Davidman?
Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Crystal Downing ​Episode 5 MUSE AND CO-AUTHOR —Author Joy as Lewis’s muse and
co-Author with Andrew Lazo Episode 6 THE LOST LOVE SONNETS —Joy’s poetry to C.S. Lewis with Dr. Don W. King Episode 7 SURPRISED BY LOVE — How love found C.S. Lewis with Andrew Lazo Podcast Audiobook A special Podcast thank you from the Author and a personal intro — the upcoming Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis "The Podcast Audiobook." Jan 7, 2020 ​*Bonus Episode * Writing Joy's Story for Television,
with Producer and Screenwriter
Todd Komarnicki




Podcast Interviews with Patti


VISION CHRISTIAN RADIO: 20Twenty Podcast with host Neil Johnson: Interview with Patti Callahan —Once Upon a Wardrobe THOUGHTS FROM A PAGE PODCAST Interview with Patti Callahan | Once Upon a Wardrobe LAB: THE PODCAST |—Interview with Patti Callahan "Once Upon a Wardrobe" with Host, Zack Elliott "Emancipating the Past" with Author Patti Callahan | HISTORICAL FICTION UNPACKED Alison Treat AFTER HOURS PINTS WITH JACK | The
C. S. Lewis Podcast:
Season 4 Episode 98 with Patti Callahan behind "Once Upon a Wardrobe."
Ep: 248 Host, RACHAEL HERRON @ How Do You Write Podcast with Patti Callahan on "How to Know What Your Characters Want." THE SWFL100: Surviving Savannah author talks historical research, shipwrecks and more on the PRosé podcast HANK GARNER: Author Stories Podcast Episode 1070 | Patti Callahan Interview Surviving Savannah WCBS News Radio 880 Podcast Author Talks Interview Chapter 179: LeUyen Pham with Author Patti Callahan, 'What it means to Survive the Surviving.' ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO: Bookmark with Don Noble in conversation with Patti Callahan | Surviving Savannah. "Novel of Shipwreck and Grief Addresses the Big Questions." BIBLIO Happy Hour Podcast: Ep 12: 'Talking with Author Patti Callahan + a dive into the week's new Release‪s‬' RED CARPET CRASH Podcast Interview: Author Patti Callahan talks about her new historical fiction novel, Surviving Savannah. KPL Kirkwood Public Library Podcast with special guest Author Patti Callahan. THE SATELLITE SISTERS Podcast Interview: Author Patti Callahan and her new novel, SURVIVING SAVANNAH THE ADAM MESSER Show Podcast Interview: #97 'Patti Callahan talks about her new novel, Surviving Savannah, Titanic of the South.' THE MONO LISA MONOLOGUES Podcast Interview: Episode 3 | 'Patti Callahan New York Times Bestselling Author Shares Her Own Story of Success.' THOUGHTS FROM A PAGE Podcast Interview: Episode 35: Behind Surviving Savannah with Patti Callahn C.S. LEWIS COLLEGE: Podcast Interview: Patti Callahan – “Jack & Joy The Creative Power of Love” BELLECURVE Podcast Interview: Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis—Episode 49 THE MEETING HOUSE MH RADIO: Dwight A Moody Host, with Patti Callahan 'Becoming Mrs. Lewis.' " GROWING BRAVE TO BECOME MORE":—Rebecca Bender and Author Patti Callahan Henry Podcast Interview I’m on the JESUS CALLING PODCAST this week, sharing more of Joy’s story, and a bit of my own, too. PW LitCast: A Conversation with Author Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast: AFTER HOURS with Author Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis "Pints with Jack"—Host Matt Bush Podcast Interview: PINTS WITH JACK—Matt Bush talks with Patti about the release of her new podcast Podcast Interview: 89.9 Light FM AUSTRALIA—Becoming Mrs. Lewis with Author Patti Callahan Podcast: BOOKREPORTER Talks to… Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis





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Writer's Digest: Writing About Real People in Historical Fiction: What Is Factual and What Is Imagined WHATEVER Furiously Reasonable: "The Big Idea" by Patti Callahan | Once Upon a Wardrobe Garden & Gun: The Hidden History in Savannah’s Museums— "How one writer shaped her new novel with access to Georgia’ ships, silver, and journals." by Patti Callahan Career Authors: Self-editing secret: "Listen to your words." Posted by Our Special Guest Author Patti Callahan. Female First UK: 8 Things I did to research my characters’ for BECOMING MRS. LEWIS - by Author Patti Callahan. Love Magazine UK: BECOMING JOY: 'She was crossing the Atlantic to meet a pen pal she'd never seen . . .' Sunday Short Story by Patti Callahan Women's Writers Womens Books: Author Patti Callahan Interviews Her Character Joy Davidman —Becoming Mrs. Lewis Atlanta Journal: AJC— 'An Author's Tribute to Atlanta Writer: Anne Rivers Siddons' by Author Patti Callahan Henry. The Auburn Plainsman: —'How Anne Rivers Siddons Saved Me.' By Author Patti Callahan Garden & Gun: 'Remembering Two Icons of the Literary South' by Authors Patti Callahan and Mary Alice Monroe. Red Magazine UK: Author Patti Callahan on the woman who changed her life.'The life lessons we can all learn from Joy Davidman (the woman who stole C.S Lewis' heart).' WAM: Women's Alzheimers Movement: 'Best-Selling Author Patti Callahan Henry Reflects on the Poignancy of Memory.' Harper Inspire: Why I Write by ‘Becoming Mrs Lewis’ Author Patti Callahan Career Authors: Choosing the Best Protagonist for Historical Fiction by Patti Callahan, FaithGateway: 'Imperfect Faith—What Joy Davidman’s Spiritual Journey Teaches Us Today.' by Author Patti Callahan. BookPage: And Then I Found You. 'Behind the Book. An imagined life' by Author Patti Callahan Henry




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ONCE UPON A WARDROBE "Indie Next November 2021 List." —Americas Booksellers Association "Best Fall Books of 2021" —Parade Magazine "Best New Books of October 2021" —PopSugar "Fall/Winter Reading List 2021-22" —Deep South Magazine "Featured New Releases October 19th." —Book Riot "8 of This Fall’s Most-Anticipated Reads" —BookTrib "The 26 Best New Books for This Fall" —Country Living "Top Picks from UK Librarians for Autumn." —The Bookseller "Pick of the crop: October’s 10 best books
to savor in autumn" —The Christian Science Monitor "Fall releases offer 'can't miss' titles" —The Augusta Chronicle "Ten Must-Read Southern Books this Fall" —Atlanta Journal Constitution "Buzz Books of Fall 2021" "10 Most Anticipated Historical Fiction of Fall 2021" —SHEREADS SURVIVING SAVANNAH "The Best in This Week’s Fiction (Aug 2021) —Womens's World Book Club "Bestseller List" —WSJ "Bestseller List" —USA Today “Need to Read” Books this June 2021" —"N" Nantucket Magazine “Books and Authors to Check Out in 2021!" —Writer's Digest "Top Book Covers for Spring 2021" —Parade.com "Book Picks for Spring 2021." —Deep South Magazine "New Southern Books We’re Eager to Read in 2021." —Atlanta Journal "Winter’s Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Books." —SheReads "Kick Off Spring With the 25 Best New Books of March 2021" —Popsugar "2021 Books to Look Forward to." —Buzz Magzine "Most Anticipated Spring 2021 Historical Fiction Books." —Biblio Lifestyle "Top 20 Spring Book Picks." —AARP Magazine 2021 Women’s Fiction to Watch for." —BookTrib "Surviving Savannah: A dive into Southern history." —Savannah Now "Here’s Your 2021 Spring Reading List: Page-turners" —Scoop Charlotte "10 Best Books of March." —The Christian Science Monitor "Bestseller List #11Hardcover fiction; Regional Champs" —Publishers Weekly "Publishers Weekly Best-sellers: Surviving Savannah" #11 March 2021 —The Washington Post "The Titanic of the South’: New look, new voices in epic Lowcountry tragedy." —The Island Packet "A gripping tale, Callahan (a highly competent storyteller) dramatizes a real-life, 19th- century Southern shipwreck story in her novel, "Surviving Savannah." —StarNews Online "Top 8 Highly-Anticipated Books in March." —Bornelo Bulletin "NYT Author Kristin Hannah's current reading
recommendation: 'Surviving Savannah' | March 2021" —Katie Couric Newsletter "One of two tales that showcase female strength and creativity in unforgettable ways." —Jersey's Best Magazine "This week's best new books (3/13/21) historical pick, 'Surviving Savannah'" —Woman's World Book Club "Callahan (Becoming Mrs. Lewis) tells a harrowing tale of survival and courage, fate and chance, bringing the actual tragedy of the Pulaski to vivid life.” ―Library Journal “The success of ‘Surviving Savannah’ can be found in Callahan’s ability to vividly bring to life a fascinating, harrowing slice of history that should be as well-known as the Titanic, especially for Southerners.”
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Hidden History in Savannah’s Museums. 'How one writer shaped her new novel with access to Georgia’ ships, silver, and journals." ―Garden & Gun “Patti Callahan’s novel, ‘Surviving Savannah,’ is engrossing, timely….and her novel could not be more perfect for this moment.” ―Arts ATL “An epic novel that explores the metal of human spirit in crisis. It is an expertly told, fascinating story that runs fathoms deep on multiple levels."
―New York Journal of Books “The Story of a Storyteller." The Lowcountry is a source of inspiration for best-selling author Patti Callahan: Surviving Savannah." ―Hilton Head Magazine “The story is told through a dual timeline, and Callahan smoothly uses the past to illuminate the present-day narrative and deftly and empathetically re-creates a harrowing disaster that too many have forgotten." —The Augusta Chronicle "An abundance of courage, selflessness, and amazing grace, demonstrating the best of humankind amidst the worst of times. 5 Stars. Highly recommend!" —Glenda Harris | The Bluffton Sun “Both Augusta and Lilly are women of their times, dependent on their family, especially the males, but their struggles at sea after the boiler explosion, and amid the fear and heavy loss, reveal courage and a resilience to survive that elevates them and brings on newfound strength.” —Historical Novel Society “Written with a warmth and charm that echoes that of Savannah itself, Surviving Savannah is a remarkable read. —AuthorLink Magazine More Accolades BECOMING MRS. LEWIS USA Today Best Seller List "THE CHRISTY AWARD: 2019 Winner" Book of the Year Historical Romance Publishers Weekly Bestseller List The Globe and Mail Bestseller List Recipient of 2020 Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer "10 Leaders in Business, Politics andArts Share Their Favorite Books of 2019'— Susan Packard—Wall Street Journal Alabama Library Association 2019 Fiction Book of the Year Indigo.ca Heather Reisman July Book Club Pick July 2019 ECPA: #1 Book of the Year Winner Nov 2019 #1 Christian Fiction Bestseller Feb 2019 #31 on the Overall Top 50 for Nov 2018 #3 on the Fiction Best Seller List Nov 2018 ​PARADE: "10 New Books to Take on Your Next Big Adventure" "10 Guilty Pleasure Romance"
"Reads Coming Out This Fall" Feb 2019 Fresh Fiction Pick AMAZON: Jan 30, 2019 "This Week in Books History Her Story" GARDEN & GUN "October 2019 Reading List" SOUTHERN LIVING "Fall Book Releases We're Excited to Read" A SOUTHERN THING "10 newish Southern books you should add to your bookshelf." CORSICIANA TEXAS "Books for the Bibliophile. Romance novels to warm you." SEQUIM GAZETTE "Finding Love at the Library. Romance Story." NARNIA FANS "Brilliant, and utterly poignant . . . one of the best telling of one of the literary world’s greatest love stories."
— Tumnus’ Bookshelf. (5 of 5 Shields). CHRISTIAN LIBRARY JOURNAL Review: 5 Stars WORLD MAGAZINE "Three Women's Christian Fiction for Beachgoers. Summer Reading for Entertainment." INDIGO CTV News: "Heather's Top 2019 Summer Reading Picks Canada" THE BOOK CENTRE "Book of the Month Waterford, Ireland Becoming Mrs. Lewis" (UK) MODERN MRS. DARCY "Anticipated New Titles to Add to Your Fall To-Be-Read List" "2018 SIBA Fall Okra Pick" BOOK BUB "10 Fall Books Recommended by Debbie Macomber" MENTAL FLOSS "The Books You Should Pack for 4 Types of Flights" THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR "10 Best Books of Oct"
"The Monitor's Picks​" "Best Fiction Books of 2018" BOOK CLUBBISH "20 Most Anticipated Releases This Month" LIFEWAY BOOKS "Best of 2018" K-LOVE "Fan Awards" HOPE BY THE BOOK "Book Club Pick with Gold Star" CONNECT "Book Club Pick" DEBBIE MACOMBER "Celebrity Picks: Debbie Macomber's Favorite Reads of 2018" DEEP SOUTH MAGAZINE "Best Of 2018" LOVE READING UK "Weekly Staff Picks" More Accolades




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NERD DAILY: Q&A with Patti Callahan Once Upon a Wardrobe WRITERS DIGEST: Writing About Real People in Historical Fiction: What Is Factual and What Is Imagined ARTS BLAST: 'Willie Miller Interview with Patti: Surviving Savannah.' WRITER'S DIGEST: 'Patti Callahan: On Writing About Another Culture.' Q&A INTERVIEW with Author Patti Callahan and her latest novel, Surviving Savannah. MOBILE BAY MAGAZINE Q&A with Author Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis Interview: TOGETHER MAGAZINE UK with Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis CHRISTIANITY TODAY: Joy Davidman—The Woman Who Wanted Something More. Interview with Patti Callahan BOOKTRAIL Q&A —Travel to Oxford, England – Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author, Patti Callahan Henry— THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER Becoming Mrs. Lewis PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: Talks with Patti Callahan: The Woman Beside C.S. Lewis Becoming Mrs. Lewis QU LITERARY MAGAZINE— Interview with Author Patti Callahan, "Becoming Mrs. Lewis DEEP SOUTH MAGAZINE—Patti Callahan Henry Walks ‘in the Steps of Joy’ for New Novel GUIDEPOST.ORG "New Book Shares the Untold Story of the Woman Beside C.S. Lewis" with Patti Callahan. MOUNTAIN BROOK MAGAZINE: "How Patti Callahan Found the Places of Joy" PAT CONROY LITERARY CENTER: A Conversation with Best-selling Novelist Patti Callahan Henry by Margaret Evans LOWCOUNTRY WEEKLY: "Surprised by Joy" A Conversation with Patti Callahan —Becoming Mrs. Lewis WOMENS HISTORY READS Interview: Patti Callahan Henry Becoming Mrs. Lewis A CONVERSATION BETWEEN AUTHORS: Rachel McMillan and Patti Callahan on BECOMING MRS. LEWIS Interview AN ELEVATOR RIDE WITH THE AUTHOR SERIES: Interview with Patti Callahan Becoming Mrs. Lewis FOR PODCAST INTERVIEWS: See: PODCASTS and "Podcast Interviews" in drop down menu.