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Win a Copy of Accidents of Marriage, Out in Paperback Today!

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AccidentsJust in time for the summer beach-read season, Randy Susan Meyers’ best-selling Accidents of Marriage was released today in paperback–and we have a copy to give away to you! Be in the running to win it by Tweeting us your favorite spot to read in the summertime.

No photos needed. Words will do. But please tell us! Is your favorite summertime reading place the beach? Your porch? Sprawled out on the grass? Or maybe it’s rocking in a canoe. Enter our Accidents of Marriage contest by Tweeting @LitNewEngland. Deadline is midnight tonight.

When Accidents of Marriage was first released in hardcover, we featured Randy on the Oct. 27, 2014 episode of the Literary New England Radio Show. Listen to that show here in the Literary New England Radio Show archives, which in addition to Randy features interviews with Gregory Maguire on Egg & Spoon, Laird Hunt on Neverhome and Anne Girard on Madame Picasso.

Those, like Randy, who live in the Boston area can see her in person tomorrow night. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, she and E.B. Moore, author of the novel An Unseemly Wife, will appear at Author’s Night at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown, Mass.

A finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, Randy is the author of three novels, including The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters. Accidents of Marriage received a starred review from Kirkus and was a People weekly pick, among other recognitions. In it, “Meyers deftly deploys a large cast of major and minor characters in telling this complex story,” wrote the Boston Globe. “Her painstaking description of both emotional abuse and brain injury are impressive. Accidents of Marriage isn’t for anyone who insists on happy endings, but it rewards readers in deeply satisfying ways.”

Good luck to all who enter our giveaway, and congratulations Randy! Hope you enjoy Accidents of Marriage‘s paperback rebirth today!

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The books you can win & authors you’ll hear on the 6/8 & 6/15 Literary New England Radio Show

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June8_3booksTonight, June 8, we feature three women authors as interesting as their books. Join host Cindy Wolfe Boynton at 8 pm for novel talk and book giveaways as she speaks with:

  • Laura Kasischke on Mind of Winter. The latest novel by this bestselling poet and recently released in paperback, it’s the story of a mother who wakes up on a snowy Christmas sure that 15 years ago, something dark followed their adopted daughter home from Russia and is now afflicting them all.
  • Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on Bittersweet. Now a paperback, this suspenseful and cinematic novel tells the story of Mabel Dagmar, a young woman whose East Coast college roommate gives her friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth and, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs–until everything goes all wrong.
  • Maura Weiler on Contrition. An inspiring, debut novel about very different twin sisters separated by birth and then reconnected through art, faith and the father who touched the world with his paintings.

All three of these books are paperbacks, so you can throw them right into your favorite summer bag!

3_books_June15Also mark your calendars for the 8 pm Monday, June 15, Literary New England Radio Show and an hour of lively conversations with three diverse authors about three unforgettable books:

  • Sy Montgomery on The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. This touching, entertaining and profound memoir explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus, and the remarkable connections it’s able to make with humans.
  • Jean Zimmerman on Savage Girl. Recently released in paperback, it’s the story of a wealthy and outlandish Manhattan couple who adopt a girl purportedly raised by wolves with the goal of civilizing and introducing her into the high society of the Gilded Age.
  • Charles Dubow on Girl in the Moonlight. A scorching tale on countless summer recommended reading lists about one man’s all-consuming desire for a beautiful, bewitching and beguiling woman.

On both the June 8 and June 15 shows, listen and Tweet or email us to win one of these titles! Our Twitter handle is @LitNewEngland and our email litnewengland@gmail.com.

Manhattan Project anniversary = Wives of Los Alamos giveaway

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Wives of Los AlamosSeventy years ago this week on April 27, 1945, members of the World War II-era Manhattan Project‘s Target Committee met for the first time to begin selecting sites in Japan to drop the atomic bomb. Tokyo Bay, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, Kokura, Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Sasebo were among the possibilities.

The novel The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit–first released in hardcover last year–tells the story of the Manhattan Project from the perspective of the scientists’ wives, who did not know what their husbands were building.

Los Alamos, New Mexico, was the location of the principal research and design laboratory for the atomic bomb’s creation. Yet in the same place this life-destroying force was being created, so were life-enriching ones: babies were born, friendships forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos itself transformed from a boys school on a hill into a community–though not a typical one. Its residents, particularly its wives, were strained by the words they couldn’t say out loud, the letters they couldn’t send home, and the freedoms they didn’t have.

Focused on the remarkable group of women who carved out a life there, The Wives of Los Alamos wonderfully brings this time, project and community to life … And Literary New England has two copies of the paperback to give way to you!

To win one, like Literary New England’s Facebook page and comment on our Facebook post that links to this article. If you already like us on Facebook, just comment. Deadline is midnight tonight, April 29!

You can learn more about TaraShea Nesbit and The Wives of Los Alamos by listening to our 2014 interview with her in the Literary New England Radio Show archives.
WivesOFLosAlamos_abomb_grandeAn image of the first atomic bomb being exploded and observed by Manhattan Project staff. It was detonated at 5:30 a.m. July 16, 1945, at the Alamogordo air base, 250 miles south of Los Alamos. As most people know, Hiroshima and Nagasaki became the two Japanese sites chosen to be destroyed by the nuclear weapons developed by the Manhattan Project. “Woe is me” was Albert Einstein’s reaction.

Hear Nancy Bilyeau, MO Walsh & Linda Goodnight on tonight’s Literary New England Radio Show

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The final novel in the award-winning series about a former nun in Tudor England; a haunting debut about a crime in small-town America; and the first stand-alone novel by a best-selling romance author. Join us at 8 p.m. for interviews and book giveaways with:

  • Linda Goodnight on The Memory House. The long-dead ghosts of a Civil War romance envelop two wounded people whose lives come together at an inn brimming with secrets in Honey Ridge, Tennessee.
  • MO Walsh on My Sunshine Away. An extraordinary debut set in the late ‘80s that involves a teen raped just yards from her front door; the boy who has a crush on her and tries to solve the crime; and the secrets that hide behind seemingly innocent white picket fences.
  • Nancy Bilyeau on The Tapestry. The final installment (following The Crown and The Chalice) in Nancy’s Tudor-era trilogy, which puts independent Joanna Stafford in her most dangerous situation yet as she tries to decide who she wants to be: nun, wife, spy, rebel or courtier.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday at our #LNEChat w/@AndreaLChapin!

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Literary New England cordially invites you to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday by attending a lunchtime Tweet Chat with Andrea Chapin, author of the the Shakespeare-inspired historical novel The Tutor!

  • Date: Thursday, April 23
  • Time: Noon to 1 pm EST
  • Place: Twitter, using the #LNEChat hashtag
  • Copies of The Tutor will be given away!!

Colin Barrett, Jonathan Odell & Susan Wilson on tonight’s Literary New England Radio Show

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On the Monday, April 6, episode of the Literary New England Radio Show at 8 p.m., we’ll highlight and give away two novels and a short story collection written by three acclaimed authors:

  • Colin Barrett on Young Skins. A multi-award-winning debut short story collection set in the fictional, rural town of Glanbeigh, Ireland–a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub.
  • Jonathan Odell on Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Inspired by Odell’s childhood in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, two young mothers–one wealthy and white and the other poor and black–have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. As their relationship and beliefs grow, so does an unexpected friendship.
  • Susan Wilson on The Dog Who Saved Me. After his faithful canine partner is killed in the line of duty, Officer Cooper Harrison finds himself jobless, on the verge of divorce and in a self-destructive rut. Then he becomes an animal control officer back in his hometown, where he works to rescue a wounded and gun-shy yellow Lab gone feral.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton. Check us out here on Tumblr for more book giveaways, author talk, event information and to listen to past episodes – book-tatstic updates posted regularly!

We’re hosting a 5-day Witch-a-Thon that starts today!

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Books and stories about witches and magic rarely fail to cast a spell.

New England’s witch history has inspired countless works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as films and television series like the WGN America’s “Salem,” which broadcasts its season 2 premier this Sunday night, April 5.

Inspired
by all the hubbub going on around the start of Salem’s 13 episodes of
“Witch Wars,” we at Literary New England decided to host a 5-day
Witch-A-Thon, featuring witch-related book giveaways, author interviews,
reading lists, feature authors and more!

Several times a day
between now and Sunday, we’ll post witchy articles, photos and lots of
other New England witch-inspired  content, so check back often!

On Twitter, @LitNewEngland and Literary New England Radio Show host @WriterCindyWB
will also post favorite #witchquotes from #witchbooks and authors who,
like us, are drawn to all things related to witches and Salem … though
as one of our upcoming articles will explain, Salem wasn’t the only New
England village to experience a witch panic. In fact, Salem wasn’t even
the first
.

More to come later. Stay tuned and become part of our
#WitchAThon by spreading the word! If you haven’t got a broom, use
Twitter, Facebook or maybe even send your familiar 🙂