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A podcast for bibliophiles who love to get lost in the wonderful world of books.

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Author Anna James - Tilly and the Bookwanderers and Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

EImagine you are 11-years-old and live in a bookshop with your grandparents. Then one day, Anne Shirley is sitting on a bench on the top floor. If this sounds like a dream come true, then this episode is definitely for you. I'm super lucky to chat with fellow book lover and super talented author, Anna James. For the past two years, Anna's Pages & Co books have been flying off the shelves. Beloved by readers of all ages, this series (the third one is out later this year)is magical, whimsical and such a treat to read. In the first book, 'Tilly and the Bookwanderers,' which was published in 2018, we meet 11-year-old Tilly Pages who lives with her grandparents in their bookshop, Pages & Co. On a very special day in the shop, Tilly encounters her favourite book characters and with the help of her grandparents and best friend, Oskar, she learns all about the magic of bookwandering. This new power leads to some fantastic adventures and the important answers that Tilly has been searching for her whole life. The second book, 'Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales,' which was published last year, is another must-read. The adventures continue when Tilly and Oskar travel to Paris to spend time with Oskar’s family at Christmas. It’s so exciting to get lost in popular fairy tales, meet new characters and see Oskar learn more about his equally special bookwandering family. I had so much fun chatting with Anna about our mutual love of books, what inspires Anna’s writing and why storytelling will always be essential and important for readers today and in the future. Hope you enjoy our episode! Buy Anna's books here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/pages-and-co-tilly-and-the-bookwanderers/anna-james/9780008229870 https://www.waterstones.com/book/pages-and-co-tilly-and-the-lost-fairy-tales/anna-james/9780008229917 Pre-order 'Tilly and the Map of Stories' here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/tilly-and-the-map-of-stories/anna-james/9780008229948

42 MIN1 w ago
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Author Anna James - Tilly and the Bookwanderers and Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

Author Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

EIf you love magical stories as much as I do, then you HAVE to read 'Disappearing Earth' by Julia Phillips. Published in May 2019, 'Disappearing Earth' was on dozens of must-read lists for 2019. It’s no surprise that ‘Disappearing Earth’ was a National Book Award finalist and is considered a ‘nearly flawless novel’ by the NY Times. The book, set on Kamchatka, a Siberian peninsula in far East Russia, begins with the abduction of two sisters. Weeks go by and the police are unable to find the young girls and their disappearance is greatly felt by the community on the peninsula, particularly its women. The chapters, titled by month, feature the different women who have direct and indirect connections to the missing sisters. And although these women share a fear and loss, each story is beautifully unique and each character stays with you long after their story is first told. I absolutely loved ‘Disappearing Earth’ and had the best time talking with Julia about my favourite chapters, what inspires her writing, and learning about her experience as a Fulbright scholar which allowed her to live and study in Kamchatka. A magical episode that I hope you enjoy! Buy 'Disappearing Earth' here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/disappearing-earth/julia-phillips/9781471169496 Julia's website: https://www.juliaphillipswrites.com/

36 MINAPR 30
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Author Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

Author Andrea Bartz - The Lost Night and The Herd

EWhat do you get when you combine female empowerment and exciting twists and turns? A delicious novel from author Andrea Bartz! Available from 24 March, it's no surprise that 'The Herd' is on dozens of ‘must read’ and ‘best books of 2020' lists. It’s clear after only a few pages why Andrea is a master of mystery and surprise. The story follows four characters - Eleanor, Hana, Katie and Mikki - who all play important but different roles at The Herd, a female co-working space in Manhattan. At first glance, The Herd seems to be the perfect community for women in need of mentoring and support, but when Eleanor, The Herd’s founder, goes missing on the eve of a big announcement, it’s up to her friends to find out the truth behind all Eleanor's secrets as well as the ones that the three women have been keeping from each other. Just like ’The Lost Night,’ Andrea’s latest novel gives us more relatable characters, endings that are thrilling and exciting and showcases how much the past can haunt and cripple us in the present. I absolutely loved ’The Herd’ and so enjoyed talking with Andrea about what inspired her to write this book, how the wants and needs of women are evolving and the role that co-working spaces like The Herd play in society today. Andrea's website: https://www.andreabartz.com/

47 MINMAR 24
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Author Andrea Bartz - The Lost Night and The Herd

Author De'Shawn Charles Winslow - In West Mills

EIf you love beautiful stories as much as I do, then you will absolutely love 'In West Mills' by De'Shawn Charles Winslow, which was published in June 2019. In less than a year, this stunning debut novel has not only received praise from dozens of other incredible authors but 'In West Mills' was recently nominated for an L.A. Times Book Prize. For anyone else who read and loved this book as much as I did, you’ll definitely understand why 'In West Mills' is so special and worthy of all the praise and nominations. Set in West Mills, North Carolina, this novel introduces readers to characters who jump off the page and possess voices so rich and real that it feels like you are actually in West Mills. The story begins in 1941 and follows the struggles and blessings of Azalea Knot Centre, a young woman living in West Mills who, alongside her friends, Otis, Pep and Valley, is just trying to live life to the fullest and doesn’t take kindly to everyone thinking they know what’s best for her. Spanning across 46 years, we see Knot take on new adventures but she never loses her spirit or sight of who she truly is. I loved this book so much and had so much fun talking to De’Shawn about his beautiful gift as a storyteller, whether it’s ever too late to tell someone you love them and how he wants his characters to live on in our hearts and souls I really hope you enjoy this episode! Buy 'In West Mills' in hardcover here: https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781635573404 Pre-order 'In West Mills' in paperback here: https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781635575286 De'Shawn's website: https://www.deshawncharleswinslow.com/

57 MINMAR 8
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Author De'Shawn Charles Winslow - In West Mills

Author Grant Ginder - Honestly, We Meant Well

EFancy going to Greece without getting on a plane? Do you love a tragedy that will break your heart and makes you laugh? Then you'll love Honestly, We Meant Well, the latest book from Grant Ginder. This story follows The Wrights: Sue Ellen, Dean and Will who appear to be the perfect family. One the surface, everything seems great, particularly when Sue Ellen receives an invite to lecture to a tour group on the Greek island of Aegina. But then disaster strikes and everything changes. From Berkley, California to the famous ruins of Greece, this book takes readers on a fantastic journey with characters who will make you laugh, break your heart and think hard about how the past can be the key to the future, even if it’s a different one than you imagined. I really hope you love this episode! Buy Grant's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/honestly-we-meant-well/grant-ginder/9781250143150

41 MINFEB 2
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Author Grant Ginder - Honestly, We Meant Well

Author Okechukwu Nzelu - The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

EI could have definitely used 'The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney' when I was a teenager. If, like me, you love books full of humour, tenderness and beautiful relationships, then you'll adore this fantastic debut novel by Okechukwu Nzelu. Nnenna is a 16-year-old growing up in Manchester and has so much grit as she navigates the ups and downs of womanhood alongside her mum, Joanie. Their relationship is certainly very special but Nnenna’s curiosity to learn more about her father, Maurice, who Joanie refuses to discuss, is tested, particularly as Nnenna learns more about her father and his Nigerian culture. I absolutely loved 'The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney' and had so much fun chatting with Okechukwu about teenager anxiety, the powerful dynamics between all the characters in the book and why we tend to believe the doubts in our heads, especially when they are confirmed by those we love most. It’s no surprise that Okechukwu’s debut has been recommended by the i Paper, the Guardian, Metro and many others. Oh and by beloved authors such as Candice Carty-Williams, Andrew McMillian and Bernardine Evaristo. I really hope you love this episode! You can buy Okechukwu's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-private-joys-of-nnenna-maloney/okechukwu-nzelu/9780349701059

62 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Author Okechukwu Nzelu - The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

Actress, advocate and author Tembi Locke - From Scratch

EIf you are looking for a book that feeds your heart, soul and mind, then 'From Scratch' by the incredible Tembi Locke is for you. This stunning memoir features love, food, family and loss. Whether you believe in love at first sight, you will definitely fall in love with 'From Scratch'. The book transports readers to the streets of Florence, where Tembi met professional chef, Saro. What began as young love soon blossomed into a truly beautiful relationship, even when Saro’s family initially disapproves. Tembi and Saro forge on to build a happy life in California, complete with successful careers and a beautiful baby girl named Zoela. The couple eventually reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that consumes all their dreams. The story chronicles three summers Tembi and Zoela spend in Sicily as they piece together a life without Saro and find solace and nourishment - spiritually and literally - at the dining table. This is the love story that stays with you forever. 'From Scratch' was one of my favourite books of 2019. I had so much fun chatting with Tembi about her beautiful story. Enjoy! Buy Tembi's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/from-scratch/tembi-locke/9781501187650 Tembi's website: https://www.tembilocke.com/

36 MIN2019 SEP 7
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Actress, advocate and author Tembi Locke - From Scratch

Author Season Butler - Cygnet

EIf you love original, beautiful and extremely enjoyable stories, then you will love Cygnet by Season Butler. Published by Dialogue Books in April, Cygnet is a brilliant debut novel and one of my favourite books of 2019. It’s set on Swan Island - a very unique place to live, particularly for The Kid, a seventeen-year-old, who is stranded with the island’s community of old age separatists. With no guarantee of when she'll see her parents again, The Kid experiences ups and downs of being unwanted by the elderly residents and much to her disappointment, her family. I absolutely loved this book and my chat with Season. We talked about Cygnet, the important themes woven throughout the story, such as climate change and ageism, and why it’s absolutely vital that younger and older generations band together to take on the challenges of the world. We recorded in the very busy Waterstones Hitchin so you'll hear shoppers around us. But our conversation is definitely worth a listen! Enjoy! Buy Season's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/cygnet/season-butler/9780349700328

37 MIN2019 AUG 8
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Author Season Butler - Cygnet

Literary director of Texas Book Festival Julie Wernersbach

EIt's official: only four months to go until the Texas Book Festival rolls out the red carpet for almost 300 beloved authors and thousands of avid readers from around the world. The festival has been going for almost 25 years and is one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in America. In this episode, I chat with literary superstar and director of the festival, Julie Wernersbach. It was such a treat to chat with Julie about why the festival continues to be a favourite for authors, readers and visitors to Austin, the fantastic work that the non-profit does each year and to find out about some of the incredible authors who will appear this year. Books and Texas - what more could you want? Put on your boots and let’s two-step over to Texas! Festival website: https://www.texasbookfestival.org/ 2019 Festival Lineup Sneak Peek:https://www.texasbookfestival.org/2019-festival-lineup-sneak-peek-fifteen-authors-were-excited-to-introduce/

41 MIN2019 JUN 28
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Literary director of Texas Book Festival Julie Wernersbach

Author Lauren Mechling - How Could She

EAre you a Geraldine, Rachel or Sunny? How about a lovely combination of all three? If, like me, you are looking for a funny and extremely relatable book to help you navigate your 30s, How Could She is exactly what you need. In this episode, I had the privilege of chatting with Lauren Mechling about her brilliant debut novel, friendships, new and old, careers and what it means to be a women in 2019. Whether you are considering a full career change like Geraldine, exploring what it truly means to go it alone like Sunny or hoping to refresh your image like Rachel, I truly believe that How Could She will resonate with every 30-something woman around the world. Witty, hilarious, painfully sad and honest, Lauren has given us a truly wonderful debut novel. I love this book and our episode. Enjoy! Buy Lauren's book here:https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-could-she-a-novel/lauren-mechling/9780525559382

37 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Author Lauren Mechling - How Could She

Latest Episodes

Author Anna James - Tilly and the Bookwanderers and Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

EImagine you are 11-years-old and live in a bookshop with your grandparents. Then one day, Anne Shirley is sitting on a bench on the top floor. If this sounds like a dream come true, then this episode is definitely for you. I'm super lucky to chat with fellow book lover and super talented author, Anna James. For the past two years, Anna's Pages & Co books have been flying off the shelves. Beloved by readers of all ages, this series (the third one is out later this year)is magical, whimsical and such a treat to read. In the first book, 'Tilly and the Bookwanderers,' which was published in 2018, we meet 11-year-old Tilly Pages who lives with her grandparents in their bookshop, Pages & Co. On a very special day in the shop, Tilly encounters her favourite book characters and with the help of her grandparents and best friend, Oskar, she learns all about the magic of bookwandering. This new power leads to some fantastic adventures and the important answers that Tilly has been searching for her whole life. The second book, 'Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales,' which was published last year, is another must-read. The adventures continue when Tilly and Oskar travel to Paris to spend time with Oskar’s family at Christmas. It’s so exciting to get lost in popular fairy tales, meet new characters and see Oskar learn more about his equally special bookwandering family. I had so much fun chatting with Anna about our mutual love of books, what inspires Anna’s writing and why storytelling will always be essential and important for readers today and in the future. Hope you enjoy our episode! Buy Anna's books here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/pages-and-co-tilly-and-the-bookwanderers/anna-james/9780008229870 https://www.waterstones.com/book/pages-and-co-tilly-and-the-lost-fairy-tales/anna-james/9780008229917 Pre-order 'Tilly and the Map of Stories' here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/tilly-and-the-map-of-stories/anna-james/9780008229948

42 MIN1 w ago
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Author Anna James - Tilly and the Bookwanderers and Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

Author Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

EIf you love magical stories as much as I do, then you HAVE to read 'Disappearing Earth' by Julia Phillips. Published in May 2019, 'Disappearing Earth' was on dozens of must-read lists for 2019. It’s no surprise that ‘Disappearing Earth’ was a National Book Award finalist and is considered a ‘nearly flawless novel’ by the NY Times. The book, set on Kamchatka, a Siberian peninsula in far East Russia, begins with the abduction of two sisters. Weeks go by and the police are unable to find the young girls and their disappearance is greatly felt by the community on the peninsula, particularly its women. The chapters, titled by month, feature the different women who have direct and indirect connections to the missing sisters. And although these women share a fear and loss, each story is beautifully unique and each character stays with you long after their story is first told. I absolutely loved ‘Disappearing Earth’ and had the best time talking with Julia about my favourite chapters, what inspires her writing, and learning about her experience as a Fulbright scholar which allowed her to live and study in Kamchatka. A magical episode that I hope you enjoy! Buy 'Disappearing Earth' here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/disappearing-earth/julia-phillips/9781471169496 Julia's website: https://www.juliaphillipswrites.com/

36 MINAPR 30
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Author Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

Author Andrea Bartz - The Lost Night and The Herd

EWhat do you get when you combine female empowerment and exciting twists and turns? A delicious novel from author Andrea Bartz! Available from 24 March, it's no surprise that 'The Herd' is on dozens of ‘must read’ and ‘best books of 2020' lists. It’s clear after only a few pages why Andrea is a master of mystery and surprise. The story follows four characters - Eleanor, Hana, Katie and Mikki - who all play important but different roles at The Herd, a female co-working space in Manhattan. At first glance, The Herd seems to be the perfect community for women in need of mentoring and support, but when Eleanor, The Herd’s founder, goes missing on the eve of a big announcement, it’s up to her friends to find out the truth behind all Eleanor's secrets as well as the ones that the three women have been keeping from each other. Just like ’The Lost Night,’ Andrea’s latest novel gives us more relatable characters, endings that are thrilling and exciting and showcases how much the past can haunt and cripple us in the present. I absolutely loved ’The Herd’ and so enjoyed talking with Andrea about what inspired her to write this book, how the wants and needs of women are evolving and the role that co-working spaces like The Herd play in society today. Andrea's website: https://www.andreabartz.com/

47 MINMAR 24
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Author Andrea Bartz - The Lost Night and The Herd

Author De'Shawn Charles Winslow - In West Mills

EIf you love beautiful stories as much as I do, then you will absolutely love 'In West Mills' by De'Shawn Charles Winslow, which was published in June 2019. In less than a year, this stunning debut novel has not only received praise from dozens of other incredible authors but 'In West Mills' was recently nominated for an L.A. Times Book Prize. For anyone else who read and loved this book as much as I did, you’ll definitely understand why 'In West Mills' is so special and worthy of all the praise and nominations. Set in West Mills, North Carolina, this novel introduces readers to characters who jump off the page and possess voices so rich and real that it feels like you are actually in West Mills. The story begins in 1941 and follows the struggles and blessings of Azalea Knot Centre, a young woman living in West Mills who, alongside her friends, Otis, Pep and Valley, is just trying to live life to the fullest and doesn’t take kindly to everyone thinking they know what’s best for her. Spanning across 46 years, we see Knot take on new adventures but she never loses her spirit or sight of who she truly is. I loved this book so much and had so much fun talking to De’Shawn about his beautiful gift as a storyteller, whether it’s ever too late to tell someone you love them and how he wants his characters to live on in our hearts and souls I really hope you enjoy this episode! Buy 'In West Mills' in hardcover here: https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781635573404 Pre-order 'In West Mills' in paperback here: https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781635575286 De'Shawn's website: https://www.deshawncharleswinslow.com/

57 MINMAR 8
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Author De'Shawn Charles Winslow - In West Mills

Author Grant Ginder - Honestly, We Meant Well

EFancy going to Greece without getting on a plane? Do you love a tragedy that will break your heart and makes you laugh? Then you'll love Honestly, We Meant Well, the latest book from Grant Ginder. This story follows The Wrights: Sue Ellen, Dean and Will who appear to be the perfect family. One the surface, everything seems great, particularly when Sue Ellen receives an invite to lecture to a tour group on the Greek island of Aegina. But then disaster strikes and everything changes. From Berkley, California to the famous ruins of Greece, this book takes readers on a fantastic journey with characters who will make you laugh, break your heart and think hard about how the past can be the key to the future, even if it’s a different one than you imagined. I really hope you love this episode! Buy Grant's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/honestly-we-meant-well/grant-ginder/9781250143150

41 MINFEB 2
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Author Grant Ginder - Honestly, We Meant Well

Author Okechukwu Nzelu - The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

EI could have definitely used 'The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney' when I was a teenager. If, like me, you love books full of humour, tenderness and beautiful relationships, then you'll adore this fantastic debut novel by Okechukwu Nzelu. Nnenna is a 16-year-old growing up in Manchester and has so much grit as she navigates the ups and downs of womanhood alongside her mum, Joanie. Their relationship is certainly very special but Nnenna’s curiosity to learn more about her father, Maurice, who Joanie refuses to discuss, is tested, particularly as Nnenna learns more about her father and his Nigerian culture. I absolutely loved 'The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney' and had so much fun chatting with Okechukwu about teenager anxiety, the powerful dynamics between all the characters in the book and why we tend to believe the doubts in our heads, especially when they are confirmed by those we love most. It’s no surprise that Okechukwu’s debut has been recommended by the i Paper, the Guardian, Metro and many others. Oh and by beloved authors such as Candice Carty-Williams, Andrew McMillian and Bernardine Evaristo. I really hope you love this episode! You can buy Okechukwu's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-private-joys-of-nnenna-maloney/okechukwu-nzelu/9780349701059

62 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Author Okechukwu Nzelu - The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

Actress, advocate and author Tembi Locke - From Scratch

EIf you are looking for a book that feeds your heart, soul and mind, then 'From Scratch' by the incredible Tembi Locke is for you. This stunning memoir features love, food, family and loss. Whether you believe in love at first sight, you will definitely fall in love with 'From Scratch'. The book transports readers to the streets of Florence, where Tembi met professional chef, Saro. What began as young love soon blossomed into a truly beautiful relationship, even when Saro’s family initially disapproves. Tembi and Saro forge on to build a happy life in California, complete with successful careers and a beautiful baby girl named Zoela. The couple eventually reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that consumes all their dreams. The story chronicles three summers Tembi and Zoela spend in Sicily as they piece together a life without Saro and find solace and nourishment - spiritually and literally - at the dining table. This is the love story that stays with you forever. 'From Scratch' was one of my favourite books of 2019. I had so much fun chatting with Tembi about her beautiful story. Enjoy! Buy Tembi's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/from-scratch/tembi-locke/9781501187650 Tembi's website: https://www.tembilocke.com/

36 MIN2019 SEP 7
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Actress, advocate and author Tembi Locke - From Scratch

Author Season Butler - Cygnet

EIf you love original, beautiful and extremely enjoyable stories, then you will love Cygnet by Season Butler. Published by Dialogue Books in April, Cygnet is a brilliant debut novel and one of my favourite books of 2019. It’s set on Swan Island - a very unique place to live, particularly for The Kid, a seventeen-year-old, who is stranded with the island’s community of old age separatists. With no guarantee of when she'll see her parents again, The Kid experiences ups and downs of being unwanted by the elderly residents and much to her disappointment, her family. I absolutely loved this book and my chat with Season. We talked about Cygnet, the important themes woven throughout the story, such as climate change and ageism, and why it’s absolutely vital that younger and older generations band together to take on the challenges of the world. We recorded in the very busy Waterstones Hitchin so you'll hear shoppers around us. But our conversation is definitely worth a listen! Enjoy! Buy Season's book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/cygnet/season-butler/9780349700328

37 MIN2019 AUG 8
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Author Season Butler - Cygnet

Literary director of Texas Book Festival Julie Wernersbach

EIt's official: only four months to go until the Texas Book Festival rolls out the red carpet for almost 300 beloved authors and thousands of avid readers from around the world. The festival has been going for almost 25 years and is one of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in America. In this episode, I chat with literary superstar and director of the festival, Julie Wernersbach. It was such a treat to chat with Julie about why the festival continues to be a favourite for authors, readers and visitors to Austin, the fantastic work that the non-profit does each year and to find out about some of the incredible authors who will appear this year. Books and Texas - what more could you want? Put on your boots and let’s two-step over to Texas! Festival website: https://www.texasbookfestival.org/ 2019 Festival Lineup Sneak Peek:https://www.texasbookfestival.org/2019-festival-lineup-sneak-peek-fifteen-authors-were-excited-to-introduce/

41 MIN2019 JUN 28
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Literary director of Texas Book Festival Julie Wernersbach

Author Lauren Mechling - How Could She

EAre you a Geraldine, Rachel or Sunny? How about a lovely combination of all three? If, like me, you are looking for a funny and extremely relatable book to help you navigate your 30s, How Could She is exactly what you need. In this episode, I had the privilege of chatting with Lauren Mechling about her brilliant debut novel, friendships, new and old, careers and what it means to be a women in 2019. Whether you are considering a full career change like Geraldine, exploring what it truly means to go it alone like Sunny or hoping to refresh your image like Rachel, I truly believe that How Could She will resonate with every 30-something woman around the world. Witty, hilarious, painfully sad and honest, Lauren has given us a truly wonderful debut novel. I love this book and our episode. Enjoy! Buy Lauren's book here:https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-could-she-a-novel/lauren-mechling/9780525559382

37 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Author Lauren Mechling - How Could She
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