Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica >> one of our book giveaways tonight!

Tomorrow is the release date for Mary Kubica‘s Pretty Baby, follow-up to her debut novel The Good Girl, but we’ll be giving away copies tonight!

Listen to tonight’s Literary New England Radio Show starting at 8 p.m. Our interview with Mary will air at roughly 8:17, and both before and after that conversation, we’ll tell you how to win. In all, we feature three authors and book giveaways on tonight’s show:

3 books 7.27.15Hope you’ll join us! For those who can’t, the good new is that shortly after tonight’s episode ends, it will go into the Literary New England Radio Show archives, where you can listen anytime. Scroll through the archives, and you can access episodes going back to our very first one aired in December 2011.

Win Laird Hunt’s Neverhome, now in paperback! Deadline to enter: midnight June 19

“I was strong and he was not, so it was me who went to war to defend the Republic.”

Neverhome, Laird Hunt‘s gorgeous historical novel about a woman who leaves her comfortable home and gentle husband to fight for the North in Civil War, was recently released in paperback. The New York Times called it “enthralling … at once sentimental and aloof [about] a savior and a killer, a folk hero who shuns her own legend, a fierce and wounded woman who finds strength in her troubled past.”

We call Neverhome a must-read and have a copy to give away to you! Here’s how to win it:

The blurb for Neverhome describes protagonist Ash Thompson as a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor. Which one of these four things are you? Tell us by Tweeting @LitNewEngland before midnight Friday, June 19, being sure to use the #Neverhome hashtag.

We’ll pick one winner at random out of those who Tweet us, and then announce the name June 20!

lairdhunt1When Neverhome was first released in hardcover, we featured Laird on the Oct. 27, 2014 Literary New England Radio Show, which you can hear in our archives. Other guests that night included Gregory Maguire on Egg & Spoon, Randy Susan Meyers on Accidents of Marriage and Anne Girard on Madame Picasso–such a great show!

Here’s the book trailer for Neverhome, followed by 10 things about the novel and Laird you might want to know. And please … help spread the word about our Neverhome contest!

  1. Laird first got the idea for Neverhome 18 years ago, when he was reading An Uncommon Soldier, a collection of letters by a woman named Sarah Wakeman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War.
  2. Singapore, San Francisco, London and rural Indiana are among the many places Laird has lived and that have influenced him and his writing.
  3. His grandmother was born on a farm that inspires all the fictional ones he has written about. He poignantly wrote about her, the farm and Neverhome for LitHub.
  4. Neverhome is his sixth novel.
  5. Laird spent a memorable and productive writing residency at New Hampshire’s MacDowell Colony, the oldest arts colony in the United States.
  6. His Twitter feed suggests he dreams a lot.
  7. He has a cat named Mouse.

    Laird Hunt cat
    Laird’s cat, Mouse.
  8. In Neverhome, Ash has no problem learning how to shoot a musket. In fact, her shooting earns the praise of fellow soldiers.
  9. Neverhome is the first of Laird’s novels to be published in the United Kingdom.
  10. The Guardian called Neverhome “a brilliant and breathtaking blaze of a novel, lit the ferocious will and all‑too‑human spirit of its unforgettable narrator.” Wow!

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

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!

Listen to tonight’s Literary New England Radio Show to win one of these great titles!

June1_3booksTune in to the Literary New England Radio Show tonight at 8 for an hour of lively, thought-provoking book talk with three of today’s hottest authors! Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, this episode features:

  • Cynthia Swanson on The Bookseller
  • Laura van den Berg on Find Me
  • Megan Abbott on The Fever

When we say it’s time, you’ll also have the chance to Tweet us at @litnewengland or email us at litnewengland@gmail.com to win one of these novels!

Interviews & book giveaways with Sabaa Tahir, Kate Bolick, Santa Montefiore & more >> tonight at 8 on the Literary New England Radio Show

May11_4_picsAll of the books and authors featured on this episode of the Literary New England Radio Show are creating huge buzz–some in more ways than one! Join us tonight (May 11) at 8 p.m. for interviews and book giveaways with:

  • Santa Montefiore on The Beekeeper’s Daughter. The first book this No. 1 internationally best-selling author has set in the U.S., which tells the story of a mother and daughter searching for love and happiness, unaware of the secrets that bind them. It splits between 1930s England and 1970s Massachusetts.
  • Sabaa Tahir on An Ember in the Ashes. The instant New York Times-bestselling YA novel about a slave, a soldier, their intertwined destinies and their desire to be free. A fantasy set in an imagined world, it’s also a hauntingly realistic reminder of what it means to be a human.
  • Kate Bolick on Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own. A memoir that weaves the stories of five pioneering women writers into journalist Kate Bolock’s own as she explores the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single, as well as why more than 100 million American women have chosen to live life this way.

We also talk with New England writer and visual artist Jakob Crane about his graphic novel Lies in the Dust: A Tale Of Remorse From The Salem Witch Trials.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!

Author interviews and book giveaways w/Aline Ohanesian, Patricia Park & Kirstin Valdez Quade!

May4_3booksYou have until Friday, May 8, to enter to win the books featured on this episode of the Literary New England Radio Show >> Listen to our podcast now!

  • Aline Ohanesian on Orhan’s Inheritance, a novel that shifts between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and 1990s Los Angeles. It tells the story a young Turkish man who leaves his family’s small village, to travel to the US, to discover why his recently deceased grandfather bequeathed the family home to a woman his family has never heard of–a woman who lives in a facility for elderly Aremians. It’s a novel that brings a neglected time in Turkish history to life, spanning decades, honoring the resilience of the human spirit and illustrating the depth of love.
  • Patricia Park on Re: Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, set in Manhattan and Seoul. Its protagonist, Jane, is a an orphan trying to escape from Flushing, NY, where she works in her strict uncle’s grocery store before becoming the au pair, beginning an affair with the father of the children she cares for and then fleeing to Seoul. There, she reconnects with family and works to accept who she really is.
  • Kirstin Valdez Quade on her short story collection Night at the Fiestas. Set in northern New Mexico, the 10 stories plunge into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else plumb into its depths: A deadbeat father of a pregnant teen who tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus; a young man who discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house; a lonely retiree who becomes obsessed with her housekeeper; and others.

Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton.

Manhattan Project anniversary = Wives of Los Alamos giveaway

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.