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We're four bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

Friends & Fiction Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Patti Callahan Henry, Ron Block

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 130 Ratings

We're four bestselling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place.

    WB-S2E50 - Play it Again! Lessons in Chemistry with Bonnie Garmus

    WB-S2E50 - Play it Again! Lessons in Chemistry with Bonnie Garmus

    WRITERS' BLOCK Listeners will be re-introduced to this interview Ron conducted earlier in the year with this year's winner of the Barnes and Noble Book of the Year, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Enjoy the discussion of how Bonnie became a best-selling debut author in her 60's and created this book that is showing up on Best of the Year lists world wide!

    • 23 min
    Friends & Fiction with Louise Penny & Rae Meadows

    Friends & Fiction with Louise Penny & Rae Meadows

    On this episode, we're thrilled and honored to welcome the incomparable Louise Penny! As a bonus treat we are joined by Rae Meadows on the After Show.
    Louise Penny is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, and coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, State of Terror. Louise joins us to discuss her latest novel, A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES, the 18th book in her Gamache series which devuted at #1 on the NYT bestsller list in its first week out. You won't want to miss this warm, enlightening and engaging conversation filled with empathy and wisdom where we talk all about Louise's background, writing process, inspiration, and about seeing THREE PINES come to life in the newly released Amazon Prime adaptation starring Alfred Molina as Inspector Gamache.
    On the After Show meet Rae Meadows who discusses her new novel — the IndieNext pick, GMA Buzz Pick, and critically acclaimed WINTERLAND — which shines a light on three generations of Russian women behind the Iron Curtain, including a young girl selected for the famed 1970’s-era USSR gymnastics program.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    WB-S2E49 - The Anatomy of Genres with John Truby

    WB-S2E49 - The Anatomy of Genres with John Truby

    WRITERS' BLOCK Ron, along with Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Kay Andrews welcomes one of the world’s most respected and sought-after story consultants and writing teachers, John Truby, whose legendary The Anatomy of Story is indispensable to novelists and screenwriters alike. John joins us to discuss his brand-new book, The Anatomy of Genres, a guide to understanding the major genres of the story world—and to do a deep dive into Patti’s and Mary Kay’s latest works in each of their respective genres.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Friends & Fiction with Kevin Wilson + Sheila Roberts on the After Show

    Friends & Fiction with Kevin Wilson + Sheila Roberts on the After Show

    On tonight’s episode, we welcome New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Wilson—plus Sheila Roberts on the After Show!
    Kevin Wilson is the author of three novels including NOTHING TO SEE HERE, which was a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna book club selection in 2019. Kevin joins us to discuss his latest novel, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC, which has been named an Amazon Best Book of November 2022 and a Most Anticipated Book of the season from the Associated Press, Vogue, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today among many other outlets. We talk to Kevin about the incredible origin story of his latest novel, why he's drawn to misfits as characters and to coming of age stories, how art is a catalyst for his narratives, and how his life as a college professor shapes his work.
    On the After Show we are joined by the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of fifty books, Sheila Roberts to discuss her new novel, THE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS about three generations of travelers who embark on a Christmas road trip in the snowy mountains of Washington State.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    WB-S2E48 Books You Should Know - A Ballad of Love and Glory with Reyna Grande

    WB-S2E48 Books You Should Know - A Ballad of Love and Glory with Reyna Grande

    WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Patti Callahan Henry speak with Reyna Grande about her sweeping and powerful historical fiction novel, A Ballad of Love and Glory. This conversation delves into Reyna's beginnings as a writer and her path to becoming a a strong immigrant voice in literature.

    • 40 min
    Friends & Fiction with Indie Bookseller Pals

    Friends & Fiction with Indie Bookseller Pals

    Join us on Thanksgiving Eve as we welcome some of our favorite indie bookseller pals for a very special holiday episode of Friends & Fiction!

    The Fab Four are joined by Tim from Nantucket Book Partners in Nantucket, MA; Peter from Booktowne in Manasquan, NJ; Susan from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE; Cathy & Serena from Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL; Rebecca from Macintosh Books on Sanibel Island, FL; and Laura from Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL.We hear from each of them about their origin story as a bookseller, their holiday book recommendations, and trends they're seeing in their stores.All hosts and guests don their Friends & Fiction t-shirt for this Thanksgiving "Tee Party!" Join us by wearing yours—on sale now "Buy-One-Get-One-Free" in the F&F merch shop at Oxford Exchange!

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

Jothechick ,

Perfect way to find books to read

I began watching the show at its onset but have switched to listening on a podcast when I drive.
I have been introduced to so many more authors and books the last two years. In addition, I feel as if the Fab Four are my friends.
Next month I will be in Savannah. I plan to eat at Sunday Cafe per MA suggestion and spend a day in Beaufort!
Great job ladies!

Books are my thing ,

So much fun!

I love this podcast! It’s great to catch up with Friends and Fiction episodes while I’m out for a walk or off in the car. These women—whose books I’ve long loved—are so real, down to earth, witty, and insightful. They bring great author guests and ask all the questions! The Writers’ Block segments with Ron are a fascinating addition to hear insiders’ stories from authors and others. Five stars!

Blessed79 ,

Excellent and Fun Podcast

I enjoy this podcast so much! The guests are so interesting and I have learned so much! Thank you for this podcast! One bad thing though…..my TBR is growing by the minute. Lol

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