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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
    • 4.7 • 168 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.

    Friends & Fiction with Steven Rowley

    Friends & Fiction with Steven Rowley

    On this episode, Mary Kay Andrews & Kristy Woodson Harvey welcome the bestselling, award-winning novelist Steven Rowley to discuss THE GUNCLE ABROAD, the long-awaited sequel to a beloved story, all about the complicated bonds of family, love, and what it takes to rediscover yourself, even at the ripe age of fifty. Steven Rowley is the New York Times bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book; The Editor, an NPR Best Book of the Year; The Guncle, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year; and The Celebrants, a Today Show Read with Jenna book club pick. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages. He joins us from his home in Palm Springs before departing on book tour to tell us all about his highly-anticipated follow-up to his beloved novel in which Patrick O'Hara is called back to his guncle duties, this time for a big family wedding in Italy.
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    • 35 min
    Friends & Fiction Celebrates the Launch of Mary Kay Andrews's Summers at the Saint

    Friends & Fiction Celebrates the Launch of Mary Kay Andrews's Summers at the Saint

    On this episode, the Fab Four gather to celebrate this month’s F&F Featured Author, the NYT bestselling novelist and Queen of the Beach Reads herself, our very own Mary Kay Andrews, to discuss her brand-new novel, our May 2024 Pick of the Month, SUMMERS AT THE SAINT, a fresh new summer mystery full of romance, betrayal, and long-buried secrets. With 32 novels and one cookbook under her belt, Mary Kay has been a staple on the bestseller lists every single year for two decades running. She takes a break from her whirlwind book tour to join us LIVE from Dallas, Texas, to celebrate SUMMERS AT THE SAINT in grand F&F style. Our whole community more will learn more about the novel Publishers Weekly calls “a mesmerizing mix of mystery and romance,” and which has been named an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick. It wouldn't be an F&F launch party without some fun games and lots of other shenanigans.
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    • 56 min
    Friends & Fiction with Ruth Ware

    Friends & Fiction with Ruth Ware

    On this episode, Mary Kay Andrews & Ron Block welcome the international No.1 bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers, Ruth Ware, to discuss her latest gripping beach read, ONE PERFECT COUPLE, a high-tension and ingenious thriller which follows five couples trapped on a storm-swept island as a killer stalks among them. Ruth’s thrillers (In a Dark, Dark Wood; The Woman in Cabin 10; The Lying Game; The Death of Mrs. Westaway; The Turn of the Key; One by One; The It Girl; and Zero Days) have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and have sold more than six-million copies. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth joins us from her home on the coast of England to discuss ONE PERFECT COUPLE, her latest fast-paced, spellbinding thriller coming from Gallery Books on May 21.
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    • 42 min
    Friends & Fiction with Janet Skeslien Charles

    Friends & Fiction with Janet Skeslien Charles

    On this episode, Patti Callahan Henry & Kristin Harmel welcome the New York Times and internationally bestselling author, Janet Skeslien Charles, to discuss her brilliant new novel, MISS MORGAN’S BOOK BRIGADE, based on the true story of Jessie Carson, the American librarian who changed the literary landscape of France. Janet has spent the past decade researching Jessie Carson at The Morgan Library, the NYPL, and archives across France for her latest novel MISS MORGAN’S BOOK BRIGADE. The result is a “compelling ode to the astonishing power of libraries and librarians” (Marie Benedict) which our own Patti Callahan Henry calls “an astonishing novel…and a moving tale of sacrifice, heroism, and inspired storytelling.” Janet’s previous novel The Paris Library, was an instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY bestseller and named an Amazon Best Book of 2021. We are so looking forward to discussing this latest installment in her library trilogy with Janet as she heads back to the States from her home in Paris to embark on a US book tour.
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    • 40 min
    Friends & Fiction with Sally Hepworth

    Friends & Fiction with Sally Hepworth

    On this episode, Kristin Harmel & Kristy Woodson Harvey welcome the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Sally Hepworth, to discuss her forthcoming book, DARLING GIRLS, a thrilling page-turner of sisterhood, secrets, love, and murder. Sally's nine novels (including The Good Sister and The Soulmate) are available around the globe in English and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Several of her novels have been optioned for TV and film and she has sold more than one-million books worldwide. She joins us from Melbourne, Australia, to discuss DARLING GIRLS (just out from St. Martin’s Press), which has been dubbed “a rollercoaster of a novel” by Bookpage and an “unnerving thriller” by Booklist.
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    • 51 min
    Friends & Fiction with Emily Henry

    Friends & Fiction with Emily Henry

    On this episode, the Fab Four—Kristy Woodson Harvey, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harme & Patti Callahan Herny—gather to welcome this month’s F&F Featured Author, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and titan of romantic comedy, Emily Henry, to discuss her forthcoming book, our April 2024 Pick of the Month, FUNNY STORY, a shimmering, joyful novel about a pair of opposites with the wrong thing in common. Emily Henry is the #1 NYT and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of HAPPY PLACE, BOOK LOVERS, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION, and BEACH READ. Known as much for her witty banter, steamy love scenes, and happy endings as she is for her sheer dominance over the bestseller lists and her millions of copies sold, Emily joins us to discuss her soon-to-be blockbuster summer hit novel, FUNNY STORY (coming 4/23 from Berkley), which has been named a most-anticipated book of the year by TIME, The New York Times, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, and Today.com among others. “This sumptuous novel is Henry at her very best,” according to Bustle, and we are so excited to welcome Emily and get the full scoop just before this book hits shelves everywhere!
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 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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