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December 2020

In This Issue Kristin Chats Publishing |  NLA in the News |  Writers in the Know |  Angie Chats Story Craft |  From the Blog  |  Kristin's Book Club  |  New Releases

NLA in the News

Katrina Monroe’s The Drowning Girls, a feminist horror about a woman untangling a generations-old curse after returning to the village of her youth, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks.


Gillian Libby’s debut novel Something Real, following three twenty-something friends finding love as they leave New York City, in a 3-book series deal to Rachel Gilmer at Sourcebooks.

Simon and Schuster’s Jennifer Ung has bought for Salaam Reads, at auction, Priyanka Taslim’s debut YA Rom-Com The Love Match for six figures.


Roseanne Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is named a Best of 2020 YA Pick

Roseanne Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is nominated for the YALSA Amazing Audiobooks

Roseanne Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin audiobook receives a starred SLJ review

From the Blog

A Story Hidden in the Data
Books That Go Bump in the Night
The Thing That Makes You Special

Kristin’s Book Club

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Over an amazing bowl of homemade zucchini pasta, book club met before all the virus chaos unfolded. It’s most likely going to be the last time we meet in-person for a while. But I’m happy to report we are doing a virtual happy hour with wine and cheese this evening. Book talk must go on!

My fellow clubbers and I absolutely adored LESS by Andrew Sean Greer. This is truly a delightful read about a soon-to-be-50 gay man having a rather hapless mid-life crises. Rarely do funny novels get Pulitzer attention, but this one did, and it’s very well deserved.

Because humor can only take a story so far, it must also be poignant with ultra-sharp literary writing, and this novel has it all in abundance.

VERDICT: Heartily recommend!

Don’t have a copy yet? Support your local indie bookstore by buying a physical copy online or an audiobook via I’ve already jumped in and am listening to our next pick: the memoir INHERITANCE: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro.

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