Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: Author Guest Karen Abbott

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes New York Times bestselling author Karen Abbott for conversation about her new book, THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK, a nonfiction account of infamous Cincinnati bootlegger George Remus.

Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author ofSIN IN THE SECOND CITYAMERICAN ROSE, and LIAR TEMPTRESS SOLDIER SPY. She has written for, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostSmithsonian Magazine, Salon and other publications. THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK, is an Indie Next pick, an Amazon best book of August, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly as a top fall history read, calling it“ a real-life page turner that will appeal to fans of Erik Larson.” And the Wall Street Journal said THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK is “vibrant and enormously readable,” and names Abbott “one of the masters of the art” of narrative nonfiction.

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My Garden Summer: Books to Blooms

This is my garden summer. If you follow me on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter, you will quickly see that my posts have become progressively more vegetable and flower filled. In fact, that’s where I was just before sitting down to write this column: out in my garden, procrastinating with a hose and trowel under the auspice of these weeds can’t wait; then further distracted in my Google search on “How to get rid of June bugs on my roses?” (Answer: Neems oil!)

To most, it’s far from novel, in either of Webster’s definitions. But you must understand, this is my first garden. Yes, in all my life. So I pray you pardon my social media exclamations over squash blossoms, sprigs of basil, hydrangea plumes, and zinnias. Planting roots was never part of the gypsy life. Plus, for nearly a decade, we lived in El Paso where gardens were made of rocks… 

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Jean Kwok and Sarah McCoy in Conversation at Bookmarks

A high time was had at Bookmarks independent bookstore as resident New York Times bestseller Sarah McCoy welcomed her friend New York Times bestseller Jean Kwok to Winston-Salem. A packed house of readers showed up on a rainy, summer Friday to hear the duo discuss Kwok’s latest release Searching for Sylvie Lee, an immigrant mystery novel and Jenna Bush Hagar of The Today Show’s June 2019 Book Club Pick.

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: Author Guest Jean Kwok

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok for conversation about her new book, Searching for Sylvie Lee, an immigrant mystery novel and Jenna Bush Hagar’s June 2019 Book Club Pick for the Today Show.

Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in an unheated, roach-infested apartment. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Her beloved brother Kwan passed away in a tragic plane accident and was the inspiration behind Searching for Sylvie Lee. Jean is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English, and studied Latin for seven years. She lives in the Netherlands with her husband, two sons and four cats. 

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Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: Author Guest Elizabeth Cobbs

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes bestselling author Elizabeth Cobbs for conversation about her new book, The Tubman Command, a historical novel inspired by the life of Underground Railroad hero, Harriet Tubman. 

Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University, and now teaches history at Texas A&M University. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction. Elizabeth has been a Fulbright scholar in Ireland and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department and on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

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Influential Authors at 10th Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival

Sarah McCoy was among the featured authors at the 10th annual Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland. With a crowd estimated at 23,500, this is quickly becoming one of the most popular book parties in the nation and a great kickoff to summer reading festivities.

“I love coming to this festival, it really is one of the best in the nation and I have gone to almost all the book festivals in the nation,” said McCoy.

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Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: Author Guest John Burnham Schwartz

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes bestselling author John Burnham Schwartz for a fascinating conversation about his new book, The Red Daughter, a historical novel inspired by the life of Joseph Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva.

Schwartz is the bestselling author of five novels, including Northwest CornerThe Commoner, and Reservation Road, which was made into a film based on his screenplay. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and he has done extensive screen and television writing for the major Hollywood studios, including as screenwriter of HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, for which he was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing. Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, writer Aleksandra Crapanzano, and their son Garrick.

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Winston-Salem Journal: Sarah McCoy Salutes Independent Bookstores

In case you weren’t aware, today is a national holiday: It’s the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day! Don’t be fooled by the facades of social media, we are living in an age of community. The big and little main streets of America are being reinvigorated by their citizens’ commitment to supporting one another and thriving despite all obstacles against our diverse democracy. No place is this more apparent than with booksellers. I travel from coast to coast doing book events, and it never fails that at the heart of each city is an independent bookstore.

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Hurray for Independent Bookstore Day!

In her April Writer Unboxed column, Sarah McCoy celebrates one of the nation’s newest holidays: Independent Bookstore Day. Only five years old, you might not have heard of it and that’s okay… because you have now! What could be more exciting than discovering we have a new holiday to bedazzle on our calendars?

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Marilla of Green Gables at Unbound Book Festival

A standing ovation for the 4th annual Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Celebrity authors from across the country were brought together with Missouri readers on the campus of Stephens College for two days of unreserved book celebration.

To order signed copies of Sarah and other Unbound Book Festival authors’ work, contact Skylark Bookshop via email or phone.