Standing-room only at the Virginia Festival of the Book’s “Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction” panel. Sarah McCoy and fellow authors Janet Benton and Camille Di Maio had a lively discussion regarding their novels Marilla of Green Gables, Lilli de Jong, and The Way of Beauty, and the powerful women that continue to inspire new generations. A tremendous kickoff to the 25th annual #VaFest!
Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes New York Times #1 bestselling author, Lisa See to WSNC 90.5 FM for a conversation about her new book, The Island of Sea Women. See is the author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. See has also written a mystery series that takes place in China. Her books have been published in 39 languages. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.
In her February Writer Unboxed column, Sarah McCoy gives raw insight into her lifelong battle with an autoimmune disease and shares seven authors, living and dead, who exemplify endurance while being a chronically ill, flawed, less than super-powered, human.
Start the New Year right with NPR WSNC 90.5 FM’s Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy. Sarah defies her winter cold to bring readers soon-to-be-released recommendations including Mary Laura Philpott’s I Miss You When I Blink, Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light, Pam Jenoff’s The Lost Girls of Paris, and Tara Conklin’s The Last Romantics. In addition, Sarah and co-host Jim Steele confess what classic novels they have yet to read but should! Last but not least on the discussion table is Bookmarks’ upcoming mega-party Moveable Feast on February 9-10, featuring 18 authors, including Winston-Salem’s own New York Times bestseller Sarah McCoy. All this and more!
Be sure not to miss next month’s Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: 4th Thursdays (or capriciously) at 4:30pm ET.
“An Unsung Heroine’s Voice: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
This year marks the one hundred and tenth anniversary since Anne of Green Gables was first published.
While previous films and adaptations have focused on continuing Anne’s life or on the village of Avonlea, Marilla of Green Gables instead explores the background of Green Gables and the story of the first girl who grew up there: Marilla Cuthbert…”
“Anne of Green Gables’ Marilla Cuthbert’s back story written by kindred spirit,” praises The Toronto Star:
“[B]estselling American author Sarah McCoy, whose new book, Marilla of Green Gables, builds the story of a young woman living in 1830s PEI who sacrifices love for family and commitment. It’s delightfully ‘tragical,’ as Anne Shirley loved to say…”
The Midwest Book Review highly endorses Marilla of Green Gables:
“Marilla of Green Gables is a wonderfully entertaining and charming novel that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections…”
Marilla of Green Gables receives rave review from lauded Historical Novel Society:
“… luscious enough to melt in the mouth. Moreover, McCoy’s Marilla is more in tune with modern sentiments about race, class, and social equality than the Anne books now are. This loving homage and poignant reinvention should be welcomed into the canon by long-time fans and powerful enough to draw new readers into the timeless and cherished stories of Anne and Avonlea.”
Marilla of Green Gables is a BookBub “Fall Books to Read If you Love Outlander” pick:
Sassenachs, rejoice! The end of another Droughtlander is almost upon us! The newest season of Outlander premieres November 4 on Starz, bringing to life Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the bestselling series written by Diana Gabaldon. To tide you over until then, we’ve rounded up fall books like Outlander for the biggest Claire and Jamie fans…