In celebration of the paperback release of MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES, Bookmarks hosted a sumptuous Afternoon Tea with author Sarah McCoy at the historic Henry F. Shaffner House in downtown Winston-Salem. Each ticket came with a signed copy of the book, maple creams, scones, and other delights prepared by the pâtissier of the Flour Box Tea Room.

The sold-out affair was a truly unique author experience. Upon arrival, guests were asked to you write down questions – along with their names – which were then put it into a large sweet tea jar. McCoy proceeded to pull questions in “Book Club Bingo” fashion and answer them while readers enjoyed tea and goodies served by the Shaffner House waitstaff. Much laughter and many secrets were shared. By the end of the event, all in attendance felt a kindred spirit to McCoy and her muse, Marilla Cuthbert.

Cindy Martin was the grand prize winner of a collectible MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES basket, prepared by the author herself. The event will go down as a favorite for all who attended.

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: Author Guest Jasmine Guillory

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory for conversation about her new book, ROYAL HOLIDAY. 

Jasmine Guillory is the author of The Wedding DateThe ProposalThe Wedding Party and Royal Holiday. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Oprah, and She lives in Oakland, California.

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Confession of a Lapsed Reader

I must confess: I stopped reading.

As a person whose vocation is writing books for people to read, I’m ashamed of this fact. I hid the truth from everyone, myself included, for nearly six months. I was busy, I said. Every time I picked up a book, I thought of something I needed to do: a writing deadline to meet, an Instagram post to craft, a friend’s book release to tweet, a presentation to prepare, an author event to attend, emails to reply, novels to blurb, a dog to walk, a husband to feed, a house to clean, a mother/father/brother/ friend to call, trash to take out, weeds to pull, a birthday card to write, a doctor’s appointment to make, leaves to sweep, an interview to give, a bag to pack, a trip to take, and it all required doing right that minute with no time to spare.

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Carlsbad Library Presents Author Talks “Classics Revisited”

Carlsbad Library presented an afternoon of Classics Revisited as part of their Author Talks series.

Return to Green Gables with Sarah McCoy, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables, and explore nostalgic recipes with Jenne Bergstrom and Miko Osada, authors of The Little Women Cookbook: Novel Takes on Classic Recipes from Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Friends. Presented in partnership with Adventures by the Book and the City of Carlsbad.

The Westgate Hotel’s Annual Literary Tea Featuring Sarah McCoy

The annual Literary Tea at the historic Westgate Hotel is sponsored by the hotel and Adventures by the Book. Over books, bubbly, and delectable tea treats of crab cakes, scones, & seasonal berries, readers basked in a marvelous afternoon with New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author Sarah McCoy. While drinking tea and champagne, Sarah shared how the beloved character Marilla Cuthbert from the series Anne of Green Gables became the woman she did, and how Sarah created a story that has become equally as loved as the original.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Features Sarah McCoy

Sarah McCoy, a lifelong fan, returns to Green Gables with prequel

‘Marilla of Green Gables’ is a prequel novel that explores Matthew and Marilla Cuthberts’ early life on the farm, before Anne came to live with them


Internationally best-selling author Sarah McCoy wrote “Marilla of Green Gables” as a tribute to the series by L.M. Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables.” McCoy believes Montgomery’s book resonates with today’s readers because “it’s about one old woman, one old man, and one unwanted orphan who break social conventions while celebrating the traditions of the heart. Together they overcome adversity, fear and failures as individuals and as a family.

“The novel tells readers, ‘You can, too.’ It’s a message of hope that can be hard to hear amid the onslaught of daily sound bites today,” says McCoy, whose previous novels include “The Mapmaker’s Children” and “The Baker’s Daughter,” a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award nominee. “But between the reader and the page, it has a chance to seed itself in a person’s spirit. I know its capacity. I experienced it the first time I read ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ The books influenced who I grew to be as an adult. I believe that’s why it thrives across generations. Readers are seeking that out in their reading experiences and passing it on to their friends, children and grandchildren.”

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Sarah McCoy Featured Author at Southern Festival of Books

Sarah McCoy brings Marilla of Green Gables (in paperback)to Nashville’s annual illustrious book festival.

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠ is a free, three-day Festival hosted each October where readers and writers are offered an opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and lifelong learning.

Thousands of book lovers come together to hear panels and solo sessions featuring 200 of the nation’s foremost writers. In addition to attending sessions, attendees peruse exhibitor booths, food trucks, and enjoy musical, theatrical, and spoken word performances, along with events for children and youth, on three performance stages on the Plaza.  

Sarah McCoy Featured Author at Lake Lure Book & Bites Luncheon

Sarah McCoy capped off the 2019 Book & Bites literary season with a packed banquet room of kindred spirits. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mountain Branch Library at the Lake Lure Inn & Spa, the luncheon featured McCoy’s latest novel “Marilla of Green Gables,” a tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne Shirley. This moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert.

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy: Author Guest Martha Hall Kelly

Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy welcomes New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly for conversation about her new book, THE LOST ROSES, the prequel to her superstar bestseller THE LILAC GIRLS. On the show, good friends Sarah and Martha discuss her work but also the annual Bookmarks Festival for which Martha was visiting Winston-Salem.

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls released on April 5, 2016. A New England native, became captivated with the story of fellow Connecticut resident Caroline Ferriday’s fight to help the fifty Polish survivors of Ravensbruck known as “The Rabbits.” The search for the true story took Martha across the globe, to Caroline’s three archives in Connecticut, Washington D.C. and Nanterre, France. Kelly is the mother of three. She now lives in Connecticut with her husband Michael.

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