We’re so excited to announce our new RHRC Author Chat Program! You now have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the books your book club reads through lively exchanges with your favorite authors. Learn about each author’s personal experiences and what inspires them to write; how it feels to see one’s name on a book cover; what their writing routines are; and much more. It’s the ultimate book club conversation!
From July through December, we’re taking requests for chats with six intriguing authors: Emily Giffin, Paula McLain, Tara Westover, Judy Blundell, Debbie Macomber, and Jamie Ford. Let us know which author and book you’ll be discussing, what month you’d like to chat, and how many people are in your book club, and we’ll contact you if and when we are able to arrange a chat.
Please remember that our authors are extremely busy doing what they do best—writing books!—so we may not be able to accommodate every request, but will try to schedule as many author chats as possible. Please do not reach out to authors directly.
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Emily Giffin is the author of eight internationally bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, and First Comes Love. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.
Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling The Sun, The Paris Wife and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Cleveland with her family.
Tara Westover was born in Idaho in 1986. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book.
Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel What I Saw and How I Lied won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The High Season is her first novel for adults. She lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.
Debbie Macomber, the author of Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, Rose Harbor in Bloom, and Cottage by the Sea is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Twelve of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Songs of Willow Frost. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.