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Lit With Love
Suzanne Brockmann
Out of Body

Sonali Dev  interviews bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann AND actors Jason T. Gaffney and Kevin Held about  Out of Body, a book that is also a movie that is also a labor of love for the team. Held and Gaffney will be in Chicago to attend the Reeling Film Festival to promote their OTHER film, written by Gaffney and produced by Brockmann, so not only do you have multiple chances at handsome this week, you can learn about how very hardworking people get anything done. We here at AV are already tired just typing this…

This interview will be broadcast live – but you can ask your questions in advance! Post them in our comments below or on our facebook page. Ask a question for Sonali, Suzanne, Kevin, or Jason – and be part of the show!

Out of Body
by Suzanne Brockmann
$8.99
Air Date/Time September 26, 2 pm (Central)
1st ed., 154 pages, paperback, CreateSpace

New, never before published novel published July 2018.

Friends to lovers, with a supernatural twist… Henry’s been in love with his best friend Malcolm since college, but after he kisses Mal on Halloween night, things go desperately wrong. Awkward turns to just plain weird when Mal mysteriously vanishes. And weird gets freaky when Henry starts to wonder if he’s being haunted by Mal’s ghost.
Henry’s other friends think he’s losing it – that Mal’s just run from conflict. But freaky turns to full-on crazy when, with the help of a “spirit guide”, Henry casts a spell that allows him—and only him—to see and hear Malcolm – who’s been right there, in his house, the entire...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Ken Krimstein
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

Dan Weinberg interviews author Ken Krimstein, New Yorker cartoonist and author of the new graphic novel The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth. Ask a question live and order a signed book, or just enjoy the interview.

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth
by Ken Krimstein
$28
Air Date/Time September 25, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages, hardcover, Bloomsbury

One of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and a hero of political thought, the largely unsung and often misunderstood Hannah Arendt is best known for her landmark 1951 book on openness in political life, The Origins of Totalitarianism, which, with its powerful and timely lessons for today, has become newly relevant.

She led an extraordinary life. This was a woman who endured Nazi persecution firsthand, survived harrowing “escapes” from country to country in Europe, and befriended such luminaries as Walter Benjamin and Mary McCarthy, in a world inhabited by everyone from Marc Chagall and Marlene Dietrich to Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. A woman who finally had...

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A House Divided
John William Huelskamp
Friends of the Wigwam

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author John William Huelskamp about his latest Civil War novel Friends of the Wigwam that introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

Watch the live interview and submit a question to be asked on air. Order a signed book to be delivered to your door.

Friends of the Wigwam
by John William Huelskamp
$16.95
Air Date/Time September 20, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 pages, paperback, Barrington Group

FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM is a historical novel and love story about six young friends whose innocence is stripped from them seemingly overnight in the brutal setting of the American Civil War.

Meticulously researched and based on real-life people and true events, FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM spans 1857-1865 and introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

From the true story of a young woman who successfully masqueraded as a man during the Civil War and was buried with full military honors to the...

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Brenda Novak
Face Off

Sonali Dev  interviews author Brenda Novak about her new book, Face Off. Dr Evelyn Talbot has worked for years to save potential victims of men like the man who once tortured her… Now, working in a small town in Alaska, something seems familiar about a recent spate of crimes – her boyfriend, the area’s only police can only do so much…

This interview will be broadcast live – but you can ask your questions in advance! On our comments below or on our facebook page leave a question for Sonali and Brenda and be part of the show.

Face Off
by Brenda Novak
$7.99
Air Date/Time August 28, 1:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 416 pages, paperback, St Martin’s Press

From New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak comes Face Off, the next installment of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths.

SHE VOWED NEVER TO BE A VICTIM AGAIN. BUT NOW A KILLER HAS HER IN HIS SIGHT. . .

Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work―studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her―until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized...

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A House Divided
James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps…

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author James S. Pula about the second volume in his series about the XI Corps Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865 following the misunderstood unit through battle until the war’s end.

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Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865
by James S. Pula
$34.95
Air Date/Time August 16, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 432 pages, hardcover, Savas Beatie

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed tWith the publication of Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume. 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865, James S. Pula completes his magisterial work on this important Union command.

The XI Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months (September 1862-August 1863), during which it played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Thereafter, the corps hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and marched through brutal December weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Nina Barrett
The Leopold and Loeb Files

Dan Weinberg interviews author Nina Barrett about her newest title The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes .

The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes
by Nina Barrett
$35.00
Air Date/Time: August 14, 3 pm (Central)
302 pages, hardcover, Agate Midway

In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. As the decades passed, the mythology surrounding the unlikely killers continued to capture the interest of new generations, spawning numerous books, fictionalizations, and dramatizations.

In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources—confessions, interrogation transcripts, psychological reports, and more—the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course. Until...

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A House Divided
A. Wilson Greene
A Campaign of Giants

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author A. Wilson Greene about his new book A Campaign of Giants – The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater a book other Civil War historians are already calling a masterpiece.

Watch the live interview and submit a question to be asked on air. Order a signed book to be delivered to your door.

A Campaign of Giants–The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater (Civil War America)
by A. Wilson Greene
$45.00
Air Date/Time July 19, 5:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 728 pages, hardcover, University of North Carolina Press

Grinding, bloody, and ultimately decisive, the Petersburg Campaign was the Civil War’s longest and among its most complex. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee squared off for more than nine months in their struggle for Petersburg, the key to the Confederate capital at Richmond. Featuring some of the war’s most notorious battles, the campaign played out against a backdrop of political drama and crucial fighting elsewhere, with massive costs for soldiers and civilians alike. After failing to bull his way into Petersburg, Grant concentrated on isolating the city from its communications with the...

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Sarah MacLean
Wicked and the Wallflower

Sonali Dev  interviews author Sarah MacLean about her new book, Wicked and the Wallflower: Bareknuckle Bastards Book 1. Careful schemes go up in hot, hot steam when Devil convinces Felicity to help him get his sweet vengeance on an evil Duke but she decides she’d rather just keep him.

This interview was previously recorded – however! You can still ask Sarah and Sonali a question if you join us on June 21 at 2pm on Facebook.

Wicked and the Wallflower
by Sarah MacLean
$7.99
Air Date/Time June 21, 2 pm (Central)
1st ed., 400 pages, paperback

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .
Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion . ....

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Victoria Thompson
Murder on Union Square

Murder On Union Square

Libby Hellmann  interviews author Victoria Thompson about her new book, Murder on Union Square. Sarah and Frank Mallory return in the latest installment of The Gaslight Mystery Series–when a murder threatens their adoption of Catherine,  Frank finds himself in an unusual position–the prime suspect. Read it and find out whodonit!

Murder On Union Square

Murder on Union Square
written by Victoria Thompson
$26.00
Air Date/Time June 14, 12:00noon (Central)
1st ed., 323 pages, hardcover

Sarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child whom Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The process seems fairly straightforward, but at the last minute, the newlyweds discover that Parnell Vaughn, Catherine’s legal father, has a claim on the child, and his grasping fiancée is demanding a financial settlement to relinquish parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah’s love for Catherine drives them to comply.

When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A not-quite-famous actor with modest means, Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for...

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Amy Reichert
The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

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Sonali Dev interviews author Amy Reichert about her newest warmhearted novel The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go.

You can ask Amy questions live! Use the comments below or go to our Facebook Page and talk to us!

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go
by Amy Reichert
$16.00
Air Date/Time: May 22, 11am (Central)
352 pages, paperback

Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out.

Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there’s no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G’s, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband.

But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Craig Symonds
World War II at Sea

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Daniel Weinberg interviews author Craig Symonds about his latest historical work, World War II at Sea.

World War II at Sea
by Craig Symonds
$34.95
Air Date/Time May 5, 12 pm (Central)
1st ed., 792 pages, hardcover

Opening with the 1930 London Conference, Symonds shows how any limitations on naval warfare would become irrelevant before the decade was up, as Europe erupted into conflict once more and its navies were brought to bear against each other. World War II at Sea offers a global perspective, focusing on the major engagements and personalities and revealing both their scale and their interconnection: the U-boat attack on Scapa Flow and the Battle of the Atlantic; the “miracle” evacuation from Dunkirk and the pitched battles for control of Norway fjords; Mussolini’s Regia Marina-at the start of the war the fourth-largest navy in the world-and the dominance of the Kidö Butai and Japanese naval power in the...

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Sebastian Rotella
Rip Crew

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Sebastian Rotella about his latest crime thriller Rip Crew.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of The Convert’s Song and Triple Crossing, which the New York Times Book Review named its favorite debut crime novel of 2011, as well as the nonfiction book Twilight on the Line. He is a senior reporter covering international security issues for ProPublica, a newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest.

Rip Crew
by Sebastian Rotella
$27.00
Air Date/Time: April 27, 2pm (Central)
336, hardcover

Valentine Pescatore, the globetrotting former Border Patrol agent, finds himself back on American soil investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. Award-winning reporter-turned-author Sebastian Rotella returns to crime with this propulsive new work.

At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted, at any cost.

From an author who has been praised for his “pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style” (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), RIP CREW races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of...

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Priscilla Oliveras
Her Perfect Affair

Sonali Dev interviews author Priscilla Oliveras about her new Matched to Perfection title Her Perfect Affair.
Serious Fernandez sister Rosa has very clear plans for responsible livin’.
One dance with Jeremy later… Goodbye serious plans! Hello passion and steamy lurve.

You can ask Priscilla questions live!

Her Perfect Affair – Matched To Perfection Series
by Priscilla Oliveras
$4.99
Air Date/Time: April 19, 2:00pm (Central)
336, paperback

Rosa Fernandez doesn’t act on impulse — she’s the responsible one, planning her career with precision, finally landing a job as the librarian at conservative Queen of Peace Academy, confining her strongest emotions to her secret poetry journal. But she’s been harboring a secret crush on dreamy Jeremy Taylor, and after one dance with him at her sister’s wedding, Rosa longs to let loose for the first time. She deserves some fun, after all. So what if she doesn’t have a shot with Jeremy, not with his wealthy pedigree and high profile lifestyle. But one dance leads to one kiss, and soon Rosa is head-over-heels . . .

The adopted son of a prominent Chicago lawyer, Jeremy has a...

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Kathleen Rooney
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

Roberta Rubin interviews author Kathleen Rooney about her newest title Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk.

Lillian is on her way to a party when she decides to stroll down memory lane quite literally.

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Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk
by Kathleen Rooney
$25.99
Air Date/Time: March 20, 3:00pm (Central)
304, hardcover and later paperback

It’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now ― her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl ― but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed ― and has not.

A love letter to city life in all...

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Melanie Benjamin
The Girls In The Picture

Libby Hellmann will speak with New York Times best-selling author Melanie Benjamin about her newest novel  The Girls In The Picture.

Hollywood in its infancy had many of the same frustrations women in film face today – but for star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion, no man can stop them.

Viewers are welcome to submit questions for the author in advance – and order a signed book to be sent to your home!

The Girls In The Picture
by Melanie Benjamin
$28.00
Air Date/Time: February 22, 3:00pm (Central)
448p, hardcover

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their...

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Sonali Dev
A Distant Heart

Meredith Duran interviews author and Lit with Love host Sonali Dev about her newest novel – about a passion that can heal old wounds and new hearts, and finally set some old mistakes right: A Distant Heart.

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A Distant Heart
By Sonali Dev
$15.95
Air Date/Time January 24, 5:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 352 p., paperback

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass,...

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Kristan Higgins
Now That You Mention It

Sonali Dev interviews author Kristan Higgins about her latest title: Now That You Mention It: A Novel.

An accident sends a young Boston med school student back to her wild island hometown off the coast in Maine. But her education has only begun…

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Now That You Mention It: A Novel
by Kristan Higgins
$15.99
Air Date/Time: January 10, 2pm (Central)
400p, hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family.

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter...

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Berta’s Books
Sarah Miller
Caroline

Roberta Rubin interviews author Sarah Miller about her newest title, authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust: Caroline.

The untold story of the woman known simply as “Ma” to most Little House fans, the imaginative historical fiction brings the stakes and sacrifices of frontier life dizzyingly close.

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Caroline: Little House. Revisited
By Sarah Miller
$25.99
Air Date/Time December 12, 2:30pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 p., hardcover

In this novel authorized by Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before–Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.
In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise...

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Donna Seaman
Identity Unknown

Roberta Rubin interviews author Donna Seaman about her newest release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Where are all the women artists? Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven women forgotten by the official texts. Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face.

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Lit With Love
Mollie Cox Bryan
Macrame Murder

Sonali Dev interviewed author Mollie Cox Bryan about her latest in the Cora Craft Mystery Series  Macrame Murder.

The perfect beach vacation/crafting workshop getaway is ruined when a spoiled society bride winds up dead. Isn’t that always the way? Now Cora must solve the crime, teach some beach crafts, and save her handsome boyfriend Adrian from nefarious ne’erdowells. Sigh.

Thank goodness she’s so handy with knots.

 

Macrame Murder (A Cora Crafts Mystery)
By Mollie Cox Bryan
$7.99
Air Date/Time November 9, 2pm (Central)
1st ed., paperback, 352 p.

“The perfect weekend getaway: crafting, food and a murder or two!” —New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

As the head of a bustling crafting retreat, Cora Chevalier could use a break of her own. So she and her creative cohorts temporarily swap small-town Indigo Gap for the Sea Glass Island Craft Retreat, where they teach classes and create beachy crafts like shell mosaics and sea glass chimes. Cora and her boyfriend Adrian are enchanted by their surroundings—especially the stunning wedding and blissful newlyweds they encounter on the beach. But awe becomes shock when the bride turns up dead the next day . . .

The woman’s death appears to be the result of a severe jellyfish sting....

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