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WORD: Author briefs -- Kiernan, St. John Mandel, Greer, Cowell, Howard

Following are updates on award-winning novelist Kristy Kiernan’s latest novel that launched this month, Emily St. John Mandel who is about to hit the road in support of her sophomore novel, James Greer as he prepares to embark on the second round of his nationwide book tour, Stephanie Cowell who has a new novel about Claude Monet, and Francine Howard who won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Kristy Kiernan’s latest novel "Between Friends," a contemporary women’s fiction title from publisher Berkley, launched in trade paperback this month from the award-winning author of "Catching Genius." Check out Kristy’s website for more info.

Just weeks before Unbridled Books launches Emily St. John Mandel’s anticipated sophomore novel "The Singer’s Gun," they released the paperback edition of her smashing debut Last Night in Montreal. Emily has a nationwide book tour slated in support of Singer’s, with appearances throughout the US East, Midwest and California including one Bay Area stop -- May 5 at Corte Madera's Book Passage, near Marin.

Keep our homepage dialed for a Q&A with Emily just before her May 4 launch party in NYC, which happens at WORD -- located at 126 Franklin Street in Brooklyn. Her full road show schedule is here, at her revamped website.

James Greer will hit the road in May during a national tour in support of his contemporary noir "The Failure" (Akashic Books) that’s set in LA. Appearances include May 4 at Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago, May 5 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, and the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, OH.

Greer will also appear at the Akashic Books spring book party alongside Arthur Neresian, Cristina Garcia, Bernice McFadden, and cohosts Melvin Van Peebles and Akashic publisher Johnny Temple on May 20. The party kicks off at 7 pm at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA.

New York City fans can catch Greer on May 18 at Bluestockings Books where he’ll appear with Maggie Estep, author of "Alice Fantastic," and on May 19 at the Center for Fiction. Check out the Akashic website for more info.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Cowell has a new novel about art and love focusing on legendary Impressionist artist Claude Monet's great passions: painting, friendship, and Camille Doncieux. "Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet" (Crown) is available now in bookstores across the USA. Check out Stephanie’s website for details.

Overlooked in my pile of books was a vivid novel about segregation told through two couples -- one white, the other black -- whose lives are intertwined when a land-owning farmer enters into forbidden love with the abandoned wife of his tenant sharecropper.

San Francisco Bay Area writer Francine Howard is a past winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for her work "Page from a Tennessee Journal" (AmazonEncore), which launched last month and introduces a new author with a mature voice. Find more about Francine at her blog.


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