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WORD: HarperCollins launches Hamilton, Thomas novels; Judith Regan doesn’t hold grudge

Author Masha Hamilton launched the third book of her career in April, a "wonderfully touching novel" about an American librarian who leaves Brooklyn to work for a relief organization in Africa that sends books on the backs of camels to forgotten villages, HarperCollins announced. Meanwhile, onetime television heart throb Heather Thomas has reinvented herself as a novelist, and you’ll never guess who’s helping promote her debut.

Hamilton’s protagonist in her novel "The Camel Bookmobile" starts a traveling library with hopes of bringing the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss to far-flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger and disease. But in the impoverished small community of Mididima, she finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile struggle involving local tribesmen.

Hamilton is a journalist who has worked for NBC Mutual Radio, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. Check out her website for more information.

Like many Gen X males, we grew up leering at Heather Thomas on '80s television show "The Fall Guy," in which she played the role of Jody. We were surprised to find two decades later she’s now a screenwriter who just launched her debut novel "Trophies" with HarperCollins.

Less surprising is the subject of Trophies: contemporary Hollywood, where inside information is king, smiles hide jealousy, jackals lure husbands away, housekeepers have the power to destroy, and everyone has devastating secrets -- including her protagonist Marion Zane.

In what should make good radio, Thomas will make a promotional appearance on The Judith Regan Show Tuesday, April 29 at 12:20 pm on Sirius Satellite Radio.

It’s interesting that Judith Regan is helping promote HarperCollins titles. She’s apparently not holding a grudge after she was terminated by her former employer, which also killed the profitable ReganBooks division -- once among HarperCollins’ most profitable imprints.


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