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The Morristown Festival of Books was terrific! There were great crowds of enthusiastic readers (much larger than last year) at every event. All three of the panels that I moderated were such fun; each author did a wonderful job of sharing her work. Though I had interviewed most of them before, I still learned a lot as we headed in some new directions. You can see photos above.

My only regret was all the other authors I did not get to see, but ah, that is the nature of book festivals. I was able to see Jerry Craft talk about his brilliant middle-grade graphic novel, NEW KID, which is about a young African American boy who is sent to an elite private school where he definitely is in the minority. It mirrors his own experience at Fieldston in New York City. The book has been getting raves and garnering awards, with good reason. It's so well done. Our own Austin Ruh moderated a fantasy author panel with Katherine Arden and S.A. Chakraborty, and he was great!

On Sale This Week

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of October 21st and October 28th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our reviews of three books that we featured in last Friday's Bookreporter.com Weekly Update newsletter: THE GUARDIANS, John Grisham’s latest legal thriller, in which a man who was convicted of murdering his lawyer but maintains his innocence turns to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system; OLIVE, AGAIN, the long-awaited sequel to 2008's OLIVE KITTERIDGE, in which Elizabeth Strout's beloved protagonist struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine; and DAD’S MAYBE BOOK, the first book in 17 years from Tim O’Brien, who shares wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor and rewards of raising two sons. Grisham and O'Brien factor into the history of The Book Report Network, as Carol Fitzgerald explained in Friday's newsletter.

We also encourage you to enter our Word of Mouth and Sounding Off on Audio contests for an opportunity to win some fabulous hardcovers and audiobooks. And please be sure to vote in our latest poll about October fiction titles you are planning to read.

Fall Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this fall. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Contest by Friday, October 18th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of BEFORE AND AFTER: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate, which releases on October 22nd. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Summer Reading

THANK YOU to all who subscribed to this Summer Reading newsletter and entered our contests! We appreciated your enthusiasm and participation.

This Bookreporter.com SPECIAL Summer Reading Wrap-Up newsletter brings you a look at ALL of the titles that were included in our Summer Reading feature. We shared 56(!) books with you this summer, and thank our publisher sponsors who made this possible.

Spring Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this spring. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Thursday, April 25th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE SUMMER COTTAGE by Viola Shipman, which is now available and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On title. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Winter Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book releasing in the next few months that we would like to get on your radar now. Read more about it, and enter our Winter Reading Contest by Friday, February 15th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of SAVE ME THE PLUMS: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl, which will be available on April 2nd. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Holiday Cheer

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your "to me/from me" list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Friday, December 21st at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE MARTIN CHRONICLES by John Fried, which releases on January 8th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Showcase

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights multiple books coming out this fall. Read more about them, and enter our Fall Showcase Contest by Friday, October 25th at noon ET for a chance to win one of five copies of each of the following books: THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg, THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois, A NANTUCKET CHRISTMAS by Nancy Thayer, and NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl.

20 Something Reads

It is with a heavy heart that I announce this will be my last newsletter. I’ve been with The Book Report Network for the past seven years and serving you serious (and not so serious!) pop culture and book content for the past six. If you’ve been keeping count, you’ll know that’s roughly 150 newsletters, give or take a few. Wow wow wow!