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Weekly Update

This was one crazy busy week. I drove home late last night with the sunroof open and the radio blasting, with me singing very off key. I had come from a very moving evening as we celebrated the life of Murray Bruce, who was one of my original partners in The Book Report Network, on what would have been his 77th birthday. More than 200 people gathered at Ramscale, the loft event space that he and his wife, Gail, founded. It’s set on the West Side Highway, and at one point during the evening, the sun was setting through the window on one side of the loft while the moon was rising on the other. At the centerpiece of the celebration of his life was a 40-minute tribute film that brought waves of memories washing over me. It reminded me of what an amazing person Murray was. I am not sure if I know anyone who drew people together quite like him.

On Sale This Week

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of April 22nd and April 29th 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 14th annual Mother's Day contest. From now through Wednesday, May 8th at noon ET, readers can enter to win one of our five prize packages, which includes 11 great fiction and nonfiction titles we think moms will love. Click here to read more about the books and enter the contest.

We also have two additional Bookreporter.com contests to tell you about.

Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, THE GUEST BOOK --- our latest Fiction Author Spotlight title and an upcoming Bookreporter.com Bets On pick --- is Sarah Blake's triumphant new novel that tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning. We have 35 advance copies to give away to those who would like to read the book, which releases on May 7th, and share their comments on it. Enter here by Thursday, May 2nd at noon ET.

A young outcast braves the hardships of Kentucky’s Great Depression and brings truly magical objects to her people --- books --- in our latest Women's Fiction Author Spotlight title, THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK, Kim Michele Richardson's new novel inspired by the brave women of the Pack Horse Library Project. We have 50 copies to give away to those who would like to read the book, which releases on May 7th, and share their comments on it. Enter here by Thursday, May 2nd at noon ET.

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 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 19th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of KITCHEN YARNS: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood, which releases on December 4th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Summer Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Friday, August 24th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle, which releases on September 11th and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. 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.