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BTN Update: Roy Blount, Richard Russo & A Cursing Mommy

Our launch of Booktalk Nation, a service that organizes nationwide phone-in author talks hosted by independent bookstores, continues this week with a full slate of events.

Help spread the word: forward this message on to let friends know that they can dial in Thursday evening to participate in Roy Blount’s interview of Ian Frazier and order The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days. Mr. Frazier will cheerfully inscribe books for the cursing mommies and daddies on their gift lists. Roy Blount will inscribe Alphabetter Juice for readers who purchase the book through Booktalk Nation this week.

This week’s lineup of phone-in author talks (all start 7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific):

Tuesday, Dec. 4th: Children’s author Ann Haywood Leal discusses A Finders-Keepers Place and My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places.

Wednesday, Dec. 5th: David Abrams, a 20-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, discusses his satiric war novel Fobbitwith Sarah Bird.

Thursday, Dec. 6th: Ian Frazier with Roy Blount Jr. The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days.

Books available for inscription through this week:

Alphabetter Juice, by Roy Blount Jr. Fulfillment handled by Crawford Doyle Booksellers, New York City.

The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, by Ian Frazier. Fulfillment handled by Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, NJ, which Hurricane Sandy recently shuttered for nearly two weeks.

A Finders-Keepers Place, by Ann Haywood Leal. Fulfillment handled by Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT, another indie shuttered by the hurricane for nearly two weeks.

Fobbit, by David Abrams. Fulfillment handled by Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT.

The Gap Year, by Sarah Bird. Fulfillment handled by BookPeople in Austin, TX.

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, by D.T. Max. Fulfillment handled by Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, NJ.

For the next few months, Booktalk Nation will be hosting up to three events per week, though no events will be scheduled near the holidays. We expect to increase the number of events as more bookstores sign on as hosts.

Authors don’t need to be members of the Authors Guild to promote a book through Booktalk Nation, but they will need to have a traditional brick-and-mortar bookstore host their talk. (Bookstores set up talks through their Booktalk Nation accounts.) If you have a new book — or will have one soon — and would like to be on the list for prospective Booktalk Nation events, please use the form on this page.

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