Bianca Zander’s THE PREDICTIONS – Out Now

From Bianca Zander, author of the acclaimed The Girl Below, comes a stunning novel of one woman’s attempt to outrun the destiny that is predicted for her, moving from a remote New Zealand commune in the waning days of 1970s free-love experimentation to the heady music scene of 1980s London. THE PREDICTIONS (William Morrow) is a mesmerizing, magical novel of fate, love, mistakes, and finding your place.
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Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the bestselling Prep, has said, “In every sense, Bianca Zander is a fantastic writer.” Of The Predictions, Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue, says, “An unforgettable novel . . . Absorbing, compassionate, and filled with gloriously flawed characters that are sure to set off book club fireworks!” 
Bianca Zander is British-born but has lived in New Zealand for the past two decades. Her first novel, The Girl Below, was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and she is the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary and the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, recognizing her as one of New Zealand’s eminent writers. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the Auckland University of Technology. You can follow Bianca on Twitter here, and visit her author site at http://www.biancazander.com

Reading and Discussion with David Gillham in NYC Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, May 5th, David Gillham will give a reading at the Anne Frank Center in New York City to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Holland. The event is part of the center’s Writing and Resistance literary series, which examines the relationship between writing, struggle, and self discovery. David will read from and discuss his bestselling City of Women—a breathtaking novel that takes readers to war-torn Berlin at the height of Nazi occupation.

On writing the novel, Gillham says, “My connection to history has always been palpable, especially to certain times and places. When I write about a place like Berlin in the 1940s, I feel like I am walking around its streets. I feel at home there, at least in my head. I think I’m especially drawn to dark periods of the past, when people were forced to make choices about whether or not they would live their lives in fear. And in particular, I write about women in the past. We have all read about how men go to war, for instance, but what about the experience of women? What wars have they fought on a daily basis? That is what led me to begin City of Women.”

The event will be held at 6:30 PM. To RSVP and purchase tickets, go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1447039

The Anne Frank Center is located at 44 Park Place. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended.

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Whole30 On NYT and Globe and Mail Bestseller Lists!

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THE WHOLE30: The 30-Day Guide To Total Health And Food Freedom by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig debuted at #2 on The New York Times advice/how-to bestseller list this week, and is #1 on the Globe and Mail self-help bestseller list! Dallas and Melissa’s first book, It Starts With Food, is #7 on the NYT list this week as well!

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Eric Blehm’s LEGEND, Charles Marsh’s STRANGE GLORY Paperback Out Today

Two stories of heroes–each quite different, but both influential and long-lasting in their efforts–are publishing today.

The first is Eric Blehm‘s LEGEND (Crown), the unforgettable account of the courageous actions of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret staff sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War.

On May 2, 1968. a twelve-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia—where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate.

When Special Forces staff sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the distress call, he jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone without hesitation. What followed would become legend in the Special Operations community. Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicop­ter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft and ran nearly 100 yards through withering enemy fire. Despite being immediately and severely wounded, Benavi­dez reached the perimeter of the decimated team, provided medical care, and proceed­ed to organize an extraordinary defense and rescue. During the hours-long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel more than thirty times, yet he refused to abandon his efforts until every survivor was out of harm’s way.

Major General John K. Singlaub, U.S. Army (ret.), commented on Legend: “I fought beside and led U.S. Special Operations soldiers, sailors, and airmen during three wars–WWII, Korea, and Vietnam–including the men [of SOG] depicted in LEGEND. Never have I read a more powerfully honest, realistic, or moving account of the war in Southeast Asia.”

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Also publishing today, in paperback, is Charles Marsh’s STRANGE GLORY (Knopf/Vintage), the story of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which has been shortlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography.

In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. From his brilliant student days in Berlin to his transformative sojourn in America, across Harlem to the Jim Crow South, and finally once again to Germany where he was called to a ministry for the downtrodden, Marsh’s masterful biography follows Bonhoeffer on his search for true fellowship and observe the development of his teachings on the shared life in Christ.

You can read more about the book on the Project for Lived Theology page.

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Strange Glory Shortlisted for PEN America Award

Charles Marsh’s STRANGE GLORY: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Knopf/Vintage) has been shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. The winner of the award will be announced on May 13. The book recently won the Christianity Today 2015 Book Award in History/Biography.

On the Project on Lived Theology site, you can read Marsh’s reflections on the recent memorial of the 70th anniversary of Bonhoeffer’s execution.

STRANGE GLORY will be out in paperback from Vintage on April 21.

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PEN Shortlist for the biography category

Rebel Yell (Scribner), S. C. Gwynne
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace (Scribner), Jeff Hobbs
Strange Glory (Alfred A. Knopf), Charles Marsh
The Queen’s Bed (Sarah Crichton Books), Anna Whitelock
Piero’s Light (Pegasus Books), Larry Witham

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