Literary New England

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Win #HelpForTheHaunted at our super-fun #LNEChat w/John Searles!

Back in 2013 when John Searles’s Help for the Haunted was first published as a hardcover, we were soooo excited to have him as a guest on the Literary New England Radio Show! Like host Cindy Wolfe Boynton, John grew up in Connecticut, went to college at Southern Connecticut State University and has always been fascinated with internationally known ghost hunters and Connecticut residents Ed and Lorraine Warren. Cindy wrote about them several times as a reporter. And for John, they became the inspiration for Help for the Haunted's story line. So many similarities between the two! And most important, John wrote a kickin' novel that we couldn't wait to read and tell others about! So when we heard that Help for the Haunted was being released in paperback this past July, our first thought was: TWEET CHAT!!!!

From 8-9 pm this Wednesday, Sept 3, we’ll be hosting a live Tweet chat with John and giving away 3 copies of Help for the Haunted. Please join us!! Use the #LNEChat hashtag to take part, and tell everyone you know to do the same: It’s going to be terrific!

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Katy Simpson Smith, J.P. Francis, Darcie Chan & Carmela Cattuti tonite at 8 pm!

It’s new fiction hot off the press! Listen at 8 p.m. tonight, Aug 25, to win these news releases, as well as to hear the stories behind them. And if you can’t be there when we first air live, remember you can always listen to past shows in the Literary New England Radio Show archives. Our guests this week are:

  • Katy Simpson Smith on The Story of Land and Sea
  • J.P. Francis on The Major’s Daughter
  • Darcie Chan on The Mill River Redemption
  • Carmela Cattuti on Between the Cracks

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Josh Weil, Lev Grossman, Amy Belding Brown, Kristen Harnisch on the Aug 11 #LitNewEngland Radio Show!

A magical episode of the Literary New England Radio Show brought to you not from our home studio in Milford, Conn., but from the magical island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass! Settle in at 8 pm Monday, Aug. 11, for conversations with:

  • Josh Weil on The Great Glass Sea
  • Lev Grossman on The Magician’s Land
  • Amy Belding Brown on Flight of the Sparrow
  • Kristen Harnisch on The Vintner’s Daughter

Listeners can win each of these novels!

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On the Monday, Aug. 4, Literary New England Radio Show: Kimberly Elkins, Katherine Howe, Rachel Urquhart, Nadia Hashimi

For lovers of historical fiction, world issues and fascinating (and too-often little-known-about) stories from past and present, the Monday, August 4, 2014 episode of the Literary New England Radio Show is for you! Tune in at 8 p.m. for these fantastic author interviews and book giveaway:

  • Kimberly Elkins on What Is Visible
  • Katherine Howe on Conversion
  • Rachel Urquhart on The Visionist
  • Nadia Hashimi on The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

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Lit Site: The Weissmanns’ Westport

Want to see the beach cottage that Betty Weissmann and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, live in? Take a stroll on Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury avenues along the Westport, CT, shore, and pick any of the gabled-roof or picked-fenced cottages that line these adorable streets. All inspired the house in The Three Weissmanns of Westport, said author Cathleen Schine, who grew up in this beachside community.

Indeed, most of the setting of The Three Weissmanns is right there at Westport’s Compo Beach, which is bordered by both Long Island Sound and the Saugatuck River. Fans who want to visit Compo and walk where the Weissmanns do will also find at the 29-acre park a boardwalk, pavilion, concession stand, two sand volleyball courts, large wooden playscape, and bathroom facilities with lockers. The beach is adjacent to the Ned Dimes Marina and is handicapped accessible.

Additional recreational facilities include a baseball field, basketball court and skate park. No visit, however, would be complete without a stop at the two Revolutionary War-era cannons that mark the landing and departure point of British forces in 1777 and appear in The Three Weissmanns of Westport.