I'm delighted to share the news that THE SECRETS OF MARY BOWSER is the August book club pick for Books-A-Million.
BAM is the second largest bookstore chain in the country, with many of their more than 200 stores concentrated in the Southeast.
Thanks to BAM, readers in the states that were the heart of the Confederacy will be cozying up with a novel about a former slave turned Union spy. It means so much to me that Mary Bowser's story is touching so many Americans, 150 years after the Civil War divided us.
Last spring, I had the pleasure of going to Birmingham, Alabama and meeting with Ashley Thompson, Abby Brady, Erin Blake, and Margaret Terwey, four of the wonderful women who connect BAM customers with great reads. Michael Morris of HarperCollins (one of the many behind-the-scenes heroes in bringing my book into the world) joined us.
FYI the restaurant served up one of the best meals I've ever had. So if you're headed to Birmingham, bring an appetite. And an empty book bag.