January 2019, Vol. 6


In This Issue...

  1. Recent Releases
  2. Book Events
  3. Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcasts

Read ON!

Welcome to WFWA's reader-focused newsletter, Read ON!

Check your inbox the last Wednesday of every month for new women's fiction books you'll want to read!

Check out our series of author-interview podcasts!

Debut Author Podcasts

Quick links to past episodes:

Romalyn Tilghman (To the Stars Through Difficulties)

Heather Frimmer (Bedside Manners)

Denitta Ward (Somewhere Still)

Marianne Hansen (The Unscripted Life of Lizzy Dillinger)

Find Great Books on Goodreads

Did you know all of the women’s fiction books by WFWA members are on a Goodreads shelf?  You can find them here.

Click on any of the covers below to see that book on Goodreads! 

Recent Releases

We now have a special Monthly Highlights shelf on Goodreads, where you can get full information on the books listed below. Thanks for reading, reviewing, and sharing with your friends!

True Places by Sonja Yoerg

A harried mother, Suzanne, finds a near-feral girl, Iris, alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway. Suzanne rescues Iris, and invites her into her home, which is already strained by difficult teenagers and an ambitious husband. Iris' independence, love of solitude, and discomfort with materialism contrast with suburban life, and these qualities awaken a fascination in Suzanne, then a longing. Will she save Iris, or is Iris the one who will save her?

For more information, please visit Sonja's website.  

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn't know she had, she discovers how some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. Take an emotional journey through time—from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to Michigan's Underground Railroad during the Civil War—to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.

For more information, please visit Erin's website

The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart

In this masterful new novel, set in 1950s North Carolina by the acclaimed author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree, twelve-year-old Sonny Creech, an unforgettable young heroine with the uncanny gift of divining water, comes of age on her family’s cotton farm in a segregated and bigoted South, in this moving story of family love tested to its limits.

For more information, please visit Donna's website.

Plan Your Literary Year: Book Events to Look For

Connect with your favorite women's fiction authors at events around the country—check out the options below, sorted by geographical region.

For more information, see the complete list of events from the American Writers Museum.


Allegheny Regional Festival of Books, PA

Battleboro Literary Festival, VT

Woodstock Bookfest, NY

Boston Book FestivalMA

New York Book FestivalNY


Baltimore Book FestivalMD

Fall for the BookVA

Gaithersburg Book FestivalMD

National Book FestivalDC

Virginia Festival of the BookVA


Alabama Book FestivalAL

North Carolina Book Festival

Key West Literary SeminarFL

Louisiana Book FestivalLA

Savannah Book FestivalGA


Kansas Book Festival, KS

South Dakota Festival of BooksSD

Unbound Book FestivalMO

Nebraska Book Festival, NE

Buckeye Book Fair, OH


Detroit Book City, MI

Printers Row Lit Fest, IL

Wordplay by The Loft, MN

Twin Cities Book FestivalMN

Wisconsin Book FestivalWI 


San Antonio Book Festival, TX

Tuscon Festival of BooksAZ

Utah Humanities Book FestivalUT

Texas Book FestivalTX

Vegas Valley Book FestivalNV


Hawai’i Book and Music FestivalHI

Literary Women, The Long Beach Festival of AuthorsCA

Bay Area Book Festival, CA

Portland Book Festival, OR

EWU Presents Get Lit! FestivalWA


Hear Us Roar! Debut Author Podcasts

WFWA member Erin Bartels is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, poet, and photographer in between. Her debut novel, We Hope for Better Things, released in January 2019 from Revell Books. It will be followed in September 2019 with The Words between Us, which was a finalist for the 2015 RISING STAR Award.

Find her on Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites. Her weekly podcast, Your Face Is Crooked, drops on Monday mornings.

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Kerstin March, Vice-President, Communications | [email protected]

Lainey Cameron, Vice-President, Programs | [email protected]

Robin Facer, Editor, Read ON! | [email protected]