Thursday, April 12 at 6 PM

Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at Off Square Books

129 Courthouse Square

Oxford, MS 38655

662-236-2828 TEL

*Talk/Read, Q&A, Signing



Friday, April 13 at 6:30 PM

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14

Nashville, TN 37215

615-953-2243 TEL

*In conversation with TK, Q&A, Signing



Saturday, April 14 at 2 PM

FoxTale Book Shoppe

105 E Main St

Woodstock, GA 30188

770-516-9989 TEL

*In conversation with TK, Q&A, Signing



Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM

Point Street Reading Series

@ Bayberry Beer Hall

381 W Fountain St

Providence, RI 02903

*Format TK, Signing



Saturday, May 5 at TBD PM

Broward Public Library Foundation’s 2018 Literary Feast

Address TK

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

*Details TK



Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM

Literature Lovers’ Night Out

Hosted by Excelsior Bay Books

@ Trinity Episcopal Church

322 2nd St

Excelsior, MN 55331

952-401-0932 STORE

*Ticketed event with Jenny Milchman, Marie Benedict, and Amy Reichert, Signing



Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM

Literature Lovers’ Night Out

Hosted by Valley Bookseller

@ The Grand Banquet Hall

301 2nd St S

Stillwater, MN 55082

651-430-3385 STORE

*Ticketed event with Jenny Milchman, Marie Benedict, and Amy Reichert, Signing




I’m excited to share that you’ve been invited to speak at ALA Midwinter 2018 in Denver! Have you attended an ALA conference in the past? If not, as a bit of background, this one is the American Library Association’s annual meeting, which draws thousands of leaders in the library industry for exhibits, author stages, signings, and other events. For authors, this is of course a fantastic way to build great buzz among librarians from across the country and to get face time with some very influential people from the library industry.

You’ve been invited to participate in the Author Luncheon on Saturday, February 10 from 12:30-1:30 PM. Five authors will each speak for about 10 minutes each with a galley signing to follow. The audience will be approximately 100 librarian influencers and library press (invited by invitation only). Past participating authors include Colson Whitehead, Anita Shreve, Elizabeth Kostova, Karen Dionne, Fiona Davis, and Jamie Ford. Might this work for your schedule? Putnam would of course cover all travel expenses and handle logistics, and we could discuss more about the format, speaking points, etc. in the coming months.


Second, as I mentioned, we’re interested in sending you out on the road about 6 weeks before publication for a bit of an anointment tour now that you’re with us at Putnam. I’m sure Sally has told you about how excited our sales team is about CHARLIE OUTLAW, and they’re eager to get you back in front of some booksellers with bookseller dinners in key markets. We haven’t yet drilled down on logistics but for now, I’m wondering when you might be able to travel for 4-5 days, ideally in March? Would you want to try to do this during UC’s Spring Break (week of March 12)? Or would one-off trips work better for your teaching schedule?








In the tradition of Zoe Heller’s What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, The New Neighbor is a darkly sophisticated novel about an old woman’s curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor’s complicated and cloaked life. Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley is content hiding from the world. Stoic and independent, she rarely leaves the Tennessee mountaintop where she lives, finding comfort in the mystery novels that keep her company, that is, until she spots a woman who’s moved into the long-empty house across the pond. Jennifer Young is also looking to hide. On the run from her old life, she and her four-year-old son Milo have moved to a quiet town where no one from her past can find her. In Jennifer, Margaret sees both a potential companion in her loneliness and a mystery to be solved. But Jennifer refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father, or her past. Frustrated, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries in pursuit of the truth, threatening to unravel the new life Jennifer has so painstakingly created—and reveal some secrets of her own.


The New Neighbor

"One of the protagonists of Leah Stewart's new novel, The New Neighbor, reads mystery novels, and only mystery novels, but she is a snob about them: she only wants to read the best. Well, she would love, love, love The New Neighbor, which is as tense and as tough-minded and as ingeniously structured as our best mystery novels, and our best literary novels, too. A major new book by one of our most psychologically astute writers." (Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World)

“Stewart's prose is remarkable for its well-shaped sentences and nonshowy but sharp observations. Quietly incisive.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“In simple, elegant language, Leah Stewart draws us to a little pond hidden away in the mountains of Tennessee…Stewart never relaxes her tight focus on these complex characters.”
— New York Times Book Review

“A gripping meditation on the nature of truth, love and identity.”
— Cincinnati CityBeat

“Stewart deftly writes about the nuances of friendship and motherhood, as well as the past’s unpleasant ability to take over the present.
— BookPage

“Responsibility and atonement lie at the heart of Stewart’s intricately meditative novel, which shows just how deeply a person must dig in order to uncover the truth about one’s self and those one loves. Keenly engrossing and multilayered.”
— Booklist

“Stewart's prose is remarkable for its well-shaped sentences and nonshowy but sharp observations. Quietly incisive.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“A promising exploration of the secrets we all carry and our refusal to forgive ourselves.”
—Publishers Weekly

“As tense and as tough-minded and as ingeniously structured as our best mystery novels, and our best literary novels, too. A major new book by one of our most psychologically astute writers.
Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World

The History of Us

“A sprawling novel with some of the off-kilter charm of Anne Tyler’s work, The History of Us glows with affection for its wounded, familiar characters.” (Boston Globe)

“Touching drama . . . Faced with urgent choices, Eloise and the grown kids react with varying degrees of wisdom and pigheadedness, but as Stewart tenderly demonstrates, they remain – for better or worse – a family.” (People)

“Stewart’s novel reminds us how family ties trump all else.” (Parenting Magazine)
"Charming. . . Stewart weaves a smart, redemptive tale of maturation." (Star Tribune)
“Domestic fiction fans favoring strong, intelligent characters will be intrigued by Stewart’s introspective examination of a family.” (Library Journal)

“Stewart is a wonderful observer of family relationships, and she adroitly weaves the stories of Eloise and the children she’s raised—their work, their loves, their disappointments and dreams—while focusing on what ties families together, and what ultimately keeps those ties from breaking.” (BookPage)

"With a playwright’s precise, sometimes excoriating dialogue and an insightful novelist’s judicious use of interior monologue, Stewart crafts a tearful yet unsentimental family coming-of-age story." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A poignant exploration of the meaning of family…the life they’ve lived was as much a gift as the life they lost.” (Booklist)

“Stewart’s novel is an intimate exploration of a family in crisis and the different ways in which people cope with grief.” (Publishers Weekly)

"The History of Us stays the course and shows how a family negotiates through a particular crisis. Leah Stewart seems to love her characters even when they are not especially lovable, and gives them space and time enough to grow and change." (

“Stewart portrays the yearning and conflict of very recognizable people. . . . [She] makes the reader care about these good people — and applaud as each finally dares to break out of familial inertia, to act instead of yearn. . . . Like her mentors Eliot and Austen, Stewart explores the delicate dilemmas of family life: balancing loyalty and self-interest, giving and receiving joy and sorrow, achieving togetherness and separateness.” (Washington Independent)

“Leah Stewart possesses magic. It is awe-inspiring to see how clearly and sensitively she presents the numerous ways her characters are broken and then finds a way to offer some hope of healing. With the family at the heart of The History of Us, Stewart shows that she is unafraid of difficult characters and that she is equally unafraid of making sure they matter to us.” (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)
"Tender and compelling, The History of Us explores how we define our family and who, ultimately, we are both with and without them. These characters and their stories stuck with me long after the final page, and Leah Stewart proves once again that she is a master of understanding the complexity of human nature." (Allison Winn Scotch, author of The Song Remains the Same and Time of My Life)

"Leah Stewart plunges deep into questions of home and heart. The History of Us is a lovely novel. Just lovely.” (Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle)

"This narrative voice is so alive. . . . I cherish this wry, funny, aching, intelligent character and this book!” (Marisa de los Santos, author of Falling Together)

“A genuine and heartwarming story about the complicated thing we call family, and what it means to be home. I laughed. I cried. And I was very sorry to turn the last page.” (Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters)

"A deeply human book: funny, tender, smart, self-aware." (Elin Hilderbrand, author of Silver Girl)

The Myth of You and Me

“Leah Stewart captures, as few other writers do, the passions and pains and pleasures of friendship. Anyone who has ever lost or found a friend will respond to this beautifully written and suspenseful novel.” (Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona)

“The Myth of You and Me deftly exposes the passionate and particular bonds of female friendship, from adolescence to adulthood. Poignant, fierce, and compelling, this is a story all women will recognize, and one all too rarely told.” (Claire Messud, author of Hunters and The Last Life)

“Full of genuine feeling–and gripping, too–this book about a friendship between two women announces that Leah Stewart is a marvelous writer.” (Ann Packer, author of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier)

“Wrapped up with a zinger of a twist, the suspenseful tale moves rapidly and finishes on a satisfying note. In other words, it’s got lots of imagination, plenty of excitement, and a pinch of truth.” (

“A smart, exceedingly well-written story about the mysteries at the heart of even the most intimate friendships between women. You’ll be reading into the wee hours.” (People)

“Stewart peers into the complicated heart of friendship in a moving second novel . . . The book is heartfelt and its characters believable jigsaw puzzles of insecurities, talents, and secrets."   Publishers Weekly

“Stewart uses an honest and effective narrative style . . . The Myth of You and Me is a bold and compassionate novel. Her utterly believable portrayal of friendship unflinchingly illustrates the harsh ugliness of betrayal and love's power to transform and define us.”  The Journal-Standard

“Stewart's writing is sharp and observant, making this tale of the complexities of friendship affecting and genuine.”  Booklist (starred review)

“Incandescently beautiful passages about the challenges awaiting young women as they come of age . . . The story, filled with secrets and treasures, is a well-executed, compelling look at attraction, love, and trust.”  Library Journal 



Let's not bother with the stories, except that I have a more recent one from an online journal we can link to:

Where do you think interviews and other links should go? I don't know that it's worthwhile to try to separate them by book, the way they are now.