top of page
Maryann McFadden
Maryann McFadden

Sat, Apr 01


Howling Basset Books

Maryann McFadden

The Book Lover

Registration is closed
See other events

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Howling Basset Books, 39 Old Turnpike Rd, Oldwick, NJ 08858, USA


About the event

Maryann McFadden’s unusual publishing journey has inspired many readers and writers. How does a book end up in your hands? How does it begin in a writer’s imagination and go through that crazy and often perilous journey to land on a bookshelf? Maryann has met with many book clubs and realized that most people have no idea! The publishing world, along with the writing world, is a bit of a mystery to most. But not anymore. Maryann will entertain and delight you with her own unusual publishing journey, fraught with ups and downs like any good novel, where she learned all sides of the book world. Whether you’re a reader, an aspiring author, or just like a good tale, you’re sure to enjoy hearing about THE BOOK LOVER.


In 2007 Maryann McFadden “won the literary lottery” according to writing

blogs when her previously self-published novel, THE RICHEST SEASON, sold at

auction to Hyperion Books. It became a Target Breakout Novel and an Indie Next

Pick by the American Booksellers Association. Her next 2 novels, CAPE COD

LIGHT and THE BOOK LOVER are also Indie Next Picks. Her 4th novel, THE

CEMETERY KEEPER’S WIFE,  is a historical novel set in her NJ hometown and has

become a book club sensation. It is a novel she believes she was destined to write.

Maryann’s books have been translated into multiple languages and her unusual

publishing journey has inspired many aspiring authors. You can reach her at


In The Book Lover, a charming bookshop in the village of Warwick, New York, the

best stories may not be in the pages of its books, but in the lives of the people

who walk through its doors. Owner Ruth Hardaway has been handselling books in

her store, The Book Lover, for years. Her gift isn’t just finding the right books for

her quirky cast of patrons, it’s also helping them to navigate the unexpected

chapters in their own lives. When author Lucy Barrett lands on her doorstep for a

book signing, only to collapse in a meltdown, Ruth is about to become a heroine in

a story she never could have imagined. As for Lucy, who’s left a terrible betrayal

behind, she’s about to encounter a plot twist she couldn’t have written when

Ruth’s son, a disabled vet who rescues injured raptors, causes her to question

everything she thought she wanted.

American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick and an Indie Bookstore Favorite!

"Oh, what a feast for book lovers! McFadden mines bookstores, writers' lives,

publishing, and the rocky terrain of the human heart with equal grace and aplomb.

The Book Lover is wise, knowing, and totally wonderful."

 --Caroline Leavitt, NYTimes Bestselling Author of Pictures of You

"Maryann McFadden takes you into the hearts and souls of two ordinary women, a

writer and a bookseller, who find the courage to pursue their dreams, and the men

they love. The Book Lover is unforgettable." 

--Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Heartfelt and richly woven, Maryann McFadden's latest tells the story of love lost

- and found again in an unexpected place. It's a valentine to book lovers." 

--Sarah Pekkanen, NY Times Bestselling Author

Share this event

bottom of page