And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

Don’t worry, we’re not about to shout-out to our authors via reindeer naming, as St. Nick does in this classic rhyme. On the other hand, the past two weeks have brought us various bits of wonderful news that bears announcing– what better time than on the night we bid a (professional) farewell to 2011?

You may have seen the press releases for “World Book Night”– an exciting event which will take place next year on Shakespeare’s birthday: April 23rd. On this day alone, made possible by the collaborative efforts of publishers, authors, and 50,000 volunteers…ONE MILLION BOOKS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY. A panel of bookseller and librarians have chosen only 30 titles– each of which will be printed in a special edition for this particular purpose. The goal of this day is to reach out to readers who may need a free book to get their reading muscle back in shape. It was a massive success in the UK, and we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that PEACE LIKE A RIVER (by Leif Enger) and Q IS FOR QUARRY (by Sue Grafton) are among the 30 chosen!

In other news:

Judy Blundell, whose latest book is written under her frequent penname “Jude Watson” has landed on the Indie Bestseller List with her contribution to the 39 Clues series, A KING’S RANSOM! Originally reported by our friends over at GalleyCat. Congrats, Judy!

Bo Caldwell’s second novel, THE CITY OF TRANQUIL LIGHT, has won the INSPY award for literature that grapples with expressions of Christian faith. Congrats to Bo! And you can read further here.

Alison Espach made two Best of 2011 lists for her debut novel, published last March, THE ADULTS! Wall Street Journal included it in their Top Ten Fiction and Library Journal chose the audiobook version of it for their list! Hooray!

Sheri Holman has a double-whammy of lists as well– her latest novel WITCHES ON THE ROAD TONIGHT was honored by both the Boston Globe and the Toronto Globe and Mail for their round-ups of best fiction from this year. Some fierce competitors this year!

And the folks over at Bookpage (who, let it be said, really do know their stuff) honored two of this year’s debut authors from our stable. David Rowell, for his novel THE TRAIN OF SMALL MERCIES, is included in a phenomenal group of selected “Best Titles” and…

Haley Tanner, the author of VACLAV & LENA, shares visual real estate with the colorful array of “Best Book Jackets”. Bookpage, we like your style!

To all of those reading, we here at The Friedrich Agency send you our warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and literary holiday season!

(And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap…)

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