Monica Wood, writer
I've been dusting and cleaning my website, so you'll find some new things here in the coming weeks. No blog, but you can follow me on Facebook.
To arrange a speaking engagement, please contact Authors Unbound at email@example.com or call at (541) 797-2217.
NEWS: More details are arriving in regard to my forthcoming novel. Looks like the pub date will be spring 2023 (maybe March, maybe May). The book will come out in hardcover from Mariner Books, which was formerly the trade-paperback division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, my former publisher, which was sold to Harpercollins. Publishing is a big dysfunctional merry-go-round and it's hard to keep track, and I'm lucky to still have a seat on one of the prettiest horses.
Also new is an anniversary edition of Ernie's Ark, which includes an additional story that didn't make it into the original, and a slightly new title: Ernie's Ark: The Abbott Falls Stories. I love the cover -- a colorized photo of the paper mill in my hometown of Mexico, Maine. You can get it directly from Godine.com or anywhere else where books are sold! With many thanks to Josh Bodwell and the good folks at Godine.
FANS OF BETTY: Many of my readers ask about my sister Betty, who appeared in my memoir, When We Were the Kennedys. Betty died on June 20, 2018, in the embrace of her adoring sisters. She blessed our family for 67 years, and I am grateful. At her service we gave everyone in the packed church a symbolic stone, asked them to perform an act of kindness to honor Betty's life of kindness, and then keep the stone in a visible spot as a reminder of the long reach of seemingly small gestures. We also lost our brother, Barry, in December 2020--another blow for a close family. But we are still grateful for all we have and all we are to each other.
You can follow this (link) to a piece I wrote about Betty for Oprah Magazine. The original title was "Big Sister, Little Sister"; the magazine version (November 2011) title was "What Betty Knows"; and the online version on oprah.com shows up with yet another title. Also, here is a video of Betty's interview with her idol, anchorwoman Kim Block, (link), which aired after I published an essay on their friendship in Yankee Magazine.
VIDEOS: Here is a video I shot at my UK publisher: (link). And here's one from Bates College after they picked When We Were the Kennedys as their "common read": (link). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt produced this YouTube video of me discussing the memoir: (link), and my husband has a play list of other appearances on his YouTube channel (link).
CURRENTLY READING: Heft by Liz Moore. Wow.
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Thanks for visiting the site, and come back soon! I don't blog, but you can find me on Facebook, and I do answer all my email.