Baldacci opens Bookmarks Festival

David Baldacci had better be a man of his word, because about 1,000 fans of the No. 1 global best-selling author heard him make a vow Thursday night at the opening event of the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Reynolds Auditorium. Read more here.

David Baldacci will open Bookmarks Festival Sept. 10

David Baldacci will give the keynote speech Thursday night at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem to open the 11th Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. It will be followed by a Q&A and a book-signing. Read more here.

Conscious party: Author David Baldacci speaks at dinner and auction to bolster local literacy

“We are thrilled to have an author of David Baldacci’s caliber and popularity,” says Literacy Council of Buncombe County development director LuAnn Arena. “He will help to bring awareness to a national issue and its local impact.”  Read the article here.

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What makes a good book tour? Author Mary Louise Kelly offers her two cents.

David Baldacci to give keynote at Asheville literacy event

In David Baldacci novels, there’s always a matter of urgency with high stakes that requires bold action to resolve.

In Buncombe County, literacy is a matter of such critical importance.

According to Ashley Lasher, executive director of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County, illiteracy is a serious but somewhat hidden issue here, with 10 percent of county residents lacking basic literacy skills. To help raise awareness and funding for its literacy programs, the council is holding its eighth annual Authors for Literacy event Sept. 11 with Baldacci as the keynote speaker.

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New Literary Award Established in Honor of Mark Twain

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master’s degree from Yale University and three honorary doctorates. Now a new literary award has been established in his honor – The  Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. Read more here.

Book review (Fiction): Memory Man

Baldacci’s novels always have an emotional component, whether it’s love of family, say, or love of one’s country. But “Memory Man” stands out among his thrillers for its deeply felt — and earned — sense of catharsis and healing. Read the full review here.

Baldacci’s ‘Memory Man’ lands at No. 1

David Baldacci scores a touchdown with Memory Man (Grand Central), his latest thriller, and one that introduces a new character in a new series. Read more here.

David Baldacci’s ‘Memory Man’ is a master class in the art of the bestseller

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Books: New and noteworthy

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.