Do book tours sell books? Maybe not, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time.

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.

Inside the Office of a Best-Selling Author

If it weren’t considered the federal government’s factory town, Washington might be known as a literary capital. But never mind—the two are interrelated: The intrigue that happens here daily is a fine muse for novelists, in particular David Baldacci. The author, who lives in Northern Virginia, has produced one bestseller after another, dating back to Absolute Power in 1996. He wrote his latest, Memory Man—as he did some two dozen of his 30 novels—in this cozy nook in a nondescript office park off Fairfax County Parkway in Reston.

Watch: ‘Wish You Well’ exclusive trailer

Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn stars as a kind but tough Virginia landowner in Wish You Well, which debuts its trailer on USA TODAY. The film will be released on June 2. Read more here.

Who You’ll See at the National Book Festival

David Baldacci is just one of more than 100 celebrated authors who will appear at this fall’s National Book Festival, a 12-hour literary extravaganza in the nation’s capital that draws close to 200,000 people. Read more here.