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Cover reveal!

Today we are announcing the cover reveal of our latest book, The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years! edited by Susan Cushman, Introduction by Kathy L. Murphy, Foreward by Robert Hicks, Afterword by Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director of The Pat Conroy Literary Center, Cover by Artist/Author, Nicole Seitz, and published by Brother Mockingbird.

In 2020, the Pulpwood Queens—and their male counterparts, the Timber Guys—are celebrating twenty years as the world’s largest meeting-and-discussing bookclub, with over 750 local clubs internationally. The fact that many of these women also wear tiaras, leopard prints, and bright pink to their meetings gives us a peek into their exuberant love for life, which is reflected in their love for books and each other. This collection of essays by authors, book club members, and supporters of the Queens, is a love letter to the founder and director, Kathy L. Murphy, and an ode to the written word and the place that literature and reading play in all of our lives.

Dedication to Tiajuana Andersson Neel – Kathy L. Murphy

Introduction – Kathy L. Murphy

Foreward: Robert Hicks

Contributing Writers and Authors are:

Christa Allen

Johnnie Bernhard

Tamra Bolton

Lea Anne Brandon

Missy Buchanan

Julie Cantrell

Tracy Lea Carnes

Kathryrn Casey

Stephanie Chance

Judy Christie

Tim Conroy

Christopher Cook

Michelle Cox

Susan Cushman

Patricia V. Davis

Sarah Dahman

Jessica Brooks Dougherty

Sharon Feldt

Jamie Ford

Joe Formichella

Claire Fullerton

Connor Garrett

Echo Montgomery Garrett

Peter Golden

Mark Green

Jim Grimsley

Jennie Helderman

Mary Ann Henry

Kathy Hepinstall and Becky Hepinstall

Betty Herndon

Laurel Davis Huber

Suzanne Hudson

Alexandra Jenkins

River Jordan

Cassandra King

Bobbi Kornblit

Betty Koval

Kasey Kowars

Caroline Leavitt

Marjorie Herrera Lewis

Judithe Little

Bren McLain

Fletcher Hale

Laura Lane McNeal

Susan Marquez

Michael Morris

Jennifer Mueller

Tiajuana Anderson Neel

Janet Oakley

P. Adrianne Pamplin

Susan Peterson

Gregory Erich Phillips

Sandra Phillips

Rickey E. Pittman

Terry Pursell

Alyson Richmond

Paul Roberson

Rebecca Rosenberg

Clare Sera

Brownie Shott and Jonni Webb

Shari Stauch

Kathryn Taylor

Heidi Surber Teichgraeber

Helen Thompson

Jo Anne Tidwell

Carolyn Turgeon

Barbara Claypole White

Reavis Wortham

Afterword: Jonathan Haupt

“The Pulpwood Queens Celebrate 20 Years” will be The Pulpwood Queens Official January 2020 Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selection. You can read all about The Pulpwood Queens, how to join their book club and attend their Girlfriend Weekend at

“Kathy Murphy and her Pulpwood Queens are a source of much-need inspiration and big-heartedness in the world of books and book clubs. The here are as wise as they are entertaining, a testament to living large and joyfully in a sisterhood of storytelling.” —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Rain.

“Part book club meeting, part costume party, part come-as-you-are, the Pulpwood Queens annual Girlfriend Weekend is an extravaganza none who’ve ever attended will forget. This 20th anniversary commemorative book is like Girlfriend Weekend itself—a warm, wise, tender celebration of friends, reading, and all the ways books bring us together.” —Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

“The Pulpwood Queens is one of those cultural phenomena that you have to participate in to completely understand. But this book does the next best thing. Put on some pink and enjoy.”—Jamie Ford, New York Times Bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“In this collection you can be a part of the Pulpwood Queens’ energy and friendship, their unabashed love for the written word, and the full glory of a party to celebrate it all. Come along, join me and meet some of my friends in this collection of essays about the indomitable Pulpwood Queens.”—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of fourteen novels, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis – The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, and a contemporary novel, The Favorite Daughter

For more information on this book and to pre-order your copies contact Melissa Carrigee of Brother Mockingbird at, website

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