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Any Crafters Out There? Vampire Knits for Halloween

And now for something completely different . . . a knitting book! We’re thinking some of you RIFers out there might be crafters, and our friends at CrafterNews have generously offered copies of Genevieve Miller’s Vampire Knits, just in time for Halloween! Surrender to the allure of knits inspired by the immortals we all love to fear. If you adore Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries, this collection of 28 imaginative and beautiful projects is sure to captivate. And we’re excited to offer another special book for giveaway this week (hint: Martha Stewart).

Critics Rave Good for Book Clubs

Critics Rave about Bonnie Nadzam’s Debut Novel Lamb

Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest.

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Bestselling Novelist Lisa Unger on Writing as Lisa Miscione

“I am delighted that these early novels, which I published under my maiden name, Lisa Miscione, have found a new life on the shelves and a new home with the stellar team at Broadway Books,” says Lisa Unger, bestselling author of Darkness, My Old Friend. “I know a lot of authors wish their early books would just disappear, because they’ve come so far as writers since they first began their careers. And I understand that, because we would all go back and rewrite everything if we could. But I have a special place in my heart for these flawed, sometimes funny, complicated characters and their wild, action-packed stories.”

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Winners of The Night Strangers Sweepstakes

Congratulations to the winners of the very special sweepstakes for Chris Bohjalian’s new novel The Night Strangers, brought to you by Read It Forward and the farm families who own Vermont’s Cabot Creamery! Winners were chosen at random from among over 10,000 entries. Thank you to all the RIFers who entered, thank you to Cabot Creamery for partnering with Read It Forward, and thank you to Chris Bohjalian for everything he does to get his bestselling, award-winning novels into the hands of readers across the country.

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Read It Forward Community Survey

RIFers! We’re glad you’re here. Our community of readers has grown so much over the past year, we figured it’s time that we get to know a bit more about you. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to answer our short survey about what you read most, where you get your books, and what you want from Read It Forward. We’d like to thank you for your time, and what better way to do that than with great reads! It’s easy to enter for a chance to win. (1) Take our survey. (2) Email us at readitforward@randomhouse.com with the subject line “I Read It Forward.” We’ll enter you for a chance to win a fabulous BOX O’ BOOKS.

Meet the Author Good for Book Clubs

Q&A with Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian

Read It Forward interviews bestselling author Chris Bohjalian, who reveals why he chose to write a ghost story and how he approached writing his characters. “I tended to approach my ghosts with the same basic criteria I have for my breathing characters,” he tells us. “If presented with certain stimuli, how will they respond? What will they do, given who they are? That was what I was thinking about most often. I wanted their behavior to make sense to readers.” He also shares his adventures researching his latest novel The Night Strangers, which included experiencing an underwater simulated plane crash! RIFers in book groups: be sure to enter our very special sweepstakes for The Night Strangers, brought to you by Read It Forward and Cabot Creamery.

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Bestselling Biographer Marc Eliot on Steve McQueen

New York Times bestselling author, acclaimed biographer, and film historian Marc Eliot captures the complexity of Hollywood screen legend Steve McQueen. Chronicling McQueen’s tumultuous life both on and off the screen, from his hardscrabble childhood to his rise to Hollywood superstar status, to his struggles with alcohol and drugs and his fervor for racing fast cars and motorcycles, Eliot discloses intimate details of McQueen’s three marriages, including his tumultuous relationships with Neile Adams and Ali MacGraw, as well as his numerous affairs.