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 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.

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.

Light from a Distant Star is a gripping coming-of-age story with a brutal murder at its heart and a heroine as unforgettable as Harper Lee’s “Scout.” When violence erupts in the lovely Peck house, the prime suspect seems obvious. Nellie knows who the real murderer is, but is soon silenced by fear and the threat of scandal. The truth, as she sees it, is shocking and unthinkable, and with everyone’s eyes riveted on her in the courtroom, Nellie finds herself seized with doubt.

Claudia of Luxury Reading calls The Countess “a MUST-read for anyone interested in the Bathory story. From the very first page to the last, The Countess captivates, dominates and subjugates its readers with a twisted tale of love, murder, history and familial legacies not easily put from the mind after reading. Brilliantly horrible.”