Over 3 Million Copies Sold

August 1, 2004

Since The Secret Life of Bees was published in 2002, approximately three and a half million copies of the hardcover and paperback have been sold.

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International Award Nominee

July 1, 2004

The Secret Life of Bees has been nominated for the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. An initiative of the city of Dublin, Ireland, the award seeks to acknowledge a novel of high literary merit written in or translated into the English language.

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Bees Number One Book Club Choice

June 1, 2004 reports that The Secret Life of Bees is the favorite pick among book groups. Voices of more than 2,400 book group members across the U.S. were represented in a survey conducted online at between January and March, 2004. The Secret Life of Bees was in first place followed by The DaVinci Code. If…

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The Secret Life of Bees Performed on Stage

May 1, 2004

The American Place Theater presented The Secret Life of Bees on stage in New York City April 27. The evening was a Gala Benefit featuring a one-woman performance by Denise Wilbanks, adapted and directed by Wynn Handman. Costumes were designed by Academy Award winning costume designer Ann Roth. Sue Monk Kidd was presented with the…

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Sue Monk Kidd Picks Today Show Book Club Selection

April 1, 2004

Sue Monk Kidd chose Stephanie Kallos’ debut novel Broken For You as the December selection for The Today Show Book Club. Each month The Today Show invites a well known author to pick a book for their book club. Sue announced her selection on the show December 14, 2004. She appeared on the live segment…

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Rhode Island Reads The Secret Life of Bees

March 1, 2004

The Secret Life of Bees has been chosen as the 2004 state read for Rhode Island.

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Sue Monk Kidd Appears on the Hallmark Channel

February 1, 2004

Sue appeared on the television show “New Morning” on the Hallmark Channel April 27, 2004. The profile piece took place at Sue’s home in South Carolina and focused on ways that Sue seeks “to nurture her spirit.” The segment included her husband, Sandy and her black lab, Lily.

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Publication News from Other Countries

January 1, 2004

The Secret Life Of Bees has been published in 21 countries including: the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Holland, Greece, Poland, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, South Korea, Turkey, Croatia, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Taiwan and the Slovak Republic.

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The Boeke Prize

May 1, 2003

The Secret Life of Bees is a finalist for the 2003 Boeke Prize for fiction, which is South Africa’s top literary prize.

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SEBA Book Award Winner for 2003

April 1, 2003

The Secret Life of Bees is the winner of the 2003 SEBA Book of the Year Award for fiction. The award is given annually by the Southeastern Booksellers Association, and according to its Executive Director, honors a novel of exceptional merit that is set in the South or by a Southerner. Finalists were: The Heaven…

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