Cities Reading Bees

July 1, 2005

The Secret Life of Bees has been a successful and popular pick for city-wide, one-book reading programs. These programs, which originated at the Seattle Public Library, began with the idea of bringing people together around the same book. Cities that have read The Secret Life of Bees together have sponsored creative programs, including public book…

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Lincoln Center Reading

May 1, 2005

On May 16, 2005 Sue Monk Kidd read from her novel The Mermaid Chair at the Lincoln Center in New York as part of “A Gala Evening of Readings”. The event was a benefit for Literacy Partners and “a celebration of the power of the written word.” The other three readers were Edward P. Jones,…

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Bees and Mermaid Copies in Print

April 1, 2005

There are presently over 4.5 million copies of The Secret Life of Bees in print in the U.S. , and over 850,000 hardback copies of The Mermaid Chair in print.

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Book Club Selections

March 1, 2005

The Mermaid Chair has been chosen as the main selection of the Book of the Month Club and featured alternate of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club.

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International Publication of The Mermaid Chair

February 1, 2005

The Mermaid Chair will be translated and published in the following countries: UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Brazil, Israel, France, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Greece, Indonesia and Holland.

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Bees for Spanish-Speaking Readers

January 1, 2005

La Vida Secreta de Las Abejas, a Spanish edition of The Secret Life of Bees is to be published April 5, 2005.

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Bees Wins Book Sense 2004 Book of the Year in paperback

October 1, 2004

The Secret Life of Bees was awarded the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year in paperback on June 4 at BOOK EXPO AMERICA in Chicago. The award is presented annually by Book Sense, a national organization of independent booksellers. Jane Pauley presented the award to Sue. In her comments, Sue expressed gratitude to “booksellers…

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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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