Best-Seller Endurance Runners

June 1, 2006

The April 14th 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly reports the five longest running novels since 1980 on Publisher’s Weekly best-seller list. The Secret Life of Bees comes in #5, having logged 145 weeks on the list. The rest of the top five are (in order) The Bridges of Madison County, The Da Vinci Code, The…

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Best Seller Lists

April 1, 2006

Two weeks after its paperback publication, The Mermaid Chair is #1 on Book Sense, #1 on the Washington Post, #2 on USA Today, and #5 on the New York Times best seller list.

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New Spiritual Memoir

March 1, 2006

Sue has signed a contract with Riverhead Books for a new spiritual memoir to be cowritten with her thirty year old daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. They describe the book, which is yet to be titled, as a ‘mother-daughter, spiritual, travel memoir.’ It will tell the story of a series of pilgrimages that Sue and Ann…

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Longest Running Bestsellers

February 1, 2006

Both The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees were among the top three longest-running bestsellers at Publisher’s Weekly in 2005. Mermaid was # 3 in hardcover fiction with 24 weeks on the bestseller list and Bees was #2 in trade paperback fiction at 48 weeks on the list.

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Library Award

January 1, 2006

The Southeastern Library Association (SELA) has chosen The Secret Life of Bees as their Fiction Award winner for 2005 . The award will be presented at the organization’s biennial conference April 6 , 2006.

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National Cathedral Video

October 1, 2005

Sue spoke before an audience of more than 800 at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on the Black Madonna in The Secret Life of Bees. Watch the video here.

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The Mermaid Chair Wins Quill Award

October 1, 2005

Sue Monk Kidd received the Quill Award for her novel The Mermaid Chair at an award ceremony in New York, October 11, 2005. The award was presented to Sue by novelist Erica Jong. The ceremony, televised as a one hour special on NBC October 22, included award presentations to authors in nineteen categories. The Mermaid…

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Television Movie

September 1, 2005

The Mermaid Chair, is being adapted as an original TV movie for Lifetime Television. Randy Robinson of Randwell Productions is Executive Producer and Suzette Couture is onboard to write the script.

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

August 1, 2005

On June 26, 2005, The Mermaid Chair hit the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction.

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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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