Local Author Chris Cander Supports Independent Bookstore Day

Chris’s unpublished first novel ONE LAST TIME FOREVER short listed for the Half the World Global Literati Award Top 40

Chris is a recipient of the Peter Taylor Scholarship in fiction for the 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference

WHISPER HOLLOW long listed for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s (SIBA) The Great Santini Fiction Prize 2016

Houston Chronicle selected WHISPER HOLLOW as one of its 15 Notable Books of 2015

WHISPER HOLLOW included in Houston’s Must-Read Books of 2015

WHISPER HOLLOW named one of NPR’s On Point‘s Best Books of 2015

Brazos Bookstore included WHISPER HOLLOW in its Best of 2015

WHISPER HOLLOW nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize: Fiction calls WHISPER HOLLOW one of the “Sexiest, Sweetest” books of 2015

Comic Animations (in partnership with Cinesite Studios) has optioned GERMS! The Movie

Local Houston Magazine included WHISPER HOLLOW in their list of Summer Reads by Houston authors

Deep South Magazine included WHISPER HOLLOW in their Summer Reading List

The Riveter included WHISPER HOLLOW in their list: Eight Novels to Spring Into

“Whisper Hollow is an ode to small town dynamics, loss, and the lies we tell ourselves.”

Working Mother Magazine included WHISPER HOLLOW in their list: 14 Spring Break Books for Your Family, Your Friends and You

Glamour Magazine included WHISPER HOLLOW in their list: The Best New Novels Out in March:

“Whisper Hollow is unbearably sad at times, but enrapturing all the way through.”

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) listed WHISPER HOLLOW as one of its Indie Next Great Reads for April 2015 included WHISPER HOLLOW in their March 2015 list: 25 Sexy and Sweet Books You Need to Read This Month:

“Chris Cander’s multigenerational story of love, betrayal, and dark secrets, Whisper Hollow, spans 50 years and follows the intertwined lives of three women living in a Southern mining town.”

Shelf Awareness listed WHISPER HOLLOW as one of Winter Institute 2015’s Buzz Books:

“Chris Cander is the author of the critically acclaimed 11 Stories. Her debut novel, Whisper Hollow, is set in a West Virginia coal-mining town rife with secrets and evil spirits. An announced 30,000 first printing–huge for an indie press like Other–is helping to fuel the buzz.”

Read Her Like An Open Book named WHISPER HOLLOW one of 30 Books to Keep You Warm This Winter in their 2015 Fiction Preview:

“Set in the West Virginia mining town of Verra, Chris Cander’s debut novel Whisper Hollow enters into the darkness of the mines and the hollow itself as she depicts the lives of men and women haunted by death, sin, and guilt. Myrthen Bergmann has never gotten past the death of her sister as a child, pulling back from the world of people into the world of fanatical faith. Alta Krol is an artistic soul trapped by family obligation. They both love the same man. Cander follows these characters for fifty years as they struggle with faith, broken hearts, dreams, demons, and life in their hardscrabble town. Cander brings an impressive literary sensibility to what could have been simply a modern Gothic melodrama.”

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