Hi Fellow Readers,

Rita Lakin was among the first women to create, write, and produce for television, helping to establish the role of TV “showrunner” in the 1970s. In honor of her new book, The Only Woman in the Room, Rita shares her current reads. Author Eden Baylee raves about an often overlooked literary form, the novella, and we share a report on the mysterious case of the “zombie” bookstore chain.


Here are all the Shelf Pleasure stories you don’t want to miss this week:


Praise for the Novella by Eden Baylee
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author. She raves about one of her favorite literary forms, the novella.

Borders Lives!
In this week’s roundup of literary news, Borders is alive…plus an ATM dispensing something even better than cash.

Trailer: Allegiant
Check out the short teaser trailer for the next film based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster bestselling Divergent trilogy.




Rita Lakin’s Nightstand
Rita Lakin, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes in My Life and Career as a Television Writer, shares the books currently sitting on her nightstand.

A Sweet Montana Christmas


As for our personal reading


We’re keeping warm with A Montana Born Christmas. This collection of eight contemporary romances by bestselling authors from Jane Porter to Megan Crane and Dani Collins are full of our favorite type of heroes…cowboys! These stories are spine-tingling good….and for less than a dollar, it feels like Santa came early this year!