The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend – Q&A with author Katarina Bivald

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend blog tour, plus author interview!

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is Katarina Bivald’s debut novel. First published in Swedish in 2013, it is now available in an English translation. Set in a small town in Iowa, it follows the story of Sara: a book-loving woman in her twenties who is invited to travel from Sweden to Broken Wheel by her elderly pen-pal, Amy. It’s a big adventure for Sara, who has never ventured outside Sweden except in the many books she reads.

But when she arrives in Broken Wheel, she discovers that Amy has recently passed away. In fact, she arrives almost smack-bang in the middle of Amy’s funeral. Despite this unexpected twist, Amy’s relatives insist that Sara stays in her house as planned; Amy would have wanted to show hospitality. So Sara stays in Broken Wheel, getting to know the town’s small population and meeting the people she heard about in Amy’s letters. And she quickly realizes that this decrepit little town, struggling to get by, is in dire need of a bookstore…

Katarina Bivald tells us more about the book, her writing process and her love of reading.

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Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore!

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Next week, I’m taking part in the official blog tour for the release of Katarina Bivald’s debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. I’ll be reviewing the book and hosting a Q&A interview with Katarina.

Published by independent publishers, Sourcebooks, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the #1 Indie Next Pick for January. To celebrate, Sourcebooks is running a sweepstakes contest for readers to vote for their favorite bookstore.

They will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize, and two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize (the population of Bivald’s fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa).

To nominate your favorite bookstore, visit Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore sweepstakes. If you vote, you have a chance to win one of eight $50 gift cards! Voting closes on February 19, and entry is for U.S. residents only.

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