Join Melissa at 2012 Redbud Writer’s Row on Saturday, April 21 at Union College. Melissa will be among the pool of many talented authors who will be on hand to visit with readers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Robsion Arena (the gymnasium). Melissa will have her first two novels available–Sister Blackberry and House of Cleaving.


Nov. 12, 2011 Kentucky Book Fair

 Both House of Cleaving and Sister Blackberry will be featured at the 2011 Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, Nov. 12th at the Convention Center, 405 Mero Street,  from 9 to 4:30 p.m.

August 27, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky

10 a.m., Patridge Conference Room, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky — Delta Kappa Gamma has invited to the group meeting held on Union College’s campus to discuss and sign her new novel “House of Cleaving.”

September 27, Bay Colony Book Club

The ladies of Bay Colony Book Club, in Richmond, Kentucky, have invited Melissa to discuss and sign her new novel, “House of Cleaving.” The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

July 8, Corbin Public Library, Corbin, Ky.

Melissa will be at Corbin Public Library with another group of local authors on Friday evening, July 8 beginning at 5 p.m. to discuss and sign her new novel House of Cleaving. For more information pleasecontact the Corbin Public Library at  (606)528-6366

July 9, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, Kentucky 

Melissa will be at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue,  Louisville, Saturday, July 9 at 4 p.m., discussing and signing House of Cleaving, her latest novel, which will be relased June 2011 by Whiskey Creek Press. She will also be signing and discussing her first novel, Sister Blackberry.

June 25, Joseph Beth Booksellers, Lexington, Kentucky

Melissa will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington on Saturday, June 25th at 2 p.m. to discuss and sign her new novel House of Cleaving, which will be released in June by Whiskey Creek Press.

Seattle Book Club Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. EST

Melissa will be meeting with the Seattle Book Club in Washington via Skype on Thursday, Jan. 27th. One of the book club’s members, Mary Anderson, heard about Sister Blackberry while visiting Kentucky last summer. Melissa will Skype in to the Book Club at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to discuss Sister Blackberry, the work she is doing on the screenplay for Sister Blackberry and also her upcoming novel House of Cleaving, which will be released June 2010. For more information about how to Skype a book event with Melissa please contact her at

The Tuesday Club Jan. 11, 3 p.m.

Melissa will meet with the Barbourville Tuesday Club to discuss her first novel Sister Blackberry as well as her work on the screenplay. She will also talk to the Tuesday Club about her upcoming novelto be released by Whiskey Creek Press in June 2011. The January Tuesday Club Meeting will be held at Thelma’s Cafe’ in Barbourville, Ky.

Past Appearances

Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort

Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Melissa Newman will be one of the featured authors at the 2010 Annual Kentucky Book Fair. She will be speaking with readers about her book Sister Blackberry and introducing them to her upcoming novel House of Cleaving. The Kentucky Book Fair is Kentucky’s premier literary event and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. It is sponsored by The State Journal, by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the University Press of Kentucky. The book fair is held each year at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort. For more informaton visit


Keynote speaker Art Circle Public Library

Thursday, Oct. 7 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the limited seating at Friends of the Library’s annual Luncheon, Thrusday, Oct. 7. The keynote speaker will be journalist and writer Melissa Newman. She will be discusssing her book Sister Blackberry and another novel, House of Cleaving, which will be released later this year. To find out more about the Art Circle Public Library in Crossville, Tennessee to to

A Note to Readers

Just a Short Hiatus ... More Novels to Come

While Growing Up Wilder was my last novel, it will certainly not be my final. I have two outlines just dying to escape from my desk drawer and I often have to apologetically shove them back in when I find they have made it to the surface time and again.

I am currently working toward completing my doctorate degree (I am all but dissertation, folks!) and I am tangled up in research that uses storytelling and social media as a way to increase hope levels for individuals and entire communities.

This research is allowing me to focus on solving a problem within Kentucky's Appalachia - negative stereotypes.

Readers, please be patient. I will return to fiction shortly. Until then, please continue to share Sister Blackberry, House of Cleaving and Growing Up Wilder with your friends and family.

As always, I welcome your notes and messages.