Patti Callahan Henry


Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of Losing the MoonBetween the TidesWhere the River RunsWhen Light BreaksBetween the TidesThe Art of Keeping SecretsDriftwood SummerThe Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story; Coming Up for AirAnd Then I Found YouThe Stories We TellThe Idea of LoveThe Bookshop at Water’s End and Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis.

A finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, an Indie Next Pick, an OKRA pick, a multiple nominee and finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year, Patti is published in numerous languages. Her articles and essays have appeared in Southern LivingPINKWriter’s DigestPortico MagazineBirmingham Magazine and more. Her essays can also be found in anthologies and collections such as Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy; Southern Writers Writing, and State of the Heart.

Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Patti learned early the value of storytelling. At the age of twelve, her family moved to South Florida where Patti found the sanctuary of libraries and began her slow but steady journey into understanding the power of story to navigate confusing times in life.

Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work, and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she now lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

Awards and Special Recognition…

2020 – The Monroeville Literary Festival and the Alabama Writers’ Forum are pleased to announce that Patti Callahan Henry (Mountain Brook, AL) is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer.


2018 April – A SIBA fiction finalist
2017 July – OKRA pick by Southern booksellers


2019 Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year
2019 Alabama Library Association Fiction Book of the Year
2019 UK Goldsboro Books Short List Historical Fiction
2019 Indigo Canada Heather’s July Book Pick, Summer Picks
2019 Book Centre Waterford, Ireland June Book of the Month
2019 Finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction

Patti Callahan Henry
Photograph courtesy of Beth Hontzas

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