Shop & Sign with romance author Virginia Kantra

Meet romance author Virginia Kantra at Bookmarks on Wednesday, December 6 to celebrate the release of her new book, The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale, and get recommendations for some of her favorite books from all genres! 

Kantra will be signing and personalizing copies of her new book, The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale (scroll down to order from Bookmarks). She'd love to chat about the reading/writing process with readers and writing, from craft to cover design, from the books that inspired her to retellings she loves, and how you can use your favorite classics to create your own unique stories. Ask her about settings and Ireland! Or stories that spark joy and empower women and why we need them more than ever. 

All readers who pre-order The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale will be entered to win a gift collection from the author, which includes:

  • One signed copy of Kantra's Little Women inspired romances, Meg & Jo and Beth & Amy

  • A 15 oz. Dorothy ug

  • A "Passport to Oz" from the Smithsonian American History Museum

  • A ruby red Bookmarks book bone


About Virginia Kantra:

New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of over thirty novels about strong women, messy families, and the search for a place to call home. Her stories have earned numerous awards including two Romance Writers of America's RITA® Awards, and two National Readers' Choice Awards.

Her most recent novels, Meg & Jo and Beth & Amy (inspired by the classic Little Women), received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the American Library Association's Booklist and praise from People Magazine. The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale, inspired by The Wizard of Oz, is a December 2023 release.

A popular speaker, Virginia regularly offers workshops to writers' groups. She has been a keynote speaker at several conferences and Romance Writers of America's Librarians Day, and has participated in the North Carolina Literary Festival, the Winston-Salem BOOKMARKS Festival, and Duke University's "Unsuitable" event series.


About The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale: 

A woman learns to follow her own road in this heartwarming novel inspired by The Wizard of Oz by New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

Dorothy “Dee” Gale is searching for a place to belong. After their globe-trotting mother’s death, Dee and her sister Toni settled with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in Kansas, where Dee attends graduate school. But when Dee’s relationship with a faculty member, a bestselling novelist, ends in heartbreak and humiliation, she’s caught in a tornado of negative publicity. Unable to face her colleagues—or her former lover—Dee applies to the writing program at Trinity College Dublin.

Dee’s journey to Ireland leads her to new companions: seemingly brainless Sam Clery—who dropped out of college and now runs a newsagent’s shop—is charming and hot, in a dissolute, Irish poet kind of way; allegedly heartless Tim Woodman—who stiffly refused to take back his ex-fiancée—seems stuck in his past; and fiercely loyal Reeti Kaur, who longs for the courage to tell her parents she wants to teach underprivileged girls rather than work in the family business.

In a year of opportunities and changes, love and loss, Dee is mentored by powerful women in the writing program, challenging her to see herself and her work with new eyes. With her friends, Dee finds the confidence to confront her biggest fears—including her intimidating graduate advisor, who may not be so wicked after all.

Faced with a choice with far-reaching consequences, Dee must apply the lessons she’s learned along the way about making a family, finding a home...and recognizing the power that’s been inside her all along.

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
634 W 4th St
Winston Salem, NC 27101