Quarterly Newsletter |

I am excited to share my newly revamped newsletter!  Based on your feedback, I’m changing some things around so as to give you a more in-depth look into my life. In each edition, I’ll be sharing information about my recent travels, compiling essays, photos and videos. I’ll also share a few of my favorite things—books, movies, or anything else I’ve enjoyed—and I’ll put a spotlight on important charitable causes that are meaningful to me. Plus, I hope to give a few behind-the-scenes looks into the movies, TV shows, and books I may be working on!

I hope you enjoy this newsletter. If there’s anything you wish to see in future editions, let me know on Facebook, or on Twitter, Google+, or Instagram using the hashtag #SparksNewsletter.

Thanks for reading!



Nicholas Sparks


Whoops! Are you looking for that vintage photo of Nicholas Sparks with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling from The Notebook? You can find it posted on Nicholas’s Facebook page, see the official movie stills on The Notebook’s movie page or go browse the many Notebook movie and book related pics at Pinterest.


Three days after we rang in the New Year, my wife Cathy

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Favorite Things

I am always grateful when friends and family recommend things they think I will love. Here are the things that I loved most over the past few months—some which were recommended to me, some of which I discovered on my own, and some of which are old-time favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Travel With Nicholas

If you’re looking to escape the cold East Coast winters, then Patagonia might not be the obvious choice. Located at the southern tip of South America—far from the warmth of the Equator—Patagonia’s elevation and topography allow for plenty of snowcapped mountains and icy glaciers. But the astonishing landscape is truly a world away from New Bern, North Carolina, and so in February I went with my longtime friend,

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On Giving

A few months ago I received a note from Mitch Albom, writing from the Philippines. Having traveled to the Philippines in 2011, I was familiar with its landscape and its people; I knew, for instance, that Filipino men and women are among the most literate in the world—they devour books. As Mitch wrote, this is still true today. In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, however, the physical

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Photo Contest

The Nicholas Sparks Foundation has launched a photography competition for students who have traveled outside the United States. Nicholas himself will judge the submissions and choose the photograph that wins the grand prize of $500. The Foundation will showcase all the best photographs on its website. The theme of this year’s competition is “courage.” The Foundation hopes to inspire students to reflect on the meaning of courage as they explore the world around them. The motivation for the photography

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