Welcome to a new year on the calendar and a new year of #litchat. We are excited to enter our fourth year of literary discussion through Twitter and are anxious to introduce you to new authors, fascinating topics and trending conversations.  This week in #litchat watch for special guest visits from many of the authors we’ve hosted through the years in #litchat.

As we celebrate #litchat’s third anniversary, we’re beginning a new format for discussion.

On Mondays at 4 p.m. ET, we will discuss literature in the news. Look for topics drawn from big media interviews with top tier authors, publishing trends affecting readers, and special author surprises.

Wednesdays will continue the format #litchat introduced with our first topical chat in January 2009. The Wednesday topic will be drawn from the book recently published by our Friday guest host.

Friday continues as guest host day in #litchat. We have some fabulous authors already lined up for 2012 (see them here). We’re eager to introduce you to new authors with extraordinary debuts, as well as familiar authors with new titles releasing in the coming year.

As always, if you are an author with a book releasing through established (not self-pub’d) channels, we’d love to consider you and your book in #litchat. Email us at twitchat@gmail.com with your contact info and media materials.