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Jan Karon writing new Mitford novel, scheduled for release in September

FILE - In this undated photo provided by Viking, Jan Karon, author of the Mitford books, poses with a pan of cornbread, in this photo from

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FILE - In this undated photo provided by Viking, Jan Karon, author of the Mitford books, poses with a pan of cornbread, in this photo from "Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader," her new book about the little Southern town where the kitchen is "the heart of the home." Nearly a decade after the novelist announced she was done with her multimillion-selling Mitford Years series, she has signed up with G.P. Putnam’s Sons for two more installments about the fictional North Carolina town and such residents as Father Tim Kavanaugh and his wife, Cynthia. The next release, “Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good,” is scheduled for September 2014. (AP Photo/Viking, Christopher Hirscheimer, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jan Karon is going back to Mitford.

Nearly a decade after the novelist announced she was done with her multimillion-selling Mitford Years series, she has signed up with G.P. Putnam's Sons for two more installments about the fictional North Carolina town and such residents as Father Tim Kavanaugh and his wife, Cynthia. The next release, "Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good," is scheduled for September.

Karon said in a statement issued Tuesday by Putnam that her decision to resume the Mitford series proves that one should "never say never." She has written nine previous Mitford books, most recently "Light From Heaven," published in 2005.

Putnam is an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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