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Ruth Ozeki has won the 2014 Medici Book Club Prize for A Tale for the Time Being. The prize aims to recognize “a distinguished work of fiction that has inspired thoughtful conversation and contributed to a deeper understanding of the human experience" and will be awarded on October 18th. A Tale for the Time Being previously won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the NBCC Prize in Fiction, and the Man Booker Prize.
Jordan Ellenberg, author of the smash best seller How Not To Be Wrong, wrote a fun piece for The New York Times on how to get kids (including his own son!) to enjoy math. Read the essay here!
Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You, wonders: What did my mother the chemist see in Betty Crocker? Read her fabulous LIVES essay from The New York Times Magazine here.
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list this week! This is Grossman’s first #1 ever, and it was preluded by a media storm: in the New York Times, Sarah Lyall called The Magicians a “wonderful trilogy…If the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult.” There were more wonderful reviews in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and an interview with Lev Grossman on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
Lev Grossman’s genre-bending Magicians trilogy comes to a close as The Magician's Land hits stands this week, welcomed by spectacular reviews from the New York Times Book Review, A.V. Club, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, and more. A number of original pieces by Lev also appeared this week on The Atlantic’s By Heart column, Vulture, and BuzzFeed. Lev kicked off his release with an event at St Joseph’s College hosted by Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore; it was a packed house as fans arrived to play trivia games for prizes before Lev took the stage with fellow authors Erin Morgenstern, Lauren Oliver, Margaret Stohl, Michelle Hodkin, and Austin Grossman to discuss The Magician's Land. The book tour continues on to 11 more cities, including an event in Santa Fe with George R. R. Martin. Expect tons more great publicity on the horizon, including NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, People, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Buzzfeed. Additionally, SyFy recently greenlighted a pilot of The Magicians for television series and is moving forward on casting and production.
John Dean appeared on The Colbert Report Monday, 8/6 as part of a special Nixon episode, alongside appearances on Face the Nation, “After Words” on C-SPAN-Book TV, and seven MSNBC shows including Morning Joe and The Cycle. Fantastic reviews have run in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. Dean has drawn standing-room-only crowds throughout his nine-city tour, most recently to an audience of almost 1000 in Dallas. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It debuts at #19 on the New York Times bestseller list on August 17.
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills debuted at #4 on The New York Times best sellers list. Mills' account of a decade long friendship with the elusive author Nelle Harper Lee and her sister Alice Lee was released on July 15, and not without much fanfare. Wonderful reviews have run on Fresh Air, the Washington Post, People, and USA Today.
Robert Timberg discusses his new memoir Blue-Eyed Boy on NPR's Fresh Air with contributor Dave Davies. "One morning...I was shaving and I just started focusing on my face, which of course you know, had been severely disfigured by a landmine in Vietnam. And I started doing this strange stuff, like, talking to myself and saying things like, OK, enough already. The joke's over. Let's go back to where we were. Meaning, it was as if I was demanding of my face in the mirror that it turn me back to what I was at age 26, when - you know, before I hit the landmine." Check out the full interview and read an exclusive excerpt!
I Said Yes to Everything author and Academy Award-winning actress and director Lee Grant was featured on CBS "Sunday Morning" on August 3. Lee gives a tour of her apartment and Upper West Side neighborhood, reflects on the fours years she spent writing her memoir (by hand!), and her remarkable life and career. Watch the interview here.    
New York Times bestseller and Pen Faulkner Award Winner Karen Joy Fowler is one of four American authors included on the list for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. This is the first year in which American authors have been eligible for the award. A shortlist will be announced on September 9th, and the winner will be announced on October 14th. Read the full long-list here.

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