The New York Public Library this week announced its 2015 Library Lion honorees, including Penguin Press author and artist Maira Kalman.  Her new book, Beloved Dog, went on sale last week and continues to garner widespread attention and praise.  Last weekend, The Wall Street Journal published an insightful feature,  A Week in the Life of Maira Kalman.  Penguin Random House author Gloria Steinem was also honored as a Library Lion this year.
The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st Century has been awarded to Viking/Penguin author Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being .  The award ceremony for the 13th annual Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, which was founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics, took place on Saturday (10/31) at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.  For the first time, the award included a category for Foreign Literature, making Yasnaya Polyana Russia’s first international literary award, and Ozeki the first international recipient. Ozeki and the novel’s Russian translator, Yekaterina Ilyina, will be awarded 1,000,000 and 200,000 rubles, respectively. A Tale for the Time Being, published in hardcover by Viking and in paperback by Penguin Books in the US,  is published in Russia by AST. During the award ceremony, Vladimir Tolstoy, great-great-grandson of author Leo Tolstoy and chairman of the Yasnaya Polyana prize committee, introduced Ozeki and compared A Tale for the Time Being to the novels by his great-great-grandfather: A Tale for the Time Being fascinated me with its humanity, very calm confidential tone and profound significance. The book is a dialogue between two continents, between two different civilizations, and everything in this book naturally merges into one story filled with compassion, personal involvement in others’ lives/destinies, the very humane attitude which connects Ruth Ozeki to Leo Tolstoy. Unconditional humanism is characteristic both of A Tale for the Time Being and of Leo Tolstoy’s works.” In her acceptance speech, Ozeki said,  “To receive this award, given by the Tolstoy estate, is an unimaginable honor, and I am deeply grateful. We writers like to take credit for connecting people with our stories, but actually human beings are already deeply and fundamentally connected, and our stories are simply an expression of this.  Literature affirms our connection with each other. Literature works because people enjoy this sense of basic human interconnectedness and find it inspiring.”
Avery’s New York Times bestseller Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  by Steve Silberman won the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction,  and he was presented with the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books at a ceremony in London on Monday evening.NeuroTribes is the first work of science to win the prestigious British award in its 17-year history, and comes at a time of growing public awareness of the neurodevelopmental “disorder” that affects millions of people around the world.  The coverage has been incredible, both in the US and across the world.  The New York Times credits Silberman for writing “a book that challenges readers to think differently about autism” and The Independent reports that Silberman’s book will change the way we understand what Steve, in The Guardian, eloquently insists is not a condition but “a human community.”  Other media reporting on the win includes Financial Times, BBC News , Reuters, and Toronto Samual JohnsonStar. Meanwhile, the Associated Press article (which was tweeted out to their 5.99 million followers!) has so far been picked up by Miami Herald, Washington Post, Arizona Daily Star, Sacramento Bee, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, ABC News, Yahoo News, SFGate, and so many more.
Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson and Meg Wolitzer join forces next week for an all-star “Penguin Teen On Tour” national book tour to promote their newly-published Penguin Young Readers paperbacks,  Atlantia (Condie),  I’ll Give You The Sun (Nelson) and Belzhar (Wolitzer). The trio will visit schools and stores in Miami, Dallas, Wichita, Chicago, San Diego, and Seattle. Ally Condie is the author of the internationally bestselling Matched trilogy, which Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger PenguinTeenTour_bannerGames,”  and the acclaimed stand-alone novel Atlantia. Jandy Nelson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of  The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun, which won the 2015 Printz Award and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Meg Wolitzer is a novelist who has written many books for adults, including the widely praised New York Times bestseller The Interestings Her debut YA novel, Belzhar, was named the “Best YA of 2014” by Entertainment Weekly.
Maira Kalman’s  Beloved Dog went on sale from Penguin Press on Tuesday (10/27) and dog lovers everywhere are delighted.She gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love.  Maira’s style is instantly recognizable – from books like  And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty, to her collaboration with Michael Pollan on an illustrated Food Rules, and her bestselling edition of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, her work is both joyful and wise.   Now, this renowned artist and author explores the joys and lessons of having “the dearest, funniest, lovingest, loyalist” of friends – a canine companion.  Her wonderful essay about her own dog, Pete, appeared in the October 18 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Look for a “My Week” essay (with original art) by Maira in this Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.  Additional interviews are coming on and in The Huffington Post.
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Razorbill’s THIS BOOK LOVES YOU, by PewDiePie, the Most Subscribed YouTuber in the World, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller | Igloo
PewDiePie (a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg),  who has over 10 billion views across all his videos and more than 40 million subscribers on his YouTube channel,  is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author.His new Razorbill title,  This Book Loves You, a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational sayings, debuts at #1 on The New York Times YA paperback bestseller list for the week of November 8th. PewDiePie has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, AdWeek, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.  He also recently graced the cover of Variety, ranking as the magazine’s #1 global Digital Star. TIME magazine included PewDiePie alongside President Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian in their list of the 30 most influential people on the Internet.  He was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September, appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday (10/30), and will be on Yahoo News! with Katie Couric in November (airing 11/17). His national author tour kicked off on Thursday (10/29) at Barnes & Noble Union Square, where 1,500 fans turned out.  He will be at Barnes & Noble  – The Grove tonight in Los Angeles and his appearance at Rakestraw Books in Danville, California  on Sunday (11/1) is already sold out at 1,200 . In 2010, Kjellberg created his YouTube channel PewDiePie to share his game playing experience. The channel quickly grew in popularity and by 2013 he was gaining a new subscriber every second, and surpassed 1 billion cumulative lifetime views. Today, Kjellberg has more subscribers than any channel in YouTube history and commands a global audience. His fans are famously known as his “Bro Army” and are comprised of gamers and non-gamers alike.  He also launched a video game, Legend of the Brofist,  in collaboration with Outerminds, in September and it has been #1 in the Apple app store for three weeks. To check out all things PewDiePie, visit and Also, follow @PewDiePie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram  and Vine.
High praise greeted Riverhead’s publication of Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States on Tuesday (10/20). Celebrated for her ability to tell a “story in the most fascinating way possible ” (Paste), Vowell adeptly balances equal parts “laugh-out-loud humor and her characteristic snark” (Washington Post) with “intensive research and historical insight” (Huffington Post). raves: “at once light-footed and light-hearted, her histories are — dare I say it — fun… Vowell emerges from the Revolutionary War with an unabashed smile on her face. I’d be surprised if her reader doesn’t, too.” Featured in Time (“informative, funny and insightful.”), The New Yorker, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Mental Floss, USA Today (“Vowell takes on American history as only she can”), and more.  Vowell kicked off her tour with full houses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, with big venue stops to come in Washington, DC, Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Austin, and Los Angeles. Hear her on Marketplace Weekend, Dinner Party Download, Slate’s The Gist, with much more to come.
Gracing the cover of the current issues of InStyle and People is Dutton author and beloved actress Drew Barrymore. The magazines both feature extensive interviews with Barrymore about her new book, Wildflower (on sale 10/27), a series of essays about Drew’s life that InStyle praises as “a deeply thoughtful and fun page-turner—like a rich dessert that also happens to be good for you.”  Barrymore will appear on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with DrewJimmy Fallon, The Howard Stern Show, EXTRA, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the book before heading out on a 2-week book tour that includes stops in Ann Arbor, Iowa City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Additional coverage includes interviews in The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, TIME, and features in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, ELLE, US Weekly, and
Jan Karon, author of Putnam’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Come Rain or Come Shine, was honored with the Library of Virginia’s Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend. The award recognizes a Virginian who has made an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to literature. Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Edgar Allan Poe, Booker T. Washington, and John Grisham. Ms. Karon was the featured speaker at the library’s literary luncheon, where she was jankaroninterviewed by Sandy Treadway, the Librarian of Virginia, and she was presented the award at a ceremony that took place Saturday night in Richmond.  Putnam President Ivan Held and VP Executive Editor Christine Pepe (pictured here with Ms. Karon) attended the award ceremony to celebrate her achievement, as well as the close of her successful book tour that included two bookseller events in Richmond. Ms. Karon wrote her first novel when she was 10 years old, the same year she won a short-story contest organized by the local high school. At age 50, she left a career in advertising to be an author and her first series of books began as a weekly installment in her local newspaper. Eventually she published At Home in Mitford, her first novel, which has been reprinted more than 80 times and nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book of the Year Award). Her novels have also won the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction and the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for Fiction. Her two most recent Mitford novels both were very successful: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, spent 17 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and Come Rain or Come Shine debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list on October 11. A special hardcover gift edition of  At Home in Mitford will be released on October 27. She is also the author of 13 other books, including two Father Tim novels, a cookbook, and several books for children.
A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy (Blue Rider Press) is continuing to garner rave reviews and accolades. Patrick is being thanked for his courage in speaking out about his own struggle, battling stigmas that challenge millions, shedding light on issues that badly need it, and offering real solutions. In the coming weeks he will be on Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose, and C-SPAN Afterwords, with more press coming in every day.