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This week marked DAW’s release of The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.  The novella is set in the same world as Rothfuss’s #1 New York Times bestselling Kingkiller Chronicles series and provides a deeper look into the mysterious life of Auri, a fan favorite character. Anticipation has been running high since the book was announced in March, and the release has been covered with fantastic reviews and interviews on top websites like NPR. Org, Wired.com, and io9.com, and Geek & Sundry, with additional coverage forthcoming in Shelf Awareness and the Goodreads November newsletter. On October 28, Rothfuss embarked on a 7-city tour, visiting enthusiastic fans in Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; Milwaukee, WI; Lexington, KY; Chicago, IL; and St. Louis, MO.
This week, Blood Magick, the third and final book in Nora Roberts’ captivating #1 New York Times bestselling Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, was published.  Roberts captures the rich heritage of her beloved Ireland in a contemporary trilogy about family, ancestry, and magic, when three cousins must fight a battle that was started centuries ago. In Blood Magick, Roberts brings an end to the contemporary story of three cousins with a special bloodline that gives them the ability to wield magic as witches.  In Dark Witch, Iona Sheehan moves to County Mayo, Ireland and connects with her relatives, Connor and Branna O’Dwyer, and begins her study in magick.  An epic battle seven hundred years in the making has already begun with the evil sorcerer Cabhan, and it is up to the O’Dwyers to fight.  In book two, Shadow Spell, readers learn Connor O’Dwyer’s story, a falconer whose heart had flown its own course, until he finds love. The O’Dwyer’s journey ends in book three with Branna’s personal story, and her complicated romance and love for Finbar Burke, because he shares a bloodline with the sorcerer the O’Dwyers are battling.  Blood Magick delivers all the hallmarks that readers have come to associate with a Nora Roberts novel—family dynamics, close friendships, snappy and humorous dialogue, a rich sense of place, and a heartwarming story where love conquers all. Photo credit Bruce Wilder
Today, it’s impossible to separate the achievements of an athlete from the scientists who support him, and in Faster, Higher, Stronger (out 10/30 from Hudson Street Press) veteran journalist Mark McClusky brings us behind the scenes of this new generation of athletes, coaches, and scientists to show how far we can push our bodies and minds. Full of cutting edge science and compelling stories, Faster, Higher, Stronger gives practical lessons on how to apply focus, dedication, and ingenuity to all levels of athletic training. Faster, Higher, Stronger has received rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. Upcoming media includes NPR’s “Here and Now”, WDBO-FM “Pat Williams Show”, and a radio tour on 11/4, as well as a first serial in WIRED and a second serial in SELF. Mentions will appear in the New Yorker, Science Magazine, Muscle & Fitness, Mother Jones, WebMD Magazine, and Men’s Fitness. 
New American Library is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh back to its NAL list! Balogh began her career with the Signet Regency line in 1985 and returns with Only Enchanting, the highly anticipated fourth novel in her New York Times bestselling Survivors’ Club series.  The book has already received a starred review from Library Journal and accolades from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The novel follows a viscount who returns home from the Napoleonic Wars wounded and changed, and with the help of a young widow learns to love again.
Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon—Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most ferocious boxers of all time—and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Yet—even after hitting rock bottom—the man who once admitted being addicted “to everything” fought his way back, achieving triumphant success as an actor and newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband. Brutal, honest, raw, and often hilarious, Undisputed Truth is the singular journey of an inspiring American original. Mark your calendars as Tyson will be giving what is sure to be unforgettable interviews with the ladies of The View (10/28), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (10/28), Howard Stern (10/29) and CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon (10/29). Undisputed Truth is out in paperback with a new epilogue from Plume on October 28th, 2014.
Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong is named a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, which celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The awards committee writes: "Fong’s strong narrative voice and his belief that medical discovery is akin to extreme geographical exploration bring the reader fully into a discussion of science, medical practice, and innovation.  He offers compelling stories of doctors and patients that include just enough detail to contextualize and educate without overwhelming. His passion for his work as a doctor and his clear compassion for the ill (or harmed) shows in every case he describes. His curiosity taps the reader’s curiosity. And, more than anything else, the unanswered questions invite young readers into the challenge of charting the future path of medicine." Winners will be announced in January 2015.
Leon Panetta holds nothing back in Worthy Fights. Check out his revelatory interviews on NPR's Morning Edition, NBC's The Today Show, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN with Gloria Borger, and FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor.
Sheila Weller, author of The News Sorority, discusses the surprise response seen at the release of her book with The New York Times. A must-read, Bloomberg Businessweek claims it will surely “be catnip to TV obsessives and people in the news business.”
This week brought the release of Oliver Jeffers’ Once Upon An Alphabet, the Philomel picture book of over 100 pages that gives stories to each letter in the alphabet. The Wall Street Journal raved, “The stories are wonderfully varied, sometimes philosophical and often end surprisingly; the drawings are just as quirky and unpredictable.” Other praise came from outlets including BookPageThe Huffington PostSt. Louis Post-Dispatch,Grandparents.comBookish.com, along with starred reviews from School Library Journal andKirkus Reviews. The day before its release, Jeffers was interviewed by Robert Siegel for NPR’sAll Things Considered; a review from the Washington Post and a BBC interview with Jeffers are still to come. On October 14, Jeffers celebrated the publication with a launch party at Books of Wonder in New York. The national advertising campaign will target parents this holiday gift giving season, with spots on Bravo, TLC, HCTV, ABC Family, Nickelodeon, and the Food Network. Alphabet comes on the heels of Penguin’s fall campaign for the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Day The Crayons Quit, and the announcement of its sequel, The Day The Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Jeffers.
Neil Young, internationally acclaimed musician, New York Times-bestselling author, passionate car enthusiast and devoted environmental activist, launched his new Blue Rider Press book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars, on Tuesday with an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, which sparked a tremendous wave of online chatter and coverage, including Andy Greene’s “12 Things We Learned from Howard Stern’s Interview with Neil Young” on Rolling Stone.com.  Beginning at noon, Young made a rare bookstore appearance, signing copies of Special Deluxe at Barnes & Noble on Fifth Ave. for scores of fans who lined up inside the packed store.  Later in the day, Young was a guest on The Colbert Report, talking and also performing one of his new songs, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” with Stephen Colbert as “Neil Young and Crazy Host.” Upcoming media includes a Wall Street Journal “Weekend Confidential” interview as well as reviews in the WSJ, New York Times andSan Francisco Chronicle.

Neil Young Party with ExecsAn exhibit of Young’s original watercolor vintage car paintings featured throughout Special Deluxe was installed this week at the James Goodman Gallery in New York City.  Pictured at a Monday night reception at the Goodman: (left to right) Caroline Riordan, Director, Digital and Online Business Development, Penguin Random House; David Rosenthal, President & Publisher, Blue Rider Press; Linda Cowen, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Penguin Publishing Group; Neil Young; and Jacqueline Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House. CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose and Ric Ocasek, founding member of The Cars and a Blue Rider Press author, were also among the guests. For insights into Young’s painting style and car illustrations, read the informative feature on Wired.com.

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