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USA Today reported in this week’s Buzz Books column that The Boys In The Boat, Daniel James Brown’s inspirational non-fiction account of America’s young crew team during the 1936 Olympics, has been adapted into a Young Readers edition.  The Boys In The Boat for readers 10 and up will be published by Viking Children’s Books on September 8.
TIME magazine has released its annual list of 100 Most Influential People, with two members of this exclusive club the authors of books published by Penguin. Warm congratulations to our authors: Misty Copeland, author of the children’s picture book Firebird (Putnam Books for Young Readers), with illustrations by Christopher Myers.  Nadia Comaneci:  “Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.” Samantha Power, author of  Sergio (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Madeleine Albright: “Power is an insider, but she has retained her moral vision. As America’s U.N. ambassador, she has been a powerful friend to the displaced and downtrodden and a foe of dictators and despots. She has seen how hard it is to compel the world to act, but she has never stopped defending the values America holds dear.”
At last Sunday’s 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Penguin Young Readers author John Green and Paper Towns film stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne exclusively revealed a clip from the upcoming film. Media such as Buzzfeed, USA Today, HypableCosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, PopCrush, and more picked up the news. Click the link to watch the full clip and see below for the full round-up! The film based on John Green’s #1 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars won 4 awards, including Best Movie and actress Shailene Woodley winning the Trailblazer, Best Female Performance, and Best Kiss. In the acceptance speech for Best Movie, John Green thanked Esther Earl, the author of This Star Won’t Go Out, for teaching him that “a short life can also be a good life.” Media such as Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,Huffington Post, and more picked up the news
The Shortlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced by the PEN American Center on Thursday.  Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) is a finalist for PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  Congratulations to Phil, Steven and everyone involved with these acclaimed books. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists here. The winners will be revealed on May 13 and honored at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the New School in New York.
The 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards winners were announced on Thursday.  Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books) won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award –  Middle Reader. In addition, Blueberries For Sal  by Robert McCloskey (Viking Children’s Books) was inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame.  The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman (Viking/Penguin) received an Adult Fiction Honor Award.  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers) received an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award – Middle Reader. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Putnam Young Readers) received an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award: Picture Book The award winners will be honored at the ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 28, at BookExpo America in New York City.
Avery’s The Sell: The Secrets to Selling Anything to Anyone by Fredrik Eklund and Bruce Littlefield launched big this week, with Fredrik making stops at The Today Show (4/14), CNBC (4/14), Morning Joe (4/16), Nightline (4/16), and of course the premier of season four of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing NY on Wednesday (4/15). Fredrik and The Sell were featured in the NY Daily News, People Magazine, Buzzfeed and more. His Instagram feed and #thesell hashtag are racking up the posts as the momentum spreads across the country. Fredrik’s tour continues over the weekend with stops in Rhode Island, Minneapolis, San Diego and Seattle. Still to come are appearances on Meredith Vieira’s daytime show, Inc. Magazinecoverage and watch MDLNY in June to see how The Sell is incorporated into the season.
Shanna Mahin’s debut novel, Oh! You Pretty Things, was published by Dutton earlier this week to buzz worthy of a Hollywood premiere.The witty and original novel about celebrity and its pitfalls, has been praised by literary luminaries like Garth Stein and Andrew Solomon and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, All You, Variety, Bustle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Business Insider, and Bookpage, called it “intelligent and approachable story will grip you from beginning to end.” Mahin will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend and will speak on a panel about “Famous by Association.”  She will also attend the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest in June.  
Ivan Doig, the award-winning author of sixteen books, died at his Seattle home in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 9, 2015, of multiple myeloma. During the eight years of his illness, he wrote his four final novels, including Last Bus to Wisdom, which will be published on August 18, 2015. He was seventy-five. Born in 1939, Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain front. A former ranch hand, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and later went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. For a few years he pursued a career in journalism, but it was book writing that drew him. Doig believed that ordinary people deserve to have their stories told, and he did that in fact and fiction, beginning with This House of Sky, a memoir of his own upbringing in Montana; it attracted a wide readership and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He later wrote a second memoir, Heart Earth, and another book of nonfiction, but it is for his novels that he became enduringly read. An early novel, The Sea Runners, told the story of four indentured servants escaping Russian Alaska in the mid-nineteenth century. With English Creek, in 1984, Doig introduced the Two Medicine Country, an imagined region based upon the Montana landscape where he came of age. That novel also introduced the McCaskill clan, who reappeared in the two that followed, Dancing at the Rascal Fair and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, the trilogy spanning a century of Montana history. The world he’d created endured-- the Two Medicine Country is the setting for the majority of his novels – as did the habit of plucking characters from previous novels and reintroducing them sometimes several books – and in fictional terms, several decades – down the road. The 2006 novel The Whistling Season, a New York Times bestseller, about a mail-order housekeeper who comes west to work for a widower and his motherless sons, debuted a favorite character, Morrie Morgan, an itinerant charmer who subsequently appeared in two further novels, Work Song (2010) and Sweet Thunder (2013), his misadventures drawing Doig’s settings south to Butte, Montana, and the conflicts between the behemoth Anaconda Copper Mining Company and the beleaguered miners in the early part of the twentieth century. Two late novels, The Bartender’s Tale (2012) and the yet-to-be-published Last Bus to Wisdom, come as close to autobiography as Doig ever got in his fiction, in that they were inspired by circumstances out of his childhood: his father’s habit of taking Doig along as a boy to the saloons where he liked to hire on haying crews in the first case, and in the second, an episode where Doig, who lost his mother at the age of six and was raised by his father and his ranch cook grandmother, was sent east to Wisconsin for a summer when both adults encountered medical difficulties. But Doig was Read more...
Simon Majumdar’s  Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork was featured this week on the Yahoo front page,  The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show and in a Travel & Leisure interview  as well 20-plus radio interviews.  And Abel James, creator of The Fat-Burning Man Show shares his revolutionary Paleo-inspired weight-loss program in The Wild Diet. This week the book was listed on Daily Burn’s Best Books list and Abel participated in 65-plus radio and podcast interviews.
Last week, Dutton published Claire Kells’ much buzzed-about debut novel, Girl Underwater. Kell’s celebrated the launch of her book with a party, hosted by actress Casey Wilson, star of NBC’s Marry Me and the blockbuster movie, Gone Girl. Also in attendance was Wilson’s Happy Endings co-star Adam Pally, and Kulap Vilaysack from Who Charted Podcast.  

Casey Wilson and Adam PallyGirl Underwater is a gripping romance/adventure story, all told through the eyes of a memorable heroine after surviving a major airline disaster. The novel has received great reviews across the board, including a starred Library Journal review and praise from author Jodi Picoult, who calls it “a compelling coming-of-age love story” and encourages readers to “dive in!”

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