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Avery celebrates a terrific on-sale week to kick off a several-week tour for Jessica Fechtor, author of the incredibly moving Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home. Jessica was just 28 years old when a blood vessel in her brain burst while she was exercising on a treadmill. She describes what happened in her new book that’s two parts memoir and one part cookbook. When thinking about how to tell her story of this traumatic brain injury, Jessica couldn’t fathom telling her story of trauma without talking about food. The media is eating this book up (pun intended), with terrific coverage in the New York Post, Village Voice, Orangette, Bustle, Tablet, San Jose Mercury News, Food52, as well as WBUR Radio Boston, WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate, and much more. Jessica also had a packed house for her launch event at Brooklyn’s BookCourt Wednesday night, where she discussed the book with Wall Street Journal reporter Bari Weiss, while guests snacked on treats from the book. Jessica is traveling with her baked goods for great events to come over the next few weeks, hitting Boston, Columbus, Cleveland, Seattle (in conversation with Molly Wizenberg), and San Francisco.  
Rebecca Thomas is on board to direct the film version of Looking for Alaska, John Green’s debut novel, published by Dutton Children’s Book in 2005. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture by the team responsible for the film version of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing the adapted screenplay, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen in place to produce with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky for Paramount Pictures.  The full story was broken exclusively by Deadline, and picked up widely by other major media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, MTV.com, The Hollywood Reporter.
The film based on Let It Snow, the short story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, will officially hit the big screen on December 9, 2016, it was announced this week by Universal Pictures  Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon is signed on to adapt the three romances that take place over Christmas Eve, with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark on board for Universal-based Bluegrass Films. The Wrap, Hypable, Bustle,Deadline, Teen Vogue, are among the outlets that picked up this news.
As Tom Clancy Under Fire (Putnam) debuts on three The New York Times bestseller lists, this week Grant Blackwood hit the road with two fantastic events in Texas at Murder by the Book in Houston and Randolph Air Force Base outside of San Antonio. The buzz for the newest entry in Tom Clancy’s #1 bestselling series also continued this week, with an interview for Military Press, which also ran on Crimespree Magazine and Blackfive.net and raves that Blackwood “continue[s] the intense, thrilling, and realistic plots that Tom Clancy was known for…riveting and gripping.” This weekend, reviews will run in the Providence Journal(Sunday, 6/28) and on PublishersWeekly.com, with coverage still to come from BooklistKirkus, and CrimeFiction.FM.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) is back at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list!  This marks the thriller’s 22nd week on the list, with 17 in the top spot.  The Girl on the Train continues to sweep the nation, with over two million copies sold and counting.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh’s Only A Promise (Signet) debuts at #2 onThe New York Times mass-market fiction list, #13 on the eBook fiction list, and #12 on the combined print & eBook fiction list.  It also debuted at #14 on the USA Today list.  The newest installment in the Survivor’s Club series about soldiers returning home from the Napoleonic War was released to rave reviews from numerous publications, including Publishers Weekly, RT Book Reviews, Kirkus Reviews and a starred review from Library Journal, which called the series “insightfully conceived and brilliantly executed.”

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton’s 24th Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel, Dead Ice (Berkley), debuts at #5 on The New York Times combined print & eBbook list, #3 on the eBook fiction list, and #7 on the hardcover fiction list.  It also debuted at #7 on the USA Today bestseller list. Publicity for Dead Ice included author interviews in the June Goodreads newsletter and on the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, and a piece written by Hamilton for The Amazon Book Review about the evolution of her popular series.  Hamilton launched the release with a week-long tour to Atlanta, New York City, Houston, Dayton and Lexington, drawing more than 200 readers at each event.
In The New York Times, Dwight Garner called How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) “the richest explanation to date about how the arrival of the MP3 upended almost everything about how music is distributed, consumed and stored…it has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book” and Nick Hornby called the book “enthralling…terrific, timely, informative…Witt is an authoritative, enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary” for The Sunday Times (UK).  How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. The culmination of 5 years of investigative research, journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. Stephen Witt was in conversation with Jon Caramanica (New York Times) and Jason Parham (Gawker) last night (6/18) at Freehold in Brooklyn, followed by a ‘90s dance party, to celebrate the launch of How Music Got Free.
Shelf Awareness’ “Image of the Day” on Friday was this fun photo from this week’s Penguin Press sales, marketing and publicity meeting, when all attendees taped pink hearts over their eyes to imitate the jacket art of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg, which went on sale on Tuesday.  Aziz discussed the book on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (6/15), then Good Morning America, The View, All Things Considered and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday (5/16).  His national book tour kicked off in New York City this week. Check out book.azizansari.com.   rewrew
Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley’s enchanting debut about a boy, his grandfather, and the mysterious circus that changes their lives, hit stores last week to terrific reviews. In addition to three starred reviews, Circus Mirandus has been named to summer reading guides in the Los Angeles TimesWashington Post, Instructor MagazineBookPage, and Reading Rainbow. The Wall Street Journal praised the book saying, “Manifestations of belief and unbelief run through Cassie Beasley’s charming debut, which takes readers to a marvelous place where elephants do long division, juice makes you sing opera and a boy can find his heart’s desire—perhaps indefinitely.”  Upcoming magazine coverage is confirmed for Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Parents, and the New York Times Book Review will review in the June 21st issue. Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, acquired the manuscript in a heated auction that included five major publishers, and this February, Stone Village Productions’ Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell, preemptively acquired the film and TV rights in a high six-figure option deal. Circus Mirandus claimed the #1 spot on the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List and was Amazon’s “Best of the Month” for June in the middle grade category. Beasley met booksellers and librarians in Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, and Raleigh on her pre-pub tour this spring, and will appear at the Decatur Book Festival and Anderson’s Young Adult Conference this fall.