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Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle will be the Publisher Honoree at the May 5 PEN Literary Gala, it was announced today by the PEN American Center, which also revealed that the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage award will go to the staff of Paris’ satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and Tom Stoppard will receive PEN’s highest accolade, the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

Mr. Dohle is being honored for his leadership role in the global literary community. PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel said, “Penguin Random House has been among PEN’s most stalwart supporters, with a history of resisting censorship and promoting reverence for the written word. Markus Dohle’s passionate leadership has helped galvanize an industry amid transformation, bringing energy and vision that are fueling reinvention in a dynamic and fertile new era of literary creativity.”

The recipient of the Freedom to Write Award, presented annually to an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising his or her right to free expression, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The PEN Gala will take place at New York’s Museum of Natural History and kick off the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which will feature a multitude of events in New York City from May 4-10.  Read the full PEN press release here for more details about the PEN festival, the Gala, and the honorees.

With Endangered, his 15th bestselling Joe Pickett mystery, Putnam author C.J. Box achieved a career-best New York Times bestseller landing – debuting at #2 on the combined print & eBook bestseller list, for the week of March 29th, also entering at #3 on the hardcover fiction and eBook fiction lists. 

NeilNyrenCJBoxcropMarch15Even before this great bestseller news arrived, Box and his editor Neil Nyren, Putnam EVP, Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, resplendent in cowboy hats, were in a celebratory mood. Joined by Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh, Putnam and Dutton President Ivan Held, Penguin Publishing Group SVP and Hardcover Sales Director John Lawton, and many others on the Putnam and PPG teams, everyone raised a glass to him at a special reception at 375 Hudson Street.  That same night, Box and fellow Putnam author Owen Laukkanen entertained a good crowd at Mysterious Bookshop in NYC.   The C.J. Box road show then moved on to Philadelphia, with his national author tour continuing on to Minneapolis, Lexington and Ft. Lauderdale, and wrapping up with events in the Wyoming towns of Casper and Sheridan.

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) continues its reign as the nation’s #1 bestselling book – topping New York Times bestseller lists for a 9th straight week: #1 on the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction and combined print & eBook bestseller lists for the week of March 29thThe Girl on The Train is now the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever. This week, Entertainment Weekly features The Girl on The Train for the FIFTH time with an incredible three-page profile of Paula Hawkins, which notes the 1 million copies sold milestone before highlighting the growing list of the book’s celebrity fans: “Celebrity fans of the book, meanwhile, include Reese Witherspoon and Stephen King.” This train keeps on rolling!  Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
The longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced this week and feature 8 authors and their books published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints, as follows: PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction: PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: PEN Open Book Award: PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography:
  • Victoria by A.N. Wilson (Penguin Press)
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing: PEN Translation Prize:
  • I Ching  by John Minford (Viking Books)
Congratulations to all of our nominees. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Longlists here. The awards finalists will be announced on April 15. 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 shortlist for the 2015 New England Society Book Awards was announced this week and includes Alena by Rachel Pastan (Riverhead) in the Fiction category and The Map Thief by Michael Blanding (Gotham) in the History & Biography category. The New England Society Book Awards honors books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture and are sponsored by the New England Society in the City of New York. Winners will be announced May 13.
The Girl on The Train celebrates a huge milestone this week – over 1 million copies sold! On sale from Riverhead for just over two months, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train has taken the world by storm. In a USA Today feature commemorating the book’s incredible  success, Carol Fitzgerald says the sales numbers are “very impressive…in a sluggish market during a tough winter it’s a clear runaway winner.” The list of celebrity fans of the book also keeps growing, with Reese Witherspoon stating on her Instagram, “I don’t know who you are #PaulaHawkins but you kept me up all night reading! #TheGirlOnTheTrain #PageTurner #BookClub.”  And this train keeps rolling on the nation’s most highly regarded bestseller list: a #1 New York Times bestseller for 8 straight weeks. Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook!
Millions mourned when ESPN Sports Center anchor Stuart Scott lost his unrelenting fight against cancer and passed away on January 4, 2015.  Blue Rider Press President and Publisher David Rosenthal told The New York Times, “If he had gone into remission, it would have been a wonderful miracle.”  Sadly, that miracle did not happen but readers everywhere are comforted and gaining inspiration from Scott’s memoir, written with Larry Platt, Every Day I Fight, which went on sale from Blue Rider Press on Tuesday. The book has been selling at a hot pace, propelled by a phenomenal national media campaign, including prominent print pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today, which noted, “Scott’s candor and combative energy are what drives his story…Being a conscientious journalist, Scott diligently, unsparingly reports on what was going on inside his head and in his personal life through treatment, remission and the return of the disease. In recounting every mood swing, every surge of hope and dread, he is imparting a lesson to his daughters, Taelor and Sydni — and to us: ‘I want them to take every note of every moment and to make them count.’” National TV has included segments on ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN’s Sports Center as well as a first serial except on ESPN.com, and spots on ESPN Radio and The Tom Joyner Show. Many of Stuart’s friends have also offered personal praise, including basketball legend Michael Jordan: “I’ve known Stuart Scott since we were undergrads at UNC and I watched him become a groundbreaking sportscaster. But Every Day I Fight shows his greatest accomplishment: as a dad, who fights for his daughters every day. As a journalist, a dad and a cancer fighter, there’s no quit in Stuart.”
The popularity of Clive Cussler’s bestselling Isaac Bell series continues to grow. The two newest books, written with Justin Scott, both debut on The New York Times bestseller lists this week.  The Assassin (Putnam) hits at #3 on the eBook fiction list and grabs the #5 slot on the hardcover fiction list while The Bootlegger (Berkley) bows at #7 on the mass-market fiction list.
On Tuesday, Dutton published The Valley by John Renehan, the highly-praised debut that has caught the support of booksellers around the country and National Book Award winner Phil Klay, who called it “both a gripping, tightly-wound mystery as well as a sharply observed look at the complex internal politics of the U.S. Army.” The Valley launched to a great publicity line-up, including interviews with the Huffington Post (read it here) and Newsmax’s The Steve Malzberg Show, an excerpt on the Storyville app, a 20-city radio tour, and reviews in Military Times, Foreign Policy, The Providence Journal, andLos Angeles Review of Books. Renehan also participated in the “Indies Introduce” panel at Wi10, and upcoming events include a reading at KGB Bar’s “Behind the Book” series and a panel with Phil Klay at the Oxford Conference for the Book.  
At last night’s National Book Critic’s Circle Awards ceremony at the New School in New York, Phil Klay received the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize for outstanding first book in any genre for his New York Times-bestselling, National Book Award-winning debut story collection Redeployment (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Named to honor the memory of founding NBCC member John Leonard, the prize is uniquely decided by a direct vote of the organization’s nearly 700 members nationwide, whereas the traditional awards are nominated and chosen by the elected 24-member board of directors.