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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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Sinéad O’Connor, the award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, will write her memoirs, it was announced this week. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.   Penguin Ireland will publish the memoir in Ireland, UK and Commonwealth.  A March 2016 publication date is planned. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by David Rosenthal, Blue  Rider’s president and publisher, from  Simon Watson of Sidewinder Management. Mr. Rosenthal will also edit. “I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book.  And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” said O’Connor. “Sinéad has led a singular life – both personally and professionally,” said Rosenthal. “She is a fearlessly honest and incredibly talented artist.” The book will cover the singer’s turbulent upbringing in Ireland; her breakout as an artist with 1987’s The Lion and the Cobra and her nine subsequent albums; her controversial opinions and actions, as well as her personal and musical struggles and triumphs, through the present day.
This fall author and actor B.J. Novak turns the notion of the “picture book” on its head with The Book With No Picturesa text-only story book for young children designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller. The book, which debuts at #2 on The New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list, was launched last week to rave reviews from media, parents, teachers, librarians and, most importantly, kids! The Atlantic says, “B.J. Novak proves that kids don’t need pictures,” and Vanity Fair calls it  “Funny, creative, and smart.” In a starred review Kirkus called the book “A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall,” andThe Horn Book calls it “Pure kid bliss.” Novak kicked off his national two-week tour in New York with appearances on Today, The View (a must-watch segment) and Watch What Happens Live. He is visiting schools and bookstores in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other media has included reviews in People, US Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, The Wall Street Journal,and The New York Times Book ReviewThe Horn Book ran a wonderful interview with B.J. You can watch a video of B.J. reading the book to kids here. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  was published by Knopf earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Adam Rackley’s Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans continues to get amazing media attention since it went on sale as a Penguin paperback original on September 30. Sports Illustrated called the book “straightforward and engaging” in their October 6th issue, and Adam spoke with over 20 radio stations across the country last week, including the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM. Adam will be interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on October 26th and will also be featured in the November issue of Men’s Journal. In this tale of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery, Adam details the incredible feat of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean; of he and his rowing partner Jimmy spending 70 days on the open water, sleeping in two hour shifts, living in a boat seven meters long and two meters wide. Adam recounts the physical and mental hardships that he and Jimmy faced, the toll it takes on the body to row nearly constantly with little time for recuperation, and the crushing isolation of spending weeks apart from civilization, while also chronicling the men who pioneered the crossing, from the first pair to successfully row the Atlantic in 1896 and those that followed, as well as the ones who never made it to the other side. With great trade reviews including a starred review from Library Journal, Adam’s harrowing tale is the perfect read for someone looking for a little armchair adventure.
A Brief History of Seven Killings went on sale last week with huge media attention, beginning with Michiko Kakutani’s flat-out rave review in the New York Timeswhere she praised that A Brief History of Seven Killings is “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.” Marlon James was interviewed for two back-to-back national profiles:  the front page of the New York Times’ Arts section and then a full interview in Wall Street Journal. Listen to Marlon’s interview with NPR’s All Things Considered here, with much more to come as he continues his nationwide book tour! Read a Letter from the Editor of A Brief History of Seven Killings.