Deadline Hollywood reported that NBC bought the rights to #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s bestselling novel The Bourbon Kings (NAL Hardcover).  NBC acquired the project—planned to be an ongoing 1-hour drama series—from Endemol Shine Studios. Empire co-executive producer David Rambo will write the adaptation.  The show will center on the Bradfords, a wealthy Kentucky family who made their fortune in the bourbon industry. Ward calls the book series “my love letter to my adopted home state, and a cautionary tale of big money, traditional values, and hidden sins.”  Originally from New England, Ward, whose books have sold more than 15 million copies in 25 countries, now lives in Kentucky.
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  by Steve Silberman, which goes on sale next Tuesday (8/25) from Avery, is already making a big splash in the media. The cover of The New York Times Book Review this Sunday (8/23), which praises this remarkable book as “beautifully told, humanizing, important,” is just the start of the terrific line up.  Also of note:  a detailed and thorough article on, an amazing Q & A with Carl Zimmer in this month’s WIRED magazine, a review in TIME magazine, a review in this week’s Economist, a fantastic interview with WBUR’s CommonHealth, amongst others. Additionally, over the next two weeks, Steve will be interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, KQEDsForum, KERAs Think, WMACs Roundtable; reviews will be appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Chicago Tribune; and coverage will be all over the web on popular sites like Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, DailyBeast, Quartz, Salon and Slate. Want a sneak peek into the book? Take a few minutes to watch Steve Siberman’s TED Talk on ‘The Forgotten History of Autism’, which in just a few short weeks, has garnered 850,000 views.  Clearly this is a topic that is resonating with people everywhere. Both the TedTalk and NeuroTribes are incredibly eye opening.
The Center for Fiction has announced the seven novels that are finalists for its 2015 First Novel Prize.  Among the nominees is Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, published by Penguin Books.  This vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past.   The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8 at The Metropolitan Club in New York.
On Tuesday, August 18, fans and friends in the hundreds visited bookstores across the country to celebrate Ivan Doig Day, designated to celebrate the publication of Last Bus to Wisdom, the final novel by Ivan Doig, and pay tribute to a man whose prolific career earned him the nickname the “Dean of the West.” DoigDayCrowdMTAug2015tNail Nine bookstores participated in the celebration with astounding turn-outs at various locations: 200 people attended the event at Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington; 150 turned out at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington; and Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana, Ivan’s home state, boasted a full house. Rave reviews for the book have appeared in TheNew York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Paste Magazine, Portland Oregonian, and many more media outlets.  Last Bus to Wisdom is a “fitting tribute to a memorable body of work” (Booklist) and The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls the book a “fine last work from a writer we’ll miss for his endearing stories, his engaging characters and his enduring humanity.”
Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries went on sale from Dutton on Tuesday amidst a stellar media lineup that has been building momentum this summer.  After a terrific live interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s The Today Show, Kaplan spoke to a packed house at B&N’s Upper West Side. Watch the segment here. The Gratitude Diaries has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, More, Vanity Fair, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, People, Parade, Time, The Daily Beast, LinkedIn and many other outlets. With World Gratitude Day coming on September 21 and the holidays after that, there will be many more reasons to practice gratitude this fall.  
Riverhead’s The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, after recently roaring past the 3 million copies sold milestone, has picked up a new head of steam, returning to #1 on The New York Times eBook fiction bestseller list in its 31st week on the list. This GIRL continues to live up to the well-earned “Book of 2015” title.
Fall is approaching and the buzz around Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is growing more and more. Just announced: IndieNext names Fates and Furies the #1 Pick for October 2015, with over 60 booksellers nominations for Lauren Groff’s highly anticipated novel. On top of this success, LibraryReads lists Fates and Furies as their #4 pick for September. Riverhead is thrilled by all the support from indie bookstores, as well as the libraries, throughout the nation.
When veteran journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt first interviewed the man who forgave the boy who murdered his only son, she never would have believed that his story of grace, resilience and forgiveness would lead her on the journey that would culminate in her debut book Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World. Travelling across country and continent to not only learn what forgiveness is, but how it works, Megan’s life changed – and as readers it’s a fascinating tale to read. Both national and local media agree, with op-eds penned by Megan, along with Q&A interviews and reviews, to be published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Mind Body Green, Southwest Airlines Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Science of Mind Magazine. She will do local press where she is touring, including Denver, San Diego, and Albuquerque.  Book excerpts appeared in print and online at Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Salon next week.  Megan also did a 25-plus market radio tour, including nationally syndicated NPR and SiriusXM.  She will also be appearing on the PBS program, To the Contrary, in late August.
In reference to the year she spent journeying with the Fulani in Africa, the world’s largest remaining nomadic group, the Christian Science Monitor praises Anna Badkhen’s gift as a “storyteller able to render the strange and different both familiar and engrossing… She observes and documents personalities and relationships, animals and seasons, and her own experiences in a foreign land with a great deal of thought and care.” Biographile raves that “Badkhen is capable of writing staggeringly vivid passages that set scenes marvelously…. The prose and the images are vivid, poetic, and tactile.”  In Walking With Abel, which Riverhead published on August 4, Anna accompanies a Fulani family on their migration across the Sahara, and learns about how political, social, and agricultural changes are affecting their centuries-old way of life. Anna shows how “[The Fulani] live in the here and now in ways the modern world has lost even the memory of” (BookPage) in a book that is being praised for its “graceful prose” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “beautiful passages” (Boston Globe). Badkhen also appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and answered questions from Fulani-American callers. To celebrate the publication of WALKING WITH ABEL, Badkhen spoke at PENN Center on August 4 with food catered by Fulani-owned restaurant Kilimandjaro, and again on August 6 with Chris Beha (Harper’s Magazine) at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn. Badkhen will continue touring in Texas, Atlanta, and upstate New York.
The Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, which annually recognizes the title that “provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics,” has announced its 2015 longlist.  Among the 15 semi-finalists for this £30,000 prize are two books published by Viking in the US: Warm congratulations to everyone involved with these longlisted titles. A shortlist of up to six books will be revealed on September 22. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17.