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This train won’t stop! Just over a month on sale, Riverhead’s  The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is #1 on The New York Times bestseller lists for as fifth straight week and maintaining its incredible momentum.   On Tuesday afternoon, Mashable hosted a live Google Hangout with Paula and readers/fans had the opportunity to interact with Paula and ask her questions about the book. Participants included MashReads members and the general public. Martha Stewart Living did an online check-in with book club members. This is Martha Stewart Living’s third mention of The Girl On The Train, having previously announced it as its February book club selection and Instagrammed a wonderful image (one of Martha Stewart’s most popular Instagrams to date, with over 3,000 likes).
Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams will bring his beloved hit song “Happy” to the youngest of readers in a new picture book featuring photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy, it was announced this week by Penguin Young Readers. The book HAPPY! will be published by the Putnam Books for Young Readers imprint on September 22.  On Tuesday, the Associated Press broke this news, which was also covered by The New York Times, The Washington Postthe Boston Herald, Rolling Stone, TIME.Com, Marie Claire, and Good Morning America, among many other outlets. “This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” said Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.” “I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” said Williams. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.” Pharrell Williams is a singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and also a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Redefining cool for a new generation, he is a creative force, using music, fashion and design to express his distinctive style. He wears many hats, and has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work, including “Best Music Video” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Happy.” His multi-media creative collective “i am OTHER” includes fashion, music, entertainment, and art endeavors. Happy! will be his first children’s book.
First Installment The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass to be Published This Fall Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the acquisition of a new fantasy series by Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files novels. Executive Editor Anne Sowards bought World English Rights from Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency. The first novel in the new series, The Cinder Spires:The Aeronaut’s Windlass, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015. Jim Butcher became one of the most recognized names in science fiction and fantasy with the internationally bestselling Dresden Files series featuring Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. The series garnered a large and devoted fan base for Butcher that continues to grow with each installment; the last five Dresden Files books skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Butcher is currently at work on Peace Talks, the sixteenth installment in the phenomenally successful urban fantasy series. In addition to The Dresden Files, Butcher is also the author of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Codex Alera epic fantasy series. Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, “Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it’s a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it’s like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!” The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship’s crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, “This is Jim Butcher at his best…It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning.” The Cinder Spires:The Aeronaut’s Windlass is poised to be one of the fall’s biggest genre releases, and Butcher fans are anxiously awaiting news about the release. Perfect for readers of Brandon Sanderson and Naomi Novik—in addition to Butcher’s existing fans— The Cinder Spires is a grand new adventure from one of the biggest names in fantasy. On Sale: September 29, 2015
Ruth Ozeki, author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed novel  A Tale For The Time Being was awarded the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Creative Writing: Prose.  The subcommittee wrote: “Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale For The Time Being  is a beautiful contradiction of a novel–as expansive as the Pacific in its geographic and temporal scope, yet as finely textured as the quantum entanglements that link the lives of its two central characters. The novel deftly interweaves the perspectives of Nao, a teenage girl in Tokyo by way of Sunnyvale, and Ruth, a novelist in British Columbia by way of New York. Alternating and overlapping in their roles as readers, narrators, and dreamers, Ruth and Nao reflect upon an array of questions: the uncertain nature of being in time; isolation and communication; bullying and suicide; ecological disaster and automated warfare; memories of the past and the experience of the present.  These questions may seem arbitrary when presented as a mere list, yet in Ozeki’s hands they are anything but—the novel unfolds at the pace of life, building its connections, one moment at a time. It is a stunning achievement.” This award will be presented to Ozeki at the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Awards Reception on the evening of April 25 in Evanston, Illinois.  More information can be found at: http://aaastudies.org/.
Nick Hornby’s highly anticipated Funny Girl went on sale to great buzz. A rave NPR review said,  “[Funny Girlinduces binge-reading that’s the literary equivalent of polishing off an entire television series in one weekend” and  The New York Times noted “this novel packs in lots of laughs, but it’s also got more heft than Mr. Hornby’s readers may expect.” People Magazine named Funny Girl “Book of the Week” and described it as “[A] light, fond, funny tale by the author of About a Boy…[a] fizzy delight about the likable oddballs who populate showbiz.” while Entertainment Weekly called the book “engaging” and “spot on.” Features have been running far and wide in the Boston Globe, Atlantic, Chicago Tribune Metro, and AM New York. Additionally, Funny Girl has been named one of the best books of February from USA Today, Amazon, PopSugar, StyleBistro, and Vulture. Nick kicked off a 7-city national tour this week with a packed house with over 300 people at Harvard Bookstore. He is in NYC this week and will make further stops in Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Pasadena.
The Girl On The Train continues to gather even more momentum, with an upcoming national TV hit on CBS This Morning on Monday, February 9. The Girl on the Train is topping charts nationwide, ranking #1 this week on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, Chicago Tribune Bestseller List, Chicagoland Bestseller List, Amazon’s Bestseller List, Kindle, Barnes & Noble Best Selling Nook Book, Publisher’s Weekly Hard Cover, Fiction, and the IndieBound.com Bestseller List. Author Paula Hawkins has been profiled in a New York Times feature and a Washington Post review, which called The Girl on the Train “well-written and ingeniously constructed — perhaps a bit too ingeniously.”  The Girl on the Train is popping up in “best of” and “must read” lists featured on exciting outlets online including Bustle.com’s amazing “12 Books to Read if You Liked The Girl on the Train,” The Huffington Post’s “Why Everyone’s Talking About The Girl on the Train,” and StyleCaster’s Editor’s Pick. Paula is in the middle of a 6-city tour this week, starting with ALA Midwinter Conference’s Debut Author Panel. She also held press events and book-store signings in Toronto and Houston, then stopped in NYC for interviews, signings, and the Mashable #MashReads Book Club event. She continues on to California, Nashville, and back to NYC before returning to London.
To celebrate Penguin Books’ upcoming paperback original, Love By The Book by Melissa Pimentel, some of the ladies from the Penguin Books team followed the online book club kit for their own pre-pub book club night!The Penguin Books Twitter feed live-tweeted the party using the hashtag #LBTBbookclub. Following the kit’s suggestions, Blind Dates and “Men Are The Devil”-ed Eggs were served as appetizers along with cocktails like Relationship on the Rocks and First Date Courage while book clubbers discussed LOVE BY THE BOOK and played Break-Up Bingo. It was a fantastic evening! Cosmopolitan included Love By The Book in its February issue, on stands now, kicking off publicity before author Melissa Pimentel arrives stateside for her 5-city tour.  On February 9, she will appear at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn for a “Dating is the Worst” book launch and evening of storytelling.
Gayle Forman, whose If I Stay was #8 on USA Today’s bestselling books of 2014 list, is celebrating the release of her newest novel, I Was Here, on sale this week from Viking Children’s Books. People called the book “a heartbreaking novel” in a review, and it’s been on buzz lists from USA Today, Bustle, and Seventeen. Forman’s two-week tour for I Was Here centers on the theme of friendship and includes guest appearances from fellow authors such as Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Dessen, Ruta Sepetys, Margaret Stole, Lauren Oliver, A. S. King, and Jennifer E. Smith, among others. Penguin Teen launched a photo app on www.iwasherebook.com which allows fans to upload their own images or create from a template to join in the #IWASHERE conversation. Start reading an excerpt  from I Was Here.  
This week Dutton published Lost & Found by Brooke Davis, a book that swept Australia just last summer, immediately landing on bestseller lists and in the hearts of indie bookstores Down Under. After selling into over 25 countries, Lost & Found had a simultaneous release in the US, Canada and the UK, with much early buzz in all three. This irresistible debut novel is about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking Lost & Found was featured in All You, Woman’s Day, Kirkus Reviews, and Writer’s Digest, with reviews still to come from The Associated Press and the Miami Herald.   Additionally, Dutton has partnered with two local Australian coffee shops, Bluestone Lane and Café Grumpy, in conjunction with Lost & Found. Starting on Australian Day, January 26, anyone who visits one of Bluestone Lane’s three locations will receive a free “flat white” coffee for showing their copy of the book!  Anyone visiting Café Grumpy will receive $2 off any coffee purchase for having the book, as well. If that doesn’t call for a g’day, mate, then nothing can. Start Reading an excerpt from Lost & Found!
Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller The Girl On The Train  is roaring out of the station! The book everyone is reading debuts at #1 on The New York Times eBook fiction and combined print & eBook fiction bestseller lists as well as #2 on the hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of 2/1 and has been hovering between #1 and #6 on Amazon and BN.com since going on sale January 13.  Now in its 10th printing, with over a quarter million copies in print, the book also debuts at #1 on this week’s Wall Street Journal bestseller list.  Today’s Wall Street Journal includes a major feature on The Girl On The Train and Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh is quoted in the article: “None of us can think of another debut that has exploded out of the gate this fast. As to why it’s caught fire, I think it’s really come down to the read. As much as we’d love to think we know how to manufacture a hit like this, it doesn’t really happen that way.” The Girl On The Train was featured on the Today Show Weekend Jumpstart, a fantastic interview with the author aired on NPR All Things Considered and it was selected as the Mashable Book Club pick for February. Entertainment Weekly featured the book on their “Must List,” calling it “a gripping, down-the-rabbit-hole thriller,” and in their review said, “[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see coming.” Their “What I’m Reading Now” section this week went even further: “But since Gone Girl, this is the first plot I’ve read that moves with such force.” More rave reviews continue to pour in.  People magazine says that “Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller…Hawkins’s debut ends with a twist that no one – least of all its victims—could have seen coming.” “What a thriller!” proclaims People Style Watch, and the New York Daily News  says “The Girl on the Train [is] a harrowing new suspense novel…a complex and thoroughly chilling psychological thriller. … The Girl on the Train is one of those books where you can’t wait — yet almost can’t bear — to turn the page. It’s a stunning novel of dread.” On Oprah.com: “The Thriller So Engrossing, You’ll Pray for Snow: Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work, school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. …A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages.” And a flat-out rave review from NPR.org:  “It’s difficult to say too much more about the plot of The Girl on the Train; like all thrillers, it’s best for readers to dive in spoiler-free. This is a debut novel — Hawkins is a journalist by training — but it doesn’t read like the work of someone new to suspense. Read more…