The literary journal Kirkus Reviews has announced the finalists for its 2015 book prizes, and two Penguin Publishing Group authors and their books are in the running for awards: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) in the fiction category and The Deluge by Adam Tooze (Viking) in the nonfiction category.  The Kirkus Prize was founded by Kirkus Reviews in 2014 to recognize outstanding writing by authors whose books have earned a review star in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young readers literature. The winners, each of whom receives $50,000, will be named October 15 at a ceremony in Austin, Texas. Congratulations and best of luck to Ms. Groff and Mr. Tooze.
New American Library announced this week that Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart will share never-before-told stories of his life in music in an upcoming February memoir, Sweet Dreams Are Made of ThisStewart’s is the only memoir published by a member of Eurythmics and includes never-before-seen photos, and a foreword by Mick Jagger, Stewart’s longtime friend and collaborator. Says Stewart, “It has been a mind-blowing experience looking back on all of these adventures and wondering how I managed to survive a lot of them.  Just writing about the wild things that happened to me back in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s was exhausting.  Mind you not much has changed!  I must have taken a busy pill somewhere along the ride.” In a narrative by turns intimate, wild, reflective, and revelatory, the prolific performer, songwriter, and producer best known for the international hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” looks back on a career that has spanned three decades and more than 100 million album sales.
The Penguin Book Truck made a trip to Baltimore this week to celebrate the new 200thAnniversary Edition of Jane Austen’s Emma (Penguin Classics Deluxe). Editor Juliette Wells had an enthusiastic crowd at Goucher College, where she is a professor, and signed copies of the book at the Penguin Book Truck. Check out Juliette on the cab of the truck with a copy of Emma. She was interviewed for Jezebel and Flavorwire, with more interviews about Emma and the 200th anniversary still to come. Emma events are also planned for several other cities (including  Louisville, and New York City) over the coming months. As Juliette told Flavorwire, “Emma is the culmination of Austen’s ability to make great art about the most everyday material…if you love Jane Austen but your acquaintance is from these screen adaptations and you’re ready to take that step and read some of her writings, this is the perfect way to do it.” IMG_2762IMG_2709    
Penguin Young Readers and Pharrell Williams have partnered with First Book on the #ReadHAPPY campaign, which provides books to children in need. The launch of this campaign coincides with Putnam Books for Young Readers’ October 6 release of Happy!, a photographic picture book based on Williams’ hit song of the same name.  “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Williams says. #ReadHAPPY encourages people everywhere to post images and thoughts about how reading makes them happy. And every post using the hashtag #ReadHAPPY shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram will trigger a donation of one book from Penguin Young Readers to First Book, up to 50,000 books. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors addressing literacy – access to books. To date, First Book has distributed more 130 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities.
The highly anticipated self-help book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic, which went on sale from Riverhead last week, debuts as a #1 New York Times bestseller (entering at #1 on the Advice, Hot-To and Miscellaneous list) as well as  #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. PeopleMagazine will feature Liz in their upcoming issue in an incredible spread about her successes as a writer and about “the ripple of inspiration” (Associated Press) readers are sure to find in Big Magic! Liz will also be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on November 4. All of this comes after a wave of attention and rave reviews: The Washington Post writes “Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book” and Marie Claire advises: “Consider her your own personal life coach”. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post declares: “Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal”, and Flavorwire calls Big Magic “transformative and valuable.”
Putnam’s Come Rain or Come Shine  by Jan Karon debuts at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list after the author wrapped up a successful 5-city tour to Fairhope, St. Louis, Seattle, Charlotte, and Charlottesville. She has another local Charlottesville event next week and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia later this month. Recent media includes a review in Bookpage that called it “[a]nother [Mitford novel] that readers won’t want to miss…Karon has a gift for breathing life into small moments that make readers both laugh and cry,” and a review on that raves, “It’s hard for a review to capture the magic of Jan Karon’s writing and of the characters readers have taken for their own since the first Mitford book was published. But the magic is there…The delightful reconnections you’ll experience will both gladden your heart and satisfy your soul…Choose a cup of your favorite tea and your most comfortable chair, and settle in with the Mitford characters, new and old, whom we’ve all come to love as you open Come Rain or Come Shine. Jan Karon has done it again.” Victoria Magazine also posted a blog feature that says “[Come Rain or Come Shine is] [f]illed with down-to-earth wisdom and details that allow Mitford to live in our memories long after we have turned the last page.” Come Rain or Come Shine was recently included in Barnes & Noble Reads’ “This Week’s Biggest Books,” where it was called “…heartfelt. Longtime readers, prepare to spend an evening celebrating a marriage that was long in coming, in the company of old fictional friends,” and its cover was featured on the homepage.

Beloved and award-winning actress Drew Barrymore will releasing her new book, Wildflower, on 10/27. These funny, inspiring, and profound stories share Barrymore’s fresh perspective on life, and share insights from her past and present. She will be embarking on a national 10-city tour to celebrate the publication of Wildflower!barrymore tour FINAL


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Anne M. Fletcher’s Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment — and How to Get Help That Works, published by Penguin Books in 2014, is a Bronze Award winner for the 2015 National Health Information Awards in the category of Patient Education Information. The National Health Information Awards honors the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials, including books, newspaper and magazine articles, and other media.
The longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced and includes Steve Silberman’s  NeuroTribes:The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  (Avery).   The Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction is the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books. The prize aims to reward the best of nonfiction and is open to authors of all nonfiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. The shortlist will be announced on October 11 at London’s Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize will be announced on November 2.


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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,” announced its 2015 shortlist this week. How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) is among the six finalists for this £30,000 prize.  Congratulations to Mr. Wiit and everyone involved with this book. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17.