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Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets), has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the Regional Author category. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows legendary heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he loved.  Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth. This annual awards program Indiana authors contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded by The Glick Fund. Matejka will be honored at the 7th annual Indiana Authors Awards Dinner on October 10 in Indianapolis.
Marlon James can add yet another win to his long list of awards for his “tour-de-force (The Wall Street Journal), “awe-inspiring” (Entertainment Weekly) and “epic” (The New York Times) novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead). Announced this week, The Before Columbus Foundation will present the American Book Award to James and several other authors for their influential literary works of the past year. All of the authors will be honored at an awards ceremony on October 25 in San Francisco.  This award recognizes literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  With no rules or guidelines, the American Book Award honors writers who yearn to defy any categories or descriptions. Since its release, A Brief History of Seven Killings has won the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards, been a finalist for the NBCC Awards and made it onto countless Best of 2014 lists. Congratulations to Marlon on the success of his novel,A Brief History of Seven Killings. It has had anything but a brief life in the literary world!
Edward Tse and his book, China’s Disruptors, published by Portfolio  on July 14, had a great week of media, with coverage by CNBC: Closing Bell, Bloomberg Radio, and WNYC Radio. China’s Disruptors begins in September, 2014 when Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba raised $25 billion in the world’s biggest-ever initial public offering.  Since then, millions of investors and managers worldwide have pondered a fundamental question: What’s really going on with the new wave of China’s disruptors?
The highly anticipated motion picture based on Paper Towns, Penguin Young Readers author John Green’s #1 bestselling book, opens in theaters nationwide today, July 24.  In the run-up to this opening, Green has had a busy week, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NPR’s Here and Now as well as stopping by the US Weekly offices.
If you’ve ever wondered how the French stay impossibly chic, The French Beauty Solution  gives you all of the tips and tricks to feel good while looking good. Mathilde Thomas, cofounder of the international beauty company Caudalíe, shares the simple, natural, time-tested beauty secrets that she learned while growing up in France. Any woman can use her tips to look younger, healthier, and more radiant without harsh products or drastic procedures. The media is just as obsessed with Mathilde’ s new book as they are with the Caudalíe products, and The French Beauty Solution  is being covered widely. For just a sampling, check out the coverage in The Los Angeles Times, VanityFair.com, Allure.com, Style.com,Time.com, New York Observer, StyleCaster, and Yahoo!. To get a gorgeous glimpse into everyone around the world reading The French Beauty Solution and using the tips they’ve learned, view the photos on Instagram, and the many tweets on Twitter.
Christine Feehan’s Earth Bound (Jove) will debut at #1 on The New York Times mass-market fiction bestseller list, and #5 on both the eBook and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of July 26. The book also hit #6 on the USA Today list the week of July 16th.  Feehan returned to the fictional, small coastal town of Sea Haven, California with the newest novel in her Sister of the Heart series about a group of psychically gifted women, and the men (with psychic gifts of their own) who fall in love with them.

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The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) returns to #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list this week.  The book has now been a #1 New York Times bestseller list for 20 weeks and on the list for 26 weeks overall.  On Tuesday, Penguin Random House author George R.R. Martin had very positive words to say about the book and its author on his Not a Blog website, posting: “I read the mega-bestseller The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins … The main character, an alcoholic who is falling apart, is especially well drawn. It’s a strong story, with a great sense of time and place, and one that had me from start to finish.”
Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter (Penguin Books, 7/28), has won the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel. DEAR DAUGHTER was originally published by Viking in 2014 to critical acclaim.   Little will tour to four cities in August for the Penguin paperback publication of the book.  The book was also nominated for a Barry Award (Best First Novel) and described by People magazine as “quick-witted and fast paced.”
Penguin Pride was in full effect at the recent American Library Association conference, held in San Francisco from June 23-26.  During opening night, Penguin featured three new authors as part of our “Fresh Fiction Friday,” including Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen), Andi Teran (Ana of California), and Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen). Librarians swarmed the Penguin booth to meet these authors and take advantage of the customary galley giveaways. The enthusiasm continued on Day Two as Jayne Ann Krentz (Secret Sisters), Michelle Tea (How to Grow Up) and Michelle Miller (The Underwriting) all received warm welcomes during their booth signings. Five fabulous mystery authors, Elaine Viets (Checked Out), Jenn McKinlay (Dark Chocolate Demise), Kate Carlisle (Ripped from the Pages), Juliet Blackwell (The Paris Key), and Emily Brightwell (Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away) appeared in front of a packed house at the ALA Pop Top Mystery stage on a panel moderated by Dominique R. Jenkins, Academic Conventions Manager & Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Random House. Penguin author Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You) was the darling of the AAP Book-A-Licious Breakfast which was attended by over 250 librarians, and then later appeared at an awards dinner to accept her 2014 Asian/Pacific American Libraries Award in Literature. The show continued on Day Three with Viking author Val Brelinsky (The Girl Who Slept with God) speaking on the always popular First Author, First Book panel, and Phil Klay (Redeployment) and Janis Cooke Newman (A Master Plan For Rescue) signing books at the booth. Avery author Jennifer Tyler Lee (The 52 New Foods Challenge) shared cooking tips on the ALA What’s Cooking Stage and Amy Belding Brown (Flight of the Sparrow) and Stuart Rojstaczer (The Mathematician’s Shiva) spoke at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians for selecting their books for the RUSA Reading List and Sophie Brody honorable mention award. Alexandra Petri (A Field Guide to Awkward Silences) made librarians laugh out loud at the annual United for Libraries Humor Panel headlined by Paula Poundstone, and Matthew Pearl (The Last Bookaneer) was charming as he spoke at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea attended by over 250 librarians. Last but not least Viking author Keith McCafferty  (Crazy Mountain Kiss) won over new fans by baking cookies for his booth signing and speaking eloquently at the AAP Mystery Panel on the final day of the show. In the end, the talk of the show was the tag team appearance of Riverhead author Sarah Vowell (Lafayette in the Somewhat United States) and Dutton author Nick Offerman (Gumption), who interviewed each other in front of standing room crowds during their individual ALA Auditorium Speaker Series events. The librarians were very happy!
Penguin Young Readers author John Green and stars of the film based on his #1 bestselling book, Paper Towns, will be featured next week at events in Indianapolis, Columbus and Dallas as part of the “Get Lost, Get Found” tour, it was announced on Tuesday. To promote thePaper Towns film, Green and actors Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne and Halston Sage will be appearing at the Murat Theatre at Old National Center in Indianapolis (with a special performance by Nat and Alex Wolff), at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, and the Bomb Factory in Dallas (with a special performance by Saint Motel).  This news was picked was broken by The Insider (CBS), then picked up by news and entertainment outlets across the country.  Paper Towns, the movie, will be released by 20th Century Fox in theatres nationwide on Friday, July 24