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Tuesday marked the release of the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Karen White, The Sound of Glass  (New American Library Hardcover). The “queen of southern women’s fiction” (The Huffington Post) kicked off her three-week tour last weekend with a pre-party in Marietta, GA where she sold over 50 books followed by events at Foxtale, Book Exchange, Bookmiser and Eagle Eye Bookstore, all in the Atlanta area. In The Sound of Glass Karen tackles tough issues such as death, domestic abuse, and family history with grace and humor, and the media has taken notice. RT called it “an unforgettable story” and Popsugar namedThe Sound of Glass as one of the month’s “Best New Romance Books.” There’s much more media to come, including Woman’s World, CNN.com, Shelf Awareness, Atlanta Magazine, Southern Seasons, and Deep South Magazine – who will also host a Twitter chat with Karen on June 12. Over 50 blogs are scheduled to run reviews of The Sound of Glass, including yesterday’s review from Chick Lit Plus, calling it a “magnificent story of the slow healing of a broken family.” Fans from all over the south will be coming out for Karen’s tour which includes new markets such as Dallas and Nashville. You can find the full list of tour dates on Karen’s website.
#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, which concludes today, has been unfolding online since Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m., when Celeste Ng, author of the acclaimed debut novel, Everything I Never Told You (published in hardcover by Penguin Press and out this week as a Penguin paperback), debuted an original love story, inspired by a series of Post-It notes she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. Since tweets must be no more than 140 characters, Ng presented her tale with a series of tweets. Here is a sampling:  “For #TwitterFiction festival, here’s an unusual bookish love story I stumbled across … It involves reading, secrets, tragedy: all stuff dear to my heart, as those of you who know me (or have read my novel) know … A few weeks ago I went to write at the @cambridgePL, as I often do. I was sneaking a snack at my usual writing desk in the corner … Pro tip: when consuming contraband snacks at library, DO NOT drop entire package of Swedish Fish on floor … As I picked them up, I found this [Ng shows an Instagram photo of  the note (“For you, if you find this, start here, 299. 7 H83.co”) stuck under the table … I worked in a library in college. I know my Dewey Decimal. How could I resist? … I found the book with that call number … I found myself rooting for this couple, whoever they were. But why had they hidden their story here? …. So I kept following the notes. Upstairs. Downstairs. Back upstairs again.”  To read the complete series of Ng’s #Twitter Fiction story tweets on Storify.com, click hereCelesteNgBookJacket #TwitterFiction Festival Live! drew a big crowd to SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in NYC on Wednesday night. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) was hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and featured Penguin authors such as Myke Cole(@MykeCole), Lyndsay Faye (@LyndsayFaye), Gayle Forman (@gayleforman)   and Anna North(@annanorthtweets),  creating Twitter Fiction live on stage. There were live illustrations by visual artist Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12).  USA Today live tweeted the event.
Razorbill’s Jay Asher, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, with more than 2.3 million copies in print, took the book, and his message #ReasonsWhyYouMatter, on a true national tour, hitting all 50 U.S. states. Starting in October 2014 (National Bullying Prevention Month) and ending this month, Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour gave the author the opportunity to interact directly with high school students to discuss bullying and teen suicide. Asher’s eight-month tour covered 50,000 miles, and he met 30,000 students.  Publishers Weekly presented visual snap shots, from Alaska to this month’s concluding stop in Hawaii, in Jay Asher’s ’50 States Against Bullying’ Tour in Photos feature this week.  Asher recapped every state he visited on his blog as well.  Click here to watch Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour sizzle reel.
Ylonda Gault Caviness’ debut memoir Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself launched this week with a strong list of media coverage. Ylonda’s bold and refreshing new voice was already apparent in her early Salon.com op-ed this March “Black Parents in America Don’t Raise Narcissists”, garnering over a 1000 Facebook shares and launching an ongoing discussion on twitter and other sites. This week, The New York Times featured her latest op-ed “What Black Moms Know” on Sunday, sparking a heated a conversation with 415 comments on the site and nearly 700 comments on the Facebook post, with over 3,000 shares. Ylonda has shared her thoughts on PBS’ “To the Contrary”, WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show”, TV One’s “News One with Roland Martin”, WPR’s “The Joy Cardin Show” and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” with Celeste Headlee among numerous other shows. The Chicago Tribune calls Child, Please “a seriously funny skewering of our modern parenting culture (particularly white parenting) through the lens of an African-American journalist and mom of three,” a piece shared with its sister publications including The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel, and The Hartford Courant. Forthcoming coverage includes a feature by the Associated Press and interviews on Sirius XM’s “The Maggie Linton Show”, KUT Austin’s “In Black America,” and Huffington Post Live so stay tuned!
Dr. Kelly McGonigal launched the The Upside of Stress on The Today Show, where she gave Matt Lauer a bit of a stressful situation to deal with, and helped coach him through his physiological responses. The media continued with a 25-city radio tour, great local NPR interviews, such as KQED’s Forum and KERA’s Think!, and tons of wonderful online hits, including the Washington PostThe Daily Burn, The Daily Om, and Big Think. To see Kelly in print, head over to a magazine stand and check out this month’s Redbook, Self, Spirituality & Health, and ELLE magazine, who’s glowing review said that “McGonigal’s new book is a crucial pushback against the pervasive view that stress is a buzz and body-killer best eradicated from our lives.” Still to come throughout the month, keep an eye out for Kelly on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS’sBetween the Lines, People’s Pharmacy radio, in The Wall Street Journal, and much more. Going forward, Avery hopes you feel much more capable of embracing stress, and helps make you more resilient.
HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich.  James’ novel has been on everyone’s radar since it was published last October, most recently winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Minnesota Book Award, as well as being named a finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction.
#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling, sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, kicks off online on Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. (ET), beginning with Penguin author Celeste Ng, as she unravels a love story from a note that she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. This year’s festival also includes Dutton author Eric Jerome Dickey and additional renowned writers from a large cross-section of publishers. For more details and to follow the festival, visit: twitterfictionfestival.com. #TwitterFiction Festival Live! is being presented at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in New York City on Wednesday, May 13. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) will be hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and feature Penguin Random House authors as they create Twitter Fiction on stage. Stories will be brought to life with crowd-sourced elements from Twitter, live illustrations by visual artist, Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12). The #TwitterFiction Festival Live! author lineup includes: #TwitterFiction Festival Live! Tickets, are $20, include one complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com
The 2015 Anthony Awards shortlist  was announced this week and includes two Penguin titles. Tana French’s The Secret Place is a finalist in the Best Novel category and Alex Marwood’s The Killer Next Door is a finalist in the Best Paperback Original category. Congratulations to Tana, Alex and everyone on the teams involved with these books’ success stories. The Anthony Award winners will be chosen by the voting members during the Bouchercon convention, which will be held October 8 -11 in Raleigh, NC. The final Awards will be presented at the Anthony Award ceremony near the end of the convention. The Viking hardcover edition of The Secret Place was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. The Penguin paperback edition  will be released August 4.  The Killer Next Door was published by Penguin last October.
Penguin is pleased to announce that the Poetry Foundation has awarded poet Alice Notley the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which was established in 1986 and recognizes the outstanding lifetime achievement of a living U.S. poet.  Previous winners have included Philip Levine, John Ashbery, Kay Ryan, and Carl Dennis.  The $100,000 award, one of the richest literary prizes in the U.S., will be presented to Notley at a ceremony at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago on June 8. The Penguin Poets series has published five of Notley’s  collections, including Culture of One (2011), In the Pines (2007), Disobedience (2001), Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) and The Descent of Allette (1992). Penguin will publish a new work by Notley, Certain Magical Acts, in June of 2016. Robert Polito, President of the Poetry Foundation, commented: “The range, comprehensiveness, and empathetic imagination of Alice Notley’s poems are among the major astonishments of contemporary poetry. Book by surprising book, she reinvents not only herself as a poet, but also what it means for anyone to write a poem at this volatile moment in our history.”
Avery’s The Fearless Heart: How The Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives  by the inimitable Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (the Dalai Lama’s principal translator) was launched spectacularly this week, with excerpts published in both the online and print publications of Tricycle,  Shambhala Sun, Spirituality & Health (plus their podcast)and Health magazine plus a hit on BeliefNet.com and a Washington Post hit, plus Travel + Leisure and The Big Think, to come. Jinpa has a 30-city plus radio tour booked, and local media set up to accompany his West Coast tour (the book launch was at Tibet House in New York City). With readings booked at 400-plus capacity lecture halls in Seattle and at Stanford, Jinpa is also doing a reading and signing at Airbnb HQ, Google HQ, and Facebook HQ.