Rap superstar Lil Wayne’s GONE ‘TIL NOVEMBER, published by Plume on Tuesday (10/11), has exploded on social media this week.  Check out all of the #GoneTilNovember activity collected on Storify.  Take a look at the incredible support from Lil Wayne’s own accounts, with Weezy tweeting to his 28 million followers, 50 million Facebook fans, and  4.5 million Instagram followers. There’s tons more activity on Twitter, with key support fromYoung Money (250K followers), Jae Millz (490K followers), The Fader (431K followers), and Lil Wayne HQ (428K followers).  lilwaynethestrand-002 Fans posted shots of Weezy signing at The Strand in NYC on Tuesday afternoon, with screenshots of their receipts and inspirational quotes  on Instagram.   Major print media outlets are also covering. There is a big feature in The New York Times‘ Thursday (10/13) edition. And USA Todayjust ran this high profile piece, 7 Things We Learned from GONE TIL NOVEMBER. More media on tap includes interviews on ABC Nightline, E!, and Entertainment Tonight as well as Associated Press and Sunday Times of London stories. GONE ’TIL NOVEMBER is Lil Wayne’s deeply personal and revealing account of his time spent incarcerated on Rikers Island for eight months in 2010.
Phoebe Robinson and her new book, YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR, which went on sale from Plume on Tuesday (10/4), are generating an incredible amount of publicity and celebrity social media attention.  Check out the #YouCantTouchMyHair tweets and Instagram posts from Kevin Bacon, Danielle Brooks,Natasha Lyonne, Jill Soloway, John Hodgman,Carrie Brownstein and musician St. Vincent. On Sunday (10/9), Phoebe will be on Huffington Post’s Facebook page, commenting live during the 2nd Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  Major media hits include appearances by Phoebe on Conan, Weekend Edition and Leonard Lopate (on which Leonard was quoted as saying, “Your hair isn’t all that”).  People magazine (10/17 issue) called the book “hilarious and sobering.” O Magazine (November issue) “The gut – and patriarchy – busting essay collection marks the literary grand entrance of comedian Phoebe Robinson…Robinson shows us that life teems with casual racism, and the best way to root it out is with a razor-sharp wit.”   There has also been coverage in New York magazine,Elle and Cosmo and such outlets as Refinery29, AV Club (featuring a blooper reel of her audio book), InStyle and Dinner Party Download. Phoebe’s video with Jessica Williams, who wrote the Foreword to YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR,, is featured on the Funny or Die homepage.  Her video with Broad City ladies made “Trailer of the Day” on Wednesday (10/5) in  Shelf Awareness Upcoming: Phoebe will be on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, October 19. In YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR, using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Phoebe explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Phoebe Robinson as a writer on the rise.
Publicity for GOOD VIBRATIONS by Mike Love kicked off last week with an exclusive feature in People, including an excerpt, cover line, five-page spread, photos, and online book trailer reveal—on stands 9/2-9/9 or read it here. The book goes on sale next Tuesday (9/13), Love will kick off the publicity tour at Barnes & Noble Union Square, featuring a Q&A, performance by the Beach Boys, and signing. Media highlights include The O’Reilly Factor, CBS This Morning, The View, USA Today, Rolling Stone,Wall Street Journal’s “Anatomy of a Song,” Vanity Fair, and The New York Times, and much more.  GOOD VIBRATIONS is a half a century’s work of insider info on one of the most famous bands in rock—not to be missed.
Excitement is building at Blue Rider Press for the release of critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Marisa Silver’s LITTLE NOTHING, launching this Tuesday, September 13. Hauntingly beautiful and achingly hopeful, LITTLE NOTHING is the story of Pavla, a child scorned for her physical deformity, whose passion and salvation lie in her otherworldly ability to transform herself and the world around her. With an eight-city book tour, Silver will hit the ground running, joining in eagerly awaited conversations with authors such as Mark Sarvas, Sarah Bynum, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Jennifer Gilmore, just to name a few. Featured in Elle’s “Best of September,” The Huffington Post’s “Fall must-reads”, Lit Hub’s “18 Books to read in September”, and The Millions’ “Most Anticipated of Fall”, LITTLE NOTHING is already gaining national attention. Look for reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the LA Review of Books, The Millions, Barnes & Noble Review, and original essays with Powell’s and other outlets to come.
Brant Rumble, Senior Editor, Blue Rider Press, opens a fascinating window into this week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, Mike Love’s GOOD VIBRATIONS, published by Blue Rider Press today:  “The story of the Beach Boys is as rich as that of any band in music history, and Mike Love has lived every moment of it. To sit with him and his collaborator Jim Hirsch and hear the stories firsthand was awe-inspiring—from the early breakthrough success to the artistic achievements of Pet Sounds and ‘Good Vibrations’ to the darker and more challenging times. “Mike is an optimist and a workhorse, two qualities that have carried him through more than five decades of writing, recording, and performing; and also two qualities that are essential when it comes to working on a book. The result is a memoir that is quite revealing and an important document that I believe readers and fans will devour.” Mike Love has this to say about his book: “I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences. There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book. It’s a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony.”  Love kicks off the GOOD VIBRATIONS publicity tour in NYC at Barnes & Noble Union Square tonight, featuring a Q&A and signing, as well as a performance by the Beach Boys. Media highlights include The O’Reilly Factor, CBS This Morning, The View, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal’s “Anatomy of a Song,” Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and much more to come.
Blue Rider Press published HEAD BALL COACH: My Life in Football, Doing It Differently and Winning by Steve Spurrier, with Buddy Martin, on Tuesday, August 30.  This launch has been accompanied by a strong rush of media coverage for Spurrier and his book, in which college football’s most colorful, endearing, and successful pioneer shares his story of a life in football — from growing up in Tennessee to winning the Heisman Trophy to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and a National Championship to elevating the South Carolina program to new heights — and coaching like nobody else.  Here are key media highlights: ran an excerpt on August 25.   The New York Times featured an interview with Spurrier in the Sports section on 8/28.  The book was mentioned in the “Scorecard” section of the August 14 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.  Spurrier was interviewed on ESPN “Car Wash,” on 8/30, with segments on top ESPN shows, including SportsCenter, Mike & Mike, First Take and College Football Live.  We also interviewed on FOX & Friends, FOX News Radio and FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co. on 8/31.  A Satellite Radio Tour with top national and regional sports radio shows scheduled is for the morning of September 1. Upcoming:  NPR’s The Takeaway (interview is rescheduled for 9/6) and a feature in The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy section (run-date TK). Coach Spurrier will receive special recognition at Florida Gators home football game for the 50th Anniversary of his receiving the Heisman Trophy and University of Florida recently announced the renaming of the field to  Steve Spurrier-Florida Field. He will be signing at the following venues, with hundreds of fans expected: Barnes & Noble in Ocala, FL @ 6:00 pm (9/1); Follett / University of Florida Bookstore @ 2;00 pm – September 3 (This signing is prior to Florida Gators’ first college football game where Spurrier is being honored); College Football Hall of Fame @ Noon (9/7); Atlanta JCC @ 6:30 pm (9/7); Books-a-Million in Columbia, SC @ 6pm (9/8).
James Carville’s WE’RE STILL RIGHT, THEY’RE STILL WRONG: The Democrats’ Case for 2016 went on sale this Tuesday (8/23) from Blue Rider Press. Some unforgettable media highlights include this panel on Morning Joe, a Facebook livestream interview with Business Insider, and a debate with Ann Coulter on Nightline. He also made appearances on The Today Show, Imus in the Morning, Yahoo News, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate, AC360, All In with Chris Hayes, and Bloomberg’s All Due Respect. Expect plenty more from the Ragin’ Cajun!

Congratulations to William Finnegan and his memoir, Barbarian Days, for winning the Biography 2016 Pulitzer Prize!

Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.

Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.

Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.

Read more about this book here.

Exciting news for fans of Harlan Coben: Julia Roberts is set to star & produce Coben’s latest thriller, Fool Me Once, that was just published last week by Dutton! For more details on this film adaptation, check out Deadline’s article here.

We cannot wait to see this story come to life. Pick up Fool Me Once and see why Publisher’s Weekly says “Coben is like a skilled magician saving the best, most stunning trick for the very end.”

  #1 New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben delivers his next impossible-to-put-down thriller.

  9780525955092 In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself. Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

PEN New England has announced that Penguin Random House author Ottessa Moshfegh is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction for her novel EILEEN (Penguin Press). Moshfegh will receive a $25,000 prize from the Hemingway family and the Hemingway Society as well as a one-week residency and $5,000 honorarium from the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Creative Writing Program. In addition, Moshfegh will receive a Residency Fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers.

Patrick Hemingway, the son of Ernest Hemingway, will present this award to Moshfegh on April 10 at a ceremony in Boston. Writer and critic James Wood will be the keynote speaker. This year’s judges were Alexandra Marshall, former PEN/Hemingway winner Joshua Ferris, and Penguin Random House author Jay Parini. In selecting Moshfegh as the 2016 winner, they praised her for her “prowess and her promise.”

Mary Hemingway founded the PEN/Hemingway award in 1976 to honor the legacy of her husband Ernest Hemingway. The PEN/Hemingway Award is given for a novel or book of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a full-length book of fiction.

Moshfegh joins notable PEN/Hemingway winners and nominees including Penguin Random House authors Jhumpa Lahiri, Colson Whitehead, ZZ Packer, George Saunders, Ha Jin, Junot Díaz, Yiyun Li, and Teju Cole.

Read more about EILEEN here.