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At this year’s BookExpo America, which opened yesterday at the Javits Center in New York, activity is buzzing around the Penguin Random House booth. For the first time, Penguin and Random House are together in a combined exhibit booth on the convention floor. Between the booth itself and adjoining meeting area, this is the most floor space we have ever taken at a major book-trade show, with an expanded number of meeting and author signing tables. Befitting the world’s largest trade book publisher, our footprint cannot be missed at BEA, with book-lovers, booksellers, librarians, authors, agents and other publishing professionals mingling and conversing with Penguin Random House colleagues.  Here are some photo glimpses from our booth yesterday. booth
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Heidi Graynor and Daryl Thompson manning our booth

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The gluten-free trend isn’t dissipating anytime soon, given the media reaction to Stephen Yafa’s , Grain of Truth: A Real Case For and Against Wheat and Gluten, which dives headfirst into the often contentious world of nutritional fact and myth and went on sale from Avery on May 12.  Fox Health did a great article on fad diets featuring the book, and Salon will be publishing an excerpt next week. Time Magazine will be featuring a review – both online and in print. With over 45 local and national radio interviews booked and events in the author’s hometown in the Bay Area confirmed, as well as in Napa Valley, and Washington, DC – both events featuring tastings and local baker visits – we look forward to Grain of Truth whetting the appetites of many readers across the country.
Garrison Keillor’s The Keillor Reader (Penguin) has been selected as one of the seven semi-finalists for the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor, the only recognition for the art of humor writing in the United States.  The judges for the prize include Sloane Crosley, author of  I Was Told There’s Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, both published by Riverhead. The three finalists will be determined in August and the winner announced in September.  
Avery’s The Map Thief by Michael Blanding has been selected as the 2015 New England Society Book Award winner in the Nonfiction – History & Biography category. He will be honored at the New England Society Book Awards Luncheon on June 3  in Manhattan.

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Chautauqua Institution has announced Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) as the 2015 winner of The Chautauqua Prize, which “celebrates a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts.” Klay receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua, the not-for-profit educational and cultural center in southwestern New York state.
A new book by Chelsea Clinton, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, for young readers ages 10 to 14, is scheduled for publication in the U.S. by Philomel on September 15.Ms. Clinton breaks down some of the world’s biggest challenges and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making an impact in their own communities and around the globe.  Filled with visuals including charts, graphs and photographs, her book will address some of the world’s most challenging issues including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species. “In It’s Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people,” said Chelsea Clinton. “I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of inspiring kids and teenagers doing amazing work to help people and our planet have brighter and healthier futures. My hope is that the book will inspire readers to realize that they can start making a difference now, in their own way, for their family, their community, and our world.” “We hope this book will encourage young people to look at the world around them differently and give them a better understanding of the challenges facing our future,” said Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers. “We are thrilled to partner with Chelsea Clinton on this important publication.” International editions of It’s Your World will be published simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada through Penguin Random House, with foreign language editions to follow.
The highly anticipated memoir by Barbra Streisand, one of the most influential and beloved actors, singers, and directors of our time, will be published by Viking in 2017. Ms. Streisand’s memoir will share memories of her childhood, explore her extraordinarily successful career on stage, screen, and in the recording studio, and reflect on her life. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, noted, “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking.” The continuing popularity and relevance of the artist’s work was recently and vividly evidenced when her latest album for Columbia Records, Partners, debuted at #1 on the Billboard sales charts, making her the only performer to have achieved Number One albums in six consecutive decades. Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist ever and has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A Renaissance woman of her time, Streisand has been acknowledged as a director, writer, producer, composer, designer, activist, and philanthropist.   The “actress who sings,” as Streisand once described herself, received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.  Barbra Streisand is a rare honoree, the only artist to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors (2008) and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award (2001.)  She also received the National Endowment for the Arts medal from President Bill Clinton and France’s greatest recognition, the Légion d’Honneur, from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Nick Offerman, the New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit Paddle Your Own Canoe and star of the popular TV series, Parks and Recreation, returns with Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, which goes on sale from Dutton on Tuesday, May 26. This past week he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, in which he touted his “mix tape of Americans.” You can watch the clip here. Other upcoming publicity includes The Today Show, Weekend All Things Considered, Conan,The Late Late Show with James Corden, People.com, GQ.com, and TIME.  Offerman will also go on a 10-city book tour, with events in NYC at B&N and BookCon, as well as in Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Austin, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Madison.
Craig Johnson’s Dry Bones, which went on sale from Viking last week, debuts at #5 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of May 31.This is the author’s highest debut on The New York Times bestseller list to date.  Craig is in the midst of a 20-city, 28-event book tour for Viking and Penguin (the paperback edition of Any Other Name went on sale April 28) and then he embarks on his 16-event Outlaw Motorcycle Tour. Dry Bones was reviewed in the Denver Post, Tampa Bay Times, Arizona Daily Star, and received a starred review from Library Journal. Reviews and features are still forthcoming form the Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Shelf Awareness, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In Dry Bones when the largest, most complete T. Rex skeleton ever found turns up—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka County, Wyoming, Sherriff Walt Longmire must solve a 66 million-year-old cold case that’s heating up fast. Longmire, the TV show based on Craig Johnson’s books, moves from A&E to Netflix this fall. Get ready to binge watch all ten of the new episodes!
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.