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  There Was A Little Girl by actress and bestselling author Brooke Shields hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists the first week of publication. The memoir launched with a cover feature in People Magazine, which included a 7-page excerpt and interview. The incredible media lineup continued with national TV appearances on Good Morning America, The View, The Tonight Show, Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Meredith Vieira, and many others, as well as a live, hour-long interview on The Diane Rehm Show. Detailing her loving, complicated, and very publicly misunderstood relationship with her mother, There Was a Little Girl attracted huge print and internet attention as well, ranging from glowing reviews and a widely-syndicated Associated Press review, to interviews in publications like USA Today, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, The Newark Star-Ledger, and The Chicago Sun-Times. Shields’s book tour took her to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Princeton, NJ, where she discussed and signed her memoir for hundreds of fans and readers.
New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of the first Ayn Rand novel to appear in more than fifty years.  Entitled Ideal, the book will be released simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback on July 7, 2015. Ideal is the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged.  The new book will be a unique volume that includes both the recently rediscovered original novel and Ideal’s final incarnation as a play.  Both versions were written in 1934, when Rand was in her late twenties. “As the longtime publisher of Ayn Rand’s works, New American Library is excited to continue its successful collaboration with the Rand estate.  The arrival of a never-before-seen Ayn Rand novel will thrill dedicated readers and is a true publishing event,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh. Rand first wrote Ideal as a novel, but was dissatisfied with the manuscript and shelved it.  She then rewrote Ideal as a stage play.  Upon Rand’s death in 1982, philosopher Dr. Leonard Peikoff, the heir to Rand’s estate and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), read the novel for the first time and added it to the Ayn Rand Archives. In 2012, Richard Ralston, publishing manager at ARI, rediscovered the manuscript while ARI was digitizing the Rand archives and wanted the novel considered for publication.  Ralston discussed the idea with Dr. Peikoff who agreed that the original version of Ideal should be released along with the play (which had previously been published in 2005’s Three Plays).  With both versions of Ideal included in the new book, readers will be able to compare Rand’s two approaches to the material and consider why she put aside the novel in favor of the dramatization. “I’ve heard wishful comments over many years from readers wondering if there were other novels in Ayn Rand’s papers.  Since there actually was such a novel, I decided it should be reviewed carefully,” said Ralston.  “This new edition of Ideal demonstrates Rand’s understanding of a crucial difference between writing for readers vs. for listeners at a performance.” Ideal follows the beautiful and celebrated screen actress Kay Gonda—a character inspired by real-life movie star Greta Garbo—as she pleads for help from six of her most devoted fans: an upstanding family man, a farmer, an artist, an evangelist, a wealthy playboy, and a lost soul.  Gonda tells each that she is wanted by the police for murder and needs to hide.  By the end of the night she has tested the integrity of six people who claim that she is their ideal. Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in Russia and published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936, after moving to the United States.  Her novel Anthem followed in 1938.  Rand achieved her greatest success with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957).  Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, is still widely discussed today and more than 25 million copies of her novels have been Read more…
Publishing phenomenon Sylvia Day’s Captivated By You, the fourth installment in her blockbuster bestselling Crossfire series, debuted at #1 on three New York Times bestseller lists—trade paperback, e-book, and combined print and e-book—for the week of December 7.  Released on November 18, the book also debuted at #1 on the USA Today list.  Captivated By You topped bestseller lists in the UK, Canada, Ireland Brazil and Bulgaria, with the English language edition hitting #1 in 13 other countries worldwide. Sylvia Day and the book have received national media attention, including coverage from USA Today, Access Hollywood Live, the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM and Entertainment Weekly’s Sirius XM show.  The author appeared on Good Day New York the day before the book went on sale and completed a 15-city satellite TV and radio tour to promote the book.  Day also launched the release of Captivated By You with a 300-person ticketed, on-stage event at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. Captivated By You follows the evolving relationship of Day’s iconic couple, Gideon Cross and his wife, Eva, as they face new challenges. The Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.
New York Times-bestselling author Mark Leibovich and his new Blue Rider Press book, Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion, have generated a big wave of major media, including author appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN’sThe Lead with Jake Tapper and Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends. This national attention has also been sparked by Leibovich’s  New York Times magazine cover story on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, which runs this Sunday (11/23), when Mark is scheduled to appear on CBS’s Face the Nation.  Kirkus Reviews praised Citizens of the Green Room: “Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C.…These essays and profiles are uniformly witty… Leibovich delivers full-dimensional portraits of these eccentric D.C. denizens…Humorous, incisive and very droll.”  Leibovich had a very successful launch event at Book Court in Brooklyn (11/13), which was taped by Book TV (air date TBD) and this week appeared at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC (11/17) and the National Press Club Book Fair in DC (11/18).
Mike Love, the legendary singer, lyricist, and co-founding member of the Beach Boys, will write a book about his life, it was announced by Blue Rider Press on Wednesday. The book, tentatively titled GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy, will be published by Blue Rider Press in the Summer of 2016. The book will describe Love’s early childhood and family story, and that of his cousins Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, all founding members of the band, along with Al Jardine.  Love will describe a remarkable personal journey that includes five decades of recording and touring – he has performed 5,600 concerts in more than twenty-five countries as a Beach Boy – while he has also had a front-row seat to some of the most important and convulsive events in American pop culture. Love will talk about his own spiritual journey through transcendental meditation, his complex relationship with Brian Wilson, and the enduring appeal of the Beach Boy sound. Blue Rider Press President and Publisher David Rosenthal said, “Mike Love’s story—and the story of the Beach Boys—is one of the most compelling sagas in American music and popular culture. We’re thrilled that fifty years after the band’s creation, Mike will finally tell his tale.”
Eddie Izzard, the award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian and actor has today announced he will write a book about his life. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA). Publication is planned for the winter of 2015-16. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by Sarah Hochman, Blue Rider’s executive editor, from Steve Fisher at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). The book will be published simultaneously in the United Kingdom by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin. The book will cover Izzard’s childhood and will go on to document his rise from London street performer through to his record-breaking comedy world tours and his acclaimed work as an actor on stage and screen. Izzard commented, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to expand on the questions raised in my biopic  Believe. There’s so much that can only be said in a written form and I am very happy that Blue Rider are giving me the chance to do that.” Hochman commented, “Eddie Izzard’s brilliant, and brilliantly funny, narrative style lends itself perfectly to the printed page, a must-read for the many thousands who have watched his performances—in several languages and counting—around the world.”
In her first-ever book, True Love, Jennifer Lopez explores one of her life’s most defining moments—a two-year period of great personal growth in the wake of her divorce as she created and set out on her first world tour.  Guided by both intimate and electrifying photographs, True Love is an honest and revealing personal diary with hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections and an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery, and resilience. The wall-to-wall media blitz started last week with an exclusive People excerpt, and her time in New York was jam-packed with top-tier national interviews, including three segments on the Today Show, including a two-part series, where she was interviewed by Maria Shriver, and which ran last Monday and Tuesday.  She also did a live interview with Hoda and Kathie Lee.  In addition, Jennifer appeared on The Meredith Vieira Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, EXTRA, E! News Daily, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood (interviewed by her sister Lynda Lopez), HuffPost LIVE with Arianna Huffington, HollywoodLife.com, and a multi-city TV satellite tour.  Print interviews with online video components included USA Today and The Associated Press. We also created a beautiful book trailer, which has been blowing up social media since it launched. On November 6, Jennifer Lopez was interviewed on stage by Hoda Kotb at the 92 St Y in New York City, with the event live-streamed via the Huffington Post as well.
From Southern California Castaway to Hollywood Heartbreaker, Tuna the Chiweenie has won the adoration of Millions. Now, this charming and unconventional pooch has his own book, Tuna Melts My Heart:  The Underdog with the Overbite, the true story of “the most inspiring dog on the internet” (Buzzfeed) written in the same warm and witty voice that captured the hearts of 1 million fans, based on the massively popular Instagram account @TunaMeltsMyHeart! Tuna’s cartoonish looks—with an exaggerated overbite, a recessed jawline, and a wrinkly neck—are truly one of a kind. And yet his quirky appearance is no match for his unique perspective on life, overcoming his proclivity for staying in bed all day to keep his eye on the (bacon-flavored) prize. Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, Tuna shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing bow ties, playing with toys, and melting hearts.
Last week, Berkley released On the Road with Janis Joplin by Joplin’s road manager John Byrne Cooke. John kicked of his tour with an amazing event at The Harvard Coop in Cambridge, MA followed by the National Press Club in Washington, DC and then headed off to San Francisco, CA where it all began for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.  John had a packed house at the Santa Rosa Theatre where he and the remaining members of Big Brother (Sam Andrew and Peter Albin) played some of their songs, sold more than 100 books and received rave reviews from the Marin Independent-Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. John went on to sell more than 50 books at Book Passage in Marin County and he rounded out the tour with an event at Tattered Cover in Denver, CO, Powell’s in Portland, OR and at the historic Threadgill’s in Austin, TX where Janis performed when she lived in Austin and after she had become a global sensation. Amazing coverage has already come in from Esquire.com, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and Parade Magazine, as well as national interviews all across the country including four interviews with Sirius XM Radio. Major print coverage is expected in the next week from The Daily Beast, Goldmine, Jackson  Hole Daily, and Paste Magazine. On the Road with Janis Joplin is a moving portrait of one of the most unforgettable and talented musicians the world has ever heard; a love-letter to the counterculture, an ode to the Summer of Love, and a snapshot of the generation that created music unlike anything before.
On July 28, 2015, New American Library will publish in hardcover the first book in a new contemporary series from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward. Launching with a novel of the same name, The Bourbon Kings series will introduce readers to the Bradfords, a wealthy, aristocratic family in Kentucky who made their money from bourbon. The books have already been optioned for television by Endemol Studios, the entertainment and production company behind the international hit TV series Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Hell On Wheels, The Fall and Peaky Blinders, among others. Set in the heart of bourbon and horse country, The Bourbon Kings marks a departure for Ward who hasn’t written extensively about Kentucky, though she lives in The Bluegrass State and has deep ties to the surrounding community. The Bourbon Kings series will follow the Bradfords, those who work for them on their estate, Easterly, and several other wealthy Southern families involved in Kentucky’s bourbon industry. With more than 15 million of her novels in print worldwide, Ward is an international bestselling author best known for her phenomenally popular paranormal Black Dagger Brotherhood series about a group of warrior vampires.
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