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USA Today revealed the new look and title for Sue Grafton’s X, including an exclusive excerpt and interview with Sue.

“Sue Grafton is breaking the mold with the title of the next book in her best-selling Alphabet mystery series starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. It’s just plain X.

Fans have fun guessing which alphabetical word Grafton will come up with for each new book title. The series, set in fictional Santa Teresa, Calif., started in 1982 with ‘A’ is for Alibi… But not this time.

‘I first thought of using ‘X is for Xenophobe‘ or Xenophobia, which suggests a fear of foreigners, but alas, not one single foreigner materialized in the course of the writing,” Grafton says. “There’s a box of files with an X on the lid, a Father Xavier, a married couple whose last name is Xanakis, and a missing painting of a xebec which is a three-masted sailing vessel, but none of these seemed to encompass the whole. Finally, it occurred to me that since I was the one who invented this ‘rule’ about ‘…is for…’ I was surely entitled to break it.’”

Patricia Morrisroe’s  9 ½ Narrow: My Life in Shoes, which went on sale from Gotham Books last week, has been generating high-profile media coverage, including a People Magazine Review as part of People’s “Best New Books” page and a great WSJ reviewMorrisroe also appeared on NPR’s A Touch of Grey and TheSEAMS with Jacki Lyden. Morrisroe’s “coming-of-age” memoir is, at its heart, the story of a generation of women who’ve enjoyed a world of freedom and opportunity that was unthinkable to their mothers.  Spanning five decades and countless footwear trends,  9 ½ Narrow is about how we remember important events through a coat, or a dress, or in this case, a Beatle boot or Confirmation “wedgie.”
Capital: The Eruption of Delhi by Rana Dasgupta (Penguin Books) has been shortlisted for the UK’s Orwell prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, the competition committee awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition “to make political writing into an art.” The short list was announced April 22 and includes five other books in addition to CAPTIAL. The New Yorker calls the book “[An] unsparing portrait of moneyed Delhi, no telling detail seems to escape Dasgupta’s notice.”
Penguin Books author Adrianne Harun has won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel for her novel A Man Came Out Of A Door In The Mountain. The Pinckley Prize is named for Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The judges noted, “This story captured our attention with its poetic language. The novel is a genre-expanding meditation on the nature of evil and how this force manifests in the world. Harun based her fictional story on the real-life unsolved mystery of the aboriginal women who have been murdered or remain lost along the infamous ‘Highway of Tears’ in northern British Columbia. The factual grounding adds a chilling resonance to her seductive and beautiful writing.”
Penguin Books author T.C. Boyle has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, founded by Michael M. Rea in 1986 and given annually to a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made “a significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form.”   Boyle’s honor was celebrated this week in The Washington Post.  Penguin Books has all of Boyle’s stories in print, gathered into two omnibuses – T.C. Boyle Stories(Penguin, 1999) and T.C. Boyle Stories II (Penguin, 2014). The Rea Award judges were Richard Bausch, Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Strout. They cited the “immense variety, hilarity, ambition and achieved talent” of Boyle’s stories, which “fairly glitter with imagination,” and called him “a genuine American original.”  Previous winners have included Alice Munro, John Updike, Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie and Richard Ford.
Viking had two winners at this past weekend’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Napoleon: A Life, the definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by New York Timesbestselling author Andrew Roberts (Viking), was named the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Biography category.  Napoleon was a New York Times bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month in November 2014, and received excellent reviews in the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, among others. Adam Tooze’s critically acclaimed book The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916 – 1931 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. In this wide-ranging historical tome, Tooze revisits World War I and examines its legacy. Tooze argues that American economic and military power changed the global order in ways that are still being felt today. The New York Times Book Review had this to say: “Epic in scope, boldly argumentative, deftly interweaving military and economic narratives, The Deluge is a splendid interpretive history.” Congratulations to our award-winning authors and their publishing teams.
Publishing powerhouse Nora Roberts’ newest novel The Liar (G.P Putnam’s Sons) is the #1 book in the country according to The New York Times and USA Today, debuting at the top of both bestseller lists.  The Liar is the 214th novel from “America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker).  Roberts was recently featured in The New York Times Book Review’s “By the Book” column surrounding the 40th book in her In Death series, which she’s been writing for 20 years under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.
USA Today reported in this week’s Buzz Books column that The Boys In The Boat, Daniel James Brown’s inspirational non-fiction account of America’s young crew team during the 1936 Olympics, has been adapted into a Young Readers edition.  The Boys In The Boat for readers 10 and up will be published by Viking Children’s Books on September 8.
TIME magazine has released its annual list of 100 Most Influential People, with two members of this exclusive club the authors of books published by Penguin. Warm congratulations to our authors: Misty Copeland, author of the children’s picture book Firebird (Putnam Books for Young Readers), with illustrations by Christopher Myers.  Nadia Comaneci:  “Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.” Samantha Power, author of  Sergio (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Madeleine Albright: “Power is an insider, but she has retained her moral vision. As America’s U.N. ambassador, she has been a powerful friend to the displaced and downtrodden and a foe of dictators and despots. She has seen how hard it is to compel the world to act, but she has never stopped defending the values America holds dear.”
At last Sunday’s 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Penguin Young Readers author John Green and Paper Towns film stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne exclusively revealed a clip from the upcoming film. Media such as Buzzfeed, USA Today, HypableCosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, PopCrush, and more picked up the news. Click the link to watch the full clip and see below for the full round-up! The film based on John Green’s #1 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars won 4 awards, including Best Movie and actress Shailene Woodley winning the Trailblazer, Best Female Performance, and Best Kiss. In the acceptance speech for Best Movie, John Green thanked Esther Earl, the author of This Star Won’t Go Out, for teaching him that “a short life can also be a good life.” Media such as Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,Huffington Post, and more picked up the news