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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.
This week, Blood Magick, the third and final book in Nora Roberts’ captivating #1 New York Times bestselling Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, was published.  Roberts captures the rich heritage of her beloved Ireland in a contemporary trilogy about family, ancestry, and magic, when three cousins must fight a battle that was started centuries ago. In Blood Magick, Roberts brings an end to the contemporary story of three cousins with a special bloodline that gives them the ability to wield magic as witches.  In Dark Witch, Iona Sheehan moves to County Mayo, Ireland and connects with her relatives, Connor and Branna O’Dwyer, and begins her study in magick.  An epic battle seven hundred years in the making has already begun with the evil sorcerer Cabhan, and it is up to the O’Dwyers to fight.  In book two, Shadow Spell, readers learn Connor O’Dwyer’s story, a falconer whose heart had flown its own course, until he finds love. The O’Dwyer’s journey ends in book three with Branna’s personal story, and her complicated romance and love for Finbar Burke, because he shares a bloodline with the sorcerer the O’Dwyers are battling.  Blood Magick delivers all the hallmarks that readers have come to associate with a Nora Roberts novel—family dynamics, close friendships, snappy and humorous dialogue, a rich sense of place, and a heartwarming story where love conquers all. Photo credit Bruce Wilder
We here at Penguin are heartbroken to learn that our beloved author Joan Rivers has passed away. She was groundbreaking, she was hilarious, she was fierce…and she was part of our big Penguin family. Our thoughts are with Joan’s daughter Melissa and her grandson Cooper, her family and friends, and all of those around the world who were touched by her humor, her big heart, and her extraordinary generosity of spirit. Rest in peace, Joan, and thanks for all the laughs.
Joan Rivers kicked off the publication of her new book Diary of a Mad Diva, which debuts at #7 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list this week, in classic Joan Rivers fashion. During her standing-room-only bookstore event last week in New York City at Barnes & Noble Union Square, Joan officiated at the wedding of two audience members.  Read all about the wedding and see the video on the Entertainment Tonight website. With amazing interviews on ABC’s “The View”, NBC’s  “Access Hollywood” , NPR’s “Weekend Edition” , and CBS’s “The Late Show w/David Letterman, as well as reviews from national publications including USA TODAYPeople, The Los Angeles Times, Ok! Magazine, and many more, Joan’s Diary is blanketing the media. Following more standing-room-only events at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ, Sixth & I in Washington, DC and upcoming events at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA and The Standard Club in Chicago, Joan has interviews to come on CBS’s The Talk, PBS’s The Travis Smiley Show, and E! News’ Fashion Police later this month.
This past weekend, cozy mystery fans, authors, and publishers came together for the 26th Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland, where the Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian imprints were proudly represented.  Berkley Prime Crime turned 20 this year and Earlene Fowler, who celebrated her 20th anniversary with the imprint, was the toastmaster of the Agatha Awards on Saturday night. Fellow Berkley Prime Crime author Leslie Budewitz won Best First Novel for Death al Dente (Berkley, 8/6/13). Congratulations to Leslie, her editor Faith Black, and the rest of the Berkley Prime Crime team!
Beloved former Mets player and World Series Champion Mookie Wilson stopped by 375 Hudson Street on Wednesday to sign copies of his new memoir, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets. Employees lined the halls for the chance to meet Mookie and get his autograph. image Mookie was all over the media this week, beginning with a “Talk” Q&A  in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine and a review in the NY Postfollowed by national television appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, Fox Sports Network’s Crowd Goes Wild with Regis Philbin, CBS Sports Network/WFAN-FM’s “Boomer & Carton” and ESPN2’s Olbermann.  He was also interviewed on NY area TV and radio programs including WNYC’s “Leonard Lopate”“Good Day New York”   and Live from the Couch.  Mookie has 8 events in the tri-state area, with upwards of 150 people turning out for each of his Manhattan and Queens appearances!
At last night’s 68th annual Edgar Awards, Penguin Group (USA) authors Robert Crais (pictured far right) and Carolyn Hart (fifth from right) were presented with the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Awards for their great contributions to the mystery genre and their overall bodies of work.  Crais’ most recent New York Times bestseller was The Suspect (HC: Putnam, 1/22/13; PB: Berkley, 1/7/14). His next book, The Promise (Putnam, 11/4), will feature characters introduced in The Suspect along with Crais’ longtime detective characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.  Hart’s newest title, Death at the Door, the latest in her bestselling Death on Demand Bookstore series, goes on sale next week (Berkley Hardcover, 5/6). Alex Marwood (sixth from left above), author of The Wicked Girls (Penguin Books, 7/30/13), won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. The Best Juvenile Edgar Award went to Penguin Random House author Amy Timberlake for One Came Home (Knopf Books for Young Readers). Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine Books) won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Congratulations to all of our Penguin Random House award winners and honorees. View the complete list of 2014 Edgar Award winners here.
J.R. Ward is the first author featured in Berkley/NAL’s new Binge Reads social media campaign.  Through outlets on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram—all bearing the Binge Reads name and logo—Berkley/NAL will focus each month on a different popular author and his/her long-running series of books.  Content will be posted to engage fans leading up to the release of a new book.  The promotion launched with Ward and will continue with other bestselling Berkley/NAL authors, including Jim Butcher and Laurell K. Hamilton.
In March of 1994, The Berkley Publishing Group launched a new mass market imprint, Berkley Prime Crime, so this month marks 20 years of the “cozy mystery” at Berkley.  The anniversary celebration kicked off this week with a great feature in PW Daily (3/11).  The article highlights Berkley Prime Crime’s many accomplishments, including achieving 16 New York Times bestsellers in 2013.  What began as an imprint that published 40 mass market titles in 1994 has grown into a diverse and ever-expanding line, publishing more than 150 titles in 2013—including mass market originals, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers. Berkley will celebrate BPC’s 20th Anniversary throughout 2014, with marketing promotions and giveaways at the major cozy mystery/thriller conventions, Malice Domestic and Bouchercon.  Two multi-author events have been scheduled at key mystery bookstores: Murder by the Book in Houston (3/13), with authors Julie Hyzy, Rebecca Hale, and Miranda James; and at Phoenix’s famed Poisoned Pen (3/25), with BPC favorites Earlene Fowler, Margaret Coel, Carolyn Hart, and Avery Aames.Join the conversation with more than 27,000 mystery readers at Berkley’s Crime Scene Facebook page!To keep the celebrations going in-house, the first 5 people to e-mail kayleigh.clark@us.penguingroup.com will receive one of Berkley’s limited-edition BPC tote bags with an assortment of Prime Crime mysteries!