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 TODAY
, People, 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.
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 Post,
followed 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.