This past Sunday, the image of a beautiful military working dog named Lucca graced the cover of Parade
. Lucca and her handler Chris Willingham are the subject of Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca
by Maria Goodavage, which will be published by Dutton on October 23. Along with some stunning photos and interviews, Parade
also ran the first serial of this incredible true war story. TOP DOG details Lucca’s three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she was trained to sniff out IEDs. After she suffered an injury and lost her front left leg, Lucca was rewarded with a Purple Heart and is now happily living with her former handler Chris Willingham’s family, visiting wounded warriors, schools and veterans. In a starred review, Library Journal
called TOP DOG a “riveting title filled with excitement and heartbreak,” and Goodavage is already confirmed for a national interview on WAMU’s “Animal House,” in addition to the radio satellite tour scheduled for October 28.
Dutton authors Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts set the baseball world on fire last week when an excerpt of their embargoed book Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era was featured in Sports Illustrated. Just about every major news outlet covered the story, including ESPN, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo Sports,The New York Times, Newsday, and CBS Sports.
hit bookstores on Tuesday and with a week until MLB’s All-Star Game, Elfrink and Garcia-Roberts have been highly sought after as guests, with interviews on CBS This Morning
, MSNBC’sMorning Joe
, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann
, CNN’s Legal View
, NBC’s Extra
, Dan Patrick’s nationally syndicated sports show, CBS Sports Radio, and PRI’s The World.
They also did a 20-city Sports Radio Satellite Tour on July 10.
Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak
by Andy Hall was published last week amid great media attention. The Wall Street Journal
ran a rave review
, and Alaska media has swarmed to the book, including front-page coverage byAnchorage Press
and Alaska Dispatch. BookPage
calls the book “a labor of love…an indelible portrait of [Denali] and the culture of 1960s mountaineering” and the San Francisco Bay Guardian
called it “a page-turner that’s as much about memory as it is about mountaineering.” Hall, former editor of Alaska Magazine
, has upcoming book events in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Denali National Park.
To learn more about Denali’s Howl
and to see some of the great photography in the book visit www.denalishowl.tumblr.com
Read an excerpt
from Denali’s Howl
Jan Elizabeth Watson’s debut novel What Has Become of You
was launched with a stellar publicity lineup. The New York Times Book Review
called the book a “shivery thriller.” It got a starred Publishers Weekly review
, as well as reviews in the Associated Press and the Huffington Post, to name a few. Watson celebrated the publication with an appearance last Thursday (5/1) in Portland, Maine at Longfellow Books, during which the store sold out of books. She will continue to do events in New England in the coming months.
What Has Become of You
was selected as one of iBooks’ “20 Best Books of May.” And the eye-catching jacket for the book was the focus of a recent social media campaign by Dutton. Check out #sheswatching for a bit of the guerilla marketing that went on both in and out of the office.
What Has Become of You
is a twisty literary thriller with not one but two unreliable narrators and is set in a small New England town that is recovering from the shock of the murder of a young teenage girl. Told partly from the perspective of Vera Lundy, a self-deprecating substitute teacher and aspiring true crime writer and partly through the assigned journal entries of Vera’s most promising student, Jensen Willard. It is a chilling tale of misplaced ties between teacher and student and the frightening influence that the past can cast on the present.
Read an excerpt
from What Has Become of You
Dutton’s I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language
by science writer and mother Lydia Denworth launched last week with a terrific feature in the NYT “Science Times”
section. This was followed by a fascinating and moving segment on CBS This Morning
, in which Contributor Lee Woodruff (whose own daughter was born with hearing loss) interviewed both Denworth and her son Alex. In a review on Sunday, The Washington Post
raved, “Writing with clarity and style, Denworth serves as a capable guide to a world that few with full hearing are fully aware of.” The book is included in this month’s Vanity Fair,
and People, Parents, Scientific American Mind,
and Princeton Alumni Weekly
have all confirmed reviews as week. Lydia will continue her launch with a 16-city radio satellite tour, interviews on WNYC’S Leonard Lopate Show,
WHYY’s Radio Times
and SiriusXM, as well as events in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia and South Hadley, MA, the latter three in conjunction with the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech.
The 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships, given on the basis of “impressive achievements in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment,” have been announced and 8 of the grants were awarded to Penguin Group (USA) authors:
- David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking, 3/12; Penguin, 3/13)
- Hari Kunzru, Transmission (Dutton, 5/04; Plume, 1/05)
- Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 5/13)
- D.T. Max, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking, 9/12; Penguin, 8/13).
- Meghan O’Rourke, The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 4/11)
- Victoria Sweet, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead, 4/12)
- Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn: Stories (Riverhead, 8/12)
- Randall Fuller, author and professor of English at the University of Tulsa, received a Guggenheim for his work in American Literature. He will be writing a book for Viking tentatively called Apes and Abolitionists: How a Single Copy of Darwin’s Book Remade America, expected to be published in 2017.
View the complete list of 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships here
Established in 1925 by former United States Senator John Simon Guggenheim and his wife, the Guggenheim Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also provide for the cause of better international understanding.” Often characterized as “mid-career awards,” Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
Dutton launched Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice by award-winning Boston Globe journalists Scott Helman and Jenna Russell on April 1 with an excerpt in the Boston Globe Magazine, reviews in USA Today, Washington Post, and author appearances on MSNBC’s The Cycle, NPR’s Leonard Lopate Show, and Al-Jazeera America’s Consider This, as well as multiple local Boston TV and radio shows. Preceding the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, upcoming publicity includes appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joeand Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN Jake Tapper, a national radio tour, an Associated Press review, and several author events throughout New England, including a panel on 4/17 at Boston Public Library, very close to the marathon finish line.
With detailed reporting and hundreds of first-person interviews, Long Mile Home is a comprehensive and riveting account of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Reviews have been glowing, including one in The Washington Post: “It is a harrowing narrative of the events and a behind-the-scenes look at the public officials and everyday people forever changed by the attack. It is also a portrait of a major American city, its psyche and the distance runners who consider the race a sacred rite.”