G.P. Putnam’s Sons

With Endangered, his 15th bestselling Joe Pickett mystery, Putnam author C.J. Box achieved a career-best New York Times bestseller landing – debuting at #2 on the combined print & eBook bestseller list, for the week of March 29th, also entering at #3 on the hardcover fiction and eBook fiction lists. 

NeilNyrenCJBoxcropMarch15Even before this great bestseller news arrived, Box and his editor Neil Nyren, Putnam EVP, Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, resplendent in cowboy hats, were in a celebratory mood. Joined by Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh, Putnam and Dutton President Ivan Held, Penguin Publishing Group SVP and Hardcover Sales Director John Lawton, and many others on the Putnam and PPG teams, everyone raised a glass to him at a special reception at 375 Hudson Street.  That same night, Box and fellow Putnam author Owen Laukkanen entertained a good crowd at Mysterious Bookshop in NYC.   The C.J. Box road show then moved on to Philadelphia, with his national author tour continuing on to Minneapolis, Lexington and Ft. Lauderdale, and wrapping up with events in the Wyoming towns of Casper and Sheridan.

The popularity of Clive Cussler’s bestselling Isaac Bell series continues to grow. The two newest books, written with Justin Scott, both debut on The New York Times bestseller lists this week.  The Assassin (Putnam) hits at #3 on the eBook fiction list and grabs the #5 slot on the hardcover fiction list while The Bootlegger (Berkley) bows at #7 on the mass-market fiction list. reported on Monday that The Weinstein Company announced a $12 million deal for the movie adaptation of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, which G. P. Putnam’s Sons is publishing next month.  The deal was confirmed at the Cannes Film Festival this week, following a rights battle between The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight.  Lion, the working movie title, will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake), and produced by Academy Award winning producers Ian Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech). A Long Way Home tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his brother at a railway station in India at age 5.  They were scavenging for food when he got lost, and Saroo boarded a train that took him far from home and he wound up on the streets of Calcutta.  After a harrowing survival, he was rescued and adopted by a family in Australia.  26 years later, he used Google Maps to track familiar locations in India and found his way home to reunite with his birth mother.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced the acquisition of world (except UK) rights to two books in a new series by Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense and author of over three dozen New York Times bestsellers,  with his son and current bestselling Putnam author Jesse Kellerman. An extraordinary new creation of psychological suspense, The Golem of Hollywood will be published by Putnam on September 16, with its sequel,  The Golem of Paris, to be published in Fall 2015.  This acquisition was first reported by the Associated Press and has since been covered by over 70 media outlets, including ABC News, Yahoo! News, the Huffington Post, the Washington PostBloomberg Businessweek,, and regional press across the country. An early reader of The Golem of Hollywood was Stephen King, who calls the book “an extraordinary work of detection, suspense, and supernatural mystery.  I spent three days totally lost in the world Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have created. This is brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings that give it a special resonance; a rare collaboration where the sum is truly greater than the parts.” A burnt-out Los Angeles homicide detective; a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems; an ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three come together, a new standard of suspense is born. Only Jonathan Kellerman could have imagined something as spectacular – a crime story, a police story, a love story, and a horror story – and only he and son and fellow bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman could have realized it so brilliantly.
Last week, Jeff Guinn kicked off an 11-city tour to promote his new book, Glorious: A Novel of the American West.  The Seattle Times says it’s “catnip for ‘Lonesome Dove’ fans,” and the Dallas Morning News calls the book “…an absorbing, informative and entertaining tale of life, love, hope, and ambition in the American West.” Media coverage also includes feature interviews in Kirkus and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and forthcoming reviews in USA TodayThe Washington Post, Big Sky Journal, and True West Magazine. Read an excerpt from Glorious: A Novel of the American West
Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins is the newest Spenser novel and the third written by Ace Atkins since the estate of Robert B. Parker selected him to continue the adventures of the iconic Boston private detective follow the death of Robert B. Parker in January 2010. The bestselling series has been around since 1974, making Cheap Shot a kind of 40thAnniversary celebration of one of the most enduring characters in the annals of American crime fiction. The book breaks onto The New York Times bestseller list this week, hitting #13 on the hardcover fiction bestseller list. image Atkins began his national tour in Boston, appropriately enough, doing a signing at the Harvard Coop and conducted interviews with the National Public Radio show Only a Game as well as the Jordan Rich radio program on WBZ-AM. He then continued on to St. Louis, where he had a large crowd at the St. Louis County Library, and New York City, where he conducted a radio satellite tour and gave a talk at the Mysterious Bookshop. Other tour stops include Scottsdale, Austin, Houston, Tampa and Memphis, with multiple television and radio interviews arranged along the way. Atkins will hit the road again in late July for his new Quinn Colson novel, The Forsaken (Putnam, 7/24)
John Sandford’s 24th Prey novel, Field of Prey, debuts at #2 on three New York Times bestseller lists this week: the hardcover fiction list, the eBook fiction list, and the combined print & eBook list. Sandford attracted standing-room-only crowds at every stop of his one-week tour. He visited Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale on publication day (5/6), then had three events in the Minneapolis area, and ended the tour in Santa Fe, his home town, on Monday (5/12). Booklist’s starred review of Field of Prey raved, “As always, Sandford and Lucas are superb” and more coverage is expected in The Huffington PostRichmond Times Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, and the Kansas City Star. Read an excerpt from Field of Prey
PENGUIN GROUP (USA) HAS 7 BOOKS ON THE 2014 PEN LITERARY AWARDS LONGLISTS The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists were announced this week and 7 books published by Penguin Group (USA) are in the running for the following awards: image PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay: PEN/O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: PEN Open Book Award: PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography: image  
  • Wilson by A. Scott Berg (Putnam)
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing: PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing: Penguin Random House has a total of 16 titles on the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists, all of which can be viewed here. The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists will be announced on June 17.  Winners will be named on July 30 and awards presented at the PEN ceremony in New York on September 29.  
For the first time since 2005, Jan Karon has returned to the fictional town of Mitford, NC in her upcoming novel, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Goodwhich Putnam is publishing on September 2.  An exclusive look at the cover and an excerpt from the book ran in USA Today on Thursday. Karon explains why she’s returning to Mitford: “My legions of readers wanted more, much more, from Mitford. Agatha Christie tried desperately to stop writing about Poirot, but her fans would not permit such heresy. She was doomed to write 60 novels and stories with this character about whom she later said, ‘I never cared for that little man.’ Well, I do care quite a lot for Tim Kavanagh, and that is why I have written 12 novels with this character.”
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.