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 Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Salon.com, 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.
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.
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
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).
’s starred review of Field of Prey
raved, “As always, Sandford and Lucas are superb” and more coverage is expected in The Huffington Post
, Richmond 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:
PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay:
PEN/O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award:
- Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem (The Penguin Press)
PEN Open Book Award:
PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography:
- 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 Good, which 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.
A. Scott Berg’s Wilson
(Putnam) is a California Book Awards Finalist in the Non-Fiction Category. Since 1931, the California Book Awards have strived to annually recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature.This year’s award winners will be announced on June 9 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.View the full list of finalists here.