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Jan Karon, author of Putnam’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Come Rain or Come Shine, was honored with the Library of Virginia’s Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend. The award recognizes a Virginian who has made an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to literature. Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Edgar Allan Poe, Booker T. Washington, and John Grisham. Ms. Karon was the featured speaker at the library’s literary luncheon, where she was jankaroninterviewed by Sandy Treadway, the Librarian of Virginia, and she was presented the award at a ceremony that took place Saturday night in Richmond.  Putnam President Ivan Held and VP Executive Editor Christine Pepe (pictured here with Ms. Karon) attended the award ceremony to celebrate her achievement, as well as the close of her successful book tour that included two bookseller events in Richmond. Ms. Karon wrote her first novel when she was 10 years old, the same year she won a short-story contest organized by the local high school. At age 50, she left a career in advertising to be an author and her first series of books began as a weekly installment in her local newspaper. Eventually she published At Home in Mitford, her first novel, which has been reprinted more than 80 times and nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book of the Year Award). Her novels have also won the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction and the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for Fiction. Her two most recent Mitford novels both were very successful: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, spent 17 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and Come Rain or Come Shine debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list on October 11. A special hardcover gift edition of  At Home in Mitford will be released on October 27. She is also the author of 13 other books, including two Father Tim novels, a cookbook, and several books for children.
Putnam’s Come Rain or Come Shine  by Jan Karon debuts at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list after the author wrapped up a successful 5-city tour to Fairhope, St. Louis, Seattle, Charlotte, and Charlottesville. She has another local Charlottesville event next week and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia later this month. Recent media includes a review in Bookpage that called it “[a]nother [Mitford novel] that readers won’t want to miss…Karon has a gift for breathing life into small moments that make readers both laugh and cry,” and a review on that raves, “It’s hard for a review to capture the magic of Jan Karon’s writing and of the characters readers have taken for their own since the first Mitford book was published. But the magic is there…The delightful reconnections you’ll experience will both gladden your heart and satisfy your soul…Choose a cup of your favorite tea and your most comfortable chair, and settle in with the Mitford characters, new and old, whom we’ve all come to love as you open Come Rain or Come Shine. Jan Karon has done it again.” Victoria Magazine also posted a blog feature that says “[Come Rain or Come Shine is] [f]illed with down-to-earth wisdom and details that allow Mitford to live in our memories long after we have turned the last page.” Come Rain or Come Shine was recently included in Barnes & Noble Reads’ “This Week’s Biggest Books,” where it was called “…heartfelt. Longtime readers, prepare to spend an evening celebrating a marriage that was long in coming, in the company of old fictional friends,” and its cover was featured on the homepage.
As Tom Clancy Under Fire (Putnam) debuts on three The New York Times bestseller lists, this week Grant Blackwood hit the road with two fantastic events in Texas at Murder by the Book in Houston and Randolph Air Force Base outside of San Antonio. The buzz for the newest entry in Tom Clancy’s #1 bestselling series also continued this week, with an interview for Military Press, which also ran on Crimespree Magazine and and raves that Blackwood “continue[s] the intense, thrilling, and realistic plots that Tom Clancy was known for…riveting and gripping.” This weekend, reviews will run in the Providence Journal(Sunday, 6/28) and on, with coverage still to come from BooklistKirkus, and CrimeFiction.FM.
The silver anniversary of John Sandford’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport is feeling extra special this week as the 25th book in the series, Gathering Prey, debuts at #1 on three New York Times fiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction, and combined print & eBook fiction lists.  The book is also #1 on this week’s USA Today bestseller list. John Sandford is on the cover of the current edition of Mystery Scene Magazine and this weekThe Huffington Post raved, “This is his freshest, most thrilling story ever. [Sandford] is a master of this game and Gathering Prey proves he still reigns supreme.”
G. P. Putnam’s Sons has acquired North American publication rights to Maestra, a new psychological thriller by British author L. S. Hilton, the first book in a trilogy.  This deal announcement was covered on Tuesday night by Alexandra Alter in The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog, which also noted that Columbia Pictures has optioned the novel for Amy Pascal to produce through her new company, Pascal Pictures. Maestra features a feisty, morally complex and sharp heroine named Judith Rashleigh, an assistant at a London art auction house who is fired after she discovers a forged painting. She suspects a conspiracy, fears for her life and flees to the French Riviera.  Putnam Senior Editor Tara Singh Carlson describes Judith as “sexy, smart and very, very bad in all the best ways.” Maestra will be published by Putman in Spring 2016.
John Sandford is celebrating the silver anniversary of his #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport with Gathering Prey, which Putnam published on Tuesday (4/28). Sandford launched his 25th Prey novel at Poisoned Pen, where owner and good friend Barbara Peters marked the anniversary with a special cake (and a huge amount of book sales!). Sandford will end his short tour in Minneapolis with events at Once Upon a Crime and Barnes & Noble.  In Gathering Prey, we meet the Travelers. O They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now  somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do. Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.

USA Today revealed the new look and title for Sue Grafton’s X, including an exclusive excerpt and interview with Sue.

“Sue Grafton is breaking the mold with the title of the next book in her best-selling Alphabet mystery series starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. It’s just plain X.

Fans have fun guessing which alphabetical word Grafton will come up with for each new book title. The series, set in fictional Santa Teresa, Calif., started in 1982 with ‘A’ is for Alibi… But not this time.

‘I first thought of using ‘X is for Xenophobe‘ or Xenophobia, which suggests a fear of foreigners, but alas, not one single foreigner materialized in the course of the writing,” Grafton says. “There’s a box of files with an X on the lid, a Father Xavier, a married couple whose last name is Xanakis, and a missing painting of a xebec which is a three-masted sailing vessel, but none of these seemed to encompass the whole. Finally, it occurred to me that since I was the one who invented this ‘rule’ about ‘…is for…’ I was surely entitled to break it.’”

Publishing powerhouse Nora Roberts’ newest novel The Liar (G.P Putnam’s Sons) is the #1 book in the country according to The New York Times and USA Today, debuting at the top of both bestseller lists.  The Liar is the 214th novel from “America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker).  Roberts was recently featured in The New York Times Book Review’s “By the Book” column surrounding the 40th book in her In Death series, which she’s been writing for 20 years under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.
Putnam author Philip Kerr discussed his acclaimed new Bernie Gunther mystery The Lady From Zagreb at his launch event at Mysterious Books in New York City on Tuesday (4/7).  Kerr spoke to a room packed with fans while surrounded by a display of the new novel. He then appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC on Thursday (4/9) for a live conversation about the book’s historical basis.  After New York, Kerr rolls on to Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Scottsdale and Phoenix, before returning to London.
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.