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Teri Agins, Wall Street Journal fashion critic and author of Hijacking The Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, which went on sale from Gotham on October 9, has been hijacking the media this week, including a fascinating first serial excerpt in the Wall Street Journal, a tremendous interview on the nationally syndicated Marketplace and TV time with CNBC’s Squawk Box. The book was also featured on Elle.com.  Look for upcoming interviews on Fashionista, InStyle Magazine and Yahoo! Style. Teri and Hijacking the Runway are definitely in this season.
A new PBS web series, “It’s Okay to Be Smart,” highlights some of the many myths and fallacies author David McRaney investigates in his book, You Are Now Less Dumb (Gotham,  8/5/14). The five-minute video, which already has 238,000 views in just one week, ends with a special shout-out to McRaney and his books (4:53). Both Nerdist and A.V. Club featured posts on this video as well.  
Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times bestselling Gotham author Russell Simmons was the featured guest on the season finale of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday on June 15, when they discussed yoga, meditation and of course, his book Success Through Stillness. The episode will re-air this coming Sunday, June 22 at 10 am ET. Tune in via the OWN network or stream online at oprah.com. Success Through Stillness has appeared on The New York Timesbestseller list for seven weeks since going on sale in March. The book’s performance continues to be strong after an impressive social media promotion and online push leading up to Russell’s appearance on Super Soul Sunday, including an exclusive online preview on June 9, an interview on the #OWNSHOW,  an Instagram promotion on June 10and June 11, live tweeting from both @Oprah and @UncleRush during the 11am airing of the June 15 episode, ads and promotion on GlobalGrind.com, and online pieces promoting the segment from TheGrio.comHuffPost and UbranChristianNews.com among other online outlets.
Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly has passed the 500,000 in print milestone (hardcover and eBook formats combined),  it was announced this week by Gotham Books. The hit #1 on The New York Times Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous list in its second week on sale (10/7/12), returned to #1 on the same list nearly a year later (10/6/13), and has been on the list 10 weeks thus far in 2014.  Brené Brown’s powerful vision of how to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, live wholeheartedly, and courageously engage in our lives has recorded a staggering 48 total weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (and counting!). Daring Greatly sales show no signs of slowing down. Alongside Daring Greatly’s continued performance, Gotham has just unveiled a beautifully repackaged paperback edition of Brené Brown’s first book, I Thought It Was Just Me (But it Isn’t). With a new cover design that echoes the Daring Greatly jacket, this liberating study on how our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity is sure to keep selling consistently for a long time to come. Read an excerpt from Daring Greatly
The Hoops Whisperer author Ravin Idan, basketball’s most unlikely – and most sought after – training guru, was featured in the “Talk of the Town” section of the May 12 issue of The New Yorker, on stands this week. The reporter spent a full day with Idan, observing his unorthodox training style and noting the various inspirations he mentions in The Hoops Whisperer (including the coloring books of his four-year-old niece). The article is accompanied by a drawing of Idan and LeBron James.  Sports Illustrated’s website ran a short excerpt on April 25, Idan appeared on Fox Sports 1 “Crowd Goes Wild” on May 6, KPCC’s Take Two and on TheStreet.com. In The Hoops Whisperer,  Ravin offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he has helped transform. Ravin, who never played or coached in college or the pros, shares the fascinating story of how he transformed a passion for the game into working with iconic basketball stars such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, James Harden, and Dwight Howard. Upcoming media includes a feature on Idan and his training methods in Maxim (on stands May 15), a live interview on the SI Now Podcast today , an interview with Slam magazine in mid-May, and the Boston Globe will review the book later this month. Idan participated in a Penguin satellite radio tour on Tuesday (5/6), and there has been great local sports radio coverage across the country in markets such as Portland, Syracuse, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando-Daytona, Detroit, and Baltimore.
After a strong week of interviews, including MSNBC’s The Cycle and the Wendy Williams Show on April 21, Russell Simmons’ Success Through Stillness has returned to The New York Times bestseller list, coming in at #17 on the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous list. The book has been on sale for eight weeks, seven of which as a New York Times bestseller!  Further appearances on the NYT list are likely with Russell’s segment on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on OWN upcoming on June 15 (re-airing June 22). Stay tuned!

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Gotham Books author Josh Hanagarne continues to inspire book lovers across the US. His memoir, The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures comes out May 6 in paperback and Josh is traveling across the country telling his story.  Earlier this year he appeared at SXSW, and the Texas Library Association (TLA). Coming up he’ll be speaking at the Utah Library Association Convention (ULA), as well as appearing at libraries in Minnesota, Tarrytown, NY and Long Island.  He will also be speaking at the ALA Annual Convention later this summer in Las Vegas.  And best of all, the ultimate librarian, Nancy Pearl just tweeted about Josh’s book being “one of her favorite memoirs.”
David Shoemaker, author of The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling (Gotham, Oct. 29, 2013), was back in the news last week on local and national radio in the US (8 markets, including CBS Washington, DC Radio) and Canada (CBC) following the sudden death of WWE Hall-of-Famer “The Ultimate Warrior” James Hellwig. David wrote a heartfelt obituary for Grantland which was shared on SportsCenter’s Facebook feed, earning over 36,000 likes and 5,580 comments. (Gotham, 4/15)
Avery and Gotham are participating in US VegWeek 2014 (April 21-27) to promote Angela Liddon’s New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Join Avery/Gotham in taking the pledge and then in sharing your progress and photos of the scrumptious vegetarian or vegan dishes you make on Twitter, instagram, and Facebook, with the twitter handle @tryveg and the hashtag #USVegWeek. Whether you are a vegan or you simply want to incorporate a few vegan meals into your week, the recipes in The Oh She Glows Cookbook are a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow.
Thomas Goetz’s The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis was praised by The Boston Globe, calling it a “highly entertaining, interesting, and thought-provoking book.” Wired gave the book and author a two-page spread and Discover says Goetz “weaves the suspense of a Sherlock Holmes mystery into a tale of ambition, obsession, scientific discovery and skepticism at the dawn of modern medicine.” There will be upcoming reviews in The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. And National Public Radio and Pacifica radio interviews are set to reach listeners across the country.