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Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon—Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most ferocious boxers of all time—and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Yet—even after hitting rock bottom—the man who once admitted being addicted “to everything” fought his way back, achieving triumphant success as an actor and newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband. Brutal, honest, raw, and often hilarious, Undisputed Truth is the singular journey of an inspiring American original. Mark your calendars as Tyson will be giving what is sure to be unforgettable interviews with the ladies of The View (10/28), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (10/28), Howard Stern (10/29) and CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon (10/29). Undisputed Truth is out in paperback with a new epilogue from Plume on October 28th, 2014.
New York Times bestseller and Pen Faulkner Award Winner Karen Joy Fowler is one of four American authors included on the list for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. This is the first year in which American authors have been eligible for the award. A shortlist will be announced on September 9th, and the winner will be announced on October 14th. Read the full long-list here.

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The Blue Rider Press edition of This Town by Mark Leibovich was a New York Times bestseller last summer and hailed by the New York Times as a “spot on” portrayal of the American political landscape. With this week’s publication of Plume’s trade paperback edition, Washington, DC “bus king” advertising for the book is rolling around the streets of the nation’s capital in advance of this Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner. tumblr_inline_n4wsivTwQe1rip57tLeibovich is making appearances on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos (5/4), MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner (4/30), CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper (5/2) and NPR’s On the Media (5/11), with a segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to be scheduled. His 11-market tour launched at Sixth & I on Wednesday (4/30, Washington, DC); Brazos Bookstore on (5/6, Houston); Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, with Changing Hands (5/7, Phoenix); Book Soup (5/10, West Hollywood); Kepler’s Bookstore (5/12, Menlo Park, CA); University Book Store (5/13, Seattle); Gaithersburg Book Festival (5/17); Top Coast Festival on (5/31, Minneapolis); Prairie Lights (6/6, Iowa City); and Printers Row Festival ( 6/7, Chicago).   Read an excerpt from This Town
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: 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.
To celebrate the film adaptation of his Dutton/Plume novel, This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper is going back to where it all started – Book Expo America. That’s where Tropper launched this novel in 2009, so it’s only fitting that he would return as part of a star-studded panel at BEA about the film adaptation of  This is Where I Leave You, along with actress/writer Tina Fey, actor Jason Bateman, and director Shawn Levy.  The hour-long BookCon kick-off event will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican and take place on May 30 at the Javits Center’s Special Events Hall. Tickets will be available to BookCon and BEA attendees for an additional $10.  ReedPOP will also offer tickets as part of a BookCon VIP package, which will include a signed copy of This Is Where I Leave You and “First Access” seating to BookCon events.
Dancia McKellar wows judges and TV viewers on Dancing with the Stars. Plume’s Danica McKellar, author of multiple books for Hudson Street Press and Plume, including Math Doesn’t Suck (Hudson Street Press HC, 8/2/07; Plume PB, 7/1/08) and Kiss My Math(Hudson Street Press HC, 8/5/08; Plume PB, 6/30/09), continues to impress audiences and the judges on ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars.  This week, she received one of the highest scores of the night.  The theme was the“most memorable year of your life” and Danica dedicated her dance to the birth of her son Draco.  The judges called her performance “spellbinding” and “jaw-dropping.”
Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Marian Wood/Putnam/Plume) is a California Book Awards Finalist in the 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.

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Karen Joy Fowler has won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, published in hardcover by Marian Wood/Putnam (5/30/13) and in trade paperback by Plume (2/25/14).  PEN judge Manuel Muñoz said, “Fowler captures an altogether new dimension of the meaning — and heartbreak — of family dynamics.” The $15,000 prize honors the best work of fiction published in the preceding year by an American.  The Washington Post  covered the announcement in Wednesday’s edition. This acclaimed novel has also been nominated for a Nebula Award, California Book Award and was named the Nashville Reads 2014 book selection.  It was launched with phenomenal review attention including a cover review in the New York Times Book Review by Barbara Kingsolver calling it “a novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get” as well praise in the Washington PostPeople Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, ELLE Magazine, Miami HeraldSeattle TimesO, The Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, Vogue.com, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Fresh Air” and an interview on“Diane Rehm”.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the powerful story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one.  Fowler tells the story of how one animal—the animal of man—can simultaneously destroy and expand our notion of what is possible.Fowler will be honored at the 34th annual PEN/Faulkner award ceremony on May 10 in Washington, D.C., along with the finalists, including Daniel Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles (Riverhead), who each received $5,000.

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