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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) is back at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list!  This marks the thriller’s 22nd week on the list, with 17 in the top spot.  The Girl on the Train continues to sweep the nation, with over two million copies sold and counting.
HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich.  James’ novel has been on everyone’s radar since it was published last October, most recently winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Minnesota Book Award, as well as being named a finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction.
The Shortlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced by the PEN American Center on Thursday.  Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) is a finalist for PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  Congratulations to Phil, Steven and everyone involved with these acclaimed books. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists here. The winners will be revealed on May 13 and honored at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the New School in New York.
Ivan Doig, the award-winning author of sixteen books, died at his Seattle home in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 9, 2015, of multiple myeloma. During the eight years of his illness, he wrote his four final novels, including Last Bus to Wisdom, which will be published on August 18, 2015. He was seventy-five. Born in 1939, Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain front. A former ranch hand, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and later went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. For a few years he pursued a career in journalism, but it was book writing that drew him. Doig believed that ordinary people deserve to have their stories told, and he did that in fact and fiction, beginning with This House of Sky, a memoir of his own upbringing in Montana; it attracted a wide readership and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He later wrote a second memoir, Heart Earth, and another book of nonfiction, but it is for his novels that he became enduringly read. An early novel, The Sea Runners, told the story of four indentured servants escaping Russian Alaska in the mid-nineteenth century. With English Creek, in 1984, Doig introduced the Two Medicine Country, an imagined region based upon the Montana landscape where he came of age. That novel also introduced the McCaskill clan, who reappeared in the two that followed, Dancing at the Rascal Fair and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, the trilogy spanning a century of Montana history. The world he’d created endured– the Two Medicine Country is the setting for the majority of his novels – as did the habit of plucking characters from previous novels and reintroducing them sometimes several books – and in fictional terms, several decades – down the road. The 2006 novel The Whistling Season, a New York Times bestseller, about a mail-order housekeeper who comes west to work for a widower and his motherless sons, debuted a favorite character, Morrie Morgan, an itinerant charmer who subsequently appeared in two further novels, Work Song (2010) and Sweet Thunder (2013), his misadventures drawing Doig’s settings south to Butte, Montana, and the conflicts between the behemoth Anaconda Copper Mining Company and the beleaguered miners in the early part of the twentieth century. Two late novels, The Bartender’s Tale (2012) and the yet-to-be-published Last Bus to Wisdom, come as close to autobiography as Doig ever got in his fiction, in that they were inspired by circumstances out of his childhood: his father’s habit of taking Doig along as a boy to the saloons where he liked to hire on haying crews in the first case, and in the second, an episode where Doig, who lost his mother at the age of six and was raised by his father and his ranch cook grandmother, was sent east to Wisconsin for a summer when both adults encountered medical difficulties. But Doig was Read more…
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins tops The New York Times bestseller lists for a 12th straight week. The Riverhead book is #1 on the hardcover fiction, eBook and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of April 19th.  This is one runaway train no one wants to stop!  National media attention continues to pour in, with features forthcoming from The Daily Beast and Costco Connection. Additionally, Paula will be interviewed for Entertainment Tonight, for a piece to air later this spring.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins continues to write not only a remarkable Riverhead bestseller story but an historic one for the entire publishing industry.  Still selling at an unprecedented rate and continuing to blow up the Twittersphere with an endless stream of raves,  the book is rolling  atop The New York Times bestseller lists for a 11th straight week. The Riverhead book is #1 on the hardcover fiction and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of April 12th.
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) continues its reign as the nation’s #1 bestselling book – topping New York Times bestseller lists for a 9th straight week: #1 on the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction and combined print & eBook bestseller lists for the week of March 29thThe Girl on The Train is now the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever. This week, Entertainment Weekly features The Girl on The Train for the FIFTH time with an incredible three-page profile of Paula Hawkins, which notes the 1 million copies sold milestone before highlighting the growing list of the book’s celebrity fans: “Celebrity fans of the book, meanwhile, include Reese Witherspoon and Stephen King.” This train keeps on rolling!  Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
The longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced this week and feature 8 authors and their books published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints, as follows: PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction: PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: PEN Open Book Award: PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography:
  • Victoria by A.N. Wilson (Penguin Press)
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing: PEN Translation Prize:
  • I Ching  by John Minford (Viking Books)
Congratulations to all of our nominees. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Longlists here. The awards finalists will be announced on April 15. The winners will be revealed on May 13 and honored at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the New School in New York.
The shortlist for the 2015 New England Society Book Awards was announced this week and includes Alena by Rachel Pastan (Riverhead) in the Fiction category and The Map Thief by Michael Blanding (Gotham) in the History & Biography category. The New England Society Book Awards honors books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture and are sponsored by the New England Society in the City of New York. Winners will be announced May 13.
The Girl on The Train celebrates a huge milestone this week – over 1 million copies sold! On sale from Riverhead for just over two months, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train has taken the world by storm. In a USA Today feature commemorating the book’s incredible  success, Carol Fitzgerald says the sales numbers are “very impressive…in a sluggish market during a tough winter it’s a clear runaway winner.” The list of celebrity fans of the book also keeps growing, with Reese Witherspoon stating on her Instagram, “I don’t know who you are #PaulaHawkins but you kept me up all night reading! #TheGirlOnTheTrain #PageTurner #BookClub.”  And this train keeps rolling on the nation’s most highly regarded bestseller list: a #1 New York Times bestseller for 8 straight weeks. Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook!