This train won’t stop! Just over a month on sale, Riverhead’s  The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is #1 on The New York Times bestseller lists for as fifth straight week and maintaining its incredible momentum.   On Tuesday afternoon, Mashable hosted a live Google Hangout with Paula and readers/fans had the opportunity to interact with Paula and ask her questions about the book. Participants included MashReads members and the general public. Martha Stewart Living did an online check-in with book club members. This is Martha Stewart Living’s third mention of The Girl On The Train, having previously announced it as its February book club selection and Instagrammed a wonderful image (one of Martha Stewart’s most popular Instagrams to date, with over 3,000 likes).
Nick Hornby’s highly anticipated Funny Girl went on sale to great buzz. A rave NPR review said,  “[Funny Girlinduces binge-reading that’s the literary equivalent of polishing off an entire television series in one weekend” and  The New York Times noted “this novel packs in lots of laughs, but it’s also got more heft than Mr. Hornby’s readers may expect.” People Magazine named Funny Girl “Book of the Week” and described it as “[A] light, fond, funny tale by the author of About a Boy…[a] fizzy delight about the likable oddballs who populate showbiz.” while Entertainment Weekly called the book “engaging” and “spot on.” Features have been running far and wide in the Boston Globe, Atlantic, Chicago Tribune Metro, and AM New York. Additionally, Funny Girl has been named one of the best books of February from USA Today, Amazon, PopSugar, StyleBistro, and Vulture. Nick kicked off a 7-city national tour this week with a packed house with over 300 people at Harvard Bookstore. He is in NYC this week and will make further stops in Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Pasadena.
The Girl On The Train continues to gather even more momentum, with an upcoming national TV hit on CBS This Morning on Monday, February 9. The Girl on the Train is topping charts nationwide, ranking #1 this week on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, Chicago Tribune Bestseller List, Chicagoland Bestseller List, Amazon’s Bestseller List, Kindle, Barnes & Noble Best Selling Nook Book, Publisher’s Weekly Hard Cover, Fiction, and the Bestseller List. Author Paula Hawkins has been profiled in a New York Times feature and a Washington Post review, which called The Girl on the Train “well-written and ingeniously constructed — perhaps a bit too ingeniously.”  The Girl on the Train is popping up in “best of” and “must read” lists featured on exciting outlets online including’s amazing “12 Books to Read if You Liked The Girl on the Train,” The Huffington Post’s “Why Everyone’s Talking About The Girl on the Train,” and StyleCaster’s Editor’s Pick. Paula is in the middle of a 6-city tour this week, starting with ALA Midwinter Conference’s Debut Author Panel. She also held press events and book-store signings in Toronto and Houston, then stopped in NYC for interviews, signings, and the Mashable #MashReads Book Club event. She continues on to California, Nashville, and back to NYC before returning to London.
Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller The Girl On The Train  is roaring out of the station! The book everyone is reading debuts at #1 on The New York Times eBook fiction and combined print & eBook fiction bestseller lists as well as #2 on the hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of 2/1 and has been hovering between #1 and #6 on Amazon and since going on sale January 13.  Now in its 10th printing, with over a quarter million copies in print, the book also debuts at #1 on this week’s Wall Street Journal bestseller list.  Today’s Wall Street Journal includes a major feature on The Girl On The Train and Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh is quoted in the article: “None of us can think of another debut that has exploded out of the gate this fast. As to why it’s caught fire, I think it’s really come down to the read. As much as we’d love to think we know how to manufacture a hit like this, it doesn’t really happen that way.” The Girl On The Train was featured on the Today Show Weekend Jumpstart, a fantastic interview with the author aired on NPR All Things Considered and it was selected as the Mashable Book Club pick for February. Entertainment Weekly featured the book on their “Must List,” calling it “a gripping, down-the-rabbit-hole thriller,” and in their review said, “[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see coming.” Their “What I’m Reading Now” section this week went even further: “But since Gone Girl, this is the first plot I’ve read that moves with such force.” More rave reviews continue to pour in.  People magazine says that “Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller…Hawkins’s debut ends with a twist that no one – least of all its victims—could have seen coming.” “What a thriller!” proclaims People Style Watch, and the New York Daily News  says “The Girl on the Train [is] a harrowing new suspense novel…a complex and thoroughly chilling psychological thriller. … The Girl on the Train is one of those books where you can’t wait — yet almost can’t bear — to turn the page. It’s a stunning novel of dread.” On “The Thriller So Engrossing, You’ll Pray for Snow: Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work, school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. …A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages.” And a flat-out rave review from  “It’s difficult to say too much more about the plot of The Girl on the Train; like all thrillers, it’s best for readers to dive in spoiler-free. This is a debut novel — Hawkins is a journalist by training — but it doesn’t read like the work of someone new to suspense. Read more…
A Brief History of Seven Killings went on sale last week with huge media attention, beginning with Michiko Kakutani’s flat-out rave review in the New York Timeswhere she praised that A Brief History of Seven Killings is “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.” Marlon James was interviewed for two back-to-back national profiles:  the front page of the New York Times’ Arts section and then a full interview in Wall Street Journal. Listen to Marlon’s interview with NPR’s All Things Considered here, with much more to come as he continues his nationwide book tour! Read a Letter from the Editor of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Major media coverage continues for Steven Johnson and his new book How We Got to Now: a slate of high-profile television appearances, including The Daily ShowCBS This Morning, and Morning Joe, with more to come. There has also been terrific review coverage: The Daily Beast says that “What makes this book such a mind-expanding read is Johnson’s ability to appreciate human advancement as a vast network of influence, rather than a simple chain of one invention leading to another, and result is nothing less than a celebration of the human mind.” And the Washington Post says “How We Got to Now, Steven Johnson’s new book about ‘six innovations that made the modern world,’ is filled with weird and amusing examples…His point is simple, important and well-timed: During periods of rapid innovation, there is always tumult as citizens try to make sense of it….Johnson is an engaging writer, and he takes very complicated and disparate subjects and makes their evolution understandable.” And just a reminder that the 6-part PBS series, How We Got to Now, hosted by Steven, debuts on October 15. For a taste of the series, check out the official trailer here.
The National Book Foundation has announced its 9th annual “5 Under 35” honorees and three of the authors are published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints: Five-Under-35-ThumbnailView the complete list of 2014 honorees here. This year’s “5 Under 35” authors will be honored at the National Book Awards Week party in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday, November 17. The event will be hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will moderate a conversation with the authors and serve as the evening’s Guest DJ. Riverhead’s Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir, is the Guest Bartender. The “5 Under 35” program annually honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. Since 2006, the program has championed a rising generation of writers, including Penguin Random House authors Danielle Evans, Keith Gessen, Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Merritt Tierce, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tiphanie Yanique and Paul Yu.
Penguin Random House author Juan Gabriel Vásquez has won the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin literary award for The Sound of Things Falling, The IMPAC judges called it a “consummate literary thriller that resonates long after the final page,” also saying in the award citation, “Through a masterly command of layered time periods, spiraling mysteries and a noir palette, it reveals how intimate lives are overshadowed by history; how the past preys on the present; and how the fate of individuals as well as countries is molded by distant, or covert, events.”
Vásquez said winning this prize was “a great honor,” and he was particularly thrilled since past winners of the IMPAC award include author Javier Marías, who had greatly influenced his writing. The Sound of Things Falling, set in the dangerous world of the Colombian drug trade, was published in hardcover by Riverhead Books last August, with the Riverhead trade paperback edition going on sale June 3, 2014.
Early this year the Chicago TribuneThe Millions, Library Journal  and Flavorwire all featured The Vacationers by Riverhead author Emma Straub as one of their “most anticipated books of 2014,” predicting that “we’re sure you’ll see armies of folks reading The Vacationers on the beach over the summer.”  Since then, the book has proven to be a summer reading sensation, having earned starred reviews from Kirkusand Booklist; appearing in over 18 different magazines, including everything from InStyle and Cosmopolitan to Elle, Marie Claire, and Town & Country; as well as having prominent placement in just about every Summer Reading round-up from Entertainment Weekly to Parade to Buzzfeed.  In a full-page, four-starred review, People Magazine calls The Vacationers  “delicious” and “richly riveting” while New York Times book critic Janet Maslin calls it “one of the most entertaining novels of the summer.”  The always delightful Emma had a conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon and is now on the road promoting the book, hitting Boston, Washington, DC, Nashville, Los Angeles and San Francisco – where Emma is pictured with Penguin Sales Rep and event host Wendy Pearl. The book debuted on the National Indie Bestseller list as well as on The New York Times combined print & eBook bestseller list, and Riverhead expects the momentum to continue throughout the summer, with more major media to come in O Magazine¸ Ladies’ Home Journal, USA Today, Interview, E!, and Redbook. Read an Excerpt from The Vacationers
Last week on a rainy Wednesday night, wire walker, street-juggler and author Philippe Petite held a “forbidden party” in the catacombs of Brooklyn’s landmark Green-Wood Cemetery.  Reporters were treated to a presentation on his new book, CreativityThe Perfect CrimeThe New York Observer featured the party, and The Wall Street Journal interviewed him at the cemetery, “where his French lilt reverberated in the hollow crypt.” Petit is now on tour promoting Creativity to sold-out crowds across the country and continues to be featured and interviewed on national outlets including:   The New Yorker Page TurnerFast CompanyNew York Times MagazineWeekend All Things ConsideredThe Diane Rehm ShowThe Takeaway, and Dinner Party Download.