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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.
  image Fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll in front of a standing room only audience last Thursday (5/15). Spotted in the crowd were icons Fran Lebowitz, David Johansen, Mick Rock and Bob Gruen. Robinson talked about growing up in New York’s downtown rock scene, her favorite interviews, as well as her many experiences touring with such music superstars as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z. Toward the end of the evening, Varvatos summed things up best: “You think you’ve met a bunch of interesting people and you’ve done a lot of cool stuff, but then you meet Lisa Robinson and you realize you haven’t done s***.”  There Goes Gravity has been prominently featured in USA TodayPeopleThe Chicago TribuneNPRand many other media outlets.
Credit: @homepourfemme Instagram photo Last Thursday, fashion designer John Varvatos and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson took the stage at Varvatos’s Bowery boutique to discuss Robinson’s memoir There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll in front of a standing room only audience. Spotted in the crowd were art icons Fran Lebowitz, David Johansen, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen, and others. Robinson talked about growing up in New York’s downtown rock scene, her favorite interviews, as well as her many experiences touring with music superstars Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z. Toward the end of the evening Varvatos said it best, “You think you’ve met a bunch of interesting people and you’ve done a lot of cool stuff, but then you meet Lisa Robinson and you realize you haven’t done s***.” There Goes Gravity is on sale now and has been prominently featured in USA Today, People, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, and many more.
Woman’s Day is holding a fantastic sweepstakes for Mambo in Chinatown, the second novel from New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok to be published by Riverhead Books on June 24. One grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a pair of Latin ballroom dance shoes. Enter here for your chance to win. Publishers Weekly calls MAMBO IN CHINATOWN “intriguing,” and Kirkus Reviews says, “Charlie’s Cinderella story, not to mention Charlie herself, is charming.” The media buzz surrounding the book’s release continues to grow, with additional reviews and features confirmed to run in Real Simple, Glamour, The Writer Magazine and more.
Little Onion is headed for the big screen! Deadline.com announced last week that Riverhead author James McBride will produce the screen adaptation of his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird with actors Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, The Manchurian Candidate) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid remake) set to star. The film will tell the story of young slave Henry “Onion” Shackleford’s (Smith) travels with infamous radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber). Schreiber will produce the film alongside McBride and Brian Taylor, with whom McBride is producing an FX miniseries based on another McBride novel, Song Yet SungUSA Today, Vulture, New York Daily News, and many other print and online outlets also reported the film news.
Lisa Robinson’s memoir of her experiences as a rock journalist, There Goes Gravity, is getting rave reviews in its first week on sale. Packed full of insight into the biggest rock stars of the past four decades, People Magazine calls it “compulsively readable,” and the Chicago Tribune declares it “savvy, elegant… clear-eyed and appealing.” The book also received a starred review from Kirkus, which lauded it as “a backstage pass to the greatest circus of the 20th century.”  Lisa was profiled in W Magazine, and Vanity Fair ran a five-page exclusive excerpt from the book in its April issue. Last week Lisa was on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and this week she has appearances on CBS This Morning and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
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.
The 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design announced its award winners this week in Miami Beach, Florida, and Riverhead art director Helen Yentus was the 2014 ADC Art + Craft Design Award winner for her 3-D book design of On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead, 1/7). North America’s only beachside festival for the commercial creative industries, the event was created to align with  ADC’s nearly century-long mission to celebrate artistry and craftsmanship in the fields of advertising, design, photography, illustration, interactive and motion graphics. Learn more about the ADC Festival here.