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Shelf Awareness’ “Image of the Day” on Friday was this fun photo from this week’s Penguin Press sales, marketing and publicity meeting, when all attendees taped pink hearts over their eyes to imitate the jacket art of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg, which went on sale on Tuesday.  Aziz discussed the book on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (6/15), then Good Morning America, The View, All Things Considered and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday (5/16).  His national book tour kicked off in New York City this week. Check out book.azizansari.com.   rewrew
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.
he James Beard Foundation 2015 Awards finalists were announced this week and THE THIRD PLATE: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber (Penguin Press) was nominated for a James Beard Book Award in the Cookbook category under “Writing and Literature.” View the full list of 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards Finalists hereThe 2015 James Beard Awards, hosted by Alton Brown, will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.

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At last night’s National Book Critic’s Circle Awards ceremony at the New School in New York, Phil Klay received the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize for outstanding first book in any genre for his New York Times-bestselling, National Book Award-winning debut story collection Redeployment (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Named to honor the memory of founding NBCC member John Leonard, the prize is uniquely decided by a direct vote of the organization’s nearly 700 members nationwide, whereas the traditional awards are nominated and chosen by the elected 24-member board of directors.

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Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong is named a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, which celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The awards committee writes: “Fong’s strong narrative voice and his belief that medical discovery is akin to extreme geographical exploration bring the reader fully into a discussion of science, medical practice, and innovation.  He offers compelling stories of doctors and patients that include just enough detail to contextualize and educate without overwhelming. His passion for his work as a doctor and his clear compassion for the ill (or harmed) shows in every case he describes. His curiosity taps the reader’s curiosity. And, more than anything else, the unanswered questions invite young readers into the challenge of charting the future path of medicine.” Winners will be announced in January 2015.

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Leon Panetta holds nothing back in Worthy Fights. Check out his revelatory interviews on NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC’s The Today Show, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN with Gloria Borger, and FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor.
Sheila Weller, author of The News Sorority, discusses the surprise response seen at the release of her book with The New York Times. A must-read, Bloomberg Businessweek claims it will surely “be catnip to TV obsessives and people in the news business.”
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.
This football season seems to be more about the troubling behavior of the players than on the game itself. Mark Edmundson, author of Why Football Matters, takes on the controversy and more in his interview with NPR’s The Takeaway.
World Order by Henry Kissinger “could not be more timely” praises Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times. On the cover of the New York Times Book Review, John Micklethwait writes, “If you worry about a globe spinning out of control, then World Order is for you. It brings together history, geography, modern politics and no small amount of passion…it is a book that every member of Congress should be locked in a room with—and forced to read before taking the oath of office.” More on Kissinger’s important new book can be found in this interview with Susan Page of USA Today.