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Ruth Ozeki has won the 2014 Medici Book Club Prize for A Tale for the Time Being. The prize aims to recognize “a distinguished work of fiction that has inspired thoughtful conversation and contributed to a deeper understanding of the human experience” and will be awarded on October 18th. A Tale for the Time Being previously won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the NBCC Prize in Fiction, and the Man Booker Prize.
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list this week! This is Grossman’s first #1 ever, and it was preluded by a media storm: in the New York Times, Sarah Lyall called The Magicians a “wonderful trilogy…If the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult.” There were more wonderful reviews in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and an interview with Lev Grossman on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
Lev Grossman’s genre-bending Magicians trilogy comes to a close as The Magician’s Land hits stands this week, welcomed by spectacular reviews from the New York Times Book Review, A.V. Club, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, and more. A number of original pieces by Lev also appeared this week on The Atlantic’s By Heart column, Vulture, and BuzzFeed. Lev kicked off his release with an event at St Joseph’s College hosted by Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore; it was a packed house as fans arrived to play trivia games for prizes before Lev took the stage with fellow authors Erin Morgenstern, Lauren Oliver, Margaret Stohl, Michelle Hodkin, and Austin Grossman to discuss The Magician’s Land. The book tour continues on to 11 more cities, including an event in Santa Fe with George R. R. Martin. Expect tons more great publicity on the horizon, including NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, People, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Buzzfeed. Additionally, SyFy recently greenlighted a pilot of The Magicians for television series and is moving forward on casting and production.
John Dean appeared on The Colbert Report Monday, 8/6 as part of a special Nixon episode, alongside appearances on Face the Nation, “After Words” on C-SPAN-Book TV, and seven MSNBC shows including Morning Joe and The Cycle. Fantastic reviews have run in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. Dean has drawn standing-room-only crowds throughout his nine-city tour, most recently to an audience of almost 1000 in Dallas. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It debuts at #19 on the New York Times bestseller list on August 17.
Deborah Harkness kicked off her 20-city tour for The Book of Life in New York City with a great event on Tuesday night at the Upper East Side Barnes & Noble. This final book of the All Souls trilogy has been included on numerous summer reading lists, such as ParadeThe Los Angeles TimesBoston Globe, and Time Magazine, and will be covered in major outlets such as NPR, People, Entertainment Weekly, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and more in the coming weeks.  As the book hit shelves on Tuesday, reviews are beginning to roll in: USA Today called it “an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that’s not to be missed.” Listen to a Podcast
This week, Theodore B. Olson and David Boies launched Redeeming the Dream with national television appearances on CBS-TV Face the Nation (6/15), The Colbert Report (6/17), MSNBC-TV Morning Joe (6/18). Redeeming the Dream has also been chosen as the Morning Joe Book Club selection for June/July.  Coming up, Olson and Boies will appear on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, KQED’s Forum, SiriusXM’s The Bob Edwards Show, and others. USA Today will be reviewing Redeeming the Dream and a profile of Olson and Boies, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, appears in the July issue of Vanity Fair. The HBO documentary The Case Against 8, starring David Boies and Ted Olson, is out now in select theaters and premieres on HBO on June 23rd.  Ted Olson and David Boies will also be appearing in NYC, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and San Francisco for events over the next two weeks.
Craig Johnson’s tenth Walt Longmire Mystery, Any Other Name, makes its debut on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list at #6 for the week of June 1. This showing on the NYT list marks a personal best for Johnson, who kicked off a 22-city, 25-event national tour on May 13.  While out on the road, Johnson will be interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor and on Sirius XM’s Pia Lindstrom Show, with confirmed upcoming coverage in the Washington PostDenver Post,Arizona RepublicFort Worth Star-Telegram,  Albuquerque Journal,The Oklahoman, to name just a few. Johnson will also be appearing on television in Dallas and Denver, as well as radio interviews throughout the tour. Attendance and book sales at venues where the author has appeared are at an all-time high: with over 200 at the Poisoned Pen in Phoenix, AZ; 300 at Sunriver Books in Sunriver, OR; and well over 100 at Powell’s in Portland, OR. The Penguin paperback edition of A Serpent’s Tooth (Penguin, 4/29) hit The New York Timestrade paperback fiction bestseller list for the week of May 18. This was a first for Johnson. Season 3 of A&E’s Longmire television premieres on Monday, June 2, perfectly timed for the publication of Penguin’s TV tie-in edition of Kindness Goes Unpunished (Penguin, 5/28).
    Garrison Keillor, New York Times-bestselling author and beloved host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, is in the midst of a national tour including 33 events in promotion of the recently released The Keillor Reader. So far, the events have been fantastic, drawing 700 people in Iowa City, with 350 books sold, and 350 people in Milwaukee, with 340 books sold. At last week’s event at Joseph Beth in Cincinnati, the store’s café came up with a truly inspired Keillor menu featuring such dishes as “Minnesota Wild Rice Soup,” and “Fruit of the Forest Pie.” In addition, Garrison was featured on CBS This Morning on May 2 in a clip that can be viewed here and was also featured in large piece in the Associated Press recently. A Prairie Home Companion will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this July 4. Read an excerpt from The Keillor Reader
tumblr_inline_n59qeqFvSJ1rip57tNew York Times-bestselling, award-winning Viking/Penguin author Nathaniel Philbrick is on tour to promote the paperback  edition of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolutionwhich debuts at #15 onThe New York Times nonfiction paperback bestseller list this week and was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover for Viking last year.  His fans are turning out in droves to hear him speak about the pivotal battle that launched the American Revolution. Highlights from his 13-city tour include events at the St. Louis County Library and Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA; over 200 people attended each one.  Philbrick will be delighting more crowds as he continues with events throughout the month of May. Read an excerpt from Bunker Hill
PENGUIN GROUP (USA) HAS 7 BOOKS ON THE 2014 PEN LITERARY AWARDS LONGLISTS The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists were announced this week and 7 books published by Penguin Group (USA) are in the running for the following awards: image PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay: PEN/O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: PEN Open Book Award: PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography: image  
  • Wilson by A. Scott Berg (Putnam)
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing: PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing: Penguin Random House has a total of 16 titles on the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists, all of which can be viewed here. The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists will be announced on June 17.  Winners will be named on July 30 and awards presented at the PEN ceremony in New York on September 29.