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The highly anticipated memoir by Barbra Streisand, one of the most influential and beloved actors, singers, and directors of our time, will be published by Viking in 2017. Ms. Streisand’s memoir will share memories of her childhood, explore her extraordinarily successful career on stage, screen, and in the recording studio, and reflect on her life. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, noted, “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking.” The continuing popularity and relevance of the artist’s work was recently and vividly evidenced when her latest album for Columbia Records, Partners, debuted at #1 on the Billboard sales charts, making her the only performer to have achieved Number One albums in six consecutive decades. Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist ever and has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A Renaissance woman of her time, Streisand has been acknowledged as a director, writer, producer, composer, designer, activist, and philanthropist.   The “actress who sings,” as Streisand once described herself, received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.  Barbra Streisand is a rare honoree, the only artist to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors (2008) and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award (2001.)  She also received the National Endowment for the Arts medal from President Bill Clinton and France’s greatest recognition, the Légion d’Honneur, from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Craig Johnson’s Dry Bones, which went on sale from Viking last week, debuts at #5 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of May 31.This is the author’s highest debut on The New York Times bestseller list to date.  Craig is in the midst of a 20-city, 28-event book tour for Viking and Penguin (the paperback edition of Any Other Name went on sale April 28) and then he embarks on his 16-event Outlaw Motorcycle Tour. Dry Bones was reviewed in the Denver Post, Tampa Bay Times, Arizona Daily Star, and received a starred review from Library Journal. Reviews and features are still forthcoming form the Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Shelf Awareness, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In Dry Bones when the largest, most complete T. Rex skeleton ever found turns up—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka County, Wyoming, Sherriff Walt Longmire must solve a 66 million-year-old cold case that’s heating up fast. Longmire, the TV show based on Craig Johnson’s books, moves from A&E to Netflix this fall. Get ready to binge watch all ten of the new episodes!
The 2015 Anthony Awards shortlist  was announced this week and includes two Penguin titles. Tana French’s The Secret Place is a finalist in the Best Novel category and Alex Marwood’s The Killer Next Door is a finalist in the Best Paperback Original category. Congratulations to Tana, Alex and everyone on the teams involved with these books’ success stories. The Anthony Award winners will be chosen by the voting members during the Bouchercon convention, which will be held October 8 -11 in Raleigh, NC. The final Awards will be presented at the Anthony Award ceremony near the end of the convention. The Viking hardcover edition of The Secret Place was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. The Penguin paperback edition  will be released August 4.  The Killer Next Door was published by Penguin last October.
Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which went on sale from Viking last week, debuts at #1 on three New York Times nonfiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover nonfiction, eBook nonfiction, and combined print & eBook nonfiction lists.  This outstanding bestseller performance was propelled by a terrific publicity campaign that included a ABC Primetime Special featuring co-authors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus in a one-hour interview with Robin Roberts (4/28), segments on ABC’s Good Morning America (4/27 and 4/28), World News Tonight with David Muir (4/27) and Nightline (4/27);  a Fresh Air interview  (4/29); and a segment on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Susteren (5/8).  Major print media coverage included a first serial in People (4/22); a USA Today interview (4/27); an Associated Press review (4/24); a Time.com  review (4/27) and an excerpt in the Washington Post (4/26). Author Events have included appearances by the co-authors at Barnes & Noble in Cleveland (5/1); an event at Sidwell Friends School, hosted by Politics & Prose, with Martha Raddatz moderating (5/4); and an appearance at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Hope Awards (5/5). This harrowing yet inspiring book chronicles two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their dramatic escape.  Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Berry, they describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls.
Viking had two winners at this past weekend’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Napoleon: A Life, the definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by New York Timesbestselling author Andrew Roberts (Viking), was named the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Biography category.  Napoleon was a New York Times bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month in November 2014, and received excellent reviews in the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, among others. Adam Tooze’s critically acclaimed book The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916 – 1931 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. In this wide-ranging historical tome, Tooze revisits World War I and examines its legacy. Tooze argues that American economic and military power changed the global order in ways that are still being felt today. The New York Times Book Review had this to say: “Epic in scope, boldly argumentative, deftly interweaving military and economic narratives, The Deluge is a splendid interpretive history.” Congratulations to our award-winning authors and their publishing teams.
USA Today reported in this week’s Buzz Books column that The Boys In The Boat, Daniel James Brown’s inspirational non-fiction account of America’s young crew team during the 1936 Olympics, has been adapted into a Young Readers edition.  The Boys In The Boat for readers 10 and up will be published by Viking Children’s Books on September 8.
Finalists for the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards have been announced and include one title from Viking/Penguin and five Penguin Young Readers books, in the following categories: Book of the Year: Adult Fiction The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (Viking/Penguin) E.B. White Read-Aloud Award: Middle Grade Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers) E.B. White Read-Aloud Award: Picture Book Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Putnam Young Readers) Picture Book Hall of Fame Blueberries For Sal  by Robert McCloskey (Viking Children’s Books) Millions of Cats  by Wanda Gag (Putnam Books for Young Readers) Voting is now underway and being conducted online until midnight, Tuesday, April 14. Every bookseller at an ABA member store is encouraged to vote, one ballot per person. One book in each category will be declared the winner, with the exception of the Picture Book Hall of Fame, where booksellers will choose three inductees. The winners will be announced on Thursday, April 16, and will be honored at the ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 28, at BookExpo America in New York City.
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.
Congratulations to our 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Finalist: Stalin by Stephen Kotkin (Penguin Press) is a Biography Finalist. Stalin is the product of a decade of intrepid research, a work that recasts the way we think about the Soviet Union, revolution, dictatorship, the twentieth century, and indeed the art of history itself. Napoleon by Andrew Roberts (Viking) is a Biography Finalist. Napoleon is the biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War—winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 2014.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead) is a Fiction Finalist. Oyeyemi brilliantly recasts the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. Five Came Back by Mark Harris (Penguin Press) is a History Finalist. Five Came Back tells the extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood’s most important directors, all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed by it forever. The Deluge by Adam Tooze (Viking) is a History Finalist. Tooze gives a searing and highly original analysis of the First World War and its anguished aftermath. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Dutton Children’s Books) is a Young Adult Literature Finalist. Grasshopper Jungle weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books) is a Young Adult Litrature Finalist. Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers and a National Book Award Winner, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. See the Full List of Finalists: http://events.latimes.com/bookprizes/
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking has announced it will publish a sequel to Jojo Moyes’ global bestseller Me Before You this fall.  After You will be published in hardcover and as an eBook on September 29. Me Before You, has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.  Moyes’ collected works, also including The Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One, are available in a 36 languages and have sold over 9 million copies. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer optioned the motion picture rights to Me Before You and filming begins this April, with a theatrical release planned for 2016. British director Thea Sharrock is attached to the project, with an all-star cast featuring The Hunger Games’ Sam Clafin and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Jojo Moyes said: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and e-mails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, said: “Jojo is a gifted writer with a devoted following in the U.S. With Me Before You, she gave the world an unforgettable love story, and it is incredibly exciting for Pamela Dorman Books/Viking to publish the sequel and revisit these characters.” Pamela Dorman, Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books, said:  “Me Before You is one of those once-in-a-generation love stories whose characters lived on in readers’ hearts long after they turned the last page.  Now those readers will be rewarded with the arrival of its sequel and only a writer of Jojo Moyes’ warmth, compassion and sheer storytelling gifts could deliver another book as emotionally resonant and compelling as the first.”