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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.  
Working Mother magazine has picked its “50 Most Powerful Moms of 2014″ and Viking/Penguin author A.M. Homes is one of three authors on the list, which also includes Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and actress/author Tina Fey. Working Mother said of Homes: “There’s tremendous power and influence in words, and A.M. is a true master of telling compelling stories that simultaneously move and challenge us.” Working Mother describes the criteria for its selections: “With everything we’re charged to do on a day-to-day basis, all working mothers are innately powerful. But some inspire us to keep striving for bigger and better. We think you’ll agree this year’s crop of power moms from around the globe have demonstrated the talent, business acumen, innovative spirit and sheer guts to make a formidable impact on the world in so many compelling ways.”
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.
Ruth Ozeki won the Fiction Prize for A Tale for the Time Being at the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes that were awarded Friday night in Los Angeles.   A Tale for the Time Being was previously a finalist for a National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. To read more about the L.A. Times Book Prizes, click here.
The 75th Anniversary of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel The Grapes of Wrath is marked by a number of special events, and NPR has chosen the book for its Book Club pick. Lynn Neary will be discussing the book and its importance on NPR’s Morning Edition (4/14) with Susan Shillinglaw, author of Penguin’s On Reading the Grapes of Wrath and Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. USA TodayThe New York Times and other outlets have been joining in with pieces about the 75th Anniversary.  Viking marks this occasion with the publication of a special hardcover commemorative edition of The Grapes of Wrath today (4/10). Shillinglaw, and Elda Rotor, Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Penguin Classics, are participating in a Steinbeck event at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC on April 26. Shillinglaw will also participate in a panel on Steinbeck in NYC at the Roosevelt House on April 29. Steinbeck festivities continue with a Steinbeck Festival presented by the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA, May 2-4.