In The New York Times
, Dwight Garner called How Music Got Free
by Stephen Witt (Viking) “the richest explanation to date
about how the arrival of the MP3 upended almost everything about how music is distributed, consumed and stored…it has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book”
and Nick Hornby called the book “enthralling…terrific, timely, informative…Witt is an authoritative, enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary” for The Sunday Times (UK)
. How Music Got Free
is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. The culmination of 5 years of investigative research, journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. Stephen Witt was in conversation with Jon Caramanica (New York Times
) and Jason Parham (Gawker) last night (6/18) at Freehold in Brooklyn, followed by a ‘90s dance party, to celebrate the launch of How Music Got Free
On June 10, 2015, Saul Bellow would have turned 100.
In celebration of the writer and his work, Viking and Penguin Books, whose history with Bellow goes back more than 65 years, is hosting a Bellow Centennial Slam at Housing Works Bookstore and Café (126 Crosby Street ) on Wednesday (6/10), a reception from 7:00 to 7:30 pm reception and the main program, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Writers and editors will honor him by reading from his works and sharing stories, memories, and inspiration about the man himself. Penguin Books also turns 80 this year and is thrilled to kick off this banner year by paying homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Participating in the event are: Adam Kirsch, Deborah Treisman, A.M. Homes, Colum McCann, Jonathan Santlofer, and Penguin’s own Beena Kamlani. There will be a special musical performance by students from Julliard and books for sale from Greenlight Bookstore.
To commemorate the Bellow centennial, Viking and Penguin Classics published several outstanding books. There Is Simply Too Much To Think About: Collected Nonfiction
features Bellow’s essays, reviews, interviews, and more. It was edited by Benjamin Taylor, who also edited Saul Bellow Letters. Penguin Classics published Ravelstein
as an iconic black spine edition for the first time, with an introduction by Gary Shteyngart. In addition, Herzog
is now available as a gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe, with an introduction by Philip Roth.
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.
, 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
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 Times
bestselling 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,
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.
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:
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.