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,
, 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 Post, Denver Post,Arizona Republic, Fort 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 Times
trade 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
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
New 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 Revolution,
which 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:
PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay:
PEN/O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award:
- Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem (The Penguin Press)
PEN Open Book Award:
PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography:
- 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.
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.”
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:
- David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Viking, 3/12; Penguin, 3/13)
- Hari Kunzru, Transmission (Dutton, 5/04; Plume, 1/05)
- Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 5/13)
- D.T. Max, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking, 9/12; Penguin, 8/13).
- Meghan O’Rourke, The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 4/11)
- Victoria Sweet, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead, 4/12)
- Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn: Stories (Riverhead, 8/12)
- Randall Fuller, author and professor of English at the University of Tulsa, received a Guggenheim for his work in American Literature. He will be writing a book for Viking tentatively called Apes and Abolitionists: How a Single Copy of Darwin’s Book Remade America, expected to be published in 2017.
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 Today
, The 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
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.