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Gayle Forman, whose If I Stay was #8 on USA Today’s bestselling books of 2014 list, is celebrating the release of her newest novel, I Was Here, on sale this week from Viking Children’s Books. People called the book “a heartbreaking novel” in a review, and it’s been on buzz lists from USA Today, Bustle, and Seventeen. Forman’s two-week tour for I Was Here centers on the theme of friendship and includes guest appearances from fellow authors such as Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Dessen, Ruta Sepetys, Margaret Stole, Lauren Oliver, A. S. King, and Jennifer E. Smith, among others. Penguin Teen launched a photo app on www.iwasherebook.com which allows fans to upload their own images or create from a template to join in the #IWASHERE conversation. Start reading an excerpt  from I Was Here.  
The #1 New York Times-bestselling Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney now has a new companion book, Nelly Gnu and Daddy Tooin which Llama Llama’s best friend Nelly Gnu takes beginning readers on an adventure with her dad. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too debuts at #2 onThe New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list for the week of May 25. To promote this exciting new addition to her beloved work, Dewdney has been greeting crowds of families at schools and stores during a two-week national author tour through Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, California and Washington. One event in Athens, GA was promoted with an interview in the Athens Banner Herald and drew over 100 enthusiastic families to hear Anna read aloud and do a drawing demonstration. Anna also visited a daycare center, hosted a Mother’s Day event at a Pottery Barn Kids, and visited underprivileged students in Washington D.C. through the Open Book grant program. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too is receiving a great reception from young readers and reviewers alike. Kirkus Reviews raves, “Dewdney clearly knows her audience and delivers an engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love. Here’s hoping there will be more adventures with Nelly and her family.”
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.