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Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve A Drink (Plume) debuted on The New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list at #5 last week and continues this week on the NYT extended bestseller list. As host of the bawdy cult-hit, “You Deserve a Drink,” Hart has been entertaining viewers with her signature concoction of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011– watch it here. She continues to garner amazing publicity from comedian Michael Ian Black, who reviewed You Deserve a Drink in the New York Times Book ReviewCome Here and Say That host Alicia Menendez on Fusion TV, host Nick Lachey on VH1’s Morning Buzz, the New York Post, Buzzfeed and Fast Company.  She also landed on New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix (lowbrow/brilliant).

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The Fixer, the new standalone thriller from bestselling author Joseph Finder, hit bookstores on Tuesday (6/9) and was welcomed with rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review praises its “tartly informed themes” and says, “If you’re in the mood for tense, witty angst about closed-down career opportunities and dirty money cleansed by family redemption, ‘The Fixer’ is the way to go.” Booklist gave The Fixer a starred review, raving: “Finder can make reading about someone walking across a room excruciatingly suspenseful… A remarkable exciting read.” Other coverage includes interviews in The Houston Chronicle, Boston Magazine, and Huffington Post; a radio satellite tour; and reviews in the Associated Press, Sacramento BeeProvidence Journal, and Ft. Worth Star Telegram, among others outlets.  Finder kicked off an eight-city tour in front of a great crowd in his hometown of Boston.
The media drum beat continues for Portfolio’s Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal (U.S. Army, Retired) with Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell.General McChrystal appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss his new bookon Monday (6/1). Watch the segment here.
The Avery publicity and marketing team is pleased to announce that Michael Blanding’s  new book The Map Thief was named one of MassBook Awards’ “Must Read Nonfiction Books” of 2015.

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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.  
On the Saturday at BookCon, Perigee hosted hundreds of Wreckers and Colorers over the course of two events. The first, was based on the multi-million-selling interactive Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith and featured giant panels from the book that attendees could wreck in creative ways, using glue, pipe cleaners, crayons, string and stickers. The second event, Color Me Crazy, prompted artists of all ages to color in large, intricately designed panels from Perigee’s popular adult coloring books, including Color Me Crazy,  Outside The Lines,  Color Me Cluttered and Outside The Lines, Too. Amidst the crowds and chaos of BookCon, numerous participants commented on how “relaxing” the activities were – and returned to wreck and color throughout the day. penguins-with-people-problems-by-mary-laura-philpottMeanwhile, Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus bookseller and author of Penguins With People Problems, drew personal penguins for readers next to the Penguin truck. The line was long, but like the booksellers that Philpott interacted with two days prior, everyone seemed to have the same problem: too many books, too little time!
Saturday afternoon at BookCon, Nick Offerman, John Hodgman, and surprise guest Paul Rudd, took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd to sing the praises (literally) of Offerman’s new Dutton book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. Bookcon_Offerman1Sitting on a wooden stump in front of more than 2,000 fans, Offerman opened the event with a song written for his wife, Megan Mullally, and, as Nerdist.com declared, “the only way to start a BookCon panel from now until forever will be taking the stage with a guitar and singing songs that are both charming and dirty about your wife.” On stage, Offerman discussed his mustache-free face, celebrated his bromances with Rudd and Hodgman, and shared anecdotes about interviewing the Great Americans that inspire him, including Yoko Ono, Conan, and George Saunders. At the Interactive stage in the Penguin Random House booth, fans had lots of fun and proved they too had gumption by posing for photos with a giant Nick Offerman standee modeled after the book jacket. Dutton Publicity Director Amanda Walker is pictured posing.
Penguin editors and publishers were clear standouts at the three 2015 BEA Editors Buzz panels. At the Adult Editors Buzz, Penguin Press Publisher Scott Moyers described how he virtually “stalked” the agent of author Ottessa Moshfegh in his efforts to acquire her novel, Eileen, featuring “a narrator who is unreliable in every respect,” with a plot that keeps readers guessing until “a strange, pretty wonderful twist at the end.”  At the Young Adult Editors Buzz, Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor for Putnam Books for Young Readers, described her visceral reaction to the “moody and scary” Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, “best read with the lights on.”  And at the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz, Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, raved about Last In A Long Line Of Rebels  by Lisa Lewis Tyre, in whose hands “history comes alive and is relevant.”
The non-stop schedule of book signings throughout BEA and BookCon featured an outstanding mix of Penguin adult and young readers authors, including Geraldine Brooks, Marc Brown, Sylvia Day, Delia Ephron, Linda Fairstein, John Grisham, Lev Grossman, Charlaine Harris, Oliver Jeffers, Maureen Johnson, Maira Kalman, Janice Kaplan, Brian Kilmeade,  Jayne Ann Krentz, Janice Y.K. Lee, Marie Lu, Jane McGonigal, Brad Meltzer and Celeste Ng, among others.  Enthusiastic fans, many of them young readers, formed long lines that wrapped around the Penguin Random House booth.
May 26 marked the release of Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice  (New American Library Hardcover) by New York Times bestselling author Brandon Webb, with John David Mann. Among Heroes spotlights eight of Brandon’s Navy SEAL brothers-in-arms who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving the country.  Brandon kicked off the media tour for the book with a poignant segment on NBC’s Today Show on Memorial Day as well as several interviews on NewsmaxTV. Brandon followed those up with interviews on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fox News Radio’s  Kilmeade and Friends, and several shows on Sirius-XM Radio.  Men’s Journal featured Brandon in a profile in their June issue and MensJournal.com raved about the book calling it “a fascinating, moving insider account of SEALs’ private lives—their backgrounds, off-duty passions, and the families who loved them.”Among Heroes was also included in the “New and Notable” section ofUSA Today as well as featured in “Required Reading” in the New York Post.  Brandon began his book tour forAmong Heroes at B&N in Tribeca on May 27 to a sold-out crowd and had similar stellar events at Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA; Powell’s in Portland, OR; and Barnes & Noble in Dallas, TX.