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New York Times bestselling Penguin Press author Mark Harris has received the Richard Wall Memorial Award his book Five Came Back, which chronicles the wartime experience of five of Hollywood’s most legendary directors. This marks the second time Harris has won this award. He previously won 2010 for his book Pictures at a Revolution. Granted yearly by the Theatre Library Association, the award is given to a book of distinguished scholarship in the field of recorded performance and will be presented on the evening of October 16 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Mark your calendar with crayons: next Tuesday, August 18, a true children’s book publishing event will unfold when Philomel Books publishes The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the highly-anticipated companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster picture book hit, The Day The Crayons Quit, featuring some of the most beloved characters the modern-day children’s book world: The Crayons! Earlier this week, Penguin Young Readers announced a philanthropic partnership with the Crayon Collection, an organization that gets gently used crayons into the hands of children in need. The partnership was detailed in a Publishers Weekly piece in and will be featured in the September issue of Redbook. Advance national media for The Day The Crayons Came Home included three starred reviews and Entertainment Weekly has deemed the book “highly anticipated (yes, even for adults).”  Look for upcoming coverage in The New York Times Book Review, BookPage,Instructor, and Parents Magazine, which will name it to their ‘Best Books of the Year’ list. Author Drew Daywalt will embark on a 15-city tour in September, including stops at the Decatur Book Festival and the Brooklyn Book Festival. A major motion picture adaptation ofThe Day The Crayons Quit is currently in development with Universal Pictures and Madhouse Entertainment.  

Everyone at Dutton has a little extra bounce in their step thanks to former Parade editor-in-chief and bestselling author Janice Kaplan’s memoir The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life. On sale August 18th, it’s already making waves: Bill O’Reilly urged viewers to read Kaplan’s book in his popular segment, Tip of the Day, on August 4th.

In an episode slated to air on August 14th, the tv hosts of CBS’s The Talk will discuss the book in a six-minute segment and Kaplan herself will be interviewed on NBC’s Today Show on August 18th. Print coverage includes  Time, Health, Good Housekeeping, Wall Street Journal, People, Vanity Fair, Redbook, and Parade

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On August 4th, Anil Ananthaswamy kicked off the stellar media lineup for his new book The Man Who Wasn’t There on NPR’s “Fresh Air” in a fascinating conversation with Terry Gross: http://n.pr/1KwOLpg  . During the interview, they discussed some of the bizarre cognitive conditions that distort ones notion of self, such as Cotard’s syndrome, body integrity identity disorder, and out of body experiences.

Upcoming coverage includes a first serial essay in Wall Street Journal, reviews in Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, and excerpts on The Daily Beast, BBC.com, and Business Insider. The book has also been featured in Popular Science, Discover, Science, New Scientist, and Nature. Anil will also be a guest on KQED’s “Tech Nation,” Publishers Weekly Radio, and National Geographic’s “Book Talk.”

Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets), has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the Regional Author category. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows legendary heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he loved.  Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth. This annual awards program Indiana authors contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded by The Glick Fund. Matejka will be honored at the 7th annual Indiana Authors Awards Dinner on October 10 in Indianapolis.
Marlon James can add yet another win to his long list of awards for his “tour-de-force (The Wall Street Journal), “awe-inspiring” (Entertainment Weekly) and “epic” (The New York Times) novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead). Announced this week, The Before Columbus Foundation will present the American Book Award to James and several other authors for their influential literary works of the past year. All of the authors will be honored at an awards ceremony on October 25 in San Francisco.  This award recognizes literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  With no rules or guidelines, the American Book Award honors writers who yearn to defy any categories or descriptions. Since its release, A Brief History of Seven Killings has won the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards, been a finalist for the NBCC Awards and made it onto countless Best of 2014 lists. Congratulations to Marlon on the success of his novel,A Brief History of Seven Killings. It has had anything but a brief life in the literary world!
Edward Tse and his book, China’s Disruptors, published by Portfolio  on July 14, had a great week of media, with coverage by CNBC: Closing Bell, Bloomberg Radio, and WNYC Radio. China’s Disruptors begins in September, 2014 when Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba raised $25 billion in the world’s biggest-ever initial public offering.  Since then, millions of investors and managers worldwide have pondered a fundamental question: What’s really going on with the new wave of China’s disruptors?
The highly anticipated motion picture based on Paper Towns, Penguin Young Readers author John Green’s #1 bestselling book, opens in theaters nationwide today, July 24.  In the run-up to this opening, Green has had a busy week, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NPR’s Here and Now as well as stopping by the US Weekly offices.
If you’ve ever wondered how the French stay impossibly chic, The French Beauty Solution  gives you all of the tips and tricks to feel good while looking good. Mathilde Thomas, cofounder of the international beauty company Caudalíe, shares the simple, natural, time-tested beauty secrets that she learned while growing up in France. Any woman can use her tips to look younger, healthier, and more radiant without harsh products or drastic procedures. The media is just as obsessed with Mathilde’ s new book as they are with the Caudalíe products, and The French Beauty Solution  is being covered widely. For just a sampling, check out the coverage in The Los Angeles Times, VanityFair.com, Allure.com, Style.com,Time.com, New York Observer, StyleCaster, and Yahoo!. To get a gorgeous glimpse into everyone around the world reading The French Beauty Solution and using the tips they’ve learned, view the photos on Instagram, and the many tweets on Twitter.
Christine Feehan’s Earth Bound (Jove) will debut at #1 on The New York Times mass-market fiction bestseller list, and #5 on both the eBook and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of July 26. The book also hit #6 on the USA Today list the week of July 16th.  Feehan returned to the fictional, small coastal town of Sea Haven, California with the newest novel in her Sister of the Heart series about a group of psychically gifted women, and the men (with psychic gifts of their own) who fall in love with them.

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