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The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list this week! This is Grossman’s first #1 ever, and it was preluded by a media storm: in the New York Times, Sarah Lyall called The Magicians a “wonderful trilogy…If the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult.” There were more wonderful reviews in Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and an interview with Lev Grossman on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
Lev Grossman’s genre-bending Magicians trilogy comes to a close as The Magician's Land hits stands this week, welcomed by spectacular reviews from the New York Times Book Review, A.V. Club, Boing Boing, Boston Globe, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, and more. A number of original pieces by Lev also appeared this week on The Atlantic’s By Heart column, Vulture, and BuzzFeed. Lev kicked off his release with an event at St Joseph’s College hosted by Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore; it was a packed house as fans arrived to play trivia games for prizes before Lev took the stage with fellow authors Erin Morgenstern, Lauren Oliver, Margaret Stohl, Michelle Hodkin, and Austin Grossman to discuss The Magician's Land. The book tour continues on to 11 more cities, including an event in Santa Fe with George R. R. Martin. Expect tons more great publicity on the horizon, including NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, People, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Buzzfeed. Additionally, SyFy recently greenlighted a pilot of The Magicians for television series and is moving forward on casting and production.
John Dean appeared on The Colbert Report Monday, 8/6 as part of a special Nixon episode, alongside appearances on Face the Nation, “After Words” on C-SPAN-Book TV, and seven MSNBC shows including Morning Joe and The Cycle. Fantastic reviews have run in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. Dean has drawn standing-room-only crowds throughout his nine-city tour, most recently to an audience of almost 1000 in Dallas. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It debuts at #19 on the New York Times bestseller list on August 17.
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills debuted at #4 on The New York Times best sellers list. Mills' account of a decade long friendship with the elusive author Nelle Harper Lee and her sister Alice Lee was released on July 15, and not without much fanfare. Wonderful reviews have run on Fresh Air, the Washington Post, People, and USA Today.
Robert Timberg discusses his new memoir Blue-Eyed Boy on NPR's Fresh Air with contributor Dave Davies. "One morning...I was shaving and I just started focusing on my face, which of course you know, had been severely disfigured by a landmine in Vietnam. And I started doing this strange stuff, like, talking to myself and saying things like, OK, enough already. The joke's over. Let's go back to where we were. Meaning, it was as if I was demanding of my face in the mirror that it turn me back to what I was at age 26, when - you know, before I hit the landmine." Check out the full interview and read an exclusive excerpt!
I Said Yes to Everything author and Academy Award-winning actress and director Lee Grant was featured on CBS "Sunday Morning" on August 3. Lee gives a tour of her apartment and Upper West Side neighborhood, reflects on the fours years she spent writing her memoir (by hand!), and her remarkable life and career. Watch the interview here.    
New York Times bestseller and Pen Faulkner Award Winner Karen Joy Fowler is one of four American authors included on the list for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. This is the first year in which American authors have been eligible for the award. A shortlist will be announced on September 9th, and the winner will be announced on October 14th. Read the full long-list here.

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If I Stay, the New York Times bestselling novel by award-winning author Gayle Forman, will soon be a major motion picture from Warner Bros. The film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, and Jamie Blackley, will be released in theaters on August 22, 2014 (watch the official trailer here). If I Stay is the emotionally arresting story of seventeen-year-old Mia as she walks the line between life and death in the twenty-four hours after a catastrophic car accident. The paperback movie tie-in edition was released on July 8, and features interviews conducted between the author and Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Mia in the movie, and Jamie Blackley, who stars as Mia's boyfriend, Adam. Read an exclusive excerpt of the interviews here, and find more information about the movie online at ifistaymovie.com.  
This Tuesday, July 15th, it was announced that Moyers & Company was nominated for an Emmy in the "Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis" category for their hour-long interview with Blue Rider Press author Mark Leibovich. In the episode, called “Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington,” host Bill Moyers spoke with Leibovich about his New York Times bestseller, This Town, and politics in the nation’s capital. Moyers instructed: “Whatever you’re doing these last days of summer. Stop. Take some time, and read this book. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and by the last page I think you’ll be ready for the revolution.” The episode originally aired August 23-25, 2013.  The trade paperback of This Town went on-sale May 29, 2014 and, once again, caught the attention of major media. “You should buy his new paperback edition, which is out this week with a new afterword…It’s as brilliantly reported and sharply written and fun as everyone says it is,” said Time.com.  Watch “Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington” here.  The 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards honors programming distributed during the calendar year 2013. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. More information can be found here.
Penguin Group (USA) authors shined brighter than the lights of Las Vegas at the recent American Library Association annual conference.  Librarians happily stood on line to greet both returning favorites and debut authors, including Jean Kwok (Mambo in Chinatown), Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian), Laura Lane McNeal (Dollbaby), Shari Shattuck (Invisible Ellen), Elizabeth Little (Dear Daughter), Penelope Douglas (Rival), Shaunta Grimes (Rebel Nation), Julie Lawson Timmer (Five Days Left), Daniel J. Brown (The Boys in the Boat), Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), and Eric Kaplan (Does Santa Exist), Sue Ann Jaffarian (Ghost of a Gamble), Elaine Viets (Catnapped), and Isabella Allen (Murder, Simply Stitched). The frenzy for galleys added to the upbeat atmosphere, with the librarians leaving the booth with coveted titles such as Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life and Liana Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. Author appearance highlights: JaneMcGonigal2 Jane McGonigal (Reality is Broken) opened the conference, speaking to enthusiastic librarians about her theories of gaming.  Azar Nafisi (The Republic of Imagination) was one of several authors in the ALA auditorium speaker series, sharing her ideas on literacy and signing copies of her new book. Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel author Anya Ulinich had a busy time at ALA; she signed books at the Penguin booth, appeared on the Graphic Novel Gaming stage, where she spoke to librarians about her novel, and played on the winning author panel in the AAP Librarian Family Feud. Julie Lawson Timmer spoke to a packed room at the United for Libraries Book Club Choices for librarians Panel, and Penelope Douglas was the darling of the United for Libraries Isn’t It Romantic panel. Jean Kwok1 In addition to her booth signing, Jean Kwok shared her life story at the United for Libraries Gala author tea, leaving not a dry eye among the 300 librarians that attended.   Daniel J. Brown and Christopher Buehlman (The Necromancer’s House, The Lesser Dead) spoke and signed copies of their books at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians that nominated their books for the RUSA Reading and ALA Notable Lists for 2014.  “Professor” Eric Kaplan hilariously took librarians to philosophy school when he appeared on the United for Libraries The Laugh’s on Us Humor Panel. Creativity author Philippe Petit closed the conference, mesmerizing librarians with a brilliant performance including card tricks, slight of hand, and audience participation with a plastic fork, followed by a book signing.