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Adam Rackley’s Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans continues to get amazing media attention since it went on sale as a Penguin paperback original on September 30. Sports Illustrated called the book “straightforward and engaging” in their October 6th issue, and Adam spoke with over 20 radio stations across the country last week, including the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM. Adam will be interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on October 26th and will also be featured in the November issue of Men’s Journal. In this tale of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery, Adam details the incredible feat of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean; of he and his rowing partner Jimmy spending 70 days on the open water, sleeping in two hour shifts, living in a boat seven meters long and two meters wide. Adam recounts the physical and mental hardships that he and Jimmy faced, the toll it takes on the body to row nearly constantly with little time for recuperation, and the crushing isolation of spending weeks apart from civilization, while also chronicling the men who pioneered the crossing, from the first pair to successfully row the Atlantic in 1896 and those that followed, as well as the ones who never made it to the other side. With great trade reviews including a starred review from Library Journal, Adam’s harrowing tale is the perfect read for someone looking for a little armchair adventure.
A Brief History of Seven Killings went on sale last week with huge media attention, beginning with Michiko Kakutani’s flat-out rave review in the New York Timeswhere she praised that A Brief History of Seven Killings is “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.” Marlon James was interviewed for two back-to-back national profiles:  the front page of the New York Times’ Arts section and then a full interview in Wall Street Journal. Listen to Marlon’s interview with NPR’s All Things Considered here, with much more to come as he continues his nationwide book tour! Read a Letter from the Editor of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Teri Agins, Wall Street Journal fashion critic and author of Hijacking The Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, which went on sale from Gotham on October 9, has been hijacking the media this week, including a fascinating first serial excerpt in the Wall Street Journal, a tremendous interview on the nationally syndicated Marketplace and TV time with CNBC’s Squawk Box. The book was also featured on Elle.com.  Look for upcoming interviews on Fashionista, InStyle Magazine and Yahoo! Style. Teri and Hijacking the Runway are definitely in this season.
Major media coverage continues for Steven Johnson and his new book How We Got to Now: a slate of high-profile television appearances, including The Daily ShowCBS This Morning, and Morning Joe, with more to come. There has also been terrific review coverage: The Daily Beast says that “What makes this book such a mind-expanding read is Johnson’s ability to appreciate human advancement as a vast network of influence, rather than a simple chain of one invention leading to another, and result is nothing less than a celebration of the human mind.” And the Washington Post says “How We Got to Now, Steven Johnson’s new book about ‘six innovations that made the modern world,’ is filled with weird and amusing examples…His point is simple, important and well-timed: During periods of rapid innovation, there is always tumult as citizens try to make sense of it….Johnson is an engaging writer, and he takes very complicated and disparate subjects and makes their evolution understandable.” And just a reminder that the 6-part PBS series, How We Got to Now, hosted by Steven, debuts on October 15. For a taste of the series, check out the official trailer here.
Viking/Penguin author Elizabeth Gilbert will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for two full episodes of OWN’s Super Soul Sunday! The first show will air this Sunday, October 5, and will center on lessons Gilbert learned from her year long quest around the world in Eat, Pray, Love. Her latest novel The Signature of All Things will also be mentioned in the episode. The second show will air the following Sunday, October 12, and will be more personal, delving into what Gilbert’s life has been like since EAT, PRAY, LOVE and featuring stories from her follow-up memoir, Committed. Gilbert is halfway through Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour,” which is on a brief hiatus, but picks up again from October 18 through November 15 in Houston, Miami, Seattle and San Jose. The first promotional trailer for the show is here. elizabeth-gilbert-oprah
Mario Lopez’s first memoir, Just Between Us, went on sale from Celebra this week to a major media blitz.  As Mario turns forty, he reflects about his time as a child actor to his role as A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, to his current gig hosting EXTRA and his happy-ever-after marriage to his wife Courtney Mazza and their two children.  Mario started the week with a great event at Book Revue on Long Island, and did interviews with all the major networks, starting with Good Morning America on Monday, and followed with Fox & FriendsEllen, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM, and a People magazine first serial excerpt!  He also made a stop at Brooklyn’s The BookMark Shoppe where he signed copies for more than 150 fans.  More interviews to come next week, including The Talk, Queen Latifah, PageSix.com, and an event in Glendale, CA.mario-lopez-GMA
This past Sunday, the image of a beautiful military working dog named Lucca graced the cover of Parade. Lucca and her handler Chris Willingham are the subject of Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca by Maria Goodavage, which will be published by Dutton on October 23. Along with some stunning photos and interviews, Parade also ran the first serial of this incredible true war story. TOP DOG details Lucca’s three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she was trained to sniff out IEDs. After she suffered an injury and lost her front left leg, Lucca was rewarded with a Purple Heart and is now happily living with her former handler Chris Willingham’s family, visiting wounded warriors, schools and veterans.  In a starred review, Library Journal called TOP DOG a “riveting title filled with excitement and heartbreak,” and Goodavage is already confirmed for a national interview on WAMU’s “Animal House,” in addition to the radio satellite tour scheduled for October 28.
The National Book Foundation has announced its 9th annual “5 Under 35” honorees and three of the authors are published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints: Five-Under-35-ThumbnailView the complete list of 2014 honorees here. This year’s “5 Under 35” authors will be honored at the National Book Awards Week party in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday, November 17. The event will be hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will moderate a conversation with the authors and serve as the evening’s Guest DJ. Riverhead’s Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir, is the Guest Bartender. The “5 Under 35” program annually honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. Since 2006, the program has championed a rising generation of writers, including Penguin Random House authors Danielle Evans, Keith Gessen, Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Merritt Tierce, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tiphanie Yanique and Paul Yu.
This football season seems to be more about the troubling behavior of the players than on the game itself. Mark Edmundson, author of Why Football Matters, takes on the controversy and more in his interview with NPR's The Takeaway.
World Order by Henry Kissinger "could not be more timely" praises Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times. On the cover of the New York Times Book Review, John Micklethwait writes, "If you worry about a globe spinning out of control, then World Order is for you. It brings together history, geography, modern politics and no small amount of passion…it is a book that every member of Congress should be locked in a room with—and forced to read before taking the oath of office.” More on Kissinger's important new book can be found in this interview with Susan Page of USA Today.