The Friday Night Knitting Club, The #1 New York Times Bestselling Novel, To Be Followed By A Sequel, Knit Two, From G. P. Putnam's Sons On November 25, 2008

Kate Jacobs' Debut Novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, Reaches 1 Million Copies In Print

New York, New York, September 29, 2008 ... The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs, a runaway #1 New York Times bestseller, is to be followed by a sequel, Knit Two: A Friday Night Knitting Club Book on November 25, 2008, it was announced today by Ivan Held, President of G. P. Putnam's Sons. North American, world rights and audio rights were acquired by Putnam's Senior Editor, Rachel Kahan, from Dorian Karchmar at the William Morris Agency. Berkley Books will publish Knit Two in trade paperback in 2009. The Friday Night Knitting Club, currently #15 on The New York Times bestseller list, has now been on The New York Times trade paperback fiction bestseller list for 38 weeks consecutively. Today, there are more than one million copies of the paperback and hardcover editions in print. Julia Roberts and Universal Pictures optioned the movie rights to The Friday Night Knitting Club. The project is currently in development, with Ms. Roberts also set to star in the film.

Ivan Held said, "We fell in love with the characters in The Friday Night Knitting Club, and were as excited to see them develop in Knit Two as we know Kate's legions of fans will be."

Leslie Gelbman, President of Mass Market Paperbacks, Berkley Publishing Group and New American Library, said, "We're thrilled that The Friday Night Knitting Club has reached the 1 million mark. This is a real tribute to Kate Jacobs, who is a terrific writer. On the heels of the tremendous success of her debut novel, she has written the perfect follow-up to a book that readers everywhere have embraced."

Knit Two will reunite readers with some of the characters they met at a small yarn shop called Walker and Daughter in The Friday Night Knitting Club and will introduce some intriguing new additions. Putnam will launch Knit Two with a national marketing and publicity campaign to include a multi-city author tour, with events in bookstores and yarn shops, as well as a 15-city radio satellite tour, online promotions, and national print advertising.

The Friday Night Knitting Club followed a group of diverse characters who meet once a week to knit at Walker and Daughter on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and whose lives become so interwoven they come to feel like family. Originally published in hardcover in January of 2007, The Friday Night Knitting Club, Ms. Jacobs' debut novel, hit the New York Times hardcover fiction extended bestseller list after just fourteen days on sale and remained there for seven weeks. In that time frame, its initial printing of 18,000 copies climbed to more than 80,000. When Berkley Books published the trade paperback a year later, in January 2008, the novel became a runaway bestseller, debuting at #12 on The New York Times trade paperback fiction bestseller list and rising quickly to the #1 spot.

 

NOTE TO THE PRESS:

Kate Jacobs grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, then moved to New York, where she worked at several prominent women's magazines, including Redbook, Working Woman, and Family Life. She now lives in Southern California with her husband.

G. P. Putnam's Sons, a hardcover imprint of Penguin Group (USA), has a list of renowned and critically acclaimed authors, including Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Daniel Silva, Tom Clancy, John Sandford, Clive Cussler, Catherine Coulter, Nevada Barr, Ridley Pearson, Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, Jayne Anne Krentz, Amanda Quick, Karen Robards, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, and Kurt Vonnegut. Founded in 1838, Putnam is one of the oldest and most prestigious imprints in the publishing industry. In 2008, G. P. Putnam's Sons achieved 30 New York Times hardcover bestsellers. Nearly fifty percent of all of the books Putnam published in the first half of 2008 hit The New York Times hardcover bestseller lists. Putnam is the industry's #1 publishing leader of New York Times adult hardcover bestsellers - a position the imprint has held for more than two decades.

 

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