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The Center for Fiction has announced the seven novels that are finalists for its 2015 First Novel Prize.  Among the nominees is Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, published by Penguin Books.  This vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past.   The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8 at The Metropolitan Club in New York.
Riverhead’s The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, after recently roaring past the 3 million copies sold milestone, has picked up a new head of steam, returning to #1 on The New York Times eBook fiction bestseller list in its 31st week on the list. This GIRL continues to live up to the well-earned “Book of 2015” title.
Fall is approaching and the buzz around Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is growing more and more. Just announced: IndieNext names Fates and Furies the #1 Pick for October 2015, with over 60 booksellers nominations for Lauren Groff’s highly anticipated novel. On top of this success, LibraryReads lists Fates and Furies as their #4 pick for September. Riverhead is thrilled by all the support from indie bookstores, as well as the libraries, throughout the nation.
The Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, which annually recognizes the title that “provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics,” has announced its 2015 longlist.  Among the 15 semi-finalists for this £30,000 prize are two books published by Viking in the US: Warm congratulations to everyone involved with these longlisted titles. A shortlist of up to six books will be revealed on September 22. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17.
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.
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!
Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter (Penguin Books, 7/28), has won the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel. DEAR DAUGHTER was originally published by Viking in 2014 to critical acclaim.   Little will tour to four cities in August for the Penguin paperback publication of the book.  The book was also nominated for a Barry Award (Best First Novel) and described by People magazine as “quick-witted and fast paced.”
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) is back at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list!  This marks the thriller’s 22nd week on the list, with 17 in the top spot.  The Girl on the Train continues to sweep the nation, with over two million copies sold and counting.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton’s 24th Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel, Dead Ice (Berkley), debuts at #5 on The New York Times combined print & eBbook list, #3 on the eBook fiction list, and #7 on the hardcover fiction list.  It also debuted at #7 on the USA Today bestseller list. Publicity for Dead Ice included author interviews in the June Goodreads newsletter and on the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, and a piece written by Hamilton for The Amazon Book Review about the evolution of her popular series.  Hamilton launched the release with a week-long tour to Atlanta, New York City, Houston, Dayton and Lexington, drawing more than 200 readers at each event.