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#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, which concludes today, has been unfolding online since Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m., when Celeste Ng, author of the acclaimed debut novel, Everything I Never Told You (published in hardcover by Penguin Press and out this week as a Penguin paperback), debuted an original love story, inspired by a series of Post-It notes she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. Since tweets must be no more than 140 characters, Ng presented her tale with a series of tweets. Here is a sampling:  “For #TwitterFiction festival, here’s an unusual bookish love story I stumbled across … It involves reading, secrets, tragedy: all stuff dear to my heart, as those of you who know me (or have read my novel) know … A few weeks ago I went to write at the @cambridgePL, as I often do. I was sneaking a snack at my usual writing desk in the corner … Pro tip: when consuming contraband snacks at library, DO NOT drop entire package of Swedish Fish on floor … As I picked them up, I found this [Ng shows an Instagram photo of  the note (“For you, if you find this, start here, 299. 7 H83.co”) stuck under the table … I worked in a library in college. I know my Dewey Decimal. How could I resist? … I found the book with that call number … I found myself rooting for this couple, whoever they were. But why had they hidden their story here? …. So I kept following the notes. Upstairs. Downstairs. Back upstairs again.”  To read the complete series of Ng’s #Twitter Fiction story tweets on Storify.com, click hereCelesteNgBookJacket #TwitterFiction Festival Live! drew a big crowd to SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in NYC on Wednesday night. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) was hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and featured Penguin authors such as Myke Cole(@MykeCole), Lyndsay Faye (@LyndsayFaye), Gayle Forman (@gayleforman)   and Anna North(@annanorthtweets),  creating Twitter Fiction live on stage. There were live illustrations by visual artist Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12).  USA Today live tweeted the event.
#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling, sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, kicks off online on Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. (ET), beginning with Penguin author Celeste Ng, as she unravels a love story from a note that she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. This year’s festival also includes Dutton author Eric Jerome Dickey and additional renowned writers from a large cross-section of publishers. For more details and to follow the festival, visit: twitterfictionfestival.com. #TwitterFiction Festival Live! is being presented at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in New York City on Wednesday, May 13. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) will be hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and feature Penguin Random House authors as they create Twitter Fiction on stage. Stories will be brought to life with crowd-sourced elements from Twitter, live illustrations by visual artist, Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12). The #TwitterFiction Festival Live! author lineup includes: #TwitterFiction Festival Live! Tickets, are $20, include one complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com
G. P. Putnam’s Sons has acquired North American publication rights to Maestra, a new psychological thriller by British author L. S. Hilton, the first book in a trilogy.  This deal announcement was covered on Tuesday night by Alexandra Alter in The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog, which also noted that Columbia Pictures has optioned the novel for Amy Pascal to produce through her new company, Pascal Pictures. Maestra features a feisty, morally complex and sharp heroine named Judith Rashleigh, an assistant at a London art auction house who is fired after she discovers a forged painting. She suspects a conspiracy, fears for her life and flees to the French Riviera.  Putnam Senior Editor Tara Singh Carlson describes Judith as “sexy, smart and very, very bad in all the best ways.” Maestra will be published by Putman in Spring 2016.
Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat returns to the #1 spot on The New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list. Penguin Books celebrated this achievement with a champagne toast and a clever book display in the shape of #1.  In addition to having spent 48 weeks on the paperback printed list and over a year on the eBook fiction bestseller list, The Boys in the Boat continues to be embraced by the public and the media with recent pieces in the New York Times  and not only a feature in the San Jose Mercury News but also inclusion in a piece about the rowing rivalry between California and Washington in the San Jose Mercury News. number one  
Ivan Doig, the award-winning author of sixteen books, died at his Seattle home in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 9, 2015, of multiple myeloma. During the eight years of his illness, he wrote his four final novels, including Last Bus to Wisdom, which will be published on August 18, 2015. He was seventy-five. Born in 1939, Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain front. A former ranch hand, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and later went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. For a few years he pursued a career in journalism, but it was book writing that drew him. Doig believed that ordinary people deserve to have their stories told, and he did that in fact and fiction, beginning with This House of Sky, a memoir of his own upbringing in Montana; it attracted a wide readership and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He later wrote a second memoir, Heart Earth, and another book of nonfiction, but it is for his novels that he became enduringly read. An early novel, The Sea Runners, told the story of four indentured servants escaping Russian Alaska in the mid-nineteenth century. With English Creek, in 1984, Doig introduced the Two Medicine Country, an imagined region based upon the Montana landscape where he came of age. That novel also introduced the McCaskill clan, who reappeared in the two that followed, Dancing at the Rascal Fair and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, the trilogy spanning a century of Montana history. The world he’d created endured-- the Two Medicine Country is the setting for the majority of his novels – as did the habit of plucking characters from previous novels and reintroducing them sometimes several books – and in fictional terms, several decades – down the road. The 2006 novel The Whistling Season, a New York Times bestseller, about a mail-order housekeeper who comes west to work for a widower and his motherless sons, debuted a favorite character, Morrie Morgan, an itinerant charmer who subsequently appeared in two further novels, Work Song (2010) and Sweet Thunder (2013), his misadventures drawing Doig’s settings south to Butte, Montana, and the conflicts between the behemoth Anaconda Copper Mining Company and the beleaguered miners in the early part of the twentieth century. Two late novels, The Bartender’s Tale (2012) and the yet-to-be-published Last Bus to Wisdom, come as close to autobiography as Doig ever got in his fiction, in that they were inspired by circumstances out of his childhood: his father’s habit of taking Doig along as a boy to the saloons where he liked to hire on haying crews in the first case, and in the second, an episode where Doig, who lost his mother at the age of six and was raised by his father and his ranch cook grandmother, was sent east to Wisconsin for a summer when both adults encountered medical difficulties. But Doig was Read more...
John Green will close out Day 1 of BookCon with a Paper Towns panel on Saturday, May 30 at 6pm. The event will include exclusive footage from the Paper Towns movie, with additional details to be announced. Entertainment Weekly broke the news exclusively  Thursday morning. This Sunday (4/12), Green will hit the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards for a pre-show interview with Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne to include a first look at Paper Towns. Green will sit down for interviews with The Insider, The Grace Helbig Show, Seventeen, and Teen Voguenext week.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins continues to write not only a remarkable Riverhead bestseller story but an historic one for the entire publishing industry.  Still selling at an unprecedented rate and continuing to blow up the Twittersphere with an endless stream of raves,  the book is rolling  atop The New York Times bestseller lists for a 11th straight week. The Riverhead book is #1 on the hardcover fiction and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of April 12th.

Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle will be the Publisher Honoree at the May 5 PEN Literary Gala, it was announced today by the PEN American Center, which also revealed that the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage award will go to the staff of Paris’ satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and Tom Stoppard will receive PEN’s highest accolade, the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

Mr. Dohle is being honored for his leadership role in the global literary community. PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel said, “Penguin Random House has been among PEN’s most stalwart supporters, with a history of resisting censorship and promoting reverence for the written word. Markus Dohle’s passionate leadership has helped galvanize an industry amid transformation, bringing energy and vision that are fueling reinvention in a dynamic and fertile new era of literary creativity.”

The recipient of the Freedom to Write Award, presented annually to an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising his or her right to free expression, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The PEN Gala will take place at New York’s Museum of Natural History and kick off the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which will feature a multitude of events in New York City from May 4-10.  Read the full PEN press release here for more details about the PEN festival, the Gala, and the honorees.

The Girl on The Train celebrates a huge milestone this week – over 1 million copies sold! On sale from Riverhead for just over two months, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train has taken the world by storm. In a USA Today feature commemorating the book’s incredible  success, Carol Fitzgerald says the sales numbers are “very impressive…in a sluggish market during a tough winter it’s a clear runaway winner.” The list of celebrity fans of the book also keeps growing, with Reese Witherspoon stating on her Instagram, “I don’t know who you are #PaulaHawkins but you kept me up all night reading! #TheGirlOnTheTrain #PageTurner #BookClub.”  And this train keeps rolling on the nation’s most highly regarded bestseller list: a #1 New York Times bestseller for 8 straight weeks. Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook!
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking has announced it will publish a sequel to Jojo Moyes’ global bestseller Me Before You this fall.  After You will be published in hardcover and as an eBook on September 29. Me Before You, has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.  Moyes’ collected works, also including The Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One, are available in a 36 languages and have sold over 9 million copies. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer optioned the motion picture rights to Me Before You and filming begins this April, with a theatrical release planned for 2016. British director Thea Sharrock is attached to the project, with an all-star cast featuring The Hunger Games’ Sam Clafin and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Jojo Moyes said: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and e-mails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, said: “Jojo is a gifted writer with a devoted following in the U.S. With Me Before You, she gave the world an unforgettable love story, and it is incredibly exciting for Pamela Dorman Books/Viking to publish the sequel and revisit these characters.” Pamela Dorman, Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books, said:  “Me Before You is one of those once-in-a-generation love stories whose characters lived on in readers’ hearts long after they turned the last page.  Now those readers will be rewarded with the arrival of its sequel and only a writer of Jojo Moyes’ warmth, compassion and sheer storytelling gifts could deliver another book as emotionally resonant and compelling as the first.”