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Jordan Ellenberg, author of the smash best seller How Not To Be Wrong, wrote a fun piece for The New York Times on how to get kids (including his own son!) to enjoy math. Read the essay here!
Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You, wonders: What did my mother the chemist see in Betty Crocker? Read her fabulous LIVES essay from The New York Times Magazine here.
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.
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.  
Actress, director and Blue Rider Press author Lee Grant’s memoir I Said Yes to Everything went on sale last week and continues to draw significant media attention. Grant did a terrific segment on Huffington Post Live, and an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, while the Daily  Mail ran photos and items from the book. Bustle named I Said Yes to Everything one of its best summer beach reads,WNYC’s “Leonard Lopate” interviewed Grant to promoteher 92Y event, and WNYC also aired a wonderful interviewas part of their “Fishko Files” segment. Still upcoming for Lee Grant: CBS’ Inside Edition, an interview in The Atlantic, a Wall Street Journal “House Call” feature, and a CBS Sunday Morning profile on August 3. Read an Excerpt from I Said Yes to Everything
A new PBS web series, “It’s Okay to Be Smart,” highlights some of the many myths and fallacies author David McRaney investigates in his book, You Are Now Less Dumb (Gotham,  8/5/14). The five-minute video, which already has 238,000 views in just one week, ends with a special shout-out to McRaney and his books (4:53). Both Nerdist and A.V. Club featured posts on this video as well.  
Elizabeth Gilbert’s acclaimed novel, The Signature of All Things, a New York Times bestseller for Viking last year, is now out in paperback and off to a fantastic start.  Gilbert has appeared on CBS This Morning,Morning Joe, and NPR’s Here and Now and the paperback has been featured in People, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today,among others.  In the New York Times, Hillary Clinton named it as one of the books she can’t stop thinking about.  Gilbert is in the midst of an 8-city book tour, and will be hitting the road again with Oprah Winfrey this fall for her 8-city The Life You Want arena tour.  To get fans involved nationwide, bookstores have been invited to participate in a sweepstakes to win a beautiful plant every month for a year from White Flower Farm.  To enter, bookstores submit pictures of their display for the book, like the lovely table from The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, pictured here.  There is also a separate sweepstakes for readers. Start Reading The Signature of All Things
G.P. Putnam’s Sons announced the acquisition of world (except UK) rights to two books in a new series by Jonathan Kellerman, the master of psychological suspense and author of over three dozen New York Times bestsellers,  with his son and current bestselling Putnam author Jesse Kellerman. An extraordinary new creation of psychological suspense, The Golem of Hollywood will be published by Putnam on September 16, with its sequel,  The Golem of Paris, to be published in Fall 2015.  This acquisition was first reported by the Associated Press and has since been covered by over 70 media outlets, including ABC News, Yahoo! News, the Huffington Post, the Washington PostBloomberg Businessweek, Salon.com, and regional press across the country. An early reader of The Golem of Hollywood was Stephen King, who calls the book “an extraordinary work of detection, suspense, and supernatural mystery.  I spent three days totally lost in the world Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have created. This is brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings that give it a special resonance; a rare collaboration where the sum is truly greater than the parts.” A burnt-out Los Angeles homicide detective; a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems; an ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three come together, a new standard of suspense is born. Only Jonathan Kellerman could have imagined something as spectacular – a crime story, a police story, a love story, and a horror story – and only he and son and fellow bestselling novelist Jesse Kellerman could have realized it so brilliantly.
Tuesday morning,  NBC’s Today Show announced John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton Children’s Books, 1/10/12; Speak, 4/8/14) as its May Book Club Pick.  Green sat down with Today host Willie Geist for a one-on-one interview, in which he talks about why he wrote the book, his involvement with the film, and the actors who were chosen to play his characters. The month-long Today promotion will include giveaways, and outreach with trivia questions on Today’s social media platforms, culminating in a Google Hangout on June 2 from the New York premiere of The Fault in Our Stars on the red carpet with Green and cast members. In other John Green news, BuzzFeed visited the Amsterdam set of The Fault in Our Stars  film for their feature interview with Green. The piece gives an overview of his involvement with the movie, online career and backlist, as well as mentioning This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl (Dutton Children’s Books, 1/28). Click here to read more. John also wrote an essay for the June issue of Cosmopolitan entitled “Can You Get Too Old for YA Novels?”  Read the piece here. Watch The Fault in Our Stars video
Ryan Holiday demonstrated unparalleled dedication to the promotion of his new book,The Obstacle Is the Way, when he had the title tattooed to his forearm.  Holiday’s book argues tumblr_inline_n4wsr8IcnO1rip57tthat there is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons across history—from Ulysses S. Grant  and Amelia Earhart to John D. Rockefeller and Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities.  Holiday writes about how they faced with impossible situations, then found astounding triumphs many people aspire to. Watch Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is the Way  video