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Rebecca Thomas is on board to direct the film version of Looking for Alaska, John Green’s debut novel, published by Dutton Children’s Book in 2005. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture by the team responsible for the film version of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing the adapted screenplay, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen in place to produce with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky for Paramount Pictures.  The full story was broken exclusively by Deadline, and picked up widely by other major media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, MTV.com, The Hollywood Reporter.
The media drum beat continues for Portfolio’s Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal (U.S. Army, Retired) with Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell.General McChrystal appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss his new bookon Monday (6/1). Watch the segment here.
A new book by Chelsea Clinton, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, for young readers ages 10 to 14, is scheduled for publication in the U.S. by Philomel on September 15.Ms. Clinton breaks down some of the world’s biggest challenges and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making an impact in their own communities and around the globe.  Filled with visuals including charts, graphs and photographs, her book will address some of the world’s most challenging issues including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species. “In It's Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people,” said Chelsea Clinton. “I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of inspiring kids and teenagers doing amazing work to help people and our planet have brighter and healthier futures. My hope is that the book will inspire readers to realize that they can start making a difference now, in their own way, for their family, their community, and our world.” “We hope this book will encourage young people to look at the world around them differently and give them a better understanding of the challenges facing our future,” said Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers. “We are thrilled to partner with Chelsea Clinton on this important publication.” International editions of It's Your World will be published simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada through Penguin Random House, with foreign language editions to follow.
The highly anticipated memoir by Barbra Streisand, one of the most influential and beloved actors, singers, and directors of our time, will be published by Viking in 2017. Ms. Streisand’s memoir will share memories of her childhood, explore her extraordinarily successful career on stage, screen, and in the recording studio, and reflect on her life. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, noted, “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking.” The continuing popularity and relevance of the artist’s work was recently and vividly evidenced when her latest album for Columbia Records, Partners, debuted at #1 on the Billboard sales charts, making her the only performer to have achieved Number One albums in six consecutive decades. Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist ever and has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A Renaissance woman of her time, Streisand has been acknowledged as a director, writer, producer, composer, designer, activist, and philanthropist.   The “actress who sings,” as Streisand once described herself, received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.  Barbra Streisand is a rare honoree, the only artist to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors (2008) and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award (2001.)  She also received the National Endowment for the Arts medal from President Bill Clinton and France’s greatest recognition, the Légion d’Honneur, from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Razorbill’s Jay Asher, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, with more than 2.3 million copies in print, took the book, and his message #ReasonsWhyYouMatter, on a true national tour, hitting all 50 U.S. states. Starting in October 2014 (National Bullying Prevention Month) and ending this month, Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour gave the author the opportunity to interact directly with high school students to discuss bullying and teen suicide. Asher’s eight-month tour covered 50,000 miles, and he met 30,000 students.  Publishers Weekly presented visual snap shots, from Alaska to this month’s concluding stop in Hawaii, in Jay Asher’s ’50 States Against Bullying’ Tour in Photos feature this week.  Asher recapped every state he visited on his blog as well.  Click here to watch Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour sizzle reel.
HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich.  James’ novel has been on everyone’s radar since it was published last October, most recently winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Minnesota Book Award, as well as being named a finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction.
Tuesday marked the release of the latest hilarious memoir by New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster, I Regret Nothing (New American Library Hardcover).  Jen started off the week with amazing  interviews on WGN Radio &WGN-TV, I Heart Radio, as well as features in Instyle, Popsugar, Daily Herald and blogs all over the country. In the book, Jen tackles all the things she wishes she’d done by now—in bucket list form! More than 70 fans showed up for her New York City event at The Barnes & Noble in Tribeca on Monday where she kicked off her tour sharing the stage with a henna tattoo artist for the challenge of “Get a Tattoo.”  Each event for the next two weeks features a specific challenge from Jen’s hilarious memoir ranging from “Eat More Italian” where The Bookmarke Shoppe in Brooklyn hosted a 70 person Italian dinner with an open bar, to “Learn a New Playlist” where University Books in Seattle will share Jen’s cardio blasting Spotify playlist.  Jen travels to other major markets including Boston, Kansas City, Dallas, each bookstore with its own challenge for her readers to live with #noregrets. Jen’s personal weight loss bucket list challenge was successful when she recently posted about losing 70 pounds, garnering more than 10K likes on Facebook, and inspiring readers all around the country. Jen has more media coming in with Sirius XM Radio, The Chicago Tribune,The Boston Globe and let’s not forget Jen’s run-in on social media with the Lilly Pulitzer/Target “Scandal of the Century” where USA Today and The Today Show mentioned her tweets! HennaWhat’s on your bucket list?

USA Today revealed the new look and title for Sue Grafton's X, including an exclusive excerpt and interview with Sue.

“Sue Grafton is breaking the mold with the title of the next book in her best-selling Alphabet mystery series starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. It's just plain X.

Fans have fun guessing which alphabetical word Grafton will come up with for each new book title. The series, set in fictional Santa Teresa, Calif., started in 1982 with 'A' is for Alibi... But not this time.

‘I first thought of using 'X is for Xenophobe' or Xenophobia, which suggests a fear of foreigners, but alas, not one single foreigner materialized in the course of the writing," Grafton says. "There's a box of files with an X on the lid, a Father Xavier, a married couple whose last name is Xanakis, and a missing painting of a xebec which is a three-masted sailing vessel, but none of these seemed to encompass the whole. Finally, it occurred to me that since I was the one who invented this 'rule' about '…is for…' I was surely entitled to break it.’”

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) continues its reign as the nation’s #1 bestselling book – topping New York Times bestseller lists for a 9th straight week: #1 on the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction and combined print & eBook bestseller lists for the week of March 29thThe Girl on The Train is now the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever. This week, Entertainment Weekly features The Girl on The Train for the FIFTH time with an incredible three-page profile of Paula Hawkins, which notes the 1 million copies sold milestone before highlighting the growing list of the book’s celebrity fans: “Celebrity fans of the book, meanwhile, include Reese Witherspoon and Stephen King.” This train keeps on rolling!  Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
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!