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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!
This week, New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop hit the road to promote their new novels: Briggs’ Dead Heat (Ace) and Bishop’s Vision In Silver (Roc). This is the first time the popular urban fantasy authors have toured together, and early reports have shown that readers are thrilled. More than 100 fans turned out for events in both Seattle, WA and Beaverton, OR! Dead Heat is the fourth novel in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, a spinoff of her #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson series. Vision In Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop’s acclaimed Others series, which is quickly becoming a favorite of fantasy and romance readers. Both books were named RT Book Reviews Top Picks for March and have received excellent coverage on popular websites such as USA Today’s Happy Ever After and Heroes and Heartbreakers. Briggs and Bishop will meet with enthusiastic fans in San Diego, St. Louis, and Houston over the next few days.
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.”
Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams will bring his beloved hit song “Happy” to the youngest of readers in a new picture book featuring photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy, it was announced this week by Penguin Young Readers. The book HAPPY! will be published by the Putnam Books for Young Readers imprint on September 22.  On Tuesday, the Associated Press broke this news, which was also covered by The New York Times, The Washington Postthe Boston Herald, Rolling Stone, TIME.Com, Marie Claire, and Good Morning America, among many other outlets. “This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” said Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.” “I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” said Williams. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.” Pharrell Williams is a singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and also a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Redefining cool for a new generation, he is a creative force, using music, fashion and design to express his distinctive style. He wears many hats, and has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work, including “Best Music Video” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Happy.” His multi-media creative collective “i am OTHER” includes fashion, music, entertainment, and art endeavors. Happy! will be his first children’s book.
To celebrate Penguin Books’ upcoming paperback original, Love By The Book by Melissa Pimentel, some of the ladies from the Penguin Books team followed the online book club kit for their own pre-pub book club night!The Penguin Books Twitter feed live-tweeted the party using the hashtag #LBTBbookclub. Following the kit’s suggestions, Blind Dates and “Men Are The Devil”-ed Eggs were served as appetizers along with cocktails like Relationship on the Rocks and First Date Courage while book clubbers discussed LOVE BY THE BOOK and played Break-Up Bingo. It was a fantastic evening! Cosmopolitan included Love By The Book in its February issue, on stands now, kicking off publicity before author Melissa Pimentel arrives stateside for her 5-city tour.  On February 9, she will appear at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn for a “Dating is the Worst” book launch and evening of storytelling.
This week Dutton published Lost & Found by Brooke Davis, a book that swept Australia just last summer, immediately landing on bestseller lists and in the hearts of indie bookstores Down Under. After selling into over 25 countries, Lost & Found had a simultaneous release in the US, Canada and the UK, with much early buzz in all three. This irresistible debut novel is about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking Lost & Found was featured in All You, Woman’s Day, Kirkus Reviews, and Writer’s Digest, with reviews still to come from The Associated Press and the Miami Herald.   Additionally, Dutton has partnered with two local Australian coffee shops, Bluestone Lane and Café Grumpy, in conjunction with Lost & Found. Starting on Australian Day, January 26, anyone who visits one of Bluestone Lane’s three locations will receive a free “flat white” coffee for showing their copy of the book!  Anyone visiting Café Grumpy will receive $2 off any coffee purchase for having the book, as well. If that doesn’t call for a g’day, mate, then nothing can. Start Reading an excerpt from Lost & Found!
Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the long-awaited paperback publication of Liane Moriarty’s #1 international bestseller The Husband's Secret.  A trade paperback edition will be released on March 3, 2015. Since its July 2013 hardcover publication The Husband's Secret has sold more than 1.7 million copies (across formats) in the U.S.  Liane Moriarty has become a major international bestselling author whose follow-up novel, Big Little Lies, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list this past summer. “Liane Moriarty’s novels are sharply observed, compulsively readable page-turners that tackle big questions and generate passionate discussion. It’s great to see The Husband’s Secret join Liane’s books What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story on Berkley’s paperback list,” said Leslie Gelbman, President of The Berkley/New American Library Publishing Group. “Today’s announcement will thrill the many booksellers, book clubs, and readers who have eagerly anticipated the paperback publication of The Husband’s Secret.” Several of Moriarty’s novels, including The Husband's Secret, have been fast-tracked in Hollywood. CBS Films snapped up film rights to The Husband's Secret soon after the hardcover publication. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman secured film/television rights to Big Little Lies for their respective production companies. Both actresses have signed on to star in a limited run television series based on the novel and written by David E. Kelley. TriStar owns rights to Moriarty’s New York Times bestseller What Alice Forgot with the director of The Devil Wears Prada attached. In The Husband's Secret, Cecilia Fitzpatrick discovers and reads a letter written by her husband that he wanted opened only after his death. But Cecilia’s husband is still very much alive, and the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life the Fitzpatricks have built, but the lives of several others as well. Liane Moriarty is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been published around the world and translated into several languages. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, son, and daughter.
  There Was A Little Girl by actress and bestselling author Brooke Shields hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists the first week of publication. The memoir launched with a cover feature in People Magazine, which included a 7-page excerpt and interview. The incredible media lineup continued with national TV appearances on Good Morning America, The View, The Tonight Show, Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Meredith Vieira, and many others, as well as a live, hour-long interview on The Diane Rehm Show. Detailing her loving, complicated, and very publicly misunderstood relationship with her mother, There Was a Little Girl attracted huge print and internet attention as well, ranging from glowing reviews and a widely-syndicated Associated Press review, to interviews in publications like USA Today, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, The Newark Star-Ledger, and The Chicago Sun-Times. Shields’s book tour took her to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Princeton, NJ, where she discussed and signed her memoir for hundreds of fans and readers.
New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of the first Ayn Rand novel to appear in more than fifty years.  Entitled Ideal, the book will be released simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback on July 7, 2015. Ideal is the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged.  The new book will be a unique volume that includes both the recently rediscovered original novel and Ideal’s final incarnation as a play.  Both versions were written in 1934, when Rand was in her late twenties. “As the longtime publisher of Ayn Rand’s works, New American Library is excited to continue its successful collaboration with the Rand estate.  The arrival of a never-before-seen Ayn Rand novel will thrill dedicated readers and is a true publishing event,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh. Rand first wrote Ideal as a novel, but was dissatisfied with the manuscript and shelved it.  She then rewrote Ideal as a stage play.  Upon Rand’s death in 1982, philosopher Dr. Leonard Peikoff, the heir to Rand’s estate and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), read the novel for the first time and added it to the Ayn Rand Archives. In 2012, Richard Ralston, publishing manager at ARI, rediscovered the manuscript while ARI was digitizing the Rand archives and wanted the novel considered for publication.  Ralston discussed the idea with Dr. Peikoff who agreed that the original version of Ideal should be released along with the play (which had previously been published in 2005’s Three Plays).  With both versions of Ideal included in the new book, readers will be able to compare Rand’s two approaches to the material and consider why she put aside the novel in favor of the dramatization. “I’ve heard wishful comments over many years from readers wondering if there were other novels in Ayn Rand’s papers.  Since there actually was such a novel, I decided it should be reviewed carefully,” said Ralston.  “This new edition of Ideal demonstrates Rand’s understanding of a crucial difference between writing for readers vs. for listeners at a performance.” Ideal follows the beautiful and celebrated screen actress Kay Gonda—a character inspired by real-life movie star Greta Garbo—as she pleads for help from six of her most devoted fans: an upstanding family man, a farmer, an artist, an evangelist, a wealthy playboy, and a lost soul.  Gonda tells each that she is wanted by the police for murder and needs to hide.  By the end of the night she has tested the integrity of six people who claim that she is their ideal. Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in Russia and published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936, after moving to the United States.  Her novel Anthem followed in 1938.  Rand achieved her greatest success with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957).  Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, is still widely discussed today and more than 25 million copies of her novels have been Read more...