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Saturday, October 17, 2015 marks the centennial of the birth of perhaps the greatest American playwright of the 20th Century, Arthur Miller.To celebrate this occasion, Penguin Classics published The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays (Penguin Classics) on Tuesday (10/13). USA Today ran a feature on the book as well as Arthur Miller’s legacy and Symphony Space in NYC will host an Arthur Miller Centennial Event on Thursday, 10/22.
Early buzz is building for debut novel  A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding (Penguin Books; On-sale December 1, 2015) by Jackie Copleton. Booksellers are excited about the novel, which Kirkus called “perfectly paced…more than just a war story…[it is a] fully drawn portrait of a city and a life.” The Scottish writer is attending dinners with independent booksellers in the U.S. this week, attendees including Joseph Beth in Cincinnati, Book Stall in Chicago, Copperfield’s in San Francisco, and Elliott Bay in Seattle. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is an Indie Next Pick Jackie Copletonfor December.
New American Library announced this week that Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart will share never-before-told stories of his life in music in an upcoming February memoir, Sweet Dreams Are Made of ThisStewart’s is the only memoir published by a member of Eurythmics and includes never-before-seen photos, and a foreword by Mick Jagger, Stewart’s longtime friend and collaborator. Says Stewart, “It has been a mind-blowing experience looking back on all of these adventures and wondering how I managed to survive a lot of them.  Just writing about the wild things that happened to me back in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s was exhausting.  Mind you not much has changed!  I must have taken a busy pill somewhere along the ride.” In a narrative by turns intimate, wild, reflective, and revelatory, the prolific performer, songwriter, and producer best known for the international hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” looks back on a career that has spanned three decades and more than 100 million album sales.
Penguin Young Readers and Pharrell Williams have partnered with First Book on the #ReadHAPPY campaign, which provides books to children in need. The launch of this campaign coincides with Putnam Books for Young Readers’ October 6 release of Happy!, a photographic picture book based on Williams’ hit song of the same name.  “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Williams says. #ReadHAPPY encourages people everywhere to post images and thoughts about how reading makes them happy. And every post using the hashtag #ReadHAPPY shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram will trigger a donation of one book from Penguin Young Readers to First Book, up to 50,000 books. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors addressing literacy – access to books. To date, First Book has distributed more 130 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities.
It's Your World, Chelsea Clinton’s new book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, such as poverty, food insecurity, and gender equality, hit stores this week to great reviews and media coverage. Chelsea spoke on the TODAY Show and Entertainment Tonightabout her inspiration for the book, which has been featured in US Weekly, PEOPLE, Girls’ Life, amNew York, The Chicago Tribune, Bustle, The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSheKnows, Time for Kids and more.  Booklist calls it a “terrific resource for junior activists, who may well be inspired by stories of people their own age who saw problems and tried to fix them.”  Upcoming coverage includes appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Chew,and CBS This Morning, and features in Justine magazine, Scholastic Instructor, Kiwi magazine,Good Housekeeping, and more. Philomel acquired the book after Executive Editor Jill Santopolo reached out to Chelsea after seeing her speak about noncommunicable diseases and her father Bill Clinton’s heart surgery during an appearance on The Daily Show in September 2013. Chelsea said the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth inspired her as a child to get involved, and she hopes her book will do the same, and help kids get informed and get going on the issues they care most about. Chelsea launched a 20-city tour this week in front of a packed audience at Barnes & Noble Union Square. She will visit schools and bookstores throughout her tour. Visit www.itsyourworld.com for more information about her upcoming events.
Coinciding with his 90th birthday earlier this month, Andrea Camilleri returns with the nineteenth installment of his addicting Inspector Montalbano mystery series,  A Beam of Light, published by Penguin Books September 1. Few writers can claim the breadth of work this New York Times bestselling author can. With hundreds of thousands of copies of his books in print by Penguin, a winner of the Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award and a contender for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Camilleri gets better with age. In A Beam of Light, when Inspector Montalbano falls under the charms of beautiful gallery owner Marian, his longtime relationship with Livia is threatened. Meanwhile, he is also troubled by a strange dream as three crimes demand his attention: the robbery and assault of a wealthy merchant’s young wife, stolen works of art, and a search for arms traffickers that leads him deep into the countryside, where the investigation takes a tragic turn. Complete with Camilleri’s signature intrigue, clever story developments, and refreshing humor, A Beam of Light is a thriller that will excite both returning Montalbano fans as well as those new to the series. A Beam of Light received coverage in the September issue of Vanity Fair and upcoming media includes Ambassador magazine, Primo, and National Italian American magazine, among other outlets. Start Reading an Excerpt!
What nurtures a young brain to optimum intelligence? The answer is stunningly simple: the most important thing that parents can do for their children is have conversations with them. Dana Suskind, M.D. reveals the science behind this powerful truth and how parents can put it into practice in Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, which went on sale from Dutton on Tuesday.  The stellar media lineup includes interviews with Freakonomics, NPR.org, Fast Company, National Geographic, Fit Pregnancy, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, as well as a 20-city Penguin Satellite Radio tour, including multiple regional NPR stations.  Suskind has several high profile events lined up, including partnering with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Brookline Booksmith and a Chicago Public Library event with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.   Suskind will also be speaking to the Board of the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative.
Queen of the coloring book and #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Basford revealed the cover for her upcoming new book, Lost Ocean (Penguin Books, 10/27), Tuesday on Instagram and Facebook. Both posts quickly received thousands of likes and hundreds of comments and shares. Facebook published Penguin’s announcement to their “Books on Facebook” page. Penguin marketing posted the same announcement to Penguin’s social media channels, using #LostOcean, and reached an estimated 295k Twitter accounts, and 526k total impressions. The online buzz from the cover reveal drove Lost Ocean up to the 101st ranking on Amazon by Wednesday morning. A free page fromLost Ocean  is available to download on Basford’s website. To get a sneak peek of the inky underwater adventure, click here.
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.