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Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon—Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most ferocious boxers of all time—and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. Yet—even after hitting rock bottom—the man who once admitted being addicted “to everything” fought his way back, achieving triumphant success as an actor and newfound happiness and stability as a father and husband. Brutal, honest, raw, and often hilarious, Undisputed Truth is the singular journey of an inspiring American original. Mark your calendars as Tyson will be giving what is sure to be unforgettable interviews with the ladies of The View (10/28), The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (10/28), Howard Stern (10/29) and CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon (10/29). Undisputed Truth is out in paperback with a new epilogue from Plume on October 28th, 2014.
Leon Panetta holds nothing back in Worthy Fights. Check out his revelatory interviews on NPR's Morning Edition, NBC's The Today Show, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, CNN with Gloria Borger, and FOX News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor.
Sheila Weller, author of The News Sorority, discusses the surprise response seen at the release of her book with The New York Times. A must-read, Bloomberg Businessweek claims it will surely “be catnip to TV obsessives and people in the news business.”
This week brought the release of Oliver Jeffers’ Once Upon An Alphabet, the Philomel picture book of over 100 pages that gives stories to each letter in the alphabet. The Wall Street Journal raved, “The stories are wonderfully varied, sometimes philosophical and often end surprisingly; the drawings are just as quirky and unpredictable.” Other praise came from outlets including BookPageThe Huffington PostSt. Louis Post-Dispatch,Grandparents.comBookish.com, along with starred reviews from School Library Journal andKirkus Reviews. The day before its release, Jeffers was interviewed by Robert Siegel for NPR’sAll Things Considered; a review from the Washington Post and a BBC interview with Jeffers are still to come. On October 14, Jeffers celebrated the publication with a launch party at Books of Wonder in New York. The national advertising campaign will target parents this holiday gift giving season, with spots on Bravo, TLC, HCTV, ABC Family, Nickelodeon, and the Food Network. Alphabet comes on the heels of Penguin’s fall campaign for the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Day The Crayons Quit, and the announcement of its sequel, The Day The Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Jeffers.
Sinéad O’Connor, the award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, will write her memoirs, it was announced this week. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.   Penguin Ireland will publish the memoir in Ireland, UK and Commonwealth.  A March 2016 publication date is planned. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by David Rosenthal, Blue  Rider’s president and publisher, from  Simon Watson of Sidewinder Management. Mr. Rosenthal will also edit. “I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book.  And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” said O’Connor. “Sinéad has led a singular life – both personally and professionally,” said Rosenthal. “She is a fearlessly honest and incredibly talented artist.” The book will cover the singer’s turbulent upbringing in Ireland; her breakout as an artist with 1987’s The Lion and the Cobra and her nine subsequent albums; her controversial opinions and actions, as well as her personal and musical struggles and triumphs, through the present day.
This fall author and actor B.J. Novak turns the notion of the “picture book” on its head with The Book With No Picturesa text-only story book for young children designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller. The book, which debuts at #2 on The New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list, was launched last week to rave reviews from media, parents, teachers, librarians and, most importantly, kids! The Atlantic says, “B.J. Novak proves that kids don’t need pictures,” and Vanity Fair calls it  “Funny, creative, and smart.” In a starred review Kirkus called the book “A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall,” andThe Horn Book calls it “Pure kid bliss.” Novak kicked off his national two-week tour in New York with appearances on Today, The View (a must-watch segment) and Watch What Happens Live. He is visiting schools and bookstores in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other media has included reviews in People, US Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, The Wall Street Journal,and The New York Times Book ReviewThe Horn Book ran a wonderful interview with B.J. You can watch a video of B.J. reading the book to kids here. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  was published by Knopf earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Teri Agins, Wall Street Journal fashion critic and author of Hijacking The Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers, which went on sale from Gotham on October 9, has been hijacking the media this week, including a fascinating first serial excerpt in the Wall Street Journal, a tremendous interview on the nationally syndicated Marketplace and TV time with CNBC’s Squawk Box. The book was also featured on Elle.com.  Look for upcoming interviews on Fashionista, InStyle Magazine and Yahoo! Style. Teri and Hijacking the Runway are definitely in this season.
Major media coverage continues for Steven Johnson and his new book How We Got to Now: a slate of high-profile television appearances, including The Daily ShowCBS This Morning, and Morning Joe, with more to come. There has also been terrific review coverage: The Daily Beast says that “What makes this book such a mind-expanding read is Johnson’s ability to appreciate human advancement as a vast network of influence, rather than a simple chain of one invention leading to another, and result is nothing less than a celebration of the human mind.” And the Washington Post says “How We Got to Now, Steven Johnson’s new book about ‘six innovations that made the modern world,’ is filled with weird and amusing examples…His point is simple, important and well-timed: During periods of rapid innovation, there is always tumult as citizens try to make sense of it….Johnson is an engaging writer, and he takes very complicated and disparate subjects and makes their evolution understandable.” And just a reminder that the 6-part PBS series, How We Got to Now, hosted by Steven, debuts on October 15. For a taste of the series, check out the official trailer here.
Viking/Penguin author Elizabeth Gilbert will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for two full episodes of OWN’s Super Soul Sunday! The first show will air this Sunday, October 5, and will center on lessons Gilbert learned from her year long quest around the world in Eat, Pray, Love. Her latest novel The Signature of All Things will also be mentioned in the episode. The second show will air the following Sunday, October 12, and will be more personal, delving into what Gilbert’s life has been like since EAT, PRAY, LOVE and featuring stories from her follow-up memoir, Committed. Gilbert is halfway through Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour,” which is on a brief hiatus, but picks up again from October 18 through November 15 in Houston, Miami, Seattle and San Jose. The first promotional trailer for the show is here. elizabeth-gilbert-oprah
Mario Lopez’s first memoir, Just Between Us, went on sale from Celebra this week to a major media blitz.  As Mario turns forty, he reflects about his time as a child actor to his role as A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, to his current gig hosting EXTRA and his happy-ever-after marriage to his wife Courtney Mazza and their two children.  Mario started the week with a great event at Book Revue on Long Island, and did interviews with all the major networks, starting with Good Morning America on Monday, and followed with Fox & FriendsEllen, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM, and a People magazine first serial excerpt!  He also made a stop at Brooklyn’s The BookMark Shoppe where he signed copies for more than 150 fans.  More interviews to come next week, including The Talk, Queen Latifah, PageSix.com, and an event in Glendale, CA.mario-lopez-GMA