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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.’”

Patricia Morrisroe’s  9 ½ Narrow: My Life in Shoes, which went on sale from Gotham Books last week, has been generating high-profile media coverage, including a People Magazine Review as part of People’s “Best New Books” page and a great WSJ reviewMorrisroe also appeared on NPR’s A Touch of Grey and TheSEAMS with Jacki Lyden. Morrisroe’s “coming-of-age” memoir is, at its heart, the story of a generation of women who’ve enjoyed a world of freedom and opportunity that was unthinkable to their mothers.  Spanning five decades and countless footwear trends,  9 ½ Narrow is about how we remember important events through a coat, or a dress, or in this case, a Beatle boot or Confirmation “wedgie.”
The Shortlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced by the PEN American Center on Thursday.  Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) is a finalist for PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  Congratulations to Phil, Steven and everyone involved with these acclaimed books. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists here. The winners will be revealed on May 13 and honored at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the New School in New York.
The 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards winners were announced on Thursday.  Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books) won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award –  Middle Reader. In addition, Blueberries For Sal  by Robert McCloskey (Viking Children’s Books) was inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame.  The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman (Viking/Penguin) received an Adult Fiction Honor Award.  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers) received an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award – Middle Reader. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Putnam Young Readers) received an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award: Picture Book The award winners will be honored at the ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 28, at BookExpo America in New York City.
Avery’s The Sell: The Secrets to Selling Anything to Anyone by Fredrik Eklund and Bruce Littlefield launched big this week, with Fredrik making stops at The Today Show (4/14), CNBC (4/14), Morning Joe (4/16), Nightline (4/16), and of course the premier of season four of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing NY on Wednesday (4/15). Fredrik and The Sell were featured in the NY Daily News, People Magazine, Buzzfeed and more. His Instagram feed and #thesell hashtag are racking up the posts as the momentum spreads across the country. Fredrik’s tour continues over the weekend with stops in Rhode Island, Minneapolis, San Diego and Seattle. Still to come are appearances on Meredith Vieira’s daytime show, Inc. Magazinecoverage and watch MDLNY in June to see how The Sell is incorporated into the season.
Shanna Mahin’s debut novel, Oh! You Pretty Things, was published by Dutton earlier this week to buzz worthy of a Hollywood premiere.The witty and original novel about celebrity and its pitfalls, has been praised by literary luminaries like Garth Stein and Andrew Solomon and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, All You, Variety, Bustle, San Diego Union-Tribune, Business Insider, and Bookpage, called it “intelligent and approachable story will grip you from beginning to end.” Mahin will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend and will speak on a panel about “Famous by Association.”  She will also attend the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest in June.  
Ivan Doig, the award-winning author of sixteen books, died at his Seattle home in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 9, 2015, of multiple myeloma. During the eight years of his illness, he wrote his four final novels, including Last Bus to Wisdom, which will be published on August 18, 2015. He was seventy-five. Born in 1939, Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain front. A former ranch hand, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and later went on to earn a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. For a few years he pursued a career in journalism, but it was book writing that drew him. Doig believed that ordinary people deserve to have their stories told, and he did that in fact and fiction, beginning with This House of Sky, a memoir of his own upbringing in Montana; it attracted a wide readership and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He later wrote a second memoir, Heart Earth, and another book of nonfiction, but it is for his novels that he became enduringly read. An early novel, The Sea Runners, told the story of four indentured servants escaping Russian Alaska in the mid-nineteenth century. With English Creek, in 1984, Doig introduced the Two Medicine Country, an imagined region based upon the Montana landscape where he came of age. That novel also introduced the McCaskill clan, who reappeared in the two that followed, Dancing at the Rascal Fair and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, the trilogy spanning a century of Montana history. The world he’d created endured-- the Two Medicine Country is the setting for the majority of his novels – as did the habit of plucking characters from previous novels and reintroducing them sometimes several books – and in fictional terms, several decades – down the road. The 2006 novel The Whistling Season, a New York Times bestseller, about a mail-order housekeeper who comes west to work for a widower and his motherless sons, debuted a favorite character, Morrie Morgan, an itinerant charmer who subsequently appeared in two further novels, Work Song (2010) and Sweet Thunder (2013), his misadventures drawing Doig’s settings south to Butte, Montana, and the conflicts between the behemoth Anaconda Copper Mining Company and the beleaguered miners in the early part of the twentieth century. Two late novels, The Bartender’s Tale (2012) and the yet-to-be-published Last Bus to Wisdom, come as close to autobiography as Doig ever got in his fiction, in that they were inspired by circumstances out of his childhood: his father’s habit of taking Doig along as a boy to the saloons where he liked to hire on haying crews in the first case, and in the second, an episode where Doig, who lost his mother at the age of six and was raised by his father and his ranch cook grandmother, was sent east to Wisconsin for a summer when both adults encountered medical difficulties. But Doig was Read more...
Simon Majumdar’s  Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork was featured this week on the Yahoo front page,  The Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show and in a Travel & Leisure interview  as well 20-plus radio interviews.  And Abel James, creator of The Fat-Burning Man Show shares his revolutionary Paleo-inspired weight-loss program in The Wild Diet. This week the book was listed on Daily Burn’s Best Books list and Abel participated in 65-plus radio and podcast interviews.
Sentinel had a big week with the launch of Our Lost Constitution by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). He hit the airwaves for Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck Radio to promote the book, which went on sale Tuesday (4/7) and hit #13 on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. He appeared on Morning Joe, Fox & Friends,and will be on ABC/This Week this Sunday (4/12).
New American Library launched actor Jon Cryer’s first book So That Happened: A Memoir   this week with an incredible lineup of national publicity.  Pre-publication media began with an excerpt in the Hollywood Reporter on March 18, followed by a profile onCBS Sunday Morning that aired March 29 and an interview on Weekend Edition Saturday that ran April 4. Cryer kicked off publication week in New York City with interviews on Good Morning America,Entertainment Tonight, Live With Kelly & Michael , Late Night with Seth Meyers, Watch What Happens Live! He played a hilarious game of charades with Michael Douglas and Kat Dennings on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! He also exposed his “inner geek” during an interview on the Marvel.com podcast and visited Sirius XM where he was interviewed in front of a live audience for Sirius XM Unmasked. The Associated Press, Vulture, GQ.com, MensHealth.com, and Playboy.com all ran interviews with Cryer. Esquire.com offered up “10 Crazy Things We Learned From Jon Cryer’s New Memoir.”  Still to come:  appearances on The Talk, The Meredith Vieira Show, E! News, The Soup, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and an interview on the Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick. Events included an onstage interview with Variety editor Ramin Setoodeh at New York’s 92ndStreet Y and two upcoming Southern California appearances at Barnes & Noble/Santa Monica and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.