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The New York Public Library this week announced its 2015 Library Lion honorees, including Penguin Press author and artist Maira Kalman.  Her new book, Beloved Dog, went on sale last week and continues to garner widespread attention and praise.  Last weekend, The Wall Street Journal published an insightful feature,  A Week in the Life of Maira Kalman.  Penguin Random House author Gloria Steinem was also honored as a Library Lion this year.
The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st Century has been awarded to Viking/Penguin author Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being .  The award ceremony for the 13th annual Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, which was founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics, took place on Saturday (10/31) at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.  For the first time, the award included a category for Foreign Literature, making Yasnaya Polyana Russia’s first international literary award, and Ozeki the first international recipient. Ozeki and the novel’s Russian translator, Yekaterina Ilyina, will be awarded 1,000,000 and 200,000 rubles, respectively. A Tale for the Time Being, published in hardcover by Viking and in paperback by Penguin Books in the US,  is published in Russia by AST. During the award ceremony, Vladimir Tolstoy, great-great-grandson of author Leo Tolstoy and chairman of the Yasnaya Polyana prize committee, introduced Ozeki and compared A Tale for the Time Being to the novels by his great-great-grandfather: A Tale for the Time Being fascinated me with its humanity, very calm confidential tone and profound significance. The book is a dialogue between two continents, between two different civilizations, and everything in this book naturally merges into one story filled with compassion, personal involvement in others’ lives/destinies, the very humane attitude which connects Ruth Ozeki to Leo Tolstoy. Unconditional humanism is characteristic both of A Tale for the Time Being and of Leo Tolstoy’s works.” In her acceptance speech, Ozeki said,  “To receive this award, given by the Tolstoy estate, is an unimaginable honor, and I am deeply grateful. We writers like to take credit for connecting people with our stories, but actually human beings are already deeply and fundamentally connected, and our stories are simply an expression of this.  Literature affirms our connection with each other. Literature works because people enjoy this sense of basic human interconnectedness and find it inspiring.”
Avery’s New York Times bestseller Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  by Steve Silberman won the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction,  and he was presented with the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books at a ceremony in London on Monday evening.NeuroTribes is the first work of science to win the prestigious British award in its 17-year history, and comes at a time of growing public awareness of the neurodevelopmental “disorder” that affects millions of people around the world.  The coverage has been incredible, both in the US and across the world.  The New York Times credits Silberman for writing “a book that challenges readers to think differently about autism” and The Independent reports that Silberman’s book will change the way we understand what Steve, in The Guardian, eloquently insists is not a condition but “a human community.”  Other media reporting on the win includes Financial Times, BBC News , Reuters, and Toronto Samual JohnsonStar. Meanwhile, the Associated Press article (which was tweeted out to their 5.99 million followers!) has so far been picked up by Miami Herald, Washington Post, Arizona Daily Star, Sacramento Bee, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, ABC News, Yahoo News, SFGate, and so many more.
Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson and Meg Wolitzer join forces next week for an all-star “Penguin Teen On Tour” national book tour to promote their newly-published Penguin Young Readers paperbacks,  Atlantia (Condie),  I’ll Give You The Sun (Nelson) and Belzhar (Wolitzer). The trio will visit schools and stores in Miami, Dallas, Wichita, Chicago, San Diego, and Seattle. Ally Condie is the author of the internationally bestselling Matched trilogy, which Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger PenguinTeenTour_bannerGames,”  and the acclaimed stand-alone novel Atlantia. Jandy Nelson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of  The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun, which won the 2015 Printz Award and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Meg Wolitzer is a novelist who has written many books for adults, including the widely praised New York Times bestseller The Interestings Her debut YA novel, Belzhar, was named the “Best YA of 2014” by Entertainment Weekly.
Maira Kalman’s  Beloved Dog went on sale from Penguin Press on Tuesday (10/27) and dog lovers everywhere are delighted.She gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love.  Maira’s style is instantly recognizable – from books like  And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty, to her collaboration with Michael Pollan on an illustrated Food Rules, and her bestselling edition of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, her work is both joyful and wise.   Now, this renowned artist and author explores the joys and lessons of having “the dearest, funniest, lovingest, loyalist” of friends – a canine companion.  Her wonderful essay about her own dog, Pete, appeared in the October 18 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Look for a “My Week” essay (with original art) by Maira in this Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.  Additional interviews are coming on Vogue.com and in The Huffington Post.
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Razorbill’s THIS BOOK LOVES YOU, by PewDiePie, the Most Subscribed YouTuber in the World, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller | Igloo
PewDiePie (a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg),  who has over 10 billion views across all his videos and more than 40 million subscribers on his YouTube channel,  is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author.His new Razorbill title,  This Book Loves You, a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational sayings, debuts at #1 on The New York Times YA paperback bestseller list for the week of November 8th. PewDiePie has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, AdWeek, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.  He also recently graced the cover of Variety, ranking as the magazine’s #1 global Digital Star. TIME magazine included PewDiePie alongside President Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian in their list of the 30 most influential people on the Internet.  He was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September, appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday (10/30), and will be on Yahoo News! with Katie Couric in November (airing 11/17). His national author tour kicked off on Thursday (10/29) at Barnes & Noble Union Square, where 1,500 fans turned out.  He will be at Barnes & Noble  – The Grove tonight in Los Angeles and his appearance at Rakestraw Books in Danville, California  on Sunday (11/1) is already sold out at 1,200 . In 2010, Kjellberg created his YouTube channel PewDiePie to share his game playing experience. The channel quickly grew in popularity and by 2013 he was gaining a new subscriber every second, and surpassed 1 billion cumulative lifetime views. Today, Kjellberg has more subscribers than any channel in YouTube history and commands a global audience. His fans are famously known as his “Bro Army” and are comprised of gamers and non-gamers alike.  He also launched a video game, Legend of the Brofist,  in collaboration with Outerminds, in September and it has been #1 in the Apple app store for three weeks. To check out all things PewDiePie, visit PewDiePie.com and YouTube.com/PewDiePie. Also, follow @PewDiePie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram  and Vine.
High praise greeted Riverhead’s publication of Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States on Tuesday (10/20). Celebrated for her ability to tell a “story in the most fascinating way possible ” (Paste), Vowell adeptly balances equal parts “laugh-out-loud humor and her characteristic snark” (Washington Post) with “intensive research and historical insight” (Huffington Post). NPR.org raves: “at once light-footed and light-hearted, her histories are — dare I say it — fun… Vowell emerges from the Revolutionary War with an unabashed smile on her face. I’d be surprised if her reader doesn’t, too.” Featured in Time (“informative, funny and insightful.”), The New Yorker, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Mental Floss, USA Today (“Vowell takes on American history as only she can”), and more.  Vowell kicked off her tour with full houses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, with big venue stops to come in Washington, DC, Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Austin, and Los Angeles. Hear her on Marketplace Weekend, Dinner Party Download, Slate’s The Gist, with much more to come.
Gracing the cover of the current issues of InStyle and People is Dutton author and beloved actress Drew Barrymore. The magazines both feature extensive interviews with Barrymore about her new book, Wildflower (on sale 10/27), a series of essays about Drew’s life that InStyle praises as “a deeply thoughtful and fun page-turner—like a rich dessert that also happens to be good for you.”  Barrymore will appear on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with DrewJimmy Fallon, The Howard Stern Show, EXTRA, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the book before heading out on a 2-week book tour that includes stops in Ann Arbor, Iowa City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Additional coverage includes interviews in The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, TIME, and features in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, ELLE, US Weekly, and Forbes.com.
People en Español, one of the most widely-read Spanish-language magazines in the U.S. and the sister monthly publication of People Magazine, has published its first annual list of the “50 Most Influential” Hispanics.  This honor roll is a who’s-who of important world leaders, newsmakers, and bold-faced names, including: Pope Francis, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos, Ricky Martin and Sofia Vergara—and our colleague Raymond Garcia. Raymond is recognized as Publisher of Celebra, the Penguin Publishing Group imprint he founded eight years ago.  One of only three businesspeople chosen, Raymond is the sole representative from the book publishing industry. Since starting Celebra in 2007 with the mission of publishing books by Hispanic celebrities—in both English and Spanish—for mainstream audiences, Raymond has acquired and published books by international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  Celebra also published La La Anthony’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Love Playbook and The 22-Day Revolution by Marco Borges which recently spent several weeks on the Times list. raymondKara Welsh, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, said, “Anyone who has worked with Raymond knows of his keen commercial judgment and his passionate, tireless advocacy of Celebra’s authors and their books.  We are thrilled and very proud of his place on the People en Español ‘Most Influential’ list.  Please join me in congratulating him: ¡Felicidades!” 
Come one, come all to hear Scott Schuman—top fashion & photography blogger and author of  The Sartorialist: X (Penguin Original)—speak at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday, October 29. Scott will share his insights into global street fashion and photography much like he does on his blog The Sartorialist.com. Schuman started The Sartorialist.com simply to share photos of people on the street whose style he admired. The blog now receives over 14 million page views per month and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In The Sartorialist: X, Schuman continues paying homage to the innate style found on sidewalks and streets, as well as off the beaten path.   With stunning images of men and women who caught Scott’s eye in traditional fashion locales like New York, London, and Milan, as well as newer ones including Peru, India, Dubai, and South Africa, the book celebrates the many cultures of pattern and color found across the world, making it a thrilling source of photographic inspiration.  Schuman also explores how we look at street style through camera phones, and has included in The Sartorialist: X some of his favorite images shot using his iPhone 6.