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This train won’t stop! Just over a month on sale, Riverhead’s  The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is #1 on The New York Times bestseller lists for as fifth straight week and maintaining its incredible momentum.   On Tuesday afternoon, Mashable hosted a live Google Hangout with Paula and readers/fans had the opportunity to interact with Paula and ask her questions about the book. Participants included MashReads members and the general public. Martha Stewart Living did an online check-in with book club members. This is Martha Stewart Living’s third mention of The Girl On The Train, having previously announced it as its February book club selection and Instagrammed a wonderful image (one of Martha Stewart’s most popular Instagrams to date, with over 3,000 likes).
First Installment The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass to be Published This Fall Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the acquisition of a new fantasy series by Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files novels. Executive Editor Anne Sowards bought World English Rights from Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency. The first novel in the new series, The Cinder Spires:The Aeronaut's Windlass, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015. Jim Butcher became one of the most recognized names in science fiction and fantasy with the internationally bestselling Dresden Files series featuring Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard. The series garnered a large and devoted fan base for Butcher that continues to grow with each installment; the last five Dresden Files books skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Butcher is currently at work on Peace Talks, the sixteenth installment in the phenomenally successful urban fantasy series. In addition to The Dresden Files, Butcher is also the author of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Codex Alera epic fantasy series. Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, "Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it's a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it's like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!" The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship's crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, "This is Jim Butcher at his best…It's steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning." The Cinder Spires:The Aeronaut's Windlass is poised to be one of the fall's biggest genre releases, and Butcher fans are anxiously awaiting news about the release. Perfect for readers of Brandon Sanderson and Naomi Novik—in addition to Butcher's existing fans— The Cinder Spires is a grand new adventure from one of the biggest names in fantasy. On Sale: September 29, 2015
Nick Hornby’s highly anticipated Funny Girl went on sale to great buzz. A rave NPR review said,  “[Funny Girlinduces binge-reading that’s the literary equivalent of polishing off an entire television series in one weekend” and  The New York Times noted “this novel packs in lots of laughs, but it’s also got more heft than Mr. Hornby’s readers may expect.” People Magazine named Funny Girl “Book of the Week” and described it as “[A] light, fond, funny tale by the author of About a Boy…[a] fizzy delight about the likable oddballs who populate showbiz.” while Entertainment Weekly called the book “engaging” and “spot on.” Features have been running far and wide in the Boston Globe, Atlantic, Chicago Tribune Metro, and AM New York. Additionally, Funny Girl has been named one of the best books of February from USA Today, Amazon, PopSugar, StyleBistro, and Vulture. Nick kicked off a 7-city national tour this week with a packed house with over 300 people at Harvard Bookstore. He is in NYC this week and will make further stops in Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Pasadena.
The Girl On The Train continues to gather even more momentum, with an upcoming national TV hit on CBS This Morning on Monday, February 9. The Girl on the Train is topping charts nationwide, ranking #1 this week on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, Chicago Tribune Bestseller List, Chicagoland Bestseller List, Amazon’s Bestseller List, Kindle, Barnes & Noble Best Selling Nook Book, Publisher’s Weekly Hard Cover, Fiction, and the IndieBound.com Bestseller List. Author Paula Hawkins has been profiled in a New York Times feature and a Washington Post review, which called The Girl on the Train “well-written and ingeniously constructed — perhaps a bit too ingeniously.”  The Girl on the Train is popping up in “best of” and “must read” lists featured on exciting outlets online including Bustle.com’s amazing “12 Books to Read if You Liked The Girl on the Train,” The Huffington Post’s “Why Everyone’s Talking About The Girl on the Train,” and StyleCaster’s Editor’s Pick. Paula is in the middle of a 6-city tour this week, starting with ALA Midwinter Conference’s Debut Author Panel. She also held press events and book-store signings in Toronto and Houston, then stopped in NYC for interviews, signings, and the Mashable #MashReads Book Club event. She continues on to California, Nashville, and back to NYC before returning to London.
Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller The Girl On The Train  is roaring out of the station! The book everyone is reading debuts at #1 on The New York Times eBook fiction and combined print & eBook fiction bestseller lists as well as #2 on the hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of 2/1 and has been hovering between #1 and #6 on Amazon and BN.com since going on sale January 13.  Now in its 10th printing, with over a quarter million copies in print, the book also debuts at #1 on this week’s Wall Street Journal bestseller list.  Today’s Wall Street Journal includes a major feature on The Girl On The Train and Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh is quoted in the article: “None of us can think of another debut that has exploded out of the gate this fast. As to why it’s caught fire, I think it’s really come down to the read. As much as we’d love to think we know how to manufacture a hit like this, it doesn’t really happen that way.” The Girl On The Train was featured on the Today Show Weekend Jumpstart, a fantastic interview with the author aired on NPR All Things Considered and it was selected as the Mashable Book Club pick for February. Entertainment Weekly featured the book on their “Must List,” calling it “a gripping, down-the-rabbit-hole thriller,” and in their review said, “[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see coming.” Their “What I’m Reading Now” section this week went even further: “But since Gone Girl, this is the first plot I’ve read that moves with such force.” More rave reviews continue to pour in.  People magazine says that “Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller…Hawkins’s debut ends with a twist that no one – least of all its victims—could have seen coming.” “What a thriller!” proclaims People Style Watch, and the New York Daily News  says “The Girl on the Train [is] a harrowing new suspense novel…a complex and thoroughly chilling psychological thriller. … The Girl on the Train is one of those books where you can’t wait — yet almost can’t bear — to turn the page. It’s a stunning novel of dread.” On Oprah.com: “The Thriller So Engrossing, You’ll Pray for Snow: Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work, school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. …A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages.” And a flat-out rave review from NPR.org:  “It’s difficult to say too much more about the plot of The Girl on the Train; like all thrillers, it’s best for readers to dive in spoiler-free. This is a debut novel — Hawkins is a journalist by training — but it doesn’t read like the work of someone new to suspense. Read more...
  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...
New York Times-bestselling author Mark Leibovich and his new Blue Rider Press book, Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion, have generated a big wave of major media, including author appearances on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN’sThe Lead with Jake Tapper and Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends. This national attention has also been sparked by Leibovich’s  New York Times magazine cover story on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, which runs this Sunday (11/23), when Mark is scheduled to appear on CBS’s Face the Nation.  Kirkus Reviews praised Citizens of the Green Room: “Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C.…These essays and profiles are uniformly witty… Leibovich delivers full-dimensional portraits of these eccentric D.C. denizens…Humorous, incisive and very droll.”  Leibovich had a very successful launch event at Book Court in Brooklyn (11/13), which was taped by Book TV (air date TBD) and this week appeared at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC (11/17) and the National Press Club Book Fair in DC (11/18).
Mike Love, the legendary singer, lyricist, and co-founding member of the Beach Boys, will write a book about his life, it was announced by Blue Rider Press on Wednesday. The book, tentatively titled GOOD VIBRATIONS: My Life as a Beach Boy, will be published by Blue Rider Press in the Summer of 2016. The book will describe Love’s early childhood and family story, and that of his cousins Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, all founding members of the band, along with Al Jardine.  Love will describe a remarkable personal journey that includes five decades of recording and touring – he has performed 5,600 concerts in more than twenty-five countries as a Beach Boy – while he has also had a front-row seat to some of the most important and convulsive events in American pop culture. Love will talk about his own spiritual journey through transcendental meditation, his complex relationship with Brian Wilson, and the enduring appeal of the Beach Boy sound. Blue Rider Press President and Publisher David Rosenthal said, “Mike Love’s story—and the story of the Beach Boys—is one of the most compelling sagas in American music and popular culture. We’re thrilled that fifty years after the band’s creation, Mike will finally tell his tale.”
Eddie Izzard, the award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian and actor has today announced he will write a book about his life. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA). Publication is planned for the winter of 2015-16. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by Sarah Hochman, Blue Rider’s executive editor, from Steve Fisher at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). The book will be published simultaneously in the United Kingdom by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin. The book will cover Izzard's childhood and will go on to document his rise from London street performer through to his record-breaking comedy world tours and his acclaimed work as an actor on stage and screen. Izzard commented, “I'm delighted to have the opportunity to expand on the questions raised in my biopic  Believe. There's so much that can only be said in a written form and I am very happy that Blue Rider are giving me the chance to do that.” Hochman commented, “Eddie Izzard’s brilliant, and brilliantly funny, narrative style lends itself perfectly to the printed page, a must-read for the many thousands who have watched his performances—in several languages and counting—around the world.”