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The gluten-free trend isn’t dissipating anytime soon, given the media reaction to Stephen Yafa’s , Grain of Truth: A Real Case For and Against Wheat and Gluten, which dives headfirst into the often contentious world of nutritional fact and myth and went on sale from Avery on May 12.  Fox Health did a great article on fad diets featuring the book, and Salon will be publishing an excerpt next week. Time Magazine will be featuring a review – both online and in print. With over 45 local and national radio interviews booked and events in the author’s hometown in the Bay Area confirmed, as well as in Napa Valley, and Washington, DC – both events featuring tastings and local baker visits – we look forward to Grain of Truth whetting the appetites of many readers across the country.
A new book by Chelsea Clinton, It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, for young readers ages 10 to 14, is scheduled for publication in the U.S. by Philomel on September 15.Ms. Clinton breaks down some of the world’s biggest challenges and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making an impact in their own communities and around the globe.  Filled with visuals including charts, graphs and photographs, her book will address some of the world’s most challenging issues including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species. “In It's Your World, I try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people,” said Chelsea Clinton. “I also explore some of the solutions to those challenges and share stories of inspiring kids and teenagers doing amazing work to help people and our planet have brighter and healthier futures. My hope is that the book will inspire readers to realize that they can start making a difference now, in their own way, for their family, their community, and our world.” “We hope this book will encourage young people to look at the world around them differently and give them a better understanding of the challenges facing our future,” said Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers. “We are thrilled to partner with Chelsea Clinton on this important publication.” International editions of It's Your World will be published simultaneously in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada through Penguin Random House, with foreign language editions to follow.
The highly anticipated memoir by Barbra Streisand, one of the most influential and beloved actors, singers, and directors of our time, will be published by Viking in 2017. Ms. Streisand’s memoir will share memories of her childhood, explore her extraordinarily successful career on stage, screen, and in the recording studio, and reflect on her life. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, noted, “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking.” The continuing popularity and relevance of the artist’s work was recently and vividly evidenced when her latest album for Columbia Records, Partners, debuted at #1 on the Billboard sales charts, making her the only performer to have achieved Number One albums in six consecutive decades. Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist ever and has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A Renaissance woman of her time, Streisand has been acknowledged as a director, writer, producer, composer, designer, activist, and philanthropist.   The “actress who sings,” as Streisand once described herself, received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.  Barbra Streisand is a rare honoree, the only artist to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors (2008) and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award (2001.)  She also received the National Endowment for the Arts medal from President Bill Clinton and France’s greatest recognition, the Légion d’Honneur, from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Nick Offerman, the New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit Paddle Your Own Canoe and star of the popular TV series, Parks and Recreation, returns with Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, which goes on sale from Dutton on Tuesday, May 26. This past week he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, in which he touted his “mix tape of Americans.” You can watch the clip here. Other upcoming publicity includes The Today Show, Weekend All Things Considered, Conan,The Late Late Show with James Corden, People.com, GQ.com, and TIME.  Offerman will also go on a 10-city book tour, with events in NYC at B&N and BookCon, as well as in Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Austin, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Madison.
Tuesday marked the release of the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Karen White, The Sound of Glass  (New American Library Hardcover). The “queen of southern women’s fiction” (The Huffington Post) kicked off her three-week tour last weekend with a pre-party in Marietta, GA where she sold over 50 books followed by events at Foxtale, Book Exchange, Bookmiser and Eagle Eye Bookstore, all in the Atlanta area. In The Sound of Glass Karen tackles tough issues such as death, domestic abuse, and family history with grace and humor, and the media has taken notice. RT called it “an unforgettable story” and Popsugar namedThe Sound of Glass as one of the month’s “Best New Romance Books.” There’s much more media to come, including Woman’s World, CNN.com, Shelf Awareness, Atlanta Magazine, Southern Seasons, and Deep South Magazine – who will also host a Twitter chat with Karen on June 12. Over 50 blogs are scheduled to run reviews of The Sound of Glass, including yesterday’s review from Chick Lit Plus, calling it a “magnificent story of the slow healing of a broken family.” Fans from all over the south will be coming out for Karen’s tour which includes new markets such as Dallas and Nashville. You can find the full list of tour dates on Karen’s website.
Ylonda Gault Caviness’ debut memoir Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself launched this week with a strong list of media coverage. Ylonda’s bold and refreshing new voice was already apparent in her early Salon.com op-ed this March “Black Parents in America Don’t Raise Narcissists”, garnering over a 1000 Facebook shares and launching an ongoing discussion on twitter and other sites. This week, The New York Times featured her latest op-ed “What Black Moms Know” on Sunday, sparking a heated a conversation with 415 comments on the site and nearly 700 comments on the Facebook post, with over 3,000 shares. Ylonda has shared her thoughts on PBS’ “To the Contrary”, WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show”, TV One’s “News One with Roland Martin”, WPR’s “The Joy Cardin Show” and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” with Celeste Headlee among numerous other shows. The Chicago Tribune calls Child, Please “a seriously funny skewering of our modern parenting culture (particularly white parenting) through the lens of an African-American journalist and mom of three,” a piece shared with its sister publications including The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel, and The Hartford Courant. Forthcoming coverage includes a feature by the Associated Press and interviews on Sirius XM’s “The Maggie Linton Show”, KUT Austin’s “In Black America,” and Huffington Post Live so stay tuned!
Dr. Kelly McGonigal launched the The Upside of Stress on The Today Show, where she gave Matt Lauer a bit of a stressful situation to deal with, and helped coach him through his physiological responses. The media continued with a 25-city radio tour, great local NPR interviews, such as KQED’s Forum and KERA’s Think!, and tons of wonderful online hits, including the Washington PostThe Daily Burn, The Daily Om, and Big Think. To see Kelly in print, head over to a magazine stand and check out this month’s Redbook, Self, Spirituality & Health, and ELLE magazine, who’s glowing review said that “McGonigal’s new book is a crucial pushback against the pervasive view that stress is a buzz and body-killer best eradicated from our lives.” Still to come throughout the month, keep an eye out for Kelly on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS’sBetween the Lines, People’s Pharmacy radio, in The Wall Street Journal, and much more. Going forward, Avery hopes you feel much more capable of embracing stress, and helps make you more resilient.
#TwitterFiction Festival 2015, a five-day celebration of storytelling, sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers, and Twitter, kicks off online on Monday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. (ET), beginning with Penguin author Celeste Ng, as she unravels a love story from a note that she found hidden in the Cambridge Public Library. This year’s festival also includes Dutton author Eric Jerome Dickey and additional renowned writers from a large cross-section of publishers. For more details and to follow the festival, visit: twitterfictionfestival.com. #TwitterFiction Festival Live! is being presented at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street) in New York City on Wednesday, May 13. The storytelling variety show (and official live companion event of #TwitterFiction Festival 2015) will be hosted by stand-up comedian Nick Turner(@nicksturners) and feature Penguin Random House authors as they create Twitter Fiction on stage. Stories will be brought to life with crowd-sourced elements from Twitter, live illustrations by visual artist, Michael Arthur (@inklines) and music by Mike Brun (@mbrun12). The #TwitterFiction Festival Live! author lineup includes: #TwitterFiction Festival Live! Tickets, are $20, include one complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com glass of wine and can be purchased in advance at twitterfictionfestival.eventbrite.com
Avery’s The Fearless Heart: How The Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives  by the inimitable Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. (the Dalai Lama’s principal translator) was launched spectacularly this week, with excerpts published in both the online and print publications of Tricycle,  Shambhala Sun, Spirituality & Health (plus their podcast)and Health magazine plus a hit on BeliefNet.com and a Washington Post hit, plus Travel + Leisure and The Big Think, to come. Jinpa has a 30-city plus radio tour booked, and local media set up to accompany his West Coast tour (the book launch was at Tibet House in New York City). With readings booked at 400-plus capacity lecture halls in Seattle and at Stanford, Jinpa is also doing a reading and signing at Airbnb HQ, Google HQ, and Facebook HQ.  
On Monday, Carly Fiorina launched Rising to the Challenge, her second book with Sentinel, and a sequel to her 2006 New York Times bestseller Tough Choices, which came BEFORE Hard Choices – as Seth Meyers pointed out on Late Night on Tuesday.  Fiorina announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Good Morning America and went on to discuss her book and political future on The Today Show with Kathy and Hoda, on FOX News with Megyn Kelly and on CNN with Erin Burnett, among other outlets.