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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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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.
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.
Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia appeared on NBC’s The Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee to kick off publicity for her new Celebra book,  Lorena Garcia's New Taco Classics. She demonstrated how to make delicious Beef Tenderloin Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw and Crispy Onions with a side of Avocado Fries. She also participated in a Twitter Q&A with The Latin Kitchen, at Latina Magazine; they will also be excerpting recipes at TheLatinKitchen.com. The cookbook also received a  Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Coming up, Lorena will appear on Fox News Latino just before Halloween to demonstrate Halloween-themed tacos, and she will appear at the Miami Book Fair in November.  The Spanish edition,  Nuevos Tacos Classicos de Lorena Garcia, will appear in the November issue of People En Espanol (with on-camera interviews appearing online) and Siempre Mujer Magazine.  Lorena will be interviewed on Telemundo’s national morning show, “Un Nuevo Dia” next week in addition to a number of local and regional Spanish-language media outlets.
Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut's Windlass, the first book in the new steampunk series The Cinder Spires, will debut at #5 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list, #7 on the eBook Fiction, and #6 on the Combined Print & eBook Fiction lists the week of October 18th.The book also hit the top ten on the USA Today list the week of October 8th.  In addition to wall-to-wall coverage on major science fiction/fantasy websites, Butcher hit the road for a bookstore tour of standing-room–only crowds of 300+ at events across the country.