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Millions mourned when ESPN Sports Center anchor Stuart Scott lost his unrelenting fight against cancer and passed away on January 4, 2015.  Blue Rider Press President and Publisher David Rosenthal told The New York Times, “If he had gone into remission, it would have been a wonderful miracle.”  Sadly, that miracle did not happen but readers everywhere are comforted and gaining inspiration from Scott’s memoir, written with Larry Platt, Every Day I Fight, which went on sale from Blue Rider Press on Tuesday. The book has been selling at a hot pace, propelled by a phenomenal national media campaign, including prominent print pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today, which noted, “Scott’s candor and combative energy are what drives his story…Being a conscientious journalist, Scott diligently, unsparingly reports on what was going on inside his head and in his personal life through treatment, remission and the return of the disease. In recounting every mood swing, every surge of hope and dread, he is imparting a lesson to his daughters, Taelor and Sydni — and to us: ‘I want them to take every note of every moment and to make them count.’” National TV has included segments on ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN’s Sports Center as well as a first serial except on ESPN.com, and spots on ESPN Radio and The Tom Joyner Show. Many of Stuart’s friends have also offered personal praise, including basketball legend Michael Jordan: “I’ve known Stuart Scott since we were undergrads at UNC and I watched him become a groundbreaking sportscaster. But Every Day I Fight shows his greatest accomplishment: as a dad, who fights for his daughters every day. As a journalist, a dad and a cancer fighter, there’s no quit in Stuart.”
On Tuesday, Dutton published The Valley by John Renehan, the highly-praised debut that has caught the support of booksellers around the country and National Book Award winner Phil Klay, who called it “both a gripping, tightly-wound mystery as well as a sharply observed look at the complex internal politics of the U.S. Army.” The Valley launched to a great publicity line-up, including interviews with the Huffington Post (read it here) and Newsmax’s The Steve Malzberg Show, an excerpt on the Storyville app, a 20-city radio tour, and reviews in Military Times, Foreign Policy, The Providence Journal, andLos Angeles Review of Books. Renehan also participated in the “Indies Introduce” panel at Wi10, and upcoming events include a reading at KGB Bar’s “Behind the Book” series and a panel with Phil Klay at the Oxford Conference for the Book.  
Raves have been pouring in for debut novelist Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember In The Ashes, which goes on sale from Razorbill on April 28. The book is already hitting “most-anticipated” lists across the Internet and is #2 on the Spring 2015 Indie Next list.  Fellow Penguin Young Readers author Marie Lu was so engrossed in an advance copy of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES that she missed her connecting flight. Margaret Stohl, author of Beautiful Creatures, raves that it’s “a heart-pounding story of love and loss, with the most original world-building [she’s] read all year.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls EMBER, “A deft, polished debut … brimming with political intrigue.” And MTV News says, “A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny . . .  AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is at the top of our must-read list for 2015.” Watch a Video from the Author:
This week Viking Children’s Books released Dove Arising, the debut young adult science fiction novel from 20-year-old author Karen Bao.  Bustle.com praised, “Bao writes a brilliant new YA heroine in a world of true science fiction,” and also featured an essay from Bao about what it was like to write her novel as a high school student.  School Library Journal predicted, “Fans of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Marie Lu’s Legend should flock to this well-written debut.” Hypable.com featured an interview with Bao, paired with the reveal of one of four propaganda-style videos created for the campaign. The remaining three were revealed by participants in the extensive pre-pub blog tour that continues. The propaganda videos, along with quote and slogan images, are part of a major social media campaign driving readers to a digital sampler of Dove Arising. National advertising for these assets, as well as the book, includes Entertainment Weekly, CWTV.com, Goodreads, Facebook, and YouTube. Bao met booksellers and librarians in New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles on her pre-pub dinner tour this January, and will host launch events at Book Culture and the Princeton Public Library this week. She will also appear on several panels at the Tucson Festival of Books in March. On publication day Tuesday, Karen was interviewed by author and fellow teen prodigy Christopher Paolini in a live Twitter chat moderated by Penguin Teen. In his cover blurb for the book, Paolini wrote, “Beautiful prose and one of the most interesting main characters I’ve read. Dove Arising marks the debut of a promising new talent.”  
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...
Publishing phenomenon Sylvia Day’s Captivated By You, the fourth installment in her blockbuster bestselling Crossfire series, debuted at #1 on three New York Times bestseller lists—trade paperback, e-book, and combined print and e-book—for the week of December 7.  Released on November 18, the book also debuted at #1 on the USA Today list.  Captivated By You topped bestseller lists in the UK, Canada, Ireland Brazil and Bulgaria, with the English language edition hitting #1 in 13 other countries worldwide. Sylvia Day and the book have received national media attention, including coverage from USA Today, Access Hollywood Live, the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM and Entertainment Weekly’s Sirius XM show.  The author appeared on Good Day New York the day before the book went on sale and completed a 15-city satellite TV and radio tour to promote the book.  Day also launched the release of Captivated By You with a 300-person ticketed, on-stage event at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. Captivated By You follows the evolving relationship of Day’s iconic couple, Gideon Cross and his wife, Eva, as they face new challenges. The Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.
This fall author and actor B.J. Novak turns the notion of the “picture book” on its head with The Book With No Picturesa text-only story book for young children designed to make any reader into an extraordinary storyteller. The book, which debuts at #2 on The New York Times children’s picture books bestseller list, was launched last week to rave reviews from media, parents, teachers, librarians and, most importantly, kids! The Atlantic says, “B.J. Novak proves that kids don’t need pictures,” and Vanity Fair calls it  “Funny, creative, and smart.” In a starred review Kirkus called the book “A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall,” andThe Horn Book calls it “Pure kid bliss.” Novak kicked off his national two-week tour in New York with appearances on Today, The View (a must-watch segment) and Watch What Happens Live. He is visiting schools and bookstores in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other media has included reviews in People, US Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, The Wall Street Journal,and The New York Times Book ReviewThe Horn Book ran a wonderful interview with B.J. You can watch a video of B.J. reading the book to kids here. Novak’s collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  was published by Knopf earlier this year to rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review called it “Hugely pleasurable…droll and smart in spades, but often humane and vulnerable, too…” The Washington Post called Novak “a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.” Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer.  He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.
Adam Rackley’s Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans continues to get amazing media attention since it went on sale as a Penguin paperback original on September 30. Sports Illustrated called the book “straightforward and engaging” in their October 6th issue, and Adam spoke with over 20 radio stations across the country last week, including the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM. Adam will be interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on October 26th and will also be featured in the November issue of Men’s Journal. In this tale of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery, Adam details the incredible feat of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean; of he and his rowing partner Jimmy spending 70 days on the open water, sleeping in two hour shifts, living in a boat seven meters long and two meters wide. Adam recounts the physical and mental hardships that he and Jimmy faced, the toll it takes on the body to row nearly constantly with little time for recuperation, and the crushing isolation of spending weeks apart from civilization, while also chronicling the men who pioneered the crossing, from the first pair to successfully row the Atlantic in 1896 and those that followed, as well as the ones who never made it to the other side. With great trade reviews including a starred review from Library Journal, Adam’s harrowing tale is the perfect read for someone looking for a little armchair adventure.