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Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which went on sale from Viking last week, debuts at #1 on three New York Times nonfiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover nonfiction, eBook nonfiction, and combined print & eBook nonfiction lists.  This outstanding bestseller performance was propelled by a terrific publicity campaign that included a ABC Primetime Special featuring co-authors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus in a one-hour interview with Robin Roberts (4/28), segments on ABC’s Good Morning America (4/27 and 4/28), World News Tonight with David Muir (4/27) and Nightline (4/27);  a Fresh Air interview  (4/29); and a segment on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Susteren (5/8).  Major print media coverage included a first serial in People (4/22); a USA Today interview (4/27); an Associated Press review (4/24); a Time.com  review (4/27) and an excerpt in the Washington Post (4/26). Author Events have included appearances by the co-authors at Barnes & Noble in Cleveland (5/1); an event at Sidwell Friends School, hosted by Politics & Prose, with Martha Raddatz moderating (5/4); and an appearance at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Hope Awards (5/5). This harrowing yet inspiring book chronicles two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their dramatic escape.  Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Berry, they describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls.
The silver anniversary of John Sandford’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport is feeling extra special this week as the 25th book in the series, Gathering Prey, debuts at #1 on three New York Times fiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction, and combined print & eBook fiction lists.  The book is also #1 on this week’s USA Today bestseller list. John Sandford is on the cover of the current edition of Mystery Scene Magazine and this weekThe Huffington Post raved, “This is his freshest, most thrilling story ever. [Sandford] is a master of this game and Gathering Prey proves he still reigns supreme.”
Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes came out this week from Razorbill to rave reviews. In an interview titled “Why An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory,” PRI’s “The World” says, “An Ember in the Ashes kept me up at night. I couldn’t put the book down. I’m not the only one. It seems as though anyone who touches the book cannot stop reading until the story ends. It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.”  US Weekly writes, “Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy,” and The Huffington Post raves, “One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it’s impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she’s a great storyteller.  NPR.org writes, ““Fast-paced, well-structured, and full of twists and turns, An Ember in the Ashes is an evocative debut that’s left me invested in knowing what happens next.” EW.com and Mashable.com revealed two official book trailers for An Ember in the Ashes. Other media includes feature interviews with The San Jose Mercury News, The Salt Lake Tribune, Publishers Weekly and PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” Reviews are confirmed in Cosmopolitan, Justine, The New York Times Book Review, US Weekly, The Washington Post, MTV.com, Teenvogue.com, Bustle.com, Hellogiggles.com, PopSugar, Shelf Awareness, BookPage, io9.com, and Tor.com among others. Set in a high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, An Ember in the Ashes tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom. This is the story of Laia, a girl who, in spite of her fear, will risk everything—her freedom, her safety, her life—in an attempt to save her brother, the only family she has left. It’s the story of Elias, a young man raised from boyhood to be a member of an elite, ruthless, and cruel force of assassins, whose iconic silver masks are the physical embodiment of a faceless, senseless violence that at once erases their own identities and yet defines them. It’s also the story of Helene, whose capacity for great love is eclipsed only by the loyalty she has to a regime she can’t bring herself to question. Of Marcus, a man whose ambition and bloodlust will cost him the only thing he ever cared about. Of Keenan, a boy whose faith in those who thinks he will save has people has trapped him in a corrupt and hopeless cause. Because this is the story of all the casualties that cultures of violence demand, literal and figurative. Love, loyalty, freedom, friendship – all will be put to the test when lines are crossed and the violence comes to a head. Sabaa Tahir is currently on a two-week national tour, visiting schools and stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Chicago. Read more...
Publishing powerhouse Nora Roberts’ newest novel The Liar (G.P Putnam’s Sons) is the #1 book in the country according to The New York Times and USA Today, debuting at the top of both bestseller lists.  The Liar is the 214th novel from “America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker).  Roberts was recently featured in The New York Times Book Review’s “By the Book” column surrounding the 40th book in her In Death series, which she’s been writing for 20 years under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty settles into its 4th week at #1 on The New York Times paperback trade fiction bestseller list this week, with a combined total of five weeks on the paperback list.  The book was a megahit in Putnam hardcover and with book clubs across the country embracing The Husband's Secret, the Berkley paperback is well on its way to similar great success.
Harlan Coben’s The Stranger debuts at #1 on the USA Today Bestseller list and #1 on the New York Times eBook Bestseller list this week following a spectacular publicity launch. Coben appeared on NBC-TV’s The Today Show, Good Day New York, and Books & Burgers with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. The Stranger is being hailed as his most shocking novel yet, and the book received coverage in The Associated Press, USA Today, New York Daily NewsBoston Globe, and The Houston Chronicle. To top it off, Coben discovered he has some new celebrity fans when the popular band Imagine Dragons tweeted they were reading a Harlan Coben novel on their flight to New York for The Howard Stern Show.   
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins continues to write not only a remarkable Riverhead bestseller story but an historic one for the entire publishing industry.  Still selling at an unprecedented rate and continuing to blow up the Twittersphere with an endless stream of raves,  the book is rolling  atop The New York Times bestseller lists for a 11th straight week. The Riverhead book is #1 on the hardcover fiction and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of April 12th.
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: