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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.
What a week it’s been for Jojo Moyes and After You, which officially debuts at #3 on the October 18th New York Times Hardcover Fiction and Combined Print & eBook Fiction bestseller lists. The book also debuts at #4 on this week’s USA Today bestseller list.  This great news comes on the heels of a wave of amazing press and jam-packed events. NPR’s Fresh Air ran an absolute rave review from Maureen Corrigan last Thursday, saying “After You is a more muted, riskier novel than its predecessor. Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy’s eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The “aftermath” is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.” And NPR.org ran a second review on their website over the weekend, saying “In all of her books, Moyes peers deftly into class issues, social mores and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet, there is always resolution. It’s not always easy, it’s not always perfect, it’s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is.”  Slate posted a fantastic examination of After You and the notion of happy endings, and praises Moyes:  “After You isn’t as ruthless as Me Before You, but Moyes is a master of the wavering possibilities of good enough, and is always aware of the limits that sometimes make even good enough impossible.” Moyes finished her US tour this week with a sold-out luncheon with Warwick’s and a huge event at their store that night. Jojo drew crowds over 300-400+ at almost all of her events, making this tour her biggest yet and giving Pamela Dorman Books a lot to celebrate!
The literary journal Kirkus Reviews has announced the finalists for its 2015 book prizes, and two Penguin Publishing Group authors and their books are in the running for awards: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) in the fiction category and The Deluge by Adam Tooze (Viking) in the nonfiction category.  The Kirkus Prize was founded by Kirkus Reviews in 2014 to recognize outstanding writing by authors whose books have earned a review star in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and young readers literature. The winners, each of whom receives $50,000, will be named October 15 at a ceremony in Austin, Texas. Congratulations and best of luck to Ms. Groff and Mr. Tooze.

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The Penguin Book Truck made a trip to Baltimore this week to celebrate the new 200thAnniversary Edition of Jane Austen’s Emma (Penguin Classics Deluxe). Editor Juliette Wells had an enthusiastic crowd at Goucher College, where she is a professor, and signed copies of the book at the Penguin Book Truck. Check out Juliette on the cab of the truck with a copy of Emma. She was interviewed for Jezebel and Flavorwire, with more interviews about Emma and the 200th anniversary still to come. Emma events are also planned for several other cities (including  Louisville, and New York City) over the coming months. As Juliette told Flavorwire, “Emma is the culmination of Austen’s ability to make great art about the most everyday material…if you love Jane Austen but your acquaintance is from these screen adaptations and you’re ready to take that step and read some of her writings, this is the perfect way to do it.” IMG_2762IMG_2709    
Penguin Young Readers and Pharrell Williams have partnered with First Book on the #ReadHAPPY campaign, which provides books to children in need. The launch of this campaign coincides with Putnam Books for Young Readers’ October 6 release of Happy!, a photographic picture book based on Williams’ hit song of the same name.  “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Williams says. #ReadHAPPY encourages people everywhere to post images and thoughts about how reading makes them happy. And every post using the hashtag #ReadHAPPY shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram will trigger a donation of one book from Penguin Young Readers to First Book, up to 50,000 books. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors addressing literacy – access to books. To date, First Book has distributed more 130 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities.
The highly anticipated self-help book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic, which went on sale from Riverhead last week, debuts as a #1 New York Times bestseller (entering at #1 on the Advice, Hot-To and Miscellaneous list) as well as  #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. PeopleMagazine will feature Liz in their upcoming issue in an incredible spread about her successes as a writer and about “the ripple of inspiration” (Associated Press) readers are sure to find in Big Magic! Liz will also be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on November 4. All of this comes after a wave of attention and rave reviews: The Washington Post writes “Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book” and Marie Claire advises: “Consider her your own personal life coach”. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post declares: “Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal”, and Flavorwire calls Big Magic “transformative and valuable.”
Anne M. Fletcher’s Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment — and How to Get Help That Works, published by Penguin Books in 2014, is a Bronze Award winner for the 2015 National Health Information Awards in the category of Patient Education Information. The National Health Information Awards honors the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials, including books, newspaper and magazine articles, and other media.
The longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced and includes Steve Silberman’s  NeuroTribes:The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  (Avery).   The Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction is the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books. The prize aims to reward the best of nonfiction and is open to authors of all nonfiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. The shortlist will be announced on October 11 at London’s Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize will be announced on November 2.

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The Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, which annually recognizes the title that “provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics,” announced its 2015 shortlist this week. How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) is among the six finalists for this £30,000 prize.  Congratulations to Mr. Wiit and everyone involved with this book. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17.

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