Tag: did you know?

Razorbill’s Jay Asher, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why, with more than 2.3 million copies in print, took the book, and his message #ReasonsWhyYouMatter, on a true national tour, hitting all 50 U.S. states. Starting in October 2014 (National Bullying Prevention Month) and ending this month, Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour gave the author the opportunity to interact directly with high school students to discuss bullying and teen suicide. Asher’s eight-month tour covered 50,000 miles, and he met 30,000 students.  Publishers Weekly presented visual snap shots, from Alaska to this month’s concluding stop in Hawaii, in Jay Asher’s ’50 States Against Bullying’ Tour in Photos feature this week.  Asher recapped every state he visited on his blog as well.  Click here to watch Asher’s 50 States Against Bullying tour sizzle reel.
HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich.  James’ novel has been on everyone’s radar since it was published last October, most recently winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Minnesota Book Award, as well as being named a finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction.
Tuesday marked the release of the latest hilarious memoir by New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster, I Regret Nothing (New American Library Hardcover).  Jen started off the week with amazing  interviews on WGN Radio &WGN-TV, I Heart Radio, as well as features in Instyle, Popsugar, Daily Herald and blogs all over the country. In the book, Jen tackles all the things she wishes she’d done by now—in bucket list form! More than 70 fans showed up for her New York City event at The Barnes & Noble in Tribeca on Monday where she kicked off her tour sharing the stage with a henna tattoo artist for the challenge of “Get a Tattoo.”  Each event for the next two weeks features a specific challenge from Jen’s hilarious memoir ranging from “Eat More Italian” where The Bookmarke Shoppe in Brooklyn hosted a 70 person Italian dinner with an open bar, to “Learn a New Playlist” where University Books in Seattle will share Jen’s cardio blasting Spotify playlist.  Jen travels to other major markets including Boston, Kansas City, Dallas, each bookstore with its own challenge for her readers to live with #noregrets. Jen’s personal weight loss bucket list challenge was successful when she recently posted about losing 70 pounds, garnering more than 10K likes on Facebook, and inspiring readers all around the country. Jen has more media coming in with Sirius XM Radio, The Chicago Tribune,The Boston Globe and let’s not forget Jen’s run-in on social media with the Lilly Pulitzer/Target “Scandal of the Century” where USA Today and The Today Show mentioned her tweets! HennaWhat’s on your bucket list?
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) continues its reign as the nation’s #1 bestselling book – topping New York Times bestseller lists for a 9th straight week: #1 on the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction and combined print & eBook bestseller lists for the week of March 29thThe Girl on The Train is now the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever. This week, Entertainment Weekly features The Girl on The Train for the FIFTH time with an incredible three-page profile of Paula Hawkins, which notes the 1 million copies sold milestone before highlighting the growing list of the book’s celebrity fans: “Celebrity fans of the book, meanwhile, include Reese Witherspoon and Stephen King.” This train keeps on rolling!  Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
The Girl on The Train celebrates a huge milestone this week – over 1 million copies sold! On sale from Riverhead for just over two months, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train has taken the world by storm. In a USA Today feature commemorating the book’s incredible  success, Carol Fitzgerald says the sales numbers are “very impressive…in a sluggish market during a tough winter it’s a clear runaway winner.” The list of celebrity fans of the book also keeps growing, with Reese Witherspoon stating on her Instagram, “I don’t know who you are #PaulaHawkins but you kept me up all night reading! #TheGirlOnTheTrain #PageTurner #BookClub.”  And this train keeps rolling on the nation’s most highly regarded bestseller list: a #1 New York Times bestseller for 8 straight weeks. Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook!
This week, New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop hit the road to promote their new novels: Briggs’ Dead Heat (Ace) and Bishop’s Vision In Silver (Roc). This is the first time the popular urban fantasy authors have toured together, and early reports have shown that readers are thrilled. More than 100 fans turned out for events in both Seattle, WA and Beaverton, OR! Dead Heat is the fourth novel in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, a spinoff of her #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson series. Vision In Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop’s acclaimed Others series, which is quickly becoming a favorite of fantasy and romance readers. Both books were named RT Book Reviews Top Picks for March and have received excellent coverage on popular websites such as USA Today’s Happy Ever After and Heroes and Heartbreakers. Briggs and Bishop will meet with enthusiastic fans in San Diego, St. Louis, and Houston over the next few days.
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking has announced it will publish a sequel to Jojo Moyes’ global bestseller Me Before You this fall.  After You will be published in hardcover and as an eBook on September 29. Me Before You, has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.  Moyes’ collected works, also including The Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One, are available in a 36 languages and have sold over 9 million copies. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer optioned the motion picture rights to Me Before You and filming begins this April, with a theatrical release planned for 2016. British director Thea Sharrock is attached to the project, with an all-star cast featuring The Hunger Games’ Sam Clafin and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Jojo Moyes said: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and e-mails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, said: “Jojo is a gifted writer with a devoted following in the U.S. With Me Before You, she gave the world an unforgettable love story, and it is incredibly exciting for Pamela Dorman Books/Viking to publish the sequel and revisit these characters.” Pamela Dorman, Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books, said:  “Me Before You is one of those once-in-a-generation love stories whose characters lived on in readers’ hearts long after they turned the last page.  Now those readers will be rewarded with the arrival of its sequel and only a writer of Jojo Moyes’ warmth, compassion and sheer storytelling gifts could deliver another book as emotionally resonant and compelling as the first.”
Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams will bring his beloved hit song “Happy” to the youngest of readers in a new picture book featuring photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy, it was announced this week by Penguin Young Readers. The book HAPPY! will be published by the Putnam Books for Young Readers imprint on September 22.  On Tuesday, the Associated Press broke this news, which was also covered by The New York Times, The Washington Postthe Boston Herald, Rolling Stone, TIME.Com, Marie Claire, and Good Morning America, among many other outlets. “This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” said Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.” “I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” said Williams. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.” Pharrell Williams is a singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and also a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Redefining cool for a new generation, he is a creative force, using music, fashion and design to express his distinctive style. He wears many hats, and has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work, including “Best Music Video” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Happy.” His multi-media creative collective “i am OTHER” includes fashion, music, entertainment, and art endeavors. Happy! will be his first children’s book.
To celebrate Penguin Books’ upcoming paperback original, Love By The Book by Melissa Pimentel, some of the ladies from the Penguin Books team followed the online book club kit for their own pre-pub book club night!The Penguin Books Twitter feed live-tweeted the party using the hashtag #LBTBbookclub. Following the kit’s suggestions, Blind Dates and “Men Are The Devil”-ed Eggs were served as appetizers along with cocktails like Relationship on the Rocks and First Date Courage while book clubbers discussed LOVE BY THE BOOK and played Break-Up Bingo. It was a fantastic evening! Cosmopolitan included Love By The Book in its February issue, on stands now, kicking off publicity before author Melissa Pimentel arrives stateside for her 5-city tour.  On February 9, she will appear at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn for a “Dating is the Worst” book launch and evening of storytelling.
New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of the first Ayn Rand novel to appear in more than fifty years.  Entitled Ideal, the book will be released simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback on July 7, 2015. Ideal is the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged.  The new book will be a unique volume that includes both the recently rediscovered original novel and Ideal’s final incarnation as a play.  Both versions were written in 1934, when Rand was in her late twenties. “As the longtime publisher of Ayn Rand’s works, New American Library is excited to continue its successful collaboration with the Rand estate.  The arrival of a never-before-seen Ayn Rand novel will thrill dedicated readers and is a true publishing event,” said NAL’s Senior Vice President and Publisher Kara Welsh. Rand first wrote Ideal as a novel, but was dissatisfied with the manuscript and shelved it.  She then rewrote Ideal as a stage play.  Upon Rand’s death in 1982, philosopher Dr. Leonard Peikoff, the heir to Rand’s estate and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), read the novel for the first time and added it to the Ayn Rand Archives. In 2012, Richard Ralston, publishing manager at ARI, rediscovered the manuscript while ARI was digitizing the Rand archives and wanted the novel considered for publication.  Ralston discussed the idea with Dr. Peikoff who agreed that the original version of Ideal should be released along with the play (which had previously been published in 2005’s Three Plays).  With both versions of Ideal included in the new book, readers will be able to compare Rand’s two approaches to the material and consider why she put aside the novel in favor of the dramatization. “I’ve heard wishful comments over many years from readers wondering if there were other novels in Ayn Rand’s papers.  Since there actually was such a novel, I decided it should be reviewed carefully,” said Ralston.  “This new edition of Ideal demonstrates Rand’s understanding of a crucial difference between writing for readers vs. for listeners at a performance.” Ideal follows the beautiful and celebrated screen actress Kay Gonda—a character inspired by real-life movie star Greta Garbo—as she pleads for help from six of her most devoted fans: an upstanding family man, a farmer, an artist, an evangelist, a wealthy playboy, and a lost soul.  Gonda tells each that she is wanted by the police for murder and needs to hide.  By the end of the night she has tested the integrity of six people who claim that she is their ideal. Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in Russia and published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936, after moving to the United States.  Her novel Anthem followed in 1938.  Rand achieved her greatest success with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957).  Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, is still widely discussed today and more than 25 million copies of her novels have been Read more...