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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.
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 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    
On Tuesday, Riverhead Books celebrated the publication of The Wind in the Reeds, a memoir about recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina by acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce from HBO’s The Wire and Treme. This “poignant” (Salon) and “uplifting memoir” (O Magazine) about art’s transformative role in the face of disaster reveals Pierce to be “as adept a storyteller as he is an actor” (Essence).  The Wind in the Reeds has been covered in major print publications such as O! The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Hemispheres and Vanity Fair. Pierce has appeared on national TV and radio outlets including Democracy Now! and NPR’sWeekend All Things Considered. He tells Arun Rath on his choice to return to his hometown for his role in New Orleans-based series Treme: “I needed to be home… I saw the power that a television show — a piece of writing and a piece of acting, and most importantly the music— moved people to… some sort of meaning to the disaster, remembering what was important to them and why they were fighting so hard to bring their city back.” Pierce will be on tour with multiple events in Los Angeles and New York, as well as New Orleans, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books, Austin’s Texas Book Festival, San Francisco, and Chicago’s Humanities Festival. Start Reading an Excerpt!
On Tuesday, August 18, fans and friends in the hundreds visited bookstores across the country to celebrate Ivan Doig Day, designated to celebrate the publication of Last Bus to Wisdom, the final novel by Ivan Doig, and pay tribute to a man whose prolific career earned him the nickname the “Dean of the West.” DoigDayCrowdMTAug2015tNail Nine bookstores participated in the celebration with astounding turn-outs at various locations: 200 people attended the event at Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington; 150 turned out at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington; and Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana, Ivan’s home state, boasted a full house. Rave reviews for the book have appeared in TheNew York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Paste Magazine, Portland Oregonian, and many more media outlets.  Last Bus to Wisdom is a “fitting tribute to a memorable body of work” (Booklist) and The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls the book a “fine last work from a writer we’ll miss for his endearing stories, his engaging characters and his enduring humanity.”
Penguin Pride was in full effect at the recent American Library Association conference, held in San Francisco from June 23-26.  During opening night, Penguin featured three new authors as part of our “Fresh Fiction Friday,” including Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen), Andi Teran (Ana of California), and Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen). Librarians swarmed the Penguin booth to meet these authors and take advantage of the customary galley giveaways. The enthusiasm continued on Day Two as Jayne Ann Krentz (Secret Sisters), Michelle Tea (How to Grow Up) and Michelle Miller (The Underwriting) all received warm welcomes during their booth signings. Five fabulous mystery authors, Elaine Viets (Checked Out), Jenn McKinlay (Dark Chocolate Demise), Kate Carlisle (Ripped from the Pages), Juliet Blackwell (The Paris Key), and Emily Brightwell (Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away) appeared in front of a packed house at the ALA Pop Top Mystery stage on a panel moderated by Dominique R. Jenkins, Academic Conventions Manager & Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Random House. Penguin author Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You) was the darling of the AAP Book-A-Licious Breakfast which was attended by over 250 librarians, and then later appeared at an awards dinner to accept her 2014 Asian/Pacific American Libraries Award in Literature. The show continued on Day Three with Viking author Val Brelinsky (The Girl Who Slept with God) speaking on the always popular First Author, First Book panel, and Phil Klay (Redeployment) and Janis Cooke Newman (A Master Plan For Rescue) signing books at the booth. Avery author Jennifer Tyler Lee (The 52 New Foods Challenge) shared cooking tips on the ALA What’s Cooking Stage and Amy Belding Brown (Flight of the Sparrow) and Stuart Rojstaczer (The Mathematician's Shiva) spoke at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians for selecting their books for the RUSA Reading List and Sophie Brody honorable mention award. Alexandra Petri (A Field Guide to Awkward Silences) made librarians laugh out loud at the annual United for Libraries Humor Panel headlined by Paula Poundstone, and Matthew Pearl (The Last Bookaneer) was charming as he spoke at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea attended by over 250 librarians. Last but not least Viking author Keith McCafferty  (Crazy Mountain Kiss) won over new fans by baking cookies for his booth signing and speaking eloquently at the AAP Mystery Panel on the final day of the show. In the end, the talk of the show was the tag team appearance of Riverhead author Sarah Vowell (Lafayette in the Somewhat United States) and Dutton author Nick Offerman (Gumption), who interviewed each other in front of standing room crowds during their individual ALA Auditorium Speaker Series events. The librarians were very happy!
In The New York Times, Dwight Garner called How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) “the richest explanation to date about how the arrival of the MP3 upended almost everything about how music is distributed, consumed and stored…it has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book” and Nick Hornby called the book “enthralling…terrific, timely, informative…Witt is an authoritative, enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary” for The Sunday Times (UK).  How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. The culmination of 5 years of investigative research, journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. Stephen Witt was in conversation with Jon Caramanica (New York Times) and Jason Parham (Gawker) last night (6/18) at Freehold in Brooklyn, followed by a ‘90s dance party, to celebrate the launch of How Music Got Free.


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On June 10, 2015, Saul Bellow would have turned 100. In celebration of the writer and his work, Viking and Penguin Books, whose history with Bellow goes back more than 65 years, is hosting a Bellow Centennial Slam at Housing Works Bookstore and Café (126 Crosby Street ) on Wednesday (6/10), a reception from 7:00 to 7:30 pm reception and the main program, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Writers and editors will honor him by reading from his works and sharing stories, memories, and inspiration about the man himself. Penguin Books also turns 80 this year and is thrilled to kick off this banner year by paying homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Participating in the event are: Adam Kirsch, Deborah Treisman, A.M. Homes, Colum McCann, Jonathan Santlofer, and Penguin’s own Beena Kamlani. There will be a special musical performance by students from Julliard and books for sale from Greenlight Bookstore. To commemorate the Bellow centennial, Viking and Penguin Classics published several outstanding books. There Is Simply Too Much To Think About: Collected Nonfiction features Bellow’s essays, reviews, interviews, and more. It was edited by Benjamin Taylor, who also edited Saul Bellow Letters. Penguin Classics published Ravelstein as an iconic black spine edition for the first time, with an introduction by Gary Shteyngart. In addition, Herzog is now available as a gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe, with an introduction by Philip Roth.  
On the Saturday at BookCon, Perigee hosted hundreds of Wreckers and Colorers over the course of two events. The first, was based on the multi-million-selling interactive Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith and featured giant panels from the book that attendees could wreck in creative ways, using glue, pipe cleaners, crayons, string and stickers. The second event, Color Me Crazy, prompted artists of all ages to color in large, intricately designed panels from Perigee’s popular adult coloring books, including Color Me Crazy,  Outside The Lines,  Color Me Cluttered and Outside The Lines, Too. Amidst the crowds and chaos of BookCon, numerous participants commented on how “relaxing” the activities were – and returned to wreck and color throughout the day. penguins-with-people-problems-by-mary-laura-philpottMeanwhile, Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus bookseller and author of Penguins With People Problems, drew personal penguins for readers next to the Penguin truck. The line was long, but like the booksellers that Philpott interacted with two days prior, everyone seemed to have the same problem: too many books, too little time!



Penguin editors and publishers were clear standouts at the three 2015 BEA Editors Buzz panels. At the Adult Editors Buzz, Penguin Press Publisher Scott Moyers described how he virtually “stalked” the agent of author Ottessa Moshfegh in his efforts to acquire her novel, Eileen, featuring “a narrator who is unreliable in every respect,” with a plot that keeps readers guessing until “a strange, pretty wonderful twist at the end.”  At the Young Adult Editors Buzz, Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor for Putnam Books for Young Readers, described her visceral reaction to the “moody and scary” Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, “best read with the lights on.”  And at the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz, Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, raved about Last In A Long Line Of Rebels  by Lisa Lewis Tyre, in whose hands “history comes alive and is relevant.”