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You are too sweet! And funny.  Just when I'd decided to move to a hotel, I heard "Miz Ross?" outside my office door.   Turned out we have a caulk color emergency.  Sigh.  

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You are too sweet! And funny.  Just when I'd decided to move to a hotel, I heard "Miz Ross?" outside my office door.   Turned out we have a caulk color emergency.  Sigh.  

 

A caulk color emergency? Too funny!

 

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Hi Becke, REEL MURDER (the second book in the Talk Radio Mysteries) is supposed to be out June 1st, but a few friends have already spotted it at B and N. But hey, that's okay. Exciting to think it's on the shelves. And the third book in the series, STAY TUNED FOR MURDER is coming out October 1st. These release dates just keep on rolling!

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Lila, I know exactly what you mean about the South--I lived in Nashville and also in North Carolina. It's definitely a place for famly and bonding, etc. Very clever title, TRESSED TO KILL.

 

It's interesting how we choose the settings for our books. I  decided to set the Talk Radio Mysteries in Florida because Maggie (the heroine) is a native New Yorker, and I wanted to do the whole "fish-out-of-water" thing. I figured moving from Manhattan to a little town in south Florida would offer some interesting plot twists. And I've always loved Florida, and secretly look for any excuse to go back there. All in the name of "research" (ahem) of course. Readers can find out more about Maggie and why she closed her Manhattan psychology practice to become a radio talk show host on my website www.marykennedy.net 

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Reel Murder mary_kennedy wrote:

Lila, I know exactly what you mean about the South--I lived in Nashville and also in North Carolina. It's definitely a place for famly and bonding, etc. Very clever title, TRESSED TO KILL.

 

It's interesting how we choose the settings for our books. I  decided to set the Talk Radio Mysteries in Florida because Maggie (the heroine) is a native New Yorker, and I wanted to do the whole "fish-out-of-water" thing. I figured moving from Manhattan to a little town in south Florida would offer some interesting plot twists. And I've always loved Florida, and secretly look for any excuse to go back there. All in the name of "research" (ahem) of course. Readers can find out more about Maggie and why she closed her Manhattan psychology practice to become a radio talk show host on my website www.marykennedy.net 

 


Or, if they want, they could just order your books!

 

 

Dead Air 

 

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:womanvery-happy:Just want to say I think this is a novel idea (pun intended), and I hope that more information on the essay contest will be forthcoming. 

 

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:womanvery-happy:Just want to say I think this is a novel idea (pun intended), and I hope that more information on the essay contest will be forthcoming. 

 

Ms. Sinthe

 

 

Ms. Sinthe - I'm so excited to see you here! Here are the details:

 

Enter for a chance to win the complete set of Penguin 75 Books.

 

Review the list of Penguin 75 titles, and tell us, in 250 characters (or less), which is your favorite and why. All entries are due by June 25, 2010 11:59 EST.

 

One Grand Prize Winner, and five runners up will be chosen on or around July 12, 2010.

 

The Grand Prize winner will receive a complete set of Penguin 75 books (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") = $1160.00). Five runners up will receive a Penguin 75 tote bag (ARV = $19.95).

 

No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, ages 18 and older. Void where prohibited by law.

 

The entry form and official rules are here: http://www.penguinbooks75.com/contest.html

 

 

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Thanks for everyone who participated in our first Meet the Publisher week!

 

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COME MEET BESTSELLING MYSTERY AUTHOR

TANA FRENCH

 

. . . WELL, AT LEAST MEET HER VIRTUALLY VIA

A LIVE ONLINE CHAT ON JULY 2O AT 1:30 PM ET

 

Penguin Books invites you and your readers to join the celebrated mystery author, Tana French, for a chat at the Penguin Water Cooler on Tuesday, July 20th at 1:30 PM ET, hosted here on the Penguin USA website!

 

We would REALLY appreciate your help in getting your readers to this exciting event that no thriller fan and mystery-lover will want to miss . . . the opportunity to chat with Tana on the heels of the publication of her hotly anticipated third novel, FAITHFUL PLACE (Viking; on-sale: July 13, 2010).

 

So far French has received rave reviews in The New York Times (Janet Maslin, July 12) as well as The Wall Street Journal and Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column in the Sunday New York Times Book Review. On Saturday, July 10 Tana French was interviewed by Lynn Neary on NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered.” I’ve included some quotes and links to the reviews below:

 

“Faithful Place is her best by a long shot…[an] expertly rendered, gripping new novel…”

Janet Maslin, The New York Times

 

 

Tana French’s mysteries are like big old trees: the deeper their roots, the more luxurious the foliage they wave in your face.

Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review 

 

Full Reviews here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/books/12book.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=tana%20french&st=cse

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128434904

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111704575354971560515874.html

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Next Friday, July 30th marks the official 75th anniversary date for the launch of Penguin Books, and Penguin is going all out to celebrate this summer.

 

A bright-orange Penguin Mobile (an adorable mini-cooper with the Penguin logo) is driving to bookstores all over the US to bring some of our bestselling authors to parties in their hometowns, increase awareness of The Nature Conservancy, and promote literacy.  

 

At each event, a set of 75 Penguin Books is donated to a local library or literacy group. Each author is signing the Penguin-mobile as it makes its way across the United States, and the summer’s events will culminate with a party at the New York Public Library in September where Penguin will auction the car with the proceeds going to the New York Public Library.  Penguin is also donating sets of books to numerous U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Penguin’s founder Allen Lane started the paperback revolution with that little flippant but dignified Penguin (his secretary came up with the name and he sent another colleague off to the zoo to make sketches).   One year later, 3 million Penguin paperbacks had been sold.  Today, the Penguin imprint alone has over 4000 books in print.  To learn more about our history, see here and here.

 

We are hands down the publishing logo most recognized internationally---including the story of Terry Waite, the Anglican clergyman who was held hostage in Beirut.  Six months into his captivity, Waite made friends with his jailer, and although they spoke different languages he managed to tell the jailer he wanted a book.  He drew an oval, and he drew a penguin, and he said, “find me a book that looks like that, and it will be a good book.”  That story says everything about what Penguin stands for around the world.

 

 

Cheers,

Lindsay

 

Lindsay Prevette

Publicity Manager, Viking/Penguin

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Today, Penguin Group launches a new monthly radio series called The Literary Life.  Completely written, produced, and hosted by Penguin employees, The Literary Life features literary fiction and nonfiction from bestselling, critically acclaimed authors and fast-rising newcomers. It’s hosted by Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor at Riverhead Books.  Each episode will debut on the last Tuesday of the month. 

 

In addition to candid interviews with authors, regular segments on The Literary Life include: Inside Publishing, featuring a publishing personality giving a behind-the-scenes look into the book industry; Writer’s Rant, where authors are given the floor to vent; and Penguin Mix Tape, featuring interviews and performances by musicians-turned-authors.


The debut episode of The Literary Life is now available for listening here and is downloadable from iTunes.  In this episode, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, author of the new bestselling memoir Composed, answers questions and performs “The World Unseen.” 

 

Maile Meloy, author of the bestselling collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, and Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis, discuss the art of the short story. Sloane Crosley, author of the bestselling essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, rants about punctuation.

 

Check out the Penguin Group on Facebook, toohttp://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Literary-Life/147634918588970?ref=search&v=wall

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Composed  Becke I have seen a lot of Buzz about Rosanne Cash's New Book.. Susan

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Composed  Becke I have seen a lot of Buzz about Rosanne Cash's New Book.. Susan

I think it will be a fascinating book!

 

 

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The second episode of Penguin’s online radio show The Literary Life is up today.  The link is here, and I've embedded it in the previous comment field.


Here's a message about this episode from Lindsay Prevette, Publicity Manager, Viking/Penguin:

 

In this episode Sigrid Nunez, author of Salvation City, discusses where she finds inspiration when she’s writing; musician Joe Pernice performs and speaks about his new novel It Feels So Good When I Stop; Amy Einhorn, publisher and editor of The Help, discusses how an editor finds and works with prominent authors and Virginia Ironside, author of You’re Old, I’m Old, Get Used To It, rants about why you shouldn’t write in the present tense (whoops, doing that right now).

 

The embed code is on the Penguin page and you can find us on Facebook as well. Thanks so much!

 

 

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becke_davis wrote:

The second episode of Penguin’s online radio show The Literary Life is up today.  The link is here, and I've embedded it in the previous comment field.


Here's a message about this episode from Lindsay Prevette, Publicity Manager, Viking/Penguin:

 

In this episode Sigrid Nunez, author of Salvation City, discusses where she finds inspiration when she’s writing; musician Joe Pernice performs and speaks about his new novel It Feels So Good When I Stop; Amy Einhorn, publisher and editor of The Help, discusses how an editor finds and works with prominent authors and Virginia Ironside, author of You’re Old, I’m Old, Get Used To It, rants about why you shouldn’t write in the present tense (whoops, doing that right now).

 

The embed code is on the Penguin page and you can find us on Facebook as well. Thanks so much!

 

 


Enjoyed listening to her writer's rant. Very interesting!

 

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Extreme Halloween 

 

 

Extreme Pumpkins II 

 

Extreme Pumpkins 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new episode of Get Creative is now live, just in time for Halloween!

 

This new episode stars Tom Nardone, bestselling author of Extreme PumpkinsExtreme Pumpkins II, and Extreme Halloween.

 

If you’re still looking for some unique Halloween decorating ideas, watch the videos on Get Creative for pumpkin carving tips (including the best tools to use), a tutorial on how to build a “creepy millipede,” and take a trip to Tom’s local pumpkin farm.

 

Review and giveaway copies are available, should you be interested in hosting a contest on your site.

Watch the new episode here: www.penguin.com/getcreative

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The new October fright-themed episode of Penguin's THE LITERARY LIFE is now online. The link is here: 

 

Here’s a bit more info about this month’s show:

 

What frightens you? What makes your heart race? Which books have kept you up at night?

 

In this episode of The Literary Life, we'll investigate fright: that disturbing feeling that can spring from the most unlikely of places—even the pages of books.

 

Sarah Waters joins us to discuss her newest book, The Little Stranger, a gothic novel and finalist for the Man Booker Prize that critics have compared to Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe. Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed and Fury joins us to rant about what not to do when reading your own audiobook in our latest installation of The Writer's Rant.

 

Rich Hasselberger explains why designing a book jacket for a thriller is different than for a paranormal romance. We'll also hear from Kristin Hersh, founder of the band Throwing Muses, whose memoir, Rat Girl, tells the harrowing story of being a young indie rock musician at the birth of the alternative music movement in the 1980s.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

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A Message from Penguin - NEW!!

Here is a special message from Penguin's publicity manager:

 

Remember the adorable Penguin Mini Cooper that was travelling across the country this summer bringing bestselling authors to birthday parties in their hometowns to celebrate Penguin’s 75th anniversary?  Well that car is now up for sale!  It would be the ultimate ride for the ultimate literary buff.

 

It’s a 2010 Mini Cooper SD with a dashboard signed by 18 bestselling Penguin authors—the full list is below.  It’s only 30k, and with the purchase, you’ll get a set of the top 75 titles published by Penguin Books over the past 75 years, a collection of books worth about $1,200.   All proceeds from the sale of the car will be donated to the New York Public Library.

 

The listing is online here.  I hope you’ll mention this exciting event on your blog, in case your readers are looking for a very special, literary gift this holiday season!

 

Here’s the list of authors:

 

Garrison Keillor

Michael Pollan

Rosanne Cash

Jan Karon

Sue Monk Kidd

Geraldine Brooks

Nathaniel Philbrick

William Kennedy

TC Boyle

Luanne Rice

Bryan Burrough

Melissa Bank

Kim Edwards

David Rohde

Janice Y.K. Lee

Paolo Giordano

Laura Dave

 

Here's the full press release:

 

 

THE ULTIMATE RIDE FOR THE ULTIMATE LITERARY BUFF

 

Penguin Publishing Selling Author-Autographed Mini Cooper on AutoTrader.com;

Proceeds from Sale to Benefit New York Public Library

 

ATLANTA – December 13, 2010 – Are you or a friend or family member the ultimate literary fan? Then AutoTrader.com has posted for sale the ultimate gift for you or that special someone: a 2010 Mini Cooper SD with a dashboard signed by 18 Penguin authors, including Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegon fame, Pulitzer Prize winning authors William Kennedy and Geraldine Brooks as well as New York Times bestselling authors Michael Pollan, Sue Monk Kidd, Jan Karon, Rosanne Cash and many more!

 

Penguin Books purchased the Mini Cooper as part of the company’s 75th anniversary celebration, which occurred throughout 2010.  The vehicle traveled to literary and book events across the country and Penguin-published authors signed the car’s interior at each stop, making this truly a one-of-a-kind ride.

 

The vehicle is now for sale on AutoTrader.com with a Private Seller advertisement at www.autotrader.com/penguinmini for $30,000.  The price reflects the unique nature of the vehicle, its excellent condition and an additional bonus: the car comes with the top 75 titles published by Penguin Books over the past 75 years, a collection of books worth about $1,200.  Proceeds from the sale of the car will be donated to the New York Public Library.

 

“We wanted to post this vehicle on a site that had the ability to showcase the features of this car – both the features and options you’d find on any Mini Cooper and these unique autographs – and that had millions of car-shopping visitors so we could ensure the right buyer would find it,” said Kathryn Court, President & Publisher of Penguin Books.  “With the ability to show detailed photos of the car and write a description that really highlighted the special and unique features, AutoTrader.com’s Private Seller ad was clearly the way to go.”

 

Penguin Books utilized AutoTrader.com’s Private Seller options to the max to showcase the vehicle.  Atwww.autotrader.com/penguinmini, interested buyers will find multiple photos of the car’s interior and exterior and a description that highlights the car’s features.  The vehicle comes with AM/FM/CD, MP3 player jack, air conditioning, automatic transmission, black cloth seats, orange and black exterior paint (freshly painted) and, of course, those 18 autographs in silver pen along the dashboard, doors and steering wheel.  The car has about 15,750 miles on it and is currently located in New York City.

 

“When Penguin approached us to assist them in finding a buyer for this unique vehicle and for this great cause – the New York Public Library – we immediately said ‘yes’,” said AutoTrader.com General Manager of Private Seller Service and Sales Melanie Kovach. “AutoTrader.com is all about using technology tools to connect buyers and sellers efficiently, and this is a special opportunity to do so that we’re really excited about.”

 

Full details, photos and contact information for Penguin Books to make an offer on the vehicle is included in the advertisement, or you can contact Paul Lamb at 212-366-2277 or Paul.Lamb@us.penguingroup.com.

 

 

Penguin Books, like any private seller, will select the buyer with the most attractive offer. Used 2010 Mini Coopers listed for sale on AutoTrader.com range in price from about $24,000 to $30,000, depending on vehicle options and condition.

 

“We priced the car at the top of the price range you would find for a used 2010 Mini Cooper on AutoTrader.com because of the special and unique nature of the vehicle,” said John Fagan, VP Director of Marketing at Penguin Books.  “We’ll consider all offers, but are obviously looking to get as much for the vehicle as possible as all the proceeds benefit the New York Public Library, one of New York City’s most treasured institutions.”

 

About AutoTrader.com


Atlanta-based AutoTrader.com, created in 1997, is the Internet's ultimate automotive marketplace and consumer information website. AutoTrader.com aggregates in a single location millions of new carsused cars and certified pre-owned cars from thousands of auto dealers and private sellers and is a leading online resource for auto dealers, individuals and manufacturers to advertise and market their vehicles to in-market shoppers. The company also provides a robust suite of software tools for dealers and manufacturers to help them manage and market their vehicle inventory and display advertising on the Internet. AutoTrader.com continues to grow key business metrics, including revenue, profitability and site traffic.

 

Today, AutoTrader.com attracts more than 15 million unique monthly visitors who utilize the site to review descriptions, photos and videos of vehicles for sale; research and compare vehicles; review pricing and specials; and read auto-related content like buying and selling tips and editorial coverage of major auto shows and automotive trends. AutoTrader.com operates two other auto marketing brands, AutoTraderClassics.com and AutoTraderLatino.com. AutoTrader.com also owns used vehicle management software company vAuto.

 

AutoTrader.com is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. Providence Equity Partners is a 25 percent owner of the company and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is also an investor. For more information, please visit www.autotrader.com.

 

About Penguin Books

In 1935, Penguin Books were published only in the U.K. Now they’re published globally in the United States, U.K., Canada, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, China, and Korea. Penguin Books authors have won 25 Nobel Prizes, 18 National Book Awards, and 12 Pulitzer Prizes. Penguin Books is the flagship imprint of Penguin Group (USA) and includes Penguin Classics, the largest and most comprehensive list of English language classics published in the world. And now in 2010, Penguin Books—which publishes more than 300 books per year in the United States and has more than 3,600 Penguin Books and 1,500 Penguin Classics in print—is thrilled to be celebrating its 75th birthday.

 

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Riverhead Books, and Viking among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.