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  • We are very pleased to announce that Eva's Kitchen by Eva Longoria has received a 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Award, The Special Award of the Jury.
  • Leah Kaminsky's anthology, Writer, M.D.: The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who wrote, "Kaminsky's superior anthology is like an impressive menu or a fine wine list; it leaves readers wanting to sample more by the authors of these satisfying offerings."
  • We are extremely pleased to announce that The New Yorker has named Brian Christian's The Most Human Human one of the best nonfiction books of the year.
  • We are also pleased to reveal that Mira Bartok's The Memory Palace and Dan Barry's Bottom of the 33rd are among Kirkus Reviews' best nonfiction of 2011.
  • In more good news, the Washington Post has named Dr. Robert Hurley's The Decision to Trust one of the best leadership books of the year.
  • We are delighted to announce that Donna VanLiere's new novel, The Christmas Note, is #30 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list.
  • The Christmas Note also had a rave review in BookReporter.com.



  • Marilyn Stasio reviewed Len Rosen's All Cry Chaos in The New York Times.
  • Kevin Sorbo has been extensively interviewed following the launch of his acclaimed memoir, True Strength. The beloved star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Andromeda has appeared on Access Hollywood Live, The Talk, Hannity on FOX News and Entertainment Tonight.
  • Jeanne Mackin, author of the Louisa May Alcott mysteries under the name Anna McLean, has been interviewed on "Out of Bounds Radio."
  • Tales of the New World, the new story collection by Sabina Murray, was reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, who wrote, "Murray... is astute about the addictive nature of adventure and the unnerving relationship between the explorer and those he explores/hunts."
  • Robert Hurley, author of The Decision to Trust, wrote on the subject for The Wall Street Journal.
  • Dr. Hurley was also interviewed by Investor's Business Daily.



  • Caroline Bock's young adult novel LIE has received starred, rave reviews from Kirkus as well as Publisher's Weekly. PW wrote that: "avoiding preachiness, Bock handles the novel's multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults. Her characters may keep the truth inside, but their story reads like a confessional." Kirkus wrote: "realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions. Unusual and important."
  • Catherine Salmon and Katrin Schumann, authors of The Secret Power of Middle Children, were featured on the TODAY Show. Later on, Catherine Salmon was interviewed by the Toronto Globe and Mail.
  • The Boston Globe noted that Sasha and Malia Obama, vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, had purchased a copy of David Gessner's My Green Manifesto. The Globe had earlier urged their father, President Obama, to read Gessner's gripping book on the environment.
  • Carolyn S. Briggs discussed the process of adapting her memoir, This Dark World, into the film Higher Ground in an interview.
  • Ben Dattner's The Blame Game was reviewed by the Halifax Chronicle Herald.
  • Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Director Janet Silver was interviewed on WGBH Television's Greater Boston.
  • Len Rosen, author of the stunning thriller All Cry Chaos, was interviewed by Publisher's Weekly.
  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave All Cry Chaos a rave review—their "highest recommendation."
  • We are delighted to announce two new entries to the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list: The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok is #18 and Gail Caldwell's Let's Take The Long Way Home is #20.
  • The Harvard Business Review interviewed Ben Dattner in a blog post entitled, "So, Why Didn't You Get That Promotion?"
  • Higher Ground, the film made from Carolyn Briggs's memoir (originally titled This Dark World) was reviewed on CBS "Sunday Morning." The film was also reviewed in The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly (among others). The author was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.


  • The British Crime Writers' Association, we are very pleased to announce, has given the gold dagger award for the best nonfiction crime book of the year to Doug Starr's The Killer of Little Shepherds.
  • We are delighted to announce that Alice Ozma's The Reading Promise has hit the Los Angeles Times bestseller list at #14 on the hardcover nonfiction list.
  • Sabina Murray's new short story collection Tales of the New World was reviewed by Publisher's Weekly, who wrote that "Murray's spirited writing is rooted in humanity and creates a fine sense of the real behind the lore."
  • We are delighted to announce the Maya Soetoro-Ng's Ladder to the Moon has been selected by Amazon.com as one of the best children's picture books of the year so far.
  • Amazon.com has also selected Josh Linkner's Disciplined Dreaming as one of the top business titles so far in 2011.
  • Amazon.com has also selected Tracy Ross's unforgettable The Source of All Things as one of the best biographies and memoirs of 2011 so far.
  • The Blame Game author Ben Dattner wrote about the News Corporation phone-hacking scandal for Psychology Today.


  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made a brilliant appearance on Charlie Rose to discuss his book A Reason To Believe.
  • Anna McLean's mystery featuring Louisa May Alcott, Louisa and the Missing Heiress, was given a rave review in the Seattle Times.
  • Bruce Littlefield's The Bedtime Book for Dogs was reviewed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "[the book] captivated me . . . Adorable, cleverly incorporating into the story words that dogs actually know."
  • The Financial Times wrote that "Littlefield has written children's stories to read to your dog before it goes to sleep . . . good-natured and loving. . . rather well-written."
  • Lily, a border collie, reviewed The Bedtime Book for Dogs, giving it four "nose-taps" out of five.
  • The Blame Game author Ben Dattner made a stellar appearance on National Public Radio's "Marketplace" to discuss credit and blame.
  • Dattner also appeared on PLUM-TV to discuss the book.
  • Sunetra Gupta's novel So Good In Black was given a wonderful review by the Washington Times.
  • Anna McLean's Louisa May Alcott mystery series was discussed in USA Today.


  • Joshua Kendall's The Forgotten Founding Father has received excellent reviews in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
  • Alice Ozma's The Reading Promise has received great reviews as well from The Christian Science Monitor and bookreporter.com.
  • Publishers' Weekly wrote that the book will "provide potential opportunities for interactivity with pets," and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune gave it a rave review.
  • We are delighted to announce that Alice Ozma's The Reading Promise is #47 on the ABA hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. The author appeared, with her father, on the CBS Evening News.
  • Publisher's Weekly reviewed Anna McLean's Louisa and the Missing Heiress: A Louisa May Alcott Mystery, concluding "well-developed characters complement the authentic period setting."
  • The Blame Game author Ben Dattner spoke at one of the regular "Authors at Google" events held at the company.
  • Portfolio.com also profiled Ben Dattner and his work.
  • We are pleased to announce that Melanie Dickerson's The Healer's Apprentice has been nominated for a Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction.
  • Dan Barry's Bottom of the 33rd has received a fantastic review in the New York Times Book Review.


  • We are delighted to announce the success of many of our clients' April releases.
  • Eva Longoria's Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends has debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list.
  • Maya Soetoro-Ng's Ladder to the Moon is at #4 on the New York Times children's picture book bestseller list.
  • Matt Logelin's Two Kisses for Maddy is at #24 on the New York Times list and #11 on their e-book bestseller list.
  • Governor Deval Patrick's A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life is at #25 on the New York Times list.
  • The New York Times profiled Maya Soetoro-Ng, author of Ladder to the Moon.
  • The author was also profiled in this Associated Press article.
  • Governor Deval Patrick, author of the much-praised memoir A Reason to Believe, appeared on Today and also on The Daily Show.
  • We are delighted to announce that Alice Ozma's memoir, The Reading Promise, has been selected for the May Indie Next List.
  • Joshua Kendall's The Forgotten Founding Father received an excellent review in the Wall Street Journal.
  • We are pleased to announce that Ben Towle and Sarah Stewart Taylor's Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean has been nominated for a 2011 Eisner Award.
  • Matt Logelin and his memoir, Two Kisses for Maddy, were profiled in an article in The Guardian (UK).
  • Dan Barry's Bottom of the 33rd received a rave review in the New York Times.


  • Publishers Weekly published an article praising Dan Barry's acclaimed book on the longest baseball game in history, Bottom of the 33rd.
  • Bottom of the 33rd has received fantastic reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Providence Journal and other papers.
  • The Blame Game author Ben Dattner was interviewed on WPIX radio, on ABC's Money Matters Now, and on the radio show, Brainstorming with Billy the Brain.
  • Chris Zane's Reinventing the Wheel was reviewed by Biz Ed.
  • The entrepreneur and author himself was interviewed by WCBS-AM New York.
  • We are delighted to announce that Monique Truong has been awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, for her novel Bitter in the Mouth. The award has been granted annually since 1957 to "a young novelist for a book published the previous year that is a considerable literary achievement." Past recipients, in their early careers, include John Updike, Bernard Malamud, Thomas Pynchon, Alice Walker, Richard Yates, and Joyce Carol Oates.
  • NPR interviewed Gregg Bloche, author of The Hippocratic Myth.
  • We are extremely pleased to announce that the children's picture book Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng has received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly.
  • David Leavitt wrote a rave review of Brian Christian's The Most Human Human in The New York Times.
  • We are delighted to announce that Josh Linkner's Disciplined Dreaming has hit #4 on the New York Times Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous list, #2 on the Wall Street Journal business list, #9 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover list and #1 on the USA Today business list.
  • We are also delighted to announce that Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete's My Brother Charlie, which is illustrated by Shane W. Evans, has been awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.
  • Brian Christian's The Most Human Human has received acclaim and praise from the Wall Street Journal and from Salon.com. The author recently appeared on "The Daily Show."
  • We are saddened to announce the untimely death of Hazel Rowley, author of Tête à Tête and Franklin and Eleanor. Here are notices from the New York Times and the Australian.
  • Library Journal gave a review to the Hon. Deval Patrick's forthcoming memoir, Reason to Believe, recommending the book "to readers of memoir and to all keeping an eye on our country's past and future."
  • The Blame Game by Ben Dattner and Darren Dahl has been discussed in the New York Times "Careers" column, and reviewed by The SIOP Exchange.
  • Ben Dattner has written a piece for the Harvard Business Review discussing how managers handle failure.


  • Arianne Cohen, author and compiler of The Sex Diaries Project, was featured in an article about her work compiling the British version of her book.
  • Elias Aboujaoude's new book, Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality, has been reviewed in The New York Times and featured on ABC News.
  • Higher Ground, the film made from Carolyn S. Briggs's memoir This Dark World, is set for a national release this fall.
  • Disciplined Dreaming author and entrepreneur Josh Linkner's ideas about improving creativity at the workplace were discussed in Industry Week.
  • Chris Zane, author of Reinventing The Wheel, entrepreneur and customer service guru was featured in an article on bnet.com.
  • The New York Times science section discussed Mira Bartok and The Memory Palace.


  • We are delighted to announce that Mira Bartok's The Memory Palace is #17 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction list.
  • The Memory Palace was named one of the most anticipated books of January and placed on the February Indie Next List of Great Reads. It has been acclaimed by Elle, The New York Times Book Review, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The author appeared on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air."
  • O Magazine wrote that "Bartok...create(s) a heartbreaking expression of devotion to a mother she loved but had to abandon in order to survive."
  • Just Ten Pounds author Brad Lamm appeared on The View on January 14 to discuss his new book. Brad has launched an accompanying iPhone app, which will be showcased on The Dr. Oz Show.
  • John Sharp, MD, author of The Emotional Calendar, wrote about his work recently in Psychology Today.
  • Ben Dattner, author of The Blame Game, was interviewed by Psychology Today about his work on how the hidden rules of credit and blame determine success in the workplace.
  • The Memory Palace has also received rave reviews in MORE magazine—"this is a book so strong, so powerful, so richly and dangerously evocative that the pages seem to quiver almost imperceptibly, as if, at any moment, they might leap to life"—and in the Boston Globe.
  • Dr. John Sharp appeared on the NPR show On Point, discussing The Emotional Calendar—and on an accompanying video.