Strange Glory Shortlisted for PEN America Award

Charles Marsh’s STRANGE GLORY: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Knopf/Vintage) has been shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. The winner of the award will be announced on May 13. The book recently won the Christianity Today 2015 Book Award in History/Biography.

On the Project on Lived Theology site, you can read Marsh’s reflections on the recent memorial of the 70th anniversary of Bonhoeffer’s execution.

STRANGE GLORY will be out in paperback from Vintage on April 21.

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PEN Shortlist for the biography category

Rebel Yell (Scribner), S. C. Gwynne
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace (Scribner), Jeff Hobbs
Strange Glory (Alfred A. Knopf), Charles Marsh
The Queen’s Bed (Sarah Crichton Books), Anna Whitelock
Piero’s Light (Pegasus Books), Larry Witham

Final Day of The Leader’s Guide Kickstarter Campaign

It’s the last day to get a copy of The Leader’s Guide!

There are a scant 11 hours left in the Kickstarter campaign, so if you haven’t already and are interested in getting a copy of Eric Ries’ book, exclusive to campaign backers, now is the time. The campaign was fully funded in the first 48 hours, and has been growing ever since, up to nearly 8,600 backers as of right now.  Many of the rewards have sold out, but there are some experiential ones still open, including lunches with Eric in NYC, San Diego, and São Paulo.

As the campaign comes to an end, a big thank you to all who have supported! It’s been a great publishing experiment and we’re looking forward to the next months of interacting with the backer community as the book comes to life. Bloomberg Businessweek ran a piece that further describes the thinking that went behind publishing a book in this way, and Eric has done several AMAs on the topic.

A special thanks to the team that created the video, XY Content, run by Habib Yazdi and Frank Sun. They were fantastic to work with and produced a great video for the campaign.

Thanks to everyone who has made the campaign such a success.

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Emmy & Oliver Giveaway

tumblr_inline_nm37dyd47q1qa2myi_500Robin Benway has a new website in honor of her forthcoming novel, EMMY & OLIVER (HarperTeen). Check it out here— you’ll see the first post up is about a giveaway of  an ARC (pictured above), a giftcard (Robin says “Chosen solely because of the red VW van and surfboards on it. You’ll understand the significance once you read the book”!) and some very rad buttons.

Every week for for the next four weeks, Robin will post a quote from the book, and if you retweet, reblog, and/or regram it you’ll be entered for a chance to win the prize packs. Tag Robin when you do–

Good luck! And if you don’t win, don’t despair– the book is out on June 23rd :)

The Glasgow Trilogy: Coming April 21

On April 21st Mulholland Books will release Malcolm Mackay’s Glasgow trilogy, published in the UK by Pan Macmillan.

Malcolm Mackay was born and grew up in Stornoway where he still lives. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, his much lauded debut was the first in the Glasgow Trilogy, set in the city’s underworld. It was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award for Best Crime Debut of the Year, the Scottish First Book of the Year, and was featured in ITV3’s Specsavers Crime Thriller Club program. How A Gunman Says Goodbye, the second book in the series, won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. The Sudden Arrival of Violence is the final book in the trilogy.
You can follow Malcolm @malcolm_mackay and on WattPad, read his serial story, BB & Heather, with a new part released each Monday. 
Malcolm Mackay will be taking part in panel debate ‘Crime and the City‘ at Glasgow’s Aye Write! book festival this April 18th. The talk will be chaired by Russel MacLean, where the authors will discuss Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in respect to their novels, and why each chose those locations as the backdrop for their books. 

Out Now: Etherworld by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam


Fans of Elusion, happy day as Etherworld  (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) publishes!

“This series debut features a smart, surprising teaser of a plot that keeps readers off balance—in a good way—to the last page… An ingenious, compulsively readable cure for the blahs.”

— Kirkus Reviews

The mind-blowing action from Elusion, about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, continues as Regan goes deeper into the deceptive world. Full of mystery, romance, and intriguing technology, this Inception-inspired thriller is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie, and Partials by Dan Wells.

Regan and her friend Josh now know the truth about Elusion—but they, along with Regan’s dad and other uses of Elusion, are stuck beyond the firewall in bleak Etherworld. They must fight Elusion from within, but the longer they stay, the less likely they’ll be able to return to the real world. And even if they do escape, the next battle to stop Elusion may be even more difficult. They’ll face corporate cover-ups, personal betrayals, and the terrifying realization that the danger may have grown beyond anyone’s control.


Watch the book trailer for Etherworld here:


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