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From Page to Screen: A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW to Be Adapted into TV Series

Television rights to Amor Towles’ bestselling novel A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW (Viking) have been acquired by Carolyn Newman, Senior VP of Scripted Programming at eOne.  Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) is attached to direct and will executive produce with Xavier Marchand of Moonriver Content.

Viking published A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW in September 2016. It has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 38 weeks and remains in the Top 10.  Most recently, the book hit the #1 spot in the Indie bestseller list for the third week in a row. 

Set during the Soviet Union’s turbulent early 1920s, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and now must live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

eOne will serve as the studio for the TV series and controls worldwide rights.

Featured Author Event: Alex Gilvarry

Alex Gilvarry will discuss and sign copies of his second novel EASTMAN WAS HERE (Viking) at McNally Jackson Booksellers on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.  Following his widely acclaimed debut, FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT, the author employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in this new novel.

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The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war. This ambitious new novel captures a man’s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world.

EASTMAN WAS HERE is one of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2017 and BuzzFeed’s Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer.

Gilvarry is the winner of the Hornblower Award for a First Book and Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor’s Choice. He is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Norman Mailer Center. He is also a professor at Monmouth University where he teaches fiction.

James Clapper, Former Director Of National Intelligence, To Publish Book With Viking

Viking is pleased to announce that former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, will publish a book in 2018.

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, a period that included such critical events as the take-down of Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia’s influence on the 2016 U.S election.

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[caption id="attachment_86196" align="alignright" width="295"]dni_006 James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, will publish a book with Viking in 2018[/caption] In this book, Clapper will trace his career through his rise through the ranks of the military, the history of several decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia’s role in the presidential election. He will describe, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to counter the narrative about surveillance of American citizens. Clapper will also consider such difficult questions as: Is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to use human sources to learn secrets, to intercept communications, to take pictures of closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? James Clapper says, “At the urging of many friends, and after the momentous events of the last two weeks of my time as DNI, I decided to recount my reflections of a half century in the profession of intelligence and share my experiences—warts and all." Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “James Clapper has had a remarkable career in the intelligence community. The insights he will share in this book will shed new light on our understanding of this community and its role in our nation's safety and security. We are honored to publish this important book at Viking.” James Clapper served as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence—the United States’ top intelligence officer and President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor—from 2010 until 2017. Beginning his career as an enlisted Marine Corps reservist in 1961, Clapper eventually became a three-star Air Force lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring from uniformed service in 1995. In 2007, he was appointed the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, service under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Viking controls North American Rights, first serial, and audio. Rick Kot, Executive Editor at Viking, will be the editor for the book. Clapper was represented by Gail Ross of the Ross Yoon Agency.

Tana French's THE TRESPASSER Wins Strand Magazine Award for Best Novel

 On Wednesday evening, NY Times bestselling  author Tana French was awarded the 2017  Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel  for her book THE TRESPASSER  (Viking).      This marks Ms. French’s fifth best-novel  nomination and her first win. Her longtime  publicist Ben Petrone accepted the award on  her behalf at the award ceremony.

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[caption id="attachment_85782" align="alignright" width="200"]Tana French’s publicist Ben Petrone and her editor Andrea Schulz with the award for best novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards (Photo credit: Sara Chuirazzi) Tana French’s publicist Ben Petrone and her editor Andrea Schulz with the award for best novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards (Photo credit: Sara Chuirazzi)[/caption] The nominees for Best Novel are below: YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company) THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)  THE TRESPASSER by Tana French (Viking) WHAT REMAINS OF ME by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow) OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly Press) THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery) Congratulations to Ms. French, her publicist, her editor, and the publishing teams at Viking. THE TRESPASSER will be published in paperback by Penguin Books on August 8.

Valerie Jarrett to Publish Book with Viking

Viking is pleased to announce that Valerie Jarrett will publish a book in 2019. Wendy Wolf, Associate Publisher at Viking, acquired North American rights from Creative Artists Agency.  Ms. Jarrett, who was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, will share her circuitous journey as a

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daughter, a mother, a lawyer, a public servant, and a leader in government at an historic moment in American history.    Ms. Jarrett says, “I don’t want to just tell my story – I want to share the experiences, life lessons, and values that have shaped who I am and my ideas for the future.  I am grateful to Viking for giving me the platform to do that and to my future readers for sharing this experience with me.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “After a lifetime of dedicated public service, Valerie Jarrett has an inspiring story to tell.  She played a crucial role in the Obama administration, and continues working on the issues that are important to our country. Her life lessons and insights are invaluable, and we are thrilled to help connect Valerie with readers and provide a platform for her message.”
[caption id="attachment_7103" align="alignright" width="300"] Valerie Jarrett, credit White House[/caption] Ms. Jarrett’s book will be a story of history, biography, politics and activism – and will provide ideas about leadership and being a good citizen in the 21st century.  From her work on ensuring equity for women and girls, protecting civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system and protecting working families, Jarrett will share lessons learned about making change and her optimistic vision for what the future holds.  Jarrett will show how during that journey she never lost sight of her true north. As Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Ms. Jarrett oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence. Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and was recognized on TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list.
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Viking/Penguin Author Karan Mahajan Wins 2017 NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award

nypl logoThe New York Public Library held the 2017 Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony in NYC last Thursday (6/1), when Viking/Penguin author Karan Mahajan won for his novel THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS. This is the latest in a string of accolades for Mahajan, who earlier this year was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists,

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received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.  Last year, Mahajan was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. [caption id="attachment_6484" align="alignright" width="200"]Karan Mahajan Karan Mahajan[/caption] Congratulations to Karan, and everyone involved with the success of this extraordinary book. Established in 2001, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians. A panel of judges selects the winner.

Nathaniel Philbrick Wins 2017 George Washington Prize

george washington prizeNathaniel Philbrick has won the George Washington Prize, including an award of $50,000, for his book, VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking/Penguin). Now in its 12th year, the George Washington Prize honors its namesake by recognizing the year’s best new books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that engage a broad public audience.

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Conferred by George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Washington College, the award will be presented to Mr. Philbrick on May 25 at a black-tie gala at Mount Vernon. [caption id="attachment_5965" align="alignright" width="173"]Nathaniel Philbrick Nathaniel Philbrick[/caption] “To have Valiant Ambition recognized in this way means a tremendous amount to me, especially given the extraordinary quality of the books produced by the other six finalists,” said Mr. Philbrick. “My heartfelt thanks to the jurors involved in the selection process and to the George Washington Prize’s sponsoring institutions.” VALIANT AMBITION is a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Philbrick creates a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and of the war that gave birth to a nation. “Our objective in creating the Washington Prize was to stimulate scholarly works that are accessible to the general public,” said Mount Vernon president Curt Viebranz. “This year’s finalists confirm that we are succeeding; Nat Philbrick’s VALIANT AMBITION is at once a detailed and accurate account of the relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold as well as an engaging read.” Established in 2005, the George Washington Prize has honored a dozen leading writers on the Revolutionary era including, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical Hamilton. For this year’s prize, a distinguished jury comprised of notable historians David Preston, Kathleen DuVal, and Nick Bunker, selected the finalists from a field of nearly 60 books.

Viking to Publish Two New Books by Hidden Figures Author Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee ShetterlyViking is pleased to announce two new books from Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures. Wendy Wolf, Vice President and Associate Publisher of Viking, acquired North American rights, as well as audio and first serial, from Mackenzie Brady Watson at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. 

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Ms. Shetterly says, “I couldn’t be more excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work with Wendy and the Viking team.  She is an editor with deep experience shaping the kinds of stories I want to tell.” Ms. Shetterly’s two new books will be examining the idea of the American Dream and its legacy by excavating stories of other “hidden figures,” extraordinary ordinary African-Americans whose contributions to American history have, for one reason or another, been untold, unseen, or overlooked. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “Margot Lee Shetterly is a gifted historian and storyteller with a remarkable ability to find important, untold stories in America’s history. We are thrilled to be publishing her next two books at Viking.” The first book takes place in midcentury Baltimore, a bustling city of strivers and immigrants, and chronicles two African-American households alike in power and vision. The Murphy family, owners of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, were the reigning monarchs of Baltimore’s black society and the epitome of respectability. Willie Adams, whose original fortune came from the numbers racket, and his wife Victorine Adams, a schoolteacher turned politician, went on to become philanthropists, investors, and among the most ardent patrons of entrepreneurship and economic development in the city’s African American community.  Ms. Shetterly will bring the history of Baltimore to life through the success stories of the Adamses and the Murphys, also showing the contrasting challenges faced by those left behind by redlining, lack of economic opportunity, and urban decay. In doing so, she will bring new understanding to the history of a city that represents both the upside and the shortcomings of the American dream. Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The acclaimed film adaptation of her book was released in 2016 and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Ms. Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of all of the women who worked as math and science professionals at NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s.  She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grantee.

Our Two 2017 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

nypl logoFive finalists have been announced for the $10,000 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, “honoring the works of five commanding, diverse, young authors” aged 35 or younger, including our two nominees: THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) and THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS by Karan Mahajan (Viking/Penguin).  

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Congratulations to Ms. Bennett and Mr. Mahajan as well as their editors and publishers. 97803991845129780143109273View the complete list of this year’s finalists here. The winning author will be named on June 1 during a ceremony in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the New York Public Library. Founded in 2001, the Young Lions Fiction Award is given annually to an American writer age 35 or younger for either a novel or collection of short stories.  Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of writers, editors and librarians.

Pamela Dorman Books / Viking to Publish New Novel by Jojo Moyes, Continuing the Story of Louisa Clark

VikingLogoPamela Dorman Books/Viking is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by Jojo Moyes featuring Louisa Clark, the character readers have come to know and love from global bestsellers Me Before You and After You. The new novel will be published in Spring 2018, and will follow Lou as she heads for New York, only to find herself torn between her old life and her new.

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Jojo Moyes is a bestselling novelist and a journalist. Her previous novels have all been met with critical acclaim and bestselling sales, including Me Before YouAfter YouThe Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One. [caption id="attachment_5409" align="alignright" width="220"]Jojo Moyes, © Stine Heilmann Jojo Moyes, © Stine Heilmann[/caption] Jojo Moyes’ profile is at an all-time high with worldwide sales of Me Before You and After You at nearly seventeen million copies. Last year’s film adaptation of Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, introduced legions of new fans to Jojo’s writing and the beloved character of Louisa Clark. Her works are available in a staggering 43 foreign languages and have sold twenty-nine million copies in total worldwide. Jojo Moyes said, “I always knew that once I committed to write the sequel to Me Before You, I would also write a third book; I saw it quite clearly as a trilogy. Revisiting Lou has been a joy, as I push her into a completely new country, a brand new world, and a house full of secrets. With her usual blend of humour and emotion she has to ask herself some pretty fundamental questions – not least, which side of the Atlantic does she really belong? I hope readers enjoy this new adventure as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.” Pamela Dorman, Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books, said, “Any new Jojo Moyes novel is a cause for rejoicing.  But for readers in America, the chance to have the iconic Lou Clark come to New York to find a new life is a particular pleasure.  There’s no doubt that Jojo’s unique blend of great storytelling and unforgettable characters, combined with a sense of humor all her own will make this new Lou Clark novel one readers will be clamoring for come next year.” Jojo Moyes is a UK based author who worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children. Jojo is managed by Curtis Brown and her agent Sheila Crowley.