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The Postmortal by Drew Magary

The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original
On Sale: August 30, 2011

“The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist (Men with Balls) puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood
and Kurt Vonnegut.”
—Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness

“Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . It surprised me in a good way.”
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“An odd mixture of satire and dystopian fantasy, this thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane to the profound”
Publishers Weekly

“One man blogs civilization’s slow, terrifying decline after a cure for aging is discovered. . . . Magary has created a smartly realized vision of a planet that’s hit the skids . . .”
Kirkus

ABOUT THE BOOK
Called “dark, funny, and terrifying” by New York contributing editor Will Leitch, THE POSTMORTAL, by Deadspin writer Drew Magary, documents what living forever might look like.

The year is 2019 and a cure for aging has been discovered. After much political and cultural debate “The Cure” is made available to populations worldwide. Through fast-paced journal entries and blogger-style news story roundups compiled by an ever-watchful New York lawyer, John Farrell, readers experience a world where age-related diseases and deaths disappear altogether.

But there are residual effects and THE POSTMORTAL forces us to rethink our idea of marriage if rendered indefinite and the allocation of precious resources in a world with exponential population growth. Ideological divisions manifest themselves in chilling ways in this new environment, introducing “pro death” anarchists who inflict ghastly punishments on those who dare to remain young.

With the apocalypse on the horizon and regret creeping into everyday lives, living forever, as it turns out, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Clever, haunting, and culturally scathing, THE POSTMORTAL is a gripping read and a creative addition to the genre of speculative fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Drew Magary writes for Deadspin, NBC, Maxim, and Kissing Suzy Kolber—a humor site dedicated to the NFL. He has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Comedy Central, New York Magazine, GQ, ESPN, Yahoo!, Playboy, Penthouse, and various other media outlets. This is his first novel. Follow Drew on Twitter @drewmagary

For More Information
Press Release
Cover Image
Author Photo

For a review copy please contact gabrielle.gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com 

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Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn

Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn
Viking / On Sale: August 18, 2011

“Davidson offers a stunning new vision for the future, showing how the latest advances in brain research could revolutionize education and workplace management … Davidson has produced an exceptional and critically important book, one that is all-but-impossible to put down and likely to shape discussions for years to come.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A remarkable new book, Now You See It . . . offers a fresh and reassuring perspective on how to manage anxieties about the bewildering pace of technological change. . . . Her work is the most powerful yet to insist that we can and should manage the impact of these changes in our lives.”
—Anya Kamanetz, Fast Company

ABOUT THE BOOK
In 2003, Cathy Davidson, then Duke University’s Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, helped spearhead the school’s effort to provide free iPods to every member of the incoming freshman class. No one expected the uproar their decision provoked. Critics decried it as wasteful and irresponsible—what educational value could a music player have for college kids? Yet by the end of the year, and nearly 2,000 iPods later, Duke students had found academic uses for iPods in virtually every discipline, from environmental science majors who used them to conduct and edit interviews for documentaries, to medical students who used them to identify heart arrhythmias during patient’s exams. The iPod experiment proved to be a classic example of the power of disruption—a way of adopting changing technology, refocusing attention and exploring new possibilities.

This idea is at the heart of Davidson’s brilliant new book, NOW YOU SEE IT: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn . Using cutting-edge research on the brain, Davidson shows how the phenomenon of “attention blindness” shapes our lives, and how it has led to one of the greatest problems of our time: we have embraced technologies that have transformed our lives and our work, but our institutions remain unchanged. The result: while we handily blog, tweet, and text, many of us still toil in schools and workplaces designed for the Industrial Age and measure our success by standards that are no longer relevant.

ABOUT CATHY N. DAVIDSON
Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she worked with faculty to help create many programs, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the program in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS). She is the co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, HASTAC (“haystack”), a network of innovators dedicated to new forms of learning for the digital age. She is also co-director of the $2 million annual HASTAC/John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition.

Davidson is the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.  She has published more than 20 books, including Revolution and the Word:  The Rise of the Novel in America,  Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (with photographer Bill Bamberger) and The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg). She blogs regularly on new media, learning and innovation on the www.hastac.org website as “Cat in the Stack” as well as on www.dmlcentral.com and Psychology Today.com. In December 2010, President Obama nominated her to the National Council on the Humanities.

For More Information: 
Press Release
Cover Image for Download
Now You See It website
Fast Company profile

For a review copy please contact gabrielle.gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com

 

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The Girls of Murder City

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback / On Sale: July 26, 2011

The Girls of Murder City spans several categories—true-crime, comedy, social history. It turns out that behind ‘Chicago’ there was a sexy, swaggering, historical tale in no need of a soundtrack. Liked the movie. Loved the book.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“For true crime buffs, history fans or anyone interested in the roaring 1920s, this one’s a sure-fire hit.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] well-researched, fast-paced story behind the story.”
Booklist

“Entertaining…wised up…savvy, flamboyant social history”
Publishers Weekly

“Perry takes a sturdy foundation of murder, sex and Chicago’s scandal-happy newspapers and builds a nonfiction marvel. His bouncy, exuberant prose perfectly complements the theatricality of the proceedings, and he deftly maneuvers away from the main story without ever losing momentum . . . The Girls of Murder City not only illustrates the origins of a new media monster, but reminds us that we’ve
never been that innocent.”
BookPage

“Recaptures a moment in which the Victorian feminine ideal was (and wasn’t) giving way to the “churning change” of the flapper lifestyle — and ebulliently elucidates the emergence of the criminal as celebrity. It’s this summer’s “not guilty” pleasure.”
—NPR, Books We Like

From Al Capone to Leopold and Loeb, the history of Prohibition-era Chicago violence is the stuff of legend. But what of the fairer sex? On the bookshelf beside SIN IN THE SECOND CITY and THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, Douglas Perry has recreated the glamour, intensity, and notoriety of this iconic time and place in The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago. Fueled by rich period detail, a narrative voice that perfectly channels the pulse of Jazz Age Chicago, and a cast of characters that seem destined for the stage, Perry has written a crackling history that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the age and its sober repercussions.

Why did you write The Girls of Murder City?
Douglas Perry: Because no one else had. When I first saw Chicago: The Musical, back in the late ’90s, I read in the playbill that Maurine Watkins had based the original play on actual murder trials she covered for the Chicago Tribune in 1924. I expected to be able to find a book about the real events but none existed. This surprised me because the real story is so amazing. It has beautiful women, wanton sex, cold-blooded murder, all-consuming corruption, devastating heartbreak. Even Al Capone and Leopold and Loeb make appearances.

For More Information:
Press Release
Cover Image for Download (Paperback edition)
Q&A with Douglas Perry

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The Magician King by TIME book critic, Lev Grossman

Get on the list now for a pre-publication review copy in mid-July. Also available on Netgalley (will be approving requests Wednesday, July 6th)

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011

Hailed as a “painfully perceptive novel of the fantastic that brings to mind both Jay McInerney and J. K. Rowling*,” Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman’s The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature.  It debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list in the summer of 2009 and has taken on a life of its own over the past two years.  Now Grossman is back with the much-anticipated sequel THE MAGICIAN KING, coming out from Viking on August 9th, 2011 (978-0-670-02231-1; $26.95).

THE MAGICIAN KING picks up in the magical land of Fillory, where Quentin and his friends are now kings and queens.  They spend their days insulated by privilege, but it’s a less than intellectually rigorous existence and their days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall.  When a recreational hunting adventure takes a dark turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical ship and set off on a quest to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom.     But their pleasure cruise becomes a disaster when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parents’ house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.  The obsessive expertise that should make Quentin a hero fails him back in suburban America, and only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

More Information
Q&A with Lev Grossman
The Magician King Press Release

Images for Download
The Golden Key
The Star Tattoos
Cover Image
Color Map of The Voyage of Muntjac

Links for THE MAGICIAN KING
The Magician King website
Lev on Twitter @leverus
Lev on Facebook

If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please let me know. Contact: Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com 

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Planning Ahead: Summer and Fall 2011

Here’s a list of books I’m working on this coming Summer and Fall. Limited galleys are available where noted. As review copies become available each title will have its own page. Please follow Books on Tap on Facebook for updates. If you would like to be included on the review copy list, please email me at Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com.

August
Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback Reprint / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Press Release
Cover Image
Q&A with Douglas
Author’s Website

Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson
Viking / On Sale: August 18, 2011
Penguin Group page
Author’s Website

Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Review Copies Now Available
Book’s page

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Second book in the Magicians series
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011
Penguin Group page
Cover Image
If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please contact me

September
The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: August 30, 2011
Physical advance copies now available. Limited availability through Netgalley.
Press Release
Cover Image
Author on Twitter

A Man of Parts: A Novel of H. G. Wells by David Lodge
Viking / On Sale: September 19, 2011
Limited advance copies available
Penguin Group page
David Lodge on H.G. Wells (Guardian UK)
David Lodge’s top H.G. Wells books (Guardian UK)
Cover Image
H.G. Wells books available from Penguin Classics

Campus Trilogy: Changing Places / Small World / Nice Work
by David Lodge
Penguin / On Sale: September 27, 2011

A collection of three works by David Lodge
Press Release
Cover Image 

October
Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: September 27, 2011
Penguin Group page
Cover Image 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker Viking / On Sale: October 4, 2011
Now available on Netgalley with limited approval. Booksellers, librarians, and long lead magazine reviewers only until Wednesday, Aug. 24th.
Penguin Group page
Author’s website
Steven Pinker at TED on the myth of violence (opens with sound)

December
Charles Dickens: A Life by Jane Smiley
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Penguin Group page (hardcover edition)

James Joyce: A Life by Edna O’Brien
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Details to come

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The Real State of America Atlas

The Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States
by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On-Sale: July 26, 2011

The Real State of America Atlas [delivers] a riveting portrait of an America that doesn’t always live up to its ideals.”Village Voice

 “Where The Real State of America Atlas truly shines is in its demolition of the notion – the enduring fantasy – that America is a land of equal opportunity, a place where boundless bounty awaits anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules.”The Millions

Q&A With Cynthia and Joni:
What was your favorite topic to research for this book? Why?
For Cynthia, it was researching the spread that became “The Road to Suffrage.” She’s been interested for years in how women, step by difficult step, won the vote in the US and in other countries. But this was the first time she’d tried to chart the all obstacles raised, generation by generation, to so many Americans voting: enslaved Americans, Jewish Americans, Native Americans, Chinese Americans, homeless Americans, ex-convict Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, as well as women of all races.

For Joni, it was the several maps on aspects of economic equity, justice, and injustice: poverty, corporate power, income distribution. One of the most paradoxical things about contemporary America is the widely-shared self-perception of Americans as caring, concerned, helping those less fortunate, stacked up against one of the most unequal distribution of wealth in the developed world. Many Americans seem unaware of the structural inequities that shape all aspects of modern life.

How has your academic background informed your research and focus?
Joni is a geographer; Cynthia is a political scientist. But both of us are international in our interests; both of us are feminist analysts who teach and write in the burgeoning field of Women’s Studies. That has been really a boon because Women’s Studies is explicitly cross-national in scope and interdisciplinary in approach – drawing on history, anthropology, public policy, economics, cultural studies. In practice, this meant that for years we each had thought about housing, wages, voting, arms sales, wars, consumerism, jobs, health and the environment. Moreover, as teachers, we each are acutely aware that one can’t help Americans make sense of what is going on here in the US unless one simultaneously reveals the US in a global context.

Going into the presidential election of 2012, what can The Real State of America offer voters?
This atlas provides, we hope, an incentive to speak up in shaping this society – perhaps in the form of voting, perhaps in the form of community activism. And, in deciding how to cast their ballots, we hope this atlas encourages voters to pay attention to whether candidates acknowledge – and directly address – the deep inequalities that still persist among Americans, inequalities deepened by the Great Recession. The myths of the “American Dream” diverge widely from the realities revealed here. It is realities, not myths, not wishful thinking, that provide a sound basis for any voter making smart choices in the voting booth.

About the Book:
Through a combination of colorful graphics, innovative maps, and sharply crafted short essays, THE REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS shows us how we live and how we compare to the rest of the world. These 40 engaging spreads reveal the often surprising realities of contemporary American life: religious affiliations, physical health, employment, distribution of wealth, corporate power, the prison system, education, and military service. These spreads offer an intriguing snapshot of our society as a whole—and prove that geography matters.

About the Authors:
Joni Seager
, Professor and Chair of Global Studies at Bentley University in Boston, is a geographer and global policy expert. She has achieved international acclaim for her work in feminist environmental policy analysis, the international status of women, and global political economy.

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA. She has lectured throughout the world on feminism, militarization, and globalization, written for Ms. Magazine and the Village Voice and appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC.

For More Information:
Press Release
Cover Image for Download
Q&A with Cynthia and Joni
Interview with Cynthia Enloe
on the Marketplace Morning Report

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Hell is Empty

Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson
Viking / On Sale: June 6, 2011 

From the award-winning author of THE COLD DISH and JUNKYARD DOGS, comes the next installment in the Walt Longmire Mystery series

In HELL IS EMPTY (Viking; $25.95; ISBN: 978-0-670-02277-9; On sale June 6, 2011), the seventh book in Craig Johnson’s award-winning mystery series, Sheriff Walt Longmire follows a murderer into the icy hell of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, with Indian mysticism and a battered paperback of Dante’s Inferno as his only guides.

Advance Praise for HELL IS EMPTY

“Series fans and readers …will be enthralled by this electrifying and intense work; a triumph.”
Library Journal (starred) 

“Stellar…Soon Walt is past the point of no return as the snow and ice accumulate on a journey that evokes Dante’s Inferno.”
PW (starred)

“In some ways, this reads like a book-length version of the haunting, harrowing final sequence of Johnson’s outstanding debut, The Cold Dish (2005). And when it comes to bad weather, western lore, and a chilling hint of the supernatural, few writers write it better.”
Booklist

“Deft as always”
Kirkus

For More Information:
Press Release
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Author’s Website 

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