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Stephan Talty’s THE BLACK HAND acquired by Paramount with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star.

Read about it on Deadline.

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HOW TO MURDER YOUR LIFE author Cat Marnell featured in NYMag and NYT.

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National Book Award includes Rae Carson in their Young People’s Literature Longlist.

See the full list at National Book Foundation.

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Amazon Book Reviews says Nicole Haroutunian “captures the zeitgeist of today’s young women.”

Read the full review at Amazon.

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Bustle includes SPEED DREAMING in their round-up of  “13 of March 2015’s Best Books to Spring Clean your Bookshelves and Make Room for”.

See the full list at Bustle

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The New Yorker calls NYT Bestseller GUANTANAMO DIARY the book that “everyone should read.”

Read the full article at The New Yorker.

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NYT Book Review dives into Jill Leovy’s NYT Bestseller GHETTOSIDE.

Read the full review at New York Times.

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Kirkus Reviews names Lars Anderson’s THE STORM & THE TIDE one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2014.

See the full list at Kirkus.

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Indigo lists Tyler Knott Gregson’s CHASERS OF THE LIGHT as part of the must read Wish List for the holidays.

View the all of the picks at Indigo.

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Kirkus Review and Booklist rave about Sharma Shields’ 2015 quirky first novel THE SASQUATCH HUNTER’S ALMANAC. Imagine a mashup of Moby-Dick and Kakfa’s Metamorphosis (with a hearty dash of Twin Peaks thrown in).

Read the full reviews at Kirkus and Booklist.

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Paste Magazine reviews NYT Bestseller POKING A DEAD FROG and why we should all pay attention to author Mike Sacks.

Read the full review at Paste.

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Henry Holt sits down with new WLLA author Sharma Shields to discuss her forthcoming book The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac.

Listen at MacMillan Author Corner.

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The Wall Street Journal lists Tyler Knott Gregson’s collection of poems, CHASERS OF THE LIGHT as #9 on their non-fiction bestseller list.

See the full list at WSJ.

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Kirkus Review gives Lars Anderson’s The Storm & The Tide a glowing review

Read the full review at Kirkus.

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Salon lists Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial as part of their summer collection of the 9 Best Non-Fiction Sports Writing books.

Check out the full list at Salon.

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Publishers Weekly reviews Al Vernaccio’s forthcoming non-fiction sex-ed book, For Goodness Sex.

Read the full review at Publishers Weekly.

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The Wall Street Journal reviews New York Times Bestseller The Arsenal of Democracy by A.J. Baime. 

Read the full review at The Wall Street Journal.

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The Today Show talks with author Greg Pembroke about the transformation of his hit blog to his newly released book, Reasons My Kid is Crying.

Watch the clip at the Today Show.

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The Colbert Report hosts League of Denial authors Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada!

Watch the clip at Colbert Nation.

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The 2013 Cybils Awards, for Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers, announces David Carroll’s Ultra as the best Middle Grade fiction of the year! A tale of teenage marathoner Quinn, who finds out he has a larger than normal heart, in more ways than one.

Find the full list at Cybils.

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Buzzfeed names Jack McCallum’s Dream Team and Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial as two of the books every sports lover should read.

Find the full list at Buzzfeed.

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USA Today and Psychology Today take a closer look inside Andrew Yang’s new book, Smart People Should Build Things. Lawyer-turned-serial entrepreneur, Yang has founded Venture for America, placing 106 new college graduates in paid fellowships in eight U.S. cities, assigning them to start-ups that have raised $7 million and added 800 jobs since mid-2012.

Read more at USA Today and Psychology Today.

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TriStar Productions has won the rights for the life story and forthcoming book “Rise: An Epic Story of a Soldier, His Dream, and a Promise Kept” by Daniel Rodriguez with Joe Layden, a New York Times bestselling author.

Read more at Variety.

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Neal Bascomb’s THE NAZI HUNTERS wins 2014 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

Read more at American Library Association and the Association of Jewish Libraries.

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The Wall Street Journal announces publishing veteran Larry Kirshbaum as the newest addition to the Waxman Leavell team!

Read more at Wall Street Journal.

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First Five Frenzy interviews WLLA Agent Taylor Haggerty on making your manuscript shine.

Read more at First Five Frenzy.

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Hollywood Reporter announces launch of Christina Lauren’s steamy new series, “Wild Seasons” in June 2014.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter.

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Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Teams with Story Mining & Supply to acquire rights to V.E. Schwab’s novel VICIOUS.

Read More at Deadline.

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Thin Reads has named Stephan Talty’s THE SECRET AGENT: In Search of America’s Greatest WWII Spy the #1 Non-fiction e-book single of 2013.

Read more at Thin Reads

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Disney is developing a biopic based on Jeremy Schaap’s book TRIUMPH about track and field hero Jesse Owens.

Read more at Variety.

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NPR Lists the Best Books of 2013. Congrats to Rosie Schaap’s DRINKING WITH MEN and Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s LEAGUE OF DENIAL.

View the full list at NPR.

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Deadline announces partners Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald of Parkes/MacDonald Productions as the winners of an auction for screen rights to League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth.

Read More at Deadline Hollywood

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Wall Street Journal Book Review

A friend of Eleanor Roosevelt’s hired to be an in-house chronicler of the New Deal offered a surprisingly mixed assessment.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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Rachel Vogel joins the Waxman Leavell team.

Read more at Publisher’s Lunch

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Society for History in Federal Government awards Walter Stahr’s SEWARD the Henry Adams Prize.

Read more

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Kirkus Reviews gives Nancy Cavanaugh’s “increasingly compelling, suspenseful and moving” novel, THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RACHET, a starred review.

Read more at Kirkus Reviews

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The Wall Street Journal calls Brzezinski’s book, ISAAC’S ARMY, a “compelling” new account of Polish suffering and heroism during World War II

Read more at WSJ.com

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The Wall Street Journal Literary Touchdown for Cruz

Looking at the negative and the positive is in fact one of the themes of Mr. Cruz’s book, written with Peter Schrager.

Read more at WSJ.com
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VH1 Your Next Katniss or Aria Stark?
DEFIANCE introduces a new post-apocalyptic fantasy heroine.

Read the full VH1 article here
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Marie Claire The Summer 2012 Reading Guide

Hope, a divorced mother who runs a bakery on Cape Cod, reconnects with her grandmother, whose onset of Alzheimer’s spurs the revelation of a family secret about the Holocaust. Read more
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The Huffington Post Why I Wrote My First Memoir

What could you possibly glean from a book about two men who’ve been in the public eye for over fifty years, where everything there is to know about them can be uncovered by the click of keyboard?

Read the full HuffPo article here
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Publisher’s Weekly Waxman, Leavell Form New Agency

Agents Scott Waxman and Byrd Leavell have teamed up to form a new single, The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Read more
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Deadline NBC Greenlights Soap/Thriller Drama Pilot Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
NBC is kicking off the 2012-13 pilot season early with an off-cycle pilot order to The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives, an hourlong project from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, writer Sascha Penn and Warner Bros TV. Read more
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New York Observer Sh*t My Agent Sells: The Art of Turning Instafads Into Tome-blrs

If publishers could collage a portrait of their ideal consumer of novelty gift books, it would probably look something like this: begin with a hapless urban 20-something whose life is “out of control”…Read more at the Observer 
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New York Post Book These B-Listers

…The Post submitted two-page excerpts to Byrd Leavell — a top literary agent at the Waxman Agency, whose latest books include Justin Halpern’s “I Suck at Girls” and Babe Walker’s “White Girl Problems.” Leavell wasn’t told what the excerpts were from, and was asked for an opinion…

Read more at the New York Post
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Forbes Exclusive: How Comedian Daniel O’Brien Turned One Joke Into a Major Book Deal

Read the exclusive on Forbes.com here
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New York Times Authors Find Their Voice, and Audience, in Podcasts

Scott Sigler writes science-fiction horror novels, the kind one fan called “steel-tipped boot on your throat, speed-metal fiction.” Mr. Sigler has written four such books… Read more about Scott Sigler here