Author Book Tours

1/5/15 - Garth Stein Describes How Dreams of His Father Influenced A SUDDEN LIGHT

1/4/15 - Peter Heller’s THE PAINTER Chosen as an Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best Books of 2014

1/1/15 - Andrew McCarthy and THE LONGEST WAY HOME on National Geographic Live!

6/13/13 - Thor Hanson Talks Feathers in New York

Thor Hanson - Feathers
Thor Hanson - Feathers
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3/6/13 - Bee Ridgeway’s debut novel, THE RIVER OF NO RETURN in stores April 23, 2013

3/6/13 - BOOKS IN COMMON Launches to Support Community Reads and More

Books In Common Literary Event Consultants
Books In Common Literary Event Consultants
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1/7/13 - Gwen Cooper, author of HOMER'S ODYSSEY Discusses Raising Blind Cats

9/11/12 - Exploring Indian Roots? Try Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s PALACE OF ILLUSIONS

9/5/12 - Thor Hanson and FEATHERS featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

Thor Hanson Feathers
Thor Hanson Feathers
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8/26/12 - Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain starts its 4th year on the NYT Bestseller List!

5/20/11 - Willy Vlautin Joins Terra Communications

3/15/11 - Lisa See's SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN Heads to the Big Screen this Summer

Bestselling author, Lisa See, will soon see her award winning 2005 novel, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, wonderfully translated to film come July 2011. See, herself a Chinese-American living in Los Angeles, is known for her meticulously researched, lovingly rendered stories of the Chinese culture both in history and modern day. The trailer from Fox Searchlight has just been released and stars Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, and (intrigingly) Hugh Jackman. It is directed by Wayne Wang. The story follows two friends through their lives in nineteenth-century, while flashing to parallels of a pair of friends in 21st century Shanghai.

3/2/11 - Marquees, Community Reads, and Boise

When author Garth Stein arrived in Boise, Idaho, for Boise's 2011 Big Read program, he found his name in large letters on the marquee for Boise's Egyptian Theater, where he was scheduled to give a talk. This year's selection for the Boise Big Read was Jack London's CALL OF THE WILD. As Jack London was unavailable to speak on his book, having passed away in 1916, Garth visited Boise and gave a talk on Buck, London's canine hero, and Enzo. Garth Stein's name in lights at Boise, Idaho's Egyptian Theater
Garth Stein's name in lights at Boise, Idaho's Egyptian Theater
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3/2/11 - Best Northwest Books of 2010

The Oregonian's Best Books of 2010, split into a Northwest list and a National list, included two Terra Communications authors with the likes of Mark Twain and Karl Marlantes. Taking third place in the list is Central Oregon native Sarahlee Lawrence, whose memoir RIVER HOUSE also won a 2010 PNBA Book Award. Novelist Heidi Durrow, who grew up in Portland and used it as the setting for THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, captured the eighth position on the list.

2/23/11 - Too Much To Celebrate!

At what point does a NYT-bestselling author get tired of celebrating bestseller status? Garth Stein, the author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, marks 88 weeks near the top of the New York Times bestseller list for Trade Paperback fiction. Currently at #9, the poignant tale of a dog and his racecar-driving owner still shows no sign of fading off the list.

The movie dramatization of The Art of Racing in the Rain is scheduled to begin production this summer.

2/23/11 - NYT Bestseller Club Grows

Who will be the next New York Times bestseller? Terra Agency authors Tatjana Soli, Garth Stein, Heidi Durrow, Jamie Ford, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez have each claimed spots on the Trade Paperback fiction bestseller list over the past year.

The prestige of the phrase "New York Times bestseller" comes from its reputation as a standard of popular appeal. It measures a book's ability to charm and enthrall its readers, who are the real power behind a book's success. Congrats to Dolen, Jamie, Heidi, Garth, and Tatjana!

2/8/11 - Dolen Perkins-Valdez joins the NYT bestseller list.

WENCH, the debut novel of Dolen Perkins-Valdez, joins the New York Times bestseller list at #16 for trade paperback fiction. Based on a real-life resort in free state Ohio, where Southern slave owners brought their enslaved mistresses for summer retreats, Wench explores the friendship between three of those mistresses and the strong emotional and psychological ties that prevent them for making a run for freedom. The arrival of an escape-minded slave mistress and a series of tragedies at the resort upset the fragile balance that Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet have built for themselves, forcing them re-assess the relationship between triumph and dehumanization, as well as the existence of love even in the cruelest circumstances.

2/8/11 - Tatjana Soli joins the Terra Agency

War comes into view through the unflinching lens of a camera. In Tatjana Soli's THE LOTUS EATERS, Helen observes the final days of the Vietnam War from Saigon as Americans desperately try to escape the impending North Vietnamese occupation of Saigon. She struggles to capture a story with each image: the sudden execution of a harmless old man, a lost and hungry child, or looters abandoning luxury goods on the streets.

Tatjana Soli is now available for speaking engagements and other events with Terra Agency. To find out more about Tatjana Soli and her haunting debut novel, please visit her website at:

1/21/11 - Heidi Durrow Joins Other TC Authors on NYT List

Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, has joined the NYT bestseller club at Terra Communications. THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY makes its bestseller debut at #18, right behind Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Garth Stein (THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN) and Jamie Ford (HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET) have both camped out on the trade paperback fiction list for many weeks. Currently, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN stands at #8 and HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET at #17.

1/12/11 - Two Terra Com authors nominated for 2011 NAACP Image Awards

Terra Com authors Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky) and Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Wench) were nominated for the 2011 NAACP Image Awards. Perkins-Valdez graces the list in both categories of Outstanding Literary Work-Fiction and Outstanding Literary Work-Debut Author, while Durrow captures her place in Outstanding Literary Work-Debut Author.

The nominees were announced today during a live press conference from the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. Actresses Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan, actor/rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson, actor Columbus Short and Actor/Comedian Affion Crockett joined NAACP IMAGE AWARDS chairman Clayola Brown and 42nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS executive producer Vic Bulluck to announce the categories and nominees.

The 42nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. The awards also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors during the two-hour event airing live Friday, March 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization's half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

1/7/11 - Sarahlee Lawrence Wins 2011 PNBA Award

River House: A Memoir by Terra Com debut author Sarahlee Lawrence has been given a prestigious 2011 PNBA Award.

"The storyline is intriguing and you find yourself caring about the people you meet, but it is this young author’s ability to paint pictures with words that make River House worthy of an award," said the PNBA Committee. "Lawrence can cover a couple months' time within a short chapter, and leave the reader feeling in possession of intimate knowledge of how each day played out—not through a barrage of details, but rather the artful mix of capturing the moment while never losing touch with the overall experience. The writing is gritty, honest, and continually engaging."

Published in October 2010 by Tin House Books, River House is an exquisite blend of memoir and nature writing about a young woman returning home.

"This is a wonderfully prestigious regional book award and there was quite a bit of stiff competition in the narrative non-fiction category this year," said Dawn Stuart, CEO of Terra Communications. "What an outstanding way to launch a writing career."

Congratulations Sarahlee!

1/5/11 - ARR 10th Bestselling Adult Fiction Book of 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Terra Com author Garth Stein is the 10th bestselling book of 2010 in the category of Adult Fiction, according to the annual Nielsen BookScan report.

Garth Stein's much-loved novel enjoys yet another year on this highly recognized bestseller list. The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of only four Adult Fiction titles to make the list not published in the year 2010.

Enzo is still going strong!

The Nielsen BookScan report covers Adult Nonfiction and Adult Fiction and is updated through January 2, 2010 for all 52 weeks of sales in the year.

12/28/10 - Lisa See Joins Terra Com

We are excited to announce the addition of Lisa See to the Terra Communications author roster. Ms. See is probably best known for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, for which she traveled to a remote area of China to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept by women for over a thousand years. Amy Tan called the novel “achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination.” Others agreed, and foreign-language rights for Snow Flower were sold to 38 countries. The novel also became a New York Times bestseller, a Booksense Number One Pick, and won numerous awards domestically and internationally. MGM Studios acquired the film rights.

Her other novels include Shanghai Girls (2009), Peony in Love (2007), Dragon Bones (2003), The Interior (1999), and Flower Net (1997).

Ms. See is a respected speaker and community member, the recipient of many impressive awards and accolades.

12/28/10 - Heidi Durrow Makes Her Mark

Heidi Durrow's brilliantly woven debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, is getting much-deserved press as 2010 comes to a literal close.

The Washington Post and The Oregonian both named the book a top 10 pick of 2010, along with several other outlets and bloggers, including Booklist Audio for Adults.

Heidi is a nominee for the Best Debut Author category of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards, and her name graced the Ebony Magazine Power 100 list in the Dec./Jan. issue, alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Edwidge Danticat and Ntozake Shange.

Congratulations, Heidi!

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky will be available in paperback on January 11, 2011.

12/1/10 - ARR #7 on NYT for Week 78

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein has been on the NYT Bestseller list for 78 weeks and counting.

11/30/10 - Big Moment in UK

The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha takes center stage as the current featured pick on the Richard and Judy Book Club list -- the UK's equivalent to Oprah.

11/29/10 - Ebony Magazine's Power 100

Terra Com debut author, Heidi Durrow, makes the Ebony Magazine Power 100 list alongside the impressive names of Malcolm Gladwell, Edwidge Danticat and Ntozake Shange.

11/28/10 - 3 Terra Com Authors Make 2011 PNBA Shortlist

Ivan Doig, Robert Michael Pyle and Sarahlee Lawrence recognized on the 2011 PNBA Shortlist. Finalists will be chosen in December and announced in January. Keep an eye on our treasures!