April, 2012 — Karen Kingsbury’s latest novel, Loving (Zondervan), debuted at #1 on the NYT paperback fiction bestseller list on Sunday, April 15—a first for her after numerous back-to-back appearances at #2.
“Karen has always been a #1 best-selling author and has topped many other national lists,” said her long-time agent Rick Christian, President of Alive. “Being recognized by the Times simply acknowledges what her readers have known for years and I’m thrilled with her much-deserved success.”
Simultaneous with her appearance this week atop the fiction list, Heaven Is for Real continued its longstanding run as the #1 NYT nonfiction bestseller. Heaven authors Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent are also represented by Alive.
“Having the two #1 bestselling authors in both categories the same week is an unmatched honor,” Christian said, noting that it also reflects reader’s hunger for books offering spiritual help amidst challenging economic times.
Loving is the fourth and long-awaited finale to Karen’s Bailey Flanigan series and sparked widespread internet discussion among her readers, some of whom rallied passionately for Bailey to be swept off her feet by actor Brandon Paul in Los Angeles, while others rooted for her to marry her first love, Cody Coleman, who faithfully coaches his team on and off the field in Bloomington, IN. The lingering question they’re debating: Did she marry the right guy?
Kingsbury’s 50-plus novels have sold more than 20 million copies, earning her numerous awards along the way, including the 2007 Christian Book of the Year, a first for a female author and also for a novel. Several of her books have been made into films, including Like Dandelion Dust starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino. Others are currently in production.—RC