(Nashville, Tenn.) – Thomas Nelson, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…Of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron has been selected as a featured title in the Barnes & Noble (B&N) Discover Great New Writers program.  

Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me will be part of the program for the months of August, September, and October 2011 at B&N stores nationwide and online at BarnesandNoble.com.   Former authors to be selected as part of the B&N Discover Great New Writers include Cormac McCarthy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Frank McCourt, Barbara Kingsolver, Yann Martel, Alice Sebold, Michael Pollan, Patricia Cornwell, Kathryn Stockett, and Khaled Hosseini.  

“One of the biggest compliments that a retailer can pay to an author or publisher is to acknowledge the inherent value of a beautifully written book,” says Matt Baugher, Vice President and Publisher at Thomas Nelson. “It’s not just a matter of promotion and not just about what might sell but rather, the recognition that a book should be highlighted simply because it is special. This is what the Discover Great New Writers program has always been about and to be included in this is a great honor. Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…Of Sorts is an engaging memoir in every respect, and I look forward to many more people discovering Ian Morgan Cron in the days ahead.”  

 “I have been submitting books for consideration to the Discover Great New Writers panel for close to 25 years, and I have never been as excited about a title as I am about Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir…Of Sorts,” says Julie Jayne, Key Accounts Manager at Thomas Nelson. “I am so pleased that the panel agreed with my assessment of this wonderful book and chose it for the program. Barnes & Noble customers will be well-rewarded when they make the time to read this literary treasure.”      

As part of the Discover Great New Writers program, Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…Of Sorts will receive the following B&N promotions:

  • Face-out display in each B&N bookstore  
  • An individual shelf-talker with a teaser line placed under each face-out 
  • A 20% discount for the entire promotional season 
  • An individual review for each title in the seasonal Discover Great New Writers brochure, available free to customers
  • Promotion on bn.com for the Discover Award finalists and  Discover Seasonal selections  
  • Special consideration for Discover-selected writers for in-store events and book group discussions

Author Ian Morgan Cron is represented by Lee Hough of Alive Communications. His speaking management is coordinated by Jim Chaffee of Chaffee Management Group.  

About Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…Of Sorts

At the age of sixteen, Ian Morgan Cron was told by his mother that his father, a former motion picture executive, worked with the CIA in Europe. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his father’s dark struggle with alcoholism, upends the world of a teenager struggling to become a man.  

In this surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir … of Sorts (Thomas Nelson, 978-0-8499-4610-3, $15.99, June 2011), Ian describes a childhood filled with remarkable stories and colorful characters that includes a nearly blind English nanny who teaches him what love means, a simple carpenter who leads him to faith, an irreverent New York radio personality who saves his life, a father who takes his family on a wild ride from the pinnacle of glamour and wealth to the depths of emotional and financial hardship, a beautiful and courageous mother who holds them together, and the hard won peace that comes when we surrender to the “unfinished business of grace.”