The Cat in the Hat Launches Presidential Campaign. Cast Your Vote!

cat in the hat voteDr. Seuss’s beloved character the Cat in the Hat has declared his candidacy for president of the United States in the 2016 election, as the one and only Kids’ Candidate, with Thing 1 and Thing 2 as his running mates, it was jointly announced by Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books. A special campaign rally is taking place July 26th on the steps of the childhood home of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) in Springfield, MA, at 74 Fairfield Street. Watch the Cat in the Hat’s official campaign video: expand
During his presidential run, the Cat in the Hat will represent all that Dr. Seuss believed about children—that they have the intellect, imagination, and power to impact our world positively, while also having fun. The announcement of the Cat in the Hat for President campaign arrives with the release of a new book in The Cat in the Hat Learning Library, ONE VOTE, TWO VOTES, I VOTE, YOU VOTE, on sale Tuesday (7/26) from Random House Books for Young Readers. In the latest addition to this collection of nonfiction books for beginning readers, the Cat in the Hat uses simple rhyme to introduce early readers to the concept and practice of voting, with a focus on the American presidency. Readers learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are made, why Election Day is held in early November, and much, much more.

Choose a Cause and Cast Your Vote Beginning July 26!

  As the Kids’ Candidate, the Cat in the Hat will show kids that every vote counts, and every voice matters! Votes can be cast for the Cat in the Hat to work with one of his supporters and their selected cause. Each cause is linked to a related organization, and together Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will make a $10,000 donation to the winning charity. Children can cast their vote for their preferred cause online by visiting Voting will run from July 26 through November 8, 2016, and the winning charity will be announced on December 1, 2016. The ballot includes the opportunity for kids to:
  • Cat for President Portrait PhotoVote for Reading and Education to support First Book, with Dick and Sally from THE CAT IN THE HAT!
  • Vote for Ocean Conservation to support Oceana, with Red Fish and Blue Fish from ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH!
  • Vote for Fighting Hunger to support Feed the Children, with Sam-I-Am! From GREEN EGGS AND HAM!
  • Vote for Kindness for All to support Pacer, with Horton from HORTON HEARS A WHO!
  “Just as the Cat introduced children to the joy of reading—opening up for them a world of ideas—he is now introducing children to the concept of voting in a way that is both informative and fun, in ONE VOTE, TWO VOTES, I VOTE, YOU VOTE—and I know Dr. Seuss would be pleased to see children working with the Cat and his other characters to make positive changes in their world,” says Cathy Goldsmith, President & Publisher of Random House’s Beginner Books line and Dr. Seuss publishing program. For more information and to cast your vote, visit

Featured Author Event: C.A. Higgins

ca higgins1On Thursday (7/28), author C.A. Higgins will celebrate the launch of the second book in her Lightless trilogy, SUPERNOVA (Del Rey). Higgins will discuss the new novel with her Penguin Random House editor and friend Tricia Narwani at BookCourt in Brooklyn at 7:00 pm. Higgins’ debut novel LIGHTLESS was named expand
9780553394450one of the best books of 2015 by both Buzzfeed and Kirkus Reviews. The acclaimed first book in the trilogy introduced readers to a blend of science fiction and the elements of a psychological thriller. While pursuing a BA in physics at Cornell University and pondering the death of the universe, Higgins came up with the idea that ultimately inspired LIGHTLESS. In the trilogy’s second installment, SUPERNOVA, the story picks up where it left off in LIGHTLESS, further expanding on the suspenseful plot and unique characters as well as the relationship between technology and humanity. At the launch party, Higgins will read from SUPERNOVA, sign copies for guests, and will participate in an audience Q&A session.

#FridayReads: The Dog Days of Summer

dog daysWe’ve entered the Dog Days of Summer, a phrase which – according to the Merriam-Webster Idioms Dictionary – refers to “hot, sultry summer weather; also, a period of stagnation…the period between early July and early September, when Sirius, the so-called Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun.” In this spirit, we’ve collected some of our favorite dog books to train or laze about with… expand


  FEATURED TITLES   HOW TO RAISE THE PERFECT DOG: THROUGH PUPPYHOOD AND BEYOND by Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer, the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog. ZAK GEORGE’S DOG TRAINING REVOLUTION: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO RAISING THE PERFECT PET WITH LOVE by Zak George, Dina Roth Port Celebrity dog trainer, YouTube sensation, and Animal Planet star Zak George presents a next-generation guide that uses his infectiously energetic style to teach dog-lovers everything they need to know about raising and training their unique pup. DOG SONGS: POEMS by Mary Oliver A collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet’s world THE COMPLETE DOG BREED BOOK (DK) The ultimate dog breed resource book, The Complete Dog Breed Book has everything from dog grooming to dog training to caring for a dog to, yes, a breakdown of dog breeds for prospective breeders and prospective dog owners. BELOVED DOG by Maira Kalman In Beloved Dog, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman brings us the dogs in her life, as only she can, and the lessons they have for us all.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   THE BEST DAYS ARE DOG DAYS by Aaron Meshon From playtime to naptime, pup and his sis do everything together—which means that every day is a delight! MY LIFE IN DOG YEARS by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie. THE PERFECT DOG by Kevin O’Malley Fans of The Pigeon Wants a Puppy and Charlie the Ranch Dog will fall in love with this vibrant picture book about one girl’s quest to find the perfect dog for her family.   For more information on these and related titles, visit the collection: Dog Days

Featured Author Event: Ina Yalof

fae ina yalofAuthor Ina Yalof will be signing copies of her new book FOOD AND THE CITY (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) on Sunday (7/24) at Brooklyn Brewery’s pop-up event at Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta. From 2:00 to 4:00 pm, come by and get your book signed and sample some delicious pairings of food and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. expand
In FOOD AND THE CITY, Ina Yalof takes us inside New York City’s bustling food world through the people that make it all happen. Chefs, street vendors, waiters, and restauranteurs all lend their 9780399168925voices to this behind-the-scenes look at the city’s unparalleled foodie culture. Having previously written about medicine, science, religion, and happiness, Yalof changed gears and dove into the stories of those who call the city’s food scene their home and discovered why they’ve dedicated their lives to the culinary industry. Each unique story sheds light on the hardship, passion, and determination required to bring the diverse food landscape to life and what it really takes to succeed. Every Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00 pm, Vendy Plaza brings together Vendy Award finalists and emerging food vendors to East Harlem’s La Marqueta. Vendy Plaza has everything you need for “Sunday funday,” with live music, a beer garden, and plenty of food to try. This Sunday, Brooklyn Brewery is making its way to Vendy Plaza with a pop-up featuring beer paired with dishes, food cooked with beer, and samples of rare Brooklyn offerings. The Vendy Plaza outdoor market series is free and open to the public.

There’s a Book for That: UFOS and NASA

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)This week we honor the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20th, 1969. Since then, space exploration continues to fascinate and propel science and entrepreneurs. However, NASA has been “trending” for another reason this month – their cameras cut out just after showing an unidentified flying object leading to questions and conspiracy theories along the lines of “what expand
does NASA not want us to see?” NASA responded that the station “regularly passes out of range,” which causes the video signal to disappear. To satisfy piqued interest in UFOs we have objects to identify ourselves… in the way of books! HEADLINE: NASA Responds to Viral ‘UFO’ Video (Voice of America) ufo-snip-640x424   FEATURED TITLES CHARIOTS OF THE GODS by Erich Von Daniken CHARIOTS OF THE GODS was immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance when it first introduced the theory that ancient Earth had established contact with aliens.   UFOS: GENERALS, PILOTS, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS GO ON THE RECORD by Leslie Kean With the support of former White House chief of staff John Podesta, investigative journalist Kean draws on her years of research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects—metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics—actually exist.   UFOS IN WARTIME: WHAT THEY DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW by Mack Maloney Although often written off as myths, UFOs are found in Renaissance Art, on ancient coins, etched on cave walls-and even reported in the Bible. Even more surprising is when they are documented most: in times of war. These sightings are made by high ranking officials, soldiers, and news reporters. Why do these sightings spike so drastically during wartime? Could it be mistaken aircraft? Or is someone-or something- looking in on us?   LIFE AS WE DO NOT KNOW IT : THE NASA SEARCH FOR (AND SYNTHESIS OF) ALIEN LIFE by Peter Ward An engrossing and revelatory first look at the search for alien life—on Earth and beyond   DRAW 50 ALIENS: THE STEP-BY-STEP WAY TO DRAW UFOS, GALAXY GHOULS, MILKY WAY MARAUDERS, AND OTHER EXTRATERRESTRIAL CREATURES by Lee J. AmesRic Estrada Alien fever is running high – the Alien and Star Wars movies have made outer space fascinating to a whole new generation of children.  An ideal tool for young artists or the parent or teacher seeking to help a child master their artistic skills, DRAW 50 ALIENS includes creatures from every walk of the galaxy.   A MAN ON THE MOON: THE VOYAGES OF THE APOLLO ASTRONAUTS by Andrew Chaikin, Foreword by Tom Hanks This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A MAN ON THE MOON conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LITTLE KIDS FIRST BIG BOOK OF SPACE by Catherine D. HughesDavid A. Aguilar Ages 4 to 8 This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into universe.   ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN AND THE CASE OF THE SECRET UFOS by Donald J. Sobol Ages 8 to 12 Everyone’s favorite kid sleuth is back to solve ten new confounding cases!   For more on these and related titles, visit the edelweiss collection: UFOS and SPACE MISSIONS
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THE HOPEFULS Author Jennifer Close Living the Knopf Dream

the hopefulsAuthor Jennifer Close, whose new widely-heralded book, THE HOPEFULS, is being published by Alfred A. Knopf on Tuesday (7/19), says, “At Knopf’s 100th anniversary party, I spent the whole night feeling star struck by the amazing authors around me, like a book lover who’d stumbled into the best party ever, forgetting that I, too, was a Knopf author and actually belonged there. It was a dream of mine to be published by Knopf, to have that little dog stamped on my book that would make people take notice. But the best part of this dream coming expand
true has been finding out that everyone at Knopf—from Sonny Mehta to the frighteningly efficient team of assistants—are all as kind, brilliant, and passionate about books as I’d imagined.” This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, THE HOPEFULS is a brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage, telling the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. Here is a sampling of what book critics are writing about THE HOPEFULS: “A pleasure to read…Close has a light, precise touch about the way a young marriage works…. The Hopefuls offers a welcome mixture of humor and wisdom about the good people who run this country — or, for some reason, want to.” —The Washington Post “Ambition, political power and charisma take center stage in Close’s riveting page turner about two couples who meet in DC—and the toll one pair’s success takes on the other.” —Entertainment Weekly “Close lays the sacrifices and successes of a marriage bare, with razor-sharp prose and keen wit. Fans of Lianne Moriarty’s relatable heroines will adore fish-out-of-water Beth, while political junkies will appreciate an insider’s view of a small campaign. With themes reminiscent of The Marriage Plot and perfectly suited for this year’s political climate, The Hopefuls is unflinchingly honest and utterly compelling.” —Stephanie Turza, Booklist (STARRED review) THE HOPEFULS has also been reviewed in such outlets as Cosmopolitan,, Booklist, Refinery29, and Elle, with additional coverage confirmed in Glamour, Marie Claire, Us Weekly, Electric Literature, Salon, and on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, with much more to come. Jennifer Close’s author tour includes upcoming events in Washington, DC (7/20), East Hampton, NY (7/21), Brooklyn (7/25), Darien, CT (7/26) and Winnetka, IL (7/28).

#FridayReads: Instrumental Titles

music postsCan you read music? Well, many of our best writers make music with words, but sometimes their inspiration – “muse” if you will -  is an actual instrument and its player. This meeting of arts results in evocative and layered reading where even non-musicians can inhabit a musician’s world – be it pure fiction or based on a famous player. The following books are tuned for discovery (or rediscovery) and should lead many readers to seek musical accompaniment to their pages. expand
instrument-snip-640x333   FEATURED TITLES   THE BLUE GUITAR by John Banville From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of THE SEA, a new novel about artistic creation and the ways in which we learn to possess one another—and hold on to ourselves. Equally self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, Oliver Otway Orme is a painter of some renown and a petty thief (who steals only for pleasure) who has never been caught—until now. THE PIANO TEACHER by Janice Y. K. Lee “A rare and exquisite story…Transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel on your very skin.” —Elizabeth Gilbert The debut novel from the author of THE EXPATRIATES is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong, written in the sweeping tradition of THE ENGLISH PATIENT. THE PIANO MAKER by Kurt Palka The suspenseful, emotionally resonant, and utterly compelling story of what brings an enigmatic French woman to a small Canadian town in the 1930s, a woman who has found depths of strength in dark times and comes to discover sanctuary at last. TRUMPET by Jackie Kay In her starkly beautiful and wholly unexpected tale, Jackie Kay delves into the most intimate workings of the human heart and mind and offers a triumphant tale of loving deception and lasting devotion. The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret, one that enrages his adopted son, Colman, leading him to collude with a tabloid journalist. YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN by Dorothy Baker Dorothy Baker’s YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it pulses with the music that defined an era. Baker took her inspiration from the artistry – though not the life – of legendary horn player Bix Beiderbecke, and the novel went on to be adapted into a successful movie starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day. CORELLI’S MANDOLIN by Louis de Bernieres Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, CORELLI’S MANDOLIN is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island’s shores in the form of the conquering Italian army. THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO by Stephen Galloway A novel of great intensity and power, and inspired by a true story, THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO poignantly explores how war can change one’s definition of humanity, the effect of music on our emotional endurance, and how a romance with the rituals of daily life can itself be a form of resistance.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   THE BLAZER GIRLS: THE VANISHING VIOLIN by Michael D. Beil Ages 8 to 12 Bowstrings and betrayal, crushes and codes abound in this middle-grade mystery. “With wit, cunning, snappy dialogue and superior math skills, The Red Blazer Girls represent the best of girl-detectives while still feeling relatable and real. Nancy Drew would be right at home with this group.” – Huffington Post‘s 15 Greatest Kid Detectives List THE PIANO STARTS HERE: THE YOUNG ART TATUM written and illustrated by Robert A. Parker Ages 4 to 8 Regardless of whether they’ve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful, energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it. TUBBY THE TUBA by Paul TrippHenry Cole  Ages 4 to 8 All day long, Tubby plays oompah, oompah with his orchestra, but what he really wants is to “dance with the pretty little tune.” A resourceful bullfrog shows Tubby that everyone has the right to play his own melody. When the recording of Tubby the Tuba was first released, more than 70 years ago, it met with instant success. Reimagined by Henry Cole, this stunning picture book comes complete with a CD of Tripp’s performance with full orchestration.   For more on these and other titles visit the edelweiss collection: Instrumental Titles

Featured Author Event: Alejandro Zambra

alejandro zambra faeChilean author Alejandro Zambra will celebrate the release of his new, boldly unconventional book MULTIPLE CHOICE (Penguin Books) on Tuesday (7/19) at 7:00 pm at McNally Jackson Books in New York City. Already widely known for his original approach to fictional literature, Zambra outdoes himself in MULTIPLE CHOICE. Written in the form of a ninety-question standardized test that Zambra took as a student in Chile, the book invites the reader to truly become engaged in the stories by pondering the expand
meaning behind Zambra’s words and that of storytelling altogether. The power of the Zambra’s 9780143109198execution has caught the attention of many media outlets and has landed the book on the summer reading lists of Elle, Huffington Post, Vox, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. The New Yorker calls Zambra “Latin America’s new literary star” and The New York Times Book Review stated that he is “The most talked-about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño.” In MULTIPLE CHOICE, you’ll find stories of Chilean politics, family, education, and independent thinking that will awaken you to both the playfulness and gravity of Zambra’s work. Zambra is also the author of My Documents, a New York Times Book Review  Editor’s Choice as well as the novels Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, and Bonsai. His other stories have appeared in publications such as the New YorkerVice, the Paris Review, and Harper’s and he is the recipient of several international awards.

Giving Back: Students Shine at P.S. 3 Poetry Reading

givingback1Two fifth grade classes at New York’s P.S. 3 Charrette School in Greenwich Village, our downtown Read-Ahead school, last month presented the P.S. 3 Poetry Reading to celebrate the completion of THE COMFORT OF WORDS, a collection of poems and illustrations from a number of the school’s students.  Coordinated and sponsored by Penguin Random House, this special collection recognized 62 students who came together and wrote hundreds of poems during National Poetry Month. For most students, it was their first published work expand
and more than 30 parents and teachers beamed with pride while listening to their sons and IMG_1102daughters recite their own poetry as well as share their many illustrations and artwork that accompany the poems. With the active participation of P.S. 3 teachers Andrea Franks and Lindsay Tomao, along with Principal Lisa Siegman and Assistant Principal Regina Chiou, this poetry writing program took place over five classroom sessions and provided additional support to Penguin Random House’s existing P.S. 3 partnership with Read-Ahead and employee volunteer reading mentors.  The writing exercises were based on odes, places, sketches, haikus, rhymes and artwork, among other topics.  For example, after a discussion about color, each student chose a favorite color and wrote an ode dedicated to and in celebration of their chosen hue. IMG_1129As part of our mission to nurture the next generation of writers and readers, Penguin Random House supports this program through the Read-Ahead partnership – providing employees an opportunity to give back to the community in which they work. Penguin Random House has over 100 employee volunteer mentors and our partnership has evolved to include: author and illustrator visits, poetry workshops, a parent-teacher book club, book donations and various student-related events throughout the school year. To view this impressive poetry collection, click here.

There’s a Book for That: Cults

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)You’ve read THE GIRLS, now what? Emma Cline’s coming-of-age novel, about a teen girl who gets involved with one of the most infamous cults in American history, has become one of the favorite books of the summer. If you loved reading or listening to it and are looking for more, try these similarly cult-themed titles in both fiction and non-fiction. expand
cult-snip-640x483                         FEATURED TITLES   THE GIRLS: A NOVEL by Emma Cline Girls, their vulnerability, strength, and desire to belong, are at the heart of this un-put-downable first novel set during the violent end of the 1960s in Northern California. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult. FREEDOM’S CHILD by Jax Miller A propulsive, raucous thriller about a woman named Freedom Oliver with a troubled past who breaks free of the witness-protection program in small-town Oregon in order to save her kidnapped daughter. RUIN FALLS by Jenny Milchman When Liz wakes up one morning in her hotel room to discover her two children Ally and Reid aren’t in their beds, her mind races, imagining a million worst-case scenarios, playing out her every nightmare. She discovers that the kids were taken, not by some anonymous monster in a ski mask but by her own husband… GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY, HOLLYWOOD, AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF by Lawrence Wright The basis for the HBO documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists, Lawrence Wright uncovers the inner workings of the church. RAVEN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE REV. JIM JONES AND HIS PEOPLE by Tim Reiterman, John Jacobs RAVEN provides the definitive history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown three decades ago. This PEN Award–winning work explores the ideals-gone-wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes Ages 14 And Up The cult known as the Community has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. GATED by Amy Christine Parker Ages 14 and Up Lyla Hamilton is a loyal member of the Community. Her family was happy to be chosen by Pioneer to join such a lovely gated neighborhood. Here, life seems perfect. But after meeting Cody, an outsider boy, Lyla starts questioning Pioneer, her friends, her family–everything. And if there’s one thing not allowed in the Community, it’s doubt. IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS by Joy Preble Ages 14 And Up In 1916, Emma O’Neill is frozen in time. After sampling an experimental polio vaccine brewed on a remote island off St. Augustine, Florida, she and her family stop aging—as do the Ryans, her family’s business partners. In a way, this suits Emma fine because she’s in love with Charlie Ryan. Being seventeen forever with him is a dream. But soon a group of religious fanatics, the Church of Light, takes note.   Looking for additional suggestions? Try our Cult-themed titles
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Newest Books & Banter Event Takes a Virtual Trip to Italy

catherine banner2The creation of the characters, tales and mythical island of Castellamare, featured in Catherine Banner’s new novel, THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT, published by Random House on July 12, were explored at last month’s Books & Banter event at 1745 Broadway. This Penguin Random House Sales initiative invites an imprint or publishing team to share a special publishing story with all of sales and other in-house colleagues to create pre-pub expand
buzz.  Ms. Banner, connected via live-streaming video from her home in Italy, and Random House EVP, Executive Editorial Director, Associate Publisher, Kate Medina, introduced by Jaci Updike, President of Sales, talked about how this sweeping saga became a book.
Colleagues enjoy Italian Prosecco, treats, and posing in a book-themed Instagram frame.

Colleagues enjoy Italian Prosecco, treats, and posing in a book-themed Instagram frame.

“I’ll never forget my excitement,“ said Ms. Medina, “the minute I started reading the manuscript. It had all of these elements – romance, adultery, lust, family – and images that were truly beautiful.  It was ambitious for Kate to write about four generations, with such breadth and depth. And I started thinking, ‘Can we be in a relationship?  Can she be a good partner with Random House?’ We quickly decided, ‘Yes.’” Ms. Banner noted, “It is so important to have the right team around you.  It was a transformative discovery for me, upon reading the first memo from Kate.  Her notes showed me, ‘That’s the book this could be.’"
Catherine Banner on the screen and Kate Medina at the podium

Catherine Banner on the screen and Kate Medina at the podium

“The editor has an inner metronome,” said Ms. Medina. “The story has to keep moving and I suggested ways in which that could be accomplished, to make sure there are no pauses.” Spanning four generations and nearly a century, through secrets and mysteries, trials and sacrifice, THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT  is a beautiful and haunting novel that follows the lives of the Esposito family and other islanders who live and love on Castellamare, an enchanting island off the coast of Italy. Ms. Banner, who was born in Cambridge in 1989 and began writing at the age of fourteen, previously published a trilogy of young adult novels. THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT is her debut adult novel and she revealed that months of research went into the creation of her fictional characters, scenarios and settings that live and breathe on the page.
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Annette Melvin, Director of Creative Services, poses with an imagined map of Castellamare brought to life by the RH Ad/Promo team

Fellow Random House author Sara Gruen offered this praise: “Catherine Banner’s latest is a masterful piece of storytelling, infused with the miraculous (both in stories and in everyday life) while maintaining the difficult balance between the explainable versus the inexplicable. Through the life of a single man—a man not noteworthy in the eyes of the world—and his family, Banner touches on such broad themes as community and the way global events play out in individual lives and larger society. And just as the broader themes affect the more personal ones, Banner’s style echoes the book’s content: THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT is captivating and beautifully rendered.” Here is a sampling of advance media buzz: “A luminous homage to the Italian tradition of storytelling … a lusty page-turner that weaves romance, rivalry and the intricacies of family expectations into one glorious tale. There are echoes of Italo Calvino in Banner's writing—echoes of admiration and love. Reading The House at the Edge of Night is like falling into a fantastical world where time stands still, yet change happens at an unimaginable pace.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune “A fantastic chronicle … Banner deftly touches on weightier themes while weaving an enchanting narrative.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “Ah, what fun. Don't miss it. [A] knockout adult debut … whisking us away to a world grounded in both reality and myth, filled with marvelously peculiar characters, plotted on a grand scale.”—Kirkus, Starred Review  

Featured Author Event: Jessica Winter

jessica winter3Features editor at Slate, Jessica Winter will celebrate the release of her new novel BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (Knopf) on 7/12 at 7pm at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Winter will be joined by Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large forNew York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle, for a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing. expand
BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY is the first novel from Jessica Winter who is also the former culture editor of Time. Winter puts a sharp, satirical twist on workplace drama as well as the experiences of an early thirty-something navigating friendships, fertility, and marriage. Full of 9781101946138comedy, harsh insights, and tender moments, BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY brings a fresh, yet sarcastic perspective to the modern world in which we live. The book has already caught the attention of major media sources including Marie Claire and has been chosen as one of Elle Magazine’s 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About. Joining Winter in conversation is acclaimed journalist and author, Rebecca Traister. Aside from New York magazine, Traister has written for Elle, The New Republic, Salon, The New York Times and many more. Her first book Big Girls Don’t Cry, on the 2008 presidential election, women, and cultural feminism, was published in 2010 and went on to become a New York Times Notable Book. Her second book, All the Single Ladies was released in March of 2016 and investigates single women in the twenty-first century. All the Single Ladies is a New York Times bestseller and Traister has been praised for her in-depth research that sheds light on the lives of unmarried women in America and the historical context that led us to this current state.

Christopher Myers to Launch MAKE ME A WORLD Imprint with Random House Children’s Books

RHCBChristopher Myers, award-winning author and artist, and son of the late acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers, will launch his own imprint with Random House Children’s Books, MAKE ME A WORLD, it was announced by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Jenny Brown, Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, will oversee the imprint. expand
The name MAKE ME A WORLD reflects Myers’s vision: to publish a selection of books that open up new worlds, possibilities, and pathways for young readers of all ages. Myers is focused on bringing voices of diverse thinkers and artists from all walks of life to his list—including filmmakers, musicians, playwrights, painters, writers, astronomers, architects, and more, and individuals who have redrawn the boundaries of their own lives and forged new paths.
Christopher Myers in Papua, New Guinea

Christopher Myers in Papua, New Guinea

The imprint’s debut list will launch in 2018 with Child of the Universe by astronomer Ray Jayawardhana, a lyrical piece unfolding as a conversation in which a father shows how the entire universe has conspired over billions of years to bring his child into his life; Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza! by Annie Sieg, a picture book that tells the inspiring story of female musicians like the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, who played a critical role in the evolution of jazz after World War II; and Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duany, an inspirational memoir for young adults about a pivotal time in the life of a boy from South Sudan, who escapes dire and desperate circumstances, war and famine, through the gift of one constant friend. Barbara Marcus said, “I have long been an admirer of Christopher Myers’s way of thinking about literature and art, and believe that his talent and perspectives uniquely position him to launch an imprint focused on celebrating diversity of every kind, and the power of books to transform lives. We are eager to watch Chris develop his future lists, and for children, teens, and families to experience the stories that his authors and artists will tell.” Myers cites the influence of his father on the core mission of the new imprint: “I am excited to embark on this endeavor with Random House to launch MAKE ME A WORLD. Every day in the newspapers we see how much stories matter, the stories we tell each other and ourselves, and for too long many stories have been neglected, many storytellers ignored. Each of these untold stories represents a world that has been erased. My father built worlds for countless children in his stories. He wanted to make sure no child felt erased as he had, growing up poor and Black in Harlem in the 1940s, where brown, bright faces like his own were nowhere to be found in the pages of books. MAKE ME A WORLD will continue that work, recognizing storytellers from all walks of life that can build for contemporary children a sense that they too have the ability in their creative hands, in their hearts, to build their own worlds.”

Behind the Book Covers with Knopf’s Chip Kidd

Kidd-Igloo-banner2-72-dpiChip Kidd, Associate Director, Art and Cover Design, Knopf Doubleday, was heralded as “The Superhero” by PRINT magazine and featured on the cover of the publication’s Spring 2016 edition, honoring “56 Inspiring Designers Shaping Our World Today.”  Beloved and admired throughout our company and the entire publishing industry, Chip was hired as assistant to the Art Director of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in the fall of 1986, when he had just turned twenty-two. He has worked there ever since. Chip notes, “During these last 30 years, in some ways expand
Knopf has changed quite a bit (structurally, technologically, organizationally) but in the most important ways it has not—continuing to publish the highest quality of literary works while still keeping an eye focused on the commercial side of the business.”  Chip has had the opportunity to help with this process, designing first edition book covers for an astonishing range of writers, including Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Katherine Hepburn, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Donna Tartt, Oliver Sacks, Elie Wiesel, Lawrence Wright, Vladimir Nabokov, Orhan Pamuk, Art Spiegelman, John Updike, Bret Easton Ellis, James Merrill, Robert Hughes, James Ellroy, Robert M. Gates and Haruki Murakami (and many, many more). TED book front  CK Print cover lo-res  Go cover mech 1st pass Chip is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications and the Lifetime Achievement Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the two highest honors for the field of graphic design. An author himself, Kidd to date has published two novels—The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners —as well as many books on design and the field of comics and graphic novels. He is presently at work on his second monograph of his work, Book Two, to be published in 2017 by Rizzoli. As part of our ongoing “Behind the Book Covers” Igloo Interview series, Chip offers a number of fascinating insights into his craft, his career and the evolution of book cover design.  What initially drew you to the world of book cover art design? At the very beginning (age 2-ish?), it was probably comic book covers, because my brother (two years older) had a lot of them and soon I did too. They speak a kind of visual language that you can “read” without actually being able to read them (yet). Soon after that my earliest memories of book covers that affected me visually (and emotionally) were all of Dr. Seuss, “Charlotte’s Web,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” And of course the ‘Peanuts’ collections. Ross_9780307378781_cvr_r1-e1467832191449 Lepore WW glasses.sktch Murakami SL Pamu_9780307700292_jkt.3.13 How would you describe the conceptual processes you follow when envisioning then creating book covers? I think the key word you use in your question is “conceptual.”  Certainly conceptual problem-solving is extremely important when it comes to book cover design, and I try to use that method as much as possible. It always starts with the text of the book. But there are so many other factors aside from that which affect a final design to be approved by all involved. Whatever it is you do, you have to please (in varying order): the author, the publisher, the marketing department(s), the sales force, potential book buyers for the accounts, the editor, and—hopefully—yourself. It can be a very tricky balancing act, and all of the books have different sets of circumstances and needs. McIn_978110194002_jkt.skch final Colorless 3-D Mura_9780385352123_jkt.sktch copy Hallberg jacket final Which of your book cover design projects have been most challenging, and which covers are you most proud of creating and why? Having done this non-stop for close to thirty years-and-counting, I’m happy to say it gets harder and harder to answer this question. There are so many (something like 1,500 covers), I’ve been so fortunate to be at Knopf all this time. I’d say the tougher challenges are for the books whose subjects aren’t particularly visual. Last year I did a cover for Justice Stephen Breyer on how US Supreme Court decisions affect laws in the rest of the world. Now, that’s an incredibly important matter, but how do you decide what it looks like? In terms of covers I’m proud of, my goal is to be the most excited about whatever I’m currently working on. As I write this, I just did a cover for an up-coming collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami called Men Without Women (Spring 2017) that was tough to figure out, but thrilling when I finally did. Gates jkt front 7.29 Wrig_9780385352055_jkt.sktch5 Sacks On the Move jkt McClatchy plundered sketch Fran_9780307700636_jkt.sktch5 How has the evolution of digital technology impacted what you do as a book designer/art director and, gazing into the crystal ball, how do you envision the future of your craft? What digital technology has affected the most is the speed with which things can get done. And initially that had nothing to do with the internet/the web. We first got computers to design with in 1994, and while it took some getting used to (I am among the last generation of graphic designers to learn the craft by hand), once we did, everything changed. When I started at Knopf in 1986, just the process of specc’ing and setting typography for any given title took a full three days (yes, days). And if you were a novice and didn’t do it correctly (I speak from experience), then that added another two days. And that’s just for the lettering. Needless to say I can now do that in under two minutes, even if I’m not exactly sure what I want. I can remember at some point in the mid-90s our production manager said something like “Soon, you’ll just be giving me a disc and a print-out with the specs and that’s what the printer will use.” And I thought “Oh, like THAT’S going to happen.” And now even that seems like smoke signals, and so on. But in terms of the design problem-solving process, digital technology does not do that for you, never has, and never will. It just helps you get there faster. This is why the field of design will always need designers. Because the idea, the essence of it, has to come from YOU. 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There’s a Book for That: Summer!

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Now that we’ve celebrated Independence Day, the halcyon days of summer are truly upon us and that means finding the right breezy, engaging book to take to the beach, on vacation or for a summery escape during your commute or lunch break. The following books have one thing in common – a summer setting. From Capote’s first novel to Helen Simonson’s most recent, in locales from New York City to Cairo, New England to England and in eras ranging from the expand
World Wars to contemporary times, we present the following stories, characters and poems to sweep you away. summer-snip-640x320   FEATURED TITLES A DREAM OF SUMMER: POEMS FOR THE SENSUOUS SEASON; Introduction by Mary Oliver, edited by Robert Atwan Illustrated throughout with pen-and-ink drawings, this volume focuses on the sensuality of summertime and the varieties of summer experience. It is a love letter to the sultry heat, crashing thunderstorms, endless days, and short, mild nights. Gathered here is work by illustrious poets of the past, among them William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, John Keats, and Alfred Lord Tennyson, as well as more contemporary artists like Louise Gluck, Yusef Komunyakaa, Marge Piercy, and Charles Simic. ONE HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this novel from the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT and A CERTAIN AGE. “It is what every beach book should aspire to be—smart and engrossing.”—Elin Hilderbrand CHRONICLE OF A LAST SUMMER: A NOVEL OF EGYPT by Yasmine El Rashidi A young Egyptian woman traces her personal and political coming of age in this poignant debut novel. Cairo, 1984. A blisteringly hot summer. A young girl in a sprawling family house. Her days pass quietly: listening to her mother’s phone conversations, looking at the Nile from a bedroom window, watching the three state-sanctioned TV stations with the volume off, daydreaming about other lives. Underlying this claustrophobic routine is mystery and loss. LOVE AND SUMMER: A NOVEL by William Trevor In spare, exquisite prose, master storyteller William Trevor presents a haunting love story about the choices of the heart, and the passions and frustrations of three lives during one long summer. SUMMER by Edith Wharton A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires Edith Wharton called SUMMER her ‘hot Ethan’. SUMMER CROSSING: A NOVEL by Truman Capote Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved. SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL: A NOVEL by Herman Koch An instant New York Times bestseller, the blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of THE DINNER. When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux The first novel of New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux’s breathtaking new series set in Summer Hill, a small town where love takes center stage against the backdrop of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR: A NOVEL by Helen Simonson For lovers of Downton Abbey, a historical novel (1914) with the same wit, romance, and insight into the manners and morals of small town British life as her New York Times bestsellerMAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND.   FOR YOUNGER READERS WHAT ARE THE SUMMER OLYMPICS? by Gail Herman, Stephen Marchesi, Kevin McVeigh Run, swim, and race back in time to experience the Summer Olympics – from ancient Greece to modern-day super events. LAST SUMMER WITH MAIZON by Jacqueline Woodson From the National Book Award- winning author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING: Margaret loves her parents and hanging out with her best friend, Maizon. Then it happens, like a one-two punch, during the summer she turns eleven: first, Margaret’s father dies of a heart attack, and then Maizon is accepted at an expensive boarding school, far away from the city they call home. For the first time in her life, Margaret has to turn to someone who isn’t Maizon, who doesn’t know her heart and her dreams. . . . SUMMER BALL by Mike Lupica When you’re the smallest kid playing a big man’s game leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny Walker, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. For more on these and other summer titles visit the edelweiss collection: Summer 
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Igloo Book Buzz: NYC Rom-Com for Dog Lovers

MegRosoffJonathanUnleashed“A humorous tale of a young New Yorker’s search for happiness, and the two dogs who help him find it” is Marie Claire’s take on JONATHAN UNLEASHED by Meg Rosoff, published by Viking on Tuesday (7/5). Two more buzz lines about this beach bag-ready summer read: “With whip-smart dialogue, Rosoff explores how twentysomethings find their feet in the big city, face up to the horror of entry-level employment and figure out who they really love” and “Funny, smart writing from a novelist with such an assured voice that you can’t resist accompanying her on the novel’s journey.”  expand
Ms. Rosoff, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner, describes the inspiration behind the writing of JONATHAN UNLEASHED: “I woke up one morning with the line ‘Jonathan came home from work one day to find the dogs talking about him’ in my head. I knew instantly it was the next book, even though I didn’t know who Jonathan was, and why the dogs were talking about him. I thought, ‘I must write that line down,’ but also knew that I wouldn’t forget it. The process of writing a book is made up of a thousand micro-decisions, and I think one of them with this book was that the news was depressing me quite a lot, and I thought a comedy might cheer me up.” JONATHAN UNLEASHED is a romantic comedy that follows Jonathan Trefoil, a twenty-something New Yorker who feels stuck and helpless, and the two dogs, Dante, a border collie and Sissy, a spaniel, that inspire him to lead a different life. Film rights for the novel have been optioned by Qwerty Films, with Michael Kuhn as producer (Being John Malkovich, The Duchess, Florence Foster Jenkins) and Ms. Rosoff writing the screenplay.

#FridayReads: Postal Lit

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)July 1st is National Postal Worker Day which is celebrated annually on July 1st. Established in 1997 by a Seattle-area letter carrier who was passionate about honoring postal employees, it is a day of appreciation for the many men and women who are dedicated to sending and delivering our mail. These postal workers endure some of the harshest working conditions six days a week. expand
This week also saw the publication of a fascinating, definitive cultural history of the United States Post Office with HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA by Winifred Gallagher. It’s an American story like no other and a perfect nonfiction complement to our featured novels inspired by postal work. postal-lit-640x197   FEATURED TITLES HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA: A HISTORY by Winifred Gallagher The Post Office, Winifred Gallagher argues, has been not just a witness to but a foundational influence on much of the history of the United States of America, particularly for women and African-Americans, who participated in the nation’s formation via the Post Office in pivotal ways. How the Post Office Created America tells this story, tracing the role of a unique institution and its leaders, such as Benjamin Franklin, the Crown’s first postmaster general. KEEP ME POSTED by Lisa Beazley Cassie Sunday can’t seem to make her life work as a Manhattan wife and mom to twin toddlers, while her big-hearted sister Sid lives an ex-pat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore. Since Sid doesn’t do social media, she challenges Cassie to reconnect through old-fashioned letters. THE POST-OFFICE GIRL by Stefan Zweig, Joel Rotenberg This unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction (Wes Anderson cites the novel as an influence for his films) by one of the masters of the psychological novel introduces us to Christine, who looks after her ailing mother and toils in a provincial Austrian post office in the years just after the Great War. One afternoon, as she is dozing among the official forms and stamps, a telegraph arrives addressed to her… DEATH TAKES PRIORITY: A POSTMISTRESS MYSTERY by Jean Flowers First in a brand-new series that really delivers! Cassie Miller has traded in her tailored suits and high heels to become Postmaster in her hometown in the Berkshires. But when the body of an unidentified man is found, Cassie decides to track the killer—before another victim’s fate is sealed in the dead letter office. THE POSTMISTRESS by Sarah Blake In 1940, Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows more about the townspeople than she will ever say, and believes her job is to deliver secrets. Yet one day she does the unthinkable: slips a letter into her pocket, reads it, and doesn’t deliver it. Visit the edelweiss collection: Postal Lit

Igloo Book Buzz: AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White

Kiersten WhiteThe growing excitement for Kiersten White’s new YA novel, AND I DARKEN, which goes on sale Tuesday, June 28, began with the book’s editor, Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor, Delacorte Press: “Whatever Kiersten White does, I’m on board, so when she said she was writing a novel in which Vlad the Impaler was a girl, I couldn’t wait. AND I DARKEN is the story of Lada Dragwlya, the brutal, driven princess, her brother, Radu, and Mehmed, the Sultan. expand
Think of this novel—the first in a trilogy—as a teenage Game of Thrones set in the Ottoman Empire, but without magic and dragons. It’s dark, sophisticated, and bloody, with murders, political intrigue, war, betrayals, violent uprisings, and romance. AND I DARKEN is a sweeping reimagining of history, all in the hands of a master storyteller. I hope readers fall as madly in love with Kiersten’s fictional history as I have.” Reviewers and fellow authors have been offering their own praise. Here is a sampling: “Full of sword fights, assassination plots, and palace intrigues, this novel is ambitious in scope and concept and reveals a fascinating, important, and somewhat obscure slice of history…the novel is breathtakingly good.” —School Library Journal “AND I DARKEN is a jewel of a book—a jewel embedded in the hilt of a blood-soaked sword. A brilliantly envisioned alternate history that is meticulously detailed but compulsively readable, this is a story I could not put down. I demand the sequel like Lada demands Wallachia!” —Beth Revis, author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series “It’s a gritty, historically based fantasy and it’s not for the faint of heart.”—BuzzFeed “AND I DARKEN is Kiersten White at her absolute best. The epic story will thrill you, the Transylvanian setting will transport you, and the characters (especially the fierce, take-no-prisoners Lada) will capture your heart. Don’t miss it.” —Cynthia Hand, New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series Kiersten White reveals, “I spent so many of my teen years cultivating likeability: studying and mimicking and trying desperately to figure out how to be what everyone around me would most like. It took me years to shed that need, like a too-tight skin cracking and peeling around my sharpening edges. Writing Lada in AND I DARKEN felt like the final layer tearing away. So when I hear about ‘unlikeable narrators,’ I say, yes, please. Give me girls with teeth. Give me girls with ruthless ambition. Give me girls with rage and passion and dark, feral hearts. They don’t need me to like them—but oh, how I do.” Ms. White will be going on a group young adult author tour in the fall to six cities (San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, New York, Raleigh, and Atlanta) with fellow YA authors Catherine Egan (JULIA VANISHES), Jessica Cluess ( A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING), and Arwen Elys Dayton ( TRAVELER).

There’s a Book for That: ¿Hablas Español?

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Did you know?…   Penguin Random House publishes close to fifty Spanish language titles a year in the U.S. With two dedicated Spanish language imprints – Vintage Español and Celebra –  our Spanish language publishing program boasts strong backlist sales in commercial and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction from celebrity authors. Topping our bestselling titles from 2015 is the Spanish expand
translation of Sandra Cisneros’s beloved La Casa en Mango Street (The House on Mango Street), while titles by Gabriel García Márquez, E. L. James, and Paulo Coelho have consistently claimed their spots over the past few years. On sale next week is the much anticipated paperback edition of El Amante Japonés (The Japanese Lover), by New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende. This is an exquisitely crafted love story and multi-generational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War. Isabel Allende is internationally beloved by her fans and is by far one of the bestselling Spanish-language authors of the modern era. spanish-language-snip-640x279   FEATURED TITLES ADULTERIO (Adultery) by Paulo Coelho; translated by Pilar Obón Coelho has an enormous following in Spanish, and his books never fail to receive major attention from Spanish-language media. Adulterio debuted at #1 on Spanish language bestseller lists. CIEN AÑOS DE SOLEDAD (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez Márquez’s masterpiece is the finest example of magical realism, and, as the book that sparked the Latin American boom, is one of most influential novels of the 20th Century. COMO AGUA PARA CHOCOLATE (Like Water for Chocolate) by Laura Esquivel This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations throughout the story. CUANDO ERA PUERTORRIQUEÑA (When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir) by Esmeralda Santiago In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard. LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO (The Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon This is the first installment in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, a four-part series that immerses readers in a beautiful and haunting Barcelona and a world of books, mystery, fantasy and love. VIVIENDO by Adamari Lopez The telling and uplifting survival story of soap opera star Adamari López’s battle with cancer and a very public divorce. BAJO LA MISMA ESTRELLA (The Fault in Our Stars) by John Green; translated by Noemi Sobregues Arias A genuine and moving story about a 16-year-old girl and her relationship with a boy that, like her, is fighting terminal cancer. Green’s novel is an international phenomenon and basis for a feature film. RETA TU VIDA by José Fernandez Jose Fernandez, “Trainer to the Stars,” presents a new diet and exercise guide challenging readers to get in the best shape of their lives by challenging the way they eat and exercise. UN BUEN HIJO DE P… : UNA FÁBULA by Ismael Cala Ismael Cala’s inspirational premise guides readers through real-life scenarios to help them overcome obstacles in their everyday lives, and learn the skills necessary to be successful, fulfilled, and most importantly happy on a daily basis. Cala hosts and produces a news show on CNN en Español (often referred to as the Hispanic Larry King), Cala, as well as a radio show. LA CASA EN MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros; translated by Elena Poniatowska THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.   Visit the collection: Top 25 Spanish Language Books

Employee Blog from Markus Dohle: Humble Beginnings

Markus-First-Day-of-Work_300x150Earlier this month, I left behind the bustling city streets of Manhattan for the quaint, cobblestoned roads of Gütersloh, Germany, where one hundred Penguin Random House colleagues from around the world joined with more than four hundred Bertelsmann colleagues for the Bertelsmann Management Meeting. It was extraordinary to have all of us in the place where, for me, everything started (the picture shows me on one of my first days at Bertelsmann!). Before taking my first job there after university, I grew up not far from Bertelsmann’s Gütersloh expand
headquarters. The BMM (Bertelsmann Management Meeting) was last held in Gütersloh in 2012, when the merger between Penguin and Random House was still an idea. Being back there last week got me thinking about the amazing and unexpected ways that great stories find their beginning. Bertelsmann-Corporate-Center_300x150We began with a strategic rationale for the merger based on what we called the Three I’s: Integration, International, and Innovation. Today, we have successfully completed the integration of the largest merger in publishing history, and internationally we’ve strengthened and expanded our key territories. Now we can fully focus on improving through innovation what we already do well. After the BMM, everyone from Penguin Random House in attendance gathered for breakout sessions, splitting into small groups to discuss and exchange ideas focused on our core strategic areas of innovation: Reader, Retail, and Author.
It’s tradition in Germany to receive a Schultüte on your very first day

It’s tradition in Germany to receive a Schultüte on your very first day

As a child who grew up reading books from the Bertelsmann book clubs of the 1970s, I find it surreal that I now, together with all of you, have the great opportunity and responsibility of carrying forward the publishing legacy of Bertelsmann and of so many other historic houses. As my colleagues discussed the future of Penguin Random House just 150 meters from the small house where Carl Bertelsmann printed his first book, the connection between past and future was palpable.
The Carl Bertelsmann House

The Carl Bertelsmann House

That afternoon, in our separate Penguin Random House session, the room hummed as new ideas and perspectives were shared and new relationships formed. You can’t overestimate what can be born out of a simple dialogue, and the possibilities are even greater when you consider the institutional knowledge and collective imagination that all of you have to share. Collaborating across our company, and working directly with one another, will be one of our greatest competitive advantages going forward.
The 2015 Bertelsmann Entrepreneurial Award Winners

The 2015 Bertelsmann Entrepreneurial Award Winners

To that end, an impressive number of our colleagues were deservedly recognized at the BMM by Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe with the coveted Bertelsmann entrepreneur award for their outstanding 2015 achievements. I’d like to personally congratulate them again. As part of my presentation at BMM, we invited Paula Hawkins and her two editors, Sarah Adams and Sarah McGrath, onstage for an interview. Nearly a year and a half after the publication of The Girl on Train, and after having sold 11 million copies around the world, Paula said of her success: “No, I still can’t believe it.” Sarah Adams, who said yes to the book after reading only eight chapters, also admitted that she too couldn’t possibly have imagined the runaway success the book has enjoyed.
Our colleagues deep in discussion during the BMM PRH Meeting

Our colleagues deep in discussion during the BMM PRH Meeting

But now, as Penguin Random House—with our combined talent, resources, and bestseller share—we’ve increased the likelihood that one of our books will achieve “unbelievable” success. Similarly, our completed integration means that we, as a company, can exceed our own high expectations. The necessity of collectively making thousands of decisions every day means that finding even the smallest of ways to become better at what we do can translate into continuous and large improvement across our company. As we move past the integration, I encourage us all to find the ways we can incrementally innovate: whether that’s simply experimenting with an idea, welcoming a new perspective, or just having a spontaneous conversation. I think we’ll surprise ourselves with what we may start. Click on the link to see how Penguin Random House is taking Bertelsmann’s publishing legacy into the future: PRH BMM Video Click on the link to see what an unbelievable ride The Girl on the Train has had: BMM The Girl on the Train Video For additional coverage of the Bertelsmann Management Meeting, visit BeNet
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Featured Author Event: Chuck Klosterman

chuck klostermanBestselling author and essayist Chuck Klosterman will be celebrating the release of his new book BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG (Blue Rider Press) at Villain, LLC in Williamsburg on Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm. Joining Klosterman in conversation is Wesley Morris of The New York Times. expand
Chuck Klosterman is the author of nine books including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and I Wear the Black Hat and he has written for several major publications including The New York Times, GQ, and ESPN among others. In his books and essays, Klosterman challenges readers to 9780399184123think in new ways about the facets of pop culture that he continually and humorously probes. In BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG?, Klosterman visualizes how our current world will eventually be interpreted in the future. Klosterman’s thought-provoking concepts ask us how sure we are about our understanding of everything from gravity to time, music and more. Featuring interviews with the likes of such imaginative minds including Neil deGrasse Tyson, David Byrne, and George Saunders, Klosterman creates a forecast of the future and urges you to challenge your beliefs and consider what you can truly know for certain. Klosterman will discuss his new book with American journalist and Critic at Large for The New York Times, Wesley Morris. Morris is a former full-time writer for the website Grantland of which Klosterman was an original founder of. Morris won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his 2011 work withThe Boston Globe. Tickets for this event include one copy of the hardcover edition BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG? Doors open at 6:30 for check-in, at which time you can pick up your copy/copies of the book.

Riverhead Raises Nearly $5,000 for Libraries Without Borders

RiverheadLibrariesWithoutBordersRevisiting our early June post about Riverhead’s Fundraiser for Libraries Without Borders, this month-long campaign has now generated nearly $5,000 in donations, with one week left for people to contribute.  Anyone who makes a donation of $250 or more receives a 3D head of the author of their choosing. Riverhead Design Labs partnered with Leblox to create 3D heads of some of the imprint’s most iconic authors, such as Junot Diaz, Marlon James, Ann Lamott, and expand
Lauren Groff, among others. So far, Junot Diaz is the more popular 3D head, with Anne Lamott a close second. Libraries Without Borders is doing incredible work bringing books, tutors, computers and more to the refugee camps in the Middle East and Europe to help Syrian refugees. Riverhead Books is committed to not only amplifying and celebrating unheard voices, but also doing what they can in the fight for global literacy and access to technology.  Go to this website for more details and to contribute by June 30:

#FridayReads: Shark Week Starts This Sunday!

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)What has kept this phenomenon going strong for 29 years? Peter Benchley, author of Jaws and bonafide shark expert, should know. He says: “People are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.” expand
Get yourself and the little ones in your life ready for Shark Week with some great reference books on these fascinating creatures, plus some fun reads to feed your sea-deep imagination.shark-snip-640x150   FEATURED TITLES   BLUE MERIDIAN: THE SEARCH FOR THE GREAT WHITE SHARK by Peter Matthiessen On a trek that lasts 17 months and takes him from the Caribbean to the whaling grounds off South Africa, and across the Indian Ocean to the South Australian coast, National Book Award-winning author Matthiessen describes the awesome experience of swimming in open water among hundreds of sharks; the beauties of strange seas and landscapes; and the camaraderie, tension, humor, and frustrations that develop when people continually risking their lives dwell in close proximity day after day.   JAWS: A NOVEL by Peter Benchley Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.   DEMON FISH: TRAVELS THROUGH THE HIDDEN WORLD OF SHARKS by Juliet Eilperin From Belize to South Africa, from Shanghai to Bimini, we see that sharks are still the object of an obsession that may eventually lead to their extinction. In this eye-opening adventure that spans the globe, environmental journalist Juliet Eilperin investigates the fascinating ways different individuals and cultures relate to the ocean’s top predator.   FOR YOUNG READERS   SHARK WARS by EJ Altbacker Since the dawn of time, prehistoric shark clans called Shivers have ruled over the earth’s oceans, fierce protectors of all who swim. For eons, the Big Blue has prospered under Shiver Law, and the delicate balance of sea life kept sacred. Until now.   SUPER SHARK ENCYCLOPEDIA (DK) SUPER SHARK ENCYCLOPEDIA uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of 80 sharks and other sea creatures — from Barrel Shrimp to Blue Sharks, Starfish to Bat Fish, and Hammerhead Sharks to Sandtiger Sharks, plus surfing penguins, deep-sea monsters, rays, eels and more. Packed with jaw-dropping facts about animal behavior and anatomy, new x-ray artworks utilize cross-sections and strip layers away to show key anatomical features in detail. It showcases record-breaking animals, such as the deadliest p …   THE OCTONAUTS AND THE WHITETIP SHARK (Grosset & Dunlap) The Octonauts are out on the reef when a scary whitetip shark attacks the GUP-A! A tiny pilot fish offers to lend a fin, giving Barnacles a brilliant idea: Pilot fish get their food by eating gunk off of things, and whitetip sharks offer pilot fish protection in return for cleaning their teeth. Maybe all this whitetip shark needs is a friend. Octonauts, let’s do this!   For more on these and other shark titles visit the edelweiss collection: Shark Week 2016

There’s a Book for That: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. Add to that the number of caregivers and those directly affected grows exponentially. Awareness inspires action and the following titles on brain health, Alzheimer’s and dementia aim to educate, support and inspire. expand
To learn more visit: brain-snip-640x316   FEATURED TITLES BEFORE I FORGET: LOVE, HOPE, HELP, AND ACCEPTANCE IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S by B. Smith, Dan Gasby, Michael Shnayerson Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 64 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer’s patient. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with Lessons Learned, their practical and helpful advice, readers travel with them as they learn to deal with Alzheimer’s day-to-day challenges.   MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING by Joshua Foer An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.   THE BRAIN’S WAY OF HEALING: REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES AND RECOVERIES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF NEUROPLASTICITY by Norman Doidge From the New York Times bestselling author of THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF, the next generation of neuroplasticity’s miracles—how doctors and patients are awakening the brain’s ability to grow and change and heal, including cases of overcoming the symptoms of Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.   WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN: LOSING MY MOTHER ONLY TO FIND HER AGAIN by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Michael J. Fox After a Redbook piece that went viral and attracted media attention from Good Morning America and NPR, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress (Father of the Bride, Nashville) and wife of country megastar Brad Paisley, shares the story of her mother’s diagnosis of a rare form of dementia at the age of 61 and the effect it has had on their relationship.   THE HUMAN BRAIN BOOK by Rita Carter Combining the latest findings from neuroscience with new brain imaging techniques, as well as developments on infant brains, telepathy, and brain modification, this new edition of DK’s The Human Brain Book covers brain anatomy, function, and disorders in unprecedented detail.   THE THEFT OF MEMORY: LOSING MY FATHER, ONE DAY AT A TIME by Jonathan Kozol In the most personal book of his career, Kozol tells the story of his father’s life and work as a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain and his astonishing ability, at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, to explain the causes of his sickness and then to narrate, step-by-step, his slow descent into dementia.   THE BRAINPOWER COOKBOOK: MORE THAN 200 RECIPES TO ENERGIZE YOUR THINKING, BOOST YOUR MOOD, AND SHARPEN YOUR MEMORY by Frank Lawlis, Maggie Greenwood-Robinson Brain-boosting recipes from the New York Times bestselling author and chief content adviser for the Dr. Phil show.   THE LONG GOODBYE by Patti Davis In THE LONG GOODBYE, Patti Davis describes losing her father to Alzheimer’s disease, saying goodbye in stages, helpless against the onslaught of a disease that steals what is most precious—a person’s memory. “Alzheimer’s,” she writes, “snips away at the threads, a slow unraveling, a steady retreat; as a witness all you can do is watch, cry, and whisper a soft stream of goodbyes.”   WHAT IF IT’S NOT ALZHEIMER’S?: A CAREGIVER’S GUIDE TO DEMENTIA by Gary Radin, Lisa Radin, Murray Grossman, MD EdD This book is the first and only comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer’s dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.   FOR YOUNG READERS   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS BRAIN GAMES: THE MIND-BLOWING SCIENCE OF YOUR AMAZING BRAIN by Jennifer Swanson, Hank Green; Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7 In this fascinating, interactive book—a companion to the National Geographic Channel hit show – kids explore the parts of the brain and how it all works.   DEATH BY TOILET PAPER by Donna Gephart; Ages 9-12 Fans of Louis Saachar will welcome the adventures of a contest-crazed seventh grader who uses his wits and way with words in hopes of winning a big cash prize to help his family.   For more information on these and related titles visit the edelweiss collection: Brain & Alzheimer’s Books

Celebrate Audiobook Month by Sharing Why You #LoveAudiobooks

audiobookPenguin Random House Audio and the Audio Publishers Association are celebrating June as Audiobook Month with a new awareness campaign: “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes,” featuring video PSAs with prominent authors. Dozens of bestselling authors from across the industry are creating videos sharing why they love audiobooks, including Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen King, Tyler Oakley, James Patterson, and many more. expand
Videos with Penguin Random House Audio authors Justin Cronin, Terry McMillan, Delia Ephron, Jazz Jennings, Faith Salie, Jennifer Niven, David Levithan, Julie Berry, Julie Buxbaum and Jon Scieszka will be rolling out over the coming weeks (check out all the videos on the APA website: Chelsea Clinton’s PSA was revealed on on June 9 and focuses on how audiobooks support literacy (did you know more than 85% of what we learn is learned by listening?): Additional author videos will be revealed throughout the month and into the summer, supported by a robust online ad campaign. The APA is also inviting all audiobook listeners to join in, sharing why they #loveaudiobooks on social media and hosting a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of audiobooks, a $250 American Express gift card and a pair of Bose SoundLink Bluetooth headphones. While the audiobook format is experiencing rapid growth, there are still many avid readers who haven’t tried listening—and summer is the perfect time of year to take audiobooks for a test drive on your next road trip, to catch up on reading during the school break with audiobooks, or simply listen while lounging by the pool. Please help our Penguin Random House Audio team spread the word about the campaign by sharing why you #loveaudiobooks on social media, or resharing one or more of the author videos.
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Our Colleagues Give Voice to Creative Writing Awards Winners

creative writingPenguin Random House presented $112,000 in scholarships to 56 New York City public high school seniors during the 2016 Live and Onstage Creative Writing Awards Show on June 7 at NYC’s Symphony Space.  The awards presentation included dramatic readings, spoken-word poetry, and graphic-novel presentations from a selection of winners, including this year’s newest $10,000 scholarship recipient of the Maya Angelou Scholarship Award for Spoken Word Poetry. expand
Devin Johnson Maya Angelou Award Winner

Devin Johnson Maya Angelou Award Winner

Most students read or performed their owning winning pieces. In addition, this year six of our Penguin Random House colleagues served as actors and actresses for the young writers who were less comfortable onstage and opted to watch their pieces come to life from the audience. “As soon as I met Keitha (Third Place Poetry Winner), I became exceedingly nervous, hoping I could do her piece NO justice,” said Camile Dewing, Senior Copy Manager, Random House. “These students are full of depth and insight beyond their years—and blew me away with their words and performances. It really was an honor to be a part of this night. And I absolutely would do it again.” Leah Richardson, Assistant Manager, eBook Production, Random House agrees: "Volunteering as an actor in the creative writing awards was a really wonderful experience. It was a chance to see Penguin Random House rewarding extremely talented young writers. Their stories were personal and powerful and it was inspiring to spend time with such creative, intelligent young people from the city.”
Charles Traut 3rd Place Poetry Winner

Charles Traut 3rd Place Poetry Winner

In recognition of the unique vision and voices of these New York City high school students, each submission to the competition was given individual consideration through a multi-level selection process. Entries were judged on their style, form and content. Among this year’s judges were Poets & Writers Magazine Publisher Elliot Figman; Penguin Young Readers Executive Editor Rob Valois; and Random House author Billy Collins. The winning high school seniors and their families, along with teachers and publishing industry guests were joined by Newbery Medalist and Wendy Lamb Books (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) author Rebecca Stead (GOODBYE STRANGER); Crown Books’ Tara Clancy, author of the forthcoming memoir THE CLANCYS OF QUEENS; Graphic Novel Author Robert V. Conte; and Elissa Goldstein, English Teacher at Queens High School for Sciences at York College.
Keitha Clemon Duhaney and Camile Dewing

Keitha Clemon Duhaney and Camile Dewing

Penguin Random House author Rebecca Stead was particularly moved: "I'm not exaggerating when I say I felt changed by the evening. Listening to these kids' words, and watching them perform with such amazing passion and self-possession, was a kind of wake-up call for me. I left thinking, 'I need to get my sons in that room next year.’ In fact, I want all kids to get in that room, to be reminded of the power of their own self-expression, to be reminded of their own ability to create. I felt as if those kids had learned to trust themselves.” For a full list of winners and judges as well as more details on the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards, click here.  

Random House Children’s Books is Official Publisher for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

RHCBRandom House Children’s Books has been selected as the official publisher for the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address educational inequalities and works toward the day when all children have the skills they need for kindergarten and lifelong success. expand
On October 27, 2016, children and adults will join forces for the world’s largest shared reading experience, known as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Since 2006, this 24-hour celebration has mobilized over 17 million people, and Jumpstart holds the world reading record for the most people JumpStart-Logo-copy-300x119reading the same book on the same day. This year’s official campaign book, THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), will not only inspire adults to read with children but will also spur policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country. Sarc_9780375858604_jkt_all_r1.indd“The mission of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record so perfectly aligns with our goal to instill a love of reading early in life and to get books into the hands of young learners,” said Random House Children’s Books President and Publisher, Barbara Marcus. “We could not be happier to be partnering with Jumpstart and look forward to sharing Julia Sarcone-Roach’s charming THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH with many young readers and families.” To learn more about Jumpstart, to register to read, and to order your exclusive copies of THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH, visit

Penguin Random House Sponsors SIBA’s Pat Conroy Scholarships

siba2The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has announced the creation of The Pat Conroy Scholarships in honor of our late author, whose lifetime achievements have meant so much to Southern booksellers.  The scholarships, which will be bestowed to two booksellers annually in each of the next four years, are made possible by Penguin Random House, whose Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, and Random House Audio imprints publish Mr. Conroy’s works in hardcover, paperback, and audio editions respectively. expand
“Pat Conroy is a beloved Penguin Random House author,” said Jaci Updike, President, Sales, Penguin Random House, “and it is a privilege for us to honor his legacy in a manner that benefits new booksellers.  Pat deeply loved books and the men and women who sell them and would be made very happy and proud to have an opportunity to enhance their professional education.”
Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

These scholarships are designated specifically for booksellers who have never attended a SIBA Discovery Show, held in September, in keeping with the Penguin Random House’s fifteen-year tradition of supporting educational programming for booksellers at the event.  The scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of the winner’s travel, hotel, and meal expenses for the Discovery Show first-timers.  To be eligible, a bookseller must be a full-time employee of a SIBA-member bookstore, working at any level or capacity. Pat Conroy’s A LOW COUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life, a new nonfiction collection of pieces spanning the author’s long literary career, has been announced for posthumous hardcover and eBook publication by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on October 25, one day before what would have been Pat’s 71st birthday. To be considered for a Pat Conroy Scholarship, booksellers can self-nominate, or be nominated by other booksellers or sales reps. Owners and managers are strongly encouraged to nominate frontline booksellers who are interested in bookselling as a career. The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Pat Conroy Scholarships is July 15, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be announced on August 1.

#FridayReads: Literary Bad Dads

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)This Sunday we celebrate fathers. Dad is always there to lend a hand, provide much needed advice, and loves you unconditionally. But what if he’s not? Maybe you always sought that Hallmark relationship, never to find it. Or, perhaps, you are sick to death of sappy cards, or completely unrelatable Hollywood interpretations of what a father should be. This week, we’ve collected a list of literary bad dads, from despicable and cruel to murderous and vengeful, here are some of the worst fathers in fiction! expand
bad-dads-640x325   FEATURED DADS Ian in I LET YOU GO by Clare Mackintosh Control is what Ian wants. And if he can’t have it, nobody can.   Victor in THE WINTER GIRL by Matt Marinovich A twisted man who rubbed off on his kids.   Heathcliff of WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte He married to spite his true love, and then takes it out on his sickly son.   Humbert Humbert in LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov This step-father only married his wife so he could get to her daughter.   Michael Henchard in THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE by Thomas Hardy What kind of man could sell his own child?   Titus from TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare At least the previous character only sold his kid, Titus murdered his.   Jack Torrance in THE SHINING by Stephen King Again, what’s with trying to kill your kids?   Pap Finn in FINN by Jon Clinch As mean and violent as ever, here’s a touch of gruesome to add to the story of Huck Finn’s abusive father.   Lt. Col. Wilbur “Bull” Meecham in THE GREAT SANTINI by Pat Conroy Too bad he wasn’t as great a father as he was a pilot   Vito Corleone in THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo Corleone posits “a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man” but this Mafioso places his children in danger which results in two of their deaths.   Pick a father from A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin Where to even begin?   DADS FOR YOUNG READERS Mr. Wormwood from Roald Dahl’s classic, MATILDA Repeatedly telling his daughter he wishes she were a boy is bad enough, but then he sabotaged her library books!   View additional bad dad reading suggestions in our Edelweiss collection: Literary Bad Dads

There’s a Book for That: Hope, Healing and Doing Good

mr rogers“Or I could decide that, even in the wake of such unspeakable malice, I could live a purposeful life by choosing hope.” – Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, CHOOSING HOPE “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Mr. Rogers expand
FEATURED TITLES 9780399174452CHOOSING HOPE: MOVING FORWARD FROM LIFE’S DARKEST HOURS by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Robin Gaby Fisher On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis saved the lives of fifteen six- and-seven-year-old students by piling them into a single-occupancy bathroom in her first-grade classroom. Choosing Hope is a memoir that bears witness to a tragedy that shall never be forgotten, but even more so it is a testament to a decision that we can all make to choose hope in order to conquer tragedy, even in our darkest hours.   9780143127741THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: BRAIN, MIND, AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. One of the world’s leading experts on traumatic stress explains how trauma affects people, its underlying neurobiology, and the many new treatments that are making it possible for sufferers to move beyond trauma in order to reclaim their lives.   9781594632587STITCHES: A HANDBOOK ON MEANING, HOPE AND REPAIR by Anne Lamott What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable? These questions lie at the heart of Stitches, Lamott’s profound follow-up to her New York Times–bes …   9780452297388EVERYBODY HELPS, EVERYBODY WINS: HOW ABSOLUTELY ANYONE CAN PITCH IN, HELP OUT, GIVE BACK, AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE by David T. Levinson Speaking to the reluctant volunteer in everyone, the director of one of the largest grassroots volunteer programs in the country, Big Sunday, shows how everyone can give back.   9780143126614COMING OUT TO PLAY by Robbie Rogers and Eric MarcusIn In COMING OUT TO PLAY, Robbie takes readers on his incredible journey from terrified teenager to a trailblazing out and proud professional soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy, who has embraced his new identity as a role model and champion for those still struggling with the secrets that keep them from living their dreams.   9781585428281THE ART OF COMFORTING: WHAT TO SAY AND DO FOR PEOPLE IN DISTRESS by Val Walker In this practical, step-by-step guide to what she calls “the art of comforting,” Val Walker draws on numerous interviews with “Master Comforters” to guide readers in gently and gracefully breaking through the walls that those who are suffering often erect around themselves.   9780375426070GRACE: QUOTES & PASSAGES FOR HEART, MIND, AND SOUL by B. C. Aronson This treasury of quotes and passages on leading a centered, purposeful, and spiritual life offers the advice and observations of leaders from all walks of life. Included are Ghandi, Lao-Tzu, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and hundreds more.   9780140235159DEAR MR. ROGERS, DOES IT EVER RAIN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?: LETTERS TO MR. ROGERS by Fred Rogers In this collection of letters and replies, Mister Rogers encourages parents, grandparents, and teachers to cherish the questions and comments that come from their children. With sincerity and sensitivity, real-life issues are addressed in chapters arranged by theme—the world, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, feelings and fears, television, family relationships, and death.   9780553383744INVISIBLE HEROES: SURVIVORS OF TRAUMA AND HOW THEY HEAL by Belleruth Naparstek, Robert C. Scaer Drawing on more than thirty years’ experience as a therapist, Belleruth Naparstek presents a clinically proven program for recovery using the potent tool of guided imagery – offering hope to the millions who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   For more on these and related titles visit the edelweiss collection: Hope & Healing
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Featured Author Event: Steve Hamilton

steve hamilton1New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton will be joined in conversation by fellow bestselling Penguin Random House author, Lee Child. The two acclaimed crime writers will discuss Hamilton’s novel THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side on Thursday (6/16) at 7:00pm. expand
When it comes to mystery writing, Steve Hamilton knows how to create award-winning novels time and time again. From the publication of his very first novel in 1998, Hamilton has taken home some 9780399574320of the most prestigious prizes in crime writing from the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award to the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award. Among his 12 previous novels are the 10 books that make up the Alex McKnight series, including two New York Times notable books. THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON is the first in Hamilton’s new Nick Mason series that follows an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free. The thriller received several favorable reviews from the media as well as from fellow crime writers including Harlan Coben, Don Winslow and Stephen King. THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON is set to be adapted for the big screen by screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Equalizer and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back).
Lee Child

Lee Child

Joining Hamilton is a fellow Penguin Random House author who is also adept at crafting bestselling thrillers, Lee Child. Of his twenty New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, eleven of have reached the #1 position and all have been optioned for major motion pictures. His recent addition to the series, MAKE ME, was another #1 hit and was named of the best books of the year by Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Suspense Magazine. The 21st book in Child’s incredibly successful series, NIGHT SCHOOL, is due out this November from Delacorte Press.

“Coloring Book Queen” to Receive OBE from Queen of England

johannaPenguin Books author and illustrator Johanna Basford, who has been called “The Queen of Coloring Books,” will be awarded an OBE, “for services to Art and Entrepreneurship,” by Queen Elizabeth II. “I received a letter a few weeks ago to say I would be receiving an OBE as part of the Queen’s (90th) Birthday Honors this year,” Ms. Basford posted on her blog. “This was so unexpected that I called Buckingham Palace to check if they had made a mistake! If I’m honest, I don’t feel I expand
deserve praise for simply being lucky enough to do work that I love, but I’m hugely grateful to have been selected for an OBE and will receive it humbly and on behalf of our amazing, worldwide coloring community. It’s an incredible honor and something that I think acknowledges more about the coloring community than it does any one individual within it –we’re part of a global movement that is making people healthier, happier and more creative.” Our warm congratulations to Ms. Basford on this high honor. Her books include LOST OCEAN (Penguin) and  LOST OCEAN: 36 POSTCARDS (Penguin) as well as the upcoming MAGICAL JUNGLE (on sale 8/9/16) and JOHANNA’S CHRISTMAS (on sale 10/25/16).

Penguin Young Readers Donates 100K Books to National Diaper Bank

PYRPenguin Young Readers is donating 100,000 books to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) this fall. The donation is in partnership with the Clinton Foundation initiative, Too Small to Fail. These books will be distributed to 33,000 households – 3 books per family – in 20 diaper bank communities across America. Too Small to Fail announced the partnership at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference on Monday, June 13, in Atlanta. expand
NDBN-300x129Studies show that in some low-income communities, there is only one book per 300 children, while in middle-income neighborhoods, there are thirteen books per child. NDBN works to meet the basic needs of all American children and families, by focusing on diaper need. The Penguin Young Readers donation promotes early literacy by providing families in the diaper bank communities with board books for their children. TooSmallToFail-300x111As part of the partnership with Too Small to Fail, those receiving books will be invited to pledge to join the “Talk, Read, Sing for Change” program, which encourages parents to do all three of those activities with their children daily. Too Small to Fail’s public awareness and action campaign raises awareness among parents and caregivers about the critical importance of talking, reading, and singing during everyday moments. The Clinton Foundation initiative provides parents with tools to engage in these language-rich interactions. Huggies-300x69In addition to the above commitments, leading diaper brand and NDBN’s founding sponsor, Huggies, will also partner to amplify this campaign on their social media platforms.

Igloo Book Buzz: THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

EmmaClineTheGirlsJune2016The advance buzz for Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS, which Random House is publishing on Tuesday, June 14, has been tremendous.  The book’s editor, Kate Medina, Executive Vice President, Executive Editorial Director, Associate Publisher, Random House, became an instant fan: “It took only two pages for me to shut my door, cancel everything, and not get up until I had finished reading this beautifully written, spellbinding novel by a remarkable young writer.  expand
THE GIRLS is the story of Evie Boyd, a woman who is haunted by a summer during her teenage years in the 1960s – and the weeks, days, and moments that changed her life forever.  Emma Cline’s story is so powerful, as are her startlingly acute psychological portraits of girls and their families. I love her writing, her language. This is a novel I wanted to read fast because the story is so suspenseful, and slow so I could savor every word.” The media has joined Ms. Medina in praising Ms. Cline and her book, which was the #1 Indie Next Pick for June.   Here is a sampling: “Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS reimagine[s] the American novel for a new generation…Like Mary Gaitskill’s Veronica or Lorrie Moore’s Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?The Girls captures a defining friendship in its full humanity with a touch of rock-memoir, tell-it-like-it-really-was attitude.”—Vogue  “The most remarkable quality of this novel is Cline’s ability to articulate the anxieties of adolescence in language that’s gorgeously poetic without mangling the authenticity of a teenager’s consciousness. The adult’s melancholy reflection and the girl’s swelling impetuousness are flawlessly braided together…. [F]or a story that traffics in the lurid notoriety of the Manson murders, THE GIRLS is an extraordinary act of restraint. With the maturity of a writer twice her age, Cline has written a wise novel that’s never showy: a quiet, seething confession of yearning and terror…. [D]ebut novels like this are rare, indeed.”Washington Post  “In her debut novel, THE GIRLS, Emma Cline explores the uncanny appeal of a religious cult for girls seeking refuge from moral uncertainty. Set in Northern California in the late 1960s, the narrative unfolds as an unhappy teenager, Evie, is sucked into a Charles Manson-like cult, seduced by the blissed-out, feral girls in the commune leader’s entourage…The novel has been lavishly praised by writers like Jennifer Egan, who called Ms. Cline “a thrilling new voice in American fiction,” and Richard Ford. With all the hype, Ms. Cline’s book, out June 14, seems to have a good shot at becoming the must-read novel of the summer.”—Alexandra Alter, The New York Times “This breathtaking novel — about a young woman entangled in a Mansonesque cult — is so accomplished that it’s hard to believe it’s a debut. Cline’s powerful characters linger long after the final page.”Entertainment Weekly (Summer Must List) “[T]he debut novel that the publishing world can’t stop talking about. It’s a coming-of-age story, set in Northern California in the late 1960s, that involves a thoughtful teenage girl who drifts into a Charles Manson-like cult. This promises to be a perceptive page-turner, a volume to haunt summer’s warm nights.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times THE GIRLS has also drawn words of praise from established writers of note, including Lena Dunham and Richard Ford: “Emma Cline has an unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood, turning the stuff of myth into something altogether more intimate. THE GIRLS destroys our ability to consider violence a foreign territory, and reminds us that behind so many of our culture’s fables exists a girl: unseen, unheard, angry. This book will break your heart and blow your mind.”—Lena Dunham ” THE GIRLS is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel—imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time.”—Richard Ford emmacline4-300x239Last month, Random House hosted a special in-house book club for 50 Penguin Random House employees from a wide representation of divisions and job roles. They met to enthusiastically discuss the book with their colleagues over snacks and California wine, in honor of the author’s home state. Emma greeted, chatted with guests, signed advance copies of THE GIRLS, and answered questions about the book in an open Q&A. Here Emma talks about her lifelong love of books and bookstores: “Books have always been essential for me. Growing up as one of seven children, everything was limited or shared. The only exception my parents made was for books—my hometown bookstore, Reader’s Books, was the one place I was allowed to pick out as many of something as I wanted. I still feel that sense of limitless magic in bookstores, and gratitude to the booksellers who are passionate about books and connecting with readers.” Major features are in Vogue and The New York Times.  Interviews have also appeared inRefinery29, Wired, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Tin House, with reviews in The New York Times Book Review,  The New Yorker, USA Today, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune,among other outlets.  There is also coverage in  O, The Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Good Housekeeping, Coastal Living, US Weekly, Paper, W, Town & Country, Redbook, Bust, AP, Slate, Buzzfeed…and the list goes on. Emma’s book launch event is Tuesday night (6/14) at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Her book tour will also make stops in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to for more events in New York City, including a Random House Open House (7/22).

Featured Author Event: E. Lockhart

e lockhartAuthor E. Lockhart will present her New York Times bestselling YA novel WE WERE LIARS (Delacorte Press) as part of Barnes & Noble’s B-Fest teen book festival. Guests can meet E. Lockhart, ask her questions, and get their books signed on Saturday (6/11) at 5:00pm at Barnes & Noble in Park Slope. expand
Published in 2014, WE WERE LIARS became a bestseller, was nominated for several awards, and received many favorable reviews for its shock factor and sharp writing. It won the Goodreads Choice 9780385741262Award and was Amazon's #1 YA novel of 2014. Lockhart is also the author of the young adult novel FLY ON THE WALL and the Ruby Oliver Quartet series. Her novel DISREPUTABLE HISTORY was a Printz Award honor book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. Lockhart is among the hundreds of YA authors participating in Barnes & Noble’s B-Fest, a three-day event celebrating the best books for teens. Activities surrounding author appearances begin on Friday, June 10 and last through Sunday, June 12. B-Fest represents the biggest weekend of author events in B&N history and features trivia, giveaways, sweepstakes, games, and creative workshops.
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There’s a Book for That: Palindromes

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)#FRIDAY READS PALINDROMES Save the date! Forwards or backwards the next ten days are palindromes! Palindromes are words, numbers, or phrases that are identical when read in reverse order (i.e. kayak, noon, Madam I’m Adam, 101, and 53235). In celebration of this ‘novel‘ occurrence check out these examples of books with palindromes for titles. expand
lalindrome-madness-snip-640x257 FEATURED TITLES MOM edited by Dave Isay Featuring StoryCorps’ most revealing stories on the subject, MOM looks across a diversity of experience to offer an entirely original portrait of motherhood. In conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds POP by Curt Pires; Illustrated by Jason Copland As unique as it is entertaining, POP is a white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically-tethered tragicomedy we call life. EVE by Elissa Elliott In this mesmerizing debut novel, Elissa Elliott blends biblical tradition with recorded history to put a powerful new twist on the story of creation’s first family. Here is Eve brought to life in a way religion and myth have never allowed–as a wife, a mother, and a woman. ADA, OR ARDOR by Vladimir Nabokov Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov’s greatest masterpieces. It tells a love story troubled by incest. But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. ADA, OR ARDOR is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. MADAM by Cari Lynn, Kellie Martin New Orleans, 1900. Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an “alley whore.” That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed “Storyville.” MADDADDAM by Margaret Atwood Bringing together characters from ORYX AND CRAKE and THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction trilogy confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love.   FOR YOUNG READERS TOOT by Kirsten Hall; Illustrated by Charlie Alder Toot is a little red train who wishes he were as big and strong and fast as the other trains in the railroad yard. Try as he might, he’s never able look as mighty, pull as much, or go as fast as all the others. But when there’s trouble on the track, Toot learns that sometimes being small and slow and steady is just what’s needed. HANNAH by Gloria Whelan, Leslie Bowman Nine-year-old Hannah would do almost anything to go to school with all the other children in town. But Hannah is blind, and her parents keep her at home, where she is safe. Then Lydia Robbin, a strong-willed teacher, comes to town and convinces Hannah’s parents to send her to school. At first Hannah is overjoyed. But she soon learns that there are many obstacles—and people—that stand in her way. Hannah will need tremendous courage to prove to her classmates, her parents, and herself that Miss Robbin was right to believe in her.   Visit the edelweiss collection: Palindrome Titles

Lisa McInerney’s THE GLORIOUS HERESIES Wins Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Lisa McInerneyCrown Publishing Group author Lisa McInerney has won the  Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel THE GLORIOUS HERESIES, which will be published by Tim Duggan Books on August 9, 2016.  The prize was announced in London Wednesday evening and is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.  Founded in 1996 as the Orange Prize for Fiction, this award “celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.” expand
Congratulations to Ms. McInerney, her publisher and everyone involved with this extraordinary work. A searing debut novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society, THE GLORIOUS HERESIES is biting, darkly funny, and presents an unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation still awaits in the most unexpected places. The chair of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judges was Margaret Mountford. This year’s judging panel also consisted of former Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn, Viking/Penguin novelist Elif Shafak, journalist Laurie Penny and BBC Breakfast presenter, Naga Munchetty.

Penguin Classics Donates Pelican Shakespeare Editions for Shakespeare in the Park's Student & Educator Night

PelicanShakespeareCoversTnailIn collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and The Public Theater, Penguin Classics donated Pelican Shakespeare editions, including newly repackaged editions of KING LEARROMEO AND JULIETHAMLET, and MACBETH, to hundreds of NYC public school students, teachers, and principals for Student & Educator Night at Shakespeare in the Park on June 2 at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Attendees received the Pelican Shakespeare editions to accompany their viewing of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Phyllida Lloyd with an all-female cast starring Janet McTeer. expand
Penguin Random House is the longstanding Publishing Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.

Riverhead Fundraiser Supports Libraries Without Borders

RiverheadLibrariesWithoutBordersRiverhead Books has begun a month-long fundraiser for Libraries Without BordersThe organization is doing incredible work bringing books, tutors, computers and more to the refugee camps in the Middle East and Europe to help Syrian refugees. Riverhead is committed to not only amplifying and celebrating unheard voices, but also doing what we can in the fight for global literacy and access to technology. As such, Riverhead Design Labs has partnered with expand
Leblox to create 3D heads of some of the imprint’s most iconic authors, such as Marlon James, Lauren Groff, Junot Diaz, and others. Anyone who makes a donation of $250 or more to Libraries Without Borders will receive a 3D head of the author of their choosing! All donations must be made by June 30.  Go to this website for more details:

Penguin Press’s Scott Moyers on Editing Moby’s Memoir PORCELAIN

ScottMoyersMobyScott Moyers, Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Press, shares fascinating personal insights into the editing of PORCELAIN, the piercingly tender, warmly funny and sometimes harrowing memoir written by Moby, internationally renowned singer-songwriter, musician and DJ. Scott began his career in book publishing at Doubleday in 1991, and has also held positions at expand
Scribner, Random House, and the Wylie Agency.  Among the many award-winning, bestselling Penguin Press authors whose books Scott has edited are: Phil Klay, Krista Tippett, Dave Isay, Ottessa Moshfegh, Alan Greenspan, Bryan Burrough, Tony Judt, John Lewis Gaddis, Liaquat Ahamed, Niall Ferguson, Phil Jackson, Urban Meyer, Ian Buruma, Jordan Ellenberg, and Moby. A lot of musician memoirs have been ghost-written or cobbled together with co-authors, whereas PORCELAIN clearly was not. What was your initial impression of Moby’s “writing voice” and his ability to tell his life story in book form? We don’t publish very much in the way of so-called celebrity memoir, the product of a personage talking into a tape recorder and then having a journalist add water, and often many other ingredients, and bake.  We do, on the other hand, publish a fair number of so-called literary memoirs, memoirs where what you’re selling is the voice, the sensibility, the world, the storytelling power to bring readers deeply into the human drama and/or the human comedy in question.  It’s in those terms that we responded to the proposal for Moby’s memoir when it was first submitted by his agent Daniel Greenberg.  At that stage, it consisted of a number of stories from different points along the arc of the book.  It was clear he was a very fine, subtle writer: funny, very sharp about the different landscapes he was passing through.  Best of all he didn’t take himself too seriously but he was and is an honest romantic about music and the alt-culture that flourishes around it, including the sort of rebel angels who give their lives to it, of whom he is clearly one.  When you sense that someone really is a very good writer, someone whose writing on just about anything is a pleasure, well, you think, sign me up!  I’ll follow him anywhere. Moby uses a lot of first-person narrative that is woven together with reflections, recreated scenes and dialog.  How would you describe the editor/author process that resulted in the creation of this structure that worked so well?  Moby has an absolutely uncanny memory.  He remembers experiences with extraordinary sensory specificity.  Talk about having good film in the camera eye.  Scene by scene there was very little editorial work needed.  For me it was more about prodding him occasionally to step back and provide context and some interstitial material.  Also, Moby very sweetly wasn’t initially as sure as I was that readers would find the creative process of making his music fascinating and indeed essential to the book’s overall aims.  I think it was also simply that he was a little too close to it, not surprisingly: I remember him saying, when I pointed out to him that there was a relative dearth of stories about the making of the music itself, that his initial web site for his restaurant did not, his friends pointed out to him, have any pictures of the food! What is it about the nature of this memoir and some of the experiences Moby delves into that could appeal to a wide range of readers beyond his fan-base and also potentially turn some readers off? As he has said more eloquently than I could, he made a decision to be frank and unvarnished about the dark side of things – about anxieties, about sources of sadness and pain, about hideously dysfunctional coping mechanisms you might say.  This book contains detailed descriptions of what can only be called degenerate behavior.  Now, obviously, the easily offendable will be easily offended.  If you want to keep it on the light and breezy side, the shallow end of the pool as it were, please, stay away!   But for anyone who’s ever struggled honestly with their own demons, well, I’m biased, but I can’t imagine who wouldn’t be touched by this.  And inspired – ultimately it’s a story about a person who found a calling and persevered in it, despite a fairly amazing list of reasons it all shouldn’t have worked out.  I don’t think Moby ever tries to make himself look brave, in fact quite the opposite, and he certainly never uses the word, but “bravery” is one of the great echoing chords of PORCELAIN for me.
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There’s a Book for That: National Great Outdoors Month

great outdoorsJune is National Great Outdoors Month as proclaimed by President Obama through the American Recreation Coalition. With the start of summer many Americans are planning vacations to our National Parks, but spending time out of doors doesn’t require a lot of planning and expense. How does the Sam Cooke song go? “Flowers in Spring, the robins that sing, the sunbeams that shine, they’re yours and they’re mine…  best things in life they are free.” expand
Breaking free of screen time to enjoy a hike, walk, swim or to fish, camp or birdwatch is rejuvenating and so important for children who are typically spending 5 to 7 hours on a screen daily. To inspire your outings, we’ve rounded up some adventurous and beautiful narrative nonfiction as well as books with kids in mind. Join these authors as they navigate America’s trails, rivers, waves and wilderness with humor and insight.   Learn more about National Great Outdoors Month events, including Governor and Capitol Campouts by visiting: Great Outdoors Month. outdoors-640x304   FEATURED TITLES   THE BEST OF OUTSIDE: THE FIRST 20 YEARS by Mark Bryant, Outside Magazine Editors, Thomas McGuane For years, Outside magazine has set the standard for original and engaging reports on travel, adventure, sports, and the environment. Along the way, many of America’s best journalists and storytellers – such as Jon Krakauer, Tim Cahill, E. Annie Proulx, Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, David Quammen, and Jane Smiley  - have made the magazine a venue for some of their most compelling work.   GOODBYE TO A RIVER: A NARRATIVE by John Graves In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. Graves therefore decided to visit that stretch of the river, which he had known intimately as a youth. Goodbye to a River is his account of that farewell canoe voyage.   BRAVING IT: A FATHER, A DAUGHTER, AND AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY INTO THE ALASKAN WILD by James Campbell The powerful and affirming story of a father’s journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska.   WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL by Cheryl Strayed In the wake of her mother’s death, with no experience or training and driven only by blind will, Cheryl Strayed hiked more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—alone.   A WALK IN THE WOODS: REDISCOVERING AMERICA ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL by Bill Bryson Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. To a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.   TRESPASSING ACROSS AMERICA: ONE MAN’S EPIC, NEVER-DONE-BEFORE (AND SORT OF ILLEGAL) HIKE ACROSS THE HEARTLAND by Ken Ilgunas Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing Across America is both a fascinating account of one man’s remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves—both physically and mentally.   THE MAINE WOODS by Henry David Thoreau, Introduction by Edward Hoagland “Here was traveling of the old heroic kind over the unaltered face of nature.” -Henry David Thoreau Over a period of three years, Thoreau made three trips to the largely unexplored woods of Maine. He climbed mountains, paddled a canoe by moonlight, and dined on cedar beer, hemlock tea and moose lips.   LET THEM BE EATEN BY BEARS: A FEARLESS GUIDE TO TAKING OUR KIDS INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS By Peter Brown Hoffmeister Based on the author’s acclaimed Integrated Outdoor Program, LET THEM BE EATEN BY BEARS is an inspiring guide to getting kids to enjoy and appreciate nature.   BARBARIAN DAYS: A SURFING LIFE by William Finnegan Winner of the Pulitzer Prize! BARBARIAN DAYS is a deeply-rendered self-portrait of a life-long surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker journalist. Surfing looks like a sport, but that’s only to outsiders. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.     FOR YOUNG READERS   MAX GOES FISHING (Grosset & Dunlap) Ages 3 to 5 Ruby and the Bunny Scouts are going canoeing to get their canoeing badges. Meanwhile, Max is fishing with his toy duck. When Ruby’s canoe is accidentally let loose, Max saves the day by using his fishing pole to bring it back!   GREAT THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE (DK Publishing) Ages 5 to 9 Get kids away from the TV, unplug, and step into the great outdoors with GREAT THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE. Consisting of practical projects to do outside ranging from simple observation activities like bird watching, hunting for fossils, observing air power, and forecasting the weather, to more ambitious projects.   For more information on these and related titles visit: National Great Outdoors Month titles.  

Igloo Book Buzz: Terry McMillan’s I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU

TerryMcMillanIAlmostForgotAboutYouTerry McMillan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK and  WAITING TO EXHALE, has written an inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning.  In Terry’s upcoming book, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU, which goes on sale from Crown on June 7, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an expand
optometrist and moving from her house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.   Big-hearted, genuine, and very universal, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan. Here is a sampling of the high praise and advance buzz Terry McMillan’s new book has received: “Terry McMillan’s novels have always been about telling the uncensored truth about friends, family, lovers, and oneself.  Through addictively revealing conversations–including an instructive one about the sexual prowess of men who made the A list–McMillan’s narrator is the ideal running commentator on what smart women do to reach the pinnacle of success and what they must do to get the hell out before it’s too late. It’s a story about both reinvention and acceptance, told in McMillan’s quintessential voice, now even more expansive, prismatically perceptive, and laugh-aloud generous in how we talk about love and all its wonders.” – Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement   “One of my favorite authors since I read Waiting to Exhale in college, Terry McMillan has done it again with this one. Overflowing with her trademark heart and humor, I Almost Forgot About You will inspire you to live a little bigger. I wish Georgia weren’t fictional—I would find her and befriend her.” —Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed “Fans of McMillan will welcome this new addition to her oeuvre. Here is McMillan’s trademark style in full, feisty effect: strong, complicated female characters, energetic prose, and an entertaining, seductive narrative. A heartwarming story that reminds us of the pure joy of believing in love.” –Kirkus Reviews

Nan A. Talese/Doubleday to Publish New Nonfiction Book by Pat Conroy

PatConroyPhotoTnailPat Conroy, beloved author of THE PRINCE OF TIDES, has a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy's long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy's many friends, which will be published as A LOWCOUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on October 25, 2016.  Nan A. Talese, Publisher, acquired World rights from Marly Rusoff of the Marly Rusoff Literary Agency. expand
A LOWCOUNTRY HEARTcollects some of Conroy's most charming pieces of short nonfiction, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, "Hey Out There." Ranging across diverse subjects such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of motivating to exercise, and processing the loss of dearly-missed friends, Conroy's lighthearted and eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing. pat conroyIn addition, A LOWCOUNTRY HEART also includes some of Conroy's most beloved speeches and interviews, a touching letter to his grandson, and a beautiful introduction from his widow, the novelist Cassandra King. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of "The Great Conroy," as he is lovingly titled by friends, including his eulogy. This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan, and a lasting monument to one of the best-loved writers of contemporary American letters. Nan A. Talese’s note to the reader in A LOWCOUNTRY HEART says: “When Pat Conroy died, we all felt bereft. He had sent me less than 200 pages of his new novel, The Storms of Aquarius, about four male friends and teachers who came of age during the Vietnam War years, which he very much wanted to finish, but that was not to be. We are still searching his journals for more on this novel, and at some point we may have something to share with you. However, because we did not want his faithful readers to be without something from him we gathered together his various nonfiction pieces and we asked his wife,  writer Cassandra King, to contribute an introduction.” A LOWCOUNTRY HEART will be published the day before what would have been Conroy’s 71st birthday.  The author of eleven previous books, which, in addition to THE PRINCE OF TIDES and THE GREAT SANTINI, included THE WATER IS WIDEBEACH MUSIC  and SOUTH OF BROAD. Mr. Conroy died on March 4, 2016. Relaunches with Jazz Jennings as Author Ambassador

read proudListening Library, Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books are celebrating Pride Month with a newly redesigned, an online resource for LGBTQ literature recommendations designed to spark discussion in the classroom and at home and to encourage understanding through storytelling, celebrating everyone for who they are. expand
Teen transgender rights advocate Jazz Jennings has been named the second Read Proud Listen Proud Author Ambassador. Jennings follows STONEWALL author Ann Bausum and narrator Tim Federle, who kicked off the awareness initiative last year. Jennings is a role model for fellow LGBTQ teens, speaking out for equality and acceptance via her groundbreaking TV series, I Am Jazz (the second season premieres on TLC June 8), TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, picture book I AM JAZZ, and memoir BEING JAZZ: MY LIFE AS A (TRANSGENDER) TEEN (on sale June 7). Time named Jennings one of the most influential teens of 2014 and 2015, and I Am Jazz was recently recognized alongside I Am Caitas Outstanding Reality Program at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards. BeingJazznew-releases The redesigned site includes new features like an interview with Jazz in the recording studio, additional reading and listening recommendations (now including LGBTQ titles from Random House Children’s Books), and plenty of new content and resources from authors like Donna Gephardt, Jazz Jennings, Justin Sayre and C. Alexander London.  Buzz surrounding the site is continuing to grow, particularly from the YA blogger and library communities. In anticipation and celebration of the relaunch and Pride Month, the Listening Library team gave out 800 rainbow sunglasses and sponsored a rainbow tote beach read giveaway at BookCon (round two coming up at ALA Annual in Orlando), and with the help of TLC, will distribute hundreds more sunglasses at the DC & NYC Pride Parades this month. Please help spread the word by sharing the site URL using #readproudlistenproud!

There’s an Audiobook for That: June is Audiobook Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)In this special edition of There’s a Book for That! We have adapted our moniker to reflect June’s focus on audiobooks. Founded and promoted by the Audio Publishers Association(APA), this year’s National Audiobook Month campaign, “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes,” launches June 1st and lends us the opportunity to feature popular titles and highlight the fact that listening to books has never been more popular – whether they are read by the author or an accomplished narrator.  APA’s annual survey results, as reported expand
in Publishers Weekly, showed audio is one of the fastest growing segments of publishing. So listen up and spread the word  about your favorites using #loveaudiobooks! audiobook-month-art-640x248   FEATURED TITLES ME BEFORE YOU: A NOVEL (Movie Tie-In) by Jojo Moyes; Narrated by a full cast Soon to be a major motion picture: US release June 3, 2016 ME BEFORE YOU brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heart-breaking romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?   ELIGIBLE: A MODERN RETELLING OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Curtis Sittenfeld; narrated by Cassandra Campbell This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home …   LILAC GIRLS: A NOVEL by Martha Hall Kelly; narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati and Kathrin Kana Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.   THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR: A NOVEL by Helen Simonson; narrated by Fiona Hardingham The bestselling author of MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal.”—The Washington Post   THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton; narrated by Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith An engrossing and thrilling debut novel of psychological suspense, for fans of novels such as GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, from a major new talent.   WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, narrated by Abraham Verghese, Sunil Malhotra For fans of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?   THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING: ADVENTURES OF AN AMERICAN IN BRITAIN by Bill Bryson; narrated by Nathan Osgood A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.   CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND: A NOVEL by Kevin Kwan narrated by Lydia Look A wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.   THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN: A NOVEL by Paula Hawkins; narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey… The phenomenal debut thriller about a woman who becomes personally and emotionally entangled in a murder investigation because of what she witnesses on her daily commute. Blockbuster film is set to release on October 7, 2016.   THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE: A FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY by Alan Bradley; narrated by Jane Entwistle It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak and a dying man lying in a cucumber patch.   FOR YOUNGER READERS SALT TO  THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys; narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron… For readers of BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, bestselling author Ruta Sepetys returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.   ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman; Narrated by Jay Kristoff, Olivia Taylor Dudley, … This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.   AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir; narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.   THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall; narrated by Julia Whelan Avery West’s newfound family is part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.   For more information on these and other popular audiobooks visit the collections: Listening Library Audio Bestsellers
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Inside the “Podcasting at Penguin Random” Speakers Series Event

podast-panelThe “Podcasting at Penguin Random” Speakers Series event, which was presented on May 24 at 1745 Broadway’s Café Auditorium, featured a terrific panel of talented in-house podcasters: Karen Dziekonski (Executive Producer, Audio, and co-host of “This is the Author”), Lindsay Jacobsen (Associate Manager, Consumer Engagement, and co-host of “Beaks and Geeks”),  Pat Stango (Senior Producer, Video, and host of “How to Watch Movies the Right Way”),  Abbe Wright (Read it Forward Editor, and host of “Book Club Appetizer”), and Dan Zitt  expand
(Vice President, Content Production, Penguin Random House Audio, and co-host of “This is the Author”). The panel was moderated by Michael Goldsmith, Publicity Manager, Doubleday, who kept things moving at a brisk pace, sparking many interesting insights. Pictured left to right: Pat Stango, Dan Zitt, Abbe Wright, Lindsay Jacobsen, Karen Dziekonski and Michael Goldsmith. Here are some highlights: beaks and geeks copyLindsay Jacobsen has produced 121 episodes of the author podcast Beaks & Geeks with her co-host Amy Brinker, garnering an international audience and thousands of downloads per month. Lindsay revealed that her favorite episode features Blue Rider Press author, Damien Echols, who was falsely convicted of three murders and spent nearly eighteen years on Death Row. Beaks & Geeks fosters candid conversations, and Mr. Echols shares gut-wrenching details about his unfathomable incarceration and poignant love letters to his wife, Lorri, in episode #22. this is the author copyDan Zitt said, “We’ll do whatever it takes to sell audiobooks,” and the “This Is the Author” podcasts are presented in a way that draws in listeners to Penguin Random House Audio titles. Karen Dziekonski revealed, “We’ll spend three or four days immersed in the recording studio, working with our team, making sure all of the details for each production sound just right.” Among the recent episodes of “This Is the Author” are entertaining commentaries from such Penguin Random House authors as Moby (PORCELAIN), James Renner ( TRUE CRIME ADDICT), Andi Dorfman (IT’S NOT OKAY) and Rich Cohen (THE SUN & THE MOON & THE ROLLING STONES). book club appetizer copyAbbe Wright, Read It Forward‘s editor, produces and hosts Book Club Appetizer, featuring fifteen-minute “snack-able podcasts to kick off your book club meetings, or enhance your solo reading adventures.” The current “Appetizer” podcast of the moment: a Q&A with author Camille Perri on her new book  THE ASSISTANTS (G.P. Putnam’s Sons). Abbe said, “At ten minutes,  the interview is a ‘light lift’ for authors. And with one episode a month, I can coordinate timing with books’ release dates and have the next six months mapped out.” movies copyPat Stango admitted that his podcast, “How to Watch Movies the Right Way,” “is not about books. But I tell people to watch the movies AND read the books.” And while he will discuss individual big and small films, he will also focus on a body of work, such as the Star Wars franchise, and presents fun features such as the “Summer Movie Fantasy Draft!” The event concluded with a lively audience Q&A.  

Stuart Applebaum Honored with UJA-FNY’s Harry Scherman Service Award

stuart tnail Stuart Applebaum, our Emeritus Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, was honored by UJA-Federation of  the New York Publishing Division with its esteemed Harry Scherman Service Award for his nearly four-and-a-half-decade-long career and commitment to philanthropy.  More than 500 book people from across the industry turned out for this expand
annual dinner event Tuesday night at the Pierre Hotel in New York, which raised more than $670,000 for the philanthropy’s many endeavors to support its network of non-profit service organizations. Pictured: The Brothers Applebaum: Stuart (l) and Irwyn with the Harry Scherman Service Award.
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Stuart Applebaum at the podium accepting his Harry Scherman Award for Service. Photo: Dave Thompson

Stuart’s brother Irwyn, former President & Publisher of Bantam Doubleday Dell, delivered heartfelt and amusing remarks in tribute to his brother, “Applebaum the Elder,” noting Stuart’s sagacity, creative prowess, and work ethic. Irwyn also related  that his brother was the embodiment of “Stu-dakah,” a variation on the traditional Jewish word,tzedakah, for generous acts of charity. UJA_052416_300 copy Greeted by a warm and enthusiastic standing ovation as he took the stage, Stuart accepted his award with characteristic other-directedness and signature eloquence, noting that working at Penguin Random House is still his dream career: “For me, it’s all very simple: I love to work. And I love to work—full tilt, full time—at Penguin Random House. And I REALLY love to work with my Penguin Random House dear colleagues, who have turned out tonight in alarmingly large numbers. The stimulation, encouragement, and inspiration I receive every day from their publishing smarts—and their heart—galvanizes me nonstop.” Stuart dedicated the award to his father, an executive with UJA-FNY’s predecessor organization, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, who inspired his belief in UJA-FNY’s mission and his dedication to giving back philanthropically through his Stuart S. Applebaum Giving Foundation. A tribute video starring his Penguin Random House colleagues offers further testimony to Stuart’s service, and his 52/24/7 commitment to being a great communicator about our company and champion of our publishers and our authors, helping them to reach the widest possible readership for their books. Scroll over the screen and click the start button to begin the video. UJA-Federation has presented its publishing division dinner for nearly 50 years to recognize professionals in the industry who demonstrate the highest levels of leadership and philanthropy, both at work and in the community. This year’s evening was hosted by realtor Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, New York television series.  Steve Potash, President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc., was also honored at the event. Our CEO Markus Dohle was honored at the dinner in 2014. Past recipients of the Harry Scherman Service Award include Random House Children’s Books’ Barbara Marcus.

There’s a Book for That: Mount Everest

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)#FRIDAYREADS Mt. Everest is in the news again for tragic reasons. Three people have died, in as many days, on the 29,035-foot peak, reportedly of altitude sickness. Rescue efforts are ongoing for two other missing climbers. More than 400 people have tried to climb Everest this season, including 288 foreigners and more than 100 Sherpas and guides, said Sudarshan Dhakal, director of the Nepal Tourism Department. That’s more than the average for previous seasons, he said. expand
The mountain represents the ultimate test of man vs. nature and many books have been written about it – including those about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who were the first climbers to reach the summit in 1953. Perhaps the most well-known book about climbing Mt. Everest is Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”, but the author expressed regrets about the climb last year: “I wish I’d never gone,” he told HuffPost Live . “I suffered for years with (post-traumatic stress disorder), still suffer from what happened. I’m glad I wrote a book about it, but you know, if I could go back and relive my life, I never would have climbed Everest.” Headline: Body of climber who died on Everest finally retrieved (CBS) everest-snip-640x392
                  FEATURED TITLES: LEFT FOR DEAD: MY JOURNEY HOME FROM EVEREST by Beck WeathersStephen G. Michaud In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Tie-in to “Everest”, starring Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, and Robin Wright. THE CALL OF EVEREST: THE HISTORY, SCIENCE, AND FUTURE OF THE WORLD’S TALLEST PEAK by Conrad Anker, Thomas Hornbein, Bernadette McDonaldDavid Breashears Gripping and sumptuous, this is the definitive book on the history, mystique, and science of Mount Everest, including how climate change is impacting the world’s tallest mountain. DEAD LUCKY: LIFE AFTER DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST by Lincoln Hall Lincoln Hall’s breathtaking account of surviving a night in Everest’s “death zone.” INTO THE SILENCE: THE GREAT WAR, MALLORY, AND THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST by Wade Davis The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of World War I and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest. EVEREST, REVISED AND UPDATED: MOUNTAIN WITHOUT MERCY by Broughton Coburn The terror and triumph of the May 1996 climbing season on Mount Everest will go down in infamy. Made famous by Jon Krakauer’s bestseller INTO THIN AIR and recounted in David Breashears’s gripping IMAX film, the story is relayed in National Geographic’s gripping volume, updated with brilliant new panoramic photography. INTO THIN AIR: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE MT. EVEREST DISASTER by Jon Krakauer A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong.   FOR YOUNG READERS: WHERE IS MOUNT EVEREST? by Nico MedinaJohn HinderliterDavid Groff - Ages 8 to 12 In this compelling narrative, Nico Medina guides readers through the mountain’s ancient beginnings, first human settlers, historic climbs, and the modern commercialization of mountain-climbing. TRIUMPH ON EVEREST: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY OF SIR EDMUND HILLARY by Broughton Coburn – Ages 10 and up This exciting photobiography celebrates the extraordinary life of the New Zealand farm boy who in May 1953 became the first person known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. With climbing partner Tenzing Norgay, the iron-willed Hillary crossed deadly icefalls, clawed his way up vertical walls, and persevered through gale-force winds until he finally stood at the top of the world.   For more information on these and related titles visit the Edelweiss collection:  Mount Everest Titles

Featured Author Event: Emma Straub

emma straub1Bestselling Penguin Random House authors Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer will appear at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side on Tuesday (5/31), at 7pm for a discussion and celebration of Straub’s highly anticipated new novel MODERN LOVERS, which goes on sale from Riverhead Books on May 31st. expand
9781594634673 Emma Straub is the author of the New York Times bestseller THE VACATIONERS and LAURA LAMONT’S LIFE IN PICTURES. THE VACATIONERS became a must-have beach read in 2015 and with its promising advance praise, Straub’s latest novel MODERN LOVERS is making its way on to the beach-ready book lists of summer, 2016. With reviews pouring in from Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Huffington Post, and many more, MODERN LOVERS looks to be another hit for Straub who packs wisdom and humor into this coming of age novel for adults. Set against a Brooklyn summer backdrop, the characters in MODERN LOVERS are friends and former college bandmates who learn what it means to finally grow up as their children reach maturity and the passions and secrets from their own youth follow them into their middle-age years.
Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer

Joining Straub in conversation is Meg Wolitzer, author of the New York Times bestseller, THE INTERESTINGS. In her latest Riverhead book, Wolitzer, like Straub, explores the relationship between youth and middle-age along with the friendships, talents, and roles that grow and change through the years. Celebrated for her insight and ambition, Wolitzer garnered widespread praise for THE INTERESTINGS which joins her novel THE TEN-YEAR NAP in her catalog of highly regarded bestsellers. Visit to add this event to your calendar.

Igloo Book Buzz: SHE POURED OUT HER HEART by Jean Thompson

JeanThompsonShePouredHerHeartOutNational Book Award finalist and New York Times-bestselling author Jean Thompson returns with her most psychologically penetrating novel yet, SHE POURED OUT HER HEART, which goes on sale from Blue Rider Press on May 31.  The book charts the course of a tumultuous, twenty-year friendship between two dissimilar best friends from college. Bonnie (single, witty, up-for-anything, sexually adventurous, prone to romantic disasters) and Jane expand
(intelligent, self-doubting, cautious, discontented suburban wife and mother) are the kind of women, with a kind of opposites-attract friendship, we all know. But when Jane experiences a profound psychological and spiritual crisis, and Bonnie tumbles into an affair with Jane’s husband, their relationship enters an explosive and highly unconventional territory, with surprising and unexpectedly rich outcomes that neither of them ever could have predicted.  SHE POURED OUT HER HEART is a finely wrought, haunting story of female friendship and deception and an exploration of love’s wild and dramatic complexities. Jean Thompson tells us, “I set out to write a love story.  Then things got complicated.” Buzz around the book has been high, with brilliant early reviews:
  • “With piercing empathy and incandescent humor, Thompson considers the riddles of sexual passion and love, self and change, loyalty and forgiveness, forging an engrossing novel of crackling insights and ambushing drama.” – Booklist (Starred review)
  • “National Book Award finalist Thompson illustrates the sometimes-ugly complexities of women’s friendships in an account of a decades-long relationship between two very different women…Thompson’s many fans will…find moments of clarity and insight in this parallel character study.” – Publishers Weekly
  • “Both Jane and Bonnie are well-crafted characters, reflecting Thompson’s consistent knack for capturing the emotional seas within seemingly conventional middle-class Midwesterners. (She’s also excellent at depicting children, so often an afterthought in such novels.)” – Kirkus Reviews
  SHE POURED OUT HER HEART was recently named one of Harper’s Bazaar’s best books of summer, and anticipation is building among online bloggers, reviewers, and Instagrammers (the cover is as irresistible as the read! Thompson appears this summer at Chicago’s Printer’s Row Festival, and SHE POURED OUT HER HEART is expected to be reviewed widely, from Cosmopolitan and InStyle to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and more.
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There's a Book for That: Memorial Day

TheresABookForThatlogoTnailMay 30th is Memorial day. The last Monday in May, originally designated as "Decoration Day" in 1868, honors American men and women who have died in service to our Country. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic"for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during expand
the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Our featured titles, by and about our military, honor the sacrifices made by these men and women in wars ranging from The Civil War to Iraq.   To learn more visit: Memorial Day (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs) memorial-snip2-640x337 FEATURED TITLES: THE MATHEWS MEN: SEVEN BROTHERS AND THE WAR AGAINST HITLER'S U-BOATS by William Geroux One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: The U-Boat assault off the American coast against the Merchant Marines who were supplying the European war, and one community’s monumental contribution to that effort   LEGEND: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF GREEN BERET SERGEANT ROY BENAVIDEZ'S HEROIC MISSION TO RESCUE A SPECIAL FORCES TEAM CAUGHT BEHIND ENEMY LINES by Eric Blehm Legend tells the heroic story of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, and Benavidez’s nearly suicidal rescue mission that saved eight lives and ultimately earned Benavidez a nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor.   RED PLATOON: A TRUE STORY OF AMERICAN VALOR by Clinton Romesha Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.   THE PACIFIC by Hugh Ambrose The New York Times bestselling official companion book to the Emmy(r) Award-winning HBO(r) miniseries. Between America’s retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur’s airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan.   VETERANS' VOICES: REMARKABLE STORIES OF HEROISM, SACRIFICE, AND HONOR by Robert H. MillerAndrew Wakeford Through intimate photographs and poignant stories, this heart-rending book showcases the courage, heroics, and sacrifice of selected U.S. soldiers and veterans. This deeply moving, timely celebration of veterans highlights the heroes in our midst by bringing these brave men and women to life. Veterans Voices blends beauty and impact and gorgeous photographic displays with inspiring storytelling.   A HIGHER CALL: AN INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF COMBAT AND CHIVALRY IN THE WAR-TORN SKIES OF WORLD WAR II by Adam Makos, Larry Alexander December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger... What happened next would defy imagination.   A FEW GOOD WOMEN: AMERICA'S MILITARY WOMEN FROM WORLD WAR I TO THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN by Evelyn M. MonahanRosemary Neidel-Greenlee In this riveting narrative history, women veterans from the world wars, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq tell their extraordinary stories. Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee spent fifteen years combing through archives, journals, histories, and news reports, and gathering thousands of eyewitness accounts, letters, and interviews for this unprecedented chronicle of America’s “few good women.”   FORTY-SEVEN DAYS: HOW PERSHING'S WARRIORS CAME OF AGE TO DEFEAT THE GERMAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR I by Mitchell Yockelson A definitive account of the U.S. First Army’s astonishing triumph in America’s bloodiest battle of the World War I. The Battle of the Muese-Argonne—the deadliest clash in American history. More than a million untested American soldiers went up against a better-trained and experienced German Army, costing over 26,000 deaths and nearly a hundred thousand wounded.   THE CIVIL WAR by Geoffrey C. WardKenneth Burns The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through the cataclysmic trial of our nationhood and also includes essays by our most distinguished historians of the era.   TOUGH AS THEY COME by Travis Mills and Marcus Brotherton; Foreword by Gary Sinise In this powerful combat memoir, retired paratrooper and quadruple amputee SSG Travis Mills describes how his faith and his mantra of “never give up—never quit” has helped him rebuild his life since Afghanistan.   For more information about these and related titles visit the collection:  Memorial Day 2016  

Join Random House Children’s Books’ #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ

james dashner1James Dashner fans everywhere are invited to take part in the #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ, a rereading of all four titles in the bestselling Maze Runner series, in advance of the September 27 publication of the eagerly anticipated Maze Runner prequel novel, THE FEVER CODE.  When discussing the reread on social media, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #DashnerDash to follow along in the conversation.  expand
Readers can have their questions answered and discussed as Random House Children’s Books invites Dashner fans worldwide to participate in a discussion of one title in the series each month.  The reread will kick off on May 27 with THE MAZE RUNNER—fans can submit questions via the James Dashner Facebook page. Selected questions will then be discussed by the author and his editor, Krista Marino, in a series of live Google Hangouts during the last week of each month. The first Google Hangout with Dashner and Marino will happen the week of June 27. Specific details will be posted on the Facebook page and shared via social media. 9780385737951  9780385738767  9780385738781  9780385742894 Rereads of  THE SCORCH TRIALS begin on June 27, followed by  THE DEATH CURE on July 27, and  THE KILL ORDER on August 27. Questions can again be submitted via Facebook, and a book-club-style discussion will occur at the end of each month. The Google Hangout for THE KILL ORDER at the end of August will lead right into the publication of THE FEVER CODE on September 27. Bloggers are encouraged to take part in the binge read, and those participating will receive a number of signed Dashner books to give away. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than by revisiting a beloved series and introducing the books to new fans? Look for the first two chapters of THE FEVER CODE, recently revealed in the paperback edition of THE RULE OF THOUGHTS, to be discussed in the Maze Runner Google Hangout as well. Titles are available wherever books are sold. The series has sold over 14 million copies in all formats. To learn more about Dashner and his books, visit, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find @dashnerjames on Instagram.

#PenguinRandomArt: Harland Miller Paintings Installed in NYC

harland-miller4Our #PenguinRandomArt campaign continues, with two original paintings by renowned UK artist Harland Miller now displayed at Penguin Random House’s 375 Hudson Street offices in New York. To celebrate the installation of these paintings on Friday (5/20), Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh hosted a reception with a group of colleagues that featured a toast to the art by Penguin Random House Chairman John Makinson, who commissioned expand
Mr. Miller to paint the Penguin book-themed paintings that were donated by Richard Berzine, a Penguin business partner pre-merger, to hang in company offices around the world. To read a Financial Times article about what sparked Mr. Miller’s sardonic artistic takes on Penguin book covers and the origination of this project, click here.
Richard Berzine and John Makinson

Richard Berzine and John Makinson

Mr. Miller’s “Penguin Plays” painting was installed near Ms. McIntosh’s 4th floor office, with Mr. Makinson (right) and Mr. Berzine shown raising their glasses to the art. The “There’s No Business Like No Business!” painting was hung in the 375 Hudson ground floor lobby, with Ms. McIntosh, Mr. Makinson, Mr. Berzine and Penguin Young Readers President Jen Loja framing the canvas.  
Madeline McIntosh, John Makinson, Richard Berzine, and Jen Loja

Madeline McIntosh, John Makinson, Richard Berzine, and Jen Loja

In celebration of this unique marriage of art and literature, a global social media event is unfolding as we herald the arrival and installation of these paintings at Penguin Random House locations worldwide with photos and messages on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our Penguin Random House websites. In addition to 375 Hudson Street in New York, Mr. Miller’s artwork is also being displayed in company offices in London, Toronto, Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. We are encouraging everyone to share pictures of and comments about Penguin Random House’s Harland Miller painting installation using the hashtag #PenguinRandomArt.  

Penguin Random House: Publishing Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park

Taming of the Shrew adPenguin Random House continues its longstanding run as Publishing Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park, produced by the Public Theater and presented in Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre beginning on Tuesday, May 24, with an all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and featuring Olivier Award nominee Cush Jumbo as Katherina and Tony Award winner Janet McTeer as Petruchio. The Taming of the Shrew performances are presented through June 17.  Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, will be staged from July 19 to August 14. expand
In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, a number of Penguin Random House imprints are publishing new editions of the Bard’s works as well as alternate takes on Shakespeare for young readers and those in need of a refresher. Here is a selection: 9780143128571   9780143128588   9780143128601   9780143128625 97815247011479780399557378Untitled-3 copy055ae6b7b65f423eb88c48f11b6bc945 Signature, the site that is “making well-read sense of the world,” recently posted these interesting Shakespeare pieces: An Ode to Shakespeare from Kurt VonnegutThe Art of Political Rebellion on Shakespeare’s Stage and An Illustrated Starter Guide to Phrases Coined by Shakespeare. sig-shakespeare-phrase-pano

Everything You Need to Know About #Readathon 2016 for Tomorrow

doubledogNational Readathon Day is almost here! Get ready to post reading selfies all day long, and be sure to follow the hashtag #Readathon2016 to see authors and readers across the country do the same. Watch the video and click the stories below to get up to speed and find out everything you need to know for tomorrow.  expand
1.   Add our #Readathon2016 Badge to your Facebook profile picture today! 2.  Read Markus Dohle's latest blog post to Penguin Random Houseemployees to find out how he is celebrating National Readathon Day. 3.  Commit to support early childhood literacy by contributing to our Facebook Donate campaign. 4.  Get ready for the weekend with a post from Bustle, and catch up on stories from DBW here and here. 5.  Download our handy one-sheet with tips and ideas on how to host a Readathon Day party. 6.  Follow #Readathon2016 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 7.  Watch these authors talk about their best binge reads and get ready for your own. Happy Reading!
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Employee Blog from Markus Dohle

National_Readathon_Day_logo_300x150As dad to two teenagers, it was only a matter of time before I was introduced to the concept of Throwback Thursday. This week, I have a few reasons to throw back in advance of the second annual National Readathon Day, happening this coming Saturday, May 21. expand
Reading The Girl on the Train in 2015 #TBT

Reading The Girl on the Train in 2015 #TBT

When the trailer for the film adaptation of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN debuted a few weeks ago, I was reminded of reading Paula Hawkins’s novel during the 2015 National Readathon Day, which was on January 24 last year. What an amazing ride we’ve had with that book—one that I know will only continue as more and more people learn about this thrilling story through the movie. Word of mouth is still the primary way that people get connected to potential new reads. Only now that “word” also gets delivered by tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts. 2016-Readathon-cartoonThe power of grassroots movements is inspiring, and social media has brought new and powerful ways to share and connect over common causes. Just look at last year’s Red Nose Day or the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. We also can’t underestimate the ability that we as Penguin Random House have to use our scale and reach for good. As a community of over 10,000 passionate colleagues, we have the potential to be more than a company. We can have an impact as a cultural institution—not just with the books we publish but through our efforts to nourish a passion for reading and to create lifelong readers. We are doing that with National Readathon Day, which is partnering this year with the American Library Association and harnessing the power of connections via Facebook, which lets users create custom National Readathon Day profile frames and make donations directly. You can spread the word about reading, and #Readathon2016, by updating your profile picture

You can spread the word about reading, and #Readathon2016, by updating your profile picture

I hope that you will support and participate in National Readathon Day – it is another important way we can promote the power of books to connect and transform, all while making the communities where we work and live even better. In fact, many of us take advantage of our Service Days to volunteer in your communities, and last year alone we received tens of thousands of dollars in requests for donation matching—which I encourage you to make use of when you donate to Every Child Ready to Read in support of the Readathon, or any other causes you support. In addition to my excitement about #TBT, I have one more reason to be hashtag-happy: the start of shareable media with Igloo Share, which lets you share our stories with your world and give your friends, family, and followers a glimpse of our company from #InsidePenguinRandom. As we use our power to do good, some of our causes and stories—including this blog—will be available to share on social media. Start your sharing by letting the world know how you spend your National Readathon Day—and be sure to tag your own tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts with #Readathon2016. This coming Saturday, I’ll be celebrating the Readathon with my teenagers and discovering my next great read. I can’t wait to see the impact we’ll have with @PenguinRandomHouse@ALALibrary, and all of us spreading the word together across social media and, of course, IRL. Happy #Readathon2016 and happy reading! Markus

There’s a Book for That: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

theres-a-book-for-that (1) Since 1990, during the month of May, America has celebrated the historic and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our society. In honor of this special month, we’ve compiled a list of books that represent authentic Asian Pacific American voices on merging cultures, identity questions, discrimination, language barriers, religion, history, family, education, and the future. expand
Learn more about Asian Pacific Heritage Month by visiting the official website: TABFT-Asian-Pacific-American-Month-640x389 FEATURED TITLES Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio, and what happens when their favorite daughter is found drowned at the bottom of a lake near their home. Re Jane by Patricia Park Journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul, and back, this is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean American debut. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, an inspiring novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into a more Western world. Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang Now a hit series on ABC, this is the story of a Chinese-American kid trying to find himself ten thousand miles from his legacy and anchored only by his conflicted love for his family, hip hop culture, and his passion for food. China Dolls by Lisa See In 1938, three women from very different Asian backgrounds meet by chance, quickly becoming best friends. They are inseparable until a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor when secrets are exposed and betrayal changes everything. BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS Great Call of China by Cynthea Liu Chinese-born Cece was adopted by American parents. Eager to explore her roots, she jumps at the chance to attend the S.A.S.S. program in Xi’an, China. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander, Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Asian Pacific American Heritage

Dan Brown’s THE DA VINCI CODE to Be Adapted for Young Adults

Dan-Brown The Random House US and Penguin Random House UK children’s divisions of Penguin Random House will jointly publish a young adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s #1 worldwide bestseller, THE DA VINCI CODE this fall. The acquisition was announced on May 18th by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (US), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, who obtained World English rights from Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. expand
In the US, the Delacorte Press imprint of Random House Children’s Books will release THE DA VINCI CODE (Young Adult Adaptation) in hardcover and eBook on September 13, 2016. In the UK, the Penguin imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s will release THE DA VINCI CODE (Abridged) in paperback and eBook on September 8, 2016. Beverly Horowitz, SVP & Publisher, Delacorte Press, and Shannon Cullen, Publishing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK are overseeing the editorial process. “My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research,” says Brown. “In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself. It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of THE DA VINCI CODE sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.” Since its publication in 2003, THE DA VINCI CODE has become a global publishing success story, selling 82 million copies worldwide. The young adult adaptations will have new cover designs and will introduce a new generation of readers to Dan Brown’s well-known characters, among them professor and famed symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu. Abridged in length while maintaining Brown’s original plot that was hailed by the New York Times as “blockbuster perfection,” readers will experience the thrilling, lightning-paced journey from Paris to London that reveals the unraveling of the greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years. “It is incredibly exciting for us to bring THE DA VINCI CODE to our young adult market in the US, and to introduce young people to Dan Brown’s masterful storytelling, and his brilliant ability to bring history to life on the page,” says Marcus. “We are delighted to work with our colleagues here at Doubleday to further expand the reach of this special book, and build on its extraordinary success.” In the US, the Listening Library imprint of Penguin Random House will simultaneously publish an audiobook edition, available on CD and as a digital download. This fall also brings the movie release of Inferno, in theaters nationwide on October 28, 2016 and based on Brown’s novel published by Doubleday in 2013.

WaterBrook Acquires New Book by Tim Tebow

Waterbrook-logoTim Tebow, former NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and popular sports broadcaster, has reached an agreement with WaterBrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, to author a new book scheduled for publication on October 25, 2016. SHAKEN: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms combines never-before-told, personal stories from Tebow’s football experience and life with biblical teaching on anchoring identity and self-worth. As part of the agreement, WaterBrook will create a companion video Bible study and other products. expand
The book deal was announced by Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, WaterBrook. Alexander Field, Vice President, Publisher, WaterBrook, acquired world rights to the work in print and digital formats. Bruce Nygren, Senior Editor, and Andrew Stoddard, Editor, will serve as editors for the products in the deal. The very public highs and lows of Tebow’s college and professional football career have given him a unique perspective on what it means to maintain a sense of self when your dreams do not go as ShakenFinalCoverplanned. With compelling honesty, Tebow writes about how others have tried to define him by his circumstances and how, through it all, he has used these opportunities to grow in the understanding that identity comes from God alone. “I am so excited about this book,” said Tebow. “I have the opportunity to share about some highs. But I also have the opportunity to share about some lows, and be vulnerable, and pull back the curtain a little bit. I will be able to give people a glimpse at what happens when you fall short. What happens when you don’t reach your dreams? What do you hold onto? Who do you hold onto?” Alex Field said, “Tim has such a profound and inspiring message for anyone who has faced any sort of disappointment in their lives—which is every one of us, Because of that, we’re thrilled to launch this new work with Tim this fall. He will share about how he faced everything in his career all while remaining anchored in God. We know this book is going to encourage many, many people!” Tebow is a two-time NCAA college football national champion and Heisman Trophy winner and was a first round NFL draft pick. In the three years since he departed from the NFL, Tebow has continued to have a prominent public profile.   In February 2016, The Tim Tebow Foundation, along with 200 churches across 48 states and in seven countries, hosted “A Night to Shine” giving 32,000 people with special needs and 70,000 volunteers an amazing prom night experience.  He is co-hosting the second season of the FOX program Home Freewith home renovation TV Star Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes®), starting June 16, 2016. In addition, he is a college football analyst for the SEC Network, which launched in August 2014.

Update Your Profile Picture Today with Our Read Badge and Celebrate #Readathon2016

readathon new2Let’s paint Facebook with a little bit of orange and put our “Read” stamp in Facebook feeds across the country. Join your colleagues, authors, and readers everywhere and celebrate #Readathon2016 this Saturday, May 21, by updating your Facebook profile picture with our “Read” badge. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! expand
1)     Visit 2)    Select “causes” from the dropdown menu  3)    Click on the American Library Association logo EKYou can also add from this post by clicking “Use Frame” when you roll over the image. Be sure to edit your post or add comment so your friends and followers know you are celebrating #Readathon2016 and supporting early childhood literacy. Suggested text: I am supporting early childhood literacy development by celebrating #Readathon2016 this Saturday, May 21! Join me and start now by updating your profile picture by visiting, selecting Causes in the dropdown menu, and clicking on the American Library Association. Don’t forget to post reading pictures to social on National Readathon Day this Saturday, May 21 and tag them #Readathon2016. Happy Reading!  
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Featured Author Event: Jojo Moyes

FEA jojo moyesOn Friday (5/20) at 7pm at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side, Jojo Moyes will discuss and sign copies of her #1 New York Times bestselling novel, ME BEFORE YOU, published by Viking/Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Books. Moyes will also share the trailer for the upcoming film based on her blockbuster book which is now available in a new movie tie-in paperback edition. expand
Since it was first published by in 2012, ME BEFORE YOU has sold over five million copies and has held top spots on New York Times bestseller lists. Most recently, ME BEFORE YOU was #1 on both 9780143109464the paperback trade fiction list and the mass market fiction list.  The unlikely, moving love story is soon to be a major motion picture set to be released nationwide on June 3, 2016 by Warner Bros., starring Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clark and Sam Claflin as Will Traynor. Moyes wrote the screenplay for the film along with Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (The Fault in Our Stars). The movie trailer has been picked up by several media outlets, perpetuating the anticipation of the upcoming film and spiking a new wave of interest in the book that originally captured readers’ hearts. In the novel, an ordinary girl names Louisa Clark takes a job with recently wheelchair-bound ex--Master of the Universe Will Traynor. Will is bossy and moody as he is unable to live his previously huge and adventurous life, but Lou is determined to show him that life is still worth living, even if it means breaking her own heart. Moyes is also the author of several other novels including AFTER YOU, the bestselling sequel to ME BEFORE YOU and she has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first served basis and books can be purchased after the signing.

#PenguinRandomArt Featuring Harland Miller

HarlandMillerTnailRenowned UK artist Harland Miller, who gained notoriety for his original paintings on large canvases inspired by Penguin Books cover designs, has completed a number of new Penguin book-themed paintings.  Commissioned by Penguin Random House Chairman John Makinson and donated by a Penguin business partner pre-merger, this original artwork is in the process of being installed at Penguin Random House locations worldwide, including 375 Hudson Street in New York as well as offices in London,  Toronto, Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. expand
Carrie Welch and Debra Millar

Carrie Welch and Debra Millar

In celebration of this unique marriage of art and literature, a global social media event is unfolding as we herald the arrival and installation of these paintings with photos and messages on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well as our Penguin Random House websites. Direct from Penguin Random House New Zealand—  Pictured at an Exhibition:  Sales Director Carrie Welch (left) and Publishing Director Debra Millar pose with the Harland Miller painting, SOMEBODY DOWN THERE LIKES ME.  #PenguinRandomArt We are encouraging everyone to share pictures of and comments about Penguin Random House’s Harland Miller painting installation using the hashtag #PenguinRandomArt.

Han Kang’s THE VEGETARIAN Wins the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

the vegetarianThe winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize is Han Kang, for THE VEGETARIAN, published by Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, it was announced on Monday in London. Ms. Han shares the award with the book’s translator, Deborah Smith, the pair splitting the most prestigious prize for translated fiction in the UK. Warm congratulations to Ms. Han and her publisher, as well as Ms. Smith. expand
THE VEGETARIAN is the first novel by Ms. Han to be translated into English, and tells the story of Yeong-hye, a dutiful Korean wife who decided to give up meat to the surprise of all around her. Boyd Tonkin, chairman of the 2016 judging panel, said: "This compact, exquisite and disturbing book will linger long in the minds, and maybe the dreams, of its readers. Deborah Smith’s perfectly judged translation matches its uncanny blend of beauty and horror at every turn." This is the first year the Man Booker International Prize was awarded to a single book, with previous awards honoring an author's body of work. Prior winners include Penguin Random House authors Chinua Achebe (in 2007) and Alice Munro (in 2009).

Readathon Now Includes Facebook Donate Option and Profile Picture Frame

National_Readathon_Day_logo_300x150As we near National Readathon Day, happening this Saturday, May 21, readers everywhere will now be able to contribute to #Readathon2016 through its newly launched Donate campaign on Facebook. All Facebook users will be able to make a commitment to early childhood literacy through the Donate button now available on the ALA Facebook page, which seamlessly facilitates swift and secure online contributions to National Readathon Day on the Facebook platform. expand
Users will also be able to share their love of reading by updating their Facebook profile picture with a soon-to-be-released custom National Readathon Day profile picture frame, which will be available on the ALA and Penguin Random House Facebook pages. National Readathon Day is a fundraising and social media awareness campaign dedicated to promoting children’s literacy and reading at any age. Leading up to and during the Readathon, readers everywhere will share their love of reading on social media using the hashtag #Readathon2016, and raise funds for early childhood literacy through ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, helping programs in public libraries nationwide. The #Readathon2016 Facebook Donate campaign enhances and unifies these core goals, enabling any Facebook user to make a commitment to Readathon and the ALA with one click, and to join together with friends and fellow readers around a common cause. All readers are encouraged to join National Readathon Day by using the hashtag #Readathon2016, to visit ALA’s Facebook page to make a contribution, and to update their profile picture with the National Readathon profile picture frame. Libraries, bookstores, schools and other community gathering places across the country are planning Readathon events. Visitors to the National Readathon Day reading parties page will find ideas about how to host a party or locate the nearest National Readathon Day event. Visit for more information.

Igloo Reads: Stephanie Danler’s Debut Novel SWEETBITTER

Sweetbitter These are the words that open Stephanie Danler’s extraordinary debut novel, SWEETBITTER, which will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on May 24, introducing readers to Tess, the book’s twenty-two-year-old narrator:  “You will develop a palate. A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember. Where you assign words to the textures of taste. Eating becomes a discipline, language-obsessed. You will never simply eat food again.”  expand
A lush novel of the senses—of taste and hunger, seeing and understanding, love and desire— SWEETBITTER is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the transformation and wisdom that come from our experiences, sweet and bitter.  Advance praise has ignited waves of pre-publication buzz.  A sampling: "Stephanie Danler arrives on the literary scene with a fully-fledged, original voice that’s wry, watchful and wise beyond its years – acutely attuned to the pleasures of the senses and to the desperate stratagems of self-invention among young urban seekers.  Sweetbitter is a stunning debut novel, one that seems destined to help define a generation.” —Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Bright, Precious Days, to be published by Knopf in August. "... rich in sensory descriptions, the kind of book that one doesn’t just read but devours.”Time Out “Stephanie Danler’s prose—like the New York life her young heroine longs for—intoxicates the senses. A charming, harrowing debut.” —Jonathan Dee, author of The Privileges and A Thousand Pardons “A book that’ll stay glued to your hands as you race through the pages in one sitting.”Elle  Peter Gethers, President, Random House Studios, and Senior Vice President, Editor at Large, was an early reader of the SWEETBITTER manuscript, and told The New York Times, “Within 10 pages, I was going, oh my God, this woman is an extraordinary talent. One doesn’t see a lot of first novels like this, or any novels like this … The way she writes about food, you can actually taste it.”  Mr. Gethers recommended the manuscript to Claudia Herr, Executive Story Editor, Random House Films, and Editor at Large, who acquired SWEETBITTER in a two-book-deal for Knopf in the fall of 2014. Ms. Danler, who holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School, comments, “When I’m chatting with people, and I mention that I wrote a book, they nod politely. Every time I tell them it’s coming out with Knopf, their eyes widen and they say, ‘Oh.’ First recognition, then interest and excitement. It’s a ridiculous thing, to call yourself a Knopf author, to look at the company you’re in, to know that the Borzoi will go on the spine of your book, making it instantly recognizable to those that love literature. Absolutely ridiculous. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.” SWEETBITTER and Ms. Danler have attracted an impressive range of media, including pieces in TimeOutThe Wall Street Journal and the current issue of Vogue,  a book excerpt in the May edition of Bon Appetit Magazine, with coverage in TIME, Vanity FairThe New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Marie Claire, People, Entertainment Weekly, DuJour, Parade, W, Nylon, Bustle, Brooklyn Magazine, and much more to come.    
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Meet The New Read It Forward

RIF logoThe Crown Publishing Group announced that it has relaunched With an active online community of over 385,000 members, Read It Forward is a publisher-agnostic book vertical that helps readers discover exciting new books and classic reads. Managed by the Crown Publishing Group’s Community Development team, the site has grown substantially, in volume and in editorial content, since its creation in 2008. The new design features a fresh, modern look; a more intuitive site navigation; and an editorial shift toward long-form content, original essays by bestselling authors, and curated book recommendations from the Read It Forward staff. expand
Read It Forward’s mission is to guide readers toward a literary future with books that inform, entertain, and inspire through unique online experiences. Some features on the site include:
  • Book Club Appetizer: a podcast hosted by Abbe Wright (Editor, Read It Forward) and Alana Buckbee (Sr. Manager, Community Development, Crown Publishing Group), recommended as an audio “kickoff” for book club meetings. Each episode focuses on a single title, beginning with plot discussion and thoughts on favorite characters, and culminating in an interview with the book’s author. Participating authors include such notables as Amber Brock (A FINE IMITATION, Crown), Anton DiSclafani (THE AFTER PARTY, Riverhead Books), Camille Perri (THE ASSISTANTS, G. P. Putnam’s Sons), Hannah Pittard (Listen to Me, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Nicola Yoon (THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, Delacorte Press).
  • What We’re Reading: a weekly newsletter, which features curated picks from bestselling authors and the Read It Forward editorial team.
  • #AskaLibrarianthe weekly Twitter recommendation hour, in partnership with Library Journal, Penguin Random House, and librarians across the country.
  • BookBentostill life photography featuring new titles, as well as favorite backlist reads, that creates a browsable bookstore on Instagram.
  icon The all-star literary lineup slated for Read It Forward’s summer launch includes exclusive interviews with Matthew Desmond (EVICTEDCrown), Erik Larson (DEAD WAKE,Crown), Terry McMillan (I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU,Crown), Curtis Sittenfeld (ELIGIBLERandom House); original content from Erica Jong (Fear of Dying, St. Martin’s Press) and Karin Slaughter (Pretty Girls, William Morrow); and curated bookshelves by Jennifer S. Brown (MODERN GIRLS, NAL) and Peter Clines (EX-ISLEBroadway). “We have always been proud of the editorial content featured on Read It Forward, and now we have a more modern design to showcase our interviews, literary lifestyle essays, and reading recommendations,” says Kate Rados, Vice President, Community Development for the Crown Publishing Group. “Our readers are excited to learn about newly released and rediscovered gems, from literary and commercial fiction to memoir, historical fiction to crossover young adult. We’re able to make recommendations based on author affinity, category, mood, or impulse. While it’s not possible to be all things to all readers, we strive to deliver the best reads at the right time that align with a reader’s taste.” In conjunction with its relaunch, Read It Forward will be inviting bookstores to participate as promotional partners. For their pilot project, Tattered Cover and Northshire Bookstore are collaborating in a one-of-a-kind sweepstakes, where a grand-prize winner will receive a library of 50 books, hand-selected by the bookselling staff from both stores. The sweepstakes will be hosted on Crown’s marketing plans for the relaunch include: a site-wide online adventure—called “The Great Reader’s Scavenger Hunt”—a series of sweepstakes promotions which awards 625 winners with a free book; owned media advertising through the Crown and Penguin Random House verticals; a special branded pouch mailing to bookish influencers; branded tote bags distributed at the 2016 BEA; social media advertising through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and an email marketing program through LiveIntent. Click here to experience Read It Forward’s new features.

There’s a Book for That: Mental Health Awareness

theres-a-book-for-that (1)May has been Mental Health Month since 1949. This year’s theme is “Life with a Mental Illness.” Over the decades, the topic of mental health has certainly become more prominent, with the help of a growing number of recognizable people “coming out” with their mental disorders and increasing reporting in popular media. expand
However, not all of this coverage has been helpful. Amid widespread confusion between distinct conditions, their causes and symptoms, and what their relation with violence and other anti-social behaviors might be, a vast number of sufferers still succumb to suicide or homelessness. Those who have the resources to cope still overwhelmingly prefer to stay in the closet, rather than face generalized prejudice and discrimination. The path to change will definitely involve further political action, but to get to that point much more education—and empathy—is necessary. This May we urge you to pick up a book and learn about the people who deal with mental illness daily, as sufferers or caretakers, and find out why they stand out, but more importantly, what makes them not that different from the rest of us. To learn more visit: Mental Health America mental-health-snip-640x482 FEATURED TITLES MY AGE OF ANXIETY by Scott Stossel From the editor of The Atlantic comes a riveting, revealing memoir of life with anxiety—and the history of the scientists, philosophers, artists, and writers who have worked to understand this condition. MARBLES by Ellen Forney Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers. AN UNQUIET MIND by Kay Redfield Jamison Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. An Unquiet Mind is a memoir of enormous candor and wisdom—a deeply powerful book that has both transformed and saved lives. VOLUNTARY MADNESS by Norah Vincent Determined but uncertain about maintaining her own equilibrium, the author boldly committed herself to three different facilities-a big-city hospital, a private clinic in the Midwest, and finally an upscale retreat in the South. Voluntary Madness is the chronicle of Vincent’s journey through the world of the mentally ill as she struggles to find her own health and happiness. JUST LIKE SOMEONE WITHOUT MENTAL ILLNESS ONLY MORE SO by Mark Vonnegut, M.D. More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough. THE PRICE OF SILENCE by Liza Long Powerful and shocking, The Price of Silence , which grew out of the author’s article “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” after the Newtown shooting, looks at how society stigmatizes mental illness—including in children—and the devastating societal cost. In the wake of repeated acts of mass violence, Long points the way forward. FOR YOUNG READERS ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven Soon to be a motion picture starring Elle Fanning “At the heart – a big one – of “All the Bright Places” lies a charming love story about this unlikely and endearing pair of broken teenagers.” — New York Times Book Review For more on these and related titles visit the Edelweiss collection: Mental Health Awareness

Publisher Nancy Paulsen on Her Career and Penguin Young Readers Imprint

NancyPaulsenThumbnailAs part of our Publisher Profile series, Nancy Paulsen, president and publisher of her eponymous Penguin Young Readers imprint, shares personal insights into her outstanding career in book publishing, her bestselling, award-winning authors – Jacqueline Woodson, Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Maira Kalman, among them – as well as new books and authors she is looking forward to publishing in the coming year. expand
What initially attracted you to the world of book publishing and the editor/publisher role in particular? Like most people in publishing, it was the love of books. I was an avid reader as a child and loved how reading transported me to new places and allowed me to understand how it felt to stand in someone else’s shoes. When I brought my résumé to Viking Penguin (as it was called back then), the job opening was in Children’s Editorial. I saw so many favorite books on the shelves when I walked into the offices—MADELINETHE SNOWY DAYPIPPI LONGSTOCKINGTHE OUTSIDERS—that I knew I had arrived at my new home. From then on I wanted to work with authors and artists and help them make books forever. nancy paulson logo2What have been some of your most rewarding achievements over the course of your career as a publisher? Right from the beginning I wanted to publish books that made kids feel good and that made all kinds of kids feel represented. One of my early books at Viking was a picture book called I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson, about a confident pig, and I adored its message. When I became the publisher of Putnam in the mid-1990s, I signed up Jacqueline Woodson because I loved her extraordinary, lyrical voice, and I was thrilled when so many of her books won major awards. Her most recent picture book with E. B. Lewis, EACH KINDNESS, won the Jane Addams Peace Prize and shows kids in such a stunning way that actions have consequences. Maira Kalman’s picture books have also been thrilling to publish, as her viewpoint is so unique and eye-opening. It’s exciting that I get to work on both picture books and novels that speak to so many kids and make a difference in their lives. When you started your own imprint, how did you envision what your emphasis would be as well as the breadth of your authors and character of your lists? From the start I planned to focus on diverse and distinctive voices and books that offered kids hope, because life can be so hard. Having Jacqueline Woodson’s stunning memoir,BROWN GIRL DREAMING, win the National Book Award and become a huge bestseller has been so gratifying to us both, as we’ve worked together for twenty years and it was a fabulous culmination of all the things we’ve dreamed about happening. When I published Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s first book, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, about a foster child and everyday heroes, the word of mouth among kids was incredible and propelled the book onto state award lists all over the country. Lynda’s new book, FISH IN A TREE, is a bestseller that is being read in classrooms all over the world, and it’s a beautifully told story that reminds us not to judge people by their learning styles (“Great minds don’t think alike!”) and shows how a good teacher makes such a difference in a child’s life. WoodsonMKalmanTnailWhat have been some of the most satisfying aspects of having your own imprint and what excites you most about its future? It is super-satisfying to work with people who amaze me with their talents. On the picture book side, I get to work with some industry greats like the inimitable Tomie dePaola, and to also discover new talent like Lori Nichols and Eliza Wheeler. And on the fiction side I am thrilled that I have lots more coming from Jacqueline Woodson and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I also have novels from Brenda Woods, Aisha Saeed, and Padma Venkatraman—all who are powerful diverse voices. It is so rewarding when fabulous books reach readers and excite them and help expand their worldview, and it’s magical when a book becomes a child’s favorite. That’s what excites me about the future—more books and more stories to be told and the ability to connect with kids in such a meaningful way.

Three Questions for an Editor: Crown’s Roger Scholl on A MOTHER’S RECKONING

AMothersReckoningTnailRoger Scholl, Vice President, Executive Editor, Crown Publishing Group, delves inside the acquisition, editing and impact of A MOTHER’S RECKONING: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold.  expand
In this book, Ms. Klebold chronicles for the first time her journey as a mother over the past sixteen years, trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible following the tragic events of April 20, 1999, when her son Dylan and his friend Eric Harris walked into Columbine High School in Colorado, killed twelve students and a teacher, and wounded twenty-four others before taking their own lives. In coming forward after so many years of silence, Ms. Klebold writes with unflinching honesty, telling her story as faithfully as possible in order to share the insights and understanding she has gained in the terrible crucible of Columbine to help other families recognize signs that a child may need help. In this Three Questions for an Editor feature, Mr. Scholl opens a very personal window into the road to the publication of A MOTHER’S RECKONING. 9781101902752-197x300What was involved in the acquisition of this book and key decisions about how to tell and structure this heart-breaking, tragic story? I first heard of the book as the result of a lunch date with the agent, Laurie Bernstein, two years before the actual submission.  Sue Klebold’s story, and message, sounded so unique, and so important, that I followed up periodically to express continued interest.  Laurie gave me a heads up a week before she sent it out, and I alerted our publisher and the rest of our team that it was coming in, so that we would read and act quickly.  The proposal came in the Thursday evening of BEA; I was expected at a reunion party, but I never made it – I was glued to my desk and my computer.  The proposal, over 100 pages in length, was stunning — and pitch perfect in conveying Sue and her family’s experiences, and her ultimate message.   And we made a pre-emptive bid for the book by noon the next day. How would you describe the editor/author editorial process and what were some of the most challenging and rewarding points during the creation of A MOTHER’S RECKONING? Sue had been teamed with a wonderful writer for the book, Laura Tucker.  The proposal was so taut, so nuanced, and so well constructed that my real task as an editor with the manuscript was to ensure that we maintained the same high level of narrative pacing, detail, insight and candor that Sue and Laurie had originally achieved with the proposal.  We did a good deal of back and forth to tighten the narrative, and made a few key decisions about structure and order, as well as about the level of detail Sue included in the book about the events at Columbine High School that morning, so that readers unfamiliar with the details of the tragedy would have a clearer picture of exactly what took place – and what Dylan, Sue’s son, and Eric Harris, did. What do you and Ms. Klebold hope readers will derive most from reading and discussing this book? I think that for Sue, this book has been a mission.  She has spent every day of her life since the shootings trying to understand how the sweet young boy that she knew Dylan to be could have done what he did; why she was unable to see the signs beforehand;  what she might have done differently to prevent the tragedy.  The media wanted to paint Dylan as a monster.  But the truth, she knew, was in some ways even more disturbing.  He grew up in a loving, engaged home, had many friends, and although he was shy and perhaps spent too much  time on his computer, he came across as a normal teenager, a boy who had just gone to senior prom and had been accepted to his first choice college.    Her husband, Tom – they are now divorced – and her surviving son Bryon, were deeply opposed to her writing the book; it was just too painful a memory, and one I think they did not  want to live through again.  But Sue persevered because she felt that by telling her story, and the story of Dylan, she could  reach out to parents and kids who were suffering emotionally or psychologically, and at risk, and in doing so potentially prevent a future Columbine from taking place, or prevent a child from hurting himself or herself, or someone else.  Sue is donating the money she has received to charitable organizations, particularly those focused on mental health issues.

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Bertelsmann Achieves Highest Revenues and Operating Result in Seven Years

Bertelsmann finance thumbnailBerlin, March 31, 2015 – Bertelsmann in the last fiscal year increased both its revenues and its operating result to the highest levels in seven years, while again investing in growing its business: The international media, services and education company improved its growth profile and expanded its digital business as well as its international presence with the acquisition of the e-learning provider Relias Learning in the United States and majority stakes in the video marketer SpotXchange and the multichannel network StyleHaul.


  • Revenues increase 3.1 percent to €16.7 billion
  • Operating EBITDA grows 2.7 percent to €2.37 billion
  • Group profit affected by special items
  • Investments continue at high level and hit €1.6 billion
  • Advances in strategy implementation improve growth profile
  • Merger of Penguin and Random House contributes to growth
  • Education business as third pillar alongside media and services
  • Medium-term target for Group profit at €1 billion

Revenues from Bertelsmann’s continuing operations grew by 3.1 percent, to €16.7 billion in 2014 (previous year: €16.2 billion). Key drivers were strategic transactions such as the merger of the Penguin and Random House trade book publishing groups, the full acquisition of the music rights company BMG, and the expansion of financial and e-commerce services at Arvato. The downscaling of businesses in structural decline in part offset this growth.

During the past fiscal year, Bertelsmann improved its operating EBITDA by 2.7 percent, to €2.37 billion, also the highest level since 2007 (previous year: €2.31 billion). In particular, the result reflects a record performance by Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, a strong list of bestsellers at Penguin Random House in the U.S. and U.K., and growth in the music rights business. The EBITDA margin was again high at 14.2 percent (previous year: 14.3 percent).

Group profit of €573 million was below the prior year’s level of €885 million. This was the result of downscaling the print and direct-marketing businesses, expenditures on profitimprovement measures, a value adjustment to the Hungarian television business, and the absence of special items which had boosted group profit the previous fiscal year.

Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, said: “2014 was a gratifying year for us. Our revenue is the highest it has been in seven years. The same goes for our operating result – it is one of the best in Bertelsmann’s history. The implementation of our strategy is paying off. We again made a number of major advances during the past year. We significantly increased our activities in high-growth areas, further expanded the globally unique diversity of our creative activities and services, and at the same time disposed of businesses in structural decline. This transformation over the past few years has significantly improved the company’s growth profile. Since 2012 alone, we have invested more than two billion euros in growth businesses. We will keep up this brisk pace and continue to invest in expanding existing businesses and building new ones in the years ahead. The contours of the ‘new Bertelsmann’ are already clearly visible – faster growing, more digital, and more international than before.”

By successfully implementing its strategy Bertelsmann increased the revenue contribution of high-growth businesses to 27 percent in 2014 (2011: 22 percent). In this three-year period, the revenue share of structurally declining businesses fell from 15 percent to below 10 percent. In the medium term, growth businesses are expected to make up around 40 percent of group revenues, businesses in structural decline about five percent.

Thomas Rabe emphasized that in 2014 and the first few months of the present year, Bertelsmann had taken big steps towards reaching all four of its strategic priorities – strengthening the core, digital transformation, expanding growth platforms, and forging ahead in growth regions.

For instance, the core businesses were strengthened by the expansion of RTL Group’s families of channels, as well as increasing distribution revenues from platform operators. At Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade book publishing group, the integration of the two companies has progressed faster than planned; the merger is already paying off on the creative and commercial fronts: Penguin Random House publishers achieved outstanding creative results on all continents. The publishing group rose to number one in the Latin American Spanish-language book market through the acquisition of Santillana’s Spanish- and Portuguese-language trade publishing businesses. Similarly, the complete takeover of Gruner + Jahr in 2014 was a strategic milestone. Bertelsmann will continue to develop Gruner + Jahr into a leading house of content by, among other initiatives, investing in the company’s transformation. Concurrently, Bertelsmann intensified the downscaling of businesses in structural decline: the Group sold businesses including Brown Printing in the U.S., the Italian printing operations and the calendar business, and decided to discontinue the German club business at the end of this year. In parallel, Bertelsmann launched a number of measures to improve the results of its core businesses, with a medium-term volume of about €500 million.

Bertelsmann also increased its footprint and reach in the digital world. RTL Group’s catchup services, its web productions and web channels, and its multi-channel networks together recorded 36.4 billion online video views in 2014, turning RTL Group into the world's fourthlargest provider of online video content. Penguin Random House last year expanded its e-book catalog to more than 100,000 titles, and sold over 100 million of its titles in electronic form worldwide. Gruner + Jahr expanded its portfolio of e-magazines, high-reach mobile sites and apps, and its digital advertising sales. Arvato achieved further growth as a service provider for IT, high-tech and e-commerce companies. Bertelsmann’s various companies and editorial platforms now reach about 750 million followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube via their social media channels.

An important milestone in the Group’s expansion of its growth platforms in 2014 was the acquisition of the online education provider Relias Learning, also Bertelsmann’s biggest purchase in the U.S. since the acquisition of Random House in 1998. Investments in California-based Alliant University and the educational services provider Synergis Education served to further expand the education business. In addition, RTL Group subsidiary Fremantle Media bought the majority of shares in TV production company 495 Productions; Arvato acquired the e-commerce service provider Netrada; and BMG, among a number of deals, purchased the music publishers Talpa and Union Square, and the music-rights catalogs Montana and Hal David.

Bertelsmann also expanded its business activities in growth regions. The company enlarged its content businesses, including Penguin Random House’s trade publishing operations in India, and its TV business in Asia. Here, RTL Group and CBS Studios International launched a second joint pay-TV channel. Also, BMG entered the market in China. In the course of last year, the Bertelsmann Asia Investments fund participated in eleven promising companies with predominantly digital business models – more than ever before in a single year – and significantly increased the value of its portfolio. Bertelsmann’s investments in China include the online shopping platform Mogujie and the leading online performance marketing company iClick. In India, Bertelsmann made investments in several businesses, including digital marketplace Pepperfry and education provider iNurture.

Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO Thomas Rabe said: “There is hardly another media company that is transforming as rapidly as we are. Our strong core businesses, numerous growth initiatives, and ongoing acquisitions will, step by step, increase our revenues to around 20 billion euros in the years ahead. Our education business and our activities in the growth regions of Brazil, China and India will each contribute one billion to this overall number.”

Business expansion again led to a high investment volume in 2014. Including financial debt assumed, Bertelsmann invested €1.6 billion (previous year: €2.0 billion), mainly in the acquisitions of Relias Learning, SpotXchange and StyleHaul, Santillana, and the Netrada group. There were also acquisitions of music catalogs and packages of film rights. Net financial debt rose to €1.69 billion (previous year: €681 million) due to the acquisition activities. The previous year’s value also included proceeds from the placement of RTL Group shares. The Group’s broader economic debt increased to €6.04 billion at December 31, 2014, partly due to higher provisions for pensions, after €4.22 billion in the previous year. Adjusted operating free cash flow amounted to €1.71 billion (previous year: €1.83 billion). Thomas Rabe added: “Bertelsmann is on an expansionist course – we have started this year off nicely. Given the ongoing transformation of our Group, we expect higher revenues and higher operating EBITDA in 2015. We want to significantly increase our Group profit to one billion euros in the medium term.”

Bertelsmann’s employees are participating in the successes achieved: For the past financial year, they will receive profit participation amounting to €85 million. In accordance with the terms governing the Bertelsmann 2001 profit participation certificate (ISIN DE0005229942), 15 percent on the nominal value will be paid out on May 6, 2015. The payout for the 1992 profit participation certificate (ISIN DE0005229900) will be 5.93 percent (previous year: 7.49 percent).

Other key financials:

Special items

Special items amounted to € -619 million compared to € -46 million the previous year, and are largely attributable to the strategic measures taken in 2014. The downscaling of business in structural decline resulted in restructuring expenses and value adjustments in Bertelsmann’s print, club and direct-marketing operations. The sale of Be Printers’ Italian print unit led to a disposal loss. Spendings on profit-improvement measures also resulted in higher special items. Furthermore, there was a write-down on RTL Group’s TV business in Hungary, where the national parliament had levied a new tax on advertising income.

Cash flow

In the reporting period, Bertelsmann generated net cash from operating activities of €1,523 million (previous year: €1,779 million). The Group’s long-term operating free cash flow adjusted for non-recurring items was €1,711 million (previous year: €1,826 million). The cash conversion rate was 97 percent (previous year: 104 percent), which puts it within the target corridor of 90 to 100 percent.

Total assets

Total assets increased to €21.5 billion as of December 31, 2014 (previous year: €21.4 billion). The increase is mainly attributable to acquisitions during the reporting period, as outlined above. Cash and cash equivalents were reduced to €1.3 billion (previous year: €2.7 billion); this is due mainly to the repayment of financial debt during the past business year. Equity stood at €8.4 billion (previous year: €8.8 billion). As a result, the equity ratio was down slightly at 38.9 percent (previous year: 40.9 percent).


Total investments including financial debt assumed were €1,601 million (previous year: €1,988 million). Due to the acquisitions of Relias Learning and Santillana, and of majority stakes in SpotXchange and StyleHaul, the purchase price payments for consolidated holdings were higher year on year, at €820 million (previous year: €501 million). Other investments involved mainly property, plant and equipment at Arvato, music catalogs at BMG, and film rights at RTL Group.


At the end of the financial year, Bertelsmann had 112,037 employees worldwide (previous year: 111,099). In 2014, there were 1,312 people (previous year: 1,304) serving in trainee positions in Bertelsmann companies in Germany.


RTL Group

The leading European entertainment network reported near-stable revenues in financial year 2014, with operating profit up slightly year on year. RTL Group’s revenues decreased by 0.3 percent to €5.8 billion (previous year: €5.8 billion). A recovery in most European advertising markets was offset by lower revenues in France, at the production arm Fremantle Media and at UFA Sports. Operating EBITDA increased during the reporting period by 0.8 percent to €1.3 billion (previous year: €1.3 billion). Lower contributions to earnings from RTL Radio in France, RTL Hungary and Fremantle Media were more than compensated for by significant growth in the German television business. The EBITDA margin was 23.0 percent during the reporting period (previous year: 22.7 percent). RTL Group employed 11,768 people at year-end (December 31, 2013: 11,491 employees).

In 2014, with the exception of Belgium, European TV advertising markets recorded stable to positive development. Germany in particular recorded distinct growth, which benefited RTL Group as well. Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland once again posted record revenues and earnings. In addition to increasing advertising revenues, growing platform revenues also contributed to this. The flagship channel RTL Television remained the clear market leader in the main target group, but recorded lower ratings than last year against the background of public service broadcasters’ coverage of the major events of the Olympics and the soccer World Cup.

In France, Groupe M6 revenues were down from the previous year due to declining advertising revenues and the sale of the e-commerce retailer Mistergooddeal, which was only partially compensated for by the acquisition of the “Best of TV” home shopping service. Operating earnings rose slightly. With the increasing fragmentation of the broadcasting landscape, the flagship channel M6 recorded a slight decrease in audience ratings and advertising market share and responded with a programming offensive.

RTL Nederland achieved slightly higher revenues and stable operating EBITDA. Here, too, although the broadcast of the World Cup by public service broadcasters led to lower ratings, RTL Nederland was able to maintain its considerable lead.

Fremantle Media’s revenues and operating earnings declined, especially due to lower income from the “American Idol” format and the cancellation of the “X Factor US” format. The company increased its investment in the production of original web content.

RTL Group strengthened its core business in 2014 by launching new channels (RTL Kockica in Croatia, Geo TV in Germany and RTL CBS Extreme HD in Southeast Asia), and acquiring the production company 495 Productions in the United States. The group expanded its digital business, in particular with the acquisition of StyleHaul, the leading multichannel network (MCN) for fashion, beauty and lifestyle on YouTube. The acquisition of a majority stake in SpotXchange, a globally leading and fast-growing technology platform for programmatic online video advertising, enables RTL Group to offer innovative services in the field of online ad sales. RTL Group’s video-on-demand services, multichannel networks, mobile applications and websites generated 36.4 billion online video views in the reporting period (previous year: 16.8 billion), reflecting strong growth.

Following the introduction of a new tax on advertising revenue in Hungary, there were impairment losses of in total €95 million on TV activities there. Special items are not included in operating EBITDA.

Penguin Random House

The world’s leading trade book publisher, Penguin Random House, delivered a strong performance in its first full year after the merger. Revenues increased by 25.2 percent to €3.3 billion (previous year: €2.7 billion), primarily due to portfolio effects. Operating EBITDA rose by 24.5 percent to €452 million (previous year: €363 million), driven by numerous major bestsellers, especially in the field of children’s books, as well as tie-ins to popular movies and TV series and the outstanding performance of its US division. Significant progress was made with the company’s integration in 2014: organizational structures, processes and functions were merged or reshaped without negatively impacting operations. The EBITDA margin was 13.6 percent (previous year: 13.7 percent). At year-end the publishing group, whose shares – except for the German business, which is wholly owned by Bertelsmann – are 53 percent owned by Bertelsmann and 47 percent by Pearson, employed 12,812 people (December 31, 2013: 11,838 employees).

During the reporting period, Penguin Random House acquired the Spanish- and Portugueselanguage publishing activities of Santillana Ediciones Generales, including the Brazilian publisher Objetiva, establishing the group as the market leader in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

The year’s biggest seller was John Green’s young-adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” which sold more than 10 million copies in print and e-book formats worldwide. Total worldwide sales of book tie-ins inspired by the Disney movie “Frozen” exceeded 17 million copies during the period. Movie tie-ins for “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand and “The Lego Movie” and television tie-ins for “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin and “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon all sold millions of copies in multiple formats.

In the United States, Penguin Random House placed 502 print titles on the “New York Times” bestseller lists, 64 of them at number one. In addition to children’s and movie tie-in books, adult titles such as “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, and “Make It Ahead” by Ina Garten were successful. Penguin Random House Canada publications also dominated the 2014 national bestseller lists. Penguin Random House UK experienced a solid year despite a difficult market environment: Its publishers placed 43 percent of the top ten titles on the “Sunday Times” bestseller lists. “Girl Online” by YouTube star Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, was Britain’s fastest-selling debut novel ever. Other successful titles included “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney.

Verlagsgruppe Random House in Germany recorded a stable year, placing 358 titles on the “Spiegel” bestseller lists. Top-selling titles were “Der Distelfink” by Donna Tartt and “Krähenmädchen” by Erik Axl Sund. The publishing group increased its e-book sales and audio downloads. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial was able to more than offset weaknesses in the difficult book market in Spain with strong sales in Latin America. Grupo’s leading bestsellers were “El juego de Ripper” by Isabel Allende and “El umbral de la eternidad” by Ken Follett.

Penguin Random House expanded its digital business in all markets; its e-book portfolio grew to more than 100,000 titles in the reporting period. In 2014, the group’s publishers sold more than 100 million e-books worldwide.

Penguin Random House authors won many of the world’s most prestigious literary awards in 2014, including the Pulitzer Prize for Dan Fagin with “Toms River” (nonfiction), and the Man Booker Prize for Richard Flanagan’s “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.”

Gruner + Jahr

Revenues at Gruner + Jahr declined in the 2014 financial year, primarily due to deliberate divestments and falling ad and circulation revenues. Revenue was down by 13.3 percent to €1.7 billion (previous year: €2.0 billion). Operating EBITDA dropped 14.0 percent to €166 million (previous year: €193 million). Excluding the sold printing operations, operating EBITDA was largely stable despite increased investment in the company’s transformation to digital. The EBITDA margin was 9.5 percent (previous year: 9.6 percent). G+J employed 8,168 people at year-end (December 31, 2013: 10,556 employees). In November 2014, Bertelsmann’s acquisition of the remaining 25.1 percent of shares in Gruner + Jahr made it a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. At the end of December, Gruner + Jahr changed its legal form to become a GmbH & Co. KG.

Against a backdrop of significant declines in advertising revenues, slightly lower circulation revenues, and the sale of the specialized publisher G+J Entertainment Media, G+J Germany recorded a fall in revenues. Continued heavy investment in the expansion of digital activities also impacted operating earnings. In August 2014, Gruner + Jahr’s management initiated a comprehensive efficiency program to reduce costs in Germany by €75 million in the medium term, adjust corporate structures and drive the digital transformation forward. The print portfolio was expanded with the launch of two new magazines, “Salon” and “Manual.” G+J developed numerous new e-mags and digital applications for its titles and successfully expanded its digital business. G+J Media Sales maintained its high market share. The digital marketing agent EMS and performance marketer Ligatus grew dynamically. Gruner + Jahr strengthened its marketing expertise with the acquisition of Veeseo and Trnd. DPV was strategically realigned and moved closer to the G+J brands. At the same time, digital sales were intensively expanded.

In France, Prisma Media improved its leading position among the country’s major magazine publishers despite a decline in advertising and circulation revenues in a shrinking market. Revenues remained stable, but earnings were down. In the digital domain, Prisma Media recorded significant growth and made a considerable contribution to earnings. Its strong market position was expanded with a stake in the video marketer Advideum. In Austria, Verlagsgruppe News’ advertising and sales revenues remained under strong pressure during the reporting year. In June 2014, there was a change in leadership at the publishing group. G+J’s withdrawal from the Eastern European markets was completed with the sale of shareholdings in Adria Media Zagreb in Croatia.

In Spain, the business saw a slight recovery. Gruner + Jahr’s operations in the Netherlands were stable, while its businesses in China declined significantly against a backdrop of decreasing advertising revenues. G+J pulled out of India, due to a lack of strategic prospects, by selling all of its shares in Networkplay Media, Seventynine and Maxposure. Dresdner Druck- und Verlagshaus achieved slight organic increases in revenues and earnings by expanding its additional regional offerings. Motor Presse Stuttgart recorded a slight decline in revenues, but thanks to cost-cutting measures its earnings were higher. The company grew its digital activities.

During the reporting period, G+J sold Brown Printing in the United States as part of its transformation.

In 2014, as in past years, numerous G+J journalists and authors won awards for their work.


The international technology services provider Arvato recorded rising revenues and a decline in operating result in the 2014 financial year. Revenues grew both through acquisitions and organically, increasing by a total of 6.2 percent to €4.7 billion (previous year: €4.4 billion). Due to start-up losses for new businesses and innovations and increasing pressure on the margins of some businesses, operating EBITDA declined by 3.3 percent to €384 million (previous year: €397 million). The EBITDA margin was 8.2 percent compared to 9.0 percent in the previous year. Arvato employed 70,653 people at year-end (December 31, 2013: 66,303).

At Arvato the financial year was marked by, among other things, the introduction of a new organizational structure designed to strengthen innovation, effectively increase the company’s growth momentum and promote global collaboration. The businesses have since been organized into Solution Groups and by country.

During the reporting period, Arvato registered significant revenue growth in the Supply Chain Management Solution Group in particular, where the company was successful with innovative e-commerce and SCM solutions for international customers in the Internet, hightech, healthcare and automobile sectors. The acquisition of the e-commerce service provider Netrada contributed significantly to this increase in revenues. The acquisition turned Arvato into the leading European provider of integrated e-commerce services in the fashion and lifestyle sectors.

In the Financial Solutions segment, Arvato further advanced the internationalization of its businesses and strengthened its position as one of the leading providers in the fast-growing business-information and financial-services market. In particular, the operations in northern Europe were expanded and gained market share. Arvato strengthened its services in the field of risk management solutions with the acquisition of the Dutch financial-services company AfterPay.

During the reporting period, revenues from the Customer Relationship Management Solution Group showed a positive development in Germany, UK, Spain and North America, were stable in China and declined in France. In Asia and Africa, Arvato established or expanded new offshore sites for providing customer-services solutions to international customers. The German service-center network was strengthened by the acquisition of several locations with more than 1,000 employees. In the UK, losses were incurred in connection with a new contract in the public sector.

Demand for IT solutions related to application development and systems integration continued unbroken in 2014. Accordingly, Arvato was further able to increase its revenues from IT solutions, gaining new major customers such as Rheinmetall and McKessen. This initially involved high set-up costs, which impacted earnings in this business segment. Arvato’s integrated print businesses remained stable overall. Storage media replication revenues declined as expected; in Spain, Arvato discontinued its replication operations at the beginning of the year.

In Europe, Arvato’s businesses showed varying performance. While revenue performance was good in Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Ireland and satisfactory in Spain, the UK and Poland, the service businesses in France were unable to match the previous year’s level. Revenues in the North American market declined due to portfolio adjustments. In key growth markets such as Turkey and India, the services businesses were expanded and new customers were acquired. In China, Arvato’s development was almost stable. Arvato won prestigious awards in various countries around the world for its bespoke and innovative customer solutions.

Be Printers

The gravure and international offset printing activities pooled in Bertelsmann’s Be Printers division recorded declining revenues and operating results in financial year 2014. Reasons included continuing overcapacity and the resulting price erosion in the European gravureprinting market, as well as the sale of business units. The technological shift toward more offset and digital printing and shrinking print runs in the magazine sector and printed advertising also impacted the revenues of the European businesses. The performance of Be Printers’ book-printing operations in the United States was stable. Be Printers’ revenues were down by 11.2 percent in 2014 to €1.0 billion (previous year: €1.1 billion). Operating EBITDA decreased by 30.4 percent to €64 million (previous year: €92 million). The EBITDA margin was 6.4 percent, after 8.2 percent in the previous year. Be Printers employed 4,108 people at year-end (December 31, 2013: 6,201 employees).

In 2014, Be Printers focused on boosting competitiveness with regard to quality and cost in order to maintain its position in declining markets. Closing the Prinovis printing plant in Itzehoe and focusing on the company’s geographic core markets contributed to this, as did expanding the product range – for example, the hybrid offer of gravure and offset at Prinovis. By making this investment at its Dresden location, Prinovis expanded the site’s product range toward offering small print runs, additional formats and shorter timelines. Production at Itzehoe was discontinued as planned on April 30, 2014. In Ahrensburg, the staff adopted a “Future Package” that safeguards employment and lowers costs. In the United States, Be Printers expanded its market access with innovative print products for the home entertainment, cosmetics, health and confectionery sectors. Be Printers sold its printing plants and calendar business in Italy as well as its shareholding in a Colombian printing plant.

During the reporting period, Be Printers renewed its contracts with major European customers such as the Otto Group, the media groups Klambt, Axel Springer and Funke and G+J España. Be Printers’ US printers secured the continued utilization of its capacity in book printing with the conclusion of a new five-year contract with the trade book publisher Penguin Random House.

Be Printers carried out a substantial write-down of Prinovis during the financial year. Special items are not included in operating EBITDA.

Corporate Investments/Corporate Center

The Corporate Investments division, which comprises all of Bertelsmann’s operational activities at Group level, reported lower revenues in 2014 but, at the same time, a strong increase in operating result. Revenues fell by 6.6 percent to €510 million (previous year: €546 million). Dynamic growth in the music-rights subsidiary BMG partly compensated for declines from the scheduled downscaling of the club and direct-marketing business. Operating EBITDA soared by 120 percent to €44 million (previous year: €20 million) thanks to BMG’s positive performance. The EBITDA margin was 8.6 percent after 3.7 percent in the previous year. At year-end, 3,908 employees worked for Corporate Investments (December 31, 2013: 4,146 employees).

In 2014 Bertelsmann made significant progress in developing the new education line of business. In November, the Group acquired the US company Relias Learning, a fastgrowing, leading e-learning provider in the healthcare sector. In addition, Bertelsmann acquired a minority stake in the US education provider Udacity. During the reporting period, the University Ventures I and II funds, in which Bertelsmann is the anchor investor, made further investments in high-growth companies in the education sector, including the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and the innovative US startup Galvanize.

In 2014 the music-rights subsidiary BMG grew both organically and through the targeted acquisition of catalogs and companies, including the music publisher Talpa Music in the Netherlands, the labels Vagrant Records in the US and Infectious Music in the UK and the Skint/Loaded, Hal David and Montana music-rights catalogs, as well as the marketing specialist Union Square Music. BMG signed new contracts with well-known artists and bands, including the Beatsteaks, Kraftklub, Casper and BossHoss in Germany; Dave Stewart, The Strokes, The Smashing Pumpkins and Faith Evans in the US; and Simply Red, Simple Minds, Sigma, M.I.A. and the composer Wayne Hector in the UK. In Germany, BMG ended the year as the country’s most successful music publisher, with a cumulative 18 percent share of the singles charts. The company’s artists and writers won numerous Grammy and Echo Awards. At the beginning of 2014, BMG opened an office in Beijing.

During the reporting period, the Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI) funds in China, Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) and the Corporate Center in Brazil expanded their investment portfolios to a total of 92 investments. BAI made new investments in 11 companies. New investments in India included online marketplaces for furniture and real estate. In Brazil, Bertelsmann invested in an education fund focused on technology. BDMI managed a successful exit with the sale of the multichannel network StyleHaul to RTL Group.

The club and direct-marketing businesses were further downscaled or closed during the reporting period. Bertelsmann announced the closure of Der Club Bertelsmann and all its remaining branches in Germany by the end of 2015. The successful Tolino e-reader, comarketed by Der Club, will be continued and developed further. In Spain, Bertelsmann’s remaining 50 percent share in Círculo de Lectores was sold to the former joint-venture partner Planeta. The sale of the club business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to a Czech investor, agreed upon last year, was completed in March 2014. The Ukrainian club activities came under strong pressure against the background of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The direct-sales organization Inmediaone was discontinued on June 30, 2014.

The Corporate Center department, which is comprised of all of the Group’s Corporate Centers around the world, supported key transactions during the year. It also managed the systematic continuation of the multiyear “Operational Excellence” program, which aims to optimize business support processes in HR, finance/accounting, IT and procurement. The focus of its work also included the organization of a Management Meeting and a “Creativity Conference” with renowned artists and speakers in London. The Corporate Center supported the establishment of a new Board seat for HR-related matters focused on talent management and management development, to which Immanuel Hermreck was appointed at the turn of the year.

RUBY by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth) New Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Selection


Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 announced today its newest selection, RUBY by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth). This debut novel, first published in hardcover last spring, will be issued in a special paperback edition bearing the OBC 2.0 logo on February 10. The cross-platform book club’s fourth selection kicks off with Winfrey’s interview with Bond in the March issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (on sale nationwide February 17). Additionally, Harpo Films announced today that it has optioned the film and television rights to RUBY.


Bond draws upon her own experiences and the heartbreaking tales she’s heard through the years working with homeless and at-risk youth, to create the unforgettable story of Ruby Bell, a beautiful girl born from tragedy who suffers horrors and fights against her personal demons in Liberty Township, TX.

“Nothing comes close to the experience of reading this book. It’s a dark moving story, harrowing and heartbreaking, yet filled with moments of love pure and strong,” said Oprah Winfrey. “When I found out that Cynthia Bond is 53 years old and hasn’t written a book before, I couldn’t fathom it. RUBY is a vivid, searing novel that penetrates straight through the page and into the reader’s heart.”

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RUBY was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick by independent booksellers throughout the U.S. when it was released in 2014. ”There are dreams that you keep hidden—secret hopes locked away. Learning that my novel had been chosen to be in Oprah’s Book Club burst open that door—I just wept. I worked for over ten years, writing, editing, rethinking, and creating what would become three books. RUBY is the first. Ms. Winfrey has changed the course of my life—as a writer, as a mom, as an advocate for children’s rights and I will be forever grateful,” said author Cynthia Bond.

In addition to being available in bookstores nationwide, special Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 digital editions of RUBY, with exclusive content including a reader’s guide and Winfrey’s notes on her favorite passages, will be available for Amazon Kindle, NOOK® by Barnes & Noble, on the iBookstore and everywhere e-books are sold.

Throughout February and March, readers can further engage online at the book club hub ( and through a variety of digital and social media platforms:


    • will feature a reading guide as well as Winfrey’s personal thoughts about her favorite passages from the book.
    • Readers will also have the opportunity to join the conversation via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. A stream of reader tweets (#OprahsBookClub) and Instagram photos from around the world will provide a snapshot of what participants are thinking, feeling and sharing as they read the book together.
    • The official Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 group on Goodreads, one of the largest websites for book lovers with 30 million members, will feature content and encourage discussions about the new book club selection. (

About Cynthia Bond

CYNTHIA BOND, a PEN Rosenthal Fellow, has taught writing to homeless and at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles for more than fifteen years. Her novel, RUBY, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick by independent booksellers throughout the U.S. O, The Oprah Magazine says, “Cynthia Bond proves to be a powerful literary force, a writer whose unflinching yet lyrical prose is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s.” Bond attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, then moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. At present, Bond teaches therapeutic writing at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. A native of East Texas, she lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.


About Oprah’s Book Club 2.0

In June 2012, Oprah Winfrey reintroduced her popular book club as an interactive, multi-platform reading club that harnesses the power of social media, bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories. After being selected as the club’s inaugural book, Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf) returned to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list and spent six consecutive weeks at #1. It was also made into a motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon. The club’s second pick, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 10 weeks. The third book selected, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, made its debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and was Amazon’s bestselling book of 2014. RUBY by Cynthia Bond is the book club’s fourth selection.

About Harpo Films

Harpo Films, Inc. produces acclaimed feature films and scripted television programming. Recent features include the Academy Award nominated ”Selma” starring David Oyelowo and Golden Globe nominated ”The Hundred-Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren.

About O, The Oprah Magazine

O, The Oprah Magazine ( encourages confident, intelligent women to reach for their dreams, express their individual style and live their best lives. With an emphasis on personal growth, the magazine informs and inspires, addressing every aspect of a woman’s life and deeply connecting with more than 15 million readers every month (MRI, 2011 Doublebase). In May 2012, O, The Oprah Magazine won the publishing industry’s highest honor, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) award for General Excellence. O, The Oprah Magazine is available on Zinio, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle and Flipboard, and its namesake iPad app is available on the App store at Follow O, The Oprah Magazine on Twitter @O_Magazine.

O, The Oprah Magazine is a co-venture between Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 1H 2014) and reaches 80 million adults (Fall 2014 MRI gfk).

About Hogarth

Hogarth is an imprint of The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Penguin Random House ( is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Penguin Random House Children’s & Audio Book ALA Honors

The highest annual awards in children’s and audiobook publishing were announced on February 2 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting in Chicago, and numerous Penguin Books for Young Readers and Random House Children’s titles, as well as Penguin Random House Audio productions, have been recognized as 2014’s best:


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BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books; Penguin Audio/Books on Tape) is awarded a Newbery Honor; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; and a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor.

THE NOISY PAINT BOX: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers) receives a Randolph Caldecott Honor.

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson (Dial Books for Young Readers) is the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award.

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith (Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Audio) receives a Michael L. Printz Honor.

AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard (Delacorte Press, Listening Library) also receives a Michael L. Printz Honor.

FIREBIRD  by Misty Copeland, Illustrated by Christopher Myers (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) is bestowed a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper (Dial Books for Young Reader) receives a Coretta Scott King Author Honor.

THE FAMILY ROMANOV: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade Books, Listening Library) receives a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, and is also a Finalist for the 2015 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Susan Guevara (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) receives a Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor.

PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES by Juan Felipe Herrera, Illustrated by Raul Colon (Dial Books for Young Readers) receives a Pura Belpre Author Honor.

POPULAR: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen (Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Audio) receives the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

Pat Mora, author of TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY and DOÑA FLOR (Knopf Books for Young Readers) receives the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award.

Alex Awards For best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

BINGO’S RUN by James A. Levine (Spiegel & Grau)

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)

THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir (Crown hc, Broadway Books tp)

And, on the Audio side:

THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE narrated by Jayne Entwistle, produced by Orli Moscowitz (Listening Library from the book by Julie Berry) received an Odyssey Honor.

GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero, read by Kyla Garcia (Listening Library) is the William C. Morris Award winner.

THE SCAR BOYS by Len Valhos, read by Lincoln Hoppe (Listening Library) is a William C. Morris Award finalist.

THE PORT CHICAGO 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin, read by Dominic Hoffman (Listening Library) is a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults finalist.

WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds and narrated by J.B. Adkins (Listening Library) has won the Coretta Scott King/John Septoe New Talent Author Award.

RUSA Listen List

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel, read by Kirsten Potter (Random House Audio, Knopf)

THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd, read Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin Audio, Viking)

Penguin Random House 2015 ALA “Notable Books”

Following the announcements of their major children’s and audio publishing-achievement awards and recognitions, the ALA has presented their selections for their 2015 Notable Books List of adult titles. Penguin Random House authors are proudly represented:



THE BONE CLOCKS: A Novel by David Mitchell, (Random House)

THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan, (Nan A Talese/Doubleday)

THE CRANE WIFE by Patrick Ness, (Penguin Books, Penguin Audio)

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan, (Alfred A.  Knopf)

ON SUCH A FULL SEA by Chang-Rae Lee, (Riverhead, Penguin Audio)

STATION ELEVEN: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel, (Alfred A. Knopf)

TIGERMAN by Nick Harkaway, (Alfred A. Knopf)


IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE by Hampton Sides, (Doubleday, Random House Audio)

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stephenson, (Spiegel & Grau, Random House Audio)

THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK by Kevin Birmingham, (Penguin Press, Penguin Audio)

THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN by Jill Lepore, (Knopf, Random House Audio)


GABRIEL: A Poem, by Edward Hirsch, (Knopf)ala

Also, RUBY by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth, Random House Audio) and  BOOK OF HOURS by Kevin Young (Knopf) are selected as a Fiction Honor Book and the Poetry winner respectively by the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards.

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Pearson Q3 Fiscal Results

pearsoncropToday’s third-quarter trading statement from Pearson includes a positive, brief report on the Penguin Random House performance during the period under review.  Click here to read the complete Pearson presentation.

Penguin Random House Completes Brazilian Objetiva Acquisition

01 (2) Penguin Random House today completed its acquisition of Editora Objetiva, the highly regarded Brazilian trade publisher. In March, Penguin Random House agreed to purchase the trade book businesses of Santillana Ediciones Generales in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The non-Brazilian transactions closed on July 1. Luiz Schwarcz, CEO of Penguin Random House’s Brazilian sister publisher, Companhia das Letras, also will oversee Objetiva. Roberto Feith continues as Objetiva’s General Director. The Brazilian and international roster of distinguished authors published by Objetiva’s imprints include Jon Lee Anderson, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Daniel Goleman, Daniel Kahneman, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, Vladmir Nabokov, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Mario Vargas Llosa, Luis Fernando Verissimo, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bertelsmann Increases Half-Year Revenues to €7.8 billion – Highest Level in Seven Years



(Gütersloh, August 29, 2014) – The international media and services company Bertelsmann made significant progress in implementing its growth strategy in the first half of 2014, increasing both its revenues and Operating EBITDA.

  • Strategic transactions boost growth
  • Operating EBITDA rises to €1,015 million in first half of 2014
  • Net income at €254 million
  • Progress on all four strategic directions

Consolidated revenues from continuing operations increased by almost seven percent to €7.8 billion euros, the highest level in seven years (H1 2013: €7.4 billion). This revenue growth was driven, in particular, by the strategic transactions of the past 18 months. They include the combination of Penguin and Random House, Arvato’s acquisition of the financial services company Gothia and the e-commerce service provider Netrada, and the acquisition of full ownership in the BMG music rights company. Operating EBITDA, which included startup losses for new businesses and negative foreign exchange effects, was €1,015 million, slightly above the high level of the previous year (H1 2013: €1,011 million). The German and Dutch TV operations, the book publishing business, the music rights business and some of Arvato’s service businesses all grew their results. Operating EBITDA was negatively impacted by the performance of structurally declining businesses, the magazine business, and the weak market situation in France, where the operating EBITDA of Bertelsmann’s businesses declined by €33 million year-on-year. The EBITDA margin was 12.9 percent (H1 2013: 13.7 percent). At €254 million, the Group’s first-half net income was below the high level of the previous year (H1 2013: €419 million), which was influenced by positive special items. Earnings during this reporting period were negatively impacted by an €88 million impairment on RTL Group’s TV activities in Hungary, where the parliament recently approved a special tax on advertising.

Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, said: “The first six months of 2014 went satisfactorily for Bertelsmann. The significant increase in revenues is a testament to the effectiveness of our strategy, and last year’s big investments are paying off. In the past few months, we have made significant progress in our four strategic directions: strengthening the core, digital transformation, expanding growth platforms, and our businesses in growth regions. We are well on our way to making Bertelsmann a faster-growing, more digital and more international company long-term. In the months and years ahead, we will focus on expanding our Education business, which will become a third mainstay of revenues alongside Media and Services.”

During the reporting period Bertelsmann made significant progress on all of the company’s strategic directions:

Strengthening the Core

In the past few months, Bertelsmann has systematically invested in strengthening its core businesses. For example, RTL Group expanded its family of channels in Germany, Croatia and South-East Asia; Penguin Random House acquired the Spanish- and Portuguese-language trade publisher Santillana Ediciones Generales. Meanwhile, structurally declining businesses were further downscaled or sold, as was the case with Brown Printing in the U.S.; Bertelsmann announced its plans to withdraw from the club business both in Germany and in Spain.

Digital Transformation

Bertelsmann significantly grew its digital businesses, organically and through acquisitions. For example, in the first half of 2014, RTL Group generated a total of 15.7 billion online video views – a year-on-year increase of 226 percent. In July, the group also secured a majority stake in SpotXchange, a marketer of online videos. Penguin Random House expanded its e-book portfolio to over 80,000 titles, extending its market leadership; Gruner + Jahr further strengthened its market position in digital marketing by acquiring the French online video marketer Advideum. Arvato continued to grow as a service provider for leading IT, high-tech, and e-commerce companies.

Expansion of growth platforms

During the reporting period, RTL Group acquired a majority stake in the TV production company 495 Productions. Arvato became a leading European service provider of e-commerce services to the fashion and lifestyle sector, following its acquisition of Netrada. BMG purchased the music publisher Talpa, as well as the Montana and Hal David rights catalogs. Bertelsmann also advanced the expansion of its education business as a strategic investor in the University Ventures II fund with a commitment to invest hundreds of millions.

Expansion in growth regions

Bertelsmann expanded in all of its three growth regions. The Bertelsmann Asia Investments fund increased its portfolio in China, achieving significant gains, for example, from its participation in Mushroom Street, a leading online shopping community for women. BMG entered the Chinese market. In India, Bertelsmann invested in the e-commerce platform Pepperfry, as well as in a digital fund. In addition, Bertelsmann teamed up with a Brazilian investment firm to found a new venture capital fund focusing on technologies in the Brazilian education sector.

Positive contributions during the reporting period came primarily from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, which achieved record results, and from RTL Nederland. Meanwhile, RTL Group’s results in France were negatively impacted by a weak advertising market. Penguin Random House increased its revenues to nearly €1.5 billion following its combination making it the world's largest trade book publisher on 1 July 2013, and placed numerous titles prominently on the international bestseller lists. Gruner + Jahr continued its strategic transformation from traditional magazine publisher to creative house of content, but recorded lower revenues than in the same period last year due to the general downtrend in the magazine market, as well as portfolio adjustments. However, Gruner + Jahr’s revenues from digital activities increased in all countries. Growth drivers at Arvato included services for international customers in the Internet, high-tech, healthcare and automotive industries, and financial services. While revenues and operating EBITDA at Be Printers, the division that unites Bertelsmann’s gravure and international offset printers, declined due to the difficult market environment, revenues in the Corporate Investments division grew through business growth and the full consolidation of the music rights company BMG for the entire reporting period.

Judith Hartmann, Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann, added: “Bertelsmann is in excellent financial shape and operates at a high level of profitability. Our guidance for the full year is a significant increase in revenues and a stable operating EBITDA at a high level. Our net income will remain slightly below the previous year's strong level, reflecting the impairment of our Hungarian TV activities. We will continue to invest significantly in implementing our strategy, always bearing in mind our clear investment criteria.”

As of June 30, 2014, Bertelsmann had 111,761 employees worldwide (December 31, 2013: 111,099).


RTL Group


  • RTL Group launches three new TV channels: RTL Kockica in Croatia, Geo Television in Germany and RTL CBS Extreme HD in Southeast Asia.
  • Fremantle Media buys 75 percent of shares in the reality-TV producer 495 Productions, expanding its presence in the US cable broadcasting market.
  • Fremantle Media and Vice Media launch “Munchies,” a new multichannel platform for digital content related to food and nutrition.

The leading European entertainment network generated revenues of €2.7 billion in the first half of 2014 (H1 2013: €2.8 billion). This slight decline in revenues is primarily due to difficult market conditions in France and the decline in revenues at Fremantle Media. However, operations in the Netherlands in particular showed positive developments. RTL Group’s operating EBITDA totaled €612 million (H1 2013: €631 million) and was particularly affected by the marketrelated drop in earnings at Groupe M6 and RTL Radio in France, and by Fremantle Media. However, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland achieved record earnings and RTL Nederland was able to significantly increase operating profits. Due to the introduction of a new tax on advertising revenue by the Hungarian parliament, an impairment of €-88 million was made to the TV operations in Hungary. As a special item, this has no impact on RTL Group’s operating EBITDA. RTL Group was largely able to maintain its leading audience positions in its core territories, even though the soccer World Cup in June was broadcast by competitors. Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland’s audience share in its main target group was slightly down year on year to 29.2 percent (H1 2013: 31.2 percent). However, RTL Television was still the clear number one among 14- to 59-year-old audiences. RTL Nitro, the channel launched in 2012, almost doubled its audience share in the first half of 2014 to 1.5 percent (H1 2013: 0.8 percent). In France, the Groupe M6 family of channels registered a slight decrease in audience share. The new channel 6ter, launched in December 2012, developed positively. The audience share of the Dutch family of channels around RTL 4 was also slightly below the level of the first half of 2013. In the digital domain, RTL Group continued to show dynamic growth thanks to its online platforms, mobile applications and YouTube activities. 15.7 billion online video views were generated in the first six months of the year – a 226 percent increase compared to the first half of 2013. Online video advertising revenues also increased significantly during the reporting period.

Penguin Random House


  • John Green’s #1 bestselling “The Fault in Our Stars” sells more than 5.7 million copies published by Penguin Random House imprints, January–June.
  • Penguin Random House’s publishing presence in Spain and Latin America greatly expands with the acquisition of Santillana Ediciones Generales’s trade publishers on July 1, 2014.
  • Penguin Random House’s new corporate logo and brand-identity system, featuring the imprint logos, is introduced worldwide.

The world’s largest trade publishing group’s results for the first half of 2014 were driven by strong bestseller performances, especially from its children’s divisions worldwide. Achievement of key milestones for the integration of the Penguin and Random House businesses continues on track in all territories. Bertelsmann owns 53 percent of shares in Penguin Random House, which was established by merger on July 1, 2013; Pearson owns 47 percent. The group generated revenues of €1.5 billion in the reporting period, including the publishing businesses of Random House in Germany, which are fully owned by Bertelsmann, thus representing a 60 percent increase over Random House’s revenues in the first half of 2013 (€915 million). Operating EBITDA was €159 million (H1 2013: €131 million). In the United States, Penguin Random House placed 430 titles on the “New York Times” bestseller lists in the first six months of 2014. The half-year top-selling title was John Green’s young adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” which sold more than four million copies in print and e-book formats in North America. Other children’s and young adult books in high demand include the multimillion-copy-selling tie-ins with the movie “Frozen,” “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio and “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Among the largest-selling adult titles were “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, “Duty” by Robert Gates and the paperback editions of Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. In the UK, Penguin Random House commanded 45 percent of the “Sunday Times” bestseller list. “The Fault in Our Stars” was also this division’s biggest seller, with Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” a major success as well. At Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, positive results in the Latin American territories offset the impact of the ongoing challenging market conditions in Spain. In March, Penguin Random House reached an agreement to acquire the Spanish- and Portuguese-language trade publishing companies of Santillana Ediciones Generales, including the Brazilian publisher Objetiva. The transaction involving the Spanish-language businesses was completed on July 1, 2014. Verlagsgruppe Random House in Germany grew its sales of e-books and audiobooks, placing 231 titles on the “Der Spiegel” bestseller lists. Penguin Random House invested across its divisions in extending the reach of its digital content and expanding its digital marketing, as well as introducing new web verticals and apps. Several of the group’s authors won major literary awards, including Dan Fagin, who won the US Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for “Toms River.”

Gruner + Jahr


  • G+J strengthens its position in ad marketing by acquiring Veeseo and a stake in Trnd, becoming Europe’s biggest provider of content recommendations.
  • In France, Prisma Media buys a stake in the country’s leading video marketer, Advideum, at the end of 2013, further enhancing its market position in digital marketing.
  • G+J Germany celebrates the anniversary of the printed editions of “Brigitte” (60 years) and “Gala” (20 years), and expands its brands in digital to about 30 emags and more than 50 websites and apps.

In the first half of 2014, Gruner + Jahr continued its strategic transformation from a traditional magazine publisher to a creative house of content. Driven by the decline of the magazine business and portfolio adjustments, G+J’s revenues fell to €908 million during the reporting period (H1 2013: €1.0 billion). At the same time, Gruner + Jahr’s revenues from digital activities increased across all countries. As a result of the overall decline in revenues, operating EBITDA fell to €77 million (H1 2013: €108 million). At G+J Germany, the decline in the magazine business had a significant impact on revenues and earnings. G+J countered this decline with a product campaign based on the publisher’s leading brands such as “Brigitte” and “Gala” and with the launch of new titles (e.g., “Flow”) as well as numerous special issues. The company continued the expansion of its digital business. G+J strengthened its position in the advertising market through acquisitions such as Veeseo and Trnd. Overall, the international business showed a downturn. Activities in Austria and China generated revenues and earnings below the levels of the previous year. Meanwhile, despite weaker revenues, G+J Spain increased its earnings, thanks to structural measures taken in 2013. G+J France strengthened its position in digital marketing by acquiring France’s leading video marketer Advideum shortly before the end of 2013 and kept its revenues largely stable. Dresdner Druck- und Verlagshaus was able to slightly increase its revenues and earnings year on year and on a like-for-like basis.



  • Arvato’s acquisition of Netrada turns it into one of the leading European providers of integrated e-commerce services.
  • Arvato acquires five more service centers in Germany.
  • Expansion of services businesses and successful new customer recruitment in Turkey, Poland and India.

The international services provider Arvato grew in the first half of 2014, both organically and through acquisitions, and increased its revenues in the reporting period by 5.5 percent to €2.2 billion (H1 2013: €2.1 billion). As a result of the revenue growth, operating EBITDA increased slightly to €162 million from €160 million in the same period last year; the earnings contributions of the acquisitions compensated for declines in earnings in individual businesses. During the reporting period, Arvato grew its revenues and earnings in areas including services for international customers in the Internet, high-tech, healthcare and automotive sectors. With the acquisition of Netrada, completed on February 1, 2014, Arvato became a leading European provider of e-commerce services, strengthening its position in the field of supply-chain management. The financial services business, which benefited from the takeover of Gothia Financial Group in the previous year, also contributed to Arvato’s growth. In contrast, revenues from storage media replication continued to decline, as expected. Arvato improved its position in key growth markets and industries in the first half of the year, expanding the services businesses in India, Turkey and Poland and acquiring new customers. Arvato also consolidated its leading position in the European market for customer relationship management by taking over five service centers.

Be Printers


  • Upcoming contract renewal with Penguin Random House increases volumes and boosts capacity utilization at Be Printers USA.
  • Production of a major order for an Italian client on the occasion of the soccer World Cup.
  • Adoption of a “Future Package” by the workforce safeguards jobs and significantly lowers costs at the Ahrensburg site.

The gravure printers and international offset printing plants, grouped into the Be Printers division, generated first-half revenues of €482 million in a market environment characterized by declining print runs and surplus capacity (H1 2013: €512 million). The division’s operating EBITDA decreased to €25 million (H1 2013: €29 million). In Germany and the UK, the gravure division Prinovis was able to secure printing contracts for several major magazine packages for several years. However, lower overall print volumes caused a slight decline in revenues and earnings at Prinovis. Production at the Itzehoe plant was terminated on April 30, 2014, as planned. In Ahrensburg, the workforce adopted a “Future Package.” Be Printers Americas agreed on a multiyear contract extension with Penguin Random House, which will increase capacity utilization at the company. Continued cost discipline served to enhance results. Due to macroeconomic developments in Italy and Spain, Be Printers Southern Europe recorded lower order volumes and further price declines.

Corporate Investments/Corporate Center


  • BMG continues its expansionist course by taking over the music rights companies and catalogs Talpa Music, Montana and Hal David and initiates its market entry in China.
  • Education business is expanded through commitment to invest an amount in the hundreds of millions in a second University Ventures fund.
  • Digital activities in the growth regions China, India and Brazil strengthened through fund participations and direct investments.

In the first half of 2014, Corporate Investments reported an increase in revenues to €254 million (H1 2013: €235 million) and operating EBITDA of €16 million (H1 2013: €-10 million). In particular, the growing business and full consolidation of the music rights company BMG for the entire half-year – BMG has been wholly owned by Bertelsmann since March 30, 2013 – had a positive effect. By contrast, the club and direct-marketing businesses declined as planned. BMG continued its growth course during the reporting period, acquiring the music rights companies or catalogs of Talpa Music, Montana and Hal David, with numerous classics in their portfolios. At the same time, BMG signed new contracts with several wellknown artists, including the Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes, George Ezra and the Beatsteaks. The company was Germany’s most successful music publisher in the first half of 2014 – almost 21 percent of all singles in the German charts were from BMG. In addition, BMG entered the Chinese market. In the field of education, Bertelsmann continued to drive forward the preparations for the expansion of this business, and committed to investing a sum in the triple-digit millions in a second University Ventures fund. In Brazil, Bertelsmann teamed up with a partner to establish a fund for investments in the education sector at the beginning of the year. The BDMI digital investment fund with a focus on the United States, and BAI for investments in promising companies in China, acquired new shareholdings during the reporting period, including one in the IT recruiting platform In India, investments were made in growth businesses including online marketplaces for furniture and real estate. Revenues and earnings from the club and direct-marketing businesses continued to diminish as planned. The sale of the businesses in Czech Republic and Slovakia was completed on March 31, 2014. In June, the decision was made to discontinue the German club business at the end of 2015. The sale of the 50 percent stake in Círculo de Lectores to the co-owner of Grupo Planeta went ahead and was completed on July 29, 2014. During the reporting period, the Corporate Center and the divisions together advanced the multiyear Operational Excellence program to optimize business support processes in the areas of HR, finance, IT and sourcing across the Group.

Overview of Figures (in € millions)

overview of figures

Figures of H1 2013 and as of December 31, 2013 are adjusted due to the first-time application of IFRS 11 “Joint Arrangements”.


* continuing operations

About Bertelsmann

Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Penguin Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2013, the company’s businesses, with their more than 111,000 employees, generated revenues of €16.4 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.

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Penguin Random House Shareholder Pearson Announces its 2014 Half-Year Earnings Reports

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The first of our two shareholders’ earnings reports for the first six months of 2014 was published today in London by Pearson. It includes information on Penguin Random House that you will be interested in reading. Half-year results for Bertelsmann will be posted on Friday, August 29.

Click here to view Pearson press release.

Penguin Random House Completes Acquisition of Santillana Ediciones Generales from Santillana

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Newly Expanded Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Senior Management Team Announced By CEO Núria Cabutí Brull

(July 1, 2014)—Penguin Random House, the global trade book publisher 53% owned by Bertelsmann and 47% owned by Pearson, today announced it has completed the process to purchase Santillana Ediciones Generales, the trade book publishing business, from Santillana, the trade book-publishing business majority-owned by PRISA. The acquired company is now part of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (PRHGE), which will continue to operate under this name in Spain, Latin America, and now also Portugal. The headquarters of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will remain in Barcelona.


Penguin Random House’s previously announced acquisition of Objetiva, Santillana’s trade-publishing business in Brazil, is expected to be completed later in the second half of the year.

Today’s news was announced by Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle and Santillana CEO Miguel Angel Cayuela.

The acquired company is being merged with Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, extending PRHGE's publishing business in the Iberian and the Latin American markets. The Group's growth potential in Latin America will be enhanced with Santillana's imprints in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay, alongside the longstanding PRGH publishing houses there. The imprints of Santillana will enable PRHGE to establish a publishing presence in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Central America.

Núria Cabutí Brull, will lead the newly expanded company, continuing as CEO of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. Armando Collazos, formally Global Director of Prisa Ediciones, will become Executive Advisor to Cabutí, and to the Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial management team.

The heart of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will be its more than two dozen publishing imprints, each of which will retain its respective publishing identity and programs. Together, they will publish 1,500 titles a year, focusing on Spanish-language originals and Spanish translations of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction, hardcovers, paperbacks, and e-books.

Markus Dohle said, “Exactly one year ago to this day we strengthened the breadth and diversity of our worldwide English-language publishing with the formation of Penguin Random House, and today, we celebrate the significant new opportunities for our international Spanish-language publishing with the completion of the acquisition that unites Santillana’s Ediciones Generales with Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. It is a dream combination, a partnership of two wonderful traditions that will be advantageous for everyone; above all, our authors, who will benefit from great publishing choices with all the distinctive, independent imprints of Grupo Editorial and Santillana, and readers, who will enjoy the widest range of outstanding adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction. Together, our company’s talented and dedicated publishing teams will foster a universal passion for books by championing and advancing the reading experience for our society.”

The trade-book imprints of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will be Aguilar, Alamah, Alfaguara, Altea, Arena, Beascoa, Caballo de Troya, Cisne, Collins, Conecta, Debate, Debolsillo, Fantascy, Fontanar, Grijalbo, Literatura Random House, Lumen, Manderley, Montena, Nube de Tinta, Objectiva, Plaza & Janés, Punto de Lectura, RHFlash, Rosa dels Vents, Sudamericana, Suma de Letras, and Taurus.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will boast an unrivalled roster of Spanish and international authors, including Nobel prize winners Alice Munro, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez, José Saramago, J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Doris Lessing, V.S. Naipaul, and Gunter Grass; Cervantes Award winners such as Juan Marsé, Jorge Edwards, Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Sergio Pitol; Spanish Literature Award winners Javier Cercas, Javier Marías, José María Merino and Luis Mateo Díez, and the current Prince of Asturias Award winners Juan Lavado "Quino" (Communication and Humanities) and John Banville (Literature). Spanish and international bestselling authors published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial include Isabel Allende, Florencia Bonelli, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Joël Dicker, Umberto Eco, Albert Espinosa, Laura Esquivel, Ildefonso Falcones, Ken Follett, Carlos Fuentes, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Grisham, E L James, Stephenie Meyer, Kate Morton, Julia Navarro, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Paul Preston, Marcela Serrano, Hiromi Shinya and Manuel Vicent.

Núria Cabutí Brull said, “On this historic day for Spanish-language book publishing we celebrate uniting two great companies and their publishing programs to achieve a tremendous new level of creativity and potential for our authors, booksellers, colleagues, and readers. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will put people first, and at the center of all our priorities and responsibilities. Our chief mission will be to publish books in traditional and emerging formats, so that we can best make available our authors’ fiction and nonfiction to the widest possible readership worldwide.”

With the closing of the deal, Cabutí announced the new senior management team for Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, which draws upon executives from both sides of the company:

At the corporate level, Miquel Illa will become Chief Financial Officer and Distribution Director. Marta Grau is appointed head of Human Resources and Publishing Services. Carlos Ciria, will oversee IT, as well as Organization and Processes. Carmen Ospina will lead Digital Strategy and New Businesses.

Patxi Beascoa will be PRHGE’s head of Sales & Marketing for Spain. He also will oversee the company’s operations in Portugal, which will be headed by Clara Capitão.

Javier López Llovet will continue as General Director for Argentina and Latin America, reporting to Núria Cabutí. He will be assisted by Augusto di Marco, who will be Special Sales and Export Director, as well as oversee the Group's activities in Peru, which will remain the responsibility of Mercedes Gonzalez Cuenca.

Also reporting directly to Javier López Llovet will be these general directors: Chile: Hernan Rosso; Colombia: Elena Gómez; Uruguay: Luis Sica; and Mexico: Roberto Banchik. Banchik will also oversee PRHGE's activities in the U.S., headed by Silvia Matute. The company will retain Santillana's U.S. publishing and sales office in Miami.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial publishing leadership appointments also were announced today by Cabutí, who said, “I am looking forward to the many great books we all will publish together.”

Claudio López Lamadrid will be Publisher for the Group, and for Literatura Random House.

Pilar Reyes will be Publisher for the Alfaguara and Taurus imprints.

Núria Tey, Publisher for Plaza & Janés, Grijalbo, Conecta, and Rosa dels vents, will also lead the Aguilar and Suma de Letras imprints, with their respective teams.

Juan Díaz, Publisher of Debate, Lumen, Reservoir Books, Debolsillo, and the children's books division, will also be responsible for Punto de Lectura, Alfaguara (children's and young readers books), Altea, and El País Aguilar.

Penguin Random House ( is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Penguin Random House Debuts Global Brand Identity, Underscores Commitment to Creative Core

New Corporate Wordmark To Be Paired With Each of the Company’s Publishing Brand Symbols

Penguin Random House, the world’s most global trade book publisher, today introduced a new brand identity that reflects the recently merged company’s values, goals, and strengths, including its unique position in the international marketplace for books and commitment to the diverse and distinct publishing houses that serve as creative homes to many of the world’s most beloved authors and books of all time.
The new corporate wordmark underscores the importance of the written word to the company’s culture and work and will most often be paired with one of Penguin Random House's 250 widely recognized and respected publishing divisions, imprints, and brands. The brand system, as this pairing design framework is called, is flexible and can be employed not just at the publishing level, but also territorially. The imprints and brand symbols also can continue to stand alone without the brand-system pairing – for example, on the spines of books. logo-strip
The visual connection between the wordmark and each publishing symbol creates a mutually enhancing and reinforcing brand identity for both. On the one hand, it denotes the global scale and reach of Penguin Random House, and on the other, it showcases the individuality and creativity of the company’s diverse publishing portfolio. This unifying visual synthesis represents the singular ability of Penguin Random House to nurture a universal passion for reading by publishing the very best books for all ages and interests, and connecting them to the widest readership worldwide.

Markus Dohle, CEO, Penguin Random House, said: “Presenting our new Penguin Random House wordmark side by side with each of our publishing imprint and brand symbols powerfully communicates what makes our company so special:  our collective expertise and global scale coupled with our local publishing teams giving diverse and important voices a platform and audience. This fundamental understanding of our heritage and of the company we are building together for the future informs the design of the brand identity, and how we will visually represent who we are.”

Penguin Random House partnered with New York City-based design agency Pentagram to develop the company’s new brand identity, which replaces the interim logo introduced on July 1, 2013.

Penguin Random House 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner


The Pulitzer Prize Boards have honored Penguin Group and Random House books more than 120 times over the past ten decades with America’s most revered awards for Letters. On April 14, that cherished tradition continued as TOMS RIVER: A story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam HC, E-Book, & RH Audio in the U.S. & Canada) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.


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Perhaps fittingly, the 2014 Pulitzer winners were announced on the 75th publication anniversary of John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH, one of the most beloved of our Pulitzer honorees. Click here to view all cross-company Pulitzer recipients, to which TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation is proudly welcomed. Please join us in congratulating Dan Fagin, his editor Ryan Doherty, and our publishing colleagues on becoming the newest addition to this singular, glorious piece of Penguin Random House publishing History.

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Penguin Random House’s Pulitzer recognition also extends internationally. This year’s Fiction award winner, THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt (Little Brown) is published by our sister publishers in two languages in multiple countries: as DER DISTELFINK in Germany by Verlagsgruppe Random House’s Goldmann (HC & E-Book) imprint, and as EL JILGUERO in Spain and Latin America by Grupo Editorial’s Lumen imprint (TP & E-Book).

In addition, Penguin Random House Canada distributes History Pulitzer winner, THE INTERNAL ENEMY: Slavery and War in Virginia by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton).

We are honored to support the success of our Pulitzer winners across our territories. Hearty congratulations to our authors and publishing colleagues.

Penguin Random House Shareholder Bertelsmann Announces 2013 Fiscal-year Results


(March 26, 2014, Berlin) -- Bertelsmann invests billions; achieves leap in profits

  • Revenues and operating result improve in 2013
  • Group profit up by more than 40 percent to €870 million
  • Highest level of investment activity since 2005
  • Net financial debt reduced to €636 million
  • Significant progress on all four corporate strategic priorities
  • Education business to be significantly expanded

The international media company Bertelsmann invested heavily in expanding its businesses in 2013, as the company increased its revenues, operating result and Group profit. Investments in implementing the Group’s strategy amounted to €2 billion, including financial debt assumed, up from €655 million in the previous year, and its largest sum since 2005. Group profit increased by 42 percent to €870 million. This is the highest Group profit since 2006, and is well above the latest expectations.

With transactions such as the merger of Penguin and Random House to create the world’s largest trade book publisher, the acquisition of full ownership in BMG and the acquisition of Gothia, the Arvato division’s biggest purchase to date, Bertelsmann made significant strides in implementing its strategy. These also include the realignment of key business units and stepped-up activity in growth regions. Further steps to advance all the strategic priorities are planned this year. The financial basis for this advancement was laid with last year’s placement of RTL Group shares. Bertelsmann has announced as a priority significant expansion of its education business over the next few months. The Group has also initiated the market entry of its BMG music rights subsidiary in China. Over the next few years, Bertelsmann will invest several billion euros in expanding existing and new businesses, and aims to make further acquisitions.

Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO Thomas Rabe said: “Bertelsmann delivered a gratifying business performance in 2013, and is acting from a position of strength. We have improved our growth profile through strategic decisions and have pushed forward the transformation to digital across all divisions. The diversity of our creative offerings and services is second to none. Also, our figures demonstrate our company’s economic capacity and solid financing. On this basis, in 2014 we will continue to work on making Bertelsmann a faster-growing, more digital, and more international company.” More specifically, he said, Bertelsmann will invest in growth areas such as education and music rights, as well as in the creative core of the company: “We want to gradually expand education into our third revenue mainstay, alongside media content and services. In music rights, the focus will be on further internationalization and strengthening the master rights business.”

Rabe emphasized that in 2013 and in the first few months of the current year, Bertelsmann has made significant progress on all four strategic priorities – strengthening the core, digital transformation, developing growth platforms and expanding in growth regions.

For example, the core businesses were particularly strengthened through the creation of the world’s leading trade book publisher, Penguin Random House, on July 1, 2013. RTL Group further expanded its families of channels. It also acquired TV production companies and, in Germany, much-sought broadcasting rights to the national soccer team’s qualifying matches for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. Bertelsmann’s Gruner + Jahr and Arvato divisions realigned themselves: Gruner + Jahr now addresses its readers and users along defined Communities of Interest, and Arvato has reorganized itself into Solution Groups to strengthen coordination between countries and its key account management for major customers.

Bertelsmann also increased its footprint and reach in the digital world. In 2013, RTL Group reported a total of 16.8 billion online video views. Through its participation in multi-channel networks it became the third largest YouTube provider (excluding music videos). Penguin Random House grew its e-book offerings to more than 77,000 titles. Gruner + Jahr broadened its portfolio of e-magazines, high-reach mobile services and apps. Arvato achieved further growth as a service provider for leading IT, high-tech and e-commerce companies. Bertelsmann’s various companies and editorial teams now operate approximately 3,500 social media channels with a combined total of 300 million followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

An important milestone in the expansion of growth platforms was achieved in 2013 with the complete takeover of BMG. Five years after its exit from the traditional recorded-music business, Bertelsmann is again one of the leading players in the music industry. During the reporting period, BMG expanded with several catalog acquisitions and prominent artist signings, including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams and the Backstreet Boys, followed by the acquisition of Talpa Music in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2014. In the education sector, an attractive portfolio of holdings has been built in the US and Europe via the “University Ventures Fund I” in which Bertelsmann is an anchor investor. Arvato enhanced its strengths in the fast-growing financial services sector by acquiring the Gothia Financial Group, which serves customers in 21 countries. Furthermore, with the acquisition of Netrada at the beginning of this year, Arvato became a leading European provider of integrated e-commerce services.

Bertelsmann also accelerated its business-building activities in growth regions. Together with CBS, RTL Group expanded into Southeast Asia for the first time. In the book publishing business Bertelsmann improved its position in China, India and South America through the merger of Penguin and Random House. In China, Arvato achieved further profitable growth with its service offerings. The Bertelsmann Asia Investments fund enlarged its portfolio and recorded a very positive performance. In Brazil, a step-by-step expansion of the business was initiated by investing in funds and innovative startups.

Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe: “We are on track to increase our revenue volume to around 20 billion euros by 2017 and gradually increasing our Group profit to over one billion euros. The various growth initiatives in our divisions and at corporate level, possible acquisitions, and the full consolidation of Penguin Random House, BMG and Gothia in the current year will contribute to this. At the same time, we are downscaling low-growth businesses such as replication, printing and direct-to-customer businesses.”

In 2013, positive contributions came primarily from the aforementioned portfolio expansions as well as from the German television business. During the reporting period, revenues increased by 1.8 percent to €16.4 billion (previous year €16.1 billion). Growth from the portfolio expansion was offset by normalized revenues in the book business, generally weak advertising markets in Europe, and the scaling back of structurally declining business. Organically, revenues decreased by 2.8 percent. Exchange rate effects amounted to -1.2 percent; portfolio and other effects added 5.8 percent.

The operating result increased in 2013 despite startup losses in building new businesses: Bertelsmann generated operating EBIT of €1.75 billion after €1.73 billion in the previous year. Return on sales was again in the double digit range at 10.7 percent (previous year: 10.8 percent). In particular, the result reflects a strong business performance by Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, thriving IT and SCM services at Arvato, and the strategic portfolio measures taken during the reporting period.

Against this backdrop, operating EBITDA from continuing operations rose to €2.3 billion (previous year: €2.2 billion). The full consolidation of BMG contributed to this increase. The EBITDA margin was 14.1 percent (previous year: 13.8 percent).

Thanks to lower expenditure on special items, Group profit improved by 42 percent during the reporting period to €870 million (previous year: €612 million) – the highest it has been since 2006.

The business expansion in 2013 led to the highest investments in eight years. Including financial debt assumed, Bertelsmann invested €2.0 billion (previous year: €655 million), mainly in the acquisitions of BMG and Gothia as well as for the purchase of various music catalogs and film rights. Thanks to the proceeds from the placement of RTL Group shares and a high level of operating cash flow, net financial debt was reduced to €636 million at year-end (previous year: €1,218 million). The Group’s broader economic debt was down to €4,178 million at December 31, 2013, after €4,773 million in the previous year. Adjusted operating free cash flow amounted to €1.8 billion (previous year: €1.9 billion).

Bertelsmann CFO Judith Hartmann added: “In financial year 2013 Bertelsmann demonstrated its high profitability, and the Group is in excellent financial shape. All the signs point to expansion and we have the resources available for it. The successful placement of RTL Group shares alone brought us proceeds of €1.5 billion. For 2014, Bertelsmann expects strong revenue growth, continued high profitability, and a positive development of Group profit.”

Bertelsmann employees are participating in the successes achieved: For the last financial year, they will receive profit participation amounting to €101 million (previous year: €92 million), the third-highest total in the company’s history to date.

In accordance with the terms governing the Bertelsmann 2001 profit participation certificate (ISIN DE0005229942), 15 percent on the nominal value will again be paid out on May 12, 2014. The pay-out for the 1992 profit participation certificate (ISIN DE0005229900) is 7.49 percent (previous year: 7.39 percent).

Other key financials:

Special items

Special items amounted to € -46 million compared to € -405 million in the previous year. The majority of the restructuring expenses relate to structurally declining businesses, notably the imminent closure of the Prinovis location in Itzehoe. They also include costs for the implementation of the new organizational structure of Gruner + Jahr and Arvato as well as integration costs in connection with the merger of Penguin and Random House. A re-measurement of the fair value of BMG after the takeover of the remaining BMG shares as well as a write-up on the carrying amount of the Atresmedia investment, had a positive impact.

Cash flow

In the reporting period, Bertelsmann generated net cash from operating activities of €1,785 million (previous year: €1,876 million). The Group’s long-term operating free cash flow adjusted for non-recurring items was €1,760 million (previous year: €1,861 million), and the cash conversion rate was 100 percent (previous year: 107 percent), which puts it within the target corridor of 90 to 100 percent.

Total assets

Total assets increased significantly to €21.4 billion as of December 31, 2013 (previous year: €18.9 billion). The increase is mainly attributable to the reduction in shares in RTL Group, the merger of Penguin and Random House, the acquisition of the remaining BMG shares and the purchase of Gothia. Cash and cash equivalents remained at the previous year’s high level (€2.7 billion). The income from the reduction in shares in RTL Group and the merger of Random House and Penguin increased the equity to €8.7 billion (previous year: €6.1 billion). As a result of this increase, the equity ratio increased from 32.2 percent in the previous year to 40.7 percent.


Total investments including financial debt assumed increased sharply to €1,988 million (previous year: €655 million). Most of it consisted of the purchase price payments for the acquisitions of BMG and Gothia, investments in property, plant and equipment at Arvato, and the acquisition of music catalogs at BMG and film rights at RTL Group.


At the end of the financial year, the Group had 111,763 employees worldwide (previous year: 104,286). The increase of 7,477 employees is attributable primarily to strategic portfolio expansions. In 2013, there were 1,304 people (previous year: 1,254) serving in trainee positions in Bertelsmann companies in Germany.


RTL Group

Although advertising markets across Europe were mostly in decline, Europe’s leading entertainment group RTL Group was able to significantly increase its profitability in financial year 2013. Revenues reached €5.9 billion after €6.0 billion in the previous year, representing a 1.9 percent decrease. This revenue development reflects robust core businesses despite negative currency effects and lower revenues for the production arm Fremantle Media. In operating EBIT, another record result by Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and the strong performance of the Dutch TV channels more than offset the impact of the negative development of advertising markets in many parts of Europe. The German TV advertising market singularly showed slight growth.

Operating EBIT increased by 6.8 percent to a new record level of €1.1 billion (previous year: €1.1 billion). This jumped the return on sales to 19.3 percent (previous year: 17.7 percent). Operating EBITDA increased slightly to €1.3 billion (previous year: €1.3 billion); this lifted the EBITDA margin to 22.6 percent (previous year: 20.9 percent). At year-end, RTL Group had 11,589 employees (December 31, 2012: 11,931). RTL Group succeeded in maintaining most of its leading positions in the audience markets. In France, the Netherlands, Hungary and Croatia, RTL Group’s families of channels grew their share of the TV ad sales market.

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland increased both its revenues and earnings. The flagship broadcaster RTL Television remained the clear market leader in the main target group. The French Groupe M6 achieved lower revenues, partly because of the declining advertising market. Operating EBIT declined due to start-up losses for the new digital channel 6ter. Audience shares remained largely stable despite the market entry of new competitors. RTL Nederland grew its revenues and operating EBIT notwithstanding a shrinking advertising market, and scored higher viewer ratings.

The production arm Fremantle Media registered continued global interest in its major talent shows and invested in the development of new formats. Revenues fell mainly due to currency effects and because of the cancellation of formats in individual territories. Operating EBIT was slightly down year on year. In November, Fremantle Media acquired the Danish production company Miso Film, which specializes in series and TV movies.

In the growth market of Asia, RTL Group partnered with CBS Studios International to initiate the establishment of two new channels. The first channel, RTL CBS Entertainment HD, made its debut in 2013 in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. The launch of the second channel will follow in the spring of 2014. In Croatia, RTL Hrvatska established a new children’s channel, which went on air in January 2014 and has scored excellent ratings from the start.

RTL Group’s digital business also continued to be greatly expanded. The Group acquired a majority stake in BroadbandTV, one of the largest multichannel networks on YouTube, and also invested in the leading online video network for fashion and beauty StyleHaul, the German YouTube network Divimove, and the Dutch video-on-demand provider Videoload. The Group’s various online platforms and mobile applications recorded high growth rates.

RTL Group has been additionally listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since the end of April 2013. Bertelsmann reduced its holdings and has held 75.1 percent of the shares in the company.

Penguin Random House

For Random House, 2013 was the year of the historic merger of all its divisions outside Germany with Pearson’s trade publishing division Penguin Group. The formation of Penguin Random House was completed on July 1, and the multiyear integration of the two units is now underway. Bertelsmann holds 53 percent of the shares in the world’s largest trade book publisher, while Pearson holds 47 percent.

This year-end consolidated revenue of €2.7 billion for the combined company reflects a full year of Random House, including Germany’s Verlagsgruppe Random House, and a half-year of the Penguin Group. Total sales were 23.9 percent above Random House’s previous year’s revenue (€2.1 billion). Adjusted for currency and portfolio effects, revenues decreased compared with the record year 2012, which was dominated by the exceptional success of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy. Operating EBIT fell 4.9 percent from the high level of the previous year – partly due to depreciations in connection with the initial inclusion of intangible assets at Penguin – to €309 million (previous year: €325 million). Return on sales came to 11.6 percent (previous year: 15.2 percent). Operating EBITDA increased to €363 million (previous year: €352 million). As a result, the EBITDA margin was 13.7 percent (previous year: 16.4 percent). At the end of the year, Penguin Random House had 11,838 employees (December 31, 2012, Random House: 5,712).

Penguin Random House’s biggest new release was Dan Brown’s “Inferno,” selling almost six million copies in its English-language territories in seven months. Other megasellers included Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” “And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green and John Grisham’s “Sycamore Row.” Demand for English-, German- and Spanish-language editions of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy by E L James continued to be strong with more than seven million print, digital and audiobook copies sold in 2013.

The US company placed 261 titles on the “New York Times” hardcover and paperback bestseller lists from July to December, 27 of them at number one. During the same period, Penguin Random House UK placed 14 number one titles on the bestseller lists of the “Sunday Times.” In Germany, Verlagsgruppe Random House attained major growth in its digital publishing business, achieving first-time double-digit percentage of overall sales revenues with e-books. The division’s biggest-selling title of the year was “Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte” by Jonas Jonasson. A solid business performance in Latin America and a strong portfolio of Spanish-language bestsellers offset the impact of the difficult economy in Spain, where the publishing unit has operated under the name Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial since November. In India and South Africa, Penguin Random House completed the purchase of their respective co-partners’ ownership stakes.

With new apps, the increasing integration of social media into book marketing and growing e-book downloads, Penguin Random House has advanced its leadership in the transformation to digital. During the reporting period, the Group sold more than 100 million e-books worldwide, and more than 77,000 titles are now internationally available in digital form.

Many Penguin Random House authors received prestigious literary awards in 2013, including Alice Munro, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Group’s authors also won four Pulitzer Prizes, a National Book Award in the United States, and for Verlagsgruppe Random House, the German Book Prize.

Gruner + Jahr

At Gruner + Jahr, the financial year was shaped by a personnel, organizational and strategic realignment to transform the existing printing and publishing company into a “house of content” with high-quality print and digital offerings for specific target groups. On the commercial side, Gruner + Jahr reported a significant fall in revenues and operating result during the reporting period; this was against a backdrop of declining ad sales revenues, the partial discontinuation of its business media along with other disposals, increased investment in the digital business and a decline in the international business. Revenues reached €2.1 billion after €2.2 billion in the previous year (-6.9 percent). Operating EBIT was down by 13.1 percent to €146 million (previous year: €168 million). Return on sales decreased to 7.1 percent (previous year: 7.6 percent). Operating EBITDA was €193 million against €213 million in the previous year, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 9.3 percent (previous year: 9.6 percent). At year-end, Gruner + Jahr employed 10,819 people (December 31, 2012: 11,585). Since April 2013, Gruner + Jahr has been jointly managed by Julia Jäkel (CEO), Stephan Schäfer and Oliver Radtke.

G+J Germany improved its results year on year. Sales revenues dipped in line with market conditions but adjusted for portfolio changes the advertising business developed positively, bucking the market trend. In Germany the business structures were fundamentally changed. With its realignment along eight Communities of Interest, G+J is resolutely focusing on the interests of its readers, users and customers. For instance, its strong position in the Living, Food and Family communities was expanded with investments in digital offers such as the Home and Furniture community Roomido, the online store for high-end foods Delinero and the online store for baby and children’s clothing Tausendkind. “Chefkoch” and “Flow” enhanced the print portfolio of the Food and Women communities with two innovative new titles. G+J Media Sales added market share in the ad sales market, and both G+J’s digital marketer EMS and the performance marketer Ligatus recorded continued dynamic growth.

Prisma Media’s magazine business in France declined due to difficult market conditions. The expansion of the digital business was successfully advanced, including through targeted acquisitions. For instance, the reporting period saw the acquisition of the two digital ad sales houses Mob Value and P Comme Performance.

Verlagsgruppe News in Austria declined, underperforming the market mainly in the ad sales business. In the reporting period, its activities in Southern Europe continued to be affected by difficult macroeconomic conditions. The company sold off its operations in Poland and parts of the operations in Southeastern Europe.

Gruner + Jahr’s activities in China reported declines due to a first-time reduction in the Chinese ad sales market. In the United States, the offset printing company Brown Printing saw a fall in revenues and earnings due to lower capacity utilization. The business of Dresdner Druck- und Verlagshaus was mostly stable.

During the reporting period, G+J journalists and authors won a variety of prestigious awards for their work; in Germany alone, they won more than any other publisher.


The international service provider Arvato delivered a robust business performance in financial year 2013. Revenues remained stable at €4.4 billion (previous year: €4.4 billion). Operating EBIT remained stable at €244 million (previous year: €244 million). Return on sales thus remained at 5.5 percent (previous year: 5.5 percent). Operating EBITDA increased to €401 million (previous year: €391 million); this put the EBITDA margin at 9.1 percent (previous year: 8.8 percent). There was a management changeover at the top of Arvato: Achim Berg has led the group as Chief Executive Officer since April 2013. A new organizational structure arranges the businesses by Solution Groups and countries, and a central Key Account Management system was introduced for major international clients. At year-end, Arvato employed 66,410 people (December 31, 2012: 63,627).

During the reporting period Arvato registered significant growth mainly at IT Services and supply chain management solutions for international customers in the Internet, high-tech and consumer goods sectors, as well as in China. Arvato’s acquisition of Gothia Financial Group, completed in June 2013, advanced its internationalization and transformed it into the third-largest service provider in Europe in the rapidly growing market for business information and financial services.

Operating EBIT also reflects upfront costs for acquisitions and set-up costs for newly acquired customers in the supply chain management and e-commerce businesses. In the reporting period, the customer-relationship management business showed a positive development in Germany and Spain, and declined slightly in France. In South America, Asia and Africa, new offshore sites for customer communications solutions were established or expanded to increase competitiveness.

Arvato’s Print Services maintained its position in a difficult market environment. Revenues in Replication declined as expected. In Brazil and China, Arvato sold holdings in replication factories.

The development of Arvato’s businesses varied from region to region. For example, performance was satisfactory in the European core countries given the difficult economic situation. In the UK, a major new government services client, the Department for Transport, was acquired. The service activities in Spain saw profitable growth despite the economic crisis. Meanwhile, the services businesses in France were not quite able to maintain the previous year’s high levels. In the North American market, the portfolio of customers and locations was systematically culled to increase the profitability of the businesses. In Turkey, Arvato’s services businesses grew dynamically, and in China the company’s logistics network was expanded considerably yet again.

Arvato won prestigious awards in various countries around the world for its tailored customer solutions.

Be Printers

In 2013, Bertelsmann’s gravure and international offset printing activities, grouped into Be Printers, generated revenues of €1.1 billion in a difficult market environment, down 7.5 percent from the previous year (€1.2 billion). Operating EBIT declined by 29.3 percent to €41 million (previous year: €58 million), and return on sales thus amounted to 3.7 percent (previous year: 4.8 percent). Operating EBITDA decreased to €92 million (previous year: €115 million), resulting in an EBITDA margin of 8.2 percent (previous year: 9.5 percent). At year-end, Be Printers employed 6,201 people (December 31, 2012: 6,571).

Declining print runs characterized Be Printers’ printing operations in the reporting period, as did continuing price pressure and high excess capacity in the industry. The group responded with new offers as well as various programs to increase efficiency and lower costs.

Specifically, the gravure division Prinovis realized savings in personnel costs and materials purchasing. Provisions for restructuring costs were formed for the planned closure of the Itzehoe site in April 2014. As a special item, these are not shown under operating EBIT. The fire at a gravure printing press in Dresden led to restrictions on production; at the same time, Prinovis received a compensation payment from the machine’s property insurance. As a special item, this is also not shown under operating EBIT. In the UK, a major customer cut order volumes. Overall, revenues and earnings were down at Prinovis. During the reporting period, several of Prinovis’ print products and digital offers won industry awards for their high quality.

Be Printers’ Southern European printing companies did business in a difficult market environment that was further exacerbated by macroeconomic developments in Italy and Spain. The units recorded declining volumes. Management countered this with measures to increase sales and cut costs, for example, in the areas of procurement and IT. The merger of the Italian and German calendar businesses also improved productivity and competitiveness.

Be Printers Americas countered the declining market development and kept its earnings stable. Growing business with clients outside the publishing industry – such as communications services for companies in the health-care sector – cushioned the decline in revenues. In 2013, major existing customers renewed their contracts with Be Printers Americas.

Corporate Investments/Corporate Center

In 2013, Corporate Investments, which includes all of Bertelsmann’s other operating activities, recorded significantly increased revenue of €582 million (previous year: €471 million) and operating EBIT of €-40 million (previous year: €-38 million). Operating EBITDA was €10 million compared with €-29 million in the previous year; the EBITDA margin was 1.7 percent. The acquisition of full ownership of the BMG Music Rights subsidiary, completed in April 2013, helped to boost revenues. This was partly offset by declining revenues in the Club and Direct Marketing businesses. Operating EBIT reflects start-up losses, among other factors for business expansion in the education sector, and a decline in earnings in the Club business. At year-end, Corporate Investments had 4,342 employees (December 31, 2012: 4,289).

Jointly established by Bertelsmann and KKR, the music rights company BMG is once again fully owned by Bertelsmann since the end of March 2013 and grew strongly during the reporting period. BMG acquired several catalogs of song and master rights: Primary Wave, Sanctuary, Mute and Virgin/Famous. Numerous national and international artists signed new contracts including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams and the Backstreet Boys. BMG expanded its presence in all major music markets, including opening a branch in Canada.

In the reporting period, Bertelsmann invested in developing its new line of business: education. The University Ventures Fund, jointly established with other investors, expanded its international portfolio of holdings. Bertelsmann also made direct investments to increase its stake in Synergis Education, a service provider that supports academic institutions in establishing accredited online degree programs, and in the innovative US online education provider University Now.

The Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI) funds expanded their portfolios. For instance, BDMI joined RTL Group in investing in the online video network StyleHaul, which brought its holdings to a total of 49 at year-end. BAI acquired five new holdings – including providers of mobile payment services, car purchasing and cloud computing – and divested from three companies, realizing high capital gains in the process. The remaining portfolio, consisting of 20 holdings, developed very well. In India, two direct investments were made, including in the real estate portal In Brazil, investments were also made in two online media start-ups.

Revenues in the Club business declined as planned in 2013. The operational business of the direct marketing company Inmediaone will be gradually phased out by mid-2014. The dismantling of the German Club continued with store closures, and the businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia were sold to a strategic investor.

The Corporate Center department, which comprises all of the Group’s Corporate Centers around the world, controlled and supported several large transactions in 2013, including the merger of Penguin and Random House into Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade book publishing group, and the incremental placement of RTL Group shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Its work during the year also focused on the organization of a Management Meeting and “State of the Art Forum” in Silicon Valley, as well as the global employee survey. In the first half of 2013, the Bertelsmann Executive Board launched the Operational Excellence program, which is designed to monitor processes and structures in the financial, HR, IT and procurement departments across the Group. The program will support Group strategy by modernizing structures, improving efficiency and creating uniform standards of quality. It will be implemented in several stages over a period of up to five years.

Overview of figures (in € millions)


The comparative figures for the previous period have been adjusted.


About Bertelsmann

Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Penguin Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2013, the company’s businesses, with their more than 111,000 employees, generated revenues of €16.4 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.

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Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA Andreas Grafemeyer Senior Vice President Media Relations Phone: +49 – 52 41 / 80 24 66
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Penguin Random House India Announces Publishing, Sales and Marketing Appointments & New Organizational Structure

(March 20, 2014, New Delhi) - Penguin Random House India’s new publishing, sales and marketing leadership appointments and cross-company organizational structure were announced today by Gaurav Shrinagesh, Chief Executive Officer. All changes will be effective 1st April 2014. The company is a division of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, which was established on 1 July 2013 with the merger worldwide of Penguin and Random House.


Chiki Sarkar, currently Publisher at Penguin Books India, has been appointed as Publisher, Penguin Random House India with overall responsibility for building the local publishing programme in both English and local languages. Random House India’s first editor-in-chief in 2006, she moved to Penguin Books India in 2011 and has been instrumental in publishing many of the sub-continent’s finest writers including Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Suketu Mehta, Vikram Chandra, Amit Chaudhuri and Pankaj Mishra and has launched the careers of some of the best new talent such as Mohammed Hanif, Shehan Karunatilaka, Basharat Peer, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Aman Sethi. She has recently been announced as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a community which assembles the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders. Chiki will report to Penguin Random House India CEO Gaurav Shrinagesh.

Milee Ashwarya and Meru Gokhale have both been appointed to the role of Publishing Director, Penguin Random House India and will report to Chiki Sarkar.

In her new position Meru Gokhale, currently Editorial Director for Vintage, Random House India, will have direct responsibility for the prestigious Vintage India, Allen Lane, Hamish Hamilton, Viking and Classics publishing lists. Meru has acquired, edited and published books by authors including Paulo Coelho, Kiran Desai, Jamil Ahmad, Sonia Faleiro, Tahmima Anam, Jhumpa Lahiri, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Nadeem Aslam, Rahul Pandita, Basharat Peer and Mohammed Hanif. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Jerusalem Editorial Fellowship.

Presently Editorial Director for Ebury India and Random Business, Milee will oversee Ebury India, Random Business, Portfolio, Metro Reads, Shobhaa De Books and Penguin Ananda. Milee joined Random House India in 2008 and has worked across all genres of publishing during her career. She has commissioned, acquired and published bestselling books including From XL to XS, Jugaad Innovation, Dhandha, the IIMA Business series, the MINT Business series and worked with authors including Payal Gidwani Tiwari, Deanne Panday, Cyrus Broacha, Sudeep Nagarkar, Suhel Seth, Preeti Shenoy and Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma.

Bringing focus to its children’s list, Hemali Sodhi will be taking on the newly created role of Director, Children’s for Penguin Random House India. During her time as Vice President Marketing and Communications, Penguin Books India, Hemali established Penguin as the foremost publishing brand in the country and in her new role she will have responsibility for growing the children’s local publishing program as well as the international list for the Indian market, along with product and brand development for children’s. The current children’s editorial, product and marketing teams will report to her.

Hemali will retain her responsibility for Penguin’s Annual Lecture, Spring Fever and all CSR activity. In addition, Hemali will manage Corporate Communications for Penguin Books India for the foreseeable future. She will report to Gaurav Shrinagesh in all capacities.

Caroline Newbury, currently VP Marketing and Publicity Random House India, will take on the role of VP, Marketing and Corporate Communications for Penguin Random House India and will oversee all marketing, publicity, digital and corporate communications functions for the company. Caroline joined Random House India two years ago after more than a decade with the Ebury Publishing division, Random House UK. She will report to Gaurav Shrinagesh.

Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO, Penguin Random House India, said:

“Penguin Random House India is home to some of the finest editorial talent in the country, and this new structure ensures we will continue to be at the forefront of trade publishing in India. With the combined expertise of Chiki, Meru and Milee, who have each built lists of considerable repute, I am confident that our reputation for discovering the region’s best new writing talent as well as building the careers of our established authors is in very good hands.

“Children’s publishing is a real and major focus for Penguin Random House not only in India, but globally, and I am delighted that Hemali Sodhi will be overseeing this area in her new role. In her nearly two decades of work with Penguin Books India she has established the Penguin brand into a formidable publishing presence in India, and I know she will transfer these considerable skills into building our local and international children’s publishing list in India.

“In today’s changing retail market the key to driving our authors’ success is discoverability - being able to inform their readers, and potential readers, about their books. Establishing strong direct to consumer relationships is vital to this and in her new role overseeing marketing and digital, Caroline will be driving this for Penguin Random House India.

I am delighted to announce all of these appointments and know my colleagues will work tirelessly to provide a first-class environment for our authors to produce their best works and for these to be enjoyed by the widest possible readership.”

On the sales side, Ananth Padmanabhan has been appointed Senior Vice President, Sales with overall responsibility for sales across all distribution channels of Penguin Random House in India. He will report to Gaurav Shrinagesh.

Currently VP Sales, Penguin Books India, Ananth began his career with the Landmark bookstore in Chennai, in 1992, before joining Penguin Books in 1997. Over nearly twenty years with the company he has been instrumental in shaping the sales, distribution and representation strategy and in building Penguin’s presence across India and the Indian subcontinent.

Formerly responsible for sales for Random House India, Nand Nath Jha has been appointed VP, International Product and Digital Sales, reporting to Ananth. His role will include the entire portfolio of Penguin Random House Group international product and all the agency publishers it represents in India. He will also be responsible for all online and digital sales for the group and sales of children’s product. Nandan has worked in the book trade for two decades, starting his career with distributor India Book House before switching to retail (Crossword, 1995 and Jashanmals, 1998), then moving to Random House in 2000.

Manoj Satti will take on the role of General Manager International Product (Random House) and Sales Planning. Currently responsible for managing Product and Operations at Random House, Manoj began his career with Sterling Publishers and Pearson Education before moving to Random House eight years ago. His new role will involve overseeing the product development for Random House International products and all sales forecasting across PRH portfolio of products. Manoj will report into Nandan for product and Ananth for sales planning.

Rahul Dixit, currently General Manager, Penguin Books India, in his new role as General Manager, Local Publishing and Sales, will now oversee development of product and diversified sales for all local publishing across Penguin Random House India and will continue to lead sales for North India. He will be reporting to Ananth. Rahul started his career with Penguin books in 2005 and has handled diversified sales portfolios within the company.

Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO Penguin Random House India said:

“Our new sales team represents decades of experience across a wide range of retail-related areas of publishing - distribution, shop-floor bookselling, inventory management, customer service, as well as direct representation. This wealth of knowledge will enable Penguin Random House to continue to ensure our books reach their readers, wherever and however they buy them.

“In their years with Penguin and Random House, Ananth and Nandan have built strong reputations within the industry for their excellent relationships with customers and their expertise in navigating the changing retail landscape. I am confident that supported by Manoj and Rahul’s knowledge of product and insight into sales development, this team will create a firm foundation for continued Penguin Random House growth.”

About Chiki Sarkar

Chiki Sarkar was educated at Oxford University and worked in Bloomsbury Publishing, London for seven years. In 2006 she returned to India to become the first editor in chief of Random House India. She has been the publisher of Penguin Books India since 2011.

About Milee Ashwarya

Milee Ashwarya studied English literature at Hindu College, Delhi University and began her publishing career at Rupa & Co. In 2008, she joined Random House India as Commissioning Editor and was promoted to Senior Commissioning Editor in January 2011. Working across all genres her list of authors includes Payal Gidwani Tiwari, Pratibha Karan, Cyrus Broacha, Suhel Seth, Preeti Shenoy and Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma. She is currently Editorial Director of two imprints - Ebury India and Random Business - and is responsible for shaping Random House India’s list of popular fiction and non-fiction in all areas of lifestyle as well as business publishing.

About Meru Gokhale

A graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Columbia Publishing Course, New York, Meru Gokhale began her publishing career in 2004 with Penguin Books India, editing books across fiction and nonfiction, cookbooks, history and current affairs. She acquired, commissioned and edited books from authors including Orhan Pamuk, Kiran Desai, Jamil Ahmad, Sonia Faleiro and Tahmima Anam. She joined Random House as Editorial Director of the newly-created Vintage India in 2011. At Random House she has acquired and worked with authors such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Salman Rushdie, Helen Fielding, Nadeem Aslam, Rahul Pandita, Basharat Peer, Mohammed Hanif, and Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Jerusalem Editorial Fellowship.

About Hemali Sodhi

Hemali joined the publishing Industry in ’96 as a publicist with Penguin India. She has since shaped Penguin India’s marketing strategy, building a formidable brand which was, in 2012, voted as the #4 most successful brand across industries. Penguin is also the only publisher in the Country to boast its own Literature Festival in Delhi, ‘Spring Fever’ and its own lecture, ‘The Penguin Annual Lecture’, which is the largest open lecture featuring speakers as celebrated as HH the Dalai Lama. Penguin India is the most widely followed and engaged-with Publisher on social media, with its own award winning website, a hugely appreciated facebook and twitter strategy and the only publisher to have a multi-platform Mobile App. Penguin India’s marketing campaigns, both print and digital, have consistently won awards.

Hemali completed her post graduation in English literature, from Delhi University.

About Caroline Newbury

A graduate of Trinity College, Oxford University (M.A. Hons. Ancient and Modern History), Caroline Newbury joined Ebury Publishing, a division of Random House UK in 2001 as a publicity assistant. She worked there for 11 years, rising to Deputy Publicity Director, Ebury Publishing, before moving to Delhi in April 2012.

About Ananth Padmanabhan

Ananth began his career in publishing in ’92 as a bookseller with Landmark bookstores, based in Chennai. He joined Penguin Books in ‘97 and is currently Vice President, Sales. During the course of his career with Penguin, Ananth has shaped Penguin’s sales, distribution and representation strategy and has also been responsible for Penguin India’s digital strategy, including publishing, distribution and sales across channels and partners. He is a graduate from the University of Madras, has studied Publishing from Stanford University and has completed a course in Management from IIM Ahmedabad.

He is also a professional photographer and has done many projects, one of which, on publishing, called Calcutta: Walking in the City, can be seen on

About Nandan Jha

A graduate of Commerce from University of Delhi, Nandan Jha has worked in all areas of sales in book trade in the last 20 years. He started his career with a distributor (India Book House) in 1994, switched to retail (Crossword, 1995 and Jashanmals, 1998), and then moved to a publisher (Random House Group UK, 2000). In between, he also dabbled with some publishing (Hindi & English) and freelance sales & marketing representation of several independent publishers for 4 years.

He has held the position of Vice President – Sales at Random House India since April 2010, and is also responsible for the developing and executing digital strategy for the company in the domestic and international markets.

About Rahul Dixit

Rahul joined Penguin in 2005 as assistant sales manager following nearly 4 years of experience in selling school books. He headed Penguin’s North India business from 2008 to 2010 before becoming product manager for Penguin Local in 2011. In his current role as General Manager, he is responsible for all local sales and also manages Penguin’s relationship with two other local publishers Zubaan and Hay House.

About Manoj Satti

Manoj Satti’s career in publishing began in 2000 with Sterling Publishers handling sales and customer service activities. After four years at Pearson Education, where he handled promotional activities for their higher education and schools divisions as well as developing and managing their website, he moved to Random House as sales administrator. Over his seven year career with the company, he has been responsible for sales to distributors and retail across the country, the budgeting, product selection, inventory management and pricing strategy for international titles, Random House’s migration to new Microsoft ERP – Navision and few other IT initiatives – and overseeing imports, distribution and supply chain management. He also had responsibility for the creation of the Knowledge Encyclopedia for special sales which has sold over 650,000 copies.

For further information: Caroline Newbury, Penguin Random House,, +91 9953070129

Penguin Random House India is a Penguin Random House company. Penguin Random House ( is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Penguin Random House to Acquire Santillana Ediciones Generales


(March 19, 2014)—The Global Trade Book Publisher To Purchase Santillana’s Spanish-Language,Portuguese And Brazilian Trade Book Businesses.


Penguin Random House, the global trade book publisher established last year by parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson, today signed agreements with Santillana, the book publishing business majority-controlled by PRISA, to acquire the trade book business of Santillana Ediciones Generales, which operates in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, including Brazil.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, the publisher’s Spanish-language company, will purchase the Spanish-language and Portuguese-language trade book business companies of Santillana Ediciones Generales. The acquired Spanish-language business will be merged with Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Penguin Random House Brazil, Penguin Random House’s Brazilian holding company, will acquire Santillana’s Brazilian trade publishing business, Objetiva. The Spanish-language imprints being acquired include Aguilar, Alfaguara, Punta de Lectura, Suma de Letras, Taurus, and in Brazil, Alfaguara, Foglio, Fontanar, Objetiva, Ponto de Leitura, and Suma de Letras, among others.

Today’s announcement was made by Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, and Miguel Angel Cayuela, CEO of Santillana. The closing is expected to occur once the relevant legal and administrative obligations are completed.

The combination of two highly-regarded Spanish trade book publishers will significantly increase the company’s presence in Spain and Latin America. The acquisition of Objetiva gives Penguin Random House a fully-owned publishing presence in Brazil, South America’s biggest market.

Until closing, Penguin Random House and Santillana Ediciones Generales operations will continue to operate independently. Post-closing, Santillana Ediciones Generales operations in its Spanish-language territories and in Portugal will become part of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. Núria Cabutí will continue in her role as the company’s CEO, with the support of Armando Collazos, Global Director for Prisa Ediciones. The newly expanded business expects to publish 1,500 titles a year.

Penguin Random House Brazil, which also holds a 45% minority stake in Companhia das Letras, will acquire full ownership of Objetiva, which is located in Rio de Janeiro. Luiz Schwarcz will supervise the operations of Penguin Random House in Brazil, with the support of Roberto Feith, CEO of Objetiva, and the highly regarded team which has made Objetiva one of the leading publishing houses in Brazil. Mr. Schwarz will also continue as Director General of Companhia das Letras. Editora Objetiva publishes many leading Brazilian and international authors, including: Jon Lee Anderson, João Cabral de Mello Neto, Daniel Goleman, Daniel Kahneman, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami,Vladmir Nabokov, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro, Mario Vargas Llosa, Luis Fernando Veríssimo, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, among others.

With this acquisition, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will expand its consumer-publishing business in Spain, and in the high-growth Latin American markets, such as Santillana’s businesses in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay. It will also gain a new foothold through Santillana’s trade book businesses in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Central America. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will have a new presence in Portugal, and expand its presence in the Spanish-language U.S. market. This transaction does not include the acquisition of Santillana’s children’s and young adult literature geared to schools and educational institutions.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial as a newly combined company will maintain the editorial and entrepreneurial identity autonomy of all of its imprints. It will publish original Spanish-language and Spanish translations of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction in hardcover, paperback and digital formats under Santillana’s trade book imprints Alfaguara, Aguilar, Altea, Fontanar, Punto de Lectura, Suma de letras, and Taurus, as well as under Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s existing imprints: Beascoa, Caballo de Troya, Collins, Conecta, Debate, Debolsillo, Fantascy, Grijalbo, Literatura Random House, Lumen, Montena, Nube de Tinta, Plaza & Janés, RHFlash, Rosa dels Vents, and Sudamericana.

The union of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and Santillana Ediciones Generales will create a complementary roster of Spanish and international authors, including many Nobel Prize winners such as Alice Munro, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez, José Saramago, J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Doris Lessing and V.S. Naipaul and Gunter Grass; Cervantes Award winners such as Juan Marsé, Jorge Edwards, Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Sergio Pitol; and Spanish National Literature Award winners Javier Cercas, Javier Marías, José María Merino and Luis Mateo Díez, among others. The international bestselling authors published by both groups include Isabel Allende, Claudia Bonelli, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Joël Dicker, Umberto Eco, Albert Espinosa, Laura Esquivel, Ildefonso Falcones, Ken Follett, Carlos Fuentes, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Grisham, E L James, Stephenie Meyer, Kate Morton, Julia Navarro, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Paul Preston, Quino, Marcela Serrano, Hiromi Shinya, and Manuel Vicent, among others.

Markus Dohle said, “It is very exciting that our first international acquisition for Penguin Random House is the prestigious Santillana Ediciones Generales publishing group. It meets two of our major strategic goals: to strengthen our long-term commitment to Spanish-language book publishing as we increase our literary and commercial potential in one of the world’s most vital language markets, and to strengthen our publishing presence in Brazil. We will draw and build upon the great publishing traditions of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, Santillana Ediciones Generales, Companhia das Letras, and Objetiva, and the creativity and dedication of their enormously talented staff. With our combined company, we will be in an even stronger position to provide authors and booksellers with a tremendous variety of publishing opportunities, and readers with an incomparable range of reading choices. The union of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and Santillana’s trade book businesses will be ideal for bringing Spanish- and Portuguese-language authors to a wider global audience, together with achieving greater international reach for Penguin Random House.”

Miguel Angel Cayuela, CEO of Santillana, said. “This was not an easy decision to make. However, these are times that require us to devote all our efforts to the very operations that defined us from the very beginning of our company, and our core business, which is education. Spurred by innovation and technology, we are experiencing a major transformation across the sector, and our hope and commitment is that Santillana will be a major player in this change. We now hope to put all our knowledge and ideas to work in the service of a new and better education program,” Mr. Cayuela thanked “especially the work done by all employees of Santillana’s general-interest publishing houses.”

Núria Cabutí said, “With Santillana Ediciones Generales we bring together the knowledge, experience and capabilities of two prestigiuous publishing groups dedicated to Spanish-language book content, both fully committed to their authors, agents, booksellers and colleagues. We will preserve the identity and independence of all imprints, as well as our publishing programs in both companies. Authors will remain our top priority. We always will strive to offer them the highest-quality editorial, marketing and distribution support for their books. This milestone event will enable us to offer our readers an unprecedented range of titles, along with our ongoing commitment to excellence across all markets in which we operate.”

Amando Collazos, Global Director of Prisa Ediciones, stated, “Following the decision of Santillana to strenghten operations in the education sector, and in light of the need to optimize global operations in a new, fast-changing environment, it gives us great satisfaction to know that a group with international leadership such as Penguin Random House will be providing continuity to the work our publishing teams have carried out in recent years to connect our authors with their readers.”

Companhia das Letras imprints are Boa Companhia, Claro Enigma, Companhia de Bolso, Companhia das Letras, Companhia das Letrinhas, Panelinha, Paralela, Penguin-Companhia (Classics), Portfolio-Penguin, Quadrinhos na Cia., and Seguinte. Among the leading authors they publish are Jorge Amado, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, Saul Bellow, Roberto Bolaño, Jorge Luis Borges, Chico Buarque,, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Italo Calvino, J.M. Coetzee, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Nick Hornby, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Stieg Larsson, Vinícius de Moraes Alice Munro, George Orwell, Amós Oz, Orhan Pamuk, Fernando Pessoa, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, José Saramago, Jô Soares, Donna Tartt, Érico Veríssimo, among others.

Luiz Schwarcz, CEO, Companhia das Letras, said, "It is an honor for Companhia das Letras to become a part of this fantastic, creative universe, which combines the best publishing houses in the world and a catalogue of authors that is unrivalled anywhere. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to broaden the promotion of Brazilian authors internationally, which Companhia das Letras has been intensely developing during the past years. It will be a tremendous privilege and great pleasure soon to be able to collaborate with Roberto Feith and the excellent team at Objetiva. In bringing together the storied heritages and outstanding authors of both companies we believe we can create a new standard for Brazilian publishing as we maintain the autonomy and editorial identities of our imprints.”

Roberto Feith, CEO, Objetiva, observed, “For me and the team at Objetiva it is a unique opportunity and an immense source of satisfaction to become part of this superbly qualified publishing group, Penguin Random House. Additionally, after the closing of the deal, it will be a pleasure to work together closely with Luiz Schwarcz. We have been colleagues and friends for years, and Objetiva surely will benefit from his experienced leadership and his respect for our publishing programs.”

Penguin Random House ( is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Santillana is the leading publishing group in Spain and Latin America with an international presence in 22 countries. Since March 2000, Santillana has been part of PRISA, the largest media group in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking markets, and leader in education, news and information, and entertainment.

Penguin Random House Acquires Full Ownership of South Africa's Random House Struik


(Dec 13, 2013, Cape Town)—Trade book publisher Penguin Random House today announced the completion of its purchase of Times Media Group's majority stake in South Africa-based Random House Struik.


Random House Struik was formed in 2008 following the merger of Random House South Africa and Struik Publishers to create a significant new player in the African book publishing industry. The new company, known as Random House Struik, brought together two of the country's most prominent book publishers, with The Random House Group holding a 49.9 per cent stake and Times Media Group’s New Holland Publishing holding 50.1 per cent. Following today’s acquisition, Penguin Random House now takes 100 per cent ownership of Random House Struik.

Ian Hudson, CEO, Penguin Random House International, said: “We have enjoyed a terrific partnership with Times Media and New Holland Publishing over the last five years and they pass to us a fantastic legacy of a thriving local publishing list and an innovative digital programme, including world-leading nature apps. We look forward to building on this with Random House Struik now a wholly-owned part of Penguin Random House.”

Andrew Bonamour, CEO, Times Media Group, said: “We are very pleased to have concluded the sale of our shareholding in Random House Struik to our long term partners in the business, who we believe will cherish and grow what is generally considered to be the best local publishing list in South Africa”.

Random House Struik and Penguin Books South Africa will now work in close cooperation under the excellent respective leaderships of Steve Connolly and Stephen Johnson with a view to integrating the businesses within Penguin Random House in 2014.

Random House Struik’s local publishing promotes books written in both English and Afrikaans, under the Struik Lifestyle, Struik Nature, Struik Travel & Heritage, Fernwood Press and Zebra Press non-fiction imprints and the Umuzi fiction imprint. These are published alongside a stunning array of internationally acclaimed authors from Random House and there is a full and developing programme of both print and digital content.

Random House Mondadori is Renamed Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial


The Mondadori Publishing Imprint Will Take The Name Of Literatura Random House

(Barcelona, November 4, 2013)—Effective Monday, 4 November, Random House Mondadori is renamed Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. The new name represents its position and identity as the Spanish-language publishing company of the newly formed Penguin Random House. This name change encompasses two major corporate initiatives undertaken in the past twelve months: In November 2012, parent company Bertelsmann, on behalf of Random House, acquired full ownership from previous joint-venture partner Mondadori of Random House Mondadori, which was created in 2001. On July 1, 2013, Bertelsmann and Pearson merged their respective trade book publishing divisions to form Penguin Random House in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, India, China, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, and Chile.


Under the leadership of Núria Cabutí, who has been CEO since 2010, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will maintain its present organizational structure for its publishing divisions in Spain and Latin America, as well as the identity and direction of its respective publishing programs, together with its unwavering commitment to making its authors’ works available to the widest possible audience.

The company’s Mondadori imprint also will have a name change; henceforth it will be known as Literatura Random House. It will continue to publish the same range of subjects and authors as before, utilizing the same publishing criteria that have made it one of the most respected literary imprints in Spain and Latin America.

The Spanish-language divisions of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial publish fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children in hardback, paperback, audio, and electronic formats through the following imprints: Beascoa, Caballo de Troya, Collins, Conecta, Debate, Debolsillo, Electa, Fantascy, Grijalbo, Lumen, Nube de Tinta, Plaza & Janés, Random House, Reservoir Books, RHM Flash, Rosa dels Vents, and Sudamericana.

In announcing the company’s name change Núria Cabutí said, “Today we begin our life as Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, bringing with us the fantastic legacy of our history in Spanish-language publishing and the pride of being part of the first truly global trade publishing company. We will continue to publish with passion a wide array of authors, and our priority will be to continue to grow as both a print and digital publisher. Connecting authors and readers remains our essential mandate.”

She added “Literatura Random House will carry forward its mission to publish the highest-quality literature both in Spanish and in translation.”

The catalogue of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial consists of an incomparable list of authors, including several Nobel Prize-winners, among them this year’s laureate Alice Munro, and Gabriel García Márquez, J .M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, V.S. Naipaul, Elfriede Jelinek, and Doris Lessing.

Penguin Random House ( is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Bertelsmann achieves record result in first half of 2013

Bertelsmann_logo Bertelsmann achieves record result in first half of 2013
  • Good progress with Group reshaping
  • €7.43 billion in Group revenues
  • Record Operating EBIT at €768 million
  • Group result exceeds €400 million for the first time in more than ten years

Gütersloh, August 30, 2013 -- The international media company Bertelsmann made good progress with its Group reshaping during the first half of 2013 while also generating a record operating profit.


Against the backdrop of a difficult market environment and several structurally declining businesses, Group revenue decreased slightly by 1.9 percent to €7.43 billion (H1 2012: €7.57 billion). In contrast, operating EBIT reached €768 million, a new record level (H1 2012: €730 million). RTL Group in Germany and the Random House book publishing group delivered particularly good performances. Return on Sales was in the double digits at 10.3 percent (H1 2012: 9.6 percent), while Group net income improved significantly to €419 million (H1 2012: €350 million), the highest it has been since 2002. The first six months also saw several special items, including a gain from the acquisition of full ownership in the music rights company BMG. The Bertelsmann Value Added (BVA), which measures the profit realized above and beyond the cost of capital, was €102 million for the first half (H1 2012: €90 million).

Thomas Rabe, Chairman & CEO of Bertelsmann, said: "The first six months of this year went well for Bertelsmann. Our operating profit reached record levels, and our return on sales was in the double digits, clearly demonstrating that Bertelsmann is reshaping the Group from a position of strength. We have made good progress on our four strategic priorities - strengthening the core, digital transformation, building growth platforms, and expanding our activities in growth regions. In recent months, the combination of Random House and Penguin into the world's first truly global book publisher, the acquisition of the Gothia Financial Group, and the acquisition of full ownership in our music rights business BMG were milestones that will make Bertelsmann a faster growing, more digital and more international company. Overall, our total investments including assumed financial debt during the first six months of the year came to €1.6 billion. The successful public-trading placement of RTL Group shares gives us the leeway to further advance our Group reshaping."

RTL Group significantly increased its operating result for the reporting period, despite declining TV ad sales markets across nearly all European countries; Random House surpassed last year's interim-period EBIT thanks to multiple international bestsellers. The magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr maintained its operating result at the prior year's level despite declining revenues in the international business. At Arvato, earnings were down slightly - due in part to acquisition costs - while revenues increased. Growth drivers included IT services, as well as services for international customers in the Internet and high-tech industries. While the operating result and revenues of Bertelsmann's gravure and international offset printers decreased due to the difficult market environment, revenues in the Corporate Investments department were boosted by the full consolidation of the music rights company BMG. The combination of Random House and Penguin completed on July 1st of this year, and the acquisition of the Gothia Financial Group by Arvato, have no impact on earnings yet.

Judith Hartmann, Chief Financial Officer at Bertelsmann, said: "The transactions of the past few months are testaments to the systematic implementation of our strategy. They will enable Bertelsmann's revenues and operating result to grow at the completion of the year. Given the comparatively low macroeconomic growth seen in the euro area, we are expecting organic growth to remain stable or slow down slightly. Our average return on sales will remain in the double digits."

Bertelsmann had 104,348 employees worldwide at June 30, 2013 (December 31, 2012: 104,286).

Divisions: RTL Group


  • With the acquisition of a stake in Broadband TV, RTL Group becomes a major player on YouTube, the first non-American broadcaster to become involved in the sector of fast-growing multi-channel networks.
  • All new channels show growth in the first half: RTL Nitro is a hit with German television audiences, 6ter is popular in France and RTL Big Thrill now reaches 31 million households in India with its growing range of programs.
  • Partnership sealed: Fremantle Media Kids & Family Entertainment to jointly develop and produce new children's formats with BBC Children's.

Despite declining TV advertising markets in almost all European countries, the leading European entertainment network reported first-half revenues on a par with the previous first half-year at €2.8 billion (H1 2012: €2.8 billion). Operating EBIT rose significantly to €545 million (H1 2012: €498 million). While the German TV advertising market remained stable during the reporting period, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Eastern Europe and especially Spain reported declines. These were largely compensated for by higher revenues from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and RTL Nederland, as well as the sale of rights to the Handball World Cup by UFA Sports.

The increase in operating EBIT was also primarily due to Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. Despite lower revenues, Fremantle Media reported higher operating EBIT, largely due to continuing cost reduction measures and increased earnings in North America and the AsiaPacific region. All of RTL Group's other major business units achieved stable operating profits despite the difficult economic conditions. RTL Group was able to maintain its leading positions in the various audience markets. In the first half of the year, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland scored an audience share of 31.2 percent in its main target group, which was stable year on year. Gains at Vox, RTL II and RTL Nitro more than offset the lower audience shares of the main channel RTL Television. In France, the Groupe M6 family of channels reported a slightly lower audience share. 6ter, the new channel launched in December 2012, showed a positive development. The Dutch family of channels based around RTL 4 achieved the same market share as in the prior year. RTL Group's online platforms and mobile applications continued to see dynamic growth. In June 2013, RTL Group announced the acquisition of a 57.5 percent stake in the Broadband TV multichannel network. RTL Group shares have been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange following a placement by Bertelsmann at the end of April 2013 - in addition to their listings in Luxembourg and Brussels. In June, the share was added to the SDAX index.

Random House


  • Global publishing group Penguin Random House is established on July 1, 2013 following extensive, diligent internal preparation on all sides during the half-year.
  • Random House achieves all-time record half-year EBIT.
  • Dan Brown's #1 bestselling "Inferno" sells more than 4 million copies, mid-May to June 30, in all English-language territories.

For Random House, the first half of the year was dominated by a robust bestseller business across its divisions worldwide, led by the multi-million-copy fiction success of Dan Brown, amid preparations for the merger with Penguin to create Penguin Random House on July 1, 2013. At €915 million, Random House revenues were among its highest ever for a half-year, slightly lower than the "Fifty Shades" trilogy-enhanced prior half-year (H1 2012: €947 million). Operating EBIT soared to a mid-year record of €117 million (H1 2012: €113 million). In the United States, Random House placed 142 titles on the "New York Times" bestseller lists during the reporting period. The biggest success was Dan Brown's new novel "Inferno," with first-week sales of more than one million copies in North America, and four million hardcover and digital editions sold in the English-language territories during the reporting period. Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In," "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, and "Wonder" by RJ Palacio were also hugely successful. Demand for the Random House English-, German- and Spanish-language versions of E L James's "Fifty Shades" trilogy continued to be strong, with more than five million print, audio and e-books sold in this half-year. In the UK the Random House Group notably increased its share of titles on the "Sunday Times" national bestseller lists, with "Inferno" the half-year's number one seller. Germany's Verlagsgruppe Random House had an outstanding first half-year, and saw strong growth in e-books during the first half of the year, with digital now accounting for more than 10 percent of its revenues. At the publishing group Random House Mondadori, fully consolidated since the buy-out of its joint venture partner in December 2012, a broad range of Spanishlanguage bestsellers and a solid business performance in Latin America offset the continued weak book business in Spain.

Random House has expanded its worldwide e-book portfolio to 52,000 titles, and has strategically invested in the development of new digital marketing tools and data analytics to further improve the dialog between readers and authors, and the sales potential for their books.

Gruner + Jahr


  • G+J Deutschland revitalizes its big flagship magazines "Stern," "Brigitte," "Gala" and "Capital."
  • G+J launches numerous new digital formats for the German market and invests in commerce businesses in the food and family segments.
  • In France, Prisma Media advances the digital transformation of its established brands with new apps in the women's and TV sectors.

The magazine publisher achieved first-half revenues of €1.0 billion after €1.1 billion in H1 2012. This is attributable to the partial closure of G+J Business Media at the end of 2012 as well as to declining revenues in the international business. Operating EBIT was maintained on a par with the previous year at €86 million (H1 2012: €85 million). The ad sales market for popular magazines in Germany and France developed positively, while sales revenues declined slightly in most of the countries where G+J has operations. The G+J Supervisory Board appointed Julia Jäkel as CEO of the company. Further to this, Gruner + Jahr's Executive Board and responsibilities were reshuffled to create overarching areas of responsibilities. The new Executive Board will focus on transforming the traditional magazine publisher into a modern, much more digital house of content. G+J Deutschland recorded positive business development overall in the first half, especially due to the good performance of its main magazine titles in the ad sales market. There was significant work on titles such as "Stern," "Brigitte," "Capital" and "Gala," and investments were made here as well. Digital revenues developed just as positively, on the product side as well as in digital marketing. The international businesses reported differing progress depending on macroeconomic conditions. In Spain and Austria, revenues and earnings were down on the previous year. France also reported a decline in revenues, but was able to increase earnings year on year. Prisma Media made targeted investments in the digitization of important magazine brands. In China, lower economic growth and changed conditions caused a decline in advertising revenues. In July 2013, Gruner + Jahr completed the sale of its Polish publishing operations, G+J Polska, to Burda International in order to focus on its core markets. Dresdner Druck- und Verlagshaus saw largely stable revenues and earnings. The US printing business Brown Printing managed to slightly increase its operating EBIT despite a decline in revenues.



  • Arvato acquires the international Gothia Financial Group and becomes a leading provider of integrated financial services in Europe.
  • Expansion of government services businesses in the UK through the acquisition of a British Department for Transport shared service center.
  • Arvato's services businesses in China and Turkey report dynamic growth.

The global business process outsourcing provider Arvato increased its first-half revenues slightly to €2.1 billion (H1 2012: €2.1 billion), while operating EBIT was down slightly year on year to €84 million after €88 million. Operating profit reflects such things as acquisition costs and set-up costs for newly acquired clients in the supply chain management and e-commerce business. There has been a change in leadership at the head of Arvato: Achim Berg has led the group as CEO since April 2013. Growth drivers during the period under review included Arvato Systems as well as services for international customers in the internet and high-tech industries. The global revenues from storage media replication continued to decline during the reporting period, as expected. Arvato improved its position in key growth markets and industries in the first half of the year. In China, the services business continued to develop rapidly, and in Turkey as well, existing relationships were strengthened and new customers were acquired. With its takeover of the international Gothia Financial Group, completed in mid-June 2013, Arvato has systematically invested in a growth market while also advancing the internationalization of its financial services business.

Be Printers


  • Berryville Graphics in the United States prints 1.2 million copies of Dan Brown's new bestseller "Inferno."
  • The offset printing company Rotocobrhi is at full capacity despite adverse market conditions in Spain.
  • Prinovis Germany's sales organization is given a new management and a more effective structure.

Bertelsmann's international gravure and offset printers generated revenues of €512 million in a difficult market environment during the reporting period, after €565 million in the same period last year. Operating EBIT declined to €3 million (H1 2012: €15 million). Prinovis, the gravure printing arm, increased the productivity of its German sites while also realizing savings in the cost of personnel and materials. High reserves for restructuring costs were formed for the planned closure of the Itzehoe site in 2014, which, as a special item, are not recognized in operating EBIT. The fire at a gravure press in Dresden led to constraints on production, but Prinovis received an insurance payout for the machine. As a special item, this is not reported in operating EBIT. In the UK, Prinovis recorded a decline in revenues and earnings due to lower order volumes from a major customer. Be Printers Americas gained new major customers through cross-site and cross-media production concepts ("one-stop shop"); several existing customers extended their contracts. At the same time, it improved cost structures and productivity at several sites. Be Printers Southern Europe recorded lower volumes, further price declines and lower earnings in illustration printing due to macroeconomic developments in Italy and Spain. The management countered this with revenue and cost measures and set the course for further improvements in the second half of the year. A merger of the calendar business in Italy and Germany improved productivity and competitiveness. Despite adverse market conditions in Spain, the Spanish Rotocobrhi offset printing plant operated at full capacity during the period under review.

Corporate Investments


  • Shortly after its full acquisition by Bertelsmann, BMG signs rock legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
  • Bertelsmann's education business grows with innovative educational offers in the United States.
  • Digital funds expand their investment portfolios: BDMI and BAI bank on ventures of the future including the fashion video network Stylehaul and the Chinese shopping portal Mogujie.

Corporate Investments reported first-half revenues of €250 million (H1 2012: €227 million) and an operating loss of €-27 million (H1 2012: €-27 million). This reflects the full consolidation of the BMG music rights company on March 30, 2013, and at the same time the decline of the club and direct marketing business. In the reporting period, Bertelsmann acquired all outstanding shares of BMG and now manages the company as a 100 percent subsidiary. During the course of the first half-year, following antitrust clearance, the catalogs of Mute, Virgin/Famous and Sanctuary, with numerous timeless hits in their portfolios, were acquired. BMG also signed new contracts with several famous artists, including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones at the end of June 2013. In the education sector, Bertelsmann made particular progress with its US holdings Synergis and University Now. The educational services provider Synergis gained several more universities as partners, while the online degree programs offered by University Now were state-accredited for another five years and the number of enrolled students continued to rise. The BDMI fund for worldwide digital investments and the BAI fund for investments in promising Asian companies acquired new holdings, including the online video network Stylehaul. The club and direct marketing businesses underwent further downscaling. Inmediaone's direct marketing operations are to be discontinued by mid-2014, while the bookselling business of the associated publisher Wissenmedia will be discontinued at the end of 2013. The Corporate Center primarily managed and supported two major transactions during the first half-year: the successful placement of RTL Group shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the merger of Penguin and Random House. Furthermore, a multi-year project was launched to identify potential for optimization in the fields of IT and IT purchasing, HR and the various finance functions.

About Bertelsmann

Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Penguin Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2012, the company's businesses, with their more than 100,000 employees, generated revenues of €16.1 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.

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CEO Markus Dohle Announces Penguin Random House Global Leadership Team


(July 1, 2013)—The global senior executive team for Penguin Random House was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle, following the closing of the transaction by shareholders Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson this morning to formally establish the venture.  Bertelsmann owns 53% and Pearson 47% of the company.  Penguin Random House will combine the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India; Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Random House’s German-language publishing group, Verlagsgruppe Random House, is outside the venture, and remains part of Bertelsmann, continuing to report to Mr. Dohle.


Between mid-February and early June, in order of review, Penguin Random House received governmental merger control approval in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, the European Commission, Canada, South Africa, and China, all without condition.

Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people across five continents. It will comprise nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Effective with today’s closing, Markus Dohle, Chairman and CEO of Random House worldwide since 2008, assumes the position of CEO, Penguin Random House, and John Makinson, head of the Penguin Group worldwide since 2002, takes on the position of Chairman of Penguin Random House. The Penguin Random House Board appointments were announced separately by Bertelsmann and Pearson this morning.

Mr. Dohle said, “Today, Penguin and Random House officially unite to create the first truly global trade book publishing company. As separate companies, we have long performed outstandingly by every benchmark; as colleagues, we will share and apply our passion for publishing the best books with our enormous experience, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive. Together, we will give our authors unprecedented resources to help them reach global audiences—and we will provide readers with unparalleled diversity and choice for future reading. Connecting authors and readers is, and will be, at the heart of all we strive to accomplish together.”

John Makinson said, “Penguin Random House starts life today as a freshly minted company, but also as a creative enterprise that will draw on the greatest legacies in the history of book publishing. That heritage will help to frame the culture and personality of Penguin Random House as we place our extraordinary shared resources at the service of our authors, our customers, our readers, and our colleagues. It is an exciting day for all of us.”

In announcing his senior executive appointments, Mr. Dohle said, “Our global and local leadership comprises proven executives drawn from both sides of the company who are inclusive and collaborative with colleagues in their decision making and who fully support our publishers and our authors in realizing their vision and objectives for our books.”

Effective immediately, the following newly appointed executives report to Mr. Dohle, who additionally serves as CEO for the Penguin Random House U.S. company:

Coram Williams, previously CFO for the Penguin Group, will serve in a dual capacity as Chief Financial Officer for Penguin Random House, in the U.S. and worldwide.  Mr. Williams will also oversee the self-publishing business Author Solutions.

David Shanks has stepped down as CEO, Penguin Group (USA). He will serve as Senior Executive Advisor to Mr. Dohle and the U.S. executive team. 

Madeline McIntosh, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Random House U.S., becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of Penguin Random House in the U.S.

Brad Martin, formerly President and CEO of Random House of Canada, is appointed CEO of Penguin Random House in Canada.

Tom Weldon assumes responsibility for Penguin Random House in the U.K. as CEO.  He was previously Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Group UK.

Gail Rebuck will become Chair of the Penguin Random House U.K. Board.

Ian Hudson will serve as Deputy CEO of Penguin Random House U.K., a position he previously held at Random House UK. Separately, he will oversee Penguin Random House’s operations in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and Asia in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Random House International (English Language).

Gabrielle Coyne will be CEO of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific and Gaurav Shrinagesh will be CEO of Penguin Random House India.  Ms. Coyne previously served as CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific, and Mr. Shrinagesh as Managing Director of Random House India. Stephen Johnson will continue to lead Penguin Books South Africa. They will all report to Mr. Hudson.  

Also, continuing in their current capacities:

Núria Cabutí, Chief Executive, leads the company in Spain and Latin America; it will operate under the name Random House Mondadori. 

John Duhigg, Chief Executive, Dorling Kindersley, is responsible for the Dorling Kindersley (DK) business worldwide.

Mr. Dohle announced the appointments of three executives with Penguin Random House global corporate responsibilities: Frank Steinert will be the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Stuart Applebaum will lead communications, and Milena Alberti will oversee corporate development, each having served in similar capacities at Random House.  All will also have responsibility in the U.S. for their respective corporate functions.

Mr. Dohle also announced the newly formed Penguin Random House Global Executive Committee to work together with him to set the company’s strategic, operational, and publishing direction and priorities.  The Committee’s members are:

Núria Cabutí; Gina Centrello, President and Publisher, Random House Publishing Group; Tony Chirico, President, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Gabrielle Coyne; John Duhigg; Leslie Gelbman, President, Mass Market Paperbacks, Penguin Group U.S.; Ian Hudson; Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher, Random House Children’s Books; Brad Martin; Maya Mavjee, President and Publisher, Crown Publishing Group; Madeline McIntosh; Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Susan Petersen Kennedy, President, Penguin Group U.S.; Andrew Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Author Solutions; Frank Steinert; Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers Group U.S.; Tom Weldon; and Coram Williams.

Penguin Random House world headquarters are in New York City.

Penguin Random House ( is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher.  It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

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