22 May 2018Jojo Moyes, author of #1 bestselling Pamela Dorman / Viking / Penguin books such as ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU and STILL ME, learned that Quick Reads, a UK-based literacy program for adults with reading challenges, was in dire financial straits and on the verge of closing. So she personally donated £360,000 in order to ensure that Quick Reads, which has distributed 4.8 million copies of short novels by big-name author since the program began in 2006, will be able to operate for at least three more years.
21 May 2018National Gun Violence Awareness Day is on June 1. This year, Penguin Publishing Group has partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety and the #WearOrange movement to recognize the date and to help send a powerful message to end gun violence.
17 May 2018Dear Colleagues, Since 2015 KRISTIN COCHRANE has served as President and Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada, working closely with CEO Brad Martin, who announced his retirement today. It gives me great pleasure to share with you that Kristin will succeed Brad as CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, reporting to me, effective July 1, 2018. She will also join our Global Executive Committee.
17 May 2018Dear Colleagues, Today, BRAD MARTIN is announcing that he will retire as CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, effective June 30, 2018, the culmination of a career of unparalleled accomplishment with our company and in Canadian trade publishing.
17 May 2018DK recently participated in Roar For Change, a global challenge organized by Lucasfilm and Star Wars: Force for Change in support of UNICEF. The initiative invites fans and families to share their own version of Chewbacca’s iconic roar. For each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that includes #RoarForChange through May 25, Star Wars: Force for Change U.S. will donate $1 to UNICEF USA, up to $1 million. Funds will be used to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.
16 May 2018This time, it’s about time: Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli’s latest book, THE ORDER OF TIME, released last week and his calendar is full! Rovelli discussed time travel, how he’s working on a way to quantify gravity in which time doesn’t exist.and more on NPR's "Science Friday."(Listen to the full segment here). In a parallel universe, the site Unbound Worlds has also taken up the theme of time travel in excellent fashion. All worm-holes and word worlds considered, if there is no “time” then the following books are indeed timeless:
15 May 2018From Austin Channing Brown, a powerful new narrative nonfiction voice on racial justice, comes I’M STILL HERE: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, published by Convergent today, May 15. This book is an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Ms. Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man.
14 May 2018Peter Mayer, former Chairman and CEO of Penguin Group and founder of The Overlook Press, died in Manhattan on Friday, May 11. He was 82. During Mayer’s 1978 – 1997 tenure, Penguin became a global player in trade publishing. He encouraged his imprints to publish a wide range of literary and commercial adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles, many of which he personally acquired. Among the renowned Penguin Group authors whose careers flowered under his leadership are Paul Auster, Saul Bellow, T.C. Boyle, J.M. Coetzee, Don DeLillo, Robertson Davies, Jan Karon, William Kennedy, Stephen King, Terry McMillan, Iris Murdoch, and Salman Rushdie – including the latter’s THE SATANIC VERSES. Mayer’s more than 50-year career in book publishing also included the 1971 creation of The Overlook Press. He presided over that independent entity “to publish books that for one reason or another have been ‘overlooked.’” To read the Peter Mayer obituary in The New York Times, click here.
14 May 2018Penguin Random House Audio, voted the inaugural winner of the Audiobook Publisher of the Year prize at the 2018 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, was front and center at last month’s packed “Lunch & Learn” session featuring Amanda D’Acierno, Executive Vice President and Publisher, and Dan Zitt, Vice President of Content Production. Introduced by Penguin Publishing Group President Allison Dobson, Amanda and Dan shared insights into the world of audiobooks – a publishing category on an upward swing; the inner-workings of Penguin Random House Audio; and career highlights.
The Who Was? Show, Inspired by Penguin Workshop’s New York Times Bestselling Who Was? Series, Debuts on Netflix Today
11 May 2018Every 11 seconds, a Who HQ book is sold somewhere in the world. Now Penguin Workshop’s wildly popular children’s biography series is coming to Netflix Kids & Family in The Who Was? Show, a laugh-out-loud original series that tells the stories of famous historical figures from across the globe through improv, sketches, impersonations, music videos and animated shorts in a show-within-a-show format that is as entertaining as it is educational.
11 May 2018Penguin Random House, in partnership with Strand Book Store, is proud to present an exhibit of 100 notable book covers created by a select group of Penguin Random House creative designers and art directors in a special “Be My Cover” exhibit, May 11–23 in the Rare Book Room at Strand Book Store in New York City. Books on display range from classics such as MOBY-DICK by Herman Melville and WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy to contemporary titles such as THE STRANGE LIBRARY by Haruki Murakami and THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett.
11 May 2018North Korea has been prominent in headlines this week. The New York Times read, “Releasing 3 Americans, North Koreans Signal Openness to Washington.” Curiosity and concern is continuous about what a meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un would mean for the world. To respond to that curiosity, we’ve gathered strong fiction and nonfiction titles related to North Korea: from personal memoirs of escape to journalistic accounts of the repressive regime to award-winning fiction:
10 May 2018The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Indies Choice Awards and E.B. White Read Aloud Awards. Our authors received two Indies Choice Awards, through which independent booksellers from ABA member stores selected their favorite titles published last year, casting their votes via online balloting. These booksellers also chose three new inductees into the Picture Book Hall of Fame, including one of our beloved children’s book author/illustrators. All prizes and honors will be presented at the ABA Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch on Wednesday, May 30, at BookExpo 2018 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
10 May 2018Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is James and Deborah Fallows’ OUR TOWNS: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, published by Pantheon on May 8. For the last five years, the Fallowses have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign.
10 May 2018Read It Forward celebrates Mother’s Day with the original essay series, Word to Your Mother, which examines the intersection between motherhood and books. The site invited authors from Penguin Random House and other publishers to share personal accounts of the myriad ways that books help develop bonds between mothers and children.
9 May 2018Random House Children’s Books will launch Random House Graphic, a dedicated graphic novel imprint, with Gina Gagliano hired to lead the imprint as Publishing Director, it was announced by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Gagliano will report to SVP, Associate Publisher, Judith Haut.
9 May 2018"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all." - Oliver Wendell Holmes It’s been more than 100 years since Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national celebration in May 1914! Mother’s Day, 2018, is this Sunday, May 12th. The mother-child bond is such a profound one – loving, complex, and sometimes painful. Over the course of a lifetime, roles may switch due to old age or illness. To honor the occasion, here are 10 incredible memoirs, some by celebrity authors, which reveal the emotional nuances and intensity of perhaps the most fundamental relationship in our lives:
Our 2018 James Beard Chef Award Winners: Gabrielle Hamilton Named Outstanding Chef and Abraham Conlon is Best Chef: Great Lakes
9 May 2018Champagne corks were popping in Chicago on Tuesday night at the 2018 James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurant Awards ceremony when it was announced that the Outstanding Chef Award went to Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and Random House author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, and her cookbook, PRUNE. Random House will publish her new memoir, KIND REGARDS, next year.
8 May 2018DK imprint Prima Games, the world’s leading publisher of strategy content for PC and console video games, has announced the forthcoming publication of WOMEN IN GAMING: 100 Pioneers of Play, a celebratory look at accomplished women in the video game industry. On sale November 6, 2018, WOMEN IN GAMING is the first title from Prima Games' new Gaming and Pop Culture line, which focuses on publishing that is entertaining as well as educational. Eight titles will come out later this year, including officially licensed Pokémon Readers, with more publishing slated for 2019.
8 May 2018Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, author, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. Through her initiatives as First Lady, she has become a role model for women and girls, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. She will appear at the opening general session of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 22, 4:00—5:30 pm, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Her appearance at the conference is sponsored by Penguin Random House.
7 May 2018The Penguin Random House Library Marketing team recently held their bi-annual Librarian Open Book Event where several Penguin Random House authors spoke to 100 of the Tri-state area’s top librarians. The team also buzzed about over 40 upcoming titles and presented Maker Space ideas and concepts for libraries. The event kicked off with opening remarks from Jennifer Childs, VP Library Marketing, and a special guest appearance from our newly appointed Penguin Random House US CEO, Madeline McIntosh.
4 May 2018Illustrator Joana Avillez and writer Molly Young have joined forces to create a charming, illustrated ode to NYC: D C-T! (“The City!”), published on May 1 by Penguin Press. Combining the puzzle language first created by William Steig (author of CDB! and creator of Shrek) with humorous observations of their beloved city, D C-T! is endlessly entertaining and a “breezy charmer” (Publishers Weekly).
4 May 2018This week, poet Melissa Broder published her first novel, THE PISCES – a blend of realism and fantasy involving Venice Beach, Sappho and a doctoral candidate’s love affair with a merman. As Broder told Bustle, "I had never thought very much about how the mermaid figure embodies that darkness... You know, how many men in literature have, like, dove off the back of boats in search of another taste of that nectar, and they were sort of rendered unable to live on land peacefully after that, and so I ended up thinking, It's always these men diving in after mermaids. Why can't it be a merman and a woman, and why couldn't it happen now?" It is happening now (consider the popularity of "The Shape of Water"), but we won’t leave out the mermaids! Presenting Friday Reads: Of Mermen and Mermaids:
4 May 2018Friends, family and colleagues of #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton celebrated her life and legacy on Tuesday, April 24, throughout a special memorial at the New York Public Library. The publishing industry was well represented with authors, media, and publishing colleagues from Penguin Random House and Holt, alongside many of Sue’s family and friends. G.P. Putnam’s Sons President Ivan Held welcomed the group and noted that “we’ve all worked with writers we admire, writers we are in awe of, writers who are entertaining or menschy or funny. Sue was all that – but Sue: we also LOVED her … everyone who worked with her loved her.”
3 May 2018The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the winners of the 2018 Christian Book Awards on Tuesday, May 1, at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, during the ECPA Leadership Summit. Among the prize winners were two authors and their books published by Crown Publishing Group’s Multnomah imprint:
2 May 2018Penguin Random House is #1 on the newly released Forbes list of “America’s Best Midsize Employers 2018.” Our company rose to the top spot after placing #33 on last year’s list. Forbes annually recognizes and ranks U.S. employers based on an independent survey that evaluates the attitude of employees toward their own company and the public perception of the company by industry employees.
2 May 2018In LOVE AND RUIN, Paula McLain, the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. In this "Three Questions for an Editor" interview, Ballantine Vice President & Executive Editor Susanna Porter pulls back the curtain and offers a look at the editing of this absorbing historical novel, the process of working with the author, and how LOVE AND RUIN may resonate with today’s readers.
2 May 2018It’s Children’s Book Week from May 1st to May 7th and do we have books to celebrate! Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Considering recent raves from School Library Journal, Horn Book, Indie Next and “much love” from booksellers and librarians here are a dozen books reflecting many cultures and situations, from the silly to the serious. Whether told from a human or animal perspective, these are books to buy, borrow and relish!
1 May 2018As April gives way to May, it’s finally starting to feel like spring, and our new Igloo Book Buzz selection, Catherine Isaac’s YOU ME EVERYTHING, published by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking today, is a title best read while relaxing outdoors. Set in the French countryside on an idyllic summer vacation, this beautifully written novel is by turns heart wrenching and hopeful, driven by one woman’s fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go.
1 May 2018The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its definitive Cookbook, Broadcast Media, and Journalism awards for 2018 on April 27, at a dinner in Manhattan---and Crown Publishing Group imprints ruled the night: Ten Speed Press books and authors received four awards while Clarkson Potter authors were recognized with two prizes. Of special note: the 11 JBF Cookbook Award nominations received by Ten Speed Press are the most in its history (and in the history of the JBF Cookbook Awards for one imprint), and its 4 JBF Cookbook Award wins are the most for Ten Speed since 2008.
30 April 2018Actor, author and comedian H. Jon Benjamin is launching his new Dutton book, FAILURE IS AN OPTION: An Attempted Memoir, at The Strand in New York City on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Benjamin is best known for voicing characters, including Sterling Archer in Archer, Bob Belcher in Bob’s Burgers, Dr. Katz in Dr. Katz, and Jason in Home Movies. He will be joined at The Strand by fellow comedian, actor and writer Eugene Mirman, known for playing Yvgeny Mirminsky on Delocated, and voicing Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers.
30 April 2018Doubleday/Vintage author David Grann was among the winners of this year’s Edgar Allen Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2017, which were announced at the Mystery Writers of America’s 72nd Edgar Awards gala on Thursday, April 26, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. Grann’s latest book, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday/Vintage), received the Edgar for Best Fact Crime. View the complete list of Edgar and MWA honorees here.
27 April 2018“Everyone I know is looking for solace, hope and a tasty snack.” ― Maira Kalman Welcome to the multi-faceted, colorful world of Maira Kalman! Her imagination, artistry and smarts are on full display in the books we publish, the most recent of which is CAKE with Barbara Scott-Goodman in which they give us dessert! Kalman has created books for all ages about Lincoln, Jefferson, philosophy, dogs…and has illustrated classic works by Michael Pollan and Strunk and White. Find out more about her here and treat yourself and others to her work:
26 April 2018Our latest Igloo Book Buzz selection, WARNING LIGHT, David Ricciardi’s debut spy thriller, was published by Berkley on Tuesday, April 17, to widespread acclaim. The book takes off with a bang, as new covert operator Zac Miller literally flies under the radar on a job for the CIA. Zac finds himself on a mission gone wrong, and soon embarks on a globe-trotting epic in order to clear his own name and set the record straight before he can be captured by the Iranian government—or a litany of enemies he makes along the way to get back to his bosses and save his own skin.
26 April 2018Dutton Books for Young Readers is publishing Ransom Riggs’ A MAP OF DAYS: The Fourth Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children on October 2, 2018. USA Today broke this news Thursday afternoon, when the national newspaper also unveiled the book’s cover art (see below) and spoke with Riggs about what fans can expect in this next installation of the internationally bestselling series. A MAP OF DAYS will have a first print run of 1 million copies.
25 April 2018As the creator of the ‘Cathy’ comic strip, Cathy Guisewite found her way into the hearts of readers over 40 years ago, and has been there ever since. Her deeply funny and relatable look at the life of a frazzled career woman became a cultural touchstone for women everywhere—the strips have been compiled into more than twenty books, and earned Guisewite the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award in 1992 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the Cathy TV special in 1987.
25 April 2018April 26, 2018 is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Initiated in 2002 in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, Poem in Your Pocket Day has been adopted by all fifty states. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada. As a grassroots part of National Poetry Month, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Find out more ways to celebrate at Poets.org Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet Series editions are ideal collections to read, savor and share. Here are 8 gorgeous volumes, of the more than 100 in the series, edited by some of our most distinguished poets. Spread the word!
24 April 2018With great style, wit, and joy, Maira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman have collaborated to celebrate their favorite dessert in CAKE, published by Penguin Press. Kalman's enchanting illustrations, in her inimitable style, and Scott-Goodman's mouthwatering recipes complement each other perfectly, making CAKE a whimsical celebration of a timeless dessert.
24 April 2018Westminster colleagues take note: Pantheon author David Reich will be discussing his groundbreaking book, WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HERE: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past, on Thursday, April 26, in Washington, D.C in the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian, as part of the Smithsonian Inside Science Program. The event will begin at 6:45 p.m., with Reich’s talk followed by a book signing.
23 April 2018The Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its 2018 shortlist. This annual award, now in its 23rd year, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. Three books published by Penguin Random House in the U.S. and Canada are on this year’s Women’s Prize shortlist:
23 April 2018The 39th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this past weekend at the University of Southern California, and among the award winners for books published in 2017 were five titles from Penguin Random House imprints in the following categories:
23 April 2018PBS’ The Great American Read list of 100 books was revealed on Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. Penguin Random House imprints publish 59 of the 100 titles, including AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Díaz, THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James, THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood, GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton and READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. View the complete list here.
20 April 2018A contingent of 28 students from the NYU School of Professional Studies, led by Andrea Chambers, Director of NYU’s Center for Publishing, visited the Crown Publishing Group offices at 1745 Broadway on Friday, April 6, to learn about and discuss a forthcoming Fall 2018 title, THIRST by Scott Harrison, to be published on October 2 by CPG imprint Currency. The book is an inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power of change, from the founder and CEO of the successful nonprofit charity: water.
20 April 2018In a world swirling with words… the haiku offers refreshment: three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables which capture the essence of a moment in time. Haiku is an ancient Japanese form mastered by Basho and Issa, brought to the West in the 20th century and celebrated by imagist poets such as HD and Ezra Pound. National Poetry Month seems a fine time to showcase some of our best Haiku collections. Reading some of these might even inspire a haiku or two in you.
19 April 2018Riverhead author Lesley Nneka Arimah shares her award-winning, dazzlingly accomplished debut story collection, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY, at The Strand in Manhattan on Monday, April 23. Lesley will discuss her stories with fellow author Alice Sola Kim, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, in the bookstore's second floor Art Department.
18 April 2018Have you read 12 RULES FOR LIFE? It’s the bestseller from Canadian Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson, a widely cited scholar of personality. The New York Times’ David Brooks calls Dr. Peterson “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now.” The popularity of his book reveals once again the appeal of thinkers who make sense out of the uncertainties of the human condition, i.e. offer antidotes. Those of us in publishing know also the power of finite numbers, so we’ll take the number and run. Here are Penguin Random House’s current top 12 psychology titles. Recurrent themes of community, surviving trauma, solitude, brain science and their applications for professional and personal success are meant to assist you on your journey:
17 April 2018Why couldn’t Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, crush a baseball? Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection, Zach Schonbrun’s THE PERFORMANCE CORTEX, published by Dutton on April 17, provides an answer to that question and many others while revealing what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential. Whether it is timing a 95 mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires a complex suite of computations that many take for granted. With this book, Schonbrun ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we marvel over and seek to develop in our own lives. It’s not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It’s about the million-dollar brain.
17 April 2018Attention colleagues in the Pacific Northwest: Tonight author Claire Dederer is launching the paperback edition of LOVE AND TROUBLE: A Midlife Reckoning (Vintage) at the University Book Store on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PDT). She will be read from her book, and following a Q&A, sign copies for attendees.
16 April 2018The Crown Publishing Group is celebrating an historic milestone: its first New York Times bestseller since the venerable wellness publisher became an imprint within its division earlier this year. Rodale Books’ TRUE ROOTS by Kristin Cavallari debuts at #3 on the NYT April 22 Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous list.
16 April 2018The New York Public Library has announced the five finalists for its 2018 Young Lions Fiction Award, which annually champions emerging writers and encourages innovation and excellence in contemporary fiction, with Penguin Random House imprints publishing three of the five authors’ books on this year’s shortlist. The winner will be announced on June 7 during an awards ceremony in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the New York Public Library.
13 April 2018The Man Booker International Prize, which annually celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, has announced its 2018 shortlist of six titles, with three of the books published by Penguin Random House imprints:
13 April 2018“People are mostly layers of violence and tenderness wrapped like bulbs, and it is difficult to say what makes them onions or hyacinths.” ― Eudora Welty For this week’s Friday Reads we are casting our gaze on Pulitzer-prize winning Southern writer Eudora Welty who was born this day, April 13th, 1901 and passed away in 2001. Welty was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South and has inspired many writers. Her novel THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. Welty’s house in Jackson, Mississippi has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as a house museum.
12 April 2018National Pet Day was April 11 and our new Igloo Book Buzz selection, Suzy Fincham-Gray’s MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss and Hope, was published by Spiegel & Grau on April 10. Looking at her life spent in the company of animals, veterinarian Fincham-Gray invites readers into her personal world of loving, healing, and assisting with the loss of our beloved pets, while showing the many ways they change our lives. In her literary debut, she writes with the same tenderness she brings to her patients, whose needs she must meet with her mind, her hands, and her heart.
12 April 2018The newest novel in the Hogarth Shakespeare Series is Jo Nesbø’s MACBETH, published on April 10. Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, this gripping transformative take on one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Creating an engrossing story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, Nesbø explores the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind. In this “Three Questions for an Editor” interview, Alexis Washam, Executive Editor, Crown Publishers and Hogarth, offers insights into the Hogarth Shakespeare Series, the process of working with Nesbø on this project, and how readers may embrace the remarkable novel that was created. Read on.
11 April 2018Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST (Riverhead Books) has won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, a new $35,000 award given to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” The four finalists included fellow Riverhead author Lesley Nneka Arimah for WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY and Viking author Zinzi Clemmons for WHAT WE LOSE.
11 April 2018Penguin Random House Audio is the inaugural winner of the Audiobook Publisher of the Year prize, which was presented at the 2018 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards the evening of April 10.
11 April 2018Nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Autism Society declared April National Autism Awareness Month as an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. Through our publishing, Penguin Random House is part of the effort to educate and broaden perspectives about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Below are nonfiction and fiction titles which expand our understanding:
9 April 2018The Commonwealth Club has announced the finalists for the 87th annual California Book Awards and four titles published by Penguin Random House imprints are among the nominees. Created in 1931, this competition recognizes the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of literature written in California. Monetary prizes are given in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, first work of fiction, Californiana and notable contribution to publishing.
9 April 2018The 10 finalists for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award have been announced, the shortlist including 4 authors and their books published in the U.S. by Penguin Random House imprints. Sponsored by the Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries, the international competition receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the world and recognizes both writers and translators.
9 April 2018Hogarth author Anthony Marra has won the Simpson Family Literary Prize, which honors mid-career authors who have earned a distinguished reputation with a $50,000 cash award to encourage and support forthcoming work. Now in its second year, the Simpson Prize is administered by the University of California, Berkeley English Department and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation. As the prize winner, Marra will give a public reading, make a limited number of Bay Area public appearances, and be in brief residence at the Lafayette Library and UC Berkeley.
6 April 2018Steven Spielberg's “Ready Player One” is a hit, pulling in $181 million worldwide in box office receipts during its inaugural weekend. The attention has reinvigorated the screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s second novel, Armada. Thus, for this week’s Friday Reads installment we invite you to discover fantastic books with virtual reality themes, including nonfiction!
5 April 2018April 5, 2018 Dear colleagues, Ten years ago, in the spring of 2008, my first week at Random House was Madeline McIntosh’s last week with the company. She was relocating to Luxembourg to join Amazon’s
3 April 2018Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home. - Philip Levine
3 April 2018Northern California colleagues take note: author Leila Slimani, winner of the Prix Goncourt in France, will be discussing her novel, THE PERFECT NANNY (Penguin Books), at the new Women Lit program at the Bay Area Book Festival Theater on Sunday, April 8. Translated by Sam Taylor, THE PERFECT NANNY was named one of 2018’s Most Anticipated Books by NPR’s Weekend Edition, Real Simple, The Millions, The Guardian, Bustle, and Book Riot. Join Leila at Peet's Theater at the Berkeley Repertory, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m., followed by a book signing.
Poets & Writers Gala Honors Knopf Authors Adichie, Russo, Riverhead Editorial Director Rebecca Saletan
3 April 2018The annual spring gala benefit dinner for Poets & Writers—America’s largest nonprofit service organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers—is always an enjoyably memorable occasion to celebrate one of its core missions: “to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.” This objective was thrillingly achieved at this year’s event, held in Manhattan on March 28, at which Riverhead Books Vice President and Editorial Director Rebecca Saletan and Knopf authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Richard Russo were honored for their exceptional contributions to the writing and publishing community.
3 April 2018Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is Meg Wolitzer’s THE FEMALE PERSUASION, an eagerly awaited, much buzzed about book published by Riverhead today, April 3. Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, THE FEMALE PERSUASION is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
2 April 2018The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment this morning launched this year’s “One Book, One New York,” the exciting citywide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same time. Among the five finalists are three books published by Penguin Random House imprints:
30 March 2018Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announced the winners of the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards, including the Mark Lynton History Prize for Stephen Kotkin’s STALIN: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, published by Penguin Press. Established in 1998, the Lukas Prize Project, marking its 20th anniversary year, honors the best in American nonfiction writing. The late Mark Lynton was an historian and senior executive at the firm Hunter Douglas in the Netherlands. Mr. Kotkin will receive his $10,000 prize at a the Lukas Prize Project Awards ceremony on May 10 at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
30 March 2018April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.
- T.S. Eliot
Our Finalists for 2018 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud, Indie Champion, and Picture Book Hall of Fame
29 March 2018The American Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the 2018 Indies Choice Awards, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as well as nominees for the Indie Champion Award and Picture Book Fall of Fame honors — and Penguin Random House adult and children’s titles across our divisions are prominently represented. Through “Indies Choice,” independent booksellers from ABA member stores get to select their favorite titles published last year, and vote for them through May 2 via online balloting. Winners will be announced on May 9, and will be celebrated along with the honor book recipients, at the ABA Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch on Wednesday, May 30, at BookExpo 2018 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
29 March 2018Penguin Random House author Jacqueline Woodson was named the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Laureate, the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. The prize amounts to 5 million Swedish krona (approximately $613,000). Woodson is the author of more than thirty books, including novels, poetry and picture books. One of her most lauded titles is the National Book Award- winning memoir in verse BROWN GIRL DREAMING (Nancy Paulsen Books).
28 March 2018#1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box takes his storytelling to new levels in his 18th Joe Pickett novel, THE DISAPPEARED, published by Putnam on March 27. Branded “one of today’s solid gold, A-list, must-read writers” by fellow Penguin Random House author Lee Child, Mr. Box has a remarkable ability to evolve his core characters – game warden Joe Pickett, his wife Mary Beth, their children, and friend Nate Romanowski – while introducing vexing mysteries, unexpected dilemmas, and multi-dimensional forces of nature.
27 March 2018The Penguin Random House Digital Video team has been busy, creating a series of new, noteworthy and trending video productions. Ranging from how the romance genre empowers women to how author Tamora Pierce started writing female heroes to a deep dive into “conspiracies” surrounding the Random House Home Video division’s animated logo from the ’80s. Watch below:
26 March 2018The publishing world lost one of its most distinguished modern thriller writers. Philip Kerr, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, died on Friday, March 23 in London after an eight-month battle with cancer.
26 March 2018Lauren Markham, author of THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Crown), has won the 2018 Ridenhour Book Prize, among the awards given annually for the past 15 years to extraordinary individuals “who persevere in the act of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice, or illuminate a more just vision of society,” by the Nation Institute, Fertel Foundation, and Stewart R. Mott Foundation.
23 March 2018Penguin Random House is proud and honored to be the publisher of many of 2017’s most prestigious and coveted literary prize-winning adult and children’s books and their authors.
23 March 2018Current conditions to the contrary, Spring sprang this week! Or so our calendars tell us. We are readers, we are patient: It won’t be long before snow and rain yield to sun and blooms. To cultivate that feeling of renewal this weekend (one likely spent indoors), we invite you to enjoy the following books for children and adults, all under the auspices of “Spring”!
22 March 2018“I’m certain that THERE IS MORE is going to be one of those books I remember working on for the rest of my career,” said Andrew Stoddard, Lead Acquisitions Editor for WaterBrook, in this Three Questions for an Editor interview. Mr. Stoddard takes us inside the formative phases, the creative process, and why WaterBrook was the best home for this new book by Brian Houston – the founder and Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, considered by many to be a leading voice in the shaping of contemporary leadership values and church culture. Pastor Houston shows how it is possible for anyone to live life with greater expectancy. “Creative. Collaborative. Conscious of how the world is, but fiercely focused on the future – and a brighter future at that … it was encouraging to work with such a talented and overwhelming positive voice,” is how Mr. Stoddard described the author/editor process. For the complete Three Questions interview, read on.
22 March 2018The Audio Publishers Association has announced additional 2018 Audie Awards finalists, including for its Audio Book of the Year honor, recognizing LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 other voices (Random House Audio). LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is also nominated for Excellence in Production; and Penguin Random House Audio’s “Transform Your Commute” campaign is up for the Excellence in Marketing award.
20 March 2018This week we are leaping on the news that the beloved novel, THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY, is being adapted for a major motion picture by Netflix. Shaffer and Barrow’s epistolary novel (a tale told through letters) reminds us of the particular power over readers epistolary novels have. So we have selected some of the best of them from our catalog. These contemporary and classic works move from the era of parchment to email, and may just inspire the letter-writer in you:
20 March 2018Lauri Hornik, President and Publisher of Dial Books for Young Readers, has announced that Nancy Mercado will join Dial as Associate Publisher and Editorial Director, reporting to her effective April 9, 2018. Ms. Mercado will work closely with Ms. Hornik in overseeing the acquisition and development of Dial’s list in addition to editing her own projects and supervising Dial editors. Ms. Mercado was previously Editorial Director at Scholastic, where she managed a team of editors and oversaw and edited chapter books, middle grade and YA novels. Over the years Nancy’s had the good fortune of editing books by Paul Acampora, Cecil Castellucci, Veronica Chambers, Tommy Greenwald, Paul Griffin, Steve Kluger, Diana López, Jennifer Mathieu, Caragh O’Brien, Peter Raymundo, Kevin Sherry, Isabel Quintero, Lauren Tarshis, Taeeun Yoo, and many others.
19 March 2018Hailed as “this season’s hottest new TV show” is NBC’s Rise, based on Riverhead’s beloved book, DRAMA HIGH: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater by Michael Sokolove. Critics and fans alike are raving over the silver screen adaptation of this true story of “a brilliant, demanding and subversive teacher who practices the best kind of magic – the kind that's real and that changes lives” (USA Today).
19 March 2018Colleagues in Colorado take note: Doubleday author Brian Castner is presenting his new book, DISAPPOINTMENT RIVER: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver on Thursday, March 22. His talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing.
16 March 2018
The James Beard Foundation has announced the finalists for its 2018 Cookbook, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant & Chef Awards. Among the finalists are a fleet of our authors and books published by Penguin Random House imprints Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press, and Pam Krauss Books, as well as Taste . The winners of the Cookbook and Media awards will be announced in New York on April 27, and the Chef awards will be announced in Chicago on May 7. Click here to view the complete list of nominees.
16 March 2018“Everybody knows deep down that life is as much about the things that do not happen as the things that do and that’s not something that ought to be glossed over or denied because without frustration there would hardly be any need to daydream.” ― Claire-Louise Bennett, Is there more fertile soil for a writer than that of Ireland? The names come easy – Joyce, Yeats, O’Brien, Wilde, Binchy, Doyle, Shaw, Heaney, Trevor, Banville, Barry, French – to name a handful. On this St. Patrick’s Day though, let’s pull a pint for some of the newest Irish storytellers on the scene:
16 March 2018The countdown continues to March 29, when the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s #1 bestselling book READY PLAYER ONE (Broadway) will open in theaters nationwide. The world premiere was at this week’s South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, where Mr. Cline was a featured speaker. Janet Pierson, director of film at SXSW, commented, “The film brings to the screen a story that has captivated millions of readers around the globe, written by Austin’s very own Ernest Cline.” To help further ratchet up fan enthusiasm, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted a new READY PLAYER ONE “Dreamer” trailer: “Save the Oasis. Save the world.”
15 March 2018Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ New York Times bestseller THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, a book club favorite since it was first published by The Dial Press in 2008, has now been adapted for the screen by the production company Blue Print (producers of the Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) in partnership with Studiocanal and The Mazur Kaplan Company. Netflix acquired the rights to air the film in North America, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. Studiocanal will release it theatrically in Australia, France, and Germany.
15 March 2018Finalists for the 30th annual Publishing Triangle Awards have been announced, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in 2017, as well as the year's best trans and gender-variant literature. Winners will be celebrated April 26 at a ceremony in New York City.
15 March 2018"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, whose courage and conviction as Prime Minister led Britain to an allied victory in the Second World War, is once-again part of our cultural conversation due to the popular biopic, The Darkest Hour. Earlier this month, Gary Oldman took home the Oscar for Best Actor due to his exquisite embodiment of Churchill in the movie. To learn more about the full life, including family perspectives, of Winston Churchill we’ve gathered many hours’ worth of fine reading about the visionary leader.
14 March 2018The Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its 2018 Longlist. This annual award, now in its 23rd year, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. Seven books published by Penguin Random House in the U.S. and Canada are on this year’s Women’s Prize Longlist:
13 March 2018Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Jonathan Miles’ ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE, on sale March 13 from Hogarth, as the latest addition to the American Library Association’s Book Club Central SJP list. ANATOMY OF A MIRACLE is a remarkable novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery, and explores faith, science, mystery and the meaning of life.
#1 New York Times and Internationally Bestselling Author of THE BOOK THIEF, Markus Zusak, to Publish His Eagerly Awaited Next Novel, BRIDGE OF CLAY, This Fall
13 March 2018BRIDGE OF CLAY, the highly anticipated novel by internationally bestselling and award-winning author Markus Zusak, will be published this Fall, it was announced globally today. On sale October 9, 2018, the book will release with a first printing of 500,000 copies in the U.S., and be published by Alfred A. Knopf, home of Zusak’s THE BOOK THIEF. It will publish simultaneously in Zusak’s native Australia, and in the U.K. two days later. BRIDGE OF CLAY will be edited in the U.S. by Zusak’s longtime editor Erin Clarke. Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management represents Zusak.
13 March 2018Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is ISLANDBORN (Dial Books for Young Readers), a debut picture book from Junot Díaz, the New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author of THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO and THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa, ISLANDBORN celebrates cultural diversity in America and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us – to our families, to our past and to ourselves. LOLA, a Spanish-language edition of ISLANDBORN, is being published simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada.
12 March 2018The Man Booker International Prize has announced its 2018 longlist of 13 titles (often referred to as the “Man Booker Dozen”) vying for the award, which annually celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The shortlist of six books will be announced on April 12, and the winner of the 2018 prize will be announced on May 22 at an awards dinner in London.
12 March 2018Westminster colleagues take note: Portfolio author Ryan Holiday will be at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. to talk about his new book, CONSPIRACY: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. Examining the case that rocked the media world, and the billionaire mastermind behind it, Holiday’s narrative is part cyber-era true-crime and part complex, thought-provoking investigation of questions of privacy and power in the digital age.
9 March 2018Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend that has touched generations of listeners (the record topping many personal “Desert Island” music lists) and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. ASTRAL WEEKS: A Secret History of 1968 (Penguin Press), the first book by musician/ journalist Ryan H. Walsh, unearths the album’s fascinating backstory and takes a mind-expanding deep dive into a lost chapter of Boston, circa 1968, featuring both the famous and the forgotten, including Van Morrison himself, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, Peter Wolf, and James Brown.
9 March 2018This week we’re celebrating Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (3/8), with books by women of color. Women’s history is still under-discussed and undervalued, doubly so when it comes to the history of women of color. So we’re highlighting some of our recent favorite titles, bringing these women’s stories and perspectives to the front, where they belong.
9 March 2018The Random House Audio edition of Ernest Cline’s READY PLAYER ONE is making publishing history as the first #1 Audio Fiction Bestseller on the first-ever New York Times Bestseller List devoted separately and solely to Audio titles. The debut rankings appear in the Sunday, March 18 print edition of The New York Times Book Review, now available online, and will henceforth appear monthly, reporting combined physical and digital audio sales for the top 15 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks respectively.
8 March 2018Lambda Literary, America’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, has announced the finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a the “Lammys”). Among the finalists are five books published by Penguin Random House imprints and one title by a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publisher.
8 March 2018RICHARD NIXON: The Life by John A. Farrell (Random House) has won the New-York Historical Society’s Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize, awarded annually to the best work in the field of American history or biography.
Penguin Random House Celebrates Female Authors and Supports Women’s Rights on International Women’s Day
8 March 2018Today, we are celebrating International Women’s Day with our readers by highlighting many of our publishing divisions’ female authors on the Penguin Random House consumer website. On this Day, which annually honors the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally, we will showcase treasured classics, major biographies, and contemporary storytelling, and more we publish by and about women. See a title sampling here.
7 March 2018On the heels of Elizabeth Strout winning The Story Prize last week for her collection ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, we contend the short story is not, merely, an unrealized novel. With its economy of language in getting plot and character across, a great short story can take your breath away. Short stories are like fiction concentrate. Adding words would just dilute the glory of what we love about the short story! In the first few months of 2018 alone, Penguin Random House has rolled out new collections from masters of the form as well as exciting debuts. Will one of these take home next year’s prize?
7 March 2018The inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize has unveiled its five finalists and three of the authors and their books are published by Penguin Random House imprints. The Aspen Institute established this new annual prize to recognize "an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture."
7 March 2018Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is Sarah McBride’s TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality, published on March 6 by Crown Archetype. Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was serving as student body president. Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT is McBride’s story of love, loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender.
5 March 2018Author Ian Buruma will be presenting his latest book, A TOKYO ROMANCE: A Memoir (Penguin Press) on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm at McNally Jackson Books in NYC. Buruma will be in conversation with Darryl Pinckney, followed by a book signing.
5 March 2018Ten Speed Press is pleased to announce that the prestigious Art of Eating Prize for Best Food Book of 2018 has been awarded to Leela Punyaratabandhu for BANGKOK: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand Leela receives a $10,000 prize and a specially crafted hand-wrought ladle, a beautiful emblem of the prize. The Art of Eating Prize is awarded annually to the author of the year’s best book about food (or food and drink together). Where other food book awards involve nominations in many categories, The Art of Eating Prize focuses on a single best book. The founders of the prize, by rewarding the highest quality work, hope to encourage the excellence of food writing in general. The winner is decided by a panel of judges drawn from varied realms connected with food and drink. The seven judges are Eric Asimov, Lisa Abend, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Peter Meehan, Pim Techamuanvivit, Adam Sachs, and Frank Stitt.
5 March 2018Be part of the launch of Amy Kaufman’s highly anticipated BACHELOR NATION: Inside The World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure (Dutton) at the Strand Book Store in NYC on Wednesday, March 7. Amy will be in conversation with Emma Gray and Claire Fallon, hosts of Huffington Post's Here to Make Friends podcast. The event will begin at 7:00 in the Rare Books Room, where wine will be served. Please RSVP here.
2 March 2018Our On Sabbatical series is back! This time with Gerry Bondoc, Desktop Support Analyst in NYC. Read on to see how Gerry spent his sabbatical traveling to 11 cities and 5 countries in Asia this winter.
2 March 2018Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! - Dr. Seuss Is there a wocket in your pocket? Did you have green eggs and ham this morning? Today, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss' birthday - celebrated nationwide with NEA’s Read Across America events in schools, libraries and bookstores. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of the beloved children's author. Here’s a treasure-trove of Seuss for the party!
1 March 2018The real-world impact of Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling book EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown/Broadway) continues. Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, recently announced a commitment to build or improve 10,000 housing units in that Wisconsin city over the next 10 years. Mr. Barrett acknowledged that his plan was hatched in the wake of lessons learned from scenarios presented in EVICTED, which follows the fates of eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.
1 March 2018Elizabeth Strout has won The Story Prize for ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE (Random House), receiving a $20,000 award and an engraved silver bowl at the 14th annual Story Prize event, which took place on Wednesday, February 28, at The New School in Manhattan. The Story Prize judges offered high praise for Strout and her latest collection of short stories: "The intelligent prose is seemingly humble but elegant in its subtlety and enchanting in its overall effect. The blade of her wit is so sharp, you barely feel it until after the slice. Strout is a specialist in the reticence of people, and her characters are compelling because of the complexity of their internal lives, and the clarity with which that complexity is depicted. It is a sublime pleasure to read her work."
28 February 2018In anticipation of March’s Women’s History Month and International Women's Day on March 8, we’ve taken a cue from Marie Claire’s list of most inspirational women in history to bring readers of all ages some excellent biographies on women who have made a difference in many realms of government, science, and the arts:
28 February 2018Lawrence Wright’s THE LOOMING TOWER: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf/Vintage), which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, has been adapted into a 10-episode Hulu original series and debuts tonight. Starring Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Alec Baldwin and Tahar Rahim, the gripping narrative spans five decades, powerfully illuminating the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.
27 February 2018At our latest Igloo Live event, Marysarah Quinn (SVP, Director of Creative Design, Crown) and Kendra Levin (Associate Editorial Director, Viking Books for Young Readers) shared first-hand accounts about their week spent volunteering in Rwanda in partnership with Save the Children on their School-Community Partnership for Education (SCOPE) project. The discussion, which took place on February 5 at 1745 Broadway, was moderated by Save the Children’s Jennifer Kendra (Director of Impact Marketing and Partnership Innovation). Melanie Fallon-Houska (Director, Corporate Giving, Penguin Random House), who worked closely together with Jennifer to realize this amazing volunteer opportunity, also joined the panel to introduce the guests and talk about other exciting opportunities to support our companywide Social Impact initiatives.
26 February 2018Steven Pinker’s ENLIGHTENMENT NOW: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, acclaimed New York Times bestseller (debuting at #2) from Viking, is “the book of the moment” everyone is talking about, including avid reader Bill Gates: “The world is getting better, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. I’m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture. ENLIGHTENMENT NOW is not only the best book Pinker’s ever written. It’s my new favorite book of all time.”
26 February 2018The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of its 2018 Awards at the annual IACP conference on February 25 in New York, recognizing the very best food writing and publishing of the year, from cookbooks and journalism to photography and digital media. Our 8 IACP 2018 Award winners include books and authors from Crown Publishing Group imprints Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press and Lorena Jones Books, as well as Alfred A. Knopf.
26 February 2018BECOMING, the memoir by Michelle Obama, will be published in the U.S. and Canada on November 13, 2018, by the Crown Publishing Group/Penguin Random House. There will be a simultaneous publication of the book in 24 languages worldwide.
26 February 2018The cinematic scope of Richard K. Morgan’s genre-bending science fiction book, ALTERED CARBON (Del Rey), made it a natural for screen adaptation. Now streaming exclusively on Netflix, this ten-episode series takes place more than 350 years into the future, when humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.
26 February 2018Today, we complete our eight-part Social Impact Highlights Summary series by highlighting our vision for 2020.
23 February 2018HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! February 16th marked the first day in China’s traditional lunar calendar and is the country’s most important holiday with colorful celebrations that culminate with The Lantern Festival on March 2nd. 2018 is the Year of the Dog and, running with that lead, we are unleashing classic and contemporary canine stories for the occasion - all ages welcome!
23 February 2018Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard have announced The J. Anthony Lukas Prizes shortlist, honoring “the best in American nonfiction writing” in 2017 on history and topics of American political or social concern. The judges selected three of our 2017 titles as finalists in two of the three categories, from more than 350 submissions:
23 February 2018This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today’s installment features environment and sourcing. We are constantly inspired to do more with less. We are dedicated to the practices of responsible book publishing, and our policy on environmental sourcing highlights our values and actions on conservation and sustainability. We are proactive in minimizing the energy consumption in our offices and facilities by adopting cleaner energy sources, and it shows.
22 February 2018The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for its 2017 Book Prize Awards, which annually honors outstanding books in 10 categories. Below are our 15 Penguin Random House imprint nominations, and our winners of two of their non-competitive prizes. The winners in the literary categories will revealed on April 20.
21 February 2018In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, , the school’s students and their counterparts across the country are speaking out non-stop against gun violence, leading to two nationwide planned events: the National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24. You may be interested in the following books about this urgent matter published by Penguin Random House imprints:
21 February 2018Riverhead Books is proud to announce a new work from the award-winning and internationally-bestselling writer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador,Khaled Hosseini as was revealed in Entertainment Weekly. The new work, titled SEA PRAYER, is a short, illustrated book that Hosseini wrote in response to the current refugee crisis and the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on the beach in Turkey in September 2015.
21 February 2018This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today’s installment features creativity and culture. Creativity often equals choices. As a company, we foster the development of a wide range of viewpoints in the writers we publish and the stories they share around the world. We broaden the creative spectrum through our partnerships and programs that discover new authors and connect books to new places.
20 February 2018This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today’s installment features people and community. People are at the heart of what we do at Penguin Random House. From our employees to our booksellers and ultimately our readers, we believe in the power of reading— and how just one story can change a perspective for a lifetime, enriching ourselves and our global community in ways we never could have imagined.
20 February 2018Penguin Random House India is delighted to announce an exciting digital initiative, the launch of its digital imprint Penguin Petit. Featuring a carefully curated selection from Penguin Random House India’s extensive list of titles, Penguin Petits are short reads, approximately 50 pages each, designed for ease of reading across digital devices. Readers will now be able to enjoy the writings by some of their favourite authors in short, low priced and highly accessible digital formats, including works by Premchand, Gulzar, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ramachandra Guha, Sudha Murty and Anita Nair to begin with.
16 February 2018The Rainbow Book List Committee has announced its 2018 Rainbow Book List, recognizing books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, for youth and children 18 and under. This year’s Rainbow Book List includes five titles published by Penguin Random House imprints, and one title published by a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client:
16 February 2018Samira Ahmed’s debut novel, LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS, features an Indian-American Muslim teen coping with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape. Published by Soho Teen, the Young Adult division of Soho Press, a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client, this book is a Spring 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, a New York Times bestseller, and was recently featured in The New York Times Book Review’s “Inside the List” column.
16 February 2018On Monday, February 19th we celebrate President’s Day. Did you know that President's Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president? Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but their birthdays all come either too early or late to coincide with Presidents’ Day, which is always celebrated on the third Monday of the month since 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act: “an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers…” It’s a great occasion to learn something new by reading the following acclaimed adult and children’s nonfiction:
16 February 2018Author Ben Dolnick will be at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C. this Saturday, February 17, presenting his latest novel, THE GHOST NOTEBOOKS (Pantheon), a supernatural story of love, ghosts, and madness as a young couple, newly engaged, become caretakers of a historic museum. The event will begin at 6:00 pm.
16 February 2018This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today’s installment features literacy and education. The power of reading and writing knows no bounds. The ability to read and write is key to unlocking a new perspective and a greater awareness of not only the world outside but also the one within. It is the starting point in both transcending and uniting generations and cultures, building empathy and expanding the imagination.
15 February 2018This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today's installment features inclusion and diversity. Authors and books have never been more important in our championing of diverse voices in our culture, as well as an inspiration in our workplace. We are committed to strengthening and promoting equality, diversity and social inclusion through our company and among our shareholders, and by partnering with organizations that share our commitment.
14 February 2018Viking is pleased to announce ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a new book by DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, coming September 4, 2018. Georgia Bodnar and Wendy Wolf at Viking acquired North American rights, as well as audio and first serial, from CAA.
14 February 2018Our latest Igloo Book Buzz selection is Kimmery Martin’s debut novel, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, published by Berkley on February 13. An emergency medicine doctor, born and raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, Kimmery sets her book’s narrative in a world of hospital rounds and life-or-death decisions, while exploring the heart’s capacity for forgiveness.
14 February 2018This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today's installment features freedom of speech and expression. The right to freedom of expression and the protection of writers against censorship and unjust persecution are indispensable to the development of society and culture. We are unwavering in our support of writers who seek out truth in their stories and stand with organizations that share in our commitment and devotion to free speech as a fundamental right. Please read on to learn about some of our initiatives to support Freedom of Speech & Expression.
13 February 2018“…the literary memoir, the stylized recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
13 February 2018Join The Art Students League of New York for a Gallery Lecture by renowned art critic and Knopf author Jed Perl, as he discusses his biography CALDER: The Conquest of Time (Knopf). Tonight, February 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Jed will show why Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was–and remains–a barrier breaker, an avant-garde artist with mass appeal. A wine, cheese and book-signing reception will follow the lecture.
12 February 2018Deborah Harkness, #1 bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), will publish her next novel for Viking on September 25, 2018. The book is called TIME’S CONVERT and set in the same universe at the All Souls Trilogy, as it jumps between contemporary London and Paris as well as the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. Readers can expect to see some of their favorite characters from the Trilogy, as Harkness uses her expertise as a professor of history at USC to deftly weave historical events into her page-turning story.
Our ALA Midwinter Award Winners and Honorees, Part Two: Michael L. Printz, Coretta Scott King Award Winners, and More
12 February 2018Continuing our coverage of this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting award winners and honorees:
12 February 2018From bestselling author Dave Eggers comes the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war. Enjoy an evening with Dave Eggers as he discusses his latest book, THE MONK OF MOKHA (Knopf), on February 13 with Politics & Prose at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. The discussion, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will be followed by a book signing.
12 February 2018Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting brings forth a cascade of awards and honors accorded distinguished Children's and Adults books and audios, published (mostly) in the past year. We'll be reporting on all our winners ahead. First up, our Penguin Random House Audio recognitions.
12 February 2018Last December, our CEO Markus Dohle shared Penguin Random House's first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary as part of his year-end letter. As Markus wrote, the summary “showcases how our company operates responsibly and complements our publishing efforts by going beyond the day-to-day activities of the business to give back to our communities, both locally and globally, across our territories.”
9 February 2018To the delight of the books’ millions of fans, a film version of the third, final volume of E L James’s FIFTY SHADES trilogy, published by Vintage, arrived on film screens worldwide Thursday night from Universal Pictures, timed anew for pre-Valentine’s Day viewing.
9 February 2018The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the finalists for its 2018 Awards, recognizing the very best food writing and publishing of the year, from cookbooks and journalism to photography and digital media. We received 23 nominations for books, authors and editors from Crown Publishing Group imprints Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press and Lorena Jones Books, as well as Alfred A. Knopf and America’s Test Kitchen (a PRHPS publisher client). The winners will be selected at the annual IACP conference on February 25 in New York.
9 February 2018“One swallow does not make a summer; neither does one day. Similarly neither can one day, or a brief space of time, make a man blessed and happy” – Aristotle
8 February 2018Jen Loja, President, Penguin Young Readers, announced today the launch of Kokila (pronounced KO-ki-la), a new imprint which will be dedicated to centering stories from the margins with books that add nuance and depth to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it. Kokila will be
8 February 2018The Audio Publishers Association has announced its 2018 Audie Awards finalists, including 12 Penguin Random House Audio titles. This year’s honorees were revealed via a social media campaign, with each category’s finalists announced by a notable author, narrator, or media outlet. Three PRH Audio authors nominated this year participated in the announcement. George Saunders revealed the Short Stories/Collections category on his Facebook (30.21K followers), John le Carré revealed the Mystery category on his Twitter (6.4K followers), and Libba Bray revealed the Middle Grade category on her Twitter (55.8K followers).
7 February 2018Whether personal, expository, analytical or persuasive, the art of the essay isn’t easy to master. The most compelling essays to read are often a blend of type: Those which are propelled by intellectual curiosity, but with a strong narrative, even autobiographical, element. Prompted by the recent release of the three essay collections by literary masters at the top of our list, we present an exciting survey course (if you will) in the Essay and on subjects as varied as art, pop-culture, travel, politics, and, of course, writers themselves.
7 February 2018Our Penguin Random House Digital Video Team has produced a 360 video that shows, in a dynamic way, how books travel through our Crawfordsville, Indiana distribution center. “There is so much that happens to get a book into the marketplace and everyone here is part of that,” says Annette Danek, Senior Vice President of Fulfillment, who narrates the video. “Our 1,700 employees take so much pride in delivering our books with speed, accuracy and in pristine condition to our customers.”
6 February 2018Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will publish a line of books written by globally beloved WWE champion, movie star, multi-talented entertainer, and philanthropist John Cena. The acquisition was announced today by Mallory Loehr, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers Group. Worldwide publishing rights were acquired from Jennifer Joel, ICM Partners.
6 February 2018THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: Dispatches from the Border, published by Riverhead Books, presents a first-person narrative by author and former Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantú. The border between the United States and Mexico is in his blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú became an agent for the United States Border Patrol in 2008, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He and his partners were posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learned to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They hauled in the dead and delivered to detention those they found alive. Plagued by nightmares, Cantú abandoned the Border Patrol for civilian life in 2012. But when an immigrant friend traveled to Mexico to visit his dying mother and did not return, Cantú discovered that the border had migrated with him. In our Behind the Pages interview, Francisco Cantú and Rebecca Saletan, Vice President, Editorial Director for Riverhead, share personal insights into the creation of THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER, ongoing border-related issues, and the harsh realities that this book illuminates.
6 February 2018Psychoanalyst and AEDP psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel will share fascinating patient stories and dynamic exercises that help you connect to healing emotions, ease anxiety and depression, and discover your authentic self in her new book, IT’S NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSION: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self (Spiegel & Grau). Join this book launch event on Wednesday, February 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in The Strand's Rare Book Room. Hendel will be in conversation with Dr. Courtney Rennicke, a Columbia University trained clinical psychologist, who specializes in attachment-focused approaches (DDP, AEDP) to working with adults, children and families.
5 February 2018Last week I had the privilege of visiting our colleagues in India on the heels of last year’s 30th anniversary of PRH India. It was an inspiring trip that underscored the importance of local editorial independence—and the opportunities we have to share best practices across our territories and connect outstanding books to even more readers around the world.
2 February 2018Penguin Random House India has announced the publication of EXAM WARRIORS by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. This inspiring book for young readers is written in a fun and interactive style, with illustrations, activities and yoga exercises, intended to be a friend to youths not only in acing exams but also in facing life.
1 February 2018Award news! For the first time in more than two decades, the National Book Foundation is adding a new category to its literary prizes: the National Book Award for Translated Literature. Announced this week, the new prize will recognize a work of either fiction or nonfiction translated into English and published in the U.S.
31 January 2018Journeying from America to the heart of Africa, our Penguin Random House colleagues Marysarah Quinn (Senior Vice President, Director of Creative Design, Crown) and Kendra Levin (Associate Editorial Director, Viking Books for Young Readers) were the first publisher-funded volunteers to go to Rwanda and work in partnership with Save the Children on their School-Community Partnership for Education (SCOPE) project.
31 January 2018“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” – W. E. B. Du Bois In anticipation and honor of Black History Month in February, Penguin Random House has an array of beautiful and relevant classics, nonfiction and young readers’ books in the spotlight:
Penguin Random House Canada’s Kristin Cochrane on “Most Influential” List and in Book of Groundbreaking Canadian Women
31 January 2018High praise has been bestowed upon our colleague Kristin Cochrane, President & Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada. She is on Toronto Life’s “50 Most Influentials” list for the third year in a row. From the 2017 edition testimonial: “If you read a bestselling Canadian book this year, Kristin Cochrane probably read it first.
29 January 2018Our latest Igloo Book Buzz selection is THE MONK OF MOKHA by bestselling author Dave Eggers. Published by Knopf, this book tells the remarkable true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.
29 January 2018From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, comes a new collection of essays. Enjoy an evening with Zadie at Barnes & Noble Upper West Side on February 8 at 7:00 pm as she discusses and reads from FEEL FREE (Penguin Press), followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Arranged into five sections–In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free–this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize.
26 January 2018PEN America has announced the finalists for its 2018 PEN America Literary Awards, in the categories of debut fiction, diversity, translation, biography, essay, science and sports writing, as well as for the PEN/Jean Stein Award. The shortlisted titles include 14 books published by Penguin Random House imprints, as well as two books from PRHPS client publishers.
26 January 2018Leïla Slimani became the first Moroccan woman to win the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, which she received for her novel, THE PERFECT NANNY, a #1 bestseller in France. Now this Penguin Books Original is an Indie Bestseller in the U.S. Both a riveting thriller and a literary exploration of issues of class, modern parenting, and feminism, it captures the sometimes overwhelming isolation of raising young children as well as the financial and emotional strain of navigating careers, costly childcare, social pressures, and personal fulfillment.
25 January 2018A new featurette and trailer for the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bestselling book READY PLAYER ONE (Broadway) are now out in the world. The very cool featurette is narrated by Spielberg and Cline.
24 January 2018With the New Year just getting rolling, our latest Igloo Book Buzz selection, Daymond John’s RISE AND GRIND, presents a diverse series of practical, anecdotal, and motivational success stories.
24 January 2018Two of our most luminous writers, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Ali Smith, published second books in their seasonal quartets this month, both titled, WINTER. The occasion seemed right to bundle together a blanket of other wintery reads… something for everyone, whether seeking warmth or additional chill factor!
23 January 2018Environmental historian and bestselling, award-winning author Charles C. Mann presents his new book, THE WIZARD AND THE PROPHET (Knopf) on Thursday, January 25, at Seattle University in the Pigott Auditorium, beginning at 7:00 pm. Mann will be giving his own perspective of his exploration.
23 January 2018The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2017 awards. Penguin Random House imprints publish six finalists for NBCC Awards in the following categories:
22 January 2018800-CEO-READ presented its annual awards ceremony and business book industry celebration in New York City on Thursday, January 18.
22 January 2018The wait is over at last for a filmed adaptation of the classic historical thriller, THE ALIENIST by Caleb Carr. Tonight, at 9:00 pm (ET/PT), TNT Network premieres the first episode of the much-anticipated mini-series based on the multi-million-copy selling novel.
19 January 2018Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced its nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2017. Five books published by Penguin Random House imprints earned nominations in the following categories:
19 January 2018Immigration continues to be a lead story in Washington, DC and across the country. Many books published by Penguin Random House imprints reflect an America that is a nation of immigrants and their stories make for truly absorbing and enlightening reading. Here is a selection of titles.
18 January 2018Biographers International Organization (BIO) has nominated ten books as semi-finalists for its 2018 Plutarch Award, the only international literary prize for biography that is chosen by fellow biographers. Four of the nominees are published by Penguin Random House imprints:
18 January 2018Some of the biggest questions and mysteries that many humans ponder are at the heart of Thomas Pierce’s new Riverhead novel, THE AFTERLIVES, our latest Igloo Book Buzz selection. The author reveals, “I set out to write a story about a guy trying to find bedrock in a world that often feels so ridiculous and so full of spectacle and along the way wound up writing about love and death and ghosts and holograms. Go figure..”
17 January 2018Dear Penguin Random House Colleagues, Happy New Year. I’d like to start 2018 with a big thank you for all your efforts and contributions to another solidly profitable year for Penguin Random House in 2017.
17 January 2018The Library of Michigan has announced its 2018 Michigan Notable Books honorees as part of its annual recognition program. This year’s 20 books were chosen by Michigan librarians from a list of nearly 300 titles published in 2017. Two of the books being honored are published by Penguin Random House imprints:
17 January 2018To celebrate Langston Hughes’ legacy and the publication of a new Penguin Classics edition of his novel, NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER, our own Chris Jackson, Vice President, Publisher and Editor in Chief, One World/Random House, will join Angela Flournoy, novelist and author of NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTER’s new introduction , and Doreen St. Felix, staff writer for The New Yorker, on a special panel at the Langston Hughes House in Harlem, where the author lived and wrote during the last twenty years of his life.
17 January 2018As the first African-American woman to receive the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award, Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes was so powerful that the after-buzz was she should run for president. With current #metoo and Time’s Up movements, women in Hollywood have been at the forefront. To quote Oprah, “Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year, we became the story.” Taking that lead, this week we bring you fiction and nonfiction by and about women in Hollywood.
16 January 2018Vintage Español will publish the Spanish-language edition of Michael Wolff’s #1 bestseller, FUEGO Y FURIA: DENTRO DE LA CASA BLANCA DE TRUMP, in paperback and ebook on February 27 2018. A phenomenon for its sales and media impact, FIRE AND FURY: Inside Trump’s White House was published in English by Holt/Macmillan on January 5 and has broken records as the fastest selling nonfiction title in that company’s history.
16 January 2018The three finalists for the 2017 Story Prize, which annually honors authors of outstanding short story collections published in the prior year, are all published by Penguin Random House imprints:
11 January 2018“Genius” is a word bandied about in the common vernacular, but just what, or who, is an actual “genius”? Has the word lost meaning? According to our keyword search, it’s a pretty popular one to include in book titles, and the meaning isn’t just limited to someone who staggers others with the power of their intellect.
11 January 2018Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America, will present MEDITATION FOR FIDGETY SKEPTICS: A 10% Happier How-To Book (Spiegel & Grau) in conversation with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, along with Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler. Enjoy the chance to become 10% happier on Sunday, January 14 at the 92nd Street Y, in Kaufmann Hall, at 5:00 pm.
11 January 2018Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY (Riverhead), was recently named the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s 2017 Artist of the Year. In an admiring announcement article titled “Lesley Nneka Arimah: A Wordsmith Who Spins Magic,” the Star Tribune provides a comprehensive overview of Arimah’s career, sprinkled with high praise throughout, including quotes from Riverhead Editorial Director Becky Saletan, National Book Foundation President Lisa Lucas and fellow Riverhead author Meg Wolitzer.
9 January 2018"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." - Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 15th we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of King's assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. It’s a time to commemorate the timeless values he exemplified – courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service – as well as the forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his leadership. It’s especially important for the young to learn about Dr. King’s character and contributions and the power of words. We recommend the books herein for education and inspiration for all ages.
9 January 2018
Penguin Random House has purchased the trade-book publishing assets of Rodale Books, the pathfinding, highly regarded wellness publisher, and will take over the publication of its frontlist and backlist titles effective immediately, it was announced today by Markus Dohle, Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Random House. Rodale Books was acquired from Hearst, which completed its purchase of Rodale, Inc., the parent publisher of Rodale Books, last week. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
9 January 2018Acclaimed magazine Texas Monthly has partnered with Penguin Random House Audio to record more than 20 features from the magazine’s archives on audio for the first time. This collaboration offers listeners thought-provoking stories perfect for the length of a commute, similar to a podcast, but recorded with the high production quality listeners have come to expect from full-length audiobook programs.
9 January 2018Penguin Random House India’s annual lecture event featured Priyanka Chopra, global entertainment personality, game changer and Unicef ambassador, last month in New Delhi. Launched in 2007, The Penguin Annual Lecture series has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in India. The eleventh edition, held on December 26, was themed “Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Chasing a Dream” and marked the conclusion of Penguin Random House India’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
8 January 2018In her new Random House book, TELL ME MORE: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say, New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss. Kelly’s editor, Andy Ward, Vice President, Editor in Chief, Random House, was closely involved with the creation of this collection of stories and shares insights into his impressions of Kelly’s voice on the page, their editor/author working relationship, and who will find her new stories most beneficial in this Three Questions for an Editor interview.
8 January 2018Hit television series based on Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES (Berkley) and Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Anchor) took home a combined 6 awards at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday night, January 7, in Los Angeles.
8 January 2018Celebrating the publication of THE IMMORTALISTS, one of the most highly anticipated books of 2018, we present a special “Behind the Pages” interview with the novel’s editor, Sally Kim, Vice President, Editorial Director, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, and author Chloe Benjamin.
5 January 2018Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long will read and present their new picture book, LOVE (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers), a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. Matt and Loren will appear at Books are Magic, beginning at 6:00 pm on January 9 for an evening about LOVE, A Winter 2017-2018 Kids’ Indie Next Top Pick.
4 January 2018The Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Library of Congress has announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson as the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Our Penguin Random House author is a four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award-winner, former Young People’s Poet Laureate and National Book Award Winner for her memoir-in-verse BROWN GIRL DREAMING (Nancy Paulsen Books).
4 January 2018For the first Friday Reads of the New Year, we are focusing on young readers and hope for the future. Penguin Random House author Jacqueline Woodson was just named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by The Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Library of Congress. During her two-year term, Woodson, a four-time Newbery Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate, will travel the country promoting her platform, READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s Your Equation?). You can read more about Jacqueline Woodson’s appointment here and we invite you to immerse yourself in her award-winning books:
3 January 2018Winners of the 2017 Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes, have been announced and two Penguin Random House authors and their books topped the following categories:
3 January 2018The publishing world lost a legend and friend, Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal- bestselling author of the ground-breaking Alphabet Mystery series featuring beloved Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone, died on Thursday, December 28 in Santa Barbara after a two-year battle with cancer of the appendiceil. She was 77.
2 January 2018Welcome 2018! Have you declared any New Years’ resolutions? Or do you not participate in that tradition? Whatever one’s perspective on the need or efficacy of New Years’ resolutions, the common goals of weight loss, eating healthier, exercising more start with that most basic need: sleep.
2 January 2018Save the Children, a non-profit organization that shares our passion for books and for creating the next generation of readers around the world, has selected Penguin Random House U.S. volunteer applicants Marysarah Quinn (SVP, Director of Creative Design, Crown) and Kendra Levin (Associate Editorial Director, Viking Books for Young Readers) to be the first publisher-funded volunteers to travel to Rwanda and work in partnership with the organization on their School-Community Partnership for Education (SCOPE) project. Coinciding with our Community Day of Service on January 12, Marysarah and Kendra will leave on January 13 to volunteer their time on behalf of Penguin Random House for one full week in Kigali, Rwanda.
2 January 2018World renowned singer Art Garfunkel will discuss his new memoir WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS: Notes from an Underground Man (Knopf) at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, January 10 beginning at 7:00 pm. He will be in conversation with Victoria Wilson, vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf. Mr. Garfunkel will not be signing books at this event, however pre-signed copies will be available.
2 January 2018Book of the Month has announced that its more than 100,000 members elected John Boyne’s THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES (Hogarth) as the 2017 Book of the Year Award winner. Boyne, a highly-acclaimed author living in Ireland, wins the $10,000 grand prize and his novel will be reprinted in a special limited edition rose gold jacket, available exclusively to Book of the Month members.
21 December 2017Capitol Hill veteran and New York Times bestselling author Bruce Bartlett will discuss THE TRUTH MATTERS (Ten Speed Press), his clear and concise handbook on distinguishing fake news from reliable journalism, at Washington, D.C.’s Politics and Prose bookstore on January 2, beginning at 7:00 pm, followed by a book signing.
21 December 2017PEN America has announced the longlists for its 2018 Literary Awards in the categories of debut fiction, essay, diversity, science, sports writing, biography, and translation. The 21 longlisted titles published by Penguin Random House imprints are presented below, with some of the category winners to be publicly revealed on February 20.
20 December 2017“Hamilton," like many musicals before it, has reminded us just how passionate people can be about a musical. It’s not surprising there’s also a cognitive health benefit: A study out of George Mason University, presented at the Society of Neuroscience meeting in November, says that singing show tunes can fight off dementia. That brought to mind books that are either the basis for, or companions to, popular American musicals. May they also bring out the song in you…
18 December 2017Our Penguin Random House Digital Video team created an amazing array of new and trending videos throughout 2017: from a fun parody of people trying books for the first time and Elmo’s Trick Tongue Twisters to Norm Macdonald convincing readers to buy his book BASED ON A TRUE STORY and a BookCon 2017 panel featuring THE HANDMAID’S TALE author Margaret Atwood and showrunner Bruce Miller. Watch and enjoy these videos below on Signature Views, Brightly and our Penguin Random House Channel.
18 December 2017Each December, Riverhead Books throws a fundraising party for a literary nonprofit. This year, hundreds of publishing folks, authors, media and book friends gathered at Lite Brite Neon in Brooklyn to drink beer, celebrate literature, and fundraise for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a nonprofit devoted to supporting and disseminating creative writing by Asian Americans. Riverhead has benefited from their advocacy of many authors through the years, including Katie Kitamura, Dina Nayeri, Chang-rae Lee, and Mohsin Hamid. Thanks to the generosity of the attendees, and the dazzling raffle prizes donated by Aftelier Perfumes and the 20×200 art print company, $3,500 was raised to support AAWW.
18 December 2017Dear Colleagues, As 2017 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on our role and responsibility as publishers. In today’s divided world, books matter more than ever. Books, we know, have the power to connect and transform us. As a global community of book lovers, we are passionate about making a positive difference in the world. And I believe we do: with our publishing and through our corporate citizenship. Both drive the social impact we have as Penguin Random House. Today, I am pleased to be writing to share our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary, which showcases how our company operates responsibly and complements our publishing efforts by going beyond the day-to-day activities of the business to give back to our communities, both locally and globally, across our territories.
15 December 2017The legion of Star Wars fans can rejoice. Not only does The Last Jedi movie premiere, at last, this weekend, but our DK Publishing and Ballantine/Del Rey/Lucas Books imprints are releasing a raft of new specially created tie-in books with Lucasfilm Ltd. to enjoy before and long after their attendance.
15 December 2017Careers don't interest me. The only thing that interests me is continuing to be a poet on one level or another, whether acting or writing or directing. - Sam Shepard
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13 December 2017STRANGER: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era, a new book by award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos, will be published by Vintage Books as a trade paperback original and ebook in English and Spanish on February 27, 2018. The publication will coincide with the deadline to extend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), when thousands of immigration permits are set to expire. The announcement was made by Cristóbal Pera, Publishing Director of Vintage Español.
13 December 2017The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf. Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and named a Notable Book by the New York Times, STAY WITH ME is Ms. Adebayo’s debut novel. Set in Nigeria, this book gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage – and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.
12 December 2017Stumped about what to give that difficult someone on your list? What about a biography or memoir of one of their favorite celebrities? Culling through the plethora of biographical bestsellers this year, one thing became clear: we love the people who make us laugh, listen, dance and sing! The following books offer insights into beloved artists’ lives as well as the music, shows and podcasts which made them famous. Just looking at these covers can cause reverie and lift the spirit. Imagine what’s inside! So let’s hear it for the comedians and musicians…
11 December 2017Two authors share memoirs that trace their time dealing with bipolar disorder and the people who helped them through it all. On Tuesday, December 12, The Strand in NYC welcomes Penguin Random House author Jaime Lowe as she presents MENTAL: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind (Blue Rider Press). Fellow author Zack McDermott presents Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and A Mother’s Love. The event will be in The Strand’s Secret Room on the 10th floor and begins at 7:30 p.m. Following the discussion, both authors will sign copies of their books.
8 December 2017The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2017 John Leonard Prize, which honors the first book in any genre, with Penguin Random House imprints publishing three of the six nominated titles:
8 December 2017Thomas Rabe welcomed Salman Rushdie, one of Penguin Random House’s most renowned authors, to Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1 in Berlin last Friday, December 1. Bertelsmann’s Chairman and CEO hosted a private lunch to honor Mr. Rushdie, praising him as a defender of freedom of speech and a brilliant storyteller. “We are grateful and proud to have served, for decades, as the publishing home to such an eminent author,” said Mr. Rabe.
8 December 2017NBC TV’s The TODAY Show celebrates its 24th annual Toy Drive this month, and DK returned as a major donor, marking its 17th consecutive year of giving books to children in need. On Tuesday, December 5, during Kathie Lee & Hoda’s segment in the 10 o’clock hour, Editor Allie Singer announced DK’s 2017 donation of $1,000,000 worth of brand new children’s books. Allie was joined by Ava and Madeleine, the twin daughters of Simon Fraser, Vice President of Finance & Operations. The girls held up copies of some of DK’s lead holiday titles for the season: ANIMAL, 3rd Edition, GOOD NIGHT, BABY MOON and EXPLANATORIUM OF NATURE.
7 December 2017As we approach the holidays and look for gifts that are meaningful and fashionable, let us consider international lifestyle trends past, present and future. The following titles feature lifestyle philosophies that hail from Asia and Scandinavia, but have been embraced in America. Beautiful to a page, these books offer inspiration to anybody who wants their environs to inspire and reflect inner peace.
7 December 2017Journalist and author Lili Wright presents and signs copies of her first novel DANCING WITH THE TIGER (Marian Wood Books/Putnam) at Eli’s Bookstore in Greencastle, Indiana on Saturday, December 10. Taut, acidly witty, menacingly erotic, and often absolutely terrifying, this literary thriller introduces a powerful storyteller. DANCING WITH THE TIGER was an Edgar Finalist for Best First Novel, and a Semifinalist for the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Wright will begin her discussion at 1:00 p.m. and sign copies of her book until 5:00pm.
Jeremy Peters, NYT Political Reporter, to Write Definitive Account of the Battle for the Republican Party for Crown
6 December 2017Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, has announced that it will publish a book of investigative nonfiction by New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters, tentatively titled INSURGENCY: The Inside Story of the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party. Crown Executive Editor Kevin Doughten acquired world, audio, and first and second serial rights from David Kuhn of Aevitas Creative Management. The book will be published simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats in 2019.
6 December 2017Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced and feature 7 books published by Penguin Random House imprints in the Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Humor, Nonfiction, and Picture Books categories. Heralded as the only major book prizes determined by readers, the Goodreads Choice Awards are a true reflection of public opinion. Congratulations to all of our award-winning authors as well as their editors and publishers.
5 December 2017Inspired by December’s highly anticipated movie, The Post (directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks) about Washington Post journalists Katharine Graham and Ben Bradlee, this week we highlight some of the most important women journalists of our day, in memoir and investigative reporting.
4 December 2017Penguin Random House India has been honored at the 8th annual Tata Literature Live Festival in Mumbai with the Publisher of the Year award, which recognizes the efforts of India’s publishers to discover and nurture writers.
4 December 2017Our latest Behind the Book Covers feature presents Colleen Reinhart, Senior Designer at Berkley. She has worked at Penguin Random House for more than four years, designing dozens of covers along the way. Colleen brings an imaginative, original, and striking style to the design process, resulting in unique, colorful and sometimes playful creations that connect with and visually engage readers. Read on to learn about her creative design world and view a selection of her wonderful covers.
4 December 2017As part of our Igloo Climate Change series, we are presenting highlights from Bertelsmann’s recently released Carbon Footprint 2016 Report that provides information on the development of relevant environmental indicators and climate emissions across our majority shareholder and its divisions.
1 December 2017“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” - Marc Chagall
30 November 2017Selected by editors of the New York Times Book Review, here are the 5 fiction and nonfiction books published by our imprints, among their presentation of “The 10 Best Books of 2017.” The full list is published online, and will appear in the publication’s December 10 print edition.
28 November 2017Poets & Writers, the distinguished nonprofit literary organization that fosters the professional creative development of poets as well as fiction and nonfiction writers, has announced its annual awards recipients:
28 November 2017The New York Times Book Review children’s books editor has selected seven titles published by our Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books imprints among the “Notable Children’s Books of 2017” in the picture books, middle grade, young adult fiction and nonfiction categories.
28 November 2017Media outlets are buzzing about American Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, announced this week. Markle, a self-described “California girl,”,grew up in Los Angeles and met the Prince through a friend in 2016. She says she intends to become a British citizen after their marriage.
28 November 2017Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST is nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album GRAMMY® Award. Read by its author, along with her daughter Billie Lourd, the Penguin Random House Audio release is one of five finalists in this category announced this morning.
#GiveABook 2017 is Here: Giving Readers the Power to Support Disaster Relief & Local Communities Nationwide
28 November 2017We are thrilled to announce the launch of the fourth annual #GiveaBook on Giving Tuesday campaign, giving readers across the country the power to give back and donate Penguin Random House books to students and educators in their local communities and to support disaster relief efforts in impacted communities nationwide.
28 November 2017To celebrate #GivingTuesday, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite ways to give back and support books and reading this holiday season. Keep reading to learn how you can give the gift of reading, literacy and educatin through our long-time charitable partners.
28 November 2017The busiest gifting season is approaching, and the Penguin Hotline is back in business! Inspired by the Butterball Turkey Hotline, the Penguin Hotline, now in its fourth year, offers free personalized book recommendations via email for everyone on your holiday gift list. From November 28th through December 18th, simply fill out a quick form online and receive a curated list of suggestions from one of the hundreds of Penguin Random House employees on duty. In a world overrun by algorithms, the Hotline offers a more personal touch, recommending books from every publisher across the industry.
Penguin Random House & zulily Host Interactive Book Fair to Benefit Communities Impacted by Recent Hurricanes
28 November 2017Penguin Random House is helping zulily kick off National Family Literacy Month this November with its first-ever interactive book fair, running now through December 10. Six sales events will feature a curated selection of children’s books, and each book purchased will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and other essentials to children in need, is aiding teachers, students and schools affected by the recent hurricanes.
16 November 2017Masha Gessen, author of THE FUTURE IS HISTORY, was honored Wednesday night at a ceremony in Manhattan with the National Book Award for Nonfiction, continuing a cherished, time-honored connection for Penguin Random House authors with one of America’s most coveted literary prizes.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Visits Penguin Random House to Talk Books, Diversity and Inclusion
15 November 2017It was an honor to welcome Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, to Penguin Random House for a special event presented by the Penguin Young Readers Marketing & Publicity Diversity Committee, with Penguin Young Readers Brand Coordinator Chloe Goodhart producing, at 345 Hudson Street on
10 November 2017Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) and many of their client publishers gathered in Berkeley, California for “On the Road: Berkeley,” an Ideas Exchange event on November 1 and 2. Todd Berman, Vice President, Business Development and Publishing Strategy for PRHPS, said, “On the Road events are a unique way for our publishers to connect with their PRHPS colleagues, other clients, and industry leaders. And it is invaluable to us to be able to see our clients on their home turfs.”
Behind the New Translations of Federico García Lorca’s Poetry with Knopf’s Deb Garrison and Sarah Arvio
10 November 2017For the first time in a quarter century, a major new volume of translations of the beloved poetry by Federico García Lorca, considered Spain’s most famous poet and dramatist of all time, was published by Alfred A. Knopf. POET IN SPAIN, presented in a stunning bilingual edition and heralded as a literary landmark, was edited by Deb Garrison, Senior Editor, Alfred A. Knopf. Here she shares fascinating personal insights into how this collection was created and the editorial process involved while working closely with Knopf poet, author and translator Sarah Arvio.
10 November 2017November is Picture Book Month! Though picture books are the usual entry way to a child’s reading life, the right picture book can capture the imagination of any age. And what better bridge between child and adult is there than sharing a beautiful picture book? Most of us can recall with fond feelings the picture books of our youth. Here are some newer titles that are sure to delight and inspire!
9 November 2017Viking is pleased to announce a forthcoming book by Susan Fowler, whose account of the harassment and discrimination she faced at Uber led to the ouster of its CEO and twenty other employees. Senior Editor Lindsey Schwoeri acquired North American rights from Liz Parker and Eliza Rothstein at InkWell.
9 November 2017The longlist for the 11th annual 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards includes 14 books published by Penguin Random House imprints and one Penguin Random House Publisher Services client title.
8 November 2017November is National American Indian Heritage Month designated as such by President George W. Bush in 1990. The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and other cultural centers join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. In commemoration of the culture and people that were the original settlers of this land, we present the following books that celebrate and offer insight into Native life.
6 November 2017A new book that looks into the accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will be published by Vintage Books, and simultaneously around the world, on November 16. COLLUSION: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding, a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, brings the details of the Trump-Russia story together in one place for the first time.
3 November 2017On Friday, October 27th in Beverly Hills, PEN Center USA honored Margaret Atwood with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. In conversation with novelist Edan Lepucki, Ms. Atwood discussed the screen adaptations of her novels, notably THE HANDMAID’S TALE, but especially ALIAS GRACE. The Netflix Original miniseries about a 19th century murder, “Alias Grace” was adapted by Sarah Polley and premieres tonight Friday, November 3rd. Ms. Atwood read a beautiful excerpt from the novel and you may watch the trailer here. Don’t stop there though… for this Friday Reads edition we offer the following superb books from Margaret Atwood’s distinguished body of work.
2 November 2017Bertelsmann’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 has been released and presents insights into how our majority shareholder company and its divisions around the world embody and implement a wide range of CR programs and initiatives. Penguin Random House CR efforts are featured throughout this comprehensive
2 November 2017Semifinalists for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced and feature more than 90 titles published by Penguin Random House imprints across such categories as Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Horror, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s Books and Picture Books. Semifinalst votes can be cast for the Goodreads Best Books of the Year through November 12. Here are our Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 semifinalists: Fiction
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)
MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press Trade)
EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking)
RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday)
HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie (Riverhead)Mystery & Thriller
THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney (Ballantine)
INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)
GOLDEN PREY by John Sanford (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
ORIGIN by Dan Brown (Doubleday)Historical Fiction
THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES by John Boyne (Hogarth)
A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follet (Viking)
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Random House)
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)
THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve (Knopf)
WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter (Viking)Fantasy
FEVERSONG by Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte Press)
RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence (Ace)
ASSASSIN’S FATE by Robin Hobb (Del Rey)
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
THE WITCHWOOD CROWN by Tad Williams (DAW Books)
SILENCE FALLEN (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs (Ace)
ETCHED IN BONE (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (Roc)Romance
BLOOD VOW By J.R. Ward (Ballantine)
SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh (Berkley Books)Science Fiction
ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai (Dutton)
WALKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)
AMERICAN WAR by Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
THRAWN (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn (Random House)
ARTEMIS by Andy Weir (Crown)Horror
WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
LOST BOY: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry (Berkley Books)
FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager (Dutton)
MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero (Doubleday)
PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS by Anne Rice (Knopf)
FULL WOLF MOON (Jeremy Logan #5) by Lincoln Child (Doubleday)Humor
TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN by Lauren Graham (Ballantine)
BELIEVE ME by Eddie Izzard (Blue Rider Press)
VACATIONLAND by John Hodgman (Viking)
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul (Doubleday Canada)
UNQUALIFIED by Anna Faris (Dutton)
THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL by W. Kamau Bell (Dutton)
WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE by Samantha Irby (Vintage)
I’M FINE…AND OTHER LIES by Whitney Cummings (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)Nonfiction
HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: REDISCOVERING MERCY by Anna Lamott (Riverhead)
DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Knopf)
THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (Knopf)
WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World/Random House)
DARING TO HOPE: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors (Multnomah)
OPTION B Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant (Knopf)
HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh (Ballantine)
AMERICAN KINGPIN: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton (Portfolio)Memoir & Autobiography
THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy (Random House)
PRIESTDADDY: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead)History & Biography
GRANT by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)
ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (Tim Duggan Books)
THE GATEKEEPERS: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple (Crown)
LAST HOPE ISLAND: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson (Random House)
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday)
VICTORIA: THE QUEEN: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird (Random House)Science & Technology
THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes (Knopf)
BEHAVE: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky (Penguin Press)
INFERIOR: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini (Beacon Press)
HIT MAKERS: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson (Penguin Press)
IRRESISTIBLE: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (Penguin Press)
WE HAVE NO IDEA: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson (Riverhead)
SOONISH: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith (Penguin Press)Food & Cookbooks
CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker (Penguin Books)
GIVE A GIRL A KNIFE by Amy Thielen (Clarkson Potter)
WHOLE NEW YOU: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You by Tia Mowry, Jessica Porter (Ballantine)
THE WELLNESS MAMA COOKBOOK by Katie Wells (Harmony)
SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERYDAY: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman (Knopf)
COMING TO MY SENSES: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter)Debut Goodreads Author
MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent (Riverhead)
AMERICAN WAR by Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
WHAT WE LOSE by Zinzi Clemmons (Viking)
STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf)
THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan (Crown)
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai (Dutton)
WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter (Viking)
THE ANIMATORS by Kayla Rae Whitaker (Random House)Young Adult Fiction
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston (Quirk Books)
ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte Press)
GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers)
ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen (Viking Books for Young Reasders)Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
CRYSTAL STORM (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)
WARCROSS (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu (Putnam Books for Young Readers)
THE BOOK OF DUST: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
FLAME IN THE MIST (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh (Putnam Books for Young Readers)
TRAITOR TO THE THRONE (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking Books for Young Readers)Middle Grade & Children’s Books
FLYING LESSONS & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Editor), Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina (Crown Books for Young Readers)
BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng (Dial Books for Young Readers)Picture Books
A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrations) (Schwartz & Wade Books)
LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin (Schwartz & Wade Books)
THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken (Dial Books for Young Readers)
SHE PERSISTED: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger(Illustrator) (Philomel)
WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
2 November 2017Bestselling author and famed podcaster, speaker, and blogger, Gretchen Rubin, will be a Keynote speaker at the Indiana Conference for Women next Tuesday, November 7 in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center. She will be discussing her latest book, THE FOUR TENDENCIES: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life (Harmony), and presenting other speakers, including Laurie Burns McRobbie, Gerry Dick, and Joe Hogsett, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. There will be a book signing following an audience Q&A.
1 November 2017From page to screen: Showtime is developing a television series based on #1 New York Times-bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle, published by DAW. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hamilton (based on Ron Chernow’s book, ALEXANDER HAMILTON) will executive produce and also compose music for the series, which is being produced by Lionsgate.
1 November 2017PEN Center USA, The West Coast center of PEN International, which is the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization, held their 27th annual Literary Awards last Friday, October 27 in Beverly Hills, California. Hosted by Nick Offerman, the ceremony honored Margaret Atwood with a Lifetime Achievement Award and winners in 8 categories were announced. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!
31 October 2017Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce that the imprint will be publishing the next two books by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson. The celebrated author of such books as BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, says that she’s “had a long-distance crush on Riverhead” from her early writing days, and shares that she is planning to “write a novel and then something that is true,” but wouldn’t divulge anything further to Entertainment Weekly. “Since my other books are already part of the Penguin family, it felt right and good to continue my work with Riverhead. It’s exciting that so many of my books will be at one house.”
26 October 2017This is, indeed, Halloween. Or near enough. Any time is a good time for haunting, hair-raising books, but have you considered listening to one during this particularly spooky time of year? From classics to modern day treasures, here are some picks to make your Halloween just a bit more bone chilling.
26 October 2017Peddling fake facts was John Hodgman’s stock in trade on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and in his three bestselling books. That all changed with the release of VACATIONLAND: True Stories from Painful Beaches, published by Viking on October 24 and featured as this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection. Hodgman writes about his journeys, navigating three distinct wildernesses: one, rural Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; two, coastal Maine, home to the most painful beaches on earth; lastly, the metaphoric wildernesses of middle age.
26 October 2017Today only, October 26, when you visit our colleagues at Out of Print, 100% of net proceeds from all purchases made will be donated to Puerto Rico and Caribbean hurricane relief efforts.
25 October 2017Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble… In the spirit of Halloween we have a witch’s brew of books to offer all ages in the mood for spellbinding reading treats. Which witch tale will you put in your bag?
25 October 2017Two widely acclaimed books published earlier this year by Penguin Random House imprints are among the finalists for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, bestowed by the American Library Association:
23 October 2017Enjoy an evening with actress, author, producer, and hit podcaster Anna Faris as she celebrates her new book, UNQUALIFIED (Dutton). She will be discussing her candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won with Kate Coyne of People Magazine at this WORD Bookstores event at the Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre in Jersey City on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:00 pm. The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
20 October 2017There is so much to praise about Mary Oliver: Her wisdom, her humility, her love of the world (especially dogs and birds) while addressing suffering – both personal and planetary. Her books are exhilarating, born of faith, intellect and attention. Just think if she hadn’t put her writing into the world, if she’d kept her rare gift to herself? And yet we at Penguin Random House are fortunate enough to publish Mary Oliver, with the latest offering, DEVOTIONS, making its way into the hands of readers, including those who once believed they didn’t like poetry.
19 October 2017Random House Children’s Books is the official publisher for today’s Read for the Record and QUACKERS, written and illustrated by first-time author Liz Wong, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, is this year’s book choice. Jumpstart’s 12th annual RFTR campaign is a national effort to raise awareness about the need for high-quality early learning for all children while also raising funds to support the important work Jumpstart does in communities across the United States. Children and adults across the country are gathering together to celebrate Read for the Record Day by reading QUACKERS and attempting to beat the world record for most people reading the same book at the same time.
19 October 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title is Philip Pullman’s long-awaited THE BOOK OF DUST: La Belle Sauvage, published today, October 19, by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers in coordination with Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books in the U.K. THE BOOK OF DUST is a work in three parts, like Mr. Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE, and THE AMBER SPYGLASS).
19 October 2017This week saw the release of AMERICAN WOLF by journalist Nate Blakeslee who tells the story of Yellowstone’s alpha female wolf O-Six. Called “gripping and fascinating” by Margaret Atwood, AMERICAN WOLF is also this season’s Title Wave pick by Penguin Random House employees. Wolves have always captured authors’ and readers’ imaginations, whether in classic fiction, children’s literature or the nonfiction of animal science. Our selection of wonderful wolf titles runs the gamut and should satisfy piqued interest in readers of all ages.
19 October 2017CHASING LIGHT: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer by Amanda Lucidon, was published by Ten Speed Press, a Crown Publishing Group imprint, on Tuesday, October 17. This collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama—many never before seen—is coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from former Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format.
18 October 2017Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author Nathan Englander will be in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 19, to lead a discussion about his second novel, DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (Knopf), a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. The event takes place at Politics & Prose Bookstore and begins at 7:00 pm.
18 October 2017“The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative,” Lola, Baroness Young, Chair of Judges, is describing the rapturously reviewed and New York Times number one bestselling LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders which has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the most renowned annual international literary honors. First awarded in 1969, the Prize is open for writers of any nationality, writing in English, and published in the U.K.
18 October 2017Scott Kelly was the first NASA astronaut ever to spend a year in space. He writes about his record-breaking experience in two books, ENDURANCE: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Knopf) and MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS (Crown Books for Young Readers), both published on Tuesday, October 17. While it is not uncommon for an author to write books on the same subject for both adult and young readers, it is extremely rare when the two titles are published simultaneously.
13 October 2017Penguin Random House celebrates its heritage and creativity internationally through the designs of its book covers, at the heart of the company’s tradition of enduring quality and innovation. An exhibit of 100 of our notable book covers, created by a select group of Penguin Random House creative designers and art directors, is being presented in a special “Be My Cover” exhibit at Torino Graphic Days, October 12-15, in Turin, Italy. The exhibit’s visuals transcend geographic borders – from the United States to Sweden, from the U.K. to Italy – while presenting a variety of styles and trends of cover-visual design.
11 October 2017Tim Tebow’s newest book, SHAKEN: The Young Reader’s Edition – Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way, was published by WaterBrook, a Crown Publishing Group imprint, on September 12, and launched with a book report contest that is running through January 8, 2018. The Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL quarterback, professional baseball player (in the New York Mets minor league system) and author is very enthused about this contest, which is aimed at youth ages 10 to 15 years old, to encourage reading and writing while reminding them of their identity in Jesus.
11 October 2017October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Please find below books that educate and support those confronting breast cancer.
11 October 2017The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead. EXIT WEST has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize.
10 October 2017E L James's DARKER: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian will be published by Vintage Books as a trade paperback and eBook on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The announcement was made today by Anne Messitte, Publisher of Vintage/Anchor Books.
9 October 2017Readers across the country are flipping over Riverhead Books’ latest collaborative catalog. To launch the Spring 2018 list, Riverhead Design Labs partnered with renowned illustrator Grace Helmer, beloved for her bright, beautiful oil paintings which bring everyday life to vivid, colorful life, on a clever and charming flip book. Paging forward and backwards reveals two different narratives, with every detail – a musical turtle, a perilously discarded coffee cup – representing a title on Riverhead’s spring list.
6 October 2017Celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward will appear at The Strand to discuss, read and sign copies of BONE (Penguin Books), her poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self. The event will be held in The Strand’s Rare Book Room on Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
5 October 2017The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was just awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro and we congratulate him! Another perennial favorite for the award is the African writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Thiong’o, who is from Kenya, is a distinguished professor of comparative literature and English at University of California, Irvine. Featured below are some of the best works from the novelist, playwright, essayist and memoirist to immerse yourselves in this weekend and beyond…
5 October 2017October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Coalition against Domestic Violence created and observed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 1987 and Congress designated it as such in 1989. Domestic Violence Awareness Month events promote awareness, encourage reporting, provide safety for victims, encourage people to look out for one another, and ensure treatment is provided and administrative action taken when needed. It’s a painful reality that deserves attention and gets better with education and compassion. It is our hope the following books will help:
4 October 2017Penguin Random House author and Comedy Central Network Daily Show host Trevor Noah has won the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor, sponsored by Thurber House, for his bestselling memoir, BORN A CRIME: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau/Random House). Mr. Noah received a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque Monday, October 2, at a ceremony in New York City.
2 October 2017In her inspirational new memoir DARING TO HOPE , published by Multnomah on Tuesday, October 3, Katie Davis Majors faces such questions as, “How do you hold on to hope when you don’t get the ending you asked for?” When Katie moved to Uganda more than a decade ago, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease.
2 October 2017Now it its sixth year, the highly popular Penguin Random House 2-Day Transit program returns this week, beginning Monday October 2. Orders for Penguin Random House physical titles received from independent booksellers by 3pm ET, Monday-Friday, will ship no later than the following business day, weather and transport conditions permitting, for arrival at booksellers’ doors within two days. The company’s Westminster, Maryland and Crawfordsville, Indiana Operations Centers, both have weekend shifts in place to enable orders received on Fridays and Saturdays to be shipped Monday.
29 September 2017To mark, celebrate and note the importance of Banned Books Week (September 24 – 30), three of Penguin Random House’s corporate verticals – Brightly, Signature, and Unbound Worlds – feature articles that highlight the ways in which banned books can immeasurably influence, shape and impact our lives.
29 September 2017“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” ― Dave Barry It’s International Coffee Day! Sweet, sweet coffee - you are the drink that wakes us up in the morning and keeps us up at night. Celebrate with your favorite cup and join us in a world full of coffee-based literature.
29 September 2017Throughout Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, we have been highlighting frequently banned and challenged books published by Penguin Random House imprints to help raise awareness of the importance of defending our right to express ourselves and read without censorship or interference. Keep reading for Banned Books reading list inspiration. This is the final installment.
28 September 2017Don’t forget to celebrate #BannedBooksWeek with Banned Books swag. Head over to our friends at Out of Print Clothing through Sunday to find out how you can contribute to hurricane relief efforts through book donations from Penguin Random House. For each piece of Banned Books merchandise sold on the Out of Print website during Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, Penguin Random House will donate one book in support of hurricane relief efforts through First Book up to 10,000 books. Click here to start browsing and give back.
28 September 2017This year’s fall television and streaming season is upon us, with a number of new shows, series and films based on books published by Penguin Random House imprints, as well as two new books of ours based on the programming itself. The following viewers and readers guide shines the spotlight on this diverse selection:
28 September 2017Throughout Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, Penguin Random House will be highlighting frequently banned and challenged books to help raise awareness of the importance of defending our right to express ourselves and read without censorship or interference. Keep reading for Banned Books reading list inspiration, and stay tuned all week for more recommendations.
28 September 2017September 2017 has been the most active month of any Atlantic hurricane season on record (weather.com). The devastation, and resulting humanitarian crisis, caused by Hurricane Maria has thrust Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands into the latest news. Puerto Rican officials said electricity may not be fully restored for more than a month. Three million of the island's U.S. citizens still lack adequate food, water and fuel. With this in mind, we are spotlighting Puerto Rican literature.
27 September 2017Viking today announced a new book by #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, Daniel James Brown. Wendy Wolf, Vice President, Associate Publisher, Viking, acquired North American, first serial, and audio rights from Dorian Karchmar of WME Entertainment. Daniel Crewe, Publisher, Viking UK, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Raffaella De Angelis of WME, on behalf of Dorian Karchmar.
27 September 2017The United States Postal Service is featuring scenes from the beloved classic children’s book, THE SNOWY DAY, on their “forever” stamps. The stamps depict Peter, the main character of Ezra Jack Keats’ famous, award-winning Viking Books for Young Readers title, and will be dedicated at a free ceremony open to the public on October 4 at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York.
27 September 2017Throughout Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, Penguin Random House will be highlighting frequently banned and challenged books to help raise awareness of the importance of defending our right to express ourselves and read without censorship or interference. Keep reading for Banned Books reading list inspiration, and stay tuned all week for more recommendations.
26 September 2017Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish Nobel Laureate and the author of ten novels, will headline a special Politics & Prose event at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Pamuk will present his newest novel THE RED-HAIRED WOMAN (Knopf), in conversation with Azar Nafisi, author of such books as The Republic of Imagination and Reading Lolita in Tehran.
26 September 2017Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is FIVE-CARAT SOUL, the new story collection from James McBride, published by Riverhead Books on Tuesday, September 26. This represents the first new fiction from McBride since his last novel, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, which won the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. He is also the author of two other bestselling novels, a James Brown biography, and his #1 bestselling memoir, THE COLOR OF WATER: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. In FIVE-CARAT SOUL, McBride writes stories with humor and insight, about how we struggle to understand who we are in a world we don’t fully comprehend.
26 September 2017Throughout Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, Penguin Random House will be highlighting frequently banned and challenged books to help raise awareness of the importance of defending our right to express ourselves and read without censorship or interference. Keep reading for Banned Books reading list inspiration, and stay tuned all week for more recommendations.
25 September 2017We are delighted with The National Book Foundation’s announcement of this year’s “5 Under 35” honorees, their annual selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work “promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Penguin Random House imprints publish four of the all-women group of honoree authors:
25 September 2017Penguin Random House is proud to be a leading sponsor of the 35th annual Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, which was founded in 1982 in response to a sudden increase in book challenges. This week, we’re highlighting frequently banned and challenged books to help raise awareness of the importance of defending our right to express ourselves and read without censorship or interference. Keep reading for Banned Books reading list inspiration, and stay tuned all week for more recommendations.
21 September 2017Author and LA pastor Erwin Raphael McManus spoke to a packed house at his Barnes & Noble book-signing event Wednesday night at The Grove in Los Angeles. His new book, THE LAST ARROW: Save Nothing for the Next Life, published by WaterBrook on September 5, is a bold manifesto for a life of passion, adventure, and hope. As McManus explains through his words and his own life story, everyone is living out their last days—and no one needs to settle for less than all life has to offer. The event kicked off a two-day conference for his church, Mosaic, and was a huge success. The store sold out of the book!
21 September 2017Christine Ball, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Dutton, announced this week the acquisition of AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING, the first novel by Hank Green, best known for his enormously popular Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, which he created with his brother, John Green. Executive Editor Maya Ziv won North American rights in a two-book deal at auction from Jodi Reamer at Writers House, LLC, with the first book to be published in Fall 2018.
21 September 2017Banned Books Week runs next week from September 24 – September 30, 2017 . A celebration of the freedom to read and to heighten awareness for book censorship, Banned Books Week was started in 1982 as a response to a sudden increase in book challenges. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. In honor of the occasion, we’re highlighting classic and modern classic novels that have been challenged, along with the reason for the challenge(s). Exercise your right to read!
21 September 2017Several motion pictures based on our books are debuting on theater screens across North America this fall, beginning this weekend and continuing into the pre-holiday season. Our hope is that the old adage – “see the movie, read the book” – will continue to prevail among filmgoers. Read on, and watch the trailers.
20 September 2017This week PBS viewers have been captivated by Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s 10-episode, 18-hour, documentary series, “The Vietnam War” which concludes on September 28th. Six years in the making, written by Geoffrey C. Ward and narrated by Peter Coyote, the series tells the epic story of one of the most controversial and divisive events in American history like never before and “explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.” (PBS.com). The official companion book and audiobook to “The Vietnam War” are now available from Penguin Random House along with other excellent titles – including reportage and reporters featured in the series – all of which broaden our understanding of this seminal event in our history.
19 September 2017Kirkus Reviews has announced its 2017 Kirkus Prize finalists, with four titles published by Penguin Random House imprints among the nominated titles. Books that earned the Kirkus Star, with publication dates between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, were nominated for the prize, created in 2014 to celebrate quality writing and Kirkus Reviews’ more than 80-year legacy of literary criticism.
18 September 2017Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is Ellen Pao’s RESET: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, to be published on Tuesday, September 19, by Spiegel & Grau. In 2015, Ms. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. Her suit rocked the tech world – and exposed its toxic culture and its homogeneity. RESET is a rallying cry – the story of a whistleblower who aims to empower everyone struggling to be heard, in Silicon Valley and beyond.
18 September 2017Hit television series based on Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Anchor) and Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES (Berkley) won a combined 11 awards at the 69th annual Emmy Awards Sunday night, September 17, in Los Angeles.
15 September 2017Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and runs through October 15th during which time we honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. September 15th marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.
14 September 2017Jennifer Besser, President & Publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, has been the editor of seven books by #1 bestselling author Marie Lu, including her newest, WARCROSS, published this week to much enthusiasm, buzz and acclaim.
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14 September 2017The world needs a little more kindness these days, and in 2017 Elmo has resolved to spread as much as he can all year long with “Spread Kindness, #ShareTheLaughter,” a global multimedia campaign initiated by Sesame Workshop. Elmo launched his challenge by telling a joke on the TODAY Show, and our very own CEO Markus Dohle and Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher of Random House Children’s Books, followed with their own video. Watch it below:
14 September 2017The National Book Foundation presents its longlist in the 2017 National Book Award (NBA) Nonfiction category. Three of the ten semi-finalists are published by Penguin Random House imprints:
14 September 2017On Tuesday, September 19, five of the biggest YA authors from Random House Children’s Books will come together at R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, at 7:00 PM to participate in a young adult fiction panel.
13 September 2017This week Celeste Ng’s hotly anticipated novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, was published and reviews have been outstanding. It’s a #1 Library Reads pick as well as Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club’s (@RWBookClub) next pick!
13 September 2017Concurrent but independent of the National Book Award semi-finalists serial rollout, this week also brings news, from London, of the shortlisted six nominees for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, literary fiction’s highly coveted international annual recognition.
12 September 2017In the aftermath of the damage and destruction from Hurricane Irma, Penguin Random House continues to provide ongoing support to those U.S. booksellers directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with a direct donation of Penguin Random House bestselling titles to the impacted regions. These booksellers may select our titles from the Independent Bestseller List with a cumulative retail value of up to $1,000 per account. The Independent Bestseller List is compiled weekly by the American Booksellers Association, and includes a broad range of books for all ages available in hardcover and paperback. This opportunity will be available until December 31, 2017.
12 September 2017Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is award-winning author Nathan Englander’s DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, published by Knopf to much acclaim. This timely political thriller unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. Nathan has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined, interrogating the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizing the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides.
12 September 2017“Judge Rakoff's opinion in the matter of Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster et al vs. Colting is a clear and definitive victory not only for the plaintiffs in this case, but for copyright holders everywhere. On the key issues issues of copying, infringement, and fair use, this opinion unambiguously supports the plaintiff’s claim that the KinderGuides were clearly derivative and plainly infringing. We are delighted with this result, which sets a standard for strong copyright protection for years to come.”
11 September 2017Penguin Press author Celeste Ng made an indelible impression on readers when her debut novel, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, was published in 2014. It won the APLA Alex Award for Fiction and was a New York Times Book Review “Editors Choice.” A Times reviewer noted: “If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now …” This week marks the arrival of Celeste’s second book, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, which explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following rules can avert disaster.
8 September 2017Paramount Pictures has acquired the screen rights to the forthcoming Putnam novel DRACUL, a prequel to Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula. Andy Muschietti, whose highly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s It opens in theaters this weekend, is attached to direct.
7 September 2017Friday, September 8th is the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day. Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8th International Literacy Day to “actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies” (Unesco). This year’s theme is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future.”
6 September 2017Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is Alice Waters’ COMING TO MY SENSES: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, which Clarkson Potter published this week. Alice retraces the events that led her to open the doors of Chez Panisse, arguably America’s most influential restaurant, in Berkeley, California in the early 1970s. She chronicles the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity.
6 September 2017National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) is September 10th through September 16th this year. Since 1975, NSPW awareness events are held throughout the week corresponding with World Suicide Prevention Day, which is recognized annually on September 10th. The campaign informs and engages health professionals and the public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide.
6 September 2017Tonight bestselling author Leigh Bardugo presents her highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story starring the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN: Warbringer (Random House Books for Young Readers). The event will take place at the Barnes & Noble store in NYC on 33 E 17th St. beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following a discussion with fellow author Daniel José Older, Bardugo will personalize copies of her new book, pose for photos, and sign backlist titles with purchase of WONDER WOMAN: Warbringer.
31 August 2017If you’re already looking for perfect recipes for fall entertaining, these cookbooks might just have the fix. See what grabs your fancy - and your palette - from these featured titles. And if you’re looking for even more recipes and ideas, check out Taste Cooking, our online cooking/food magazine, with scrumptious recipes like Spanish Potato Omelette with Roasted Peppers, which looks like the winner of your next brunch menu.
31 August 2017Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author, Tara Clancy presents her electric, one-of-a-kind memoir, THE CLANCYS OF QUEENS (Crown Archetype/Broadway), at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tara will be joined by PEN/Faulkner Award-winning writer Atticus Lish, author of Preparation for the Next Life. Admission is free.
31 August 2017Check out a selection of new and trending videos produced by our Penguin Random House Digital Video team. A culinary reading series, ways to resist tyranny, a beloved comedian pitching his memoir, and recommendations for books that will make you cry are featured in the videos. Watch them below on our Signature Views, Penguin Random House Channel, and Papercuts/Read It Forward YouTube channels.
31 August 2017Our highly respected distribution customer partner, Readerlink, the largest full-service book distributor in North America, held their annual National Awards Dinner on August 30, and Penguin Random House was honored as Readerlink Children’s Publisher of the Year.
30 August 2017Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is Lisa Currie’s SURPRISE YOURSELF: Get Out of Your Head & Into the World, published this week by TarcherPerigee.
29 August 2017In this Three Questions for an Editor interview with Sarah McGrath, Vice President, Editor in Chief, Riverhead Books, she shares insights into gifted debut author Gabriel Tallent and his exceptional debut novel, MY ABSOLUTE DARLING, which goes on sale from Riverhead today.
28 August 2017Penguin Random House South Africa authors Greg Marinovich and Zakes Mda are winners of the prestigious Sunday Times Literary Awards. In addition to receiving this accolade, each author was also awarded prize money of R100, 000. We congratulate the authors, their editors and publishers.
28 August 2017Penguin Random House South Africa received top honors in the Trade Publisher of the Year category at the 2017 Sefika Awards ceremony, held last week in Durban, SA.
25 August 2017Make no mistake, spelling counts. As detailed in an article this month, The True Importance of Good Spelling (BBC.com), poor grammar and spelling turn people off from hiring, dating and can make online sites seem fraudulent:
23 August 2017This week Penguin Press published Karl Ove Knausgaard’s much-anticipated book Autumn – the first in an autobiographical quartet named after the four seasons which begins with a letter to his unborn daughter. Knausgaard, like so many mothers and fathers, feels the profound meaning of being a parent and is inspired to share what the world is like to him, what awaits her. Writers before him have followed similar impulses to impart life wisdom, family history, joys and sorrows with the next generation in letters contained in books.
23 August 2017Do you believe in fairies? How about Book Fairies? Penguin Random House India recently collaborated with The Book Fairies as several of our colleagues in India went on a special journey to Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
22 August 2017Television rights to Amor Towles’ bestselling novel A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW (Viking) have been acquired by Carolyn Newman, Senior VP of Scripted Programming at eOne. Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) is attached to direct and will executive produce with Xavier Marchand of Moonriver Content. Viking published A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW in September 2016. It has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 38 weeks and remains in the Top 10. Most recently, the book hit the #1 spot in the Indie bestseller list for the third week in a row. Set during the Soviet Union’s turbulent early 1920s, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and now must live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. eOne will serve as the studio for the TV series and controls worldwide rights.
22 August 2017Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) today announced a multi-year global English-language sales and distribution agreement with Holiday House, the highly respected independent children’s publisher. The agreement takes effect on May 1, 2018, for the U.S. and Canada, and December 1, 2018, for all other territories.
22 August 2017Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection is Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel STAY WITH ME, published by Knopf today. The title was an Editors Book Buzz pick at Book Expo 2017 and enthusiastically presented by Jennifer Jackson, Senior Editor, Knopf Doubleday.
21 August 2017Computing skills are the most sought-after realm in the U.S. job market, yet research shows that the share of women in the computing workforce has declined from 37% in 1995 to 24% today. In 2012, Reshma Saujani recognized this growing gender disparity and founded the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.
18 August 2017The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) has announced its 2017 Books of the Year Awards, with two books published by Penguin Random House imprints among the winners, in the following categories:
18 August 2017
Alex Gilvarry will discuss and sign copies of his second novel EASTMAN WAS HERE (Viking) at McNally Jackson Booksellers on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. Following his widely acclaimed debut, FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT, the author employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in this new novel.
17 August 2017Saturday, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day (WHD). Designated by the United Nations in 2009, World Humanitarian Day marks the day, in 2003, on which the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. It is held on the same day each year to pay tribute
17 August 2017HOME FIRE, the new novel by Riverhead author Kamila Shamsie, was recently longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and Ms. Shamsie will discuss her book at New York City’s Asian American Writers’ Workshop on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat here.
17 August 2017Students of many ages are heading off to college and trade school, which can be transformative as well as informative. Books are a huge part of that experience. On our Common Reads site, we have lists of college reading titles, including First-Year Experience (FYE) recommendations, as well as discussion and reading guides. Your syllabus awaits:
16 August 2017Spiegel & Grau Editor Annie Chagnot has been awarded the seventh annual Ashmead Award for exceptional editorial talent. Named after book editor Lawrence Ashmead (1932-2010), the prize is designed to nurture the career of a promising young editor or assistant editor.
14 August 2017THE LESSER BOHEMIANS by Eimear McBride has won the James Tait Black Prize, Great Britain’s oldest literary award. The winners of the prizes were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday, August 14, when the honor for biography was also announced.
14 August 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz, HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie, was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize and published by Riverhead Books on August 15. Suspenseful and heartbreaking, this is the story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.
14 August 2017PEN Center USA, the West Coast division of PEN International, has announced its 2017 Literary Awards finalists. Penguin Random House imprints publish four of the finalists in the following categories:
11 August 2017Late last year, colleagues in our Consumer Engagement Group launched a fun new initiative called The United States of Books, with Penguin Random House employees and readers across the country picking books set in specific states and an object the state is known for. An easy way to take a tour of these United States of Books’ selections, along with stylized, art-forward images, is this interactive “road trip.” To get rolling, click here. As you move the Penguin in his van along the highway, click the billboards to see the Read Down lists of books set in each state, including Pennsylvania’s RABBIT RUN by John Updike, Ohio’s MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold, and Kentucky’s THE BOURBON KINGS by J.R. Ward. Buckle up. It’s going to be a book-y ride!
11 August 2017Join Books are Magic in welcoming author Emily Culliton as she discusses and signs her hilarious and highly entertaining debut novel THE MISFORTUNE OF MARION PALM (Knopf) on Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30pm.
10 August 2017Now that we have a little distance from Shark Week – it’s time to hit the surf! Surfing is much more than a sport, but rather a way of life for those who savor nature and the lull between waves as much as the thrill of the ride. The “endless summer” is an appealing philosophy to surfers who are often globe-trotters and environmentalists. And no wave is the same, much like no book is! We’ve identified a strong set rolling in from authors who are eloquent about their passion, among them a Pulitzer Prize winner and a hot new release…
10 August 2017"What’s more American than Corn Flakes?” Bing Crosby once posed that rhetorical question and would probably have enjoyed reading our new Igloo Book Buzz selection, Howard Markel’s THE KELLOGGS: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek, published by Pantheon.
9 August 2017With the start of a new school year, students, parents, caregivers, and teachers have a lot on their minds. Bullying is, unfortunately, one of those things. It’s a topic now frequently covered in fiction, with a widening focus on bullying that happens at all ages and looks at the causes (some titles include, or are even from, a bully’s perspective). But books on bullying can also
9 August 2017Random House Children’s Books has launched its WONDER CERTIFIED KIND CLASSROOM PROGRAM, an educational initiative focused on using the property to teach kindness in schools with rewards and incentives. With over six million copies sold around the world, R.J. Palacio’s inspiring book WONDER (Knopf Books for Young Readers) has inspired global kindness and anti-bullying campaigns, becoming part of curricula in schools across the country.
9 August 2017This year’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, widely recognized as the highest design honor in the book publishing world, features 4 interior and 13 cover prize-winning designs created by our Penguin Random House art directors and designers in 2016.
8 August 2017For nearly 30 years, Cathy Virtz has been working at our Penguin Random House distribution center in Westminster, Maryland, most recently as Shipping Manifestor. Cathy recently shared her story with Igloo, covering her tenure with the company and how she has encouraged a number of her family members to join the ranks at Westminster – a true multi-generation family tradition. Here is Cathy, in her own words.
8 August 2017When I arrived fresh off the plane from Minnesota in New York City ten weeks ago, I had no idea what my summer in the city and at Penguin Random House would have in store for me. After HR released us into the wilds of the publishing world (just kidding, they just sent us to our respective departments) after orientation on day one, I happily fell into a summer full of
8 August 2017Penguin Random House India has collaborated with the chocolate brand “All Things” to formulate and pair taste buds with words. Inspired by classics from Indian literature, it is now possible to appease multiple sensory palettes. You can feel the flow of the narrative and truly taste what you read.
7 August 2017At the heart of THE LUSTER OF LOST THINGS , the first novel by Putnam author Sophie Chen Keller, is Walter Lavender, Jr., silenced by a motor speech disorder but a master of finding, a son keeping vigil, twelve years and counting, for his lost father. When the book at the root of magic served up at the family bakery, The Lavenders, vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.
7 August 2017Author Karen M. McManus’ debut Young Adult novel, ONE OF US IS LYING, published by Delacorte Press on May 30, has been on The New York Times YA Hardcover bestseller list for six straight weeks, now at #2. Publishers Weekly took notice and last week writer Shannon Maughan presented an in-depth “Moving On Up” PW profile, with quotes from the author and Delacorte Press Executive Editor Krista Marino. The article looks at the genesis and writing of the book, how Marino acquired it, and what Delacorte did to turn the title into a bestseller.
4 August 2017Take a moment to hug your friends on Friendship Day! In the U.S., Friendship Day is August 6, but any day is a good one to show your friends how much you appreciate them. Below is a list of books for all ages about friends and friendships, and how they make us better (even if sometimes those friendships don’t stay in tact).
4 August 2017Jenny Zhang’s SOUR HEART, her debut story collection, was published on August 1 and is the first book released by LENNY, the new Random House imprint launched in partnership with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Writer Jessica Mizzi posted a conversation with Zhang on Signature, a Penguin Random House online vertical that
3 August 2017Nazi- looted art has been in the news of late. Last week, a 26-year court battle ended in Berlin with a settlement that will reimburse a family for the seizure of a masterpiece by Paul Klee. And two exhibits will open this fall displaying several hundred works from the collection found in the Munich apartment of the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt, an art dealer commissioned by Adolf Hitler to sell works looted from private citizens or seized from museums as “degenerate art” – the
31 July 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, Daniel H. Wilson’s THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY, on sale from Doubleday on Tuesday, August 1, is a summer read for the ages – all of them. This ingenious new thriller weaves a path through time, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries.
31 July 2017Penguin Random House’s array of multiple booths at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 was a magnet for many of the more than 130,000 enthusiastic attendees who were thrilled to roam the world-renowned event, July 20-23. Among our key participant publishing groups, imprints and franchise brands were Del Rey, Minecraft, Star Wars, Crown, Knopf Doubleday, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin
28 July 2017Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) has signed a new client, Nobrow/Flying Eye Books. They will be joining PRHPS effective April 1, 2018.
28 July 2017From Page to Screen: this week NBC aired the premiere of Midnight, Texas, a new dramatic TV series based on Charlaine Harris’ New York Times bestselling MIDNIGHT, TEXAS series of novels published by Ace. The pilot drew in 3.6 million viewers and has received wonderful media attention, including features in TV Guide Magazine and People TV Watch.
27 July 2017Refresh yourselves! There’s no better time for swimming than in Summer so we’ve got some great books to dive into this weekend all about the joys of being a swimmer – the weightless, meditative quality of being in the water. Other than for escaping the heat, swimming is one of the best things you can do for your health and we hope these novels, memoirs and manuals provide inspiration.
27 July 2017Grace Han, Senior Designer for Riverhead Books, has worked at Penguin Random House for nearly four years, designing covers for a wide range of titles, everything from cookbooks (THE ART OF FLAVOR) to Drew Barrymore’s memoir (WILDFLOWER). Her covers are simple, elegant, and beautiful. We’re thrilled to feature Grace in our Beyond the Book Covers series.
27 July 2017Good news from London: The longlist of thirteen semi-finalists for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, one of the most influential annual English-language international literary fiction honors just announced, chosen from titles published in the UK between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.
26 July 2017The phenomenon continues! In its 29th year, The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is making a splash this week, but also received viewer backlash because Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps didn’t race a real Great White shark in its “Phelps Vs. Shark” episode. The network responded saying, “In Phelps Vs Shark we enlisted world class scientists to take
26 July 2017Framebridge , the simple way to custom frame everything you love, and Penguin Young Readers, are bringing book illustrations off the pages and onto your wall for the first time with the launch of Penguin Print House, a new collection of limited edition framed artwork from beloved children’s books. Featuring vibrant art from timeless classics, celebrated award-winners and current bestsellers, the collection offers bright, fun and playful décor options for every nursery and children’s bedroom.
26 July 2017This week, Penguin Young Readers and Framebridge are bringing book illustrations off the pages and onto your wall for the first time with the launch of Penguin Print House, a new collection of limited edition framed artwork from beloved children’s books. Featuring vibrant art from timeless classics, celebrated award-winners, and current bestsellers, the collection offers bright, fun, and playful décor options for every nursery and children’s bedroom. Visit Framebridge for more information and to view the collection.
25 July 2017The much anticipated first look at director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming READY PLAYER ONE film, based on Ernest Cline’s bestselling Crown/Broadway novel of the same name, debuted as a teaser in theaters nationwide this past weekend. The movie, scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on March 30, 2018, was written by Mr. Cline, Eric Eason, and
25 July 2017Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish a book of investigative journalism by veteran political reporters and two-time New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that will take readers inside the world of President Trump and the
25 July 2017Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cristóbal Pera to the position of Publishing Director, Vintage Español, effective immediately. Cristóbal will be succeeding Jaime de Pablos, who has resigned from our group to assume key responsibilities for his family’s business.
24 July 2017Jonathan Segal, Vice President, Senior Editor, Knopf, recently was able to get together with one of his long-standing authors, Martin Walker, in the Dordogne region of France, where Walker has a home and has set his wonderful “Bruno, Chief of Police” series of
21 July 2017Barnes & Noble has announced their selections for Discover’s Fall 2017 season and they have chosen three forethcoming Crown titles. The B&N Discover Great New Writers program connects readers with books from up-and-coming authors from around the world.
20 July 2017Are you sending your kids to summer camp? Do you have fond memories of bygone summer adventures yourself? July is a big month for camps – whether it be themed day camps or the excitement of sleep-away camp. Deep and lasting friendships, as well as milestones of independence, are often formed at camp and the following books (for children and adults) take us there without the bug bites!
20 July 2017Viking is pleased to announce that former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, will publish a book in 2018. When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, a period that included such critical events as the take-down of Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia’s influence on the 2016 U.S election.
19 July 2017NASA) watched a live global broadcast! To honor the first moon landing, we’ve collected titles on this historic event which expanded our
19 July 2017
Junot Díaz, the New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her, will publish his debut picture book with Penguin Young Readers on March 13, 2018. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Islandborn celebrates cultural diversity in America and our imagination’s
14 July 2017This summer, readers and reviewers are loving A Gentleman in Moscow and The Dollhouse which set us thinking about the sub-genre of hotel lit… books where the hotel setting is so prominent and intriguing that the hotel, or inn, becomes another character. Whether these establishments are historical or fictional, we give
13 July 2017On Wednesday evening, NY Times bestselling author Tana French was awarded the 2017 Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel for her book THE TRESPASSER (Viking). This marks Ms. French’s fifth best-novel nomination and her first win. Her longtime publicist Ben Petrone accepted the award on her behalf at the award ceremony.
13 July 2017“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road Are you planning to hit the road this summer for vacation? According to a recent AAA survey, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017. In fact, 79% of American family vacationers are taking road trips, up 10 percent from last year. Many of us wax
12 July 2017Books of Wonder proudly hosts the ThrillerFest Teen Panel, featuring Kara Thomas and her newest book, LITTLE MONSTERS (Delacorte Press). The Panel discussion will take place on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. Other panelists include Elle Cosimano (THE SUFFERING TREE), Megan Miranda (THE SAFEST LIES), and Ashley Elston (This Is Our Story).
11 July 2017In our Three Questions for an Editor feature, Julie Grau, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Spiegel & Grau, opens a window into the editorial relationship between her and author Janelle Brown, with a focus on WATCH ME DISAPPEAR. Published July 11, this “spider’s web of a novel” draws readers in from page one. The disappearance of a
11 July 2017Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish a new book by former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon. CHASING LIGHT: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer is a striking and intimate collection of 150 color photographs—
11 July 2017Viking is pleased to announce that Valerie Jarrett will publish a book in 2019. Wendy Wolf, Associate Publisher at Viking, acquired North American rights from Creative Artists Agency. Ms. Jarrett, who was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, will share her circuitous journey as a
10 July 2017EVERY DAY, David Levithan’s captivating love story from Knopf Books for Young Readers, is being adapted into a major motion picture by MGM/Likely Story/FilmWave and filming began last week in Toronto. Jesse Andrews, who wrote Me And Earl and the Dying Girl, has adapted the script while Emmy/Golden Globe-winning director Michael Sucsy is helming the film, about a shy teenage girl, Rhiannon, who falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling soul who wakes each morning in a different body, living a different life, every day. Among the actors in the cast: Angourie Rice, best known for her role in The Nice Guys as the daughter of Ryan Gosling’s character, will star as Rhiannon. Maria Bello will play Rhiannon’s mother Lindsey, while Debby Ryan’s role is Jolene, Rhiannon’s wry, edgy older sister. Originally published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 2012, EVERY DAY was a New York Times bestseller and earned much critical acclaim. Levithan, a children’s book editor, also previously wrote the WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, with John Green, and NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, with Rachel Cohn.
10 July 2017Riverhead Books is proud to announce that BOY ERASED is being adapted for the big screen by Focus Features. The compelling and compassionate memoir by Garrard Conley is being scripted and directed by Joel Edgerton, two years after his directorial debut, The Gift.Along with being behind the camera, Edgerton will be also play the role of the
10 July 2017Random House Children’s Books and JetBlue have launched the seventh annual Soar with Reading initiative, which provides age-appropriate books to children who need them most. This summer the program lands in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with JetBlue installing four
10 July 2017Crown announced today that it will publish a book of investigative journalism by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, co-authors of POLITICO Playbook, that will take readers inside congressional battles in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections. As yet untitled, the book will chronicle the first two years of Donald
7 July 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Becky Aikman’s OFF THE CLIFF: How The Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge, published by Penguin Press. Ms. Aikman reveals the inspiration behind the creation of her book: “I wanted to write about the persistent problem that women’s stories aren’t
7 July 2017It’s the seventh day of the seventh month in the seventh year of this decade. This set us thinking on all the sevens in our realm: there are seven seas, seven heavens, seven continents, seven colors in a rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven days in a week, seven wonders of the world, seven chakras and so on. Surely “Seinfeld” fans will remember when George tells Susan he wants to name their first child “Seven.” Seems to us seven is something special! And so are these 7 books…
5 July 2017The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is proud to share their newly designed website, www.prhspeakers.com. Officially unveiled on June 19th in time for the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago, this is the first major redesign since the combined Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau site was introduced in 2014.
5 July 2017On July 1st Canadians celebrated Canada Day: The year 2017 marks 150 years since Canada’s Confederation. Of the sesquicentennial, and Canada Day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes: “We come together as Canadians to celebrate
5 July 2017On Independence Day, the Southern Book Prize (formerly known as the SIBA Book Award) announced its 2017 winners, including two books published by Penguin Random House imprints The finalists and winners prize were chosen by independent booksellers located in the Southern states, who see these as books that represent the best of Southern Literature, whether written by southern authors, or with a southern perspective, or both. Here are our 2017 Southern Book Prize winners in the following categories: Fiction Southern stories & stories by Southerners: THE WHOLE TOWN"S TALKING by Fannie Flagg (Random House) Juvenile: LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press) Congratulations to all of our award-winning authors, their editors and publishers. View the complete list of the 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners here.
4 July 2017Penguin Random House is committed to the principles of sustainable publishing, as stated in our corporate environmental sourcing policy. We strive to procure paper from suppliers who source responsibly. Additionally, we strive to maximize the use of certified and recycled fiber when appropriate for the final product. We expect our suppliers to respect and protect the rights of their workers, the forest, natural resources, and the local indigenous populations.
30 June 2017The cover of THE BOOK OF DUST: La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of Philip Pullman’s highly anticipated The Book of Dust trilogy, is now available. The cover was illustrated by Chris Wormell in his trademark woodcut style. The powerful illustration features a canoe named La Belle Sauvage being piloted through a storm by her owner, Malcolm Polstead, the hero of this new story. Chris Wormell has also created a different cover illustration for the edition of the book being released in the UK.
30 June 2017Last week, we asked employees to share photos of their dogs wearing the Penguin Random House bandanas that we distributed for the 2017 Global Walk. See below for pictures our employees’ “good dogs” proudly wearing Penguin Random House orange.
30 June 2017Five books published by Penguin Random House imprints earned nominations for the 2017 New England Book Awards. Sponsored by the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), the awards celebrate books about New England, set in New England or by an author residing in New England.
29 June 2017Are you ready for the long holiday weekend? Looking for something relevant to read? The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American
28 June 2017June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer’s Association (alz) has launched its #goPurple campaign. According to alz, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and afflicts more than 5.5 million Americans of all ages. Worldwide, nearly 44 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. When
28 June 2017“A slow-burn portrait of loss and survival” is how Entertainment Weekly describes this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, THE CHILD, Fiona Barton’s new psychological suspense novel, on sale this week from Berkley. Ms. Barton burst onto the scene last year with her bestselling debut thriller, THE WIDOW, one of the top breakout books of 2016.
27 June 2017John Grisham’s new podcast, “Book Tour with John Grisham,” kicked off last week with an episode recorded in front of a live audience at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont. It was a sold-out event, with guests receiving a copy of Grisham’s new Doubleday novel, CAMINO ISLAND, which the author signed for many of the
27 June 2017Sarah Jessica Parker, Editorial Director of SJP for Hogarth, a new line of books within the Crown Publishing Group’s Hogarth imprint, pre-empted World English, electronic, and audio rights to the debut novel by Fatima Mirza in a joint acquisition with Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director of Chatto & Windus and Hogarth UK. Ms. Parker and Ms. Hardie
26 June 2017Since THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank was first published in 1947, the book has been a beloved and deeply admired monument to the indestructible nature of the human spirit, read by millions of people and translated into more than fifty-five languages. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the publication of this
26 June 2017At this past weekend’s 48th annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards in Chicago, Random House Children’s Books author Nicola Yoonwon the John Steptoe Award for New Talent for her book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR(Delacorte Press). In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Yoon spoke of how books for young readers can (and need to) be mirrors.
26 June 2017OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine announced today the newest Oprah’s Book Club selection, Imbolo Mbue’s BEHOLD THE DREAMERS (Random House). In this novel, Ms. Mbue explores colliding classes, cultures and dreams. It’s a story of two fathers, a working-class immigrant
23 June 2017Jane Green, the “undisputed queen of the beach read,” will discuss and sign copies of her new novel THE SUNSHINE SISTERS (Berkley), in conversation with fellow Penguin Random House author Jean Hanff Korelitz, on Tuesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Books are Magic in Brooklyn.
22 June 2017Summertime and the livin’ is…reading (with apologies to Ella Fitzgerald!). It’s Friday and we’ve got scintillating books for all ages to dip into this weekend – that is, when you aren’t dipping into the pool, the sea or the guacamole! You’ll be happy to find these waiting on your towel or nightstand:
22 June 2017Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, will publish a new novel by #1 internationally bestselling author John Green, whose works have been translated into 54 languages with more than 45 million copies in print worldwide. Scheduled for publication on October 10, 2017, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN is the story of sixteen-year-old Aza
22 June 2017Our Penguin Random House distribution centers in Westminster, Maryland and Crawfordsville, Indiana both recently welcomed colleagues and their families to Open House events. For a look at the informative, fun, and well-attended activities, read on.
21 June 2017We are now officially into Summer – the season of ice cream, pool parties, beaches and baseball. To celebrate the sport of summer, we’ve put together a list of books about baseball, past and present.
20 June 2017Viking/Penguin author Sebastian Barry’s novel, DAYS WITHOUT END, has won the Walter Scott Prize, awarded annually to the best UK, Irish and Commonwealth novel set at least 60 years ago. Mr. Barry is the first double winner of the Scott Prize, which he previously won in 2012 for his novel, ON CANAAN’S SIDE.
19 June 2017David Kopp, Vice President, Executive Editor, Convergent Books, edited Andrew Root’s book, THE GRACE OF DOGS, and was instantly drawn into this engaging story – a heart-warming, enlightening read for anyone who has ever owned, loved and lost a dog, and who wanted to further explore the full scope of the human-dog relationship, including “how our dogs shape us, and how they serve as ‘teachers,’ of sorts.”
19 June 2017Penguin Young Readers author Ruta Sepetys has won the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, one of the UK’s most prestigious children’s literary awards, for her novel SALT TO THE SEA (Philomel Books/Puffin), a fictionalized account of the sinking of German ocean liner the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945.
19 June 2017THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson, has inspired, enchanted, and provoked readers ever since it was first published in 1936. This timeless classic book, published by Puffin, has been adapted for big screen, with the animated feature film to be released this fall. 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have revealed the first official trailer and movie poster.
19 June 2017The joy of having a dog family member cannot be easily measured, nor can the pain felt when the time comes to say goodbye to a furry loved one. Andrew Root offers illuminating, personal insights into this human-dog dynamic in his book, THE GRACE OF DOGS: A Boy, A Black Lab, and A Father’s Search for the Canine Soul, published by Convergent, a Crown Publishing Group imprint, on Tuesday, June 20.
16 June 2017Penguin Random House continued its long-held tradition of recognizing and rewarding talented New York City public high school students at our annual Creative Writing Awards (CWA), held Tuesday night, June 13, at Manhattan’s Symphony Space. Since 1994, more than two million dollars have been
15 June 2017Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day. For this installment of Friday Reads we focus on dad and his myriad interests with some of our bestselling titles.
15 June 2017The winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize is David Grossman for A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, published by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and Canada, and Jonathan Cape in the U.K., it was announced Wednesday night in London. Mr. Grossman, bestselling Israeli author of fiction, nonfiction
14 June 2017June is audiobook month and we congratulate this year’s Audie Award winners, announced June 1, 2017 at the Audie Awards Gala in New York! Penguin Random House has 4 award winners and many finalists: View the full list here.
14 June 2017The Library of Congress has announced that Tracy K. Smith is the new U.S. Poet Laureate. Robin Desser, Vice President, Editorial Director, Knopf, commented: “All of us here at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group are thrilled for Tracy, and for the role she’ll play in our country as Poet Laureate. She will make a distinguished Laureate, bringing her unique
13 June 2017Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, has announced the winners of its 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), with Penguin Random House authors receiving four awards, including the Visionary Award, a
13 June 2017Penguin Books and Penguin Classics are presenting a series of salon events in partnership with the Kate Werble Gallery in New York to bring people together for dialogue about books, art and activism, while raising funds for organizations relevant to the evenings’ themes. The first event, #RememberResistRediscover: A Gathering, took place on March 20, benefiting the New York Immigration Coalition.
13 June 2017Argentine artist Marta Minujín has created “Parthenon of Books,” a central piece in Documenta 14, one of the largest modern art shows in the world, being presented in Kassel, Germany, as well as its traditional home in Athens, Greece. Thirty-four years ago, Ms. Minujín constructed a similar art installment in Buenos Aires, Argentina to speak out against
12 June 2017A daring debut, this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, Anne Corlett’s THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS, is to be published by Berkley on Tuesday, June 13. The title been generating great advance buzz as readers delve into the dimensions of this question: “When the world ends, where will you go?” The author says, “I knew from very early
9 June 2017BookCon 2017 drew more than 20,000 book-loving consumers to the Javits Center in New York over the course of a weekend (June 3-4), and our Penguin Random House Digital Video team was there, producing terrific videos of key attractions featuring Penguin Random House authors. We are presenting the best of these productions on Igloo, including video footage of the following events that revolved around our authors and books:
9 June 2017The “Wonder Woman” movie is a hit and promises to entertain audiences in theatres throughout summer. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman has captured the imaginations of young women and girls new to the genre, transcending the usual superhero movie crowd. Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton
7 June 2017In June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. First, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 2, 2000. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
7 June 2017Signaling its intent to greatly expand its author- and imprint-brand-based merchandising capabilities, Penguin Random House has acquired Out of Print, the pioneering creator and retailer of licensed illustrated literary-themed products. Out of Print is celebrated as a destination for its high-quality tee-shirts and
7 June 2017THE IMPOSSIBLE CLIMB, Mark Synnott’s exclusive book-length story of his ten-year relationship with legendary climber Alex Honnold and his increasingly challenging, death-defying climbs, has been acquired by Dutton, it was announced by Christine Ball, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Putnam Dutton Berkley.
6 June 2017Dozens of our authors, editors and publishers basked in the spotlight at this year’s BookExpo (May 31 – June 2) and BookCon (June 3 – 4), at New York’s Jacob Javits Center. From the Expo’s Special Events Hall to its show-floor stages to the always-jammed Penguin Random House
5 June 2017The New York Public Library held the 2017 Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony in NYC last Thursday (6/1), when Viking/Penguin author Karan Mahajan won for his novel THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS. This is the latest in a string of accolades for Mahajan, who earlier this year was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists,
2 June 2017To celebrate the kickoff of “June is Audiobook Month,” Penguin Random House Audio is launching its “Transform Your Commute” campaign in New York City. To encourage more listeners to turn a sour commute sweet with audiobooks, Penguin Random House Audio is offering a week of free downloads to NYC-area commuters from Monday, June 5 to Friday,
2 June 2017Penguin Random House won 4 Audies last night at the 22nd annual Audie Awards® in New York. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) annually presents the premier awards program for audiobooks in the United States, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.
1 June 2017National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 2, and Penguin Publishing Group will be a social media partner with #WearOrange to recognize the date and to help send a powerful message to end gun violence.
1 June 2017On Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm, author and poet Patricia Lockwood will present her newest release, PRIESTDADDY (Riverhead), a heartbreakingly humorous memoir about having a married Catholic priest for a father. Patricia will be joined in conversation by Longreads editor Michelle Legro at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.
1 June 2017The Penguin Random House Library Marketing department recently hosted its 3rd Open Book event for librarians working in the Tri-State area. More than 120 librarians from the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and beyond attended to hear from such stellar Penguin Random House authors as Camille Bordas,
31 May 2017Walt Whitman’s newly discovered novel, LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF JACK ENGLE, published prior to LEAVES OF GRASS, is now available for the first time as an audiobook. Narrated by Jon Hamm, the title was released by Random House Audio on Tuesday (5/30), just in time to celebrate what would have been Whitman’s 198th birthday on May 31.
30 May 2017Two fifth grade classes at New York’s P.S. 3 Charrette School in Greenwich Village, our downtown Read-Ahead school, recently presented the P.S. 3 Poetry Reading to celebrate the completion of IF I WERE A SUPER MOON, I’D SHINE SO BRIGHT I’D LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, a collection of poems and illustrations from a number of the school’s students.
25 May 2017With its “BE Welcome” project, Bertelsmann is helping young refugees from Syria and Iraq get a fresh start in the German job market. Aimed at refugees aged 18 to 25, with the aim of helping them develop career prospects, the program was launched at Bertelsmann’s Gütersloh location with 11 participants in April
25 May 2017Why blend in when you were born to stand out? In the upcoming movie based on WONDER, the #1 New York Times bestseller by R. J. Palacio, August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. But that’s all about to change as Auggie enters fifth grade, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
25 May 2017May is National Photograph Month! Recognized by Congress in 1987, it’s a celebration of the art and the photographers who bring us spectacular images from all over the world. Let these books inspire your inner shutterbug!
25 May 2017Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers has acquired world rights for Pakistani American Gold Star father Khizr Khan’s first book for young readers and will publish it this fall, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Mr. Khan is best known for
25 May 2017On the last Monday of May we pay tribute to the American men and women who have died in service to our country. To honor the occasion, here is an essential list of nonfiction and fiction which honor their sacrifices. From classic, and award-winning, novels to front-line journalism, these titles take readers back to the Civil War and up to the Middle East conflict.
24 May 2017
Milestone Spotlight features an interview with a recent recipient of a Penguin Random House Milestone Award, which is given out to employees who have reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc. years of service with the company. The Employee Milestone Spotlight interview allows us celebrate our colleagues’ service by highlighting their successes within the company, and, is a chance for them to share some fun and personal information about themselves!
24 May 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz, the psychological suspense novel SHADOW MAN by Alan Drew, was published by Random House on Tuesday, May 23, amidst much buzz and enthusiasm from the media, fellow authors and inside Penguin Random House. Kate Medina, Executive Vice President, Executive Editorial
24 May 2017Contemporary book cover design is at the heart of Penguin Random House’s tradition of enduring quality and innovation, and 100 engaging covers by a select group of our creative designers and art directors are presented in a special “Be My Cover” exhibit. This visually dazzling show opened on May 18
24 May 2017In our ongoing effort to offer insights into “How Our Books Get to Market,” we present Tina Ruppert, Director, Westminster Operations. As part of the warehouse supply chain process, Tina says that using an efficient and productive system, on average, “We pick 8,000 to 10,000 cartons containing 160,000 to 200,000
24 May 2017Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights presented its 37th Annual Book Award to Matthew Desmond’s EVICTED, the Pulitzer Prize-winning title published by the Crown Publishing Group. Book Awards Chair Michael Beschloss said, “EVICTED takes an unsparing look at issues that Robert Kennedy cared deeply
23 May 2017Giving hope is what inspired author Carolina De Robertis to create RADICAL HOPE: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, and what inspired Vintage Books and Penguin Random House to gift a copy of the book to 11,000 public libraries across America.
19 May 2017It doesn’t get much more topical than this. The FBI has been a source of fascination since its start in 1908. Famous and infamous, the FBI has a long history that’s been documented by meticulously researched books by David Grann, Ronald Kessler, and Bryan Burrough, among many others. Below is a short list of highlighted titles covering the FBI, its most famous cases, and the little-known stories long lost to history.
18 May 2017The 18th Annual Spelling Bee benefiting the Literacy Council of Carroll County, Inc. recently took place in Westminster and Penguin Random House was well represented with three teams of spellers. The “Spine Crackers,” featuring Esther-Marie
18 May 2017May is Jewish American Heritage Month – proclaimed such in 2006 by President George W. Bush to honor the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. This year Penguin Random House was pleased to have the following nine books win, or be finalists for, National Jewish Book Awards in eight categories. The National Jewish Book
17 May 2017Video content continues to rise to the top of how consumers are choosing to access information and entertainment. In a further step towards harnessing the power of online video, the Random House Publishing Group has relaunched its YouTube Channel with a compelling and inspiring trailer titled “Who is Random House? Highlights from Our Authors.” Watch the trailer here.
16 May 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz celebrates the release of four major biographies that delve inside the lives of four distinctly different, supremely gifted individuals: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, Otis Redding and Maurice Sendak. While Ali, Hemingway and Redding are instantly
16 May 2017To coincide with Penguin Random House’s annual Take Our Children to Work Day on Thursday, April 27, our Corporate Communications and Kid’s Day teams created a light-hearted, informal, “handmade” video of our employees’ children reading or reciting lines from our Penguin Random House company
15 May 2017The newly unveiled Watson-Guptill colophon came to life because of a close collaboration between House Industries and a visionary team led Ten Speed Press Creative Director Emma Campion. Here Emma answers three questions about this very fruitful working partnership.
15 May 2017The Crown Publishing Group is pleased to announce a new colophon design for its Watson-Guptill imprint, which publishes instructional and influential illustrated art books for both amateur and professional artists around the world. The new logo, which will debut on books published this summer, is a reimagining of Watson-Guptill’s classic horse icon, and was created by the renowned font design studio House Industries.
11 May 2017From Page to Screen: Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of The Who Was? Show, a new family variety series based on Penguin Workshop’s bestselling Who Was? series, slated for release in 2018. The show is described as “a mixture of comedy and history [that] will feature key leaders, innovators and creative trendsetters while placing historical figures into context for today’s children”
11 May 2017The first Literary Landmark in Arizona was presented in honor of the late Junie B. Jones author Barbara Park, in partnership with the Arizona Center for the Book at Arizona State Library and Random House Children’s Books. The landmark designation was Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley, AZ, which served as the inspiration for Junie B. Jones.
11 May 2017May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Originating with Congress in the 1970s, this celebration was initially only one week in May (a resolution signed by President Jimmy Carter). In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The
10 May 2017The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Indies Choice Awards, with books published by Penguin Random House imprints taking three of the major awards. Through “Indies Choice,” independent booksellers from ABA member stores selected their favorite titles published last
10 May 2017In anticipation of Mother’s Day this Sunday, many are thinking about the special women who have influenced their lives, be it mom, aunt, grandma, or an adopted mother figure. Others may stress over their own mothering and what they could have done differently for their children. With these sorts of nuances to motherhood in mind, we recommend the
Crown Senior Editor Kevin Doughten on the Making of SHATTERED: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
10 May 2017Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Crown’s #1 New York Times bestseller SHATTERED by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes tells an unforgettable story both political and personal, that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.
10 May 2017The founder of Penguin Books, Sir Allen Lane, is being commemorated with a distinctive “orange plaque” at Exeter St Davids railway station today. The plaque, commissioned by Lane’s daughter, Clare Morpurgo, and designed by Penguin Random House, recognizes his contribution to British publishing and commemorates the location where he
10 May 2017Our colleagues at Penguin Random House India are celebrating their prize in the Social Samosa Awards for Best Social Media Brands 2016 competition, receiving a Silver Award in the “Media and Entertainment” category. Rukun Kaul, Digital Lead at Penguin Random House India, says: “We’re delighted with this recognition. This is a testament to our vision to make our social media channels forums where we
9 May 2017ARTEMIS, a near-future thriller by Andy Weir, author of the # 1 New York Times bestseller and international blockbuster THE MARTIAN, will be published in print and digital formats in the United States and Canada on November 14, 2017, the Crown Publishing Group announced. The publisher also
8 May 2017President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson are working together on a novel, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING, which will be published jointly by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company in June 2018. The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing
8 May 2017THE LIGHT WE LOST, Jill Santopolo’s debut novel, is being published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons on Tuesday, May 9. The book unfolds in a series of vignettes over a decade and a half, as a young woman navigates the turbulent emotional waters of her first love. With foreign rights already sold in 30 countries, striking a global chord, THE LIGHT WE LOST is a
4 May 2017The Nautilus Book Awards, honoring titles that “inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens while also valuing spiritual growth and conscious living,” have been announced. NEGOTIATING THE NONNEGOTIABLE by Daniel Shapiro (Viking), which won the Grand Prize “for
4 May 2017The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) has announced the winners of its 2017 Christian Book Awards and the Christian Book of the Year went to Tim Tebow for SHAKEN, a New York Times bestseller published by WaterBrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. The Christian Book Awards are among the oldest
4 May 2017National Teacher Day is May 9th – a day celebrating some of the most influential people in any child’s life. There are more than 3 million teachers in the United States, and that’s not counting all the aides and school librarians. So we say “thank you” to all of these hard-working, dedicated individuals with this Friday Reads
4 May 2017May is Mental Health Awareness Month, observed at this time each year since 1949 when it was established by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is Risky Business. From Mental Health America: “It’s important to educate people about habits and behaviors
3 May 2017Crown Archetype has announced that it will publish a new book by one of America’s most original and biting comic satirists Denis Leary. In WHY WE DON’T SUCK: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches, Leary will target liberals and conservatives alike with his incisive and sharp humor and signature doses of sarcasm and common sense.
3 May 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Nick Bilton’s AMERICAN KINGPIN: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road, “the unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it.” Portfolio published the book on May 2, and Mr.
1 May 2017The wait is over. Two and a half years since she took the world by storm with her international bestselling sensation THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, Paula Hawkins returns with INTO THE WATER, on sale from Riverhead Books on May 2. In an “equally addicting page-turner” (Marie Claire) that brings the same psychological
1 May 2017Dutton author W. Kamau Bell is launching his new book THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL at the Bell House in Brooklyn this coming Tuesday 5/2, and bestselling Blue Rider author Chuck Klosterman will be moderating. Doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased here. A copy of the book, which goes on sale May 2, is included in the $27 ticket price.
28 April 2017The 38th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this past weekend at the University of Southern California. Knopf/Vintage author Thomas McGuane received the 2016 Robert Kirsch Award, which recognizes the body of work of a writer of the American West;
28 April 2017This week saw the publication of Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s eagerly anticipated book, Option B. The book, and its authors, are getting a lot of media attention appearing on Good Morning America and NPR’s Morning Edition, to name a couple. Sandberg is COO of Facebook and the
28 April 2017Mystery Writers of America announced Thursday night, April 27, the winners of its coveted Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2016. Two of our authors’ books published by Penguin Random House imprints won Edgars. Also, the MWA’s Ellery Queen Award, established in 1983 to honor outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry, was
28 April 2017Judith Jones, a longtime editor at Alfred A. Knopf, was honored this week by the James Beard Foundation when she was inducted into their Cookbook Hall of Fame. This was Judith’s second Beard honor – in 2006, she received the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
27 April 2017The annual James Beard Foundation Books, Broadcast and Journalism Awards were held Tuesday night in New York City. Ten Speed Press and Clarkson Potter won a combined seven awards, including the James Beard Book of the Year, which went to Clarkson Potter’s VICTUALS by Ronni Lundy, from Senior Editor Francis Lam. Francis also went home with two journalism awards of his own.
27 April 2017Every ten years, Granta, a UK-based literary “magazine of new writing,” releases a list of authors deemed “the best young American novelists of their generation – writers of remarkable achievement and promise, still in their twenties and thirties.” Granta began this tradition in 1997.
27 April 2017Nathaniel Philbrick has won the George Washington Prize, including an award of $50,000, for his book, VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking/Penguin). Now in its 12th year, the George Washington Prize honors its namesake by recognizing the year’s best new books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that engage a broad public audience.
26 April 2017April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Initiated in 2002 in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, Poem in Your Pocket Day has been adopted by all fifty states. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.
25 April 2017The Sidney Hillman Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Hillman Prizes, the only major all-media awards dedicated to journalism in service of social and economic justice. The 2017 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism went to Matthew Desmond for EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown), which previously won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction; the 2016
21 April 2017Winners of the 2017 Books for a Better Life Awards, sponsored by the Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, have been announced. Among the award-winning titles were three books published by Penguin Random House imprints in the following categories:
21 April 2017Teacher Gillian Schneider, winner of Penguin Random House’s inaugural Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, knew how she wanted to use the prize’s $10,000 grant money. In the spirit of giving back and finding a way for young poets to develop their craft, Ms. Schneider, an English Teacher at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, funded the
21 April 2017This Saturday we pay special tribute to our home during Earth Day. Indeed, one way to measure the health of our planet is to look to the trees and the seas. The following books appreciate that fact through beautiful, informative and inspiring writing. We invite you to enter their pages and contemplate your relationship with the environment.
21 April 2017Sunday, April 23, is a symbolic date for books and literature the world over when readers everywhere join together in a celebration of books and reading. Read on to find out how.
20 April 2017Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. The #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign will culminate on World Book Day, Sunday, April 23. With the help of Charity Miles, you can celebrate Earth Day and support #ProjectReadathon together. And on Thursday, April 20, all of your contributions will be doubled!
20 April 2017In this new installment of our Climate Change series, Jill Santopolo, Editorial Director, Philomel Books, tells us about her key role in the creation of Chelsea Clinton’s IT’S YOUR WORLD: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going. Climate Change is one of the big issues covered in the book, including a detailed “Weather Report” section. Young readers are
19 April 2017In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve unearthed a spate of profound books about environmental leaders and their contributions to helping our fragile planet, and the creatures that depend on it, survive and flourish. Put one of these books in your backpack, head out into Mother Nature and remember to take only memories, leave only footprints.
18 April 2017Keith Olbermann, the award-winning commentator, reporter, writer, and news and sports anchor, will release a book of commentaries about President Donald Trump and the Trump Administration, it was announced today. Based on Olbermann’s hugely successful GQ web series, The
18 April 2017With Earth Day 2017 almost here, this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Paul Hawken’s DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, on sale April 18 from Penguin Books. Mr. Hawken says, “Unquestionably, distress signals are flashing
18 April 2017Mike Tyson, heavyweight champion and New York Times bestselling author of UNDISPUTED TRUTH, will join Paul Holdengraber, founder and director of Live from the New York Public Library, to discuss Tyson’s new memoir, IRON AMBITION: My Life with Cus D’Amato, for one night only at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. The event will take place on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here.
17 April 2017Penguin Random House is very excited to announce the launch of our #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign. The one-week reading and giving initiative, April 17 to April 23, gives readers the chance to help children in local communities throughout North America – just by reading.
14 April 2017When was the last time you wrote a poem? Elementary school? Yesterday? As Natalie Goldberg puts it in her classic book Writing Down the Bones, “poems are small moments of enlightenment.” There’s a poet in each of us and turning experience and feelings into poetry can be cathartic and fun. Inspiration is
13 April 2017Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) is proud to have three of its client publishers on Publishers Weekly’s Fastest-Growing Independent Publishers 2017 list. Europa Editions, Sasquatch Books and Shambhala are among the companies recognized by PW. Congratulations to each of the publishers and our PRHPS colleagues who work with them and contribute to their success.
13 April 2017April is Autism Awareness Month begun by the Autism Society nearly 25 years ago as a nationwide effort “to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.”
13 April 2017Kick A** Characters is a video series created by our Penguin Random House Video Team, on Papercuts (Read It Forward’s video channel), featuring stop-motion animation tributes to some of our favorite literary characters. The just-released 4th video in the series profiles Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE.
11 April 2017The worldwide #1 bestselling Millennium series of novels – which was launched in the U.S. in 2008 with the publication of Stieg Larsson’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – will continue in September with the release of book five: THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE. Written by David
11 April 2017Here is another way to enjoy April, National Poetry Month. Whether you’re new to poetry, familiar with its form, a connoisseur of its craft, or simply in need of encouragement, the newly created THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO POETRY has much to offer: Insights from 11 award-winning poets; advice on how to overcome imposter syndrome; three classic poems
10 April 2017This Three Question for an Editor series interview features Cindy Hwang, Vice President, Editorial Director, Berkley, who takes us inside her work with New York Times bestselling author Karen White, with a focus on Karen’s latest novel, THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, which Berkley is publishing on Tuesday, April 11. Cindy began
10 April 2017Viking is pleased to announce two new books from Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures. Wendy Wolf, Vice President and Associate Publisher of Viking, acquired North American rights, as well as audio and first serial, from Mackenzie Brady Watson at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency.
10 April 2017In this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, ALEX & ELIZA: A Love Story, on sale from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 11, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. “It is set when Alexander Hamilton is about 19 years old and Elizabeth
10 April 2017The International Thriller Writers, an honorary society of authors who write books broadly classified as “thrillers,” announced the finalists for the 2017 Thriller Awards. Six authors and their books published by Penguin Random House imprints are nominees in the following categories:
7 April 2017The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced its 2017 Literature Awards and Penguin Random House authors Karan Mahajan and Judy Blume were among the prize winners. Mr. Mahajan won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS (Viking/Penguin). The Rosenthal
7 April 2017The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the finalists for the 2017 Indies Choice Awards, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as well as nominees for Picture Book Fall of Fame honors – and Penguin Random House adult and children’s titles across our divisions are handsomely represented. Through “Indies Choice,” independent
7 April 2017
One clover, and a bee.
The revery alone will do, If bees are few. - Emily Dickinson
6 April 2017What are words worth? We know they are invaluable! And poets, especially, feel the weight of each one as they aspire to put “the best words in the best order.” Poets are heralded the world over, since time immemorial, for their revelatory gifts. Still, many avid readers shy away from poetry. Though our young years
5 April 2017The winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award, recognized as America’s largest peer-juried prize for fiction, is Random House author Imbolo Mbue, for her debut novel BEHOLD THE DREAMERS. The $15,000 prize was announced on Tuesday by PEN/Faulkner Foundation Chair Susan Richards Shreve.
5 April 2017In 1996, the Academy of American Poets set aside April as the official month to focus attention on poetry and its many contributions to our culture. Knopf takes part in the National Poetry Month celebration with our Poem-A-Day program. Each day during the month of April, we send out a free poem by a new or established poet drawn from the extensive list of books published by our group of imprints.
4 April 2017We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of our beloved longtime author, Richard Nelson Bolles. His unending intellectual curiosity about the world around him–and the people in it–gave him the energy and drive to update his career classic, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?, every year for more than forty-five years. His guide, originally a self-
4 April 2017The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) launched LA Reads, a joint initiative to help address the literacy crisis in Los Angeles by getting children excited about reading, with a special event at the Los Angeles Central Library on Saturday, April 1. Book partner Penguin Random House donated 5,000 titles
3 April 2017Nearly 10,000 science educators convened in Los Angeles last week for the annual National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) meeting. Penguin Random House was a corporate sponsor, with members of our Education Marketing team and Andy Weir, author of THE MARTIAN (Crown/Broadway), shining in the spotlight. With the increasing need for
31 March 2017“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
30 March 2017The 2017 Major League Baseball season begins on Sunday, April 2. To help baseball fans get revved up for the coming season, several Penguin Random House imprints have added to the large canon of baseball lit by publishing an impressive array of titles that range from two books on the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs to the definitive biography of
30 March 2017Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER, a bold and personal literary exploration of the US-Mexican border – its politics, gatekeepers, and victims on both sides of the line – from 2017 Whiting Award winner and former U.S. Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantú. Riverhead will publish THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER on February 6, 2018.
29 March 2017Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, announced today the acquisition of THE LAST GIRL: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. The book jacket image was also revealed. Publisher Tim Duggan acquired North American, electronic,
28 March 2017Hisham Matar’s THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between, published by Random House, won the inaugural PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, it was announced by PEN America, the U.S. chapter of the world’s leading international literary-human rights organization, at its 2017 awards ceremony on March 27 at The New School in NYC.
24 March 2017Viking and Penguin Books are thrilled that Karan Mahajan’s THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS has won the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. Henry Louis Gates, the chairman of The Cleveland Foundation, announced the winners of its 82nd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards on March 23. Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards have
24 March 2017Five finalists have been announced for the $10,000 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, “honoring the works of five commanding, diverse, young authors” aged 35 or younger, including our two nominees: THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) and THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS by Karan Mahajan (Viking/Penguin).
23 March 2017This week, in celebration of The Moth’s 20th anniversary, Crown Archetype published THE MOTH PRESENTS ALL THESE WONDERS: TRUE STORIES ABOUT FACING THE UNKNOWN bringing together some of the best stories ever told on The Moth stage or on The Moth Radio Hour. Since its debut in
23 March 2017Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired a new chapter book series from the New York Times and global bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, it was announced by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press. U.S. and Open Market rights for the series were acquired by Ms. Horowitz from agent Kim
23 March 2017Award-winning author Hannah Tinti will celebrate the launch of her new book THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY (The Dial Press) at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm. Tinti will discuss her latest novel with fellow Penguin Random House author and One Story editor, Patrick Ryan. The author discussion will be followed by a wine reception to commemorate the book’s launch.
23 March 2017The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the finalists for its 2017 RITA Awards, with 10 books published by Penguin Random House imprints among the nominees in the following categories:
23 March 2017Is there a spring in your step this week? The scent and spirit of renewal is in the air! As we enjoy buds, blooms and all things growing green, gardeners are getting their hands in the soil. Penguin Random House publishes many inspiring and instructive books about gardens including a lush genre of verse, essays, and stories all inspired by gardens and gardening. We invite you to till this beautiful plot of titles…
21 March 2017Penguin Press has partnered with Ample Hills Creamery to make a new flavor of ice cream – Original Cin – inspired by Bruce Feiler’s new book, THE FIRST LOVE STORY: Adam, Eve, and Us, on sale today, Tuesday, March 21. Ample Hills is inviting customers to choose their own story, with a custom five-pack of ice cream pints. Original Cin – cinnamon ice cream with housemade fig newtons – is one of the new flavors.
20 March 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Publisher Tim Duggan, who edited ON TYRANNY, says, “Snyder has been making the case for years that the world of the 1930s, especially the world of fascism, is not nearly as far behind us as we’d like to think. There are
17 March 2017On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves.
17 March 2017Matthew Desmond’s EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown) and Hope Jahren’s LAB GIRL (Alfred A. Knopf) won 2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards for Nonfiction and Autobiography respectively last night at a ceremony held at the New School in New York.
17 March 2017“Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there’s the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.”—John McGahern
16 March 2017Penguin Young Readers will publish SHE PERSISTED, a new picture book written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, that celebrates strong, inspirational women who have embodied the spirit of persistence throughout American history. The book will be published on May 30, 2017 by Philomel Books.
16 March 2017Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Anchor, is the winner of the first annual One Book, One New York campaign to get all New Yorkers to read the same book at the same time. The campaign (#OneBookNY) is spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
16 March 2017While we are still honoring Women’s History Month, it’s interesting to survey where the feminist movement has been and what it means now through the lens of classic works and contemporary voices. From de Beauvoir to Crispin, from bra-burning to badass crafting, the following titles have a lot to say about the need for social change.
Penguin Random House Operations Worldwide To Join Together To Create Fully Coordinated Global Publishing Events For The Two Obama Books
13 March 2017Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle today announced that all of the company’s publishing operations worldwide will join together to publish former President Barack Obama’s and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s forthcoming books. In each of the respective local territories, the books will have their own globally coordinated publication plan and publication date. Penguin Random House acquired world rights to the two Obama books last month.
13 March 2017On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves.
10 March 2017Daily Action, a new text-based civic engagement service, has announced the founding of the Daily Action Book Club and its first selection: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France (Knopf).
10 March 2017Author Meg Howrey is a former dancer who performed with the Joffrey, Eglevsky Ballet, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She toured nationally with the Broadway production of Contact, for which she won the Ovation Award in 2001 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. During her writing career, Meg has been the author two novels for Pantheon/Vintage, Blind
9 March 2017Nigeria, with its beauty and strife, has proven to be fertile ground for literature. The literary icons Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka hail from Nigeria and both experienced the Biafran War of the 1960s, whereas a number of contemporary Nigerian writers published by Penguin Random House were not yet born. The vibrant novels and memoirs featured this
Pamela Dorman Books / Viking to Publish New Novel by Jojo Moyes, Continuing the Story of Louisa Clark
9 March 2017Pamela Dorman Books/Viking is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by Jojo Moyes featuring Louisa Clark, the character readers have come to know and love from global bestsellers Me Before You and After You. The new novel will be published in Spring 2018, and will follow Lou as she heads for New York, only to find herself torn between her old life and her new.
9 March 2017It delights us no end that there are so many incomparable women of achievement to celebrate in March. And their contributions in science have entered into recent popular culture recently with the movie “Hidden Figures” and the upcoming HBO adaptation, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” In that light, we bring you works by and about women who
8 March 2017The Penguin Random House Book Fair reached a significant milestone in 2017 as we celebrate twenty years of partnership to raise money to benefit the students of Carroll Community College. This favorite community event, which took place on Saturday, March 4, promotes reading, literacy and learning and has raised over $600,000 since its inception.
8 March 2017The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, announced today that it will publish a new book by Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Isaac’s Storm, The Devil in the White City, and other notable works of narrative nonfiction.
7 March 2017Viking is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by John le Carré, A LEGACY OF SPIES. The book is set to be published on September 5th, 2017. This is the first novel in over twenty-five years to feature George Smiley, le Carré’s most beloved character. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague
7 March 2017Unbound Worlds, Penguin Random House’s online destination dedicated to the literary worlds of science fiction and fantasy, today announces the start of Cage Match 2017: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy. The annual character-bracket tournament formerly known as Suvudu Cage Match is back for a seventh year (and eighth tournament), making its debut on Unbound Worlds with a new theme, look, and interactive features.
7 March 2017Maya Mavjee, President and Publisher of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, today announced that Crown will publish in the U.S. and Canada two separate books to be written by former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, respectively. Penguin Random House, of which
6 March 2017On Sunday evening, The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of its 2017 Awards at The Louisville Palace Theater in Louisville, KY. The awards recognize the very best food writing of the year, from cookbooks to journalism to photography and digital media. Four Penguin Random House books and authors, and one editor took home awards.
6 March 2017Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.
6 March 2017On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves.
2 March 2017That t.v. taste-maker HBO is at it again with the brilliantly cast adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel BIG LITTLE LIES. But Liane’s isn’t the only book with lying eyes. For this Friday Reads installment, we proffer tantalizing fiction centered on deceit. Oh what a tangled web these characters do weave!
2 March 2017Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! In honor of the occasion, The National Education Association established Read Across America twenty years ago. The annual reading motivation and awareness program calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of the beloved
1 March 2017Barnes & Noble announced the winners of its 2016 Discover Great New Writers Awards and Matthew Desmond won the nonfiction honor for EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown/Broadway). He was awarded a cash prize of $30,000 and will receive a full year of marketing and merchandising support from the bookseller.
1 March 2017Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new book, DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS, is being published by Alfred A. Knopf the week of International Women’s Day. DEAR IJEAWELE is a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter from one friend to another.
1 March 2017The newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 2017 include 6 authors published by Penguin Random House: Junot Diaz, Edward Hirsch, Ursula K. LeGuin and Column McCann in the Literature sector, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (from Nigeria) and Zadie Smith (from England) as Foreign Honorary Members.
Penguin Random House to Publish Forthcoming Books by Former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
1 March 2017(February 28, 2017)— Penguin Random House is pleased to announce that it will publish forthcoming books by former President of the United States Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle announced today that the company has acquired world publication rights for two books, to be written by
28 February 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, one of the most anticipated books of 2017. Riverhead Vice President & Editorial Director Rebecca Saletan, Mohsin’s longtime editor, shares her insights: “I have had the enormous privilege of publishing Mohsin Hamid for the entire span of
27 February 2017Our On Sale This Week feature previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves.
23 February 2017We’ve noticed a recurrent theme in new novels’ characters… twins. From the eerie to the humorous to the poignant, and whether you have a twin or not, the following books are sure to fascinate:
22 February 2017PEN America, the U.S. chapter of the world’s leading international literary-human rights organization, has announced the winners in selected categories for its 2017 Literary Awards, with titles published by Penguin Random House imprints winning for nonfiction, diversity, science and sports writing:
22 February 2017Based on Herman Koch’s bestselling novel, THE DINNER, published by Hogarth, this upcoming cinematic thriller directed by Oren Moverman is a darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal. Starring Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney and Steve
22 February 2017Lights, camera, action! The 89th Academy Awards show is this Sunday, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Oscar buzz has been in the air for months. As is often the case, many of the contenders are films based on books, and many have already won awards this season. This year, Penguin Random house has the lion’s share of adapted titles with nominees in best
21 February 2017Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne and Renée Elise Goldsberry star in the HBO adaptation of the Crown/Broadway Books New York Times bestseller, THE IMMORTAl LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot. A trailer has been released to promote the HBO Films’ April 22 premiere.
21 February 2017Andy Ward, Vice President, Editor in Chief, Random House, offers insights into the editing of this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO: “I’d be lying if I said I had any idea what a novel by George Saunders would look like. This is a guy who was fiercely devoted to the short story
17 February 2017Our On Sale This Week feature previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
17 February 2017The London Book Fair has announced that the recipient of the LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 will be Luiz Schwarcz, Publisher of Penguin Random House’s Brazilian sister publisher, Companhia das Letras. Mr. Schwarcz is one of the most commercially successful and culturally influential figures in
16 February 2017The highly anticipated television adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s #1 New York Times bestseller, BIG LITTLE LIES, premieres on HBO this Sunday as a limited series. New episodes will air every Sunday for the following six weeks. Berkley’s trade paperback and mass market tie-in editions went on sale February 7.
The all-star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Adam Scott and Zoë Kravitz. David E. Kelley (L.A. Law, The Practice, Ally McBeal) created the series and wrote the pilot episode.
Watch the BIG LITTLE LIES trailer here.
16 February 2017Crown Archetype, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, has announced that it will publish BONFIRE, a debut psychological suspense novel by actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter, best known for her starring roles in the award-winning Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and cult favorite Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, as well as her critically acclaimed role on AMC’s Breaking Bad.
16 February 2017On Monday, February 20th we honor Presidents’ Day. Established in 1885, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. The History Channel tells us the holiday was traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual birthday—but became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act:“an attempt
15 February 2017The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid
Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST to be Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers in October
15 February 2017The highly-anticipated news of Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST release date is now official, with Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers to publish the book on October 19, 2017. The Associated Press announced the news with this article, Pullman Reveals ‘His Dark Materials’
13 February 2017An unprecedented cast of 166 different voices narrate the Random House Audio edition of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, the first novel by George Saunders, bestselling author of TENTH OF DECEMBER and a National Book Award nominee. Nearly 60 Penguin Random House colleagues (scroll down to see the list of names) are featured as part of the audiobook cast, led
13 February 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is GIRL RISING, by award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, published by Random House Children’s Books imprint Wendy Lamb Books. Created in collaboration with the makers of the film, Girl Rising, this is a stunning and important nonfiction work. The film chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world,
#UnitedStatesOfBooks: New Penguin Random House Social Campaign Celebrates America’s Literary Spirit and Local History Across 50 States
13 February 2017NEW YORK, NY — February 14, 2017 — Penguin Random House introduces #UnitedStatesOfBooks, a new social initiative and ReadDown book list series that celebrates, on Instagram and penguinrandomhouse.com, the literary spirit of each of the 50 states. #UnitedStatesOfBooks takes readers on a literary tour state by state, with dedicated
13 February 2017Our feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
13 February 2017Penguin Random House India turns 30 this year and kick-started its anniversary celebrations at one of India’s largest literary events of the year, the Jaipur Literature Festival. As part of the festivities, Penguin introduced the iconic orange pop-up cart and a new range of quirky merchandise and collectibles as well as top bestsellers in India from the last 30 years.
10 February 2017Will you see it this weekend? Fifty Shades Darker, based on the second volume in the #1 bestselling E L James trilogy, published by Vintage, was given the full red carpet treatment for its Los Angeles premiere last week in The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Before hitting the carpet, Ms. James joined the film’s director James Foley as well as stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan at a masquerade ball for fans at Vibiana in downtown L.A.
10 February 2017DK Publishing has released a wide array of tie-in titles in connection with The LEGO Batman Movie, which opens on Friday, including The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential Guide, Ultimate Sticker Collection: The LEGO Batman Movie, DK Readers L1: The LEGO Batman Movie: Team Batman, DK Readers L2: The LEGO Batman Movie: Rise of the
10 February 2017The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for its 2017 Audie Awards and 18 of them are Penguin Random House Audio titles. The honorees were revealed via a social media campaign, with each category’s finalists named by a notable author, narrator, or media outlet. Three Penguin
10 February 2017Who doesn’t love a love letter? Even one not intended for its reader? Perhaps especially those! In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we turn our rose-colored, voyeuristic, reading glasses to books of love letters from some of our most beloved poets and writers.
10 February 2017To herald the arrival of TASTE (tastecooking.com), an online food magazine launched in partnership with the Crown Publishing Group, we posed three questions to Matt Rodbard, who will direct TASTE’s editorial vision, strategy, and content development.
8 February 2017February is American Heart Month, a great time to make changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women claiming more than 600,000 lives each year. While many lifestyle choices and medical conditions can put you at risk for heart disease, the main ones are high blood pressure, high ldl cholesterol, and
7 February 2017In honor of the fifth anniversary of R. J. Palacio’s WONDER, Random House Children’s Books, together with our author, launched #ChooseKindValentine, a campaign that encourages everyone on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to contribute to a Kindness Chain by posting an act of kindness with a tag to someone else.
7 February 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Sophie Kinsella’s MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE, on sale now from The Dial Press. Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. At no time in the history of humankind do we know more about “other people’s lives,” thanks to social media.
6 February 2017Author Elan Mastai will be celebrating the release of his first novel ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS (Dutton) on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 pm at WORD bookstore in Jersey City. Mastai will be joined in conversation by fellow Penguin Random House author Jonathan Tropper.
3 February 2017Our feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
3 February 2017Created in collaboration with the makers of the film, Girl Rising, Random House Children’s Books is releasing a stunning nonfiction book, also titled GIRL RISING, by award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, on sale from Wendy Lamb Books on February 14. The film chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the
1 February 2017Penguin Random House author Sebastian Barry has won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year for DAYS WITHOUT END, published by Viking in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Barry becomes the first novelist to receive this award twice, having previously won for THE SECRET SCRIPTURE (Viking/Penguin) in 2008. The Costa Book Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes.
1 February 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, MY HUSBAND’S WIFE by Jane Corry, on sale from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, was edited by Vice President and Publisher Pamela Dorman, who comments, “I first heard about MY HUSBAND’S WIFE from our corporate colleagues at Viking UK – I was attracted to the selling title, first, and then by the idea of two
27 January 2017As Penguin Random House continues its ongoing commitment to social responsibility and business practices that minimize our impact on the environment, our new Climate Change series article features an interview with Penguin Press Vice President and Publisher Scott Moyers. He worked closely with world renowned environmentalist
27 January 2017As we continue to settle into the first part of 2017, we are highlighting a selection of books that may comfort, entertain, or challenge you during these mid-winter months. The lineup featured below presents a variety of selected new and upcoming adult titles from across our Penguin Random House imprints by both well-known and emerging authors. Happy Reading!
26 January 2017This year, Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster – begins on Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. In honor of the occasion, we are highlighting some of our best novels by Chinese authors.
25 January 2017This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, Lindsey Lee Johnson’s captivating debut novel, THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH, was edited by Random House Executive Editor Noah Eaker, who commented, “What was so striking the first time I read Lindsey’s novel was how she had brought such a layered and adult point of view into the world of adolescence. Her
24 January 2017Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel EILEEN, published by Penguin Press, was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it won the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and San
24 January 2017More than 400 Penguin Random House volunteers mobilized with energy, pride and purpose when participating in our first-ever Community Day of Service on January 13, concluding our Company Week activities. Markus Dohle had this to say about giving back in his blog post last month: “One of the beliefs that binds us together is our commitment to
23 January 2017The American Library Association selected THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown) as the winner of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. More of our
23 January 2017The annual January American Library Association Midwinter meeting is the setting for the bestowal of major literary-award recognition upon Children’s and Adult books and their authors. We have multiple 2017 honorees, announced this morning:
20 January 2017On Tuesday, January 24th, Jerry Spinelli continues his book tour promoting, THE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER, with an in-store event at Books of Wonder in New York City. The acclaimed STARGIRL author has received widespread attention for his newest title. THE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER has received four
20 January 2017Doubleday Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired a never-before-published Mark Twain children’s story, it was announced today by Mallory Loehr, Senior Vice President & Publisher of the Random House/Golden Books, Doubleday, and Crown Books for Young Readers Group. The story, a fairy tale left
19 January 2017PEN America has announced the finalists for its 2017 Literary Awards in the categories of debut fiction, nonfiction, essay, diversity, science, sports writing, biography and translation. The 16 shortlisted titles published by Penguin Random House imprints are:
18 January 2017Did you know that 2016 marked the third year in a row of Earth’s highest temperature in recorded history? Government scientists say the cause is mostly man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino. The announcement came this week from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They said last year passed 2015 as the hottest year on record. This
18 January 2017On Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 AM, Emily Jenkins will continue her tour promoting A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab in Brooklyn, New York. A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG, which hit shelves earlier this month, received 5 stars
18 January 2017The National Book Critics Circle has announced its awards finalists for the outstanding books of 2016, as well as special awards winners. Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, HOMEGOING (Alfred A. Knopf) is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize
17 January 2017Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has acquired and will publish a new YA novel from the New York Times bestselling author of WE WERE LIARS, E. Lockhart. The deal for world rights was announced by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press, and longtime Lockhart editor. Random House
17 January 2017As we embark on 2017, we take a moment to reflect on 2016 and celebrate the voices of Penguin Random House – our authors, partners, and readers everywhere. At Penguin Random House, our mission is to nourish a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to create stories that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers
17 January 2017A medida que nos embarcamos en 2017, tomamos un momento para reflexionar sobre 2016 y celebrar las voces de Penguin Random House - nuestros autores, socios y lectores en todas partes. En Penguin Random House, nuestra misión es nutrir una pasión universal por la lectura al asociarnos con autores para crear historias que informen, entretengan e
12 January 2017On Monday, January 16th we honor Martin Luther King Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. The holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. It’s a time to commemorate the timeless values he exemplified – courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service – as
5 January 2017
- Helen Keller
3 January 2017Penguin Random House’s partnership with Save the Children, the world’s leading independent organization for children, continued to bring books and literacy skills to thousands of young readers in need throughout 2016. Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children USA, sent a special message of thanks
14 December 2016As the year winds down and the holidays ramp up, we are reflecting on books that continue to leave their mark on young and old, make great gifts and have a lot going for them in 2017. Recently, Penguin Random House’s Library Marketing Field Reps presented a librarian webinar highlighting a range of such titles. Here is a sampling:
12 December 2016“I’ve always loved being transported to another world” Lauren Graham has said of her passion for reading. Growing up in Washington, DC, she and her dad would scour local bookstores for new discoveries. Writing a novel seemed like a logical next step in the career of the beloved actress, who holds a BA in English from Barnard College. Her first book, SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE became a bestseller and a critical success, with The Wall Street Journal calling it “A charmer
9 December 2016PEN America has announced the longlists for its 2017 Literary Awards in the categories of debut fiction, nonfiction, essay, diversity, science, sports writing, biography, translation and poetry in translation. The 25 longlisted titles published by Penguin Random House imprints are presented below:
9 December 2016As the holidays approach, many are taking flight to Hawaii for the warmth and experience of unharried “island time.” Yes, December is peak travel season in Hawaii and so we cast our nets for great books set there and present to you our catch:
7 December 2016December 7, 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and six other military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The attack precipitated America’s entry into World War II. To coincide with the many planned commemorative events, we bring you the following books, including personal accounts, of that fateful day.
6 December 2016This year’s Penguin Random House #GiveaBook campaign, which launched on Giving Tuesday, invited readers to claim 5 of 50,000 books for their hometown, and quickly passed its initial goal, assigning 50,000 books in a single day. In response, Penguin Random House increased its donation to 100,000 books, which were earmarked by readers within two
6 December 2016Four Penguin Random House Audio productions received 2017 GRAMMY® Award nominations, announced this morning:
1 December 2016Fidel Castro, the revolutionary who led the communist country of Cuba for 49 years – a mere 90 miles from the United States – passed away last Friday. The government of Cuba declared nine days of mourning. Just three days after his death, the first scheduled commercial flight from the U.S. to Havana in more than 50 years landed to the applause of passengers and
29 November 2016On Friday, December 2 at 7:00 PM, author Nicola Yoon will continue her tour promoting THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR (Delacorte Press), which was recently honored as a National Book Award Finalist, at the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope. Yoon will be joined by fellow RHCB author, Kara Thomas (THE DARKEST CORNERS) and Adam Silvera (MORE HAPPY THAN NOT) to discuss their books with Bustle.com’s Books Editor, Cristina Arreola.
29 November 2016To celebrate #GivingTuesday, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite ways to give back and support books and reading this holiday season. Keep reading to learn how you can give the gift of reading, literacy and education in your hometown and across the globe.
Buy One, Give One with Penguin Random House and Zulily to Help Make Bedtimes Better for Kids Nationwide
28 November 2016We all know that a good night’s sleep is critical to the health and wellbeing of a child, but sometimes it’s what happens before sleep during the bedtime routine that helps create good habits that last a lifetime. Here at Penguin Random House, we believe that no good bedtime is complete without a good story, so we’ve partnered with online retailer zulily to help put books in the hands of kids as part of the company’s “making bedtimes better” campaign.
28 November 2016We are thrilled to announce the launch of this year’s #GiveaBook Giving Tuesday campaign with a new framework that gives readers across the country the power to give back and donate Penguin Random House books to students and educators in their local communities. We have donated more than 85,000 books to
22 November 2016“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks
22 November 2016Penguin Random House partnered with Worldreader to launch an Author Ambassador program that took Schwartz & Wade author Tad Hills to Africa to visit schools in Ghana and Kenya this past May. With his books and hundreds of other children’s titles donated by Penguin Random House, Worldreader's largest publishing partner, Tad read, taught and interacted with students in Worldreader’s e-reader program. Our e-book donation crossed all genres, reading levels and age groups, enabling
21 November 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST, published by Blue Rider Press on Tuesday (11/22). David Rosenthal, President & Publisher of Blue Rider Press, edited the book, and says, “If it weren’t for her fame in the Star Wars movies, Carrie Fisher might be best known as a writer. With novels like Postcards from the Edge and The
21 November 2016The Penguin Random House Foundation’s 2016 Teacher Awards for Literacy winners received special grants as part of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention during it opening session on November 17 in Atlanta, GA. The event was attended by more than 1,500 educators from around the country. The first recipient of the newly created $10,000
21 November 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
17 November 2016Three picture books published by our Penguin Random House imprints are among The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016. Every year since 1952, The New York Times Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select the Times’ Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Judged purely on artistic merit, it’s the only annual award of its kind.
17 November 2016Let’s talk… This week sees the Knopf publication of ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC: CONVERSATIONS. The book is the transcription of two years of conversations about music and writing between the revered author Haruki Murakami and his close friend Seiji Ozawa, former conductor of
17 November 2016Our authors’ and our treasured long-standing good fortune with the annual National Book Awards continued Wednesday night in downtown Manhattan, as Colson Whitehead’s THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD won the 2016 prize for Fiction. This is the fourth consecutive year a Penguin Random House title has been honored in this category.
17 November 2016At its annual National Book Awards ceremony dinner Wednesday night in downtown Manhattan, the National Book Foundation bestowed this year’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters upon Robert A. Caro. The Knopf/Vintage author of The Years of Lyndon Johnson biographies and THE POWER BROKER previously has been honored
16 November 2016Finalists for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced and feature 62 books published by Penguin Random House imprints across such categories as Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Horror, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autography, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food &
Crown Archetype Acquires Tom Verducci’s THE CUBS WAY, Chronicling the Chicago Cubs’ Epic Journey to Become 2016 World Series Champions
16 November 2016Crown Archetype has acquired a new book, THE CUBS WAY: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci, a two-time winner of the National Sportswriter of the Year Award. Scheduled for publication on March 28, 2017, this book will tell the inspiring story of the Chicago Cubs’ transformation from perennial
15 November 2016
NEW YORK, NY (November 15, 2016) -- Philip Hoffman, former Chief Corporate Finance and Strategic Development Officer at Pearson PLC, has been named Chairman of Penguin Random House, effective January 1, 2017, it was announced today by the company’s Board of Directors. He succeeds John Makinson, who will have served as the company’s Chairman for nearly three-and-a-half years when he retires from the position on December 31, 2016 at the conclusion of a 15-year career with Penguin and Penguin Random House.
15 November 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Trevor Noah’s BORN A CRIME: Stories from a South African Childhood, published by Spiegel & Grau. Trevor’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. He was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.
14 November 2016The Penguin Random House digital video team is helping to spread the latest viral video meme, #MannequinChallenge. A group of colleagues posed frozen in place reading books in the 2nd floor club room at 1745 Broadway last Friday, as one camera-person roamed and filmed, capturing the scene. The footage has been posted on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Watch our #MannequinChallenge video here:
14 November 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
9 November 2016Regardless of one’s personal opinion about the outcome of a Presidential election that deeply divided voters, we all are united in our hope that we soon might come together as a nation. As we all recover from extreme campaign fatigue, here are some recommended titles to help us move forward:
8 November 2016Madeleine Thien has won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s preeminent annual award for literary fiction, for her novel DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada and edited by Lynn Henry. The Giller Prize jury offered this high praise: “DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING by
8 November 2016Joe Buck, the announcer of this century’s most-watched, historic, Chicago Cubs–winning Major League Baseball World Series reveals why he is one LUCKY BASTARD, his new memoir and this week’s Igloo Book Buzz title. Dutton Executive Editor Jill Schwartzman, who edited the book, says, “I’ve been a sports fan all my life, but in the year and half I’ve been working
7 November 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
7 November 2016NIGHT SCHOOL, the new book from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Lee Child, is being published on Monday (11/7) by Delacorte Press. From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, this novel moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Jack Reacher maneuvers inside the game and
2 November 2016November is Native American Heritage Month and current events are shining a light on this nation’s sad history of Native-American relations. Many, including famous actors and activists, have taken up the cause of the Native people in protests over the North Dakota pipeline. Disparaging stereotypes have plagued tribal members for decades. In contrast, Native
2 November 2016Julie Bennett, Vice President, Editorial Director, Ten Speed Press, and author Kate Schatz take us inside the pages of RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE, which tells fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits by illustrator
31 October 2016Tricia Boczkowski, Vice President, Editorial Director, Crown Archetype, answers three questions about her work on WALK THROUGH WALLS by Marina Abramović, on sale now from Crown Archetype. Marina’s story, by turns moving, epic, and dryly funny, informs an incomparable artistic career that involves pushing her body past the limits of fear, pain,
31 October 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
28 October 2016Jumpstart’s 11th annual Read for the Record – the world’s largest shared reading experience – featured Random House Children’s Books as the official publisher partner, with THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), the official campaign book, read far and wide yesterday. Since 2006, this 24-hour
27 October 2016A wide range of memoirs and biographies are being published by our Penguin Random House family of imprints this fall, with the featured individuals ranging from rock stars, actors and novelists to a gangster, statesman, First Lady, playwright, film director, comedian, broadcaster, fashion designer, performance artist, and a 9/11 first responder.
26 October 2016In celebration of the life and legacy of our beloved author Pat Conroy, Doubleday, The Dial Press and Penguin Random House will donate $1 to the new Pat Conroy Literary Center for every photo, book, quote or memory that is shared in honor of Pat, using the hashtag #PatConroyDay* on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (*up to $15,000)
24 October 2016From his heyday to the present moment, Al Capone—Public Enemy Number One—has gripped popular imagination. This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, AL CAPONE: His Life, Legacy and Legend by National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair, is being published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on Tuesday (10/25). This represents the first complete life of the legendary gangster with the cooperation of his family, who provided exclusive access to personal
24 October 2016Major titles from several of our highly respected authors are hitting shelves everywhere this week, with new books by John Grisham, Ina Garten, and Pat Conroy leading the way. See more titles that are On Sale This Week, from Marina Abramovic’s memoir to the candid story of Phil Collins’s epic career.
21 October 2016From the desk of Penguin Classics Executive Editor John Siciliano… At Penguin Classics we spend most of our time in the past, but this year, for our 70th anniversary, we decided to take a look back at the future—as imagined in some of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy novels of the 20th century. Behold Penguin Galaxy: deluxe hardcover editions of six iconic masterworks of visionary fiction,
20 October 2016Neil Nyren, Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher, Editor in Chief, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, has been editing books by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford since 1988, most recently, ESCAPE CLAUSE: A Virgil Flowers Novel, published this week by Putnam. Mr. Nyren offers personal insights into the full scope of his editorial work with Mr. Sandford.
19 October 2016Julian Assange and his whistleblowing site Wikileaks are in the news this week because the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange is under political asylum, has cut off Assange’s internet access stating Ecuador’s policy not to interfere in foreign elections. In his Facebook interview with the New York Times, Assange called Hillary Clinton “a demon.” Regarding Clinton’s presidential campaign, Wikileaks has continued to post batches of
18 October 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title is DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE by BarkPost, published by Putnam today. This book spotlights over 200 unique, remarkable dogs and their people, including several Penguin Random House colleagues.
17 October 2016
Title Wave is proud to introduce the Fall 2016 selection, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon; On sale November 1st!Once they met, the rest was history: In THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and
17 October 2016Jason Henry, Senior Designer, Dial Books for Young Readers, has more than fifteen years of experience designing books for young readers and is featured in our Behind the Book Covers series. Jason has won awards for his work from the Book Industry Guild of New York, as well as receiving a 2013 Sibert Honor picture book for ELECTRIC BEN: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and a 2016 Newbery Honor book for ROLLER GIRL. Many of the
17 October 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
12 October 2016Taxes. The subject casts our thoughts to April, as we wait to find out if we will be getting a check or sending one. In election years, tax codes are on the front burner, as candidates lay out their plans to increase, decrease or otherwise change the status quo. Over the past few weeks, the attention paid to what candidates themselves pay has been at the top of the news
12 October 2016As we continue to highlight new Fall books being released by Penguin Random House imprints, here is a selection of more upcoming fiction titles, by such authors as Brit Bennett,Clive Cussler, Fannie Flagg, Robert Harris,Jack Higgins, Felix Francis, Mark Greaney,P.D. James, W.E.B. Griffin, Ha Jin, Anne Rice, and Zadie Smith.
11 October 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz, DK’s GEM, features a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Aja Raden. Published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, GEM is a stunning compendium of the world’s natural treasures—featuring a range of precious and semiprecious stones, metals, organic gems, and famous pieces from around the world—that weaves together specially commissioned photography to explain the science, history, and mythology around them.
10 October 2016In this special Igloo interview, bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her editor, Jennifer Hershey, Senior Vice President, Editor in Chief, and Associate Publisher, Ballantine Books, take us inside the inspiration for and the process of writing and editing SMALL GREAT THINGS, a stunning new novel that Ballantine Books is publishing on Tuesday (10/11). With richly layered characters, unflinching insights, and a gripping moral dilemma at its heart, this book will lead
10 October 2016Award-winning television and film actress, producer, and designer Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of books named SJP for Hogarth, to be housed within the Hogarth imprint, a transatlantic partnership between Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group in the US and Chatto & Windus in the UK.
10 October 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
6 October 2016The National Book Award Finalists for 2016 were announced on October 6th. Every year the National Book Foundation selects five finalists in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The award was begun in 1936, but soon was halted due to WWII. It was resumed in 1950 under a restructured organization as an annual event. Titles
5 October 2016The big Fall movie openings are underway, which is always exciting, but when the movie is based on a book you loved you may have grown impatient. The Girl on the Train has made it to the big screen in record time and opens this week. Yahoo! Lots more on tap. Between theatrical releases and television adaptations, avid readers have oodles of favorites coming to screens large and small. Here are some current releases, and more to look forward to. We bet there are some you still need to read first. What are you waiting for?
5 October 2016When Crown Archetype announced it will publish THE KEYS, a new book by hip-hop producer and social media star DJ Khaled, on November 22, USA Today, Rolling Stone and other major media outlets got excited. USA Today trumpeted, ““Major key alert! DJ Khaled is publishing a book” and Rolling Stone ran this headline: “DJ Khaled Reveals Personal Philosophy for Success in New Book. Hip-hop producer’s THE KEYS includes life stories and tips such as ‘don’t drive your jet ski in the dark.’”
5 October 2016A remarkable video, “The Immortal Rap of Henrietta Lacks,” made by 7th and 8th grade students in Oakland, CA, was inspired by the #1 New York Times bestselling Crown/Broadway book, THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot, who makes a cameo in the video.
5 October 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz is Jane Green’s GOOD TASTE, which will be published on Tuesday (10/4) by New American Library. A guide to all things food and entertaining, the book may seem like a departure for the New York Times bestselling novelist. Claire Zion, Vice President, Editor-In-Chief, Berkley/NAL and the author herself talk about how this should not come as a surprise to longtime readers.
5 October 2016Random House has announced that it will release the George R. R. Martin Box in conjunction with the bestselling author and HBO Global Licensing®. Pre-orders are now available for three editions of the book box, which includes collectibles, exclusive items, and a special version of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES, the first book in his bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the basis for the award-winning HBO® series.
5 October 2016Viking has announced that it will publish international bestselling author Ken Follett’s magnificent new epic A COLUMN OF FIRE on September 12, 2017. Mr. Follett commented, “I’m thrilled to be publishing the next novel in the Kingsbridge series with Viking and introducing readers to the world of spies and secret agents in the sixteenth century, the time of Queen Elizabeth I. It’s a rich and fascinating part of history and I’m excited to share this with book lovers.”
5 October 2016Penguin Random House Young Adult authors E. Lockhart, Gayle Forman and Libba Bray launched the #firstvote16 campaign on National Voter Registration Day last week. “We all care about this election and the future of our country and we got the idea to try to reach out to the first-time voters in the audience for YA literature, demystifying the process and encouraging young people to let their voices be heard,” Ms. Lockhart told Publishers Weekly.
5 October 2016Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing Group have announced the launch of Season of Stories, an eleven-week serialized reading experience, which will begin Tuesday, October 11, and continue through the end of December, delivering short stories directly to a reader’s inbox.
29 September 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
29 September 2016The National Book Foundation has announced its 5 Under 35 honorees for 2016, including three of our authors: Brit Bennett, author of THE MOTHERS (Riverhead), selected by judge Jacqueline Woodson; Yaa Gyasi, author of HOMEGOING (Knopf), selected by judge Ta-Nehisi Coates; and Thomas Pierce, author of HALL OF SMALL MAMMALS (Riverhead), selected by judge Amity Gaige.
World English Language Release: Dan Brown’s New Novel, ORIGIN, to be Published by Doubleday on September 26, 2017
28 September 2016Global publishing phenomenon Dan Brown, author of the #1 international blockbusters INFERNO and THE DA VINCI CODE, has written his latest Robert Langdon thriller titled ORIGIN. Doubleday will release the novel in the U.S. and Canada on September 26, 2017 and it will also be available as an ebook and an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio. ORIGIN will be published simultaneously in the U.K. by Transworld Publishers, a division of
28 September 2016The arrival of Fall is accompanied by an impressive lineup of books across our Penguin Random House imprints. The focus of this first installment of our Fall Fiction Preview is a selection of new upcoming works by authors whose books regularly appear on national bestseller lists, including Margaret Atwood,Lee Child, Janet Evanovich, Tana French, W.E.B. Griffin, John Grisham, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathan Lethem, Debbie Macomber, Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, John Sandford, Alexander McCall Smith, Danielle Steel and Stuart Woods.
27 September 2016Big names–Sheryl Crow, Cynthia Nixon, Edie Falco, Andrea Mitchell, Carly Simon, Wanda Sykes. Everyday people–your neighbor, your best friend, your teacher, your mother, your sister, you. You may not be personally acquainted with the first six names on this list, but many of the others are near and dear. We know the first group has battled breast cancer, and odds are, people in the other have too. Or worse, they may not yet realize there is a battle to be
Penguin Press Editor Emily Cunningham on How ELEANOR AND HICK Transforms Our Perception of Eleanor Roosevelt
27 September 2016Our Igloo Book Buzz title this week – a timeframe charged with the current presidential race –presents an inside look at Susan Quinn’s ELEANOR AND HICK, published on Tuesday (9/27) by Penguin Press. It’s a warm, intimate account of the love between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.
26 September 2016Penguin Random House unveils Unbound Worlds (www.unboundworlds.com), the successor online destination to Suvudu, dedicated to the literary worlds of science fiction and fantasy. The website will offer readers insight into books and authors from all publishers and occupy the crossroads of science fiction and fantasy, including slipstream, pop science, fairy tales and folklore, magical realism, urban fantasy, and more.
26 September 2016What was the hottest, most in-demand New York City live-event ticket for online purchase last Friday? Beyonce? Bruce Springsteen? The New York Giants? No, it was the December Random House Open House, which sold every single one of its 625 available seats to eager reading fans in five minutes.
26 September 2016Penguin Random House is proud to be the leading publisher supporting the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1), during which thousands of libraries, schools, bookstores and community centers across the nation and the world unite to celebrate the freedom to read and exercise our right to do so without interference or censorship.
26 September 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
22 September 2016Get your popcorn ready. Two weeks to go before the film adaptation of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN hits theaters everywhere on Friday, October 7. Since going on sale from Riverhead Books last year, this “train” engineered by author Paula Hawkins has been unstoppable, approaching 6 million copies sold in the US. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller in all formats, including hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and eBook, for a grand total of 88 weeks and counting on the NYT lists.
22 September 2016The National Book Foundation has announced that this year’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters will be presented to Robert A. Caro, the award-winning, bestselling Knopf/Vintage author of such books as THE POWER BROKER and The Years of Lyndon Johnson biographies. Our warm congratulations to Mr. Caro and everyone at Knopf and Vintage.
20 September 2016Stand Up For Your Right to Read. This sentiment comes to you directly from the American Library Association in honor of Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1). This year’s Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity. Below is a selection of books by diverse authors or containing diverse content that have been frequently challenged and/or banned.
19 September 2016Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, honored by the Academy of American Poets with the Wallace Stevens Award this month, is the author of this week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, ODES, published by Alfred A, Knopf on Tuesday (9/20). When asked how her eleventh book came to be, Ms. Olds says, “Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things inspired praise songs to occur to me – songs to a different set of common things!”
19 September 2016On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
15 September 2016It’s the third annual Batman Day! This fan-favorite event began with the character’s 75th anniversary, and has continued to grow in popularity. In celebration of Batman Day this 9/17, we’ve collected books all about the Dark Knight. Whether you want to start with his creation or get caught up in the latest adventure, here’s everything you could ever want to know about our favorite superhero.
14 September 2016
13 September 2016Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th through October 15th during which time we honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also
12 September 2016Our Igloo feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
8 September 2016“When we read books with children, we share other worlds, and even more importantly, we share ourselves. Reading with children makes an intimate, human connection that teaches that child what it means to be alive as one of many beings on the planet.”
8 September 2016Nathan Hill’s acclaimed, bestselling debut novel THE NIX, published by Knopf last week, will be adapted into a new television series starring and produced by Meryl Streep with JJ Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) for Warner Bros Television. “The news broke on Deadline this morning and is currently lighting up both coasts,” reports Paul Bogaards, Executive Vice President, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
7 September 2016A little Bach anyone? Or perhaps Debussy is more your cup of tea? The sounds of strings and winds are rising to meet September…it’s Classical Music Month. Classical Music Month was first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1994. The proclamation eloquently states: “Classical music is a celebration of artistic excellence…This month we exalt the many talented composers, conductors, and musicians who bring classical music to our ears. Whether in new American works or in the masterpieces of the great
6 September 2016In this “Three Questions for an Editor” Igloo feature, Amanda Cook, Vice President, Executive Editor, Crown, offers personal insights into her work with author Cathy O’Neil on her newly published book, WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION, subtitled “How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.”
6 September 2016Penguin Young Readers joins the world in mourning the passing of Anna Dewdney, the author and illustrator of the beloved multi-million-copy bestselling Llama Llama children’s book series. She died in her Vermont home on Saturday, September 3, 2016, after a fifteen-month battle with brain cancer. She was fifty.
6 September 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, published by Viking on Tuesday (9/6), is a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. The book’s author, Amor Towles, and Paul Slovak, Vice President, Executive Editor, Viking, offer fascinating insights into the creation of this remarkable book.
6 September 2016Our Igloo feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
2 September 2016Your weekend reading is clinched, literally. Here are a handful of our favorite books with corsets on the cover, perfect for accompanying you during the end of carefree summer days, preparing you for a return to tight schedules and unyielding school and work demands, and leading into NYC Fashion Week.
1 September 2016This Saturday, September 3, marks the highly anticipated launch of Ransom Riggs’ new collection of fairy tales, TALES OF THE PECULIAR (Dutton Books for Young Readers) with celebrations taking place in over a thousand bookstores nationwide. Loop Day (September 3) is a holiday observed by the characters of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series and in the lead up to Loop Day, Riggs has been unveiling photos and letters from
1 September 2016The Center for Fiction’s seven-title shortlist for its annual First Novel Prize includes three of our authors and their books published by Penguin Random House imprints:
30 August 2016It’s a troubling, but necessary, topic with many hopeful and happy outcomes: National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 through September 11th. A plethora of books have been written about suicide – both personal accounts and professional guides. We’ve curated the following excellent titles that offer help and insight to sufferers.
29 August 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz, Sabaa Tahir’s A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, released by Razorbill on Tuesday (8/30), features personal insights from the YA novel’s publisher and editor as well as the author herself. TORCH is the follow up to Tahir’s New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed debut, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. Set in a world inspired by ancient Rome, Ember tells the story of Laia and Elias, a slave fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for
29 August 2016I’m proud to have now called myself a New Yorker for over eight years. Like many of you, the subway has become a regular part of my travel within the city. Over five million New Yorkers ride the subway every day, and for a countless many of them reading is as much a part of their ride as mariachi bands, dance performers, and the cozy quarters of rush hour.
29 August 2016Our Igloo feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
26 August 2016The winners of this year’s PEN Center USA Awards, which recognize the best writing in the western U.S., have been announced and include two of our authors and their books:
26 August 2016As students return to the classroom and teachers present their expectations for course writing, we turn our sights to what can be learned from – and sparked by – books about writing. Here are some of the best guides and revelations from revered authors and editors: Consider it a syllabus for a Writer’s Workshop given by the likes of Eudora Welty, Wallace Stegner and Anne Lamott. It’s a choose-your-own classroom invitation (meadow, café, cabin…) to an inspirational writing retreat!
25 August 2016Naomi Jackson will present her debut novel THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL (Penguin Books) at 7:00 p.m. at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn on Tuesday, August 30. Joining Jackson in conversation will be Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winner and author of BROWN GIRL DREAMING (Nancy Paulsen Books).
24 August 2016This month in paleontology news… a well-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skull was found in Montana. It has been dubbed the “Tufts-Love Rex” in honor of the volunteer paleontologists who first saw bones sticking out of a hillside: Burke Museum’s Jason Love and Luke Tufts. The researchers unearthed ribs, hips, jaw bones and vertebrae and the skull, which is about 4 feet long. Estimated to have lived 66.3 million years ago, “Tufts-Love Rex” will be displayed at Burke
23 August 2016This week’s Igloo Book Buzz is a clear candidate for “most buzzed about book of the summer” honors. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena, on sale Tuesday (8/23), has generated wild enthusiasm from every corner. Pamela Dorman, Vice President, Publisher, Pamela Dorman Books, recalls, “When (Viking President & Publisher) Brian Tart handed me Shari Lapena’s THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, he told me that once I read the first chapter,
Bertelsmann Award Recognizing Our Integration Efforts Completes Tour of Westminster and Crawfordsville
23 August 2016In June, Penguin Random House received the Bertelsmann Award for Strategy Execution for its outstanding work on the post-merger integration at this year’s Bertelsmann Management Meeting in Germany, as we reported in an article on Igloo. The award has completed its tour of departments in Westminster and Crawfordsville, and what a terrific tour it was! Over the course
22 August 2016Our Igloo feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week.The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
19 August 2016Bee happy it’s Friday! In honor of National Honeybee Day on August 20th, here are a few books on bees to enjoy. Bee population decline has been in the news for years now, but the good news is that, according to a report issued this week by Friends of the Earth, nurseries are selling fewer harmful, pesticide-treated “bee-friendly” plants.
18 August 2016Each month, Milestone Spotlight features an interview with a recent recipient of a Penguin Random House Milestone Award, which is given out to employees who have reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc. years of service with the company. The Employee Milestone Spotlight interview allows us celebrate our colleagues’ service by highlighting their successes within the company, and, is a chance for them to share some fun and personal information about themselves!
18 August 2016Doris Cooper, Vice President, Associate Publisher, Clarkson Potter, shares her favorite summer reading rituals, exciting upcoming titles from Clarkson Potter, and her top summer reads of all time. Get inspired by Doris’ summer reading recommendations and find out about hot new cookbooks.
17 August 2016Each year the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards present more than $100,000 in scholarships to a group of New York City public high school writers. These award recipients are also invited each summer to attend and participate in a summer-writers retreat held at our uptown offices.
16 August 2016We were inspired this week by notice of the 200th Farmer’s Almanac – that indispensable guide for those who make their livelihood off the land. But farming has gone urban as we know… and the “farm to table movement” is still going strong. So we’ve compiled titles for a range of folks and ages: from those who cultivate crops, no matter their acreage or locale, to farm-fresh food lovers, to kids who like farm animals and equipment; And there’s always the armchair farmer who gets the feel of turning soil by turning pages.
16 August 2016On Friday, August 12, the White House unveiled President Barack Obama’s 2016 summer reading list. President Obama chose five books to read during his annual vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and among them are three titles published by Penguin Random House imprints. Obama selected THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) as one of his picks along with the #1 New York Times bestseller THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead), and William Finnegan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir BARBARIAN DAYS: A Surfing Life (Penguin Books).
15 August 2016On Thursday, August 18 at 7:30pm, author Yaa Gyasi will present her acclaimed New York Times bestseller HOMEGOING (Knopf) at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. Fellow Penguin Random House author Imbolo Mbue (BEHOLD THE DREAMERS) will be introducing Gyasi’s presentation.
15 August 2016Imagine being in New York, circa 1888, when gas lamps still flickered in the city streets and the miracle of electric light was in its infancy. That is the world in which Random House author Graham Moore sets his new book, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT, this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection. Mr. Moore offers his insight: “One of the things I got most excited about, over the years of research that went into this novel, was trying to get inside the minds of people living through a real hinge moment in history. They were seeing electric lights for the first
15 August 2016Our Igloo feature On Sale This Week previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere.
10 August 2016As the summer winds down, I’m not only bidding farewell to the warm weather and Central Park strolls, but to an incredible internship experience as well. As an intern in Corporate Communications, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to get to know an amazing department. From working on news posts for Igloo, to going through the submissions of the High School Creative Award recipients, I was always eager for the projects that awaited me. I loved
10 August 2016Meg Leder, Executive Editor, Penguin Books, takes us inside the world of adult coloring books, one of the hottest segments in publishing. She edits “The Queen of Coloring,”Johanna Basford, whose newest title, MAGICAL JUNGLE, is published by Penguin Books on August 9. Meg has brought her unique editorial skills to a diverse range of titles at Penguin since 2004. While at Perigee Books, she acquired such titles as Keri
9 August 2016Are you counting the days until the kids go back to school? Or maybe you are long past that point, and have a little yearning when you see the backpack-laden youngsters going past your window? Do y