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Friday Reads: Swimming!

Refresh 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.

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Behind the Book Covers with Riverhead's Grace Han

Grace 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.

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Roy, Saunders, Smith Among Our 2017 Man Booker Prize 9 Longlisters

Good 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Sharks!

The 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

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Penguin Young Readers and Framebridge Announce Exclusive Custom Framed Art Collection

Framebridge , 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.

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Q&A with PYR’s Sara Dayton on the Launch of Penguin Print House

This 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.

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Watch Teaser for Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE Film, Based on Ernest Cline’s Bestseller

The 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

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Crown Acquires Book on 2020 Election by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

 Crown, 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

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Cristóbal Pera Appointed to Publishing Director at Vintage Español

Dear 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.

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French Connection: Knopf’s Jonathan Segal Converses with Author Martin Walker

Jonathan 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

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Three Crown Titles Barnes & Noble Discover Fall 2017 Selections

Barnes & 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.

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Friday Reads: Summer Camp!

Are 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!

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James Clapper, Former Director Of National Intelligence, To Publish Book With Viking

Viking 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Man on the Moon

July 20 marks the anniversary of the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11.  On this day in 1969, 530 million people (according to NASA) watched a live global broadcast! To honor the first moon landing, we’ve collected titles on this historic event which expanded our

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PYR To Publish Debut Picture Book By Bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz

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 Herwill publish his debut picture book with Penguin Young Readers on March 13, 2018. Illustrated by Leo EspinosaIslandborn celebrates cultural diversity in America and our imagination’s

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Friday Reads: Hotel Lit

This 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

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Tana French's THE TRESPASSER Wins Strand Magazine Award for Best Novel

 On 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Road Trips!

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack KerouacOn 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

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Featured Author Event: Kara Thomas

Books 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).

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S&G’s Julie Grau on Author Janelle Brown and Her New Summer Page-Turner

In 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

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Vibrant Photographs of Michelle Obama by Amanda Lucidon in New Book Coming from TSP in October

Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish a new book by former White House photographer Amanda LucidonCHASING LIGHT: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer is a striking and intimate collection of 150 color photographs—

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Valerie Jarrett to Publish Book with Viking

Viking 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

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Cameras Start Rolling for Film Adaptation of David Levithan’s EVERY DAY

EVERY 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.

Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe to Star in BOY ERASED Film

Riverhead 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

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Soar with Reading: RHCB Brings 100,000 Free Books to Kids in South Florida

Random 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

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Crown Acquires POLITICO Playbook Authors’ Inside Account of Fight for Congressional Power

Crown 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

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Women Behind the Wheel: How Thelma & Louise Got Made

This 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

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Friday Reads: Seven!

It’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…

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Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau Unveils New Website Design

The 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.  

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There’s a Book for That: Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

On 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

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Our 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

On 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.    

Penguin Random House Statement on Resolute and Greenpeace

corporate logoPenguin 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.

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Cover of Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST: La Belle Sauvage Revealed

The 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. 

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Meet the Dogs of Global Walk 2017

Last 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. 

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Our 2017 New England Book Awards Nominees

Five 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.

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Friday Reads: Fourth of July!

Are 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

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

June 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

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More Twists in Fiona Barton’s New Novel, THE CHILD

“A slow-burn portrait of loss and survival” is how Entertainment Weekly describes this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, THE CHILDFiona 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.

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John Grisham Launches New Book Tour Podcast

John 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

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SJP for Hogarth Acquires Inaugural Book for Sarah Jessica Parker’s New Imprint

Sarah 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

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Watch Video: Meryl Streep Celebrates 70th Anniversary of the Publication of Anne Frank’s Diary

Since 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

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR Author Nicola Yoon Wins John Steptoe Award for New Talent

At 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.

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Oprah’s Next Book Club Pick: BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue

OWN: 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

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Featured Author Event: Jane Green

Jane 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.  

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Friday Reads: Summertime!

Summertime 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:

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John Green, Internationally Bestselling Author, to Publish New Novel with Penguin Young Readers

Dutton 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

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Inside the Westminster and Crawfordsville Open House Events

Our 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. 

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There’s a Book for That: Baseball!

We 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.

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Sebastian Barry is First Double Winner of the Walter Scott Prize

Viking/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

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Talking About THE GRACE OF DOGS, Pt. 2: Convergent’s David Kopp on The Making of a Tail Wagger

David 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.”  

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Ruta Sepetys’ SALT TO THE SEA Wins CILIP Carnegie Medal for Best Children’s Writing

salt to the seaPenguin 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.  

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New FERDINAND Movie Trailer and Poster Revealed

ferndinandTHE 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. 

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Talking About THE GRACE OF DOGS, Pt. 1: Author Andrew Root on Our Deep Canine Connections

the grace of dogsThe 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.   

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Penguin Random House’s Creative Writing Awards Support and Give Voice to NYC H.S. Students

cwa-groupshotPenguin 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

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Friday Reads: Father’s Day

fridayreadstnailSunday, 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.

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David Grossman’s A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR Wins Man Booker International Prize

man booker 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

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There’s a Book for That: Audie Award Winners!

TABFT audiesJune 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.

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Tracy K. Smith Named U.S. Poet Laureate

tracy k smithThe 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

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Our 4 Lambda Literary Award Winners

logo-mobileLambda 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

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Penguin Salon Events Mix Books, Art and Activism

penguin salonPenguin 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.

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Penguin Random House Donates 5,000 Titles to New “Parthenon of Books”

parthenon-thumbnailArgentine 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

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Journey to THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS

the space between stars book buzzA 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

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BookCon 2017 Revisited: Watch Videos Featuring Our Authors

book con videoBookCon 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:  

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Friday Reads: Wonder Woman

fridayreadsThe “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

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There’s a Book for That: Pride Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnailIn 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.

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Penguin Random House Acquires Leading Literary Merchandise Company Out Of Print

out of printSignaling 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

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Dutton to Publish Book Detailing Alex Honnold’s Historic Yosemite Climb

dutton lockupTHE 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.

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WATCH VIDEO: Penguin Random House Live at BookExpo and BookCon 2017

book expo group photoDozens 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

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Viking/Penguin Author Karan Mahajan Wins 2017 NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award

nypl logoThe 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,

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Penguin Random House Audio Launches “Transform Your Commute” in NYC

Lemon commuteTo 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,

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Celebrating Our 4 Audie Awards Winners

2017 audie awardsPenguin 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.

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Friday Reads: #WearOrange

wear orange friday readsNational 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.

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Featured Author Event: Patricia Lockwood

FEA Patricia LockwoodOn 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.

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Inside Library Marketing’s 3rd Open Book Event

PRH library marketingThe 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,

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Random House Audio Releases Walt Whitman Novel, Narrated by Jon Hamm

WWhitmanJackEngleAudiobookTnailWalt 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. 

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

ps3 studentsTwo 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.

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Bertelsmann’s “BE Welcome” Project Helps Refugees Land Jobs in Germany

BE WelcomeWith 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

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Watch the New WONDER Movie Trailer Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay

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Friday Reads: National Photograph Month

phot-friday-reads-snipMay 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!

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RHCB to Publish Khizr Khan’s Debut Children’s Book This Fall

Random-House-Children-Books-Thumbnail-Alfred 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

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There’s a Book for That: Memorial Day 2017

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)On 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.

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Employee Milestone Spotlight: Ben Cheslawski

milestone-spotlight_ben-cheslawski 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!

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Fear Strikes Back in SHADOW MAN

shadow man book buzzThis 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

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100 Book Covers by Our Creative Designers Dazzle at Exhibit in Italy

be my cover1Contemporary 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

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Loose Picking: How the Westminster Reorder Process Works

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Matthew Desmond Wins RFK Book Award for EVICTED

evictedRobert 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

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Vintage Gives Carolina De Robertis’ RADICAL HOPE to 11,000 Libraries

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Friday Reads: FBI

fridayreadstnailIt 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.

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Report from Westminster: Another Spelling Bee Win for Our Colleagues

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There’s a Book for That: Jewish American Heritage Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)May 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

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Random House Relaunches YouTube Channel to Harness the Power of Video

random house youtube channelVideo 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.   

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Inside Four New Heavyweight Biographies

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VIDEO: PRH Employees’ Children Talking About Our Company Story

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TSP Creative Director Emma Campion on Collaborating with House Industries

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Watson-Guptill Unveils New Colophon Created by House Industries

watson guptillThe 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.

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New Show Based on Who Was? Series Coming to Netflix in 2018

whohqFrom 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”

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First Literary Landmark in Arizona Honors Junie B. Jones Author Barbara Park

junie b jones2The 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.

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Friday Reads: May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

fridayreadstnailMay 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

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Our 2017 Indies Choice Award Winners and Picture Book Hall of Fame Inductee

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There’s a Book for That: Mother’s Day Memoirs

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Crown Senior Editor Kevin Doughten on the Making of SHATTERED: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

shatteredMoving 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.

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Penguin Books Founder Sir Allen Lane Honored at Exeter St Davids Railway Station

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International Report: Penguin Random House India Wins Social Media Award

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Crown to Publish Andy Weir’s New Novel ARTEMIS in November

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson to Collaborate on a New Novel

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How Jill Santopolo, Philomel Editorial Director and Putnam Author, Does It All

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Our 2016 Nautilus Book Award Winners

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Tim Tebow Wins 2017 Christian Book of Year Award for SHAKEN

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Friday Reads: Teacher Memoirs

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There’s a Book For That: Mental Health Awareness Month

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Denis Leary’s New Book to Tell Us Why We Don’t Suck

crown archetypeCrown 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.

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Fasten Your Seat Belts for AMERICAN KINGPIN

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From THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Author Paula Hawkins Comes INTO THE WATER

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Featured Author Event: W. Kamau Bell

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Our 6 L.A. Times Book Award Winners

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Friday Reads: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

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Our 2 Edgar Winners and Putnam Associate Publisher Neil Nyren’s Ellery Queen Award Honor

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Judith Jones Inducted into the James Beard Hall of Fame

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Our 2017 James Beard Books and Media Award Winners

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12 of Our Authors on Granta Magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists List

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Nathaniel Philbrick Wins 2017 George Washington Prize

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There’s a Book for That: Poem in Your Pocket Day!

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EVICTED Author Matthew Desmond Wins 2017 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism

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Our Three Books for A Better Life Award Winners

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“How the Penguin Random House Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry Changed My Entire Year”

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Friday Reads: Trees and Seas

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A Global Celebration of Reading on April 23

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Celebrate Earth Day with #ProjectReadathon

PRH charity milesEarth 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!

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Philomel’s Jill Santopolo on the Creation of Chelsea Clinton’s IT’S YOUR WORLD

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There’s a Book for That!: Earth Day

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Blue Rider Press to Publish Keith Olbermann’s Anti-Trump Book of Commentaries

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How Can We Help Save the Earth? Paul Hawken Has a Plan in DRAWDOWN

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Featured Author Event: Mike Tyson

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Launch Day: Join the #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes Campaign (April 17-23)

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Friday Reads: How to Write a Poem

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Three PRHPS Client Publishers on PW’s Fastest-Growing Indie Publishers 2017 List

Publisher servicesPenguin 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. 

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There’s a Book for That: Autism Awareness Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)April 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.”

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Inside Our Video Team’s Kick A** Characters Series on Papercuts

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Knopf to Publish Book Five of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series in September

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How to Receive Your Free Copy of THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO POETRY

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Berkley’s Cindy Hwang on Editing Karen White’s New Kind of Romance

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Viking to Publish Two New Books by Hidden Figures Author Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee ShetterlyViking 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. 

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How Seeing “Hamilton” on Broadway Inspired Melissa de la Cruz to Write ALEX & ELIZA

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Our Finalists for the 2017 ITW Thriller Awards

ITW logoThe 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:  

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Our Authors Karan Mahajan and Judy Blume Win 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards

American Academy of Arts and LettersThe 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

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Our Finalists for the 2017 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud and Picture Book Hall of Fame

2017 indies choiceThe 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

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Friday Reads: Emily Dickinson

fridayreadstnailTo make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover, and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do, If bees are few.                        -        Emily Dickinson

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There’s a Book for That!: National Poetry Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)What 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

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Random House Debut Novelist Imbolo Mbue Wins 2017 PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award

PEN FaulknerThe 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. 

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Knopf Celebrates National Poetry Month with Poem-A-Day Program

Knopf_Poem-A-Day_Igloo NewsletterIn 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. 

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In Memoriam: Richard Nelson Bolles

richard nelson bollesWe 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-

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Penguin Random House Partners with LA Dodgers and LADF, Donates 5,000 Books to LA Reads

dodgersThe 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

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Our Education Marketing Team and Author Andy Weir Shine at NSTA 2017 Meeting

andy weir nstaNearly 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

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Friday Reads: Fools for Fiction!

friday-reads-jester“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 WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest

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MLB 2017 Opening Day Special: Our New Baseball Books

baseballThe 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

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Riverhead to Publish Former US Border Patrol Agent Francisco Cantú’s Memoir

Riverhead PRH logoRiverhead 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. 

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Nadia Murad to Share Her Harrowing Story in a Memoir to be Published by Tim Duggan Books

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Random House Author Hisham Matar Wins the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

PEN-America-logo-2016Hisham 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. 

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Viking/Penguin Author Karan Mahajan Wins 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

karan mahajanViking 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

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Our Two 2017 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

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Friday Reads: The Moth’s Storytellers

the mothThis 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

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Delacorte Press to Publish Sophie Kinsella’s Debut Chapter Book Series

sophie kinsella1Delacorte 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

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Featured Author Event: Hannah Tinti

Hannah TintiAward-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.

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Our 10 2017 RITA Awards Finalists

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There’s a Book for That: Reader, Reader How Does Your Garden Grow?

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THE FIRST LOVE STORY Inspires New Ice Cream Flavor: Original Cin

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How Timothy Snyder’s ON TYRANNY Became a Must-Read Book

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Our 2016 NBCC Awards Winners in Nonfiction and Autobiography

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Friday Reads: A Taste of Ireland

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Chelsea Clinton Pens Children’s Picture Book About Thirteen Inspirational Women

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AMERICANAH Wins One Book, One New York Campaign

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There’s a Book for That: Feminism Then and Now

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Penguin Random House Operations Worldwide To Join Together To Create Fully Coordinated Global Publishing Events For The Two Obama Books

corporate logoPenguin 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.

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HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is First Daily Action Book Club Selection

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Meet Our Author: Meg Howrey

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Friday Reads: Nigeria

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Pamela Dorman Books / Viking to Publish New Novel by Jojo Moyes, Continuing the Story of Louisa Clark

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There’s a Book for That: Women in STEM

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Westminster Report: Penguin Random House Book Fair Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Crown Acquires New Erik Larson Book On Churchill During The Blitz

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Viking to Publish John le Carré’s New Novel A LEGACY OF SPIES

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Unbound Worlds Debuts Cage Match 2017: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy

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Crown is N.A. Publisher of Two New Obama Books

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Our International Association of Culinary Professionals 2017 Award Winners

IACP-LogoOn 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.

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Knopf Author Michael Finkel Uncovers the Story of the Last True Hermit

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Friday Reads: Lies and More Lies…

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There’s a Book for That: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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EVICTED Author Matthew Desmond Wins 2016 Discover Great New Writers Nonfiction Award

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DEAR IJEAWELE #WeShouldAllBeFeminists Social Media Campaign: How to Participate

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Our American Academy of Arts and Letters Honorees

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Penguin Random House to Publish Forthcoming Books by Former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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Riverhead’s Rebecca Saletan on EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

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#FridayReads: Twin Lit

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Our 4 2017 PEN Literary Awards Winners

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Watch a Preview of the Film Adaptation of Herman Koch’s THE DINNER

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There’s a Book for That: The Oscars!

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Watch the HBO Trailer for TV Adaptation of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

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Andy Ward on George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

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International Report: Luiz Schwarcz to Receive the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

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TV Adaptation of Berkley’s BIG LITTLE LIES to Premiere on HBO This Sunday

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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.

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Krysten Ritter to Write Debut Novel for Crown Archetype

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#FridayReads: Presidents’ Day

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Serve as Honorary Chair of ALA’s Book Club Central

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Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST to be Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers in October

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Nearly 60 Colleagues Featured on George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO Random House Audio Title

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Wendy Lamb and Tanya Lee Stone Talk About the Importance of GIRL RISING

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#UnitedStatesOfBooks: New Penguin Random House Social Campaign Celebrates America’s Literary Spirit and Local History Across 50 States

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International Report: Penguin Random House India Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebrations

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FIFTY SHADES DARKER Adaptation Opening Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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DK’s LEGO Batman Movie Tie-In Books Line Up for Opening Weekend

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18 Penguin Random House Audio Titles are 2017 Audie Awards Finalists

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#FridayReads: Love Letters

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Three Questions for TASTE Editor in Chief Matt Rodbard

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There’s a Book for That: Heart Health

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Join the #ChooseKindValentine Kindness Chain

choosekind tnailIn 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.

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Susan Kamil and Sophie Kinsella Talk About Creating MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE

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Featured Author Event: Elan Mastai

elan mastaiAuthor 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.

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#MyGirlRising Social Media Campaign Launched in Advance of GIRL RISING Book Publication

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Sebastian Barry’s DAYS WITHOUT END is Costa Book of the Year

SebastianBarryDaysWithoutEndPenguin 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.

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Inside the Writing and Editing of a Domestic Thriller

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Penguin Press’ Scott Moyers on Yvon Chouinard and LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING

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New Books: A Cure for the Mid-Winter Blues

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Friday Reads: Chinese Lit for the New Year

chinese-year-of-the-rooster-stamps-300x150This 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.

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Inside the Editing of Lindsey Lee Johnson’s THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH

most dangerous place on earthThis 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

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Meet Our Author: Ottessa Moshfegh

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Colleagues Give Back: Our Community Day of Service

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Our Dual 2017 Carnegie Medal Winners and More ALA Awards Honorees

ala logoThe 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

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Our 2017 ALA Award Honorees

ala logoThe 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:

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Featured Author Event: Jerry Spinelli

jerry spinelliOn 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

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Random House Children’s Books to Release Never-Before-Published Mark Twain Children’s Story

New RHCB logoDoubleday 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

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Our 16 PEN Literary Awards Shortlisters

PEN-America-logo-2016PEN 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:

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There’s a Book for That: Global Warming

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Did 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

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Featured Author Event: Emily Jenkins

Emily Jenkins FEAOn 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

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Our NBCC Awards 2016 Honorees and Finalists

NBCC logoThe 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

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Delacorte Press to Publish New YA Novel by Bestselling Author E. Lockhart

ELockhartWeWereLiarsGenuinFraudDelacorte 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 LIARSE. Lockhart. The deal for world rights was announced by Beverly Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Delacorte Press, and longtime Lockhart editor. Random House

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Penguin Random House in 2016: The Year in Review

Read video tnailAs 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

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Penguin Random House en 2016: El Año en Revisión

Read video tnailA 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

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#FridayReads: Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK friday readsOn 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

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There's a Book for That: Resolutions

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

- Helen Keller

 

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Save the Children Thanks Penguin Random House for Its Support (watch video)

save the children logoPenguin 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

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There’s a Book for That: Favorites

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)As 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:

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Lauren Graham’s Dispatches About Gilmore Girls, Life, Love and Hollywood

lauren graham book buzz“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

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Our 25 PEN Literary Awards Longlisters

PEN-America-logo-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:

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#FridayReads: Hawaii

friday-reads-hawaiiAs 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:

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There’s a Book for That: Pearl Harbor

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)December 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.

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Our #GiveaBook 2016 Campaign Donates 100,000 Books in 3 Days

the nix giveabook This 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

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Penguin Random House Audio’s 4 Spoken Word 2017 GRAMMY® Noms

Grammy copyFour Penguin Random House Audio productions received 2017 GRAMMY® Award nominations, announced this morning:  

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There’s a Book for That: Cuba

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Fidel 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

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Featured Author Event: Nicola Yoon

FEA nicola yoonOn 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.

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10 Ways to Celebrate #GivingTuesday by Supporting Books and Reading

10 ways to celebrateTo 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.

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Buy One, Give One with Penguin Random House and Zulily to Help Make Bedtimes Better for Kids Nationwide

bogo-thmbnl We 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.

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#GiveaBook 2016 is Here: Giving Readers the Power to Help their Local Communities

giveabookthumbnail300x150We 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

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There’s a Book for That: Gratitude

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail“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

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Our First Worldreader Author Ambassador Tad Hills Visits Schools in Africa

PRH worldreader logoPenguin 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

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Blue Rider Press’ David Rosenthal on Carrie Fisher and THE PRINCESS DIARIST

carrie fisher book buzzThis 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

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2016 Teacher Awards for Literacy Grant Winners

PRHTeacherAwardsLogoIglooTNailThe 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

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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3 of Our Titles Among NYT’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year

NYT kids books2Three 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Conversation

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Let’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

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THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD 2016 NBA Fiction Winner

NBA winnerOur 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.

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Robert A. Caro Receives 2016 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Robert Caro tnailAt 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

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More Than 60 Penguin Random House Titles Up for 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreads 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 &

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Crown Archetype Acquires Tom Verducci’s THE CUBS WAY, Chronicling the Chicago Cubs’ Epic Journey to Become 2016 World Series Champions

crown logoCrown 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

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Philip Hoffman Named Chairman of Penguin Random House, Succeeding John Makinson

news-company-default-thumb-300x150 (1)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.  

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Comedian Trevor Noah Mines His Formative Years

trevor noah book buzzThis 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.

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Watch Penguin Random House’s #MannequinChallenge Video

mannequin challengeThe 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:

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Campaign Recovery

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Regardless 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:

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Knopf Canada Author Madeleine Thien Wins 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

giller prizeMadeleine 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

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Dutton’s Jill Schwartzman Goes Inside the Game with Joe Buck

jo buck book buzzJoe 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

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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Lee Child Talks About NIGHT SCHOOL, Real-Life Inspirations and His Writing Regimen

LEE CHILD NIGHT SCHOOLNIGHT 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

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There’s a Book for That: Native American Heritage Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)November 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

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Inside the Pages of RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE with Ten Speed Press’ Julie Bennett and Author Kate Schatz

rad women worldwideJulie 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

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Crown’s Tricia Boczkowski on Marina Abramović and Her Memoir WALK THROUGH WALLS

walk through walls3Tricia 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,

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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Random House Children’s Books Takes Read for the Record Everywhere

BearAteYourSandwich RFTR Twitter copyJumpstart’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

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Fall Biographies and Memoirs Round-Up

fall titles3A 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.

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Share Memories and Photos of Pat on #PatConroyDay to Support New Literary Center

Pat ConroyIn 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)

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The Private World of Public Enemy Number One Revealed

capone book buzz2From 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

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New Books by Grisham, Garten and Conroy Lead the Way This Week

new-releasesMajor titles from several of our highly respected authors are hitting shelves everywhere this week, with new books by John GrishamIna 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.

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#FridayReads: Penguin Galaxy!

fridayreadsFrom 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,

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Three Questions for Putnam’s Neil Nyren on Editing John Sandford

NeilNyrenThumbnail2016 Neil 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Cyber-Security and Whistleblowers

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Julian 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

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DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE Features Photos and Stories by Our Colleagues

dog book buzzThis 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.

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Announcing the Fall 2016 Title Wave Selection

title-wave thumbnailTitle 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

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Behind the Book Covers with Penguin Young Readers’ Jason Henry

jason henryJason 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

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Taxes

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Taxes. 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

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Fall Fiction Preview, Part 2

fall titles3As 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.

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Natural Treasures: DK’s Liz Wheeler and Aja Raden on GEM

gem book buzzThis 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.

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Inside SMALL GREAT THINGS with Author Jodi Picoult and Ballantine’s Jennifer Hershey

small great thingsIn 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

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Launch New Line of Fiction Books Named SJP for Hogarth

sjp hogarth logoAward-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.

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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#FridayReads: National Book Award Finalists!

friday readsThe 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

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There’s a Book for That: Book to Film

tabftThe 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?

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DJ Khaled Book Announcement Lights Up Media Outlets

dj-khaledWhen 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 TodayRolling 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.’”

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Must-Watch Rap Video by Middle Schoolers Inspired by Rebecca Skloot’s Bestseller

TheImortalLifeofHenriettaLacksRebeccaSklootA 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.

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Berkley/NAL’s Claire Zion on Jane Green – Novelist Turned Cookbook Author

jane green book buzzThis 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.

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Random House Launches George R. R. Martin Box as Part of 20th Anniversary Celebration

GeorgeRRMartinWithSymbolTnailRandom 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.

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Ken Follett to Publish Next Historical Epic with Viking on September 12, 2017

VikingLogoViking 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.”

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Our YA Authors Help Get Out the Vote with #firstvote16

first votePenguin Random House Young Adult authors E. LockhartGayle 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.

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Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing Group Present SEASON OF STORIES

crown-logoPenguin 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.

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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NBF “5 Under 35” Honorees Include 3 of Our Authors

NationalBookFoundationLogo2016The 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.

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World English Language Release: Dan Brown’s New Novel, ORIGIN, to be Published by Doubleday on September 26, 2017

dan brown origin3Global 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

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Fall Fiction Preview, Pt. 1

fall titles3 The 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.

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There’s a Book for That: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer awarenessBig 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

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Penguin Press Editor Emily Cunningham on How ELEANOR AND HICK Transforms Our Perception of Eleanor Roosevelt

book buzz2Our 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.

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Penguin Random House Launches Unbound Worlds

unboundworldsPenguin 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.

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December Random House Open House Event Sells Out in 5 Minutes

open house sold outWhat 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.

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Banned Books Week: Penguin Random House Takes the Lead

banned-books-weekPenguin 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.

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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Countdown to THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Movie Opening on October 7

gott tnailGet 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.

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Robert A. Caro to Receive 2016 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

national book foundationThe 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. 

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There’s a Book for That: Banned Books Week

banned-books-thumbnailStand 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.

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Knopf Poetry Editor Deb Garrison on Sharon Olds’ ODES

odes book buzzPulitzer 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!”

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOn 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.

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Friday Reads: Batman Day!

batman-day-logo-dcIt’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.

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Penguin Random House to Publish Zayn’s First Book This Fall

RHCB_Logo_CorpLockup_Delacorte_BlkGlobal superstar Zayn will be releasing his first autobiography worldwide on November 1, 2016 via Penguin Random House. Delacorte Press, a Random House Children’s imprint, is publishing the book in conjunction with Penguin Random House UK imprint Michael Joseph, the acquiring publisher.

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There’s a Book for That: Hispanic Heritage Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Hispanic 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

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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#FridayReads: Anna Dewdney

friday reads llama llamaWhen 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.

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Nathan Hill’s THE NIX to Become TV Series Starring Meryl Streep

meryl streep the nixNathan 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Classical Music Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)A 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

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Three Questions for Crown’s Amanda Cook on WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION

weapons of math destruction tnailIn 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.”

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Anna Dewdney, Author/Illustrator of LLAMA LLAMA Series, 1965-2016

ANNA DEWDNEYPenguin 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.

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Viking’s Paul Slovak and Author Amor Towles on A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

book-buzz-gentleman-in-moscowThis 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.

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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#FridayReads: Corseted Covers

tabft corsetsYour 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.

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Ransom Riggs’ TALES OF THE PECULIAR to Launch with Nationwide Celebrations

Tales of the Peculiar2This 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

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Three of Our Debut Authors Make 2016 First Novel Prize Shortlist

fist novel prizeThe 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:  

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There’s a Book for That: Suicide Prevention Week

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)It’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.

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Razorbill’s Publisher, Editor and Author on A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT

igloobookbuzz2This 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

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Employee Blog from Markus Dohle: Subway Reads Promotion Brings Our Titles to NYC Commuters

subway readsI’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.

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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Our 2 PEN Center USA Awards Winners

pen center usaThe 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:  

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#FridayReads: Writing Workshop

fridayreadsAs 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!

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Featured Author Event: Naomi Jackson

naomi jackson faeNaomi 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).

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There’s a Book for That: Dinosaurs

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)This 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

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Why THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is the Book You Can’t Put Down

ShariLapenaTheCoupleNextDoorThis 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,

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Bertelsmann Award Recognizing Our Integration Efforts Completes Tour of Westminster and Crawfordsville

tnail5 In 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

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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#FridayReads: Bee Happy!

beesBee 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.

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Employee Milestone Spotlight: Sue Grimshaw

sue-grimshaw-milestone-spotlightEach 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!

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Clarkson Potter’s Doris Cooper Shares Her Favorite Summer Reads and Rituals

doris cooper1Doris 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.

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Penguin Random House Editors Volunteer with Our Scholarship Winners

creative writing awardsEach 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.

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There’s a Book for That: Farming

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)We 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.

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President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List Features Three Penguin Random House Titles

obama reading listOn 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).

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Featured Author Event: Yaa Gyasi

yaa gyasiOn 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.

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THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT Turns the “Current War” into a Thriller

GrahamMooreTheLastDaysOfNightImagine 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

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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Farewell and Thank You from Our 2016 Summer Interns

interns As 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

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Penguin’s Meg Leder on Editing Johanna Basford, “The Queen of Coloring”

MegLeder1Meg 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

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There’s a Book for That: Let’s All Go Back to School!

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Are 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 you miss your school days? Just a bit? The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the allure of a new, blank notebook and, best of all,

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Why Readers Everywhere are Raving About THE GLORIOUS HERESIES

LisaMcInerneyTheGoldenHeresiesThis week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, THE GLORIOUS HERESIES by Lisa McInerney, has already won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction as well as the Desmond Elliott Prize, and went on sale from Tim Duggan Books last Tuesday, August 9. “Lisa McInerney has proven herself to be a virtuoso on the page, writing with incredible confidence, exuberance, and originality,” says Publisher Tim Duggan. “I’ve never come across a voice quite like this – it pulled me

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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Featured Author Event: Julie Barton

julie bartonOn Friday, August 5, Julie Barton will talk about her memoir DOG MEDICINE: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself (Penguin Books) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Rare Book Room at Strand Book Store in Manhattan. One year after she graduated from college, Julie Barton found herself collapsed on her kitchen floor. She was 22 years old, living in Manhattan, and severely depressed. After moving home to

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Random House’s Porscha Burke on Her Favorite Summer Reads and Traditions

Porscha BurkePorscha Burke, Publishing Manager, Associate Editor, Random House Publishing Group, shares her perfect summer books, her current reading list, and her favorite summer traditions. During her twelve years at Random House, Ms. Burke has acquired works by Dr. Maya Angelou, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, and Black Girl Nerds founder Jamie Broadnax. She has also spearheaded new editions of  THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X and THE BLACK BOOK. A University of Virginia graduate, she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College. Enjoy a glimpse into Porscha’s summer.

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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.

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#FridayReads: Favorite Last Lines

atwood4It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.                                                                                            Call me Ishmael.

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There’s a Book for That: Vice Presidents

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Have you been immersed in Republican and Democratic National Convention coverage? What are your thoughts about the Presidential nominees’ picks for Vice President? Do you understand the role of Vice President? Well, we’ve nominated the following titles to elucidate the position. These are standout books by and about former Vice Presidents – some of whom ascended to be Presidents and others who did not.

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Our Man Booker Prize Longlist Selections

Man Booker Prize1This year’s longlist of semi-finalists for London-originated The Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary fiction honors, has been announced, and among its thirteen entries are several authors whose latest books are published by Penguin Random House U.S. and Canada imprints:  

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AMERICAN HEIRESS: Inside Patty Hearst’s Wild ‘70s Saga

jeffrey toobinThis week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, AMERICAN HEIRESS: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin, takes readers on an unforgettable rollercoaster ride. Responding to the buzz surrounding his new book, which is being published by Doubleday on Tuesday, August 2, Mr. Toobin says, “Hearst’s story is an extraordinary window into a wild era: the poisonous, toxic ‘70s, when the idealism of the ‘60s yielded, for many, to an angry, anarchic rage. The kidnapping and its aftermath comes out of that madness. 

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

cat in the hat voteDr. Seuss’s beloved character the Cat in the Hat has declared his candidacy for president of the United States in the 2016 election, as the one and only Kids’ Candidate, with Thing 1 and Thing 2 as his running mates, it was jointly announced by Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books. A special campaign rally is taking place July 26th on the steps of the childhood home of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) in Springfield, MA, at 74 Fairfield Street. Watch the Cat in the Hat’s official campaign video:

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Featured Author Event: C.A. Higgins

ca higgins1On Thursday (7/28), author C.A. Higgins will celebrate the launch of the second book in her Lightless trilogy, SUPERNOVA (Del Rey). Higgins will discuss the new novel with her Penguin Random House editor and friend Tricia Narwani at BookCourt in Brooklyn at 7:00 pm. Higgins’ debut novel LIGHTLESS was named

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#FridayReads: The Dog Days of Summer

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

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Featured Author Event: Ina Yalof

fae ina yalofAuthor Ina Yalof will be signing copies of her new book FOOD AND THE CITY (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) on Sunday (7/24) at Brooklyn Brewery’s pop-up event at Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta. From 2:00 to 4:00 pm, come by and get your book signed and sample some delicious pairings of food and beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

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There’s a Book for That: UFOS and NASA

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)This week we honor the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20th, 1969. Since then, space exploration continues to fascinate and propel science and entrepreneurs. However, NASA has been “trending” for another reason this month – their cameras cut out just after showing an unidentified flying object leading to questions and conspiracy theories along the lines of “what

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THE HOPEFULS Author Jennifer Close Living the Knopf Dream

the hopefulsAuthor Jennifer Close, whose new widely-heralded book, THE HOPEFULS, is being published by Alfred A. Knopf on Tuesday (7/19), says, “At Knopf’s 100th anniversary party, I spent the whole night feeling star struck by the amazing authors around me, like a book lover who’d stumbled into the best party ever, forgetting that I, too, was a Knopf author and actually belonged there. It was a dream of mine to be published by Knopf, to have that little dog stamped on my book that would make people take notice. But the best part of this dream coming

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#FridayReads: Instrumental Titles

music postsCan you read music? Well, many of our best writers make music with words, but sometimes their inspiration – “muse” if you will -  is an actual instrument and its player. This meeting of arts results in evocative and layered reading where even non-musicians can inhabit a musician’s world – be it pure fiction or based on a famous player. The following books are tuned for discovery (or rediscovery) and should lead many readers to seek musical accompaniment to their pages.

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Featured Author Event: Alejandro Zambra

alejandro zambra faeChilean author Alejandro Zambra will celebrate the release of his new, boldly unconventional book MULTIPLE CHOICE (Penguin Books) on Tuesday (7/19) at 7:00 pm at McNally Jackson Books in New York City. Already widely known for his original approach to fictional literature, Zambra outdoes himself in MULTIPLE CHOICE. Written in the form of a ninety-question standardized test that Zambra took as a student in Chile, the book invites the reader to truly become engaged in the stories by pondering the

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

givingback1Two fifth grade classes at New York’s P.S. 3 Charrette School in Greenwich Village, our downtown Read-Ahead school, last month presented the P.S. 3 Poetry Reading to celebrate the completion of THE COMFORT OF WORDS, a collection of poems and illustrations from a number of the school’s students.  Coordinated and sponsored by Penguin Random House, this special collection recognized 62 students who came together and wrote hundreds of poems during National Poetry Month. For most students, it was their first published work

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There’s a Book for That: Cults

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)You’ve read THE GIRLS, now what? Emma Cline’s coming-of-age novel, about a teen girl who gets involved with one of the most infamous cults in American history, has become one of the favorite books of the summer. If you loved reading or listening to it and are looking for more, try these similarly cult-themed titles in both fiction and non-fiction.

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Newest Books & Banter Event Takes a Virtual Trip to Italy

catherine banner2The creation of the characters, tales and mythical island of Castellamare, featured in Catherine Banner’s new novel, THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF NIGHT, published by Random House on July 12, were explored at last month’s Books & Banter event at 1745 Broadway. This Penguin Random House Sales initiative invites an imprint or publishing team to share a special publishing story with all of sales and other in-house colleagues to create pre-pub

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Featured Author Event: Jessica Winter

jessica winter3Features editor at Slate, Jessica Winter will celebrate the release of her new novel BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (Knopf) on 7/12 at 7pm at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Winter will be joined by Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large forNew York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle, for a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing.

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

RHCBChristopher Myers, award-winning author and artist, and son of the late acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers, will launch his own imprint with Random House Children’s Books, MAKE ME A WORLD, it was announced by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Jenny Brown, Vice President, Publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, will oversee the imprint.

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Behind the Book Covers with Knopf’s Chip Kidd

Kidd-Igloo-banner2-72-dpiChip Kidd, Associate Director, Art and Cover Design, Knopf Doubleday, was heralded as “The Superhero” by PRINT magazine and featured on the cover of the publication’s Spring 2016 edition, honoring “56 Inspiring Designers Shaping Our World Today.”  Beloved and admired throughout our company and the entire publishing industry, Chip was hired as assistant to the Art Director of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in the fall of 1986, when he had just turned twenty-two. He has worked there ever since. Chip notes, “During these last 30 years, in some ways

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There’s a Book for That: Summer!

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Now that we’ve celebrated Independence Day, the halcyon days of summer are truly upon us and that means finding the right breezy, engaging book to take to the beach, on vacation or for a summery escape during your commute or lunch break. The following books have one thing in common – a summer setting. From Capote’s first novel to Helen Simonson’s most recent, in locales from New York City to Cairo, New England to England and in eras ranging from the

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Igloo Book Buzz: NYC Rom-Com for Dog Lovers

MegRosoffJonathanUnleashed“A humorous tale of a young New Yorker’s search for happiness, and the two dogs who help him find it” is Marie Claire’s take on JONATHAN UNLEASHED by Meg Rosoff, published by Viking on Tuesday (7/5). Two more buzz lines about this beach bag-ready summer read: “With whip-smart dialogue, Rosoff explores how twentysomethings find their feet in the big city, face up to the horror of entry-level employment and figure out who they really love” and “Funny, smart writing from a novelist with such an assured voice that you can’t resist accompanying her on the novel’s journey.” 

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#FridayReads: Postal Lit

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)July 1st is National Postal Worker Day which is celebrated annually on July 1st. Established in 1997 by a Seattle-area letter carrier who was passionate about honoring postal employees, it is a day of appreciation for the many men and women who are dedicated to sending and delivering our mail. These postal workers endure some of the harshest working conditions six days a week.

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Igloo Book Buzz: AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White

Kiersten WhiteThe growing excitement for Kiersten White’s new YA novel, AND I DARKEN, which goes on sale Tuesday, June 28, began with the book’s editor, Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor, Delacorte Press: “Whatever Kiersten White does, I’m on board, so when she said she was writing a novel in which Vlad the Impaler was a girl, I couldn’t wait. AND I DARKEN is the story of Lada Dragwlya, the brutal, driven princess, her brother, Radu, and Mehmed, the Sultan.

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

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Did you know?…   Penguin Random House publishes close to fifty Spanish language titles a year in the U.S. With two dedicated Spanish language imprints – Vintage Español and Celebra –  our Spanish language publishing program boasts strong backlist sales in commercial and literary fiction, as well as nonfiction from celebrity authors. Topping our bestselling titles from 2015 is the Spanish

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Employee Blog from Markus Dohle: Humble Beginnings

Markus-First-Day-of-Work_300x150Earlier this month, I left behind the bustling city streets of Manhattan for the quaint, cobblestoned roads of Gütersloh, Germany, where one hundred Penguin Random House colleagues from around the world joined with more than four hundred Bertelsmann colleagues for the Bertelsmann Management Meeting. It was extraordinary to have all of us in the place where, for me, everything started (the picture shows me on one of my first days at Bertelsmann!). Before taking my first job there after university, I grew up not far from Bertelsmann’s Gütersloh

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Featured Author Event: Chuck Klosterman

chuck klostermanBestselling author and essayist Chuck Klosterman will be celebrating the release of his new book BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG (Blue Rider Press) at Villain, LLC in Williamsburg on Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm. Joining Klosterman in conversation is Wesley Morris of The New York Times.

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Riverhead Raises Nearly $5,000 for Libraries Without Borders

RiverheadLibrariesWithoutBordersRevisiting our early June post about Riverhead’s Fundraiser for Libraries Without Borders, this month-long campaign has now generated nearly $5,000 in donations, with one week left for people to contribute.  Anyone who makes a donation of $250 or more receives a 3D head of the author of their choosing. Riverhead Design Labs partnered with Leblox to create 3D heads of some of the imprint’s most iconic authors, such as Junot Diaz, Marlon James, Ann Lamott, and

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#FridayReads: Shark Week Starts This Sunday!

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)What has kept this phenomenon going strong for 29 years? Peter Benchley, author of Jaws and bonafide shark expert, should know. He says: “People are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.”

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

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. Add to that the number of caregivers and those directly affected grows exponentially. Awareness inspires action and the following titles on brain health, Alzheimer’s and dementia aim to educate, support and inspire.

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Celebrate Audiobook Month by Sharing Why You #LoveAudiobooks

audiobookPenguin Random House Audio and the Audio Publishers Association are celebrating June as Audiobook Month with a new awareness campaign: “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes,” featuring video PSAs with prominent authors. Dozens of bestselling authors from across the industry are creating videos sharing why they love audiobooks, including Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen King, Tyler Oakley, James Patterson, and many more.

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Our Colleagues Give Voice to Creative Writing Awards Winners

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

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

RHCBRandom House Children’s Books has been selected as the official publisher for the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign that helps address educational inequalities and works toward the day when all children have the skills they need for kindergarten and lifelong success.

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Penguin Random House Sponsors SIBA’s Pat Conroy Scholarships

siba2The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has announced the creation of The Pat Conroy Scholarships in honor of our late author, whose lifetime achievements have meant so much to Southern booksellers.  The scholarships, which will be bestowed to two booksellers annually in each of the next four years, are made possible by Penguin Random House, whose Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, and Random House Audio imprints publish Mr. Conroy’s works in hardcover, paperback, and audio editions respectively.

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#FridayReads: Literary Bad Dads

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)This Sunday we celebrate fathers. Dad is always there to lend a hand, provide much needed advice, and loves you unconditionally. But what if he’s not? Maybe you always sought that Hallmark relationship, never to find it. Or, perhaps, you are sick to death of sappy cards, or completely unrelatable Hollywood interpretations of what a father should be. This week, we’ve collected a list of literary bad dads, from despicable and cruel to murderous and vengeful, here are some of the worst fathers in fiction!

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

mr rogers“Or I could decide that, even in the wake of such unspeakable malice, I could live a purposeful life by choosing hope.” – Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, CHOOSING HOPE “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Mr. Rogers

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Featured Author Event: Steve Hamilton

steve hamilton1New York Times-bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author Steve Hamilton will be joined in conversation by fellow bestselling Penguin Random House author, Lee Child. The two acclaimed crime writers will discuss Hamilton’s novel THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side on Thursday (6/16) at 7:00pm.

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

johannaPenguin Books author and illustrator Johanna Basford, who has been called “The Queen of Coloring Books,” will be awarded an OBE, “for services to Art and Entrepreneurship,” by Queen Elizabeth II. “I received a letter a few weeks ago to say I would be receiving an OBE as part of the Queen’s (90th) Birthday Honors this year,” Ms. Basford posted on her blog. “This was so unexpected that I called Buckingham Palace to check if they had made a mistake! If I’m honest, I don’t feel I

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Penguin Young Readers Donates 100K Books to National Diaper Bank

PYRPenguin Young Readers is donating 100,000 books to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) this fall. The donation is in partnership with the Clinton Foundation initiative, Too Small to Fail. These books will be distributed to 33,000 households – 3 books per family – in 20 diaper bank communities across America. Too Small to Fail announced the partnership at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference on Monday, June 13, in Atlanta.

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Igloo Book Buzz: THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

EmmaClineTheGirlsJune2016The advance buzz for Emma Cline’s THE GIRLS, which Random House is publishing on Tuesday, June 14, has been tremendous.  The book’s editor, Kate Medina, Executive Vice President, Executive Editorial Director, Associate Publisher, Random House, became an instant fan: “It took only two pages for me to shut my door, cancel everything, and not get up until I had finished reading this beautifully written, spellbinding novel by a remarkable young writer. 

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Featured Author Event: E. Lockhart

e lockhartAuthor E. Lockhart will present her New York Times bestselling YA novel WE WERE LIARS (Delacorte Press) as part of Barnes & Noble’s B-Fest teen book festival. Guests can meet E. Lockhart, ask her questions, and get their books signed on Saturday (6/11) at 5:00pm at Barnes & Noble in Park Slope.

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There’s a Book for That: Palindromes

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)#FRIDAY READS PALINDROMES Save the date! Forwards or backwards the next ten days are palindromes! Palindromes are words, numbers, or phrases that are identical when read in reverse order (i.e. kayak, noon, Madam I’m Adam, 101, and 53235). In celebration of this ‘novel‘ occurrence check out these examples of books with palindromes for titles.

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

Lisa McInerneyCrown Publishing Group author Lisa McInerney has won the  Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel THE GLORIOUS HERESIES, which will be published by Tim Duggan Books on August 9, 2016.  The prize was announced in London Wednesday evening and is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.  Founded in 1996 as the Orange Prize for Fiction, this award “celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.”

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

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

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Riverhead Fundraiser Supports Libraries Without Borders

RiverheadLibrariesWithoutBordersRiverhead Books has begun a month-long fundraiser for Libraries Without BordersThe organization is doing incredible work bringing books, tutors, computers and more to the refugee camps in the Middle East and Europe to help Syrian refugees. Riverhead is committed to not only amplifying and celebrating unheard voices, but also doing what we can in the fight for global literacy and access to technology. As such, Riverhead Design Labs has partnered with

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

ScottMoyersMobyScott Moyers, Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Press, shares fascinating personal insights into the editing of PORCELAIN, the piercingly tender, warmly funny and sometimes harrowing memoir written by Moby, internationally renowned singer-songwriter, musician and DJ. Scott began his career in book publishing at Doubleday in 1991, and has also held positions at

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There’s a Book for That: National Great Outdoors Month

great outdoorsJune is National Great Outdoors Month as proclaimed by President Obama through the American Recreation Coalition. With the start of summer many Americans are planning vacations to our National Parks, but spending time out of doors doesn’t require a lot of planning and expense. How does the Sam Cooke song go? “Flowers in Spring, the robins that sing, the sunbeams that shine, they’re yours and they’re mine…  best things in life they are free.”

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

TerryMcMillanIAlmostForgotAboutYouTerry McMillan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK and  WAITING TO EXHALE, has written an inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning.  In Terry’s upcoming book, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU, which goes on sale from Crown on June 7, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an

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

PatConroyPhotoTnailPat Conroy, beloved author of THE PRINCE OF TIDES, has a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy's long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy's many friends, which will be published as A LOWCOUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on October 25, 2016.  Nan A. Talese, Publisher, acquired World rights from Marly Rusoff of the Marly Rusoff Literary Agency.

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ReadProudListenProud.com Relaunches with Jazz Jennings as Author Ambassador

read proudListening Library, Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books are celebrating Pride Month with a newly redesigned ReadProudListenProud.com, an online resource for LGBTQ literature recommendations designed to spark discussion in the classroom and at home and to encourage understanding through storytelling, celebrating everyone for who they are.

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

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)In this special edition of There’s a Book for That! We have adapted our moniker to reflect June’s focus on audiobooks. Founded and promoted by the Audio Publishers Association(APA), this year’s National Audiobook Month campaign, “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes,” launches June 1st and lends us the opportunity to feature popular titles and highlight the fact that listening to books has never been more popular – whether they are read by the author or an accomplished narrator.  APA’s annual survey results, as reported

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Inside the “Podcasting at Penguin Random” Speakers Series Event

podast-panelThe “Podcasting at Penguin Random” Speakers Series event, which was presented on May 24 at 1745 Broadway’s Café Auditorium, featured a terrific panel of talented in-house podcasters: Karen Dziekonski (Executive Producer, Audio, and co-host of “This is the Author”), Lindsay Jacobsen (Associate Manager, Consumer Engagement, and co-host of “Beaks and Geeks”),  Pat Stango (Senior Producer, Video, and host of “How to Watch Movies the Right Way”),  Abbe Wright (Read it Forward Editor, and host of “Book Club Appetizer”), and Dan Zitt 

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

stuart tnail Stuart Applebaum, our Emeritus Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, was honored by UJA-Federation of  the New York Publishing Division with its esteemed Harry Scherman Service Award for his nearly four-and-a-half-decade-long career and commitment to philanthropy.  More than 500 book people from across the industry turned out for this

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There’s a Book for That: Mount Everest

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)#FRIDAYREADS Mt. Everest is in the news again for tragic reasons. Three people have died, in as many days, on the 29,035-foot peak, reportedly of altitude sickness. Rescue efforts are ongoing for two other missing climbers. More than 400 people have tried to climb Everest this season, including 288 foreigners and more than 100 Sherpas and guides, said Sudarshan Dhakal, director of the Nepal Tourism Department. That’s more than the average for previous seasons, he said.

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Featured Author Event: Emma Straub

emma straub1Bestselling Penguin Random House authors Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer will appear at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side on Tuesday (5/31), at 7pm for a discussion and celebration of Straub’s highly anticipated new novel MODERN LOVERS, which goes on sale from Riverhead Books on May 31st.

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

JeanThompsonShePouredHerHeartOutNational Book Award finalist and New York Times-bestselling author Jean Thompson returns with her most psychologically penetrating novel yet, SHE POURED OUT HER HEART, which goes on sale from Blue Rider Press on May 31.  The book charts the course of a tumultuous, twenty-year friendship between two dissimilar best friends from college. Bonnie (single, witty, up-for-anything, sexually adventurous, prone to romantic disasters) and Jane

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There's a Book for That: Memorial Day

TheresABookForThatlogoTnailMay 30th is Memorial day. The last Monday in May, originally designated as "Decoration Day" in 1868, honors American men and women who have died in service to our Country. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic"for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during

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

james dashner1James Dashner fans everywhere are invited to take part in the #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ, a rereading of all four titles in the bestselling Maze Runner series, in advance of the September 27 publication of the eagerly anticipated Maze Runner prequel novel, THE FEVER CODE.  When discussing the reread on social media, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #DashnerDash to follow along in the conversation. 

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#PenguinRandomArt: Harland Miller Paintings Installed in NYC

harland-miller4Our #PenguinRandomArt campaign continues, with two original paintings by renowned UK artist Harland Miller now displayed at Penguin Random House’s 375 Hudson Street offices in New York. To celebrate the installation of these paintings on Friday (5/20), Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh hosted a reception with a group of colleagues that featured a toast to the art by Penguin Random House Chairman John Makinson, who commissioned

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Penguin Random House: Publishing Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park

Taming of the Shrew adPenguin Random House continues its longstanding run as Publishing Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park, produced by the Public Theater and presented in Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre beginning on Tuesday, May 24, with an all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and featuring Olivier Award nominee Cush Jumbo as Katherina and Tony Award winner Janet McTeer as Petruchio. The Taming of the Shrew performances are presented through June 17.  Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, will be staged from July 19 to August 14.

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Everything You Need to Know About #Readathon 2016 for Tomorrow

doubledogNational Readathon Day is almost here! Get ready to post reading selfies all day long, and be sure to follow the hashtag #Readathon2016 to see authors and readers across the country do the same. Watch the video and click the stories below to get up to speed and find out everything you need to know for tomorrow. 

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Employee Blog from Markus Dohle

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

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

theres-a-book-for-that (1) Since 1990, during the month of May, America has celebrated the historic and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our society. In honor of this special month, we’ve compiled a list of books that represent authentic Asian Pacific American voices on merging cultures, identity questions, discrimination, language barriers, religion, history, family, education, and the future.

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

Dan-Brown The Random House US and Penguin Random House UK children’s divisions of Penguin Random House will jointly publish a young adult adaptation of Dan Brown’s #1 worldwide bestseller, THE DA VINCI CODE this fall. The acquisition was announced on May 18th by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (US), and Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, who obtained World English rights from Heide Lange of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

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WaterBrook Acquires New Book by Tim Tebow

Waterbrook-logoTim Tebow, former NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and popular sports broadcaster, has reached an agreement with WaterBrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, to author a new book scheduled for publication on October 25, 2016. SHAKEN: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms combines never-before-told, personal stories from Tebow’s football experience and life with biblical teaching on anchoring identity and self-worth. As part of the agreement, WaterBrook will create a companion video Bible study and other products.

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

readathon new2Let’s paint Facebook with a little bit of orange and put our “Read” stamp in Facebook feeds across the country. Join your colleagues, authors, and readers everywhere and celebrate #Readathon2016 this Saturday, May 21, by updating your Facebook profile picture with our “Read” badge. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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Featured Author Event: Jojo Moyes

FEA jojo moyesOn Friday (5/20) at 7pm at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side, Jojo Moyes will discuss and sign copies of her #1 New York Times bestselling novel, ME BEFORE YOU, published by Viking/Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Books. Moyes will also share the trailer for the upcoming film based on her blockbuster book which is now available in a new movie tie-in paperback edition.

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#PenguinRandomArt Featuring Harland Miller

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

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

the vegetarianThe winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize is Han Kang, for THE VEGETARIAN, published by Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, it was announced on Monday in London. Ms. Han shares the award with the book’s translator, Deborah Smith, the pair splitting the most prestigious prize for translated fiction in the UK. Warm congratulations to Ms. Han and her publisher, as well as Ms. Smith.

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Readathon Now Includes Facebook Donate Option and Profile Picture Frame

National_Readathon_Day_logo_300x150As we near National Readathon Day, happening this Saturday, May 21, readers everywhere will now be able to contribute to #Readathon2016 through its newly launched Donate campaign on Facebook. All Facebook users will be able to make a commitment to early childhood literacy through the Donate button now available on the ALA Facebook page, which seamlessly facilitates swift and secure online contributions to National Readathon Day on the Facebook platform.

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Igloo Reads: Stephanie Danler’s Debut Novel SWEETBITTER

Sweetbitter These are the words that open Stephanie Danler’s extraordinary debut novel, SWEETBITTER, which will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on May 24, introducing readers to Tess, the book’s twenty-two-year-old narrator:  “You will develop a palate. A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember. Where you assign words to the textures of taste. Eating becomes a discipline, language-obsessed. You will never simply eat food again.” 

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Meet The New Read It Forward

RIF logoThe Crown Publishing Group announced that it has relaunched ReadItForward.com. With an active online community of over 385,000 members, Read It Forward is a publisher-agnostic book vertical that helps readers discover exciting new books and classic reads. Managed by the Crown Publishing Group’s Community Development team, the site has grown substantially, in volume and in editorial content, since its creation in 2008. The new design features a fresh, modern look; a more intuitive site navigation; and an editorial shift toward long-form content, original essays by bestselling authors, and curated book recommendations from the Read It Forward staff.

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There’s a Book for That: Mental Health Awareness

theres-a-book-for-that (1)May has been Mental Health Month since 1949. This year’s theme is “Life with a Mental Illness.” Over the decades, the topic of mental health has certainly become more prominent, with the help of a growing number of recognizable people “coming out” with their mental disorders and increasing reporting in popular media.

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Publisher Nancy Paulsen on Her Career and Penguin Young Readers Imprint

NancyPaulsenThumbnailAs part of our Publisher Profile series, Nancy Paulsen, president and publisher of her eponymous Penguin Young Readers imprint, shares personal insights into her outstanding career in book publishing, her bestselling, award-winning authors – Jacqueline Woodson, Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Maira Kalman, among them – as well as new books and authors she is looking forward to publishing in the coming year.

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

AMothersReckoningTnailRoger Scholl, Vice President, Executive Editor, Crown Publishing Group, delves inside the acquisition, editing and impact of A MOTHER’S RECKONING: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold. 

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Penguin Random House Wishes You Happy Holidays

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Bertelsmann Achieves Highest Revenues and Operating Result in Seven Years

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

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

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

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Penguin Random House Children’s & Audio Book ALA Honors

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

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Penguin Random House 2015 ALA “Notable Books”

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

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Penguin Random House Wishes You Happy Holidays

Pearson Q3 Fiscal Results

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

Penguin Random House Completes Brazilian Objetiva Acquisition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to view Pearson press release.

Penguin Random House Completes Acquisition of Santillana Ediciones Generales from Santillana

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

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

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

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

Penguin Random House, the world’s most global trade book publisher, today introduced a new brand identity that reflects the recently merged company’s values, goals, and strengths, including its unique position in the international marketplace for books and commitment to the diverse and distinct publishing houses that serve as creative homes to many of the world’s most beloved authors and books of all time.

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Penguin Random House Pulitzer Prize Winners

Fiction

2013THE OPRHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam Johnson (Random House)
2011A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)
2009OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
2008THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz (Riverhead)
2007THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf)
2006MARCH by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)
2002EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Knopf)
2001THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (Random House)
1997MARTIN DRESSLER: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (Crown)
1996INDEPENDENCE DAY by Richard Ford (Knopf)
1995THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields (Viking)
1992A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley (Knopf)
1991RABBIT AT REST by John Updike (Knopf)
1989BREATHING LESSONS by Anne Tyler (Knopf)
1988BELOVED by Toni Morrison (Knopf)
1987A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS by Peter Taylor (Knopf)
1985FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Alison Lurie (Random House)
1984IRONWEED by William Kennedy (Viking)
1982RABBIT IS RICH by John Updike (Knopf)
1979THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever (Knopf)
1976HUMBOLDT’S GIFT by Saul Bellow (Viking)
1973THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER by Eudora Welty (Random House)
1972ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner (Doubleday)
1968THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER by William Styron (Random House)
1965THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE by Shirley Ann Grau (Knopf)
1963THE REIVERS by William Faulkner (Random House)
1960ADVISE AND CONSENT by Allen Drury (Doubleday)
1959TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS by Robert Lewis Taylor (Doubleday)
1955A FABLE by William Faulkner (Random House)
1952THE CAINE MUTINY by Herman Wouk (Doubleday)
1951THE TOWN by Conrad Richter (Knopf)
1945A BELL FOR ADANO by John Hersey (Knopf)
1940THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (Viking)
1933THE STORE by T.S. Stribling (Doubleday)
1925SO BIG by Edna Ferber (Doubleday)
1923ONE OF OURS by Willa Cather (Knopf)
1922ALICE ADAMS by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)
1919THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday)

General Nonfiction

2014TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam)
2010THE DEAD HAND: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman (Doubleday)
2009SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
2007THE LOOMING TOWER: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by by Lawrence Wright (Knopf)
2005GHOST WARS by Steve Coll (Penguin Press)
2004GULAG: A History by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday)
1997ASHES TO ASHES by Richard Kluger (Knopf)
1996THE HAUNTED LAND: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg (Random House)
1995THE BEAK OF THE FINCH by Jonathan Weiner (Knopf)
1994LENIN'S TOMB by David Remnick (Random House)
1990AND THEIR CHILDREN AFTER THEM by Dale Maharidge & Michael Williamson (Pantheon)
1989A BRIGHT SHINING LIE by Neil Sheehan (Random House)
1987ARAB AND JEW: WOUNDED SPIRITS IN A PROMISED LAND by David K. Shipler (Times Books)
1986MOVE YOUR SHADOW by Joseph Lelyveld (Times)
1986COMMON GROUND by J. Anthony Lukas (Knopf)
1985THE GOOD WAR by Studs Terkel (Pantheon)
1981FIN–DE–SIECLE VIENNA by Carl E. Schorske (Knopf)
1978THE DRAGONS OF EDEN by Carl Sagan (Random House)
1971THE RISING SUN by John Toland (Random House)
1964ANTI–INTELLECTUALISM IN AMERICAN LIFE by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf)

Biography or Autobiography:

2013THE BLACK COUNT: Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss (Crown)
2012GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (Penguin Press)
2011WASHINGTON: A Life by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)
2010THE FIRST TYCOON: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles (Knopf)
2009AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)
2007THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
2006AMERICAN PROMETHEUS: Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J.
2005DE KOONING: AN AMERICAN MASTER by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan (Knopf)
2003MASTER OF THE SENATE: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro (Knopf)
2000VERA by Stacy Schiff (Random House)
1999LINDBERGH by Scott Berg (Putnam)
1998PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham (Knopf)
1996GOD: A BIOGRAPHY by Jack Miles (Knopf)
1991JACKSON POLLACK by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (Crown)
1989OSCAR WILDE by Richard Ellman (Knopf)
1986LOUISE BOGAN: A PORTRAIT by Elizabeth Frank (Knopf)
1981PETER THE GREAT by Robert K. Massie (Knopf)
1975THE POWER BROKER by Robert A. Caro (Knopf)
1970HUEY LONG by T. Harry Williams (Knopf)
1961CHARLES SUMNER AND THE COMING OF THE CIVIL WAY by David Donald (Knopf)
1950JOHN QUINCY ADAMS & FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY by Samuel Flag Bemis (Knopf)
1946SON OF THE WILDERNESS by Linny March Wolfe (Knopf)
1945GEORGE BANCROFT: BRAHMIN REBEL by Russell Blaine Nye (Knopf)
1944THE AMERICAN LEONARDO by Carleton Mabee (Knopf)
1940WOODROW WILSON: LIFE AND LETTERS by Ray Stannard Baker (Doubleday)
1928THE AMERICAN ORCHESTRA AND THEODORE THOMAS by Charles Edward Russell (Doubleday)
1927WHITMAN: AN INTERPRETATION IN NARRATIVE by Emory Holloway (Knopf)
1923LIFE & LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE by Burton J. Hendrick (Doubleday)

History:

2013EMBERS OF WAR: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall (Random House)
2012MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking)
2010LORDS OF FINANCE: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (Penguin Press)
2007THE RACE BEAT: The Press, the Civil Rights, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts, Hank Kibanoff (Knopf)
2001FOUNDING BROTHERS: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf)
1997ORIGINAL MEANINGS: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove (Knopf)
1996WILLIAM COOPER'S TOWN by Alan Taylor (Knopf)
1993THE RADICALISM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Gordon S. Wood (Knopf)
1991A MIDWIFE'S TALE by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Knopf)
1990IN OUR IMAGE by Stanley Karnow (Random House)
1988LAUNCHING OF MODERN AMERICAN SCIENCE by Robert V. Bruce (Knopf)
1987VOYAGERS TO THE WEST by Bernard Bailyn (Knopf)
1980BEEN IN THE STORM SO LONG by Leon F. Litwack (Knopf)
1976SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR by John Ashbery (Penguin)
1974THE AMERICANS: THE DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE by Daniel J. Boorstin (Random House)
1973PEOPLE OF PARADOX by Michael Kammen (Knopf)
1967EXPLORATION AND EMPIRE by William H. Goetzmann (Knopf)
1962THE TRIUMPHANT EMPIRE by Lawrence H. Gipson (Knopf)
1956THE AGE OF REFORM by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf)
1954A STILLNESS AT APPOMATTOX by Bruce Catton (Doubleday)
1945UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Stephen Bonsal (Doubleday)
1921THE VICTORY AT SEA by William Sowden Sims (Doubleday)

Poetry:

2013STAG’S LEAP by Sharon Olds (Knopf)
2004WALKING TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD by Franz Wright (Knopf)
2002PRACTICAL GODS by Carl Dennis (Penguin)
1999BLIZZARD OF ONE by Mark Strand (Knopf)
1995THE SIMPLE TRUTH by Philip Levine (Knopf)
1991NEAR CHANGES by Mona Van Duyn (Knopf)
1988PARTIAL ACCOUNTS by William Meredith (Knopf)
1979NOW AND THEN: POEMS l976-l978 by Robert Penn Warren (Random House)
1960HEART'S NEEDLE by W.D. Snodgrass (Knopf)
1958PROMISES: POEMS 1945-56 by Robert Penn Warren (Random House)
1955COLLECTED POEMS by Wallace Stevens (Knopf)
1954THE WAKING by Theodore Roethke (Doubleday)
1948THE AGE OF ANXIETY by W.H. Auden (Random House)
1934COLLECTED VERSE by Robert Hillyer (Knopf)
1927FIDDLER'S FAREWELL by Leonora Speyer (Knopf)
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Penguin Random House 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

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

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Penguin Random House Shareholder Bertelsmann Announces 2013 Fiscal-year Results

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

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

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Penguin Random House India Announces Publishing, Sales and Marketing Appointments & New Organizational Structure

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

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Penguin Random House to Acquire Santillana Ediciones Generales

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

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

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

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Random House Mondadori is Renamed Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

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

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

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Bertelsmann achieves record result in first half of 2013

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

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

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CEO Markus Dohle Announces Penguin Random House Global Leadership Team

BERTELSMANN & PEARSON FINALIZE MERGER TRANSACTION

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

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