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Our 6 L.A. Times Book Award Winners

LA times book prizeThe 38th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this past weekend at the University of Southern California. Knopf/Vintage author Thomas McGuane received the 2016 Robert Kirsch Award, which recognizes the body of work of a writer of the American West; expand
and among the prize winners for books published last year were five titles from Penguin Random House imprints in the following categories: Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 9780399588808-201x300 9780385354387-206x300 9781101946619-197x300THE NIX by Nathan Hill (Alfred A. Knopf) Biography HITLER: Ascent, 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich (Alfred A. Knopf) Current Interest SECONDHAND TIME: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Shayevich (Random House) 9780812992731-198x300 9781101903735-197x300Mystery/Thriller DODGERS by Bill Beverly (Crown) Science & Technology PATIENT H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich (Random House) Congratulations to our award-winning authors, their editors and publishers. To view the complete list of 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize winners, click here. The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were first awarded in 1980, with the idea of honoring literary excellence and celebrating the community of readers in Los Angeles. The inspiration of former L.A. Times book editor Art Seidenbaum, those first prizes included awards in four book categories – fiction, history, general nonfiction and poetry – as well as the inaugural Robert Kirsch Award, which was presented to Wallace Stegner for his extraordinary career and dedication to the literature of the West.

Friday Reads: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

fridayreadstnailThis week saw the publication of Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s eagerly anticipated book, Option B. The book, and its authors, are getting a lot of media attention appearing on Good Morning America and NPR’s Morning Edition, to name a couple. Sandberg is COO of Facebook and the expand
author of the phenomenal bestseller, LEAN IN. In 2015, Sandberg suffered the unexpected death of her husband, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg, leaving her, their children and wide circle of family and friends bereft. Option B is a personal, yet prescriptive book about grief and recovery. Its topic brings to mind other profound books that have helped readers through difficult times. We recommend the following titles to help build one’s resiliency muscle:   9781524732684_e51e2OPTION B: FACING ADVERSITY, BUILDING RESILIENCE, AND FINDING JOY by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.   9781400078431THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.   9780345806581_6cd03LEVELS OF LIFE by Julian Barnes In this elegant triptych of history, fiction, and memoir, Julian Barnes has written about ballooning and photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and tearing them apart; and enduring after the incomprehensible loss of a loved one.     9780735213586_5215fHALLELUJAH ANYWAY: REDISCOVERING MERCY by Anne Lamott From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Bird by Bird comes a passionate exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, and how to embrace it. “Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes. “It’s the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the un-absolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.”   9781594634727_00a70BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR by Elizabeth Gilbert The beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear.   9780812988406_2d85eWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi A deeply humane, inspiring memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis that attempts to answer the questions: given that all organisms die, what makes a meaningful life? And, as a doctor, what does it mean to hold mortal—and moral—responsibility for another person’s identity?   9780307476074_fd2ecWILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL by Cheryl Strayed A powerful, blazingly honest, and inspiring memoir (and basis for the feature film starring Reese Witherspoon) of a young woman, reeling from catastrophe, who hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest trail to break herself down—and build herself back up again.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection Option B Friday Reads

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

MWA-logoMystery Writers of America announced Thursday night, April 27, the winners of its coveted Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2016.  Two of our authors’ books published by Penguin Random House imprints won Edgars.  Also, the MWA’s Ellery Queen Award, established in 1983 to honor outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry, was expand
presented to Neil Nyren, Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Our Edgar Award winners: 97815942057819780143108573Best First Novel by an American Author UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry (Penguin Books) Best Fact Crime THE WICKED BOY: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Press) Our Ellery Queen Award winner: After being introduced by one of his New York Times bestselling authors, C.J. Box, who bestowed the Ellery Queen Award, Mr. Nyren reflected, “The reason I’m getting this award tonight goes back to when I was 8 years old. I was home in bed with a bad cold, sneezing and achy, and bored out of my mind – when my father came in and gave me a book. It was The Hardy Boys’ The Secret of Skull Mountain.  From that moment on, I was gone. I was a fan.
Neil Nyren

Neil Nyren

“I have spent most of my life with crime and suspense fiction, first as a fan and then as an editor and a publisher. It has given me countless hours of joy. It has let me meet many of my heroes, and even work with some of them. It has let me discover new voices and new stories, and go running around the office and into the street, sticking them in peoples’ hands and saying you’ve got to read this guy. I’ve been pretty lucky. “When I go to writers’ conferences, I’m often asked what I look for in a novel, and I give them all the things you’d expect, but then I usually say, ‘And then I look for something extra, something that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.’ I am happy to say that you guys have been making the hair on the back of my neck – what’s left of it – stand up for close to 50 years in publishing.” Among the many authors whose books Mr. Nyren has edited: Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, John Sandford, C.J. Box, Robert Crais, Jack Higgins, Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, Frederick Forsyth, Randy Wayne White, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Dave Barry, A. Scott Berg and Joe McGinniss. Congratulations to Mr. Nyren, Ms. Berry and Ms. Summerscale as well as the publishing teams at Penguin Books and Penguin Press. View the complete list of Edgar Award winners here.

Judith Jones Inducted into the James Beard Hall of Fame

judith jonesJudith Jones, a longtime editor at Alfred A. Knopf, was honored this week by the James Beard Foundation when she was inducted into their Cookbook Hall of Fame. This was Judith’s second Beard honor – in 2006, she received the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.   expand
Accepting the award on Mrs. Jones’ behalf was Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, who said, in part: “Judith’s contributions to our industry have been extraordinary. Her work as a cookbook editor has shaped the American culinary landscape. She has been instrumental in identifying culinary greats and shaping their ideas and recipes into award-winning cookbooks. My own journey with Judith has been extraordinary. She is a patient listener, a passionate and witty confidant, a one-of-a-kind editor… and dear friend.” Knopf Chairman Sonny Mehta said, “Culinary publishing today owes a great debt to Judith. Our lives have been enriched by her contributions. I remain grateful for the lessons she taught me.” Mrs. Jones’ remarkable career and life was celebrated at the James Beard Awards ceremony in an inspiring video tribute produced by Nick Davis Productions. Watch it here: Judith worked at Knopf for more than fifty years. As a young editor she is credited with discovering the then-unknown Julia Child and for publishing what became her bestselling classic, MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING.  Some of the other noted cookbook authors she has worked with include Lidia Bastianich, James Beard, Marion Cunningham, Rosie Daley, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Edna Lewis, Joan Nathan, Jacques Pépin, Claudia Roden, Penelope Casas and Nina Simonds. In addition, she also edited a number of literary writers, including John Hersey, William Maxwell, John Updike, and Anne Tyler. Judith is the author of THE TENTH MUSE: My Life in Food and THE PLEASURES OF COOKING FOR ONE.  She is the coauthor with Evan Jones (her late husband) of THE BOOK OF BREAD; KNEAD IT, PUNCH IT, BAKE IT! (for children); and THE BOOK OF NEW NEW ENGLAND COOKERY. She also collaborated with Angus Cameron on THE L. L. BEAN GAME AND FISH COOKBOOK.

Our 2017 James Beard Books and Media Award Winners

JamesBeardFoundationLogoTnailThe annual James Beard Foundation Books, Broadcast and Journalism Awards were held Tuesday night in New York City. Ten Speed Press and Clarkson Potter won a combined seven awards, including the James Beard Book of the Year, which went to Clarkson Potter’s VICTUALS by Ronni Lundy, from Senior Editor Francis Lam. Francis also went home with two journalism awards of his own.   expand
Book of the Year VICTUALS by Ronni Lundy (Clarkson Potter) james beard booksAmerican Cooking VICTUALS by Ronni Lundy (Clarkson Potter) Beverage SMUGGLER’S COVE by Martin Cate with Rebecca Cate (Ten Speed Press) Photography TASTE & TECHNIQUE by Naomi Pomeroy, photography by Chris Court (Ten Speed Press) Columns Francis Lam, “Eat”; “A Haitian Grandmother’s Home-Cooked Porridge”; “Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean Comfort Food”; and “Casa Calamari,” The New York Times Magazine (Senior Editor, Clarkson Potter) Food and Culture Shane Mitchell, “A Last Dinner in the Jungle,” Roads & Kingdoms (Far Afield, Ten Speed Press) Humor Francis Lam, “Recipes with Roots: The True Meaning of Turkey,” Cooking Light (Senior Editor, Clarkson Potter) Congratulations to all of our award winners and the publishing teams at Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press. View the complete list of James Beard Foundation Media Award winners here. The Chef and Restaurants James Beard Foundation awards will be announced in Chicago on Monday, May 1.
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12 of Our Authors on Granta Magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists List

grantaEvery ten years, Granta, a UK-based literary “magazine of new writing,” releases a list of authors deemed “the best young American novelists of their generation – writers of remarkable achievement and promise, still in their twenties and thirties.”  Granta began this tradition in 1997.  expand
Granta’s 2017 list of 21 writers, selected by Patrick deWitt, and our authors A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Sigrid Rausing, Granta’s editor and publisher, includes 12 authors published by Penguin Random House: granta coverJesse Ball, author of such novels as HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHYA CURE FOR SUICIDE and THE CURFEW (Vintage) Emma Cline, author of THE GIRLS (Random House) Joshua Cohen, author of BOOK OF NUMBERS and MOVING KINGS (Random House) Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES (Riverhead) Yaa Gyasi, author of HOMEGOING (Knopf) Garth Risk Hallberg, author of CITY ON FIRE (Knopf) Sana Karasikov, author of THE PATRIOTS (Spiegel & Grau) Karan Mahajan, author of THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS (Viking/Penguin) Anthony Marra, author of THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO and A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA (Hogarth). Mr. Marra’s forthcoming book, THE PEACOCK PALACE, will be published by Hogarth in 2018. Dinaw Mengestu, author of ALL OUR NAMES (Vintage) as well  as THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS and HOW TO READ THE AIR (Riverhead) Ottessa Moshfegh, author of EILEEN and HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD (Penguin Press) Claire Vaye Watkins, author of BATTLEBORN and GOLD FAME CITRUS (Riverhead) Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers. View Granta’s complete “Best of Young American Novelists List 3” list here. A special edition of Granta, featuring writings by the writers on the new list, by will be published May 4.

Nathaniel Philbrick Wins 2017 George Washington Prize

george washington prizeNathaniel Philbrick has won the George Washington Prize, including an award of $50,000, for his book, VALIANT AMBITION: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking/Penguin). Now in its 12th year, the George Washington Prize honors its namesake by recognizing the year’s best new books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that engage a broad public audience. expand
Conferred by George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Washington College, the award will be presented to Mr. Philbrick on May 25 at a black-tie gala at Mount Vernon.
Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick

“To have Valiant Ambition recognized in this way means a tremendous amount to me, especially given the extraordinary quality of the books produced by the other six finalists,” said Mr. Philbrick. “My heartfelt thanks to the jurors involved in the selection process and to the George Washington Prize’s sponsoring institutions.” VALIANT AMBITION is a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Philbrick creates a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and of the war that gave birth to a nation. “Our objective in creating the Washington Prize was to stimulate scholarly works that are accessible to the general public,” said Mount Vernon president Curt Viebranz. “This year’s finalists confirm that we are succeeding; Nat Philbrick’s VALIANT AMBITION is at once a detailed and accurate account of the relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold as well as an engaging read.” Established in 2005, the George Washington Prize has honored a dozen leading writers on the Revolutionary era including, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical Hamilton. For this year’s prize, a distinguished jury comprised of notable historians David Preston, Kathleen DuVal, and Nick Bunker, selected the finalists from a field of nearly 60 books.

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

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Initiated in 2002 in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, Poem in Your Pocket Day has been adopted by all fifty states. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day  to Canada. expand
As a grassroots part of National Poetry Month, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Find out more ways to celebrate at Poets.org Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets editions are ideal for filling your head, heart and pocket with poems to savor and share. Here are 10 gorgeous volumes, of the nearly 100 in the series, edited by some of our most distinguished poets. Viva Poetry! FEATURED TITLES 9780375415043_40e10POEMS OF NEW YORK edited by Elizabeth Schmidt All the icons of this greatest of cities swirl and flash through these pages: taxis and subways, bridges and skyscrapers, ghettos and roof gardens and fire escapes, from the South Bronx to Coney Island to Broadway to Central Park, and from Langston Hughes’s Harlem to James Merrill’s Upper East Side. Wallace Stevens, e. e. cummings, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, and Audre Lorde are just a few of the poets gathered here, alongside a host of new young voices.   9780679447269_757bcGARDEN POEMS edited by John Hollander The splendid poems in this collection both represent and glorify the cultivating instinct, and each of them succeeds in “annihilating all that’s made,” as Andrew Marvell puts it in one of the most famous of all English poems, “to a green thought in a green shade.” Contents include poems on Paradises, Gardens of Love, Gardens in the Mind, Gardens and Seasons, Flowers, Gardeners, The Work of the Garden, Gardens of the Wild, City Gardens, Public Gardens, Ruined Gardens, and A Garden of Gardens. Contributors include John Milton, Ovid, E.E. Cummings, Thom Gunn, John Donne, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Robert Browning, Shakespeare, and many others.   9780307269744RUSSIAN POETS edited by Peter Washington This volume gathers together some of the best-loved, most powerful and immediate poems from the greatest Russian poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Here is the work of Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Andrei Bely, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ivan Bunin, Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and Joseph Brodsky, among many others.   9780375712449_e7f4aPOEMS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH edited by David Biespiel Poems of the American South includes poems both by Southerners and by famous observers of the South who hailed from elsewhere. These range from Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe through Langston Hughes, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, James Dickey and include a host of living poets as well: Wendell Berry, Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, Yusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab Nye, C. D. Wright, Natasha Trethewey, and many more.   9780307957863_88d1aVILLANELLES edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth MalAnnie Finch, Marie-Elizabeth Mali The first of its kind–a comprehensive collection of the best of the villanelle, a delightful poetic form whose popularity ranks only behind that of the sonnet and the haiku. With its intricate rhyme scheme and dance-like pattern of repeating lines, its marriage of recurrence and surprise, the villanelle is a form that has fascinated poets since its introduction almost two centuries ago and is enjoying a revival with contemporary poets.   9780307592668MILLAY: POEMS by Edna St. Vincent Millay; edited by Diana Secker Tesdell One of America’s most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a very young age and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and superbly crafted sonnets have thrilled generations of readers long after the notoriously bohemian lifestyle she led in Greenwich Village in the 1920s ceased to shock them. Millay’s refreshing frankness and cynicism and her ardent appetite for life still burn brightly on the page more than half a century after her death.   9781400041282_fea30HAIKU edited by Peter Washington Simple yet capable of great complexity, the haiku is a tightly structured verse form that has a remarkable power to distill the essence of a moment keenly perceived. For centuries confined to a small literary elite in Japan, the writing of haiku is now practiced all over the world by those who are fascinated by its combination of technical challenge, expressive means, and extreme concentration. This anthology brings together hundreds of haiku by the Japanese masters–Basho, Issa, Buson, Shiki–with superb examples from nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers.   9780375414596_49f98POEMS OF THE AMERICAN WEST edited by Robert Mezey Here is the West in all its rich variety–the harsh life of farms and ranches; man’s destructive invasion into forest and desert solitudes; the bars and bistros of San Francisco and Hollywood; Pacific surf and endless highways; the ghost towns, the poverty, and the legendary world of cowpunchers and gunslingers. From Robert Frost’s “Once by the Pacific” to Charles Bukowski’s “Vegas,” from Fred Koller’s “Lone Star State of Mind” to Thom Gunn’s “San Francisco Streets”–the West is evoked in all its incarnations, both actual and mythic.   9780375414190_7a128LULLABIES AND POEMS FOR CHILDREN edited by Diana Secker Larson Diana Secker Larson In this enchanting and comprehensive collection are beautiful lyrics to sing or read to little ones, from Shakespeare’s lullaby for the fairy queen, Titania, to Brahms’s “Lullaby”; and from Gershwin’s “Summertime” to Langston Hughes’s lovely lullaby for a “night black baby.” Here, too, are poems for children that range from tender to nonsensical, from quiet to raucous–from T. S. Eliot to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.   9780679436317ANIMAL POEMS edited by John Hollander From East to West, from ancient times to modern, from Mei Yu Ch’en on swarming mosquitoes to William Cullen Bryant’s solitary waterfowl and Rainer Maria Rilke’s enchanted gazelle, from Auden on cats and dogs to E.E. Cummings’s verse in the shape of a grasshopper to James Merrill’s vision of the octopus, here—selected by John Hollander—are 136 poems that provide exhilarating access to literature’s glorious lyric zoo.   For more on these and other titles in Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series visit Pocket Poets

EVICTED Author Matthew Desmond Wins 2017 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism

hillman foundationThe Sidney Hillman Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Hillman Prizes, the only major all-media awards dedicated to journalism in service of social and economic justice. The 2017 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism went to Matthew Desmond for EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown), which previously won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction; the 2016 expand
National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction; and the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award in Nonfiction. NBCC evictedFrom the Hillman Foundation judges’ commentary: “Through vivid storytelling, Desmond shows the tough circumstances his subjects faced: selling food stamps for half their value to get cash, how a broken car led to eviction, and choosing between movers putting personal possessions in bonded storage or out on the curb. He also identifies unseen costs – the psychological effects of eviction, how it disrupts relationships, children’s education and communities, and how it leads to future instability … Not only does Desmond’s book transform our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation, it provides fresh and pragmatic ideas for solving this uniquely American problem.” We congratulate Mr. Desmond, his editor, Amanda Cook, and everyone at the Crown Publishing Group. Bruce Raynor, President of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, said, “This year’s Hillman Prize winners investigated powerful people and institutions and exposed hypocrisy, discrimination, and exploitation. At this moment in our history, the role of courageous journalists like our 2017 winners are more important than ever to our democracy.” The Hillman Foundation will present its distinguished annual journalism prizes, awarded every year since 1950, at a ceremony and reception at The Times Center in New York City on Tuesday, May 9.

Our Three Books for A Better Life Award Winners

books for a better lifeWinners of the 2017 Books for a Better Life Awards, sponsored by the Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, have been announced.  Among the award-winning titles were three books published by Penguin Random House imprints in the following categories:  expand
Childcare/Parenting: UNTANGLED by Lisa Damour, PhD (Ballantine Books) books for better lifePsychology: EMOTIONAL AGILITY by Sue David (Avery) Spiritual: THE BOOK OF JOY by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Doug Abrams (Avery) Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers. To view a complete list of this year’s Books for a Better Life Award winners, click here.
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“How the Penguin Random House Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry Changed My Entire Year”

display caseTeacher Gillian Schneider, winner of Penguin Random House’s inaugural Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry, knew how she wanted to use the prize’s $10,000 grant money.  In the spirit of giving back and finding a way for young poets to develop their craft, Ms. Schneider, an English Teacher at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, funded the expand
creation of an illustrated student poetry collection, which can be viewed here.
Pictured, left to right: Michael Gentile, VP, Director, Academic Marketing, Penguin Random House; Melanie Fallon-Houska, Director of Corporate Giving, Penguin Random House; Caylin Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou’s great grand-daughter; Kristen Nevins, $10,000 Grant Recipient; Gillian Schneider, $10,000 Maya Angelou Grant Recipient; Doug Hesse, NCTE President; and Susan Houser, NCTE President-Elect

Pictured, left to right: Michael Gentile, VP, Director, Academic Marketing, Penguin Random House; Melanie Fallon-Houska, Director of Corporate Giving, Penguin Random House; Caylin Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou’s great grand-daughter; Kristen Nevins, $10,000 Grant Recipient; Gillian Schneider, $10,000 Maya Angelou Grant Recipient; Doug Hesse, NCTE President; and Susan Houser, NCTE President-Elect

For National Poetry Month, Penguin Random House asked Ms. Schneider to share her thoughts about winning the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry and what it meant to her and her students.  With enthusiasm and excitement, Gillian created a blog post titled “Following Maya Angelou’s Footsteps” for the PRH High School blog.   With a reach of more than 100,000 educators, the blog post will also be included in the next Penguin Random House Academic High School Catalog – serving as a model program for other schools to adopt and share in best practices.  Here are excerpts: “I never imagined how a call from Penguin Random House informing me that I had received the inaugural Maya Angelou Poetry Award would change my entire year.  I was monitoring the halls during PSAT testing when I started listening to a voice message I noticed on my cell phone.  My department chair saw me–jumping up and down excitedly–and came down the hall to investigate. She, too, started jumping excitedly, and that afternoon, she announced at our English Department meeting that I had been given this prestigious the award. We shared the news with our administration, who in turn shared the news with our entire school–and then the district office, the Maya Image copySchool Board, and the community.  Our creative writing program has expanded over the last five years, and the Maya Angelou Award will allow our school the opportunity to expand even more. “Maya Angelou saw the good in others and used poetry to communicate a message of hope, especially in times of struggle.  We look to her words, her poetry, to support our collection.  Her words have guided us and inspired us.  Thanks to her family and to Penguin Random House for supporting us with the inaugural Maya Angelou Poetry Award!  Thanks to the students who wrote poetry and shared with us for this publication!” To read the full text of Ms. Schneider’s “Following Maya Angelou’s Footsteps” blog post, click here.

Friday Reads: Trees and Seas

fridayreadstnailThis Saturday we pay special tribute to our home during Earth Day. Indeed, one way to measure the health of our planet is to look to the trees and the seas. The following books appreciate that fact through beautiful, informative and inspiring writing. We invite you to enter their pages and contemplate your relationship with the environment. expand
  9780525427520_6c1e7THE SONGS OF TREES: STORIES FROM NATURE’S GREAT CONNECTORS by David George Haskell David Haskell’s award-winning The Forest Unseen won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, Haskell brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans.   9781612194363_d8c20THE SEA INSIDE by Philip Hoare In colorful prose and lively line drawings, Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea and its islands, birds, and beasts. Starting at his home on the shores of Britain’s Southampton Water and moving in ever-widening circles—like the migration patterns of whales—Hoare explores London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand on his year-long adventure.   9780812981292_6626dTHE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES: A STORY OF LOST GROVES, THE SCIENCE OF TREES, AND A PLAN TO SAVE THE PLANET by Jim Robbins New York Times Science reporter Jim Robbins has written a provocative, fascinating book with an inspiring narrative at its center about a visionary man who is revolutionizing the way people think about trees. For each of the 872 known species of trees in the United States, there is one that is taller, wider, and hardier than all the others—the champion of its kind.   9781583949603_3cffbOCEAN COUNTRY: ONE WOMAN’S VOYAGE FROM PERIL TO HOPE IN HER QUEST TO SAVE THE SEAS by Liz Cunningham Ocean Country is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind, the rapidly degrading state of our environment. After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our dazzling but endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey.   9780143120162THE GLOBAL FOREST: FORTY WAYS TREES CAN SAVE US by Diana Beresford-Kroeger The inspiration for renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s documentary, “Call of the Forest”, The Global Forest is a lushly written, compelling tribute to trees-grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge.  Particularly fascinating, is the author’s exploration of the largely untapped ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees.   9780143104964UNDER THE SEA WIND by Rachel L. Carson Rachel Carson—pioneering environmentalist and author of Silent Spring—opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world in her groundbreaking paean to the sea. Celebrating the mystery and beauty of birds and sea creatures in their natural habitat, Under the Sea-Wind—Rachel Carson’s first book and her personal favorite—is the early masterwork of one of America’s greatest nature writers.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection Trees and Seas

A Global Celebration of Reading on April 23

world book daySunday, April 23, is a symbolic date for books and literature the world over when readers everywhere join together in a celebration of books and reading. Read on to find out how.   expand
World Book Day April 23, 1564, is the day English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare was born. Fifty-three short years later, also on April 23, 1616, the playwright died. For this reason, among others, it was a natural choice for UNESCO to create World Book Day to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this day. Learn more about World Book Day here. #ProjectReadathon In the U.S, Canada and Mexico, we’re celebrating World Book Day with #ProjectReadathon, the one-week reading and giving initiative. As of April 17, readers have been visiting the specially created online reading platform and reading timed excerpts from our books and authors to trigger book donations to Save the Children. We are excited to announce that with over 800,000 minutes of reading so far, we are well on our way to our one million minutes goal. St. Jordi Day In Spain’s Catalonia region, World Book Day is marked by roses, books, and lovers. On St Jordi Day, the people of Catalonia celebrate the day of their patron saint, Sant Jordi, with a unique tradition. On 23 April, couples exchange gifts: a book for the men and a rose for the women. Book and flower stalls are set up along the streets of Barcelona for a vibrant celebration. Learn more about St. Jordi Day here. World Book Night In the U.K., World Book Night takes place on April 23. The national celebration of reading and books is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers. Learn more about World Book Night here. We hope you will join us in a global celebration of books and reading on April 23. 

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! expand
Convert Your Charity Miles to #ProjectReadathon Minutes If you spend Earth Day outdoors being active – running, hiking, cycling – then you can track your miles with Charity Miles, named one of the top running and walking apps in the App Store. Penguin Random House is partnering with this fitness tracking app for the duration of the #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign. During #ProjectReadathon, users of the app will have the option to convert their miles into reading minutes and contribute to the Million Minutes goal, triggering book donations from us to Save the Children. #ProjectReadathon Double Minutes Day On Thursday, April 20, whether you track your miles with Charity Miles or read an excerpt on readwell.penguinrandomhouse.com, the #ProjectReadathon Double Minutes day will allow you to double your impact. Visit ReadWell.PenguinRandomHouse.com now to join #ProjectReadathon and #ReadWell. 

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

Igloo-earth-thumb3In this new installment of our Climate Change series, Jill Santopolo, Editorial Director, Philomel Books, tells us about her key role in the creation of Chelsea Clinton’s IT’S YOUR WORLD: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going. Climate Change is one of the big issues covered in the book, including a detailed “Weather Report” section. Young readers are expand
shown how “small actions can make a big difference” in helping to protect the environment. In addition to her duties at Philomel, where she has also edited books by other bestselling, award-winning authors such as Andrea Cremer, Amy Ephron, Lisa Graff, and Mayim Bialik, Jill is also an author. Her upcoming novel, THE LIGHT WE LOST, will be published by Putnam on May 9. Here, Jill offers insights into her editorial work on and inspiration behind IT’S YOUR WORLD as well as steps readers of the book can take to make a difference. What was the genesis of Chelsea Clinton’s book IT’S YOUR WORLD and the resulting process of mapping out the structure and creating the content – particularly the “Weather Report” section?
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IT’S YOUR WORLD actually came to be because of television. Chelsea had appeared on The Daily Show  with Jon Stewart to talk about global health, and I happened to be sitting on my couch watching TV that night. I was so impressed with the way in which Chelsea was able to explain complicated subjects in ways that were easy to understand that I reached out and asked her if she might be interested in writing a book for young readers that talked to them about the biggest issues facing our world today. It turned out that Chelsea had already been thinking about doing just that. And, of course, when you’re talking about big issues facing our world, climate change is one of them. We decided that the book would be divided into four sections focusing on the economy, rights, health, and the environment. Within those sections, there are smaller chapters in which Chelsea included explanations, features on kids (and some adults) who are working to make a difference in those areas, and then Get Going! lists of actions readers can take to make a difference themselves. That same structure is in the Weather Report section. How would you describe the experience of working with Ms. Clinton as her editor on this project and what was involved in establishing a narrative voice that would grab and hold the interest of young readers? It’s was truly a pleasure to work with Chelsea on IT’S YOUR WORLD. She’s such a thoughtful, intelligent person, and I think those qualities are reflected in her writing. As far as tweaking her narrative voice for young readers, we talked about the idea of writing as if she were having a conversation with one of her nieces or nephews, which is why I think her voice in the book sounds so natural and so much like her. its your worldClimate Change is of urgent relevance to us all today.  How did you and Ms. Clinton address this environmental crisis in IT’S YOUR WORLD, sharing insights and details, in a way that would not only inform but inspire action? I think Chelsea did a remarkable job of explaining exactly what climate change is and the reasons it’s happening—both the large ones and the small ones. Because of the ways she’s able to break down this issue into bite-sized pieces, I think it’s easy for young readers to see how they, personally can make a difference by doing small things like recycling, bringing reusable bags on shopping trips, taking short showers instead of baths, turning off the water while brushing teeth, riding a bike instead of taking a car, and so much more. One of the themes of IT’S YOUR WORLD is that every bit count, and that a ton of small actions can make a big difference. That’s one of the messages I think is the most empowering about the book. What do you feel will be the primary environmental-related takeaways from IT’S YOUR WORLD that young readers will be able to integrate into their everyday lives? What I hope young readers will take away from IT’S YOUR WORLD is that you’re never too young (or too old, for that matter!) to make a difference. Whether it’s one of the smaller actions I mentioned above or starting something larger, like the incredible kids Chelsea features in her books have done, it takes all of us, working together, to create a better future for our planet and ourselves. As part of Penguin Random House’s ongoing commitment to social responsibility and business practices that minimize our impact on the environment, our Climate Change series is meant to further the discussion. 
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There’s a Book for That!: Earth Day

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve unearthed a spate of profound books about environmental leaders and their contributions to helping our fragile planet, and the creatures that depend on it, survive and flourish. Put one of these books in your backpack, head out into Mother Nature and remember to take only memories, leave only footprints. expand
For more information visit: http://www.earthday.org/ FEATURED TITLES 9780143130444_a8736DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING Edited by Paul Hawken In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. Read more about this book on Igloo: How Can We Help Save the Earth? Paul Hawken Has a Plan in DRAWDOWN   9780385354363_a44ddWILD THINGS, WILD PLACES: ADVENTUROUS TALES OF WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION ON PLANET EARTH by Jane Alexander Author Jane Alexander, award-winning actress and impassioned conservationist, delivers an inspiring, personal look at the vastly changing world of wildlife on planet earth as a result of human incursion, and the crucial work of animal and bird preservation across the globe being done by scientists, field biologists, zoologists, environmentalists, and conservationists.   9781101875759_c7c6bTHE WOOD FOR THE TREES: ONE MAN’S LONG VIEW OF NATURE By Richard Fortey A few years ago, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there.   9781524711078_11d48THE SIBLEY BIRDS COLORING FIELD JOURNAL by David Allen Sibley A portable, deluxe adult coloring book from the renowned birder, illustrator, and author of the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. The perfect gift for birders everywhere, to use at your windowsill or in the field. Including 75 original and previously unpublished images. With millions of copies sold, David Sibley is the best-known name in North American birding today.   9780345806291_94b0aTHE INVENTION OF NATURE by Andrea Wulf Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.   9781633882256_2d271PROTECTING THE PLANET: ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS FROM CONSERVATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE  by Budd Titlow, Mariah Tinger Climate change is often associated with predictions of dire calamities. But in the past, heroic individuals have stepped forward to meet even the most ominous ecological challenges. This book tells an inspirational story–a story both of pioneering environmentalists who raised our collective consciousness regarding nature’s value and heroes of today who are working to secure a sustainable future.   9780140255706MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA by John Muir Based on Muir’s journals from his 1869 stay in the Sierras, the renowned naturalist, who founded the Sierra Club and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, brings the flora and fauna of the region beautifully to life.     FOR YOUNGER READERS 9781465458674_19ab5UTTERLY AMAZING EARTH by DK From volcanoes and earthquakes to the water cycle and seasons, this interactive book brings amazing natural phenomena to life with pop-ups, pull-tabs, flaps, and wheels. It even features activities and experiments that kids can do at home—including building an erupting volcano. Together, the pop-ups, experiments, and bite-size facts ensure kids have different ways to absorb the information, no matter how they like to learn.   9780448479590_445ebWHO WAS RACHEL CARSON? by Sarah Fabiny, Dede Putra, and Nancy Harrison (ages 8-12) Though she grew up in rural Pennsylvania, Rachel Carson dreamed of the sea. In 1936 she began work with the Bureau of Fisheries and soon after published Under the Sea Wind, her first of many nature books. A pioneering environmentalist, Rachel Carson helped awaken the global consciousness for conservation and preservation.   9780670062720AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL WARMING by Al Gore (ages 10 and up) Dramatic full-color photos, illustrations, and graphs combine with Gore’s effective and clear writing to explain global warming in very real terms: what it is, what causes it, and what will happen if we continue to ignore it. An Inconvenient Truth will change the way young people understand global warming and hopefully inspire them to help change the course of history.   9781580895866_c9e8bJOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg and Jamie Hogan (ages 4-8) The now iconic figure John Muir, while living at the base of Yosemite Falls in California, ventures up the trail from his cabin one night and has a harrowing waterfall adventure. Back matter roots the story in Muir’s life’s work as a conservationist and naturalist.   For more on these and related titles, visit: Earth Day 2017

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

blue rider pressKeith Olbermann, the award-winning commentator, reporter, writer, and news and sports anchor, will release a book of commentaries about President Donald Trump and the Trump Administration, it was announced today. Based on Olbermann’s hugely successful GQ web series, The expand
Resistance, the book is entitled, TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY: (This Is Not a Joke) and is to be published in October 2017 by Blue Rider Press. North American rights were acquired by Blue Rider Press president and publisher David Rosenthal from Andrew Blauner, of Blauner Books Literary Agency. In TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY, Olbermann takes apart Donald Trump and confronts his Administration with both journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor. Olbermann’s current commentary vehicle, The Resistance, averages more than 3.8M viewers per video and is widely shared on social media. The 100th episode of the combined GQ The Closer/The Resistance series airs today.

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

Drawdown book buzz1With Earth Day 2017 almost here, this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Paul Hawken’s DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, on sale April 18 from Penguin Books. Mr. Hawken says, “Unquestionably, distress signals are flashing expand
throughout nature and society, from drought, sea level rise, and unrelenting increases in temperatures to immigration, conflict, and dislocation. This is not the whole story. “We have endeavored in DRAWDOWN to show that many people are staunchly and unwaveringly on the case. Although carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion and land use have a two-century head start on these solutions, we will take those odds. The build-up of greenhouse gases we experience today occurred in the absence of human understanding; our ancestors were innocent of the damage they were doing. That can tempt us to believe that global warming is something that is happening to us—that we are victims of a fate that was determined by actions that preceded us. If we change the preposition, however, and consider that global warming is happening for us—an atmospheric transformation that inspires us to change and reimagine everything we make and do—we can begin to live in a different world. We take 100 percent responsibility and stop blaming others. We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius. This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one. This is the human agenda.” Drawdown_QuoteCard_8Viking Executive Editor Rick Kot: “When Paul pitched the idea for DRAWDOWN to me several years ago over dinner, I was skeptical. By that point I’d worked with him on three books on environmentalism and activism that had become classics in their field, and there are few writers I enjoy working with as much as I do Paul. For an editor it’s equivalent to being on a vacation to be able to engage in ideas rather than the body and fender jobs that many manuscripts require, and Paul’s ideas always leave me challenged and inspired by the possible future a genuine visionary can imagine. “But a book about ways to reverse global warming? Wouldn’t that be chasing a moving target, given the rapidly changing pace of technology? When I raised that point, he countered by asking me to guess what the biggest factor would be in the carbon reduction effort, and after I ran through the usual suspects (cars, coal, etc.) he told it me was women’s education. That was, granted, a great ‘gotcha!’ but I still was dubious, and for the next year or so we circled around the project, with Paul patiently sending me more and more compelling research that the DRAWDOWN team was compiling. When I presented it to Penguin and the Academic Promotions Department, both saw the potential, and a contract was soon signed. “In the time since we made that deal, climate change has become an issue of even greater concern, not only because of the ever more alarming findings of the effects of global warming, but on the recent actions undertaken by the government to reverse the policies that address it. As several early reviews of DRAWDOWN have noted, the book could not have been published at a better time, as it offers solutions that are practical, imaginative, scalable, and economical. When I first read the manuscript, I was expecting an encyclopedic overview of the latest research in the area. While all that science is definitely a fundamental aspect of the book, it’s so much more than that, as it takes in cultural history, ethnography, botany, design, and many other fields. It’s an engagingly readable book—few writers in this area have Paul’s lyrical touch—and one that surprises on every page. For those of us old enough to remember it, DRAWDOWN will be reminiscent of the epochal Whole Earth Catalog: a window into another world, and a door to lead you there.” Drawdown_QuoteCard_8Media praise for the book has been nothing short of amazing. Outside Magazine calls it a “bold plan to beat back climate change” while Fast Company, who profiled Mr. Hawken for their “World Changing Ideas” column, describes the book as a “blueprint for what comes next if the U.S. government (and the global community) begins to aggressively focus on altering the climate future.” On tour, Paul will give 13 presentations on DRAWDOWN in 10 cities, including Santa Barbara, California where he will be awarded the Environmental Hero Award, presented by actor Jeff Bridges along with the President of Santa Barbara City College.

Featured Author Event: Mike Tyson

feat author event mike tysonMike Tyson, heavyweight champion and New York Times bestselling author of UNDISPUTED TRUTH, will join Paul Holdengraber, founder and director of Live from the New York Public Library, to discuss Tyson’s new memoir, IRON AMBITION: My Life with Cus D’Amato, for one night only at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. The event will take place on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here. expand
9780399177033-197x300Launching with Blue Rider Press on May 30th, IRON AMBITION is an intimate look at the life and leadership lessons of Cus D’Amato, the legendary boxing trainer and Tyson’s surrogate father. Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and the first boxer to ever hold the three biggest belts in prizefighting–the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles–simultaneously. Tyson’s enduring appeal has launched him into a career in entertainment: he was a standout in the blockbuster films The Hangover and The Hangover 2, and recently he has earned tremendous acclaim for his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Tyson has launched a clothing company (Roots of Fight) and Tyrrhanic Productions, which currently has several film projects in development. In 2011 Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.

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

logo thumbnailPenguin Random House is very excited to announce the launch of our #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign. The one-week reading and giving initiative, April 17 to April 23, gives readers the chance to help children in local communities throughout North America – just by reading. expand
Starting today, readers can visit a new specially created online reading platform at ReadWell.PenguinRandomHouse.com and read free, timed excerpts from over 200 Penguin Random House titles. We believe that the simple act of reading can have far-reaching social impact: which is why the more minutes a user reads, the more book donations are triggered from us to Save the Children – putting up to 300,000 books into the hands of children in need in the US, Canada and Mexico. How #ProjectReadathon Works:

  • Each excerpt on the platform notes how many minutes will be added and how many books will be donated throughout the campaign.
  • For example, reading a 20-minute excerpt unlocks a 5-book donation from Penguin Random House to Save the Children; reading an hour unlocks a 20-books donation.
  • The books will go to Save the Children literacy programs, which help young students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
Contributing Partners: Also joining the #ProjectReadathon Million Minutes campaign are Charity Miles and Tab for a Cause, two organizations that enable consumers to give back through everyday activities. Users will be invited to add minutes to the Project through reading at ReadWell.PenguinRandomHouse.com, as well as through the Charity Miles and Tab for a Cause platforms for special in-app and on-platform opportunities. A Worldwide Celebration of Books and Giving Back: #ProjectReadathon takes place in the US, Canada and Mexico, and culminates on April 23 in honor of UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright DayWorld Book Night (UK) and St. Jordi Day (Spain). Penguin Random House employees across the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, and Spain are taking part in local celebrations in honor of these events, as they join together in celebration of books and reading to give back to their local communities. Visit ReadWell.PenguinRandomHouse.com now to join #ProjectReadathon and #ReadWell. 
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Friday Reads: How to Write a Poem

friday-reads copyWhen was the last time you wrote a poem? Elementary school? Yesterday? As Natalie Goldberg puts it in her classic book Writing Down the Bones, “poems are small moments of enlightenment.” There’s a poet in each of us and turning experience and feelings into poetry can be cathartic and fun. Inspiration is expand
everywhere – the subway, the sea, the past, the present… Here are some books to help you cross that bridge and fling open those doors of perception: Metaphors be with you! FEATURED TITLES 9780143128199_ce492YOU, TOO, COULD WRITE A POEM by David Orr A collection of reviews and essays by David Orr, the New York Times poetry columnist and one of the most respected critics in America today, his best work of the past fifteen years in one place. Orr’s prose is devoted to common sense and clarity, and, in every case, he brings to bear an impeccable ear, a genial openhandedness of spirit, and a deep wealth of technical knowledge—to say nothing of his shrewd sense of humor. Orr’s journalism represents a high watermark in the public discussion of literature, and is as pleasurable as it is informative. You, Too, Could Write a Poem is at heart a love note to poetry itself.   9781592403110_12634THE ODE LESS TRAVELLED: UNLOCKING THE POET WITHIN by Stephen Fry Comedian and actor Stephen Fry’s witty and practical guide gives the aspiring poet or student the tools and confidence to write and understand poetry. He believes that if one can speak and read English, one can write poetry. In The Ode Less Travelled, he invites readers to discover the delights of writing poetry for pleasure and provides the tools and confidence to get started.   9780143107149LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainer Maria Rilke At the start of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, suffering, and the nature of advice itself. These profound and lyrical letters have since become hugely influential for generations of writers and artists of all kinds, including Lady Gaga and Patti Smith.   9781611803082_9b7f7WRITING DOWN THE BONES: FREEING THE WRITER WITHIN by Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author’s witty approach (“Writing Is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger,” “Man Eats Car,” “Be an Animal”), will inspire anyone who writes—or who longs to.   FOR YOUNGER WRITERS 9780763641320_a2ef7A KICK IN THE HEAD: AN EVERYDAY GUIDE TO POETIC FORMS by Paul B. Janeczko, Chris Raschka In this splendid and playful volume — second of a trilogy — an acclaimed creative team presents examples of twenty-nine poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms to life.   9780394743646_95afeSLEEPING ON THE WING: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN POETRY WITH ESSAYS ON READING AND WRITING by Kenneth Koch, Kate Farrell This book is specifically for high school students, though it is useful to college students and anyone interested in the art and craft of poetry. Koch and Farrell, experienced teachers as well as poets, write about poetry in such a way that students will find it accessible and interesting.   Visit Signature to download The Writer’s Guide to Poetry Sign-up for Knopf’s Poem-a-Day

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.  expand
“We are laser-focused on identifying publishers with significant growth potential,” said Todd Berman, VP, Business Development and Publishing Strategy for PRHPS. “And this annual list is a great example of the power of the partnership that we have with our clients, resulting in long-term growth across the portfolio.” This is the third year in a row that PRHPS client publishers have been well represented on PW’s Fastest-Growing Independent Publishers list: Sasquatch and Berrett-Koehler Publishers in 2016, and No Starch Press and Verso Books in 2015 Here are excerpts from the Publishers Weekly article about each of our client publishers on the 2017 list: EuropaLogoAt Europa Editions, the popularity of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet has increased steadily over the past few years, propelling a sales gain of 156% in 2015 over 2014 and another 47% revenue rise in 2016. Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds acknowledges the importance of Ferrante to the 12-year-old company’s success, but he notes that the balance of its list, focused on publishing authors from all over the world in the British and North American markets, has also contributed to its growth. Reynolds thinks the success of Ferrante’s series has helped Europa’s entire list gain more visibility in the market, but he also believes the company is doing a more effective job marketing its books. ShambhalalogoShambhala President Nikko Odiseos says the company’s growth is due to “a multiplicity of causes”: new imprints, acquisitions, readership building, and export editions. Shambhala started its lifestyle imprint, Roost Books, in 2012, and the unit has become a bigger part of its business. Roost sales were boosted by the fact that its books won James Beard awards in each of the past two years. Snow Lion Publications was acquired in 2012, which cemented Shambhala’s position as the largest publisher of Buddhist books in English in the U.S. And in May 2015, Shambhala acquired Rodmell Press, which not only buttressed its Buddhist list but doubled its line of yoga books. SasquatchLogo copySeattle-based Sasquatch Books followed up a 20% increase in sales in 2015 over 2014 with another solid year in 2016, when revenue was up 55% compared to 2014. Little Bigfoot, the company’s children’s imprint started in 2014, had another year of gains helped by its growing backlist. The biggest sales driver last year, however, was Sasquatch’s 52 Lists journal series by Moorea Seal, who refers to herself as a creative entrepreneur. The series, which features The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness has more than 375,000 copies in print, according to senior publicity and marketing manager Corinna Scott. To read the full PW article, click here.

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.” expand
With that goal in mind, we offer an illuminating and supportive selection of titles – from groundbreaking research to history to memoir. FEATURED TITLES 9780307985675_fec82IN A DIFFERENT KEY: THE STORY OF AUTISM by John Donvan, Caren Zucker Finalist, 2017 Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction An extraordinary narrative history of autism: the riveting story of parents fighting for their children ’s civil rights; of doctors struggling to define autism; of ingenuity, self-advocacy, and profound social change Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition.   9780399531651THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD: RECOGNIZING AND COPING WITH SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER by Carol Kranowitz, Lucy Jane Miller The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)–and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents.   9780399159541AUTISM: THE SCIENTIFIC TRUTH ABOUT PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING, AND TREATING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS–AND WHAT PARENTS CAN DO NOW by Robert Melillo From the bestselling author of Disconnected Kids, a clear and compassionate explanation of the causes of the autism epidemic—and a scientifically based approach for prevention and treatment.   9780307275653THINKING IN PICTURES: MY LIFE WITH AUTISM by Temple Grandin Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism–because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.   9780399166631_f7946AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AUTISM by Chantal Sicile-Kira Comprehensive and authoritative, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, and is written for parents, educators, caregivers, and others looking for accurate information and expert insight.   9780143126546_c3fceOVERCOMING AUTISM: FINDING THE ANSWERS, STRATEGIES, AND HOPE THAT CAN TRANSFORM A CHILD’S LIFE by Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., Claire LaZebnik Since Overcoming Autism was first published more than a decade ago, many theories about autism have fallen by the wayside. But the interventions described in this book have been shown to be the best approach to improving the development and quality of life of children with autism.   9780812985153_f8972THE REASON I JUMP: THE INNER VOICE OF A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH AUTISM by Naoki Higashida, KA Yoshida, David Mitchell The phenomenal bestseller that changed our perspective on autism translated and with an introduction by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas. A remarkable journey into the mind of a 13-year-old boy with severe autism: Naoki Higashida was only a middle-schooler when he began to write The Reason I Jump.  
9781617230189_6a66bTHE PRODIGY’S COUSIN: THE FAMILY LINK BETWEEN AUTISM AND EXTRAORDINARY TALENT by Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens Ruthsatz and reporter Kimberly Stephens take us from the mystery of prodigy to the cutting-edge of genetics research where scientists are focused not on those who are sick, but on those who are healthy. Stephens and Ruthsatz challenge our understanding of what makes exceptional talent possible, and explore whether a long-awaited breakthrough in autism treatment may come from an unexpected direction.  
9780399185618_46361NEUROTRIBES: THE LEGACY OF AUTISM AND THE FUTURE OF NEURODIVERSITY by Steve Silberman, Oliver Sacks Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.  Going back to the earliest days of autism research, Silberman offers a gripping narrative of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger, the research pioneers who defined the scope of autism in profoundly different ways; he then goes on to explore the game-changing concept of neurodiversity. Check out Steve Silberman’s post on Brightly.com Uniquely Ourselves: Inspiring Books on Autism for Kids, Tweens and Teens For more books on autism spectrum disorder visit the collection: Autism Awareness Titles

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

kick a charactersKick A** Characters is a video series created by our Penguin Random House Video Team, on Papercuts (Read It Forward’s video channel), featuring stop-motion animation tributes to some of our favorite literary characters. The just-released 4th video in the series profiles Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICEexpand
These videos are all made in-house by the PRH Video Team. It starts with storyboarding, then crafting, then shooting hundreds of still frames of the scenes in the Random House Video Studio before editing it all together and layering on text, music and sound effects – ultimately producing a video that is meant to be very eye-catching and shareable. The primary goals with this series (and generally any series on the video channels the team manages) are:  1) To engage the respective reader community with content that will speak to them; 2) To make something that will be shared to those outside the community to acquire more subscribers; 3) To create a new way to promote the books we feature in the series; and 4) To contribute to books and reading in general continuing to be part of the digital video conversation.

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

Knopf2The worldwide #1 bestselling Millennium series of novels – which was launched in the U.S. in 2008 with the publication of Stieg Larsson’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – will continue in September with the release of book five: THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE. Written by David expand
Lagercrantz, the new novel will be published in concert with the series’ other publishers from around the world, and will feature the return of its two iconic protagonists, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYEThe announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf, who has edited all of the books in the series in the U.S. "Revenge is not a fantasy for Lisbeth,” said Mr. Mehta, “and in this new book, she exacts it with a vengeance.” THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE will be published in hardcover, as an e-book, and as an audiobook. The announced first printing is 500,000 copies. It will be translated from the Swedish by George Goulding. The Millennium series of novels have sold 85 million copies in 50 territories around the world, including 24 million copies in the U.S., where all of them were #1 bestsellers. In addition to THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the other novels in the series include THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, published in 2009, and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, published in 2010, both written by Stieg Larsson, and THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, published in 2015, which was written by Lagercrantz. Stieg Larsson died in November 2004, before the publication of the first book. In 2013, Mr. Lagercrantz, a Swedish journalist and best-selling author, was selected to continue the series.
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How to Receive Your Free Copy of THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO POETRY

Poetry-Igloo-300x150 copyHere is another way to enjoy April, National Poetry Month. Whether you’re new to poetry, familiar with its form, a connoisseur of its craft, or simply in need of encouragement, the newly created THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO POETRY has much to offer: Insights from 11 award-winning poets; advice on how to overcome imposter syndrome; three classic poems expand
illustrated by artist Nathan Gelgud; Riverhead author Anne Lamott on “the devils of perfectionism;” and important tips on “telling it slant.” For details about how to receive your free copy of THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO POETRY, click here. Along with Signature, a co-sponsor of THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO POETRY is Knopf, which we highlighted recently with this story: Knopf Celebrates National Poetry Month with Poem-A-Day Program. When you download The Guide, you will also receive Knopf’s Poem-A-Day e-mails in April, plus occasional news about award-winning poets.

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

Cindy HwangThis Three Question for an Editor series interview features Cindy Hwang, Vice President, Editorial Director, Berkley, who takes us inside her work with New York Times bestselling author Karen White, with a focus on Karen’s latest novel, THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, which Berkley is publishing on Tuesday, April 11. Cindy began expand
her career as the assistant to Berkley’s Editor-in-Chief in 1994 and has been fortunate to work with some outstanding authors through the years, including Christine Feehan, Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick, Sylvia Day, Maya Banks, Nalini Singh and Karen White – who offers her personal comments about working with Cindy at the conclusion of this article. As the editor of bestselling books by many authors, what do you find are characteristics that Karen White brings to the page that distinguishes her in the marketplace? Karen has a very distinctive voice, and it’s a voice that stays with readers.  I didn’t buy Karen’s debut novel when it was first submitted to me, but I certainly remembered it and her voice.  And when years later I was sent Karen’s new novel by her agent for consideration, I immediately recognized Karen’s writing and remembered that first novel.  I believe many readers have become loyal readers of Karen because of her voice.  If I were blindfolded and only able to listen to my authors’ writings, I think I would have the easiest time identifying Karen’s by her words.  There’s a certain lilt and flow to her sentences which really suit the southern setting of her novels. 9780451488381-198x300How does Karen’s newest book, THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, fit into the evolution of her writing career and what was your primary role throughout the editorial process? I remember the first time Karen pitched me her idea for THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, and I was excited because Karen wanted to set it close to her actual home in the Atlanta suburbs. But it was still very early in the process, and sometimes ideas don’t pan out.  At that early stage, I always keep an open mind so Karen can use me as a sounding board to help develop her ideas.  What we’ve discovered from working together is that Karen needs to let an idea percolate for a long time—and that she often struggles with writing synopses during the proposal stage.  So now, when she’s ready to show me her idea when it’s developed enough, we skip the synopsis and go straight to the opening chapters.  And this is what we did for THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. I knew from those first chapters that Karen had written something very special and already created some fabulous characters, so I was confident that Karen was on the right track.  THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT has some of the key features that Karen likes to include in all her novels, mainly an exploration of women’s relationships, both familial and not, but the very contemporary setting and characters definitely marked a change from some of Karen’s previous novels which always had a strong historical element to the plots.  There’s also one in THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT as well but it’s clearly the contemporary story that is the focus, not the historical one. Who do you see as Karen’s most loyal readers and what about her books keeps them coming back for more stories, year after year?
Karen White, photo by Claudio Marinesco

Karen White, photo by Claudio Marinesco

We recently had an event in Charleston that brought readers around the country together to celebrate the publication of Karen’s latest novel, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY, and what we discovered was that Karen’s readers are generational.  There were so many mothers & daughters who came together to meet Karen as well as groups of friends and just plain families.  And many traveled across the country for this event.  Many of them had read Karen for years and loved not only the southern setting of her novels but her focus on women and their relationships, as well as the carefully crafted mysteries that often provide the framework within which she can explore those relationships. Karen White on Cindy Hwang and Berkley: How would you describe your author/editor working relationship with Cindy and what have been the most important aspects of having Berkley as your book publishing home? The one word that defines my working relationship with Cindy is trust.  She trusts my instincts when choosing elements of my books (characters, setting, POV), and I trust her to give an honest evaluation on a finished manuscript.  It’s the perfect author/editor relationship:  Cindy never intrudes on the creative process, but is terrific at brainstorming ideas and has the brilliant ability to pinpoint what’s not working even when I can’t–and she’s always right! I’ve been working with Cindy and Berkley for 23 books in 11 years.  Every book I’ve ever written is now in print under the same logo.  I love the continuity of having my backlist with the same publisher as my current titles, and the longevity means that my entire Berkley team (editorial, marketing, sales, art and publicity) all recognize what a “Karen White” book is even before my latest manuscript lands on Cindy’s desk.  This understanding has meant a concentrated effort to brand me and my books so that the rest of the world knows, too.

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.  expand
Ms. Shetterly says, “I couldn’t be more excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work with Wendy and the Viking team.  She is an editor with deep experience shaping the kinds of stories I want to tell.” Ms. Shetterly’s two new books will be examining the idea of the American Dream and its legacy by excavating stories of other “hidden figures,” extraordinary ordinary African-Americans whose contributions to American history have, for one reason or another, been untold, unseen, or overlooked. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “Margot Lee Shetterly is a gifted historian and storyteller with a remarkable ability to find important, untold stories in America’s history. We are thrilled to be publishing her next two books at Viking.” The first book takes place in midcentury Baltimore, a bustling city of strivers and immigrants, and chronicles two African-American households alike in power and vision. The Murphy family, owners of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, were the reigning monarchs of Baltimore’s black society and the epitome of respectability. Willie Adams, whose original fortune came from the numbers racket, and his wife Victorine Adams, a schoolteacher turned politician, went on to become philanthropists, investors, and among the most ardent patrons of entrepreneurship and economic development in the city’s African American community.  Ms. Shetterly will bring the history of Baltimore to life through the success stories of the Adamses and the Murphys, also showing the contrasting challenges faced by those left behind by redlining, lack of economic opportunity, and urban decay. In doing so, she will bring new understanding to the history of a city that represents both the upside and the shortcomings of the American dream. Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The acclaimed film adaptation of her book was released in 2016 and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Ms. Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of all of the women who worked as math and science professionals at NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s.  She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellow and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grantee.

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

alex and eliza book buzzIn this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, ALEX & ELIZA: A Love Story, on sale from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 11,  #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. “It is set when Alexander Hamilton is about 19 years old and Elizabeth expand
Schuyler is 17, around 1777, until their marriage in 1780,” says Ms. de la Cruz. “I thought of my book as very much a Jane Austen retelling of Alex and Eliza’s story.” Ms. de la Cruz was inspired to write her book after seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical, which was based on Ron Chernow’s New York Times-bestselling book, ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press/Penguin Books).   As she told Entertainment Weekly: “I am a sucker for the popular girl-poor boy love story trope, from Reality Bites to Moulin Rouge. And I had always had a soft spot for Elizabeth Schuyler, whom I used in my Blue Bloods vampire books as well: my heroine Schuyler Van Alen is named after her. After we saw Hamilton, my 10-year-old daughter was obsessed with Eliza, and it was her keen interest in Alex and Eliza’s story that led me to thinking that there was something more I wanted to discover more about the subject. I was originally just doing the research to answer my daughter’s questions, but I got caught up in it as well.
Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz

“After we saw Hamilton, I sobbed for a good 10 minutes. I had never realized how much of an outsider I had felt to American history until we (brown people) were suddenly thrust in the center of it. It was such a profound moment for me, and I am tearing up just thinking of it. Hamilton made this bold statement that you – yes you, Puerto Rican, African American, Asian — are part of the founding father’s story too. The story of America is also our story. I had never felt entitled to that before. I had never felt so embraced by American history. It was shocking how deeply I craved it, how I didn’t even know how much I needed to feel that way. I’m in awe of what Lin-Manuel Miranda has done, not just as a work of art, but as a work of citizenship for all of us immigrants and people of color to be part of the greatest story of the founding of our country.” The publication of ALEX & ELIZA has generated widespread advance buzz across many national media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, GoodReads.com, EpicReads.com, Brit + Co, Bustle, Broadway World and PopSugar, among a host of others. The author’s upcoming appearances include the LA Times Festival of Books  (April 23), YALLWest (April 29) and BookCon (June 3-4).

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:   expand
BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL thrillerReed Farrel Coleman, WHERE IT HURTS (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) Laura McHugh,  ARROWOOD (Spiegel & Grau) BEST FIRST NOVEL Nicholas Petrie, THE DRIFTER (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL thriller1Pierce Brown — MORNING STAR (Del Rey) Billy Taylor — THIEVING WEASELS (Dial Books for Young Readers) Kara Thomas — THE DARKEST CORNERS (Delacorte Press) Congratulations to our nominated authors, their editors and publishers. Click here to view the complete list of 2017 ITW Thriller Awards finalists. The 2017 ITW Thriller Award winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XII on July 15 at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. ITW’s mission is “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.”
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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 expand
Family Foundation Award annually recognizes “a young writer of considerable literary talent,” and includes a $10,000 cash prize. Ms. Blume received the E.B. White Award for “achievement in karan mahajanchildren’s literature” and a $10,000 cash prize. Congratulations to Mr. Mahajan and Ms. Blume as well as their editors and publishers. To view a full list of this year’s Literature Award winners, please click here
Judy Blume

Judy Blume

The American Academy of Arts and Letters will present their prizes in New York City at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May, and work by the winners will be featured in the 2017 Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, which will be on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace from May 18 to June 11. THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS was also a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, a finalist for the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and the winner of the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

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 expand
booksellers from ABA member stores get to select their favorite titles published last year, and vote for them through April 30 via online balloting.  Winners will be announced May 3, and will be celebrated along with the honor book recipients, at ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch Wednesday, May 31, at BookExpo 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Our Finalists: BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT FICTION indies choice1A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles (Viking) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT NONFICTION BORN A CRIME: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau) HERO OF THE EMPIRE: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard (Doubleday) THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel (Viking) BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT DEBUT HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf) LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren (Knopf) THE GIRLS by Emma Cline (Random House) WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi (Random House) BOOK OF THE YEAR – YOUNG ADULT THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press) SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books) THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers) KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers) THE READER by Traci Chee (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) indies2E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – MIDDLE READER THE INQUISITOR’S TALE: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illus.) (Dutton Books for Young Readers) THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck (Dial Books for Young Readers) E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – PICTURE BOOK PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: The Story of Young John Lewis, by Jabari Asim, E.B. Lewis (Illus.) (Nancy Paulsen Books) DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis (Candlewick, a PRHPS client publisher) PICTURE BOOK HALL OF FAME I HAVE A DREAM by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illus.) (Schwartz & Wade) MILLIONS OF CATS by Wanda Gag (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) SWIMMY by Leo Lionni (Knopf Books for Young Readers) TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold (Knopf Books for Young Readers) WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE’S EARS: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema, Leo and Diane Dillon (Illus.) (Dial Books for Young Readers) Please join in congratulating our finalists, their publishers, and our sales teams upon receiving this gratifying recognition from our valued retail partners. Click here to view a complete list of finalists.

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 expand

Revery alone indeed will do in reading Emily Dickinson! Currently, The Morgan Library in Manhattan is exhibiting “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” and the NEA’s “Big Read” in Los Angeles is The Poetry of Emily Dickinson. So please do dwell in the possibility of picking up one of these books for weekend reading… from her letters to poems as well as biography and fiction for both adults and children inspired by Emily’s life and art. FEATURED TITLES 9780307597045_52204LETTERS: EMILY DICKINSON by Emily Dickinson, Emily Fragos The same inimitable voice and dazzling insights that make Emily Dickinson’s poems immortal can be found in the whimsical, humorous, and often deeply moving letters she wrote to her family and friends throughout her life. The selection of letters presented here provides a fuller picture of the eccentric recluse of legend, showing how immersed in life she was: we see her tending her garden; baking bread; marking the marriages, births, and deaths of those she loved.   9780679783350THE SELECTED POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON by Emily Dickinson; Introduction by Billy Collins Emily Dickinson lived as a recluse in Amherst, Massachusetts, dedicating herself to writing a “letter to the world”–the 1,775 poems left unpublished at her death in 1886. Today, Dickinson stands in the front rank of American poets. This enthralling collection includes more than four hundred poems that were published between Dickinson’s death and 1900. They express her concepts of life and death, of love and nature, and of what Henry James called “the landscape of the soul.”   9780143119142LIVES LIKE LOADED GUNS: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER FAMILY’S FEUDS by Lyndall Gordon In 1882, Emily Dickinson’s brother, Austin, began an adulterous love affair with the accomplished and ravishing Mabel Todd, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. Lives Like Loaded Guns is a highly acclaimed story of creative genius, illicit passion, and betrayal that will forever change the way we view one of America’s most important literary figures.   9780143126751_037bfMISS EMILY: A NOVEL  by Nuala O’Connor A poet in seclusion. The friendship that will break open her world. Fans of Jo Baker and Lynn Cullen will love this novel that brings to life Emily Dickinson, her eccentric family, and the perils faced by her young Irish maid.   FOR YOUNGER READERS 9780763657345_7ca25MISS EMILY by Burleigh Muten, Matt Phelan; Ages 7-10 Discover the mischievous and affectionate side of a revered poet in this adventure about Emily Dickinson, four young friends, and a traveling circus.     9780449809891_8e51dANOTHER DAY AS EMILY by Eileen Spinelli, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; Ages 8 to 12 “Taut, fast-paced, economical, devoid of sham, Spinelli’s book echoes Dickinson’s own deceptive simplicity.”—The New York Times Book Review Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees a kindred spirit in Emily Dickinson, the subject of her summer project.     For further dwelling into Emily Dickinson’s life and art visit Emily Dickinson

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 expand
are steeped in rhyme and lyric, the joy gets lost along the way somehow as poems become more difficult to decipher. Wordsworth’s wise phrase “we murder to dissect” speaks to poetic pleasures lost. And yet, at times of celebration, protest or sorrow people turn to poetry, recognizing its particular power.  Penguin Random House is the proud publisher of two of the most broad-reaching poets of our time, Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. Like their work, the following anthologies are also wonderful gateways to a newfound appreciation of poetry for all ages and appetites. Happy National Poetry Month! FEATURED TITLES 9780142003442GOOD POEMS selected by Garrison Keillor Every day people tune in to The Writer’s Almanac on public radio and hear Garrison Keillor read them a poem. Good Poems is the first anthology of poems from the show, chosen by Keillor for their wit, their frankness, their passion, their “utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with at 7 a.m.” View Keillor’s other anthologies here.   9780143121480THE PENGUIN ANTHOLOGY OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY edited by Rita Dove As seen on Charlie Rose! Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years in The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.   9780553262636_6bdb4THE VOICE THAT IS GREAT WITHIN US: AMERICAN POETRY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY edited by Hayden Carruth This famous anthology includes the works of more than 130 major American poets of the modern period–Robert Frost, Paul Goodman, Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks among them–along with short biographies of each.   9780679443704FRIENDSHIP POEMS edited by Peter Washington A celebration of friendship in all its aspects–from the delight of making a new friend to the serene joys of longtime devotion. Poems about best friends, false friends, dear friends, lost friends, even animal friends. These poems have been selected from the work of great poets in all times and places, including Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden, Henry Thoreau, Shakespeare, Sappho, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Walt Whitman, and many others.   9780375703003_9631bTHE VINTAGE BOOK OF AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY: 200 YEARS OF VISION, STRUGGLE, POWER, BEAUTY, AND TRIUMPH FROM 50 OUTSTANDING POETS edited by Michael S. Harper, Anthony Walton In The Vintage Book of African American Poetry, editors Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton present the definitive collection of black verse in the United States–200 years of vision, struggle, power, beauty, and triumph from 52 outstanding poets: From the neoclassical stylings of slave-born Phillis Wheatley to the wistful lyricism of Paul Lawrence Dunbar . . . the rigorous wisdom of Gwendolyn Brooks to the chiseled modernism of Robert Hayden.   9781611804010_2b4ffEAT THIS POEM: A LITERARY FEAST OF RECIPES INSPIRED BY POETRY by Nicole Gulotta A literary cookbook that celebrates food and poetry, two of life’s essential ingredients. In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and meals are richer and more meaningful. The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book—from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield—are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate.   9781611801538_af007THE POCKET HAIKU edited by Sam Hamill In this collection of haiku, translator Sam Hamill has compiled the best from the tradition, spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the three great masters: Bashō, Buson, and Issa. Based on images from nature, the poems address the themes of joy, temporality, beauty, wonder, loneliness, and loss.   FOR YOUNGER READERS 9780670014798_f5d34PLEASE EXCUSE THIS POEM: 100 NEW POETS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION edited by Brett F Lauer, Lynn Melnick, Carolyn Forche; Ages 14 and up One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view. Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now—full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page. Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms.   9781426310096_97099NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY: 200 POEMS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS THAT SQUEAK, SOAR, AND ROAR by J. Patrick Lewis; Ages 4 to 8 “Add a little natural wonder to your poetry shelves. Because if we’re talking about the best possible compliment to your eyes and ears alike, few have as many perks and grand moments as this.” —School Library Journal starred review   9780763669638_9b23eTHE DEATH OF THE HAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF POETRY IN 50 OBJECTS by Paul B. Janeczko, Chris Raschka; Ages 8 to 12 A celebrated duo reunites for a look at poems through history inspired by objects—earthly and celestial—reflecting the time in which each poet lived. A book-eating moth in the early Middle Ages. A peach blossom during the Renaissance. A haunted palace in the Victorian era. A lament for the hat in contemporary times. Poetry has been a living form of artistic expression for thousands of years, and throughout that time poets have found inspiration in everything from swords to stamp albums, candles to cobwebs, manhole covers to the moon.   9780679893141THE 20TH CENTURY CHILDREN’S POETRY TREASURY edited by Jack Prelutsky, watercolors by Meilo So; Ages 0 and up Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I? and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family.   For more on these and more great anthologies visit Poetry Anthologies from Penguin Random House

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.  expand
BEHOLD THE DREAMERS relates the struggle of immigrants longing to become American citizens, the stark divide between rich and poor, and the global financial crisis following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The New York Times offered this praise: “As a dissection of the American Dream, Imbolo Mbue’s first novel is savage and compassionate in all the right places.” Imbolo MbueThe PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, with Penguin Random House authors Chris Abani and Sigrid Nunez, along with author Chantel Acevedo, selected for the honor. They considered 500 novels and story collections by American authors published during 2016, picking the winner from among five finalists, listed here. The 37th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 6. The event will feature the judges’ citations for each finalist’s book, the presentation of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award, and a reading by each author. Our congratulations to Ms. Mbue, her editor Noah Eaker and publisher Susan Kamil, and everyone at the Random House Group.
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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.  expand
Some of the poems are treasures from the rich Knopf backlist, some are recently published works, and some are from collections that are soon to be released. This year, Knopf is announcing a new volume entitled RESISTANCE, REBELLION, LIFE: 50 Poems Now.  Edited and introduced by Knopf poet Amit Majmudar, Poet Laureate of Ohio, the book will include poems written from a myriad of perspectives, and yet represents only a fraction of the robust flowering of political poetry in the United States at the moment. Throughout April, we will feature poems from those who shared their work with us in the spirit of poetic resistance. Knopf_PoemADay_Signup_Borzoi_300x250Some of the poets contributing to this collection include Solmaz Sharif, Eileen Myles, Kevin Young, Juan Felipe Herrera, Ada Limón, Jane Hirshfield, Paul Muldoon, Sharon Olds, Jericho Brown, Maggie Smith, Michael Dickman, and Fady Joudah. The title of the book, Resistance, Rebellion, Life, is a salute to a collection of essays that was written by Albert Camus, “Resistance, Rebellion, and Death.” Clifton Fadiman, the noted editor and critic, once said that “any American publisher who accepts and prints fine verse is making a voluntary contribution to Western culture.” Knopf is honored to continue that tradition, and devoted to helping bring poetry to a wider audience. Join the celebration and sign up to receive your Poem-A-Day during the month of April. Happy Poetry Month from Knopf

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- expand
published passion project created in 1970, grew into a worldwide phenomenon that helped build Ten Speed Press into the publisher it is today. As a number of us at Ten Speed can attest, so many people have come up to us over the years saying they never would have found their life’s work without his influence. What a truly incredible legacy. Dick, as he was affectionately known by his friends, always said “You were put here on Earth for a reason. You need to find it.” Together, we are honored to continue his legacy as WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? helps new generations of readers find their passion and purpose in life. –Ten Speed Press, The Crown Publishing Group

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 expand
that were given away to attending families for their children after Dodgers players such as Rich Hill, Andre Eithier and Yasmani Grandal read to 80 3rd and 4th grade students from local schools and non-profits. Guests also had the opportunity to have their photos taken with the players as well as Dodger alumni Billy Ashley, Dennis Powell and Al Ferrara and the Dodger character. dodgers1“We are proud to partner with the Dodgers and LADF in support of their LA Reads program. We believe that books and baseball are a perfect fit. In the same way that team sports help children learn to work and play together, books bring together young readers everywhere, expanding their worlds and opening their hearts and minds,” said Claire von Schilling, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Penguin Random House. “We look forward to bringing together Penguin Random House books and Dodger baseball, as we work with the Dodgers’ Foundation, the team and their fans throughout this 2017 season.” “Getting children excited about reading during the summer baseball season and throughout the year is at the heart of our literacy work,” said Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director of LADF and Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President, Community Relations and External Affairs. “With LA Reads, we hope to give children the tools and incentives to develop a lifelong love of reading.” dodgers3Dodger players, coaches, wives, executives and alumni will continue to read to children at local libraries, schools and non-profit program sites. The Dodgers “Reading Champions” challenge will take place from April to August, further motivating 1st- 8th graders to read. Students who read more than 30 minutes per day will be rewarded with incentives, including monthly opportunities to be on the field at Dodger Stadium.  Students and families can learn more about the program at Dodgers.com/LAReads.

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 expand
educators to add more engaging, narrative non-fiction and fiction to their science classrooms, NSTA provided a great venue for Penguin Random House to market its relevant trade books to this unique and important audience. andy weir1Andy Weir flew in Wednesday night for an exclusive dinner with the NSTA President, Executive Board members, and 15 VIP teachers as well as local librarians and bloggers, in a private dining room at Wolfgang Pucks.  He then delivered the Keynote address Thursday morning to a packed house of 5,000 NSTA attendees, discussing his journey to writing his mega bestseller THE MARTIAN (which was also adapted for a blockbuster movie), and the reasons why he worked with Crown to publish a special Classroom Edition of the book, which The New York Times covered in a major article (printed copies of which were distributed to attendees), Andy also made time for a marathon series of activities and interviews, including a segment on WebsEdge TV; a visit to THE MARTIAN Activity Center created by NSTA volunteers, where you drop markers on targets set on a Martian landscape; an appearance on the Buzz Aldrin Space Federation Destination: Mars map (where he received a free T-shirt!); a conversation for PBS NewsHour;  a two-hour, 300-copy book signing session; an interview with a reporter from the New York Observer; ate a Turkey sandwich lunch; and, finally, was interviewed by the Space Games Federation crew, with #SpaceCat in tow (yes, #SpaceCat is a thing, check it out!). penguin boothOn the NSTA convention floor, our Education Marketing contingent, including Michael Gentile, Allan Spencer, Tim Cheng, Ryan Mita and Laura Berlinsky-Schine worked tirelessly  (as did Kaiulani Kaneta and Crown’s Sarah Breivogel on their invaluable event planning efforts), with over 300 Penguin Random House titles displayed in three booths. Book categories ranged from Astronomy to Zoology, and everything in between.  On Friday morning, authors Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson signed advanced reader copies of their forthcoming book, WE HAVE NO IDEA: A Guide to the Unknown Universe (Riverhead). Other title priorities included: PATIENT H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets (Random House) by Luke Dittrich; LAB GIRL: A Story of Trees, Science and Love (Vintage) by Hope Jahren (“The highlight is word-of-mouth excitement for LAB GIRL,” said Ms. Kaneta); SPACEMAN: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe (Crown Archetype) by Mike Massimino; and HEADSTRONG: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World (Broadway) and TRAILBLAZERS: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World (Delacorte Books for Young Readers), both by Rachel Swaby Penguin Random House will be exhibiting once again at next year’s NSTA, to be held March 15 – 18, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

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 expand
Fools unite! Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day and whether the occasion is one you embrace, ignore or flee from, it is a fine time to proclaim what’s true for most of us… we are fools for fiction! But that doesn’t mean the fiction we’ve selected is foolish: It’s just in the title. Put aside pranks for now and revel in one of these wise, wonderful and thrilling books: FEATURED TITLES 9780679753339_82ed7NOBODY’S FOOL by Richard Russo The classic American novel – funny and moving –  about a blue-collar town in upstate New York and the life of one of its unluckiest citizens, Sully, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years.     9780307454829_f838bEVERYBODY’S FOOL by Richard Russo The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls now returns to the story of Sully, the hapless hero of his beloved breakout novel, Nobody’s Fool. Now Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he only has a year or two left. He’s busy as hell keeping the news from the most important people in his life.   9781594485367BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF: STORIES by Danielle Evans The electric debut story collection about mixed-race and African-American teenagers, women, and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities.   9780143106517FOOLS CROW by James Welch, Thomas McGuane In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch’s stunningly evocative portrait of his people’s bygone way of life.   9781101984352_138f0FOOL ME ONCE by Harlan Coben Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself. FOR YOUNGER READERS 9780698119185QUEEN’S OWN FOOL: A NOVEL OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS by Jane Yolen, Robert Harris; Ages 10 and up Once she was a traveling player…Now called La Jardinière, a resourceful and clever jester to the queen’s court, Nicola was a most unlikely person to end up “fool” and friend to Mary, Queen of Scots. But Nicola isn’t an ordinary comedian tumbling and clowning before the court; her quick wit and sharp tongue are rare amongst the fawning nobles.   For more fool titles, visit the collection: Friday Reads Fools
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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 expand
legendary Casey Stengel to the memoir by All-Star Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones to St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s “Manifesto.” Batter up! 9780804190015THE CUBS WAY: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci (Crown Archetype, 3/28) It took 108 years, but it really happened. The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions.  How did a team composed of unknown, young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat?  With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions. THE CUBS WAY takes readers behind the scenes, chronicling how key players like Rizzo, Russell, Lester, and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential. Twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre, Verducci, chronicles the Cubs’ playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven. He also takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team’s repeated losses that kept fans suffering, but also served to strengthen their loyalty. 9780385540476CASEY STENGEL: Baseball’s Greatest Character by Marty Appel (Doubleday, 3/28) For more than five glorious decades, Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel was the undisputed, quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball – and along the way he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectacular ten pennants and seven World Series Championships.   As a player, Stengel’s contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson . . . and he was the only person in history to wear the uniforms of all four New York teams: the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets.  As a legendary manager, he formed indelible, complicated relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin. But for a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight – an astounding fifty-five years in professional baseball — Stengel remains an enigma.  Acclaimed New York Yankees’ historian and bestselling author Marty Appel digs into Casey Stengel’s quirks and foibles, unearthing a tremendous trove of baseball stories, perspective, and history. Weaving in never-before-published family documents, Appel creates an intimate portrait of a private man who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 and named “Baseball’s Greatest Character” by MLB Network’s Prime 9. 9780553446722THE MATHENY MANIFESTO: A Young Manager’s Old School Views on Success in Sports and Life by Mike Matheny (Three Rivers Press, 3/28) Now in paperback, and featuring a new foreword by the author, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s New York Times-bestselling manifesto addresses about what parents, coaches, and athletes get wrong about sports; what we can do better; and how sports can teach eight keys to success in sports and life. Matheny was just forty-one, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason four times in his first four years  — a Major League record –  people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results. Instead, it’s based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached, a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a “manifesto.” In THE MATHENY MANIFESTO, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports – it starts with parents and coaches – and then by offering a hopeful path forward. Along the way, he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player, coach, and manager, to explore eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility. 9781101984406BALLPLAYER by Chipper Jones (Dutton, 4/4) Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves as the team’s third baseman and one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida.  A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he’d be a major league ballplayer. With candor and astonishing recall, Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves made him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run. BALLPLAYER takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 “Baby Braves,” all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers—Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, among them—and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era—outrageous money, steroids, and all—and his special last season in 2012. 9780735218031MY CUBS: A Love Story by Scott Simon (Blue Rider Press, 4/11) This is Scott Simon’s personal, heartfelt reflections on his beloved Chicago Cubs, replete with club lore, memorable anecdotes, frenetic fandom, and wise, adoring intimacy that have made the world champion Cubbies baseball’s most tortured—and now triumphant—franchise. No metaphor is necessary; the Chicago Cubs have been the living example of disappointment and failure for more than a century—until now. The Cubs’ 2016 World Series win marked the end of a 108-year drought in the team’s history, and Game 7 will forever be remembered as one of the most thrilling, monumental moments in sports history. For Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and a lifelong Cubs fan, it was a moment he never thought he’d live to see. MY CUBS chronicles Simon’s adolescence in Chicago as a die-hard fan to tell the story of the relationship between the team and the neighborhood and city, and how the condition of “Cubness” has both charmed and haunted the lives of so many fans. From theories and curses to jinxes and myths, Simon chronicles how a team of “loveable losers” inspired such fervor and dedication from their fans, and how their 2016 win transcended sports to become an underdog narrative for the whole nation.

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.  expand
For Cantú, the border is in the blood. His mother, a second-generation Mexican American whose father was a border crosser, raised him in Arizona’s desert scrublands and the national parks where she worked as a ranger, driven to protect the places she loved. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. Stationed at the remote crossroads of a drug route and a smuggling corridor, he learns how to track other humans under the punishing glare of the sun and through dark, frigid nights. He detains the exhausted, the parched, the huddled children yearning for their families. He hauls in the dead bodies from where they have fallen.
Francisco Cantú

Francisco Cantú

THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER interlaces Cantú’s haunting personal stories with ruminations on the nature of borderlines, grappling at once with some of the largest political and social questions facing America today and the intimate stories of the hopeful and desperate who set out on a perilous crossing that many will not survive. Cantú challenges us to hear, absorb, and question the politics, policies, and ingrained ideas of borders that not only derail countless migrants’ lives and tear apart their families but do violence to the humanity of us all. Cantú is an author and translator with an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Arizona. His essays and translations have been featured in Guernica, Best American Essays 2016, Ploughshares, Orion, and Public Books, where he serves as a contributing editor. A Fulbright fellow and 2017 Whiting Award winner, Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

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

tim-duggan-logoTim Duggan Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, announced today the acquisition of THE LAST GIRL: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. The book jacket image was also revealed.  Publisher Tim Duggan acquired North American, electronic, expand
audio, and first serial rights from Amanda Urban of ICM, who retains world rights. Mr. Duggan will edit THE LAST GIRL, which is scheduled for publication on October 31, 2017. The memoir will be simultaneously released in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands with rights sold in twenty additional foreign territories. A survivor of the Islamic State-led torture and genocide of the Yazidi people, Nadia Murad has captured the world’s attention with her devastatingly powerful story and unparalleled bravery. A nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, recipient of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize and the Sakharov Prize, and the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, Nadia’s advocacy as a human rights activist has given a face and a voice to the thousands who have suffered unspeakable crimes carried out by the Islamic State (IS). The-Last-Girl-197x300Ms. Murad said: “Being a survivor of genocide comes with great responsibility—for I am the lucky one. Having lost my brothers, mother, and many more family members and friends, it is a responsibility I embrace fully and take very seriously. My role as an activist is not just about my suffering—it is about a collective suffering. Telling my story and reliving the horrors I encountered is no easy task, but the world must know. The world must feel a moral responsibility to act and if my story can influence world leaders to act then it must be told.” THE LAST GIRL is a continuation of Nadia’s mission to share her heartbreaking personal tragedy with the world with the hope of stopping IS and holding them accountable for their crimes. In 2014, Ms. Murad was twenty-one-years-old and aspired to be a history teacher and a salon owner. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sisters in Kocho, a small but tight-knit village in northern Iraq. She was a member of the Yazidi people, a religious minority in the region that recently had known relative peace living alongside their Christian and Muslim neighbors. That peace would be shattered, however, in August 2014 when fighters operating under the banner of IS descended upon the village. To IS, the Yazidis were kafir, or infidels, and an easy target: They occupied a strategic portion of Iraq and were protected by no one. The people of the village were ordered by the fighters to a school where the men were separated from the women. Nadia watched as the men were loaded onto trucks and driven away from the school. Gunfire was heard soon after as the men who refused to convert to Islam—including six of Nadia’s brothers—were executed. The fighters then turned their attention to the women. They were separated by age with Nadia and the younger women, including girls as young as eleven, designated to be sold as sex slaves. The older women, Nadia’s mother among them, were killed. Nadia was chosen by an IS fighter who, along with his fellow militants, repeatedly raped and beat her. This torture would continue for several days until, in a stroke of luck, Nadia was able to escape. She will share the details of this perilous journey to freedom for the first time in THE LAST GIRL. Nadia was ultimately able to make her way to Germany and begin a new life. Despite the trauma she has experienced, she has made it her goal to speak out against IS. With the help of Yazda, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Yazidi survivors, and renowned barrister Amal Clooney, Nadia has spoken around the world to organizations and governmental institutions including the United Nations, urging leaders to help stop the Islamic State’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity. Her work continues.

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.  expand
Speaking about THE RETURN, Mr. Matar said, “Every book arises from conversations with our culture and our history, but also with other books–at least for me in this case, with other paintings and buildings and cities and many individuals living and dead. By its very nature, its will for doubt and remembrance and complexity and expansion, literature can hinder the cruel oversimplifications required by every tyrannical gesture.” Hisham MatarFor winning the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, Mr. Matar received a $75,000 cash prize as well as an original sculpture by artist Kiki Smith. Congratulations to Mr. Matar, his editor, Noah Eaker, and our Random House publishing colleagues. PEN also presented additional awards, including ones that were previously announced on February 22, which we covered with this story: Our 4 2017 PEN Literary Awards Winners. To view the complete list of 2017 PEN Literary Awards winners, click here.

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 expand
promoted and honored books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. Congratulations to Mr. Mahajan and everyone involved with the success of this exceptional book. THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, dazzling in its acuity, and ambitious in scope. Mr. Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards will be presented to this year’s winners at the State Theatre in Cleveland, hosted by the Cleveland Foundation and emceed by Jury Chair Gates on September 7 as part of Cleveland Book Week. For a complete list of award winners, click here. Mr. Mahajan is also a finalist for the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. For more details, read this Igloo article: Our Two 2017 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists.
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Our Two 2017 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

nypl logoFive finalists have been announced for the $10,000 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, “honoring the works of five commanding, diverse, young authors” aged 35 or younger, including our two nominees: THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) and THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS by Karan Mahajan (Viking/Penguin).   expand
Congratulations to Ms. Bennett and Mr. Mahajan as well as their editors and publishers. 97803991845129780143109273View the complete list of this year’s finalists here. The winning author will be named on June 1 during a ceremony in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at the New York Public Library. Founded in 2001, the Young Lions Fiction Award is given annually to an American writer age 35 or younger for either a novel or collection of short stories.  Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of writers, editors and librarians.

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 expand
2009, The Month Radio Hour now airs on more than 400 stations nationwide. For this installment of Friday Reads we invite you to revel in the poignant, often hilarious storytelling from some of the collection’s contributors: FEATURED TITLES 9781101904404_c9867THE MOTH PRESENTS ALL THESE WONDERS: True Stories About Facing the Unknown edited by Catherine Burns, foreword by Neil Gaiman Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages. Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new.   9781101903117_531eaTHE CLANCYS OF QUEENS: A MEMOIR by Tara Clancy An authentic, voice-driven memoir from a tough New York City native whose unusual upbringing included the guidance of her Irish cop father, her raucous Italian grandparents, and her vibrant mother’s millionaire boyfriend. Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-time author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working-class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty, Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend.   9780307720665_22bb7WITHOUT YOU THERE IS NO US: UNDERCOVER AMONG THE SONS OF NORTH KOREA’S ELITE by Suki Kim A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign.     9780307720702_076afTHE HARM IN ASKING: MY CLUMSY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUMAN RACE by Sara Barron Welcome to the perverse and hilarious mind of Sara Barron. In The Harm in Asking, she boldly addresses the bizarre indignities of everyday life: from invisible pets to mobster roommates, from a hatred of mayonnaise to an unrequited love of k.d. lang, from the ruinous side effect of broccoli to the sheer delight of a male catalogue model. In a voice that is incisive and entirely her own, Barron proves herself the master of the awkward, and she achieves something wonderful and rare: a book that makes you laugh out loud.   9781601427564_17e19ACCIDENTAL SAINTS: FINDING GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE by Nadia Bolz-Weber Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.   9780375726699_b8d55DOGWALKER: STORIES by Arthur Bradford Tender and satiric, hilarious and humane, Dogwalker plunks readers down in a land of misfits and the circumstantially strange–where one young man buys drugs from a dealer who locks his customers in a closet, while another lands a cat-faced circus freak for a roommate, and yet another must choose between his pregnant wife and the ten-pound slug he’s convinced will bring him a fortune. And throughout these stories moves a divinely inspired collection of dogs: three-legged, no-legged, dogs that sing, that talk, and that give birth to humans.   For more on these and other The Moth storytellers’ books and audiobooks, visit Moth Storytellers

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 expand
Witherspoon at Inkwell Management in association with Araminta Whitley and Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley Ltd. The first book in the series, FAIRY MOM AND ME, will be published on January 2, 2018, and will be edited by Delacorte Press Associate Editor Kelsey Horton. FAIRY MOM AND ME will be simultaneously published in both the U.K. and Canada. fairy“We are so excited to bring Sophie Kinsella’s signature humor and heartwarming stories to a younger audience for the first time,” Ms. Horowitz said. “FAIRY MOM AND ME has all the ingredients for a magical reading experience for young book lovers and their families, and we are happy to have the opportunity to introduce Sophie to them.” “As a mother of five, I’ve always told stories to children,” Ms. Kinsella said. “I invented Fairy Mom, Ella, and the Computawand for my youngest two children, and now I’m thrilled that they will find a wider audience. Marta Kissi’s illustrations bring the stories to life perfectly with tremendous wit and charm. I think the publication will be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!” FAIRY MOM AND ME tells the story of Ella and her family’s special secret: Ella’s mom is a fairy! With the help of her new-tech wand (dubbed Computawand), she can cast amazing spells to make delicious cupcakes, create the perfect birthday, party, and cause chaos at the supermarket. But sometimes the spells go wrong, and that’s when Ella, the fairy-in-waiting, must assist to return everything to normal. Family, friendship, and magic abound in this sweet and funny debut chapter book, complete with illustrations by Marta Kissi.

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. expand
9780812989885Hannah Tinti’s previous work includes the short story collection ANIMAL CRACKERS, which was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as THE GOOD THIEF, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Apart from working as a bestselling author, she is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary magazine One Story. Tinti will be joined in discussion by One Story editor Patrick Ryan. He is the author of the novel, SEND ME, and the highly regarded story collection, THE DREAM LIFE OF ASTRONAUTS, which was named one of the best books of 2016 by St. Louis Post Dispatch, Refinery 29, and Electric Literature.

Our 10 2017 RITA Awards Finalists

rwa logoThe Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the finalists for its 2017 RITA  Awards, with 10 books published by Penguin Random House imprints among the nominees in the following categories: expand
  romance awardsBest First Book SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown Books for Young Readers) Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length CAROLINA DREAMING by Virginia Kantra (Berkley) OFF THE HOOK by Laura Drewry (Loveswept) romance awards2WANDERLUST by Roni Loren (InterMix) Erotic Romance THE MASTER by Tara Sue Me (Berkley) OFF THE CLOCK by Roni Loren (Berkley) Paranormal Romance THE BEAST by J R Ward (Berkley) romance awards3Romantic Suspense ATONE by Beth Yarnall (Loveswept) MR. AND MR. SMITH by HelenKay Dimon (Loveswept) Young Adult Romance SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown Books for Young Readers) Warm congratulations to our nominated authors, their editors and publishers. The RITA — considered the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.  The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction. Up to 2,000 romance novels are entered in the RITA competition. A novel may be entered either by the author or by the book’s publisher in one of the contest categories.  After the first round of judging by published romance authors, entries that meet the qualifications to become a finalist then advance to the final round. View the complete list of finalists here. This year’s RITA  Awards winners will be announced July 27 at the 2017 RWA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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There’s a Book for That: Reader, Reader How Does Your Garden Grow?

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)Is there a spring in your step this week? The scent and spirit of renewal is in the air! As we enjoy buds, blooms and all things growing green, gardeners are getting their hands in the soil. Penguin Random House publishes many inspiring and instructive books about gardens including a lush genre of verse, essays, and stories all inspired by gardens and gardening. We invite you to till this beautiful plot of titles… expand
FEATURED TITLES 9781607747635_8d2afTHE BEE-FRIENDLY GARDEN: DESIGN AN ABUNDANT, FLOWER-FILLED YARD THAT NURTURES BEES AND SUPPORTS BIODIVERSITY by Kate Frey, Gretchen LeBuhn There are numerous benefits to having a bee garden, both personal and global. Not only are bee gardens gorgeous, they are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable. With this lavishly illustrated guide, gardeners can create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy, productive garden that helps not only the threatened honeybee, but the many lesser-known, amazing native bees as well.   9781611801743_b8689GARDEN MADE: A YEAR OF SEASONAL PROJECTS TO BEAUTIFY YOUR GARDEN AND YOUR LIFE by Stephanie Rose Following the natural cycle of the garden in all its seasons, Garden Made blends the joys of gardening and crafting to showcase over forty projects to adorn your garden, beautify your home, or give as gifts.   9780756686741THE COMPLETE GARDENER’S GUIDE by DK Containing all the practical techniques, inspirational ideas, and problem-solving advice you need to make and maintain a garden of any size, The Complete Gardener’s Guide is a one-stop manual for both beginner and more experienced gardeners. More than 1,000 photographs illustrate every aspect of practical gardening — from basic techniques and simple tools to get started, to planning and design advise to help you create the garden you want.   9781590178508_b4f58ONWARD AND UPWARD IN THE GARDEN by Katherine S. White, E.B. White In 1925 Harold Ross hired Katharine Sergeant Angell as a manuscript reader for The New Yorker. Within months she became the magazine’s first fiction editor, discovering and championing the work of Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, James Thurber, Marianne Moore, and her husband-to-be, E. B. White, among others. After years of cultivating fiction, White set her sights on a new genre: garden writing. On March 1, 1958, The New Yorker began a series with her column entitled “Onward and Upward in the Garden,” a critical review of garden catalogs, in which White extolled the writings of “seedmen and nurserymen,” those unsung authors who produced her “favorite reading matter.”   9780375759451GREEN THOUGHTS: A WRITER IN THE GARDEN by Eleanor Perenyi, Allen Lacy, Michael Pollan A classic in the literature of the garden, Green Thoughts is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy-two essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from “Annuals” and “Artichokes” to “Weeds” and “Wildflowers.” An amateur gardener for over thirty years, Eleanor Perényi draws upon her wide-ranging knowledge of gardening lore to create a delightful, witty blend of how-to advice, informed opinion, historical insight, and philosophical musing.   9780679447269_757bcGARDEN POEMS edited by John Hollander The splendid poems in this collection both represent and glorify the cultivating instinct. Contents include poems on Paradises, Gardens of Love, Gardens in the Mind, Gardens and Seasons, Flowers, Gardeners, The Work of the Garden, Gardens of the Wild, City Gardens, Public Gardens, Ruined Gardens, and A Garden of Gardens. Contributors include E.E. Cummings, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Robert Browning, Shakespeare, and many others.   9780307390684_accf0FOUNDING GARDENERS: THE REVOLUTIONARY GENERATION, NATURE, AND THE SHAPING OF THE AMERICAN NATION by Andrea Wulf A fascinating look at the Founding Fathers and how their love of botany, plants, and gardening informed their views of politics and the country they were creating. For the Founding Fathers, gardening and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation.   FOR YOUNGER READERS 9780375835292_03ccfTWO LITTLE GARDENERS by Margaret Wise Brown, Edith Thacher Hurd Children will enjoy this story of a young brother and sister who plant seeds that will result, after much hard work and patience, in a bountiful garden! It teaches that good things come to those who wait, and features a little song at the end of the book: “What We Plant in the Spring We Eat in the Fall.”   9780147509482THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett A beautiful hardcover edition of a timeless classic, with illustrations by Lauren Child. Young, orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven. All but ignored by Craven, and kept away from her sickly cousin Colin, Mary happens upon a secret, walled garden. As she starts to work in it, the garden begins to flourish, and so do Mary and her new family.   9780698115590_89883THE REASON FOR A FLOWER: A BOOK ABOUT FLOWERS, POLLEN, AND SEEDS by Ruth Heller The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds, but Ruth Heller shares a lot more about parts of plants and their functions in her trademark rhythmic style.  “[An] extravagantly beautiful creation. It is unusual in its ingenious way of teaching botany and interesting words to the littlest of readers.” —Publishers Weekly   For more on these and related titles visit Spring Gardens

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

the first love storyPenguin Press has partnered with Ample Hills Creamery to make a new flavor of ice cream – Original Cin – inspired by Bruce Feiler’s new book, THE FIRST LOVE STORY: Adam, Eve, and Us, on sale today, Tuesday, March 21.  Ample Hills is inviting customers to choose their own story, with a custom five-pack of ice cream pints. Original Cin –  cinnamon ice cream with housemade fig newtons – is one of the new flavors.   expand
From New York Times columnist, PBS host and bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham, THE FIRST LOVE STORY is a revelatory journey across four continents and 4,000 years exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness.  In this fresh retelling of their story, Feiler travels from the Garden of Eden in Iraq to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, from John Milton’s London to Mae West’s Hollywood, discovering how Adam and Eve should be hailed as exemplars of a long-term, healthy, resilient relationship. At a time of discord and fear over the strength of our social fabric, Feiler shows how history’s first couple can again be role models for unity, forgiveness, and love.

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

on tyrannyThis week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Publisher Tim Duggan, who edited ON TYRANNY, says, “Snyder has been making the case for years that the world of the 1930s, especially the world of fascism, is not nearly as far behind us as we’d like to think. There are expand
lots of parallels to today’s world, which are becoming harder and harder to ignore.  When he first wrote his ‘Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century’ on Facebook right after the election, it clearly touched a nerve, and readers began asking, then pleading, then practically begging him to turn it into a book.  We’re always trying to figure out whether there’s an audience for a new book, but in my experience, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the audience literally come to us first and say ‘Please publish this – we’re dying to read it,’ which is what happened here.”
Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder says, “The book is for every American.  It starts with our Founding Fathers, and asks us to follow their example in learning from history.  What I can add is the historical warnings that came later, those of the dark twentieth century. “For me this is a sort of homecoming.  I’ve spent my adult life learning languages, reading sources, writing about eastern and central Europe.  Now I see tendencies I recognize appearing in my own country.  And so I have to do something and this book is what I can do. The idea of lessons from history is to give us some place to stand, some leverage, a realization that nothing is entirely new, a program for action.  I wrote the book so that Americans could get some distance on themselves, get away from shock and from normalization, and decide for themselves how to preserve democracy. PullQuote_Infographics_OnTyranny2“The darkness of the twentieth century were the new forms of tyranny: fascism and communism.  But we have the wisdom of people who experienced them and resisted.  Some of these people were my teachers.  The book is meant to put us in touch with people who are wiser than ourselves and who have experienced more.” Here is a small sampling of what fellow Penguin Random House authors and the media are saying about ON TYRANNY: “We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves.” —Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “Timothy Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings. Put a copy in your pocket and one on your bedside table, and it will help you keep going for the next four years or however long it takes.” —Masha Gessen, author of THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and THE BROTHERS: The Road to an American Tragedy “Easily the most compelling volume among the early resistance literature … A slim book that fits alongside your pocket Constitution and feels only slightly less vital … Clarifying and unnerving … A memorable work that is grounded in history yet imbued with the fierce urgency of what now.” —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post

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. expand
FICTION 9780399176616VICIOUS CIRCLE by C.J. Box (Putnam) The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target. The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he’d always wondered if there’d be a day of reckoning. He’s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they’re coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare…and wait for them to make the first move. 9780451496102LOLA by Melissa Scrivner Love (Crown) The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang’s real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia’s girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter–and in many ways tougher and more ruthless–than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival. 9781101946886THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS by John Freeman Gill (Knopf) With both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father’s illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimble, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive nineteenth-century architectural sculptures—gargoyles—right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant artisans during the city’s architectural glory days, are an endangered species in this era of sweeping urban renewal. Desperate both to connect with his father and to raise cash to pay the mortgage on the brownstone where he lives with his mother and sister, Griffin is slow to recognize that his father’s deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin’s friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life. 9780399576683MANGROVE LIGHTNING by Randy Wayne White (Putnam) Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest. A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925, in which his family had a shameful part. Ford doesn’t believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder…and probing the mind of a madman. 9781101974391A PARTICLE OF DREAD by Sam Shepard (Vintage) In A PARTICLE OF DREAD, Sam Shepard takes one of the most famous plays in history—Oedipus Rex—and transforms it into a modern American classic. In this telling, Oedipus, King of Thebes, prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, alternates between his classical identity and that of contemporary “Otto.” His wife (and true mother), Jocasta, is also called Jocelyn, and his antagonist (and true father) is split into three characters, Laius, Larry, and Langos. Two present-day policemen from the Southwest stand in for the Greek chorus as they investigate the murder case. Dazzlingly inventive, ringing with the timelessness of myth, A Particle of Dread is an unforgettable work that grapples with questions of storytelling and destiny—the narratives that we pass down, and how they shape our lives. It is a play that lingers in the mind long after we finish the last scene. NONFICTION 9781607747345VIBRANT INDIA by Chitra Agrawal (Ten Speed Press) Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in VIBRANT INDIA are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. 9780399574863JACK’S WIFE FREDA COOKBOOK by Maya and Dean Jankelowitz (Blue Rider Press) Jack’s Wife Freda, a pair of downtown restaurants whose signs bear the illustrated face of their namesake grandma, have become part of the epicenter of Jewish comfort-food dining in New York’s Greenwich Village. With their communal, casual vibe and detailed coziness, the restaurants feel like home, and everyone–from the many local regulars to thousands of tourists just passing through–is greeted like family by owners Maya and Dean Jankelowitz, and their staff. And the food is another reason you never want to leave. Good food enjoyed with friends and family is the foundation of Jack’s Wife Freda, and Maya and Dean bring the same vibrant energy and love of great cooking and healthful eating to their first cookbook. Whether you live around the corner and pop in regularly for a favorite meal or look forward to an out-of-town visit, this beautifully illustrated and user-friendly book makes it easy to eat from Jack’s Wife Freda all day, every day. 9781101904404THE MOTH PRESENTS ALL THESE WONDERS by Catherine Burns (Crown Archetype) Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages. Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, ALL THESE WONDERS features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more. 9781594206818THE FIRST LOVE STORY: Adam, Eve, and Us by Bruce Feiler (Penguin Press) Since antiquity, one story has stood at the center of every conversation about men and women. One couple has been the battleground for human relationships and sexual identity. That couple is Adam and Eve. Yet instead of celebrating them, history has blamed them for bringing sin, deceit, and death into the world. In this fresh retelling of their story, New York Times columnist and PBS host Bruce Feiler travels from the Garden of Eden in Iraq to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, from John Milton’s London to Mae West’s Hollywood, discovering how Adam and Eve should be hailed as exemplars of a long-term, healthy, resilient relationship. At a time of discord and fear over the strength of our social fabric, Feiler shows how history’s first couple can again be role models for unity, forgiveness, and love. 9781101884188CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle (Ballantine) In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen Top Ten singles in America. Elton John’s live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era. But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career, and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world’s most mercurial performers. 9781101980583THE NEW ALLERGY SOLUTION: Supercharge Resistance, Slash Medication, Stop Suffering by Clifford Bassett, MD (Avery) Millions of Americans currently suffer from allergies, and the rate is growing. Climate change, globalization, air pollution, and over-sanitization of the environment in the early years of life are just a few of the causes that, taken together, have introduced new allergens into our environment that are wreaking havoc and causing needless suffering. This “new allergen marketplace” requires a new allergy solution. According to Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, traditional remedies focus on treating symptoms but leave allergy sufferers vulnerable to continued bouts of misery. Dr. Bassett argues that when we consider a person’s genetics, environment, and overall health, we can more effectively identify—and take appropriate action to forestall—symptoms before they even begin. For the first time, Dr. Bassett presents the unique, integrative approach he’s used in his Manhattan offices for two decades to vanquish allergy symptoms for countless individuals. YOUNG READERS 9780399544934NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased. Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink. For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. 9780399552533SHADOW RUN by Michael Miller and Adrianne Strickland (Delacorte Press) Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique. As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary. But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive. Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. 9780399544996TEN MILES ONE WAY by Patrick Downes (Philomel Books) The powerful story of a mind at the edge of unraveling, held together by love and acceptance. Nest and Q walk through the city. Nest speaks and Q listens. Mile by mile, Nest tells Q about her life, her family, her past . . . and her Chimaera, the beast that preys on her mind and causes her to lose herself. Q knows only that his love for Nest runs deeper than the demon that plagues her thoughts, that he loves her in spite of—or perhaps because of—the personal battle she fights every day. A beautifully-written, haunting story. 9780553509717THE CATAWAMPUS CAT by Jason Carter Eaton, Illustrated by Gus Gordon (Crown Books for Young Readers) Catawampus (cat-a-wam-pus) n. 1. Diagonal or at an angle. 2. Askew, awry. The catawampus cat walks with a slant. And his skewed point of view has everyone in town looking at everything with fresh eyes. Even Bushy Brows Billiam who never notices anything, including what time class is over, spots the catawampus cat, and now he’s a star student! And when the town librarian sees the catawampus cat, she pulls the “wrong” book from the shelf, sending her into a life of adventure. The catawampus cat is in town and everything is about to change.

Our 2016 NBCC Awards Winners in Nonfiction and Autobiography

NBCC logoMatthew Desmond’s EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown) and Hope Jahren’s LAB GIRL (Alfred A. Knopf) won 2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards for Nonfiction and Autobiography respectively last night at a ceremony held at the New School in New York. expand
The General Nonfiction prize went to Mr. Desmond for EVICTED, a brilliantly reported account of tenants and landlords in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Earlier this year, he won the 2017 Andrew NBCC evictedCarnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction; and the 2016 Discover Great New Writers Nonfiction Award for his book. The Autobiography prize went to Ms. Jahren for LAB GIRL, a witty memoir of her life as a geobiologist as well as an eloquent meditation on botany. NBCC lab girlTwo Penguin Random House authors received special NBCC awards. As previously reported on Igloo in our NBCC finalists feature in January, Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, HOMEGOING (Alfred A. Knopf) was the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard. Talese/Doubleday and McClelland & Stewart author Margaret Atwood was presented with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, for her lifetime contribution to letters and book culture, including groundbreaking fiction, environmental and feminist activism, and service to community as a cofounder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
Yaa Gyasi and Margaret Atwood

Yaa Gyasi and Margaret Atwood

Founded in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. The awards are open to any book published in the United States in English (including translations). The National Book Critics Circle comprises more than 700 critics and editors from leading newspapers, magazines and online publications who vote on the finalists and winners. Congratulations to Mr. Desmond, Ms. Jahren, Ms. Gyasi and Ms. Atwood, and to our NBCC Finalists, as well as their editors, publishers and everyone involved with their extraordinary works. View a complete list of the 2016 NBCC award winners here.
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Friday Reads: A Taste of Ireland

shamrock-snip copyEverything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there’s the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.”—John McGahern expand
Is it something in the soft air, the loamy earth, or the surrounding salt sea? Wherever it comes from, the Irish gift for lilting language and deep verse is legendary. Treat yourself to a gift from the Gaels this St. Patrick’s Day.   9780143108245_94b7aPORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce For the centennial of its original publication, a beautiful Deluxe Edition of one of Joyce’s greatest works—featuring an introduction by Karl Ove Knausgaard, author the New York Times bestselling six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle, which has been likened to a 21st-century Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.   9781611802047_8dbfaTHE FARMETTE COOKBOOK: RECIPES AND ADVENTURES FROM MY LIFE ON AN IRISH FARM by Imen McDonnell The Farmette Cookbook documents Imen McDonnell’s extraordinary Irish cooking journey, which began the moment she fell in love with an Irish farmer and moved across the Atlantic to County Limerick. This book’s collection of 150 recipes and colorful stories chronicles nearly a decade-long adventure of learning to feed a family.   9780143113492IN THE WOODS by Tana French The bestselling debut and first Dublin Murder Squad novel and “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting” (The New York Times),     9780143107644_d82a5WHEN YOU ARE OLD: EARLY POEMS, PLAYS, AND FAIRY TALES by William Butler Yeats From the publication of his first poems at the age of twenty, to his Nobel Prize in 1923, W. B. Yeats grew from an aspiring poet spellbound by the mystical life, to an Irish senator crafting modernist poetry around a complex system of symbolism. When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales returns to the younger Yeats, encountering him through quintessentially Irish myths and much-beloved poems like “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”   9780307743527_133f8THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde Wilde’s only novel introduces the youthful Dorian Gray who, entranced by the perfection of his recently painted portrait, expresses a wish that the figure on the canvas could age and change in his place. When his wish comes true, the portrait becomes his hideous secret as he follows a downward trajectory of decadence and cruelty that leaves its traces only in the portrait’s degraded image.   9780679744023BY THE LAKE by John McGahern With this magnificently assured novel, John McGahern reminds us why he has been called the Irish Chekhov, as he guides readers into a village in rural Ireland and deftly, compassionately traces its natural rhythms and the inner lives of its people.   For more Irish titles visit the collection St. Patrick’s Day 2017

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

chelsea clintonPenguin Young Readers will publish SHE PERSISTED, a new picture book written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, that celebrates strong, inspirational women who have embodied the spirit of persistence throughout American history. The book will be published on May 30, 2017 by Philomel Books.   expand
Inspired by Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate, SHE PERSISTED introduces tiny feminists, mini-activists, and kids ready to take on the world to thirteen American women who never took no for an answer, including: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor–and a special cameo by one more. ShePersisted_cover copyChelsea Clinton said, “I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down—for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than. The thirteen women in She Persisted all overcame adversity to help shape our country—sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.” Ms. Clinton is the author of the New York Times bestselling IT’S YOUR WORLD: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseaclinton. Alexandra Boiger grew up in Munich, Germany, and studied graphic design before working as an animator in England and then at Dreamworks SKG in the United States. She is the author and illustrator of Max and Marla, and the illustrator of more than twenty picture books including the Tallulah series, and When Jackie Saved Grand Central. She has received the Parents’ Choice Award and has been featured on numerous state reading lists.

AMERICANAH Wins One Book, One New York Campaign

one book one new york winnerChimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Anchor, is the winner of the first annual One Book, One New York campaign to get all New Yorkers to read the same book at the same time.  The campaign (#OneBookNY) is spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment expand
(@MadeinNY) and Commissioner Julie Menin (@JulieMenin), who announced the results today.  Our congratulations to Ms. Adiche and everyone at Knopf and Anchor.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Robin Desser, Vice President, Editorial Director, Alfred A. Knopf, said, “We are delighted that New York City has chosen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH as the inaugural winner of the One Book, One New York program. This dazzling novel about a young woman from Nigeria who comes to America allows us to see our country with fresh eyes. Told with biting wisdom and humor, it’s a story about love, race and identity that feels more timely now than ever.  AMERICANAH is destined to resonate among New Yorkers who share a common belief: that wherever we may come from, all our stories matter.” Two other Penguin Random House titles, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Díaz (Riverhead) and BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), were also among  the five One Book, One New York finalists – with New Yorkers casting their votes online throughout the month of February. AMERICANAH received the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, among other honors.

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

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)While we are still honoring Women’s History Month, it’s interesting to survey where the feminist movement has been and what it means now through the lens of classic works and contemporary voices. From de Beauvoir to Crispin, from bra-burning to badass crafting, the following titles have a lot to say about the need for social change. expand
  9781101911761_09e90WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A passionate, clever, and spirited argument for gender equality, from the bestselling author of Americanah. What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name.   9781594749278_9632fCRAFTING WITH FEMINISM: 25 GIRL-POWERED PROJECTS TO SMASH THE PATRIARCHY by Bonnie Burton Grab a handful of glitter and get your girl power on with 25 subversive and easy-to-make projects. This is what a feminist crafter looks like! Crafting with Feminism features 25 irreverent and easy-to-make projects that celebrate everything that rocks about girls, gals, and badass women.   9781632170576_d0815DEAD FEMINISTS: HISTORIC HEROINES IN LIVING COLOR by Chandler O’Leary, Jessica Spring, Jill Lepore A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.   9781612195636_27e56TRAINWRECK: THE WOMEN WE LOVE TO HATE, MOCK, AND FEAR . . . AND WHY by Sady Doyle She’s everywhere once you start looking for her: the trainwreck… She’s Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack,” and Amy Winehouse, dying in front of millions. But the trainwreck is also as old (and as meaningful) as feminism itself: From Mary Wollstonecraft to Charlotte Brontë, Billie Holiday, Sylvia Plath, and even Hillary Clinton.   9780142181683_3af53YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE ME: ESSAYS ON GROWING UP, SPEAKING OUT, AND FINDING FEMINISM by Alida Nugent From the author of Don’t Worry It Gets Worse comes a new collection of wickedly funny essays about being a woman in the Internet age, from the terror of buying Plan B in the drugstore, to the scarlet F that falls on you if you declare yourself a feminist at a party.   9780143114505THE WOMEN’S ROOM: A NOVEL by Marilyn French, Dorothy Allison, Linsey Abrams Originally published in 1977, The Women’s Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find themselves adrift and unable to support themselves after divorce in the 1970s. Some became destitute, a few went insane. But many went back to school in the heyday of the Women’s Liberation movement, and were swept up in the promise of equality.   9781580911863SISTER OUTSIDER: ESSAYS AND SPEECHES by Audre Lorde Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.   9780307277787_ec0b5THE SECOND SEX by Simone de Beauvoir Simone de Beauvoir’s groundbreaking masterpiece is the first new translation since Knopf’s original 1953 publication—and the first ever to be unabridged.     9781101973240_24c8cGENDER OUTLAW: ON MEN, WOMEN, AND THE REST OF US by Kate Bornstein Trans performance artist, playwright, and activist Kate Bornstein guides readers on a  wonderfully scenic journey across the frontiers of gender and identity with her signature humor, honesty, and outrageous flair. Bornstein’s coming-of-age and transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman makes for a funny and insightful memoir-cum-manifesto.   9781612196015_fecf0WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST: A FEMINIST MANIFESTO by Jessa Crispin Are you a feminist? Do you believe women are human beings and that they deserve to be treated as such? That women deserve all the same rights and liberties bestowed upon men? If so, then you are a feminist…or so the feminists keep insisting. But somewhere along the way, the movement for female liberation sacrificed meaning for acceptance, and left us with a banal, polite, ineffectual pose that barely challenges the status quo.   9780804173407_4922bTHE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN by Jill Lepore Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most, vast and wildly passionate following. In Jill Lepore’s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman’s story provides the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights.   For more information on these and related titles visit: Feminism Then and Now

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. expand
In addition to the United States and Canada, where the books will be published by Crown, among the territories where Penguin Random House will publish English-language editions are: the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa, under the UK company’s Viking imprint. Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will publish the books in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan across two continents in the following countries: Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Portugal. There also will be a U.S. Spanish-language edition published by Penguin Random House. Companhia das Letras will publish the books in Portuguese in Brazil. Penguin Random House’s sister company in Germany, Verlagsgruppe Random House, which is wholly owned by Bertelsmann and overseen by Markus Dohle, will publish both books in German, in full coordination with Penguin Random House. Markus Dohle, CEO, Penguin Random House, said, “The Penguin Random House teams around the world are comprised of the industry’s most respected and accomplished publishers, and together we look forward to leveraging our editorial depth and unparalleled experience and reach to provide President and Mrs. Obama with a global platform and audience for their books.” Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK, said, “We could not be more thrilled that the Obamas have chosen Penguin Random House as their global and UK publishing home. Our publishers all believe in the real ability of books to change and shape lives for the better. We know the Obamas’ books will be both magnificent pieces of writing and inspiring calls to action.” On behalf of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, CEO Núria Cabutí said, “It is a source of immense pride for us to publish the Obamas in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. We look forward to helping spread the Obamas’ messages to people across the Spanish-speaking world.” “Companhia das Letras is guided by two core values: to promote a wide range of world perspectives and to give voice to the diversity of the human experience. Publishing the books of President Obama and Mrs. Obama will be an honor and a mission in a world and in a country that are in need of enlightening messages. We will ensure, with a true sense of duty, that they reach the largest Brazilian audience possible,” said Luiz Schwarcz, Publisher, Companhia das Letras. “Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, individually and as a couple, uniquely embody what it means to take responsibility for the world in which we live. Their grace and style, humor, and intellectual rigor have made them universal role models, and an inspiration to people across the globe. We are thrilled to become a part of the Penguin Random House global publishing effort, by bringing their books to German readers,” said Frank Sambeth, CEO, Verlagsgruppe Random House. In support of the mission of The Obama Foundation and Penguin Random House’s own commitment to social responsibility, the company will donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book, a longstanding Penguin Random House non-profit partner and the Washington, DC-based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. First Book is dedicated to promoting equal access to education by providing new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need in the United States and Canada. Consistent with their past practice, the Obamas also plan to donate a significant portion of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation.
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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. expand
FICTION 9781594205613THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press) The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. 9781101870716THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS by Bernhard Schlink, Translated by Joyce Hackett and Bradley Schmidt (Pantheon) As a young lawyer, the nameless protagonist of THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS became entangled in the affairs of three people mired in a complex and destructive relationship. An artist, the woman whose portrait he had painted, and her husband became a triangle that drew the lawyer deeper and deeper into their tangled web. Now, encountering the painting that triggered it all, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves; when he eventually locates the woman, he is forced to confront the truth of his love and the reality that his life has been irrevocably changed. With  THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS, the internationally acclaimed author of The Reader delivers a powerful new novel about obsession, creativity, and love. 9780451493699WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru (Knopf) Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America’s great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it’s a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter’s troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation’s darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation. 9780399574634THE WANDERERS by Meg Howrey (Putnam) In four years, aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the historic voyage by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space’s team of “Obbers,” Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters—and each other. NONFICTION 9780812996937THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy (Random House) When thirty-eight-year-old New Yorker writer Ariel Levy left for a reporting trip to Mongolia in 2012, she was pregnant, married, financially secure, and successful on her own terms. A month later, none of that was true. Levy picks you up and hurls you through the story of how she built an unconventional life and then watched it fall apart with astonishing speed. Like much of her generation, she was raised to resist traditional rules—about work, about love, and about womanhood. “I wanted what we all want: everything. We want a mate who feels like family and a lover who is exotic, surprising. We want to be youthful adventurers and middle-aged mothers. We want intimacy and autonomy, safety and stimulation, reassurance and novelty, coziness and thrills. But we can’t have it all.” 9780399574139THE NEW OLD ME by Meredith Maran (Blue Rider Press) For readers of Anne Lamott, Abigail Thomas, and Ayelet Waldman, a “lusty, kickass*” post-divorce memoir, one woman’s story of starting over at 60—in youth-obsessed, beauty-obsessed Hollywood. After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life’s savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran—whom Anne Lamott calls “insightful, funny, and human”—leaves her San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. Determined to rebuild not only her savings but herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La land, Maran writes “a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time” (Christina Baker Kline, number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Orphan Train). 9781101870945WORD BY WORD by Kory Stamper (Pantheon) Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises—for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917. 9781101967355WHOLE NEW YOU by Tia Mowry (Ballantine Books) When actress Tia Mowry landed her breakthrough role on the sitcom Sister, Sister, she swapped home-cooked meals for catering spreads. But her teen-dream diet of candies and carbs turned into a nightmare when she developed endometriosis, a painful disease that affects one in ten women worldwide. Two years and two surgeries later, some surprising advice from her doctor inspired Tia to radically change one of the most basic elements of her life: her diet. After ditching the dairy and the refined sugars and processed foods, Tia’s pain receded drastically. What’s more, her migraines stopped, her skin cleared up, and she was finally able to get pregnant. Drawing on the latest research on whole plant foods, inflammation, and gut flora, WHOLE NEW YOU chronicles Tia’s journey to wellness and provides all the resources you need to feel better YOUNG READERS 9780553509328THE WHITE ROAD OF THE MOON by Rachel Neumeier (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts—and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. Now imagine . . . the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy, who seem to need you desperately—though you don’t understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world. 9780399545252A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS by Katie Bayerl (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) Tess da Costa is a saint—a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that’s what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Tess’s mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted—overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again. The fervor for Tess’s sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. It’s the final straw for Callie. With the help of Tess’s secret boyfriend Danny, Callie’s determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. 9780399555022THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES by Katherine Webber (Delacorte Press) Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshiped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not. Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school’s empty track. When Aaron, Marcus’s best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can’t pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus’s shadow and into the spotlight? 9780385392365A DRAGON’S GUIDE TO MAKING PERFECT WISHES by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder (Crown Books for Young Readers Plucky pair Winnie and Miss Drake are traveling back in time to the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair. Waiting in the past are Winnie’s great-grandfather Caleb, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and a centuries-old mystery: who stole the Heart of Kubera necklace? Despite the excitement, Winnie’s only wish is to lose Rowan, an unusual boy who has the annoying habit of showing up at inconvenient times. But the wise Miss Drake knows her pet Winnie should be careful what she wishes for—especially when her wish-granting souvenirs follow them home.

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

daily action book club tnailDaily Action, a new text-based civic engagement service, has announced the founding of the Daily Action Book Club and its first selection: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France (Knopf).  expand
Drawing on America’s heritage of resistance, the DA Book Club’s mission is to educate and inspire members with stories taken from America’s traditions of political activism.  DA founder Laura Moser said, “We want to inspire people to remember how even small groups of activists have helped bend the arc of history toward justice.” 9780307700636-205x300Colleagues interested in joining the DA Book Club and participating in the online discussion, click here for more information. The first DA Book Club meeting will be on March 13, and will be hosted by Benjamin Moser, in cooperation with LitHub. David France will be answering questions about how the legacy of the LGBT movement can be applied to today. Join the discussion via Facebook Live at 7:00 pm (EST). “All Americans owe so much to the LGBT movement,” Laura Moser said. “France reminds us of the challenges gay people faced in the age of AIDS, and how they overcame hatred and indifference to save lives. We urgently need to know their stories. Sixteen million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.” McNally Jackson bookstore in New York will donate a portion of sales of monthly titles to fund Daily Action’s initiatives. The books will be available online here and will be featured in in-store displays.

Meet Our Author: Meg Howrey

meg howryAuthor Meg Howrey is a former dancer who performed with the Joffrey, Eglevsky Ballet, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She toured nationally with the Broadway production of Contact, for which she won the Ovation Award in 2001 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. During her writing career, Meg has been the author two novels for Pantheon/Vintage, Blind expand
Sight and The Cranes Dance, and the coauthor of two bestselling novels for Penguin, City of Dark Magic and City of Lost Dreams, published under the pen name Magnus Flyte. 9780399574634Ms. Howrey’s new book, THE WANDERERS, which goes on sale from G. P. Putnam’s Sons on March 14, has been described as “Station Eleven meets The Martian.” This brilliantly inventive novel is about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them—and their families—changed forever. Wonderfully imaginative, tenderly comedic, and unerringly wise, THE WANDERERS explores the differences between those who go and those who stay, telling a story about the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart. In this “Meet Our Author” interview, Meg takes us inside the heart of her creative life: How would you describe your writing regimen and routines? I alternate writing sitting at a desk with standing up at a sort of jury-rigged podium. In both places there is much gesticulation and theatrical facial expressions and mumblings. Making a book is a form of performance art. I’m a slow starter and will spend months on the first one or two chapters. Whether I’m writing two hours a day or ten, each book feels like its own particular beast and requires different regiments of feeding, care, and grooming. Books can bite or run away so you have to stay calm and be patient. What was the genesis of and the inspirations behind your new novel, THE WANDERERS? I read a newspaper account of a study conducted by the Russian and European space agencies to investigate the psychological effects of a long duration space mission. I thought, “Well, that’s interesting but wouldn’t what you’d feel on an actual mission to Mars be substantially different from what you’d feel in a simulator?” And then, “Possibly not, if the simulation was very good,” and also, “That would make a cool setting for a novel,” followed by, “It’s too bad I can’t write that novel since I don’t know anything about space.” So, the beast of this novel entailed a lot of research. Some of the themes I’ve tried to work on in other books are here: consciousness, ambition, the constructs of family, the problem of deciding what is real, and what “real” means. How have you been able to find the time and the creative energy to achieve success as an author, dancer and actress? meg pull quote1A thing about dance is you start so young you can have had a ten-year career by the time you’re in your mid-twenties, especially if you don’t go to college, which I didn’t. The acting really came out of the dancing—every once in a while somebody needed a ballet dancer who actually wanted to speak, and there weren’t that many of us. (Basically, there was the really beautiful one, the one who could also sing, and me.) Whatever else I was doing I was always, always reading, and trying to write came out of that. With all these things—dancing, acting, writing—I never feel that I’ve arrived. I’m always squinting at goalposts. You are among a handful of Penguin Random House authors whose books have been published by multiple imprints, in your case Pantheon/Vintage, Penguin and Putnam.  How has this experience helped shape your writing career? An accurate reckoning in my “Acknowledgements” section would run to twenty pages.  THE WANDERERS exists because of the generosity of Shelley Wanger and everyone at Pantheon/Vintage, and Carolyn Carlson and many delightful Penguins, and now Tara Singh Carlson and a fantastic team at Putnam. Through five books I’ve been reinventing myself, and these people have given me the space to do it. There aren’t enough thank you cards.

Friday Reads: Nigeria

fRIDAY READS NIGERIANigeria, with its beauty and strife, has proven to be fertile ground for literature. The literary icons Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka hail from Nigeria and both experienced the Biafran War of the 1960s, whereas a number of contemporary Nigerian writers published by Penguin Random House were not yet born. The vibrant novels and memoirs featured this expand
week have recurring themes of exile and return. We invite you to read, or revisit, these important, creative works to learn about, and be inspired by, their authors’ beloved, beleaguered homeland. FEATURED TITLES Hot off the press!… 9781101871454_20a74TADUNO’S SONG: A NOVEL by Odafe Atogun HERE IS THE STUNNING DEBUT from a fresh Nigerian literary voice: a mesmerizing, deceptively simple, Kafkaesque narrative, resonant of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and lightly informed by the life of Nigerian musical superstar Fela Kuti—powerful story of love, sacrifice and courage.   9780385474542THINGS FALL APART: A NOVEL by Chinua Achebe One of the great novels of the 20th century from one of the fathers of modern African literature, Achebe’s masterpiece follows an Ibo man before, during, and after the entrance of colonial powers and missionaries into Nigeria.   9780143124030THERE WAS A COUNTRY: A MEMOIR by Chinua Achebe For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Decades in the making, There Was a Country is a towering account of one of modern Africa’s most disastrous events.   9780679725404_14f6eAKE: THE YEARS OF CHILDHOOD by Wole Soyinka The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (in 1986), as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka tells the story of his boyhood before and during World War II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria called Aké.  His vivid evocation of the colorful sights, sounds, and aromas of the world that shaped him is both lyrically beautiful and laced with humor and the sheer delight of a child's-eye view.   9780375755149YOU MUST SET FORTH AT DAWN: A MEMOIR by Wole Soyinka Following his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood, Soyinka has written an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult.  In the tough, humane and lyrical language that has typified his plays and novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself.   9780307455925_55323AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie As teenagers at a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love at a time when Nigeria is under a military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country. At once darkly funny and tender, theirs is a story of love and race which spans three continents and numerous lives and paints a gripping portrait of today’s hyper-globalized world.   For more on these and other titles from and about Nigeria visit the collection Nigeria

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

VikingLogoPamela Dorman Books/Viking is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by Jojo Moyes featuring Louisa Clark, the character readers have come to know and love from global bestsellers Me Before You and After You. The new novel will be published in Spring 2018, and will follow Lou as she heads for New York, only to find herself torn between her old life and her new. expand
Jojo Moyes is a bestselling novelist and a journalist. Her previous novels have all been met with critical acclaim and bestselling sales, including Me Before YouAfter YouThe Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One.
Jojo Moyes, © Stine Heilmann

Jojo Moyes, © Stine Heilmann

Jojo Moyes’ profile is at an all-time high with worldwide sales of Me Before You and After You at nearly seventeen million copies. Last year’s film adaptation of Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, introduced legions of new fans to Jojo’s writing and the beloved character of Louisa Clark. Her works are available in a staggering 43 foreign languages and have sold twenty-nine million copies in total worldwide. Jojo Moyes said, “I always knew that once I committed to write the sequel to Me Before You, I would also write a third book; I saw it quite clearly as a trilogy. Revisiting Lou has been a joy, as I push her into a completely new country, a brand new world, and a house full of secrets. With her usual blend of humour and emotion she has to ask herself some pretty fundamental questions – not least, which side of the Atlantic does she really belong? I hope readers enjoy this new adventure as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.” Pamela Dorman, Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books, said, “Any new Jojo Moyes novel is a cause for rejoicing.  But for readers in America, the chance to have the iconic Lou Clark come to New York to find a new life is a particular pleasure.  There’s no doubt that Jojo’s unique blend of great storytelling and unforgettable characters, combined with a sense of humor all her own will make this new Lou Clark novel one readers will be clamoring for come next year.” Jojo Moyes is a UK based author who worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children. Jojo is managed by Curtis Brown and her agent Sheila Crowley.
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There’s a Book for That: Women in STEM

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)It delights us no end that there are so many incomparable women of achievement to celebrate in March. And their contributions in science have entered into recent popular culture recently with the movie “Hidden Figures” and the upcoming HBO adaptation, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” In that light, we bring you works by and about women who expand
shine in the STEM fields – areas of interest that women had little or no access to for too long. Pick up a book about one of these pioneers and their heirs to the flame. FEATURED TITLES 9781400052189THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot Soon to be an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells—to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta’s children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.   9781101873724_56493LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.   9781612194578ADA’S ALGORITHM: HOW LORD BYRON’S DAUGHTER ADA LOVELACE LAUNCHED THE DIGITAL AGE by James Essinger “[Ada Lovelace], like Steve Jobs, stands at the intersection of arts and technology.”—Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators   9780553446791_8848fHEADSTRONG: 52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE-AND THE WORLD by Rachel Swaby Fifty-two insightful and inspiring profiles of history’s brightest female scientists and mathematicians.   9780143104964UNDER THE SEA-WIND by Rachel Carson Celebrating the mystery and beauty of birds and sea creatures in their natural habitat, Under the Sea-Wind—Rachel Carson’s first book and her personal favorite—is the early masterwork of one of America’s greatest nature writers.   9781578264421A WOMAN OF SCIENCE: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms by Cardy Raper A Woman of Science catalogues a decades-long journey of inspirational hardship and success that serves as a model for what women can do in a field largely dominated by men.   FOR YOUNG READERS 9781607749769WOMEN IN SCIENCE: 50 FEARLESS PIONEERS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Rachel Ignotofsky A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. 9780399553967TRAILBLAZERS: 33 WOMEN IN SCIENCE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Rachel Swaby Aspiring scientists, young history enthusiasts, and children who enjoy learning about the world will be fascinated by these riveting snapshots—and parents who enjoyed the film Hidden Figures will find this to be the perfect extension.   9780448478968WHO WAS MARIE CURIE? by Megan Stine Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics. There she met a professor named Pierre Curie, and the two soon married, forming one of the most famous scientific partnerships in history. Together they discovered two elements and won a Nobel Prize in 1903. 9780448490199CURIOUS ABOUT FOSSILS by Kate Waters (Smithsonian) This latest Curious About book starts with the fascinating story of Mary Anning, who as a child in 19th-century England collected rocks and shells to sell to tourists and then grew up to be a famous fossil collector and paleontologist. 9781580896443TO THE STARS! THE FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO WALK IN SPACE by Carmella Van Vleet, Dr. Kathy Sullivan Kathy Sullivan wanted to go everywhere. Kathy liked fishing and swimming; flying planes and studying science. She followed her heart and eventually became a NASA astronaut and the first woman to walk in space. 9780448466873WHO WAS SALLY RIDE? by Megan Stine In 1978, Sally Ride, a PhD candidate at Stanford University, responded to a newspaper ad to join the US astronaut program. She was accepted and became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space! Sally Ride was an astrophysicist who helped develop a robotic arm for space shuttles, and later, through Sally Ride Science, worked to make science cool and accessible for girls. For more on these and related titles. visit the collection: Women in Science

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

Book fairThe Penguin Random House Book Fair reached a significant milestone in 2017 as we celebrate twenty years of partnership to raise money to benefit the students of Carroll Community College. This favorite community event, which took place on Saturday, March 4, promotes reading, literacy and learning and has raised over $600,000 since its inception.  expand
This year, the Fair featured Penguin Random House author Stacey Ballis and illustrator Chris Eliopoulos.
Stacey Ballis and Chris Eliopoulos

Stacey Ballis and Chris Eliopoulos

Stacey is known for her foodie novels which include Room for Improvement, Good Enough to Eat, and Wedding Girl. Her next book, HOW TO CHANGE A LIFE, will be published by Berkley in August. Stacey is a home improvement junkie and has also written some eBook cookbooks. Christopher began his illustrator career as a lecturer for Marvel, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Franklin Richards: Son of a Genius, Pet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He is the illustrator of the New York Times Bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series picture book biographies. In 2016, the Foundation awarded over $235,000 in student IMG_0041scholarships, provided over $17,000 for equipment for the new Cyber Security Lab, and granted a $2 tuition offset per credit hour (for a total of $166,000) easing the impact of planned tuition increases for students. Penguin Random House employees volunteer many hours, including soliciting and gathering items for the Silent Auction, helping unload books and set up the sales floor, guiding the Costumed characters around the buildings, escorting authors, and working in many other various areas on the day of the event. We expect 3,500-4,000 people to come through the college doors in March, as we welcome book lovers of all ages. – Barbara Harden, Manager, Executive Office & Community Affairs, Distribution Management, Westminster Stacey Ballis with_Erin DiNello_PRH Book Fair_March 2017 copy  IMG_0064IMG_7750  IMG_7818 copy2IMG_0054  Book Fair 2017

Crown Acquires New Erik Larson Book On Churchill During The Blitz

Crown-Obama-logoThe Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, announced today that it will publish a new book by Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts,  Isaac’s StormThe Devil in the White City, and other notable works of narrative nonfiction. expand
Tentatively titled The Splendid and the Vile, Larson, who calls it “a kind of Downton on Downing,” will apply his acclaimed storytelling skills to bring to life one of the most important political figures of the 20th century—Winston Churchill—during his first year as prime minister, when Britain faced the gravest threat of its history. The Splendid and the Vile will be published by Crown, Larson’s longtime publisher, in print, digital, and audio formats in fall 2019. Amanda Cook, Vice President, Executive Editor, Crown, acquired North American, electronic, and first serial rights from David Black of The David Black Literary Agency. The David Black Literary Agency retains world rights.
Erik Larson. © Benjamin Benschneider

Erik Larson. © Benjamin Benschneider

The book will draw upon a wealth of new sources, including recently declassified files as well as personal diaries that only now have become accessible to researchers.  Set in locales ranging from the Prisoner Room at the prime ministerial country house, Chequers; to London’s Dorchester Hotel, where Lady “Emerald” Cunard threw charismatic parties as shrapnel peppered the windows; and of course to 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet War Rooms, Larson’s book will provide a vivid portrait of London in the darkest time imaginable.   He will portray through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family—his wife, Clementine; their daughters, Sarah, Diana, Mary; and their son, Randolph—and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill’s “Secret Circle.” In that first cataclysmic year, Churchill defied ever-escalating aggression from Hitler to win England’s first major victory of the war, one that rallied Britons everywhere and played an important role in persuading President Franklin Roosevelt to support him to the fullest extent possible. The narrative will begin with Churchill’s appointment as prime minister on May 10, 1940, the day Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium; it will end one year later, on May 10, 1941, with the last and most ferocious night of the Blitz, a night filled with Vonnegutian violence and devastation, capped by the bizarre arrival on British soil, by parachute, of Hitler’s closest deputy, Rudolf Hess. The Splendid and the Vile promises to take readers out of today’s political whirlwinds and back to a time of true leadership, when Churchill’s eloquence, strategic brilliance, and perseverance bound a country together in the face of unrelenting horror. erik-larson-booksERIK LARSON is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of BeastsThunderstruckThe Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. His books have been published in nearly 20 countries.

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

VikingLogoViking is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by John le Carré, A LEGACY OF SPIES. The book is set to be published on September 5th, 2017. This is the first novel in over twenty-five years to feature George Smiley, le Carré’s most beloved character.  Peter Guillam, staunch colleague expand
and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London.  The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.  Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
John le Carré. Photo by Nadav Kandar

John le Carré. Photo by Nadav Kandar

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.  In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new. For more than fifty years John le Carré has written novels that have come to define our age, from his extraordinary Cold War novels to his powerful depiction of the War on Terror in his most recent novel, A DELICATE TRUTH.

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

cage match 2017Unbound Worlds, Penguin Random House’s online destination dedicated to the literary worlds of science fiction and fantasy, today announces the start of Cage Match 2017: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy. The annual character-bracket tournament formerly known as Suvudu Cage Match is back for a seventh year (and eighth tournament), making its debut on Unbound Worlds with a new theme, look, and interactive features. expand
Cage Match 2017 will feature 32 iconic characters from sci-fi and fantasy literature in five rounds of fictional battles to the death, which will result in one triumphant champion. Participating authors include Chuck Wendig, Seanan McGuire, C.A. Higgins, and others who have been invited to create original fiction that pits the characters against each other. At the end of each match, fans vote for one character that will advance to the next round. The results of those polls drive the next round of matches. Cage Match 2017Cage Match has become a highly anticipated event in the science fiction and fantasy community, garnering millions of visits since its inception in 2010.  To celebrate the debut of Cage Match on Unbound Worlds, the site is giving away the full library of books featuring all 32 Cage Match characters.  Cage Match 2017 also presents fans with a rare treat from five authors who are writing Round One matches for their own characters. This includes:           Cage Match on Unbound Worlds boasts a new design that for the first time includes an interactive bracket, author bios, in-match links to purchase featured books from numerous retailers, and the ability to see a character’s previous victories. Readers can now also sign up for Cage Match email updates to stay up-to-date on which characters are in the lead. Emily Hughes, Unbound Worlds editor and Cage Match puppetmistress says, “Cage Match is back and better than ever on Unbound Worlds with a great new design and interactive features. Whether your taste runs to the fantastic, the magical, or the out-of-this-world, our mix of classic and new characters and our stellar lineup of participating authors provides something for everyone. We look forward to fans coming together as they vote for their favorite characters and share their knowledge in the comments section.”
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Crown is N.A. Publisher of Two New Obama Books

Crown-Obama-logoMaya Mavjee, President and Publisher of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, today announced that Crown will publish in the U.S. and Canada two separate books to be written by former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, respectively. Penguin Random House, of which expand
Crown is a part, acquired world publication rights to both books last week from the authors’ representatives, Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Details about the books, including their respective titles and publication dates, will be announced in the future. Crown previously published President Obama’s multimillion-copy bestsellers Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, as well as Mrs. Obama’s 2012 illustrated book about the White House kitchen garden, American Grown, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Obama booksRachel Klayman, Vice President, Executive Editor, will edit President Obama’s book for Crown. In 2004, Ms. Klayman spearheaded the paperback reissue of President Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father, and served as his editor for The Audacity of Hope (2006). The two books have sold nearly 7 million copies to date in the U.S., and were also worldwide bestsellers. Molly Stern, Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Crown, Hogarth, Crown Archetype, Broadway Books, and Three Rivers Press imprints, will edit Mrs. Obama’s book. The publication strategy for both books will be led by Crown senior executives David Drake and Tina Constable, who have previously partnered on numerous other noteworthy publications for the Group and who have worked on the previous books by the authors. Said Ms. Mavjee, “Crown is honored to continue its publishing relationship with President Obama and Mrs. Obama, both of whom are transformative figures in today’s world. They will write deeply inspiring and illuminating books that draw upon their rich personal experience and dedicated public service. Each publication will be a historic event.” In support of the mission of The Obama Foundation and Penguin Random House’s own commitment to social responsibility, the company will donate one million books in the Obama family’s name to First Book, a longstanding Penguin Random House nonprofit partner and the Washington, DC–based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. First Book is dedicated to promoting equal access to education by providing new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need in the United States and Canada. Consistent with their past practice, the Obamas also plan to donate a significant portion of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation.

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. expand
Here are our winners in the following categories: COOKBOOKS American New IACP AWARDS 2017VICTUALS: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy (Clarkson Potter), editor: Francis Lam International TASTING ROME: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill (Clarkson Potter), editor: Amanda Englander Food Photography & Styling TASTE & TECHNIQUE: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking by Naomi Pomeroy; photographed by Chris Court; styled by Naomi Pomeroy and Ellen Laing (Ten Speed Press), editor: Julie Bennet Cookbook Design NANBAN: Japanese Soul Food by Tim Anderson (Clarkson Potter), editor: Ashley Meyer FOOD WRITING AWARDS Food-Focused Column Congratulations also to Clarkson Potter Editor-at-Large Francis Lam on his win for Food-Focused Column: “From Grandmother’s House to Hers; Shamelessly French; Korean Comfort Food; Casa Calamari,” in The New York Times Magazine and to his author Ronni Lundy, who in addition to her book win, was announced as an IACP Trailblazer Honoree, chosen for their passion and impact on the food community. Congratulations to all of our winners! To view the complete list of winners click here.

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

stranger in the woodsMany people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.  expand
This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection goes on sale from Alfred A. Knopf on Tuesday, March 7 and in this feature Mr. Finkel shares insights into how he connected with, got to know and explored the life of the solitary subject of his book:
Michael Finkel

Michael Finkel

“I first learned about Christopher Knight from a small article in the on-line edition of The Kennebec Journal, a central Maine newspaper. I was intrigued that a man, who’d been arrested for stealing food from the kitchen of a summer camp, claimed that he had lived by himself, alone in the woods, for 27 years. I was fascinated by his statement that he never once lit a fire, for fear that smoke would give his campsite away. I was stunned to read that he never had a single conversation the entire time he was in the woods, or was ever sick, or drove in a car, or spent money, or slept indoors. I was curious to know how he’d managed to remain hidden for so long, and of course I was itching to know why. “But I think what shifted my profound interest into something bordering on obsession was a single tidbit in that first article: that Knight stole hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books.  Two of my favorite activities in life are camping out in the woods and reading books — most wondrously, both at once. And here, it seemed, was the world champion of both. Of course, I needed to contact Mr. Knight. “Knight is an American original, to say the very least. A very strong case can be made that Knight is the most solitary known person in all of human history. Not surprisingly, it was somewhat difficult to interview such a man. stranger in the woods pull quote“For several weeks, Knight and I exchanged hand-written letters. He refused to use a telephone, so we never once spoke over the phone.  I visited Knight while he was being held in jail nine times, each visit lasting an hour. Knight did not like to make eye contact, so we spent most of the visits staring over each other’s shoulders. Knight sometimes allowed long, uncomfortable (for me) silences to pass between making statements. “But at the same time, Knight had such a lively and witty and quirky mind, and such an elegant way of speaking, that listening to him tell his tale not only riveted me because of the sheer unrivaled audacity and daring and difficulty and, at times, joy of his solitary existence, but also thrilled the writer in me because of the lyricism of his language and the depths of his insight. I don’t think I will ever in my life come across a story as strange and compelling as this one.” Mr. Finkel’s agent, Stuart Krichevsky, commented, “If I had to assign a single attribute to Mike Finkel, I’d choose intensity: it perfectly describes the author, his reporting, and his approach to his work.  Mike’s first draft of THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS, which he shared with no one, ran to thousands of pages.  He then worked obsessively to boil that mountain of information down to its very essence, resulting in 195 pages of seamless and utterly gripping prose.”

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. expand
FICTION 9780735212176EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books) In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. 9780399588655THE LUCKY ONES by Julianna Pachico (Spiegel & Grau) While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone, with the household staff mysteriously gone, no phone connection, and news of an insurgency on the radio—and then she hears a knock at the door. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive, and loved ones can disappear without a trace. 9781101985595SAY NOTHING by Brad Parks (Dutton) Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. 9780345476043ILL WILL by Dan Chaon (Ballantine) A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning. Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way. 9780399575808BIT ROT by Douglas Coupland (Blue Rider Press) BIT ROT is a fascinating meditation on the ways in which humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. The result is addictively satisfying for Coupland’s established fanbase hungry for his observations about our world, and a revelation to new readers of his work. For almost three decades, his unique pattern recognition has powered his fiction, his phrase-making, and his visual art. Every page of Bit Rot is full of wit, surprise, and delight. Reading Bit Rot feels a lot like bingeing on Netflix…you can’t stop with just one. NONFICTION 9780735214668CLEAN MY SPACE by Melissa Maker (Avery) Melissa Maker is beloved by fans all over the world for her completely re-engineered approach to cleaning. As the dynamic new authority on home and living, Melissa knows that to invest any of our precious time in cleaning, we need to see big, long-lasting results. So, she developed her method to help us get the most out of our effort and keep our homes fresh and welcoming every day. In her long-awaited debut book, she shares her revolutionary 3-step solution. With Melissa’s simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time.SEE LESS 9781101875681THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (Knopf) In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded. 9781594206641IRRESISTIBLE: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (Penguin Press) Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction—an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. In this revolutionary book, Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today’s products are irresistible. Though these miraculous products melt the miles that separate people across the globe, their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. The companies that design these products tweak them over time until they become almost impossible to resist. 9780307379689THIS LONG PURSUIT by Richard Holmes (Pantheon) In a book that ranges widely over art, science, and poetry, Richard Holmes confesses to a lifetime’s obsession with his Romantic subjects. It has become for him a pursuit, or pilgrimage of the heart, that has taken him across three centuries, through much of Europe, and into the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to this quest is a powerful and tender evocation of the lives of women both scientific and literary, some well-known and some almost lost to history. Holmes also investigates the myths that have overshadowed the lives of some favorite Romantic figures: the love-stunned John Keats, the waterlogged Percy Bysshe Shelley, the chocolate-box painter Thomas Lawrence, the opium-soaked genius Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the mad visionary bard William Blake. 9781524732790SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion (Knopf) Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles–and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the “California Notes” that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From. POETRY 9781101907856MERRILL by James Merrill (Everyman’s Library) James Merrill once called his body of work “chronicles of love and loss,” and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life–comic and haunting, exotic and domestic–to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment. Like Wallace Stevens and W. H. Auden before him, Merrill sought to quicken the pulse of a poem in surprising and compelling ways–ways, indeed, that changed how we came to see our own lives. Years ago, the critic Helen Vendler wrote of Merrill, “He has become one of our indispensable poets.” This volume brings together an entirely new pocket-sized selection of the best of Merrill’s work. His poetry dazzles at every turn, and this balanced and compact selection will be an ideal introduction to the work for both students and general readers, and an instant favorite among his familiars. 9780451494726ORBIT by Cynthia Zarin (Knopf) In this, her fifth collection, Zarin turns her lyric lens on the worlds within worlds we inhabit and how we navigate our shared predicament—the tables of our lives on which the news of the day is strewn: the president speaking to parishioners in Charleston, the ricochet of violence, near and far. Whether writing about hairpin turns in the stair of childhood, about the cat’s claw of anxiety, on the impending loss of a young friend, or how “love endures, give or take,” here is the poet who, in the title poem, “bartered forty summers for black pearls” and whose work is full of such wagers, embodied in playing cards, treble notes, snow globes, and balancing acts. Zarin reminds us that the atmosphere created by our experiences shapes and defines the orbit we move through. YOUNG READERS 9780553524062GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers) Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell. Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison? 9780451477859TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking Books for Young Readers) Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland. 9781465457585SCIENCE YEAR BY YEAR by DK (DK) Easy-to-follow illustrated timelines of pivotal scientific developments explore the ideas, experiments, and technologies that have shaped our daily lives over the past 3 million years. With more than 1,200 images, in-depth explanations of key inventors and innovations, quotes from groundbreaking scientists like Marie Curie, and stunning “moment in time” images of key events such as the first human landing on the moon, kids are sure to be amazed on every page. Young readers can learn about the early understanding of gravity, the discovery of dinosaur fossils, the first open heart surgery in human history, and much more. 9781101933787GOODNIGHT, NUMBERS by Danica McKellar, illustrated by Alicia Padron (Crown Books for Young Readers) This deceptively simple bedtime book gives your child the building blocks for math success. As children say goodnight to the objects all around them—three wheels on a tricycle, four legs on a cat—they will connect with the real numbers in their world while creating cuddly memories, night after night. Actress, math whiz, and New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar uses her proven math success to show children that loving numbers is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Friday Reads: Lies and More Lies…

fridayreadstnailThat t.v. taste-maker HBO is at it again with the brilliantly cast adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel BIG LITTLE LIES. But Liane’s isn’t the only book with lying eyes. For this Friday Reads installment, we proffer tantalizing fiction centered on deceit. Oh what a tangled web these characters do weave! expand
9780399587191_29e1eBIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty Now an HBO® Limited Series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Zoë Kravitz from the director of Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Writer David E. Kelley. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that spiral slowly, dangerously out of control. 9780143118541LIES OF THE HEART by Michelle Boyajian “Boyajian’s psychologically astute debut combines courtroom drama with a heartbreaking portrait of a wife’s grief.” -People Katie Burelli is living a nightmare. Her husband Nick, a speech therapist, is dead-shot by Jerry, one of his mentally handicapped patients. As Jerry stands trial, Katie plays and replays the events that led up to Nick’s murder, and searches her own recollections for answers. 9780425188613SACRAMENT OF LIES by Elizabeth Dewberry When Grayson Guillory’s mother died, she helped her father get rid of the empty vodka and pill bottles next to the body. It wouldn’t do for the governor of Louisiana to have a wife who committed suicide after years of mental illness—especially just as he’s contemplating the presidency. Grayson’s husband—her father’s speechwriter—helps him keep the story quiet, and the family doctor makes sure the cause of death will be listed as a heart attack. But Grayson has a problem. When she thought she was helping her father cover up a suicide, she might actually … 9780307948328_e3eccSUMMER LIES: STORIES by Bernhard Schlink, Carol Janeway From Bernhard Schlink, the internationally best-selling author of The Reader, come seven provocative and masterfully calibrated stories. A keen dissection of the ways in which we play with truth and less-than-truth in our lives.   9780307336828BEAUTIFUL LIES: A NOVEL by Lisa Unger Ridley Jones has been living a lie. A mysterious package showed up on her doorstep one morning and the beautiful lie she used to call her life was over. Suddenly, everyone she knows feels like a stranger.   9780449001172WARTIME LIES: A NOVEL by Louis Begley As the world slips into the throes of war in 1939, young Maciek’s once closeted existence outside Warsaw is no more. When Warsaw falls, Maciek escapes with his aunt Tania. Together they endure the war, running, hiding, changing their names, forging documents to secure their temporary lives—as the insistent drum of the Nazi march moves ever closer to them and to their secret wartime lies.   FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS 9780147510167_2ee86THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes Brought to the Community at age five, the cult has taken so much from Minnow: her childhood, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking.   9781616955151_87d6dLITTLE WHITE LIES by Brianna Baker, F. Bowman Hastie; Ages 14 and up Seventeen-year-old honors student Coretta White’s Tumblr, Little White Lies—her witty thoughts on pretty much…everything—has gone viral. She’s got hundreds of thousands of followers; she’s even been offered a TV deal. But Coretta has a secret. She hasn’t been writing all her own posts… “Little White Lies is a hilarious, righteous, and page-turning coming-of-age story. Imagine Judy Blume meets Candace Bushnell meets Harper Lee all in one novel.”  —Dorian Warren, host of MSNBC’s Nerding Out 9780385734905_85e39KISSES AND LIES by Lian Tanner; Ages 14 and up After discovering that someone saw what looked like Dan’s emergency EpiPen in A-lister Plum’s designer handbag, Scarlett and her tough American sidekick, Taylor, sneak into a posh London nightclub, where Plum has a private table. Scarlett is stunned to discover a piece of evidence that might implicate another girl in Plum’s exclusive circle. Which means Scarlett must cast a wider net in order to catch the right suspect.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Lies
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There’s a Book for That: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

read across americaHappy Birthday Dr. Seuss! In honor of the occasion, The National Education Association established Read Across America twenty years ago. The annual reading motivation and awareness program calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of the beloved expand
children’s author who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on this day in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904. Special reading parties are taking place in libraries, schools and bookstores across the country. Penguin Random House and Read Across America offer parents, children, librarians and teachers resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year – check them out here. We recommend the following titles to learn about the man and enjoy his timeless, ageless classics:   9780394800769_b9edeHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Bigger than New Year’s, the Fourth of July, and Halloween all rolled into one, birthdays are for celebrating with Dr. Seuss in his first all-color picture book, Happy Birthday to You! Fly with the Great Birthday Bird in this fantastical commemoration of YOU! And make the most of your special day, which only comes once a year! “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” The ultimate birthday gift for ages one to 101—from the one and only Dr. Seuss!   9780449810866_62352THE CAT IN THE HAT Cat fanciers rejoice! Available for the first time is a picture book-size, jacketed edition of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss—the classic, deliciously anarchic story of a giant cat in a hat whose unexpected arrival turns a dull, rainy day into a madcap adventure. Although written for beginning readers, The Cat in the Hat makes an ideal read-aloud for children of all ages. Highly collectible, it’s a purr-fect gift for Seuss fans of all ages!   9780679805274_bc4a8OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.   9780394823379THE LORAX Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever.   9780394551906_09026YOU’RE ONLY OLD ONCE!: A BOOK FOR OBSOLETE CHILDREN: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION With his unmistakable rhymes and signature illustration style, Dr. Seuss creates a classic picture-book ode to aging in You’re Only Old Once! On a visit to “the Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair,” readers will laugh with familiar horror at the poking and prodding and testing and ogling that go hand in hand with the dreaded appellation of “senior citizen.” Though Dr. Seuss is known for his peerless work in books for children, this comical look at what it’s like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years.   9780375822483THE SEUSS, THE WHOLE SEUSS AND NOTHING BUT THE SEUSS: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY OF THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL by Charles Cohen; Ages 8 to 12 Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and a madcap menagerie of the best-loved children’s characters of all time, stands alone as the preeminent figure of children’s literature. But Geisel was a private man who was happier at the drawing table than he was across from any reporter or would-be biographer. Under the thoughtful scrutiny of Charles D. Cohen, Geisel’s lesser known works yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century’s most original thinkers.   9780448455853WHO WAS DR. SEUSS? By Janet Pascal, Nancy Harrison; Ages 8 to 12 Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality. He often threw dinner parties where guests wore outrageous hats! And he donned quirky hats when thinking up ideas for books- like his classic The Cat in the Hat. This biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout, brings an amazingly gifted author/illustrator to life.   9780375810619_c760cYOUR FAVORITE SEUSS From his very first book to his very last book, here in one big volume are 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, everyone’s favorites. All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry StreetHorton Hears a Who!McElligot’s PoolIf I Ran the ZooHappy Birthday to You!Dr. Seuss’s Sleep BookYertle the TurtleThe Cat in the HatHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!Green Eggs and HamThe LoraxThe Sneetches, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!   9780553508413_1ea66SEUSS-ISMS! A GUIDE TO LIFE FOR THOSE JUST STARTING OUT…AND THOSE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes. With over sixty pages of cherished Seuss art and quotes from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and many more, this humorous and inspiring collection is, indeed, perfect for those just starting out…or those who are already on their way!   9781524716356_0d254GERALD MCBOING BOING by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Mel Crawford They say it all started when Gerald was two— That’s the age kids start talking—least, most of them do. Well, when he started talking, you know what he said? He didn’t talk words— he went boing boing instead! So goes the hilarious tale of a boy who was a little bit different—a tale that only Dr. Seuss could create. Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture!   For more on these and other Seuss titles visit the collection: Dr. Seuss Read Across America 2017

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

evictedBarnes & Noble announced the winners of its 2016 Discover Great New Writers Awards and Matthew Desmond won the nonfiction honor for EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown/Broadway).  He was awarded a cash prize of $30,000 and will receive a full year of marketing and merchandising support from the bookseller. expand
This year’s second-place winners were Yaa Gyasi for HOMEGOING (Alfred A. Knopf) in fiction, and Hope Jahren for LAB GIRL (Alfred A. Knopf) in nonfiction. Each runner-up writer was awarded a $15,000 cash prize. Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers.
Yaa Gyasi and Hope Jahren

Yaa Gyasi and Hope Jahren

The Discover Great New Writers Awards are presented annually in recognition of literary excellence. The six finalists were chosen by two panels of noted authors from the 42 titles handpicked by Barnes & Noble booksellers for the Discover Great New Writers program in 2016. Previous winners of the annual Discover Awards include a number of Penguin Random House authors, among them: Mia Alvar for IN THE COUNTRY: Stories (Vintage) and Jill Leovy for GHETTOSIDE: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), both in 2015; Evie Wyld for ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING (Vintage) for 2014; Anthony Marra for A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA (Hogarth) and Justin St. Germain for SON OF A GUN (Random House), both in 2013. Additional information about the 2016 Discover Award program, winners and judges can be found at www.bn.com/discover.

DEAR IJEAWELE #WeShouldAllBeFeminists Social Media Campaign: How to Participate

womens dayChimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new book, DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS, is being published by Alfred A. Knopf the week of International Women’s Day. DEAR IJEAWELE is a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter from one friend to another. expand
In the spirit of Ms. Adichie’s call that “we should all be feminists,” Penguin Random House is launching a social media campaign on March 8, asking colleagues to take photos of themselves and friends holding posters featuring quotes from DEAR IJEAWELE. Here is a selection from the book:
  • “Because you are a girl” is never a reason for anything. Ever.
 
  • Femininity and feminism are not mutually exclusive.
 
  • When there is true equality, resentment doesn’t exist.
 
  • I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop.
 
  • Teach her to love books
  When making posters, please include this attribution: –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, DEAR IJEAWELE Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThen, on International Women’s Day, March 8, post your photo on social media (and feel free to repost others’ photos) using the hashtag #WeShouldAllBeFeminists. Ms. Adichie is also the bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists A few years ago, she received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. DEAR IJEAWELE is Ms. Adichie’s letter of response.

Our American Academy of Arts and Letters Honorees

American Academy of Arts and LettersThe newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 2017 include 6 authors published by Penguin Random House: Junot Diaz, Edward Hirsch, Ursula K. LeGuin and Column McCann in the Literature sector, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (from Nigeria) and Zadie Smith (from England) as Foreign Honorary Members.  expand
arts and lettersThe “Class of 2017” will be honored in mid-May when the Academy holds its annual induction and award ceremony, during which Calvin Trillin, secretary, will induct 14 members into the 250-person organization and president Yehudi Wyner will induct three Foreign Honorary Members. An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of awards will be on view from May 18 to June 11. See the full list of 2017 Academy members here. The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Founding members include William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder, and Woodrow Wilson. In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to “foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts” by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.

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

news-company-default-thumb-300x150(February 28, 2017)— Penguin Random House is pleased to announce that it will publish forthcoming books by former President of the United States Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle announced today that the company has acquired world publication rights for two books, to be written by expand
President and Mrs. Obama respectively. Terms of the agreement, in which the authors were represented by Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly, were not disclosed. In support of the mission of The Obama Foundation and Penguin Random House's own commitment to social responsibility, the company will donate one million books in the Obama family's name to First Book, a longstanding Penguin Random House non-profit partner and the Washington, DC-based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative, Open eBooks. First Book is dedicated to promoting equal access to education by providing new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need in the United States and Canada. Consistent with their past practice, the Obamas also plan to donate a significant portion of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation. Markus Dohle said: "We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs. Obama. With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same. Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance."  
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Riverhead’s Rebecca Saletan on EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

exit westThis week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, one of the most anticipated books of 2017. Riverhead Vice President & Editorial Director Rebecca Saletan, Mohsin’s longtime editor, shares her insights: “I have had the enormous privilege of publishing Mohsin Hamid for the entire span of expand
his extraordinary writing life, some twenty years now. He has the rare and precious gift, never more evident than in this new book, of being able not only to see into the future but to imagine, in the shape of real human lives, plausible and humane alternatives to the dark places where our worst impulses could lead us.”
Mohsin Hamid. Photo by Jillian Edelstein

Mohsin Hamid. Photo by Jillian Edelstein

From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, EXIT WEST goes on sale from Riverhead Books on March 7 and is an astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees — and the impossible choices that follow — as they’re driven from their homes to the uncertain embrace of new lands.  Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, this book tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. EXIT WEST is the #1 Indie Next Pick for March and has been lauded with tremendous advance praise. Here is a sampling: “Mohsin Hamid’s dynamic yet lapidary books have all explored the convulsive changes overtaking the world…His compelling new novel, EXIT WEST, is no exception…Writing in spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy….Hamid does a harrowing job of conveying what it is like to leave behind family members, and what it means to leave home, which, however dangerous or oppressive it’s become, still represents everything that is familiar and known.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[A] thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrant… [A] wry, intelligent novel… brilliantly managed… Hamid’s cautious, even fastidious prose makes the sudden flashes of social breakdown all the more affecting,” the author continues. “Evading the lure of both the utopian and the dystopian, Exit West makes some rough early sketches of the world that must come if we (or is it ‘you’?) are to avoid walling out the rest of the human race in the 21st century.” –The Financial Times “Writers should be wise, and Hamid is wiser than many… No novel is really about the cliche called ‘the human condition,’ but good novels expose and interpret the particular condition of the humans in their charge, and this is what Hamid has achieved here.” –The Washington Post “Hamid’s prose powerfully evokes the violence and anxiety of lives lived ‘under the drone-crossed sky.’ But his whimsical framing of the situation offers a hopeful metaphor for the future as the ‘natives’ come to accept their new neighbors.” –TIME Magazine

On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur On Sale This Week feature previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves. expand
FICTION 9780812998542EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US by Yoojin Grace Wuertz (Random House) Two young women of vastly different means each struggle to find her own way during the darkest hours of South Korea’s “economic miracle” in a striking debut novel for readers of Anthony Marra and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. In this sweeping yet intimate debut, Yoojin Grace Wuertz details four intertwining lives that are rife with turmoil and desire, private anxieties and public betrayals, dashed hopes and broken dreams—while a nation moves toward prosperity at any cost. 9780399562518THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL by Charlie Lovett (Viking) Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library’s manuscripts, Arthur’s tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books—and a fellow Grail fanatic. 9781101883082LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly (Ballantine) Now out in paperback, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. The lives of three women Kasia, Caroline and Herta, are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. 9781101991121WINDY CITY BLUES by Renée Rosen (Berkley) In the middle of the twentieth century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History. But, for Leeba Groski, Chess Records was just where she worked. Leeba doesn’t exactly fit in, but her passion for music is not lost on her neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offers her a job at his new record company. With their relationship unwelcome in segregated Chicago and the two of them shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox Jewish family, Leeba and Red soon find themselves in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they discover that, in times of struggle, music can bring people together. NONFICTION 9780307700278ROBERT LOWELL, SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE by Kay Redfield Jamison (Knopf) In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell put his manic-depressive illness (now known as bipolar disorder) into the public domain, creating a language for madness that was new and arresting. As Dr. Jamison brings her expertise in mood disorders to bear on Lowell’s story, she illuminates not only the relationships among mania, depression, and creativity but also the details of Lowell’s treatment and how illness and treatment influenced the great work that he produced. Jamison had unprecedented access to Lowell’s medical records, as well as to previously unpublished drafts and fragments of poems, and she is the first biographer to have spoken with his daughter, Harriet Lowell. With this new material and a psychologist’s deep insight, Jamison delivers a bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was—both despite and because of mental illness—a passionate, original observer of the human condition. 9780385540414TO BE A MACHINE by Mark O’Connell (Doubleday) Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our biology—our senses, intelligence, and lifespans—in the hopes that, with technology, we can become something better, something other, than ourselves. Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not only for our offices and homes, but for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm?  Addressing these questions and more, O’Connell presents a thoughtful, provocative, often hilarious look at a growing movement. In investigating what it means to be a machine, he offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human. 9781594206337THE BRAIN DEFENSE by Kevin Davis (Penguin Press) In 1991, the police were called to East 72nd St. in Manhattan, where a woman’s body had fallen from a twelfth-story window. The woman’s husband, Herbert Weinstein, soon confessed to having hit and strangled his wife after an argument, then dropping her body out of their apartment window to make it look like a suicide. The 65-year-old Weinstein, a quiet, unassuming retired advertising executive, had no criminal record, no history of violent behavior—not even a short temper. How, then, to explain this horrific act? Journalist Kevin Davis uses the perplexing story of the Weinstein murder to present a riveting, deeply researched exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice. 9780553459746BACK POCKET PASTA by Colu Henry (Clarkson Potter) As much a mindset as it is a cookbook, BACK POCKET PASTAshows how a well-stocked kitchen and a few seasonal ingredients can be the driving force behind delicious, simply prepared meals. Pantry staples—a handful of items to help you up your dinner game—give you a head start come 6pm, so you can start cooking in your head on the way home from work. For instance, if you know that you have a tin of anchovies, a hunk of parmesan, and panko bread crumbs, you can pick up fresh kale to make Tuscan Kale “Caesar” Pasta. Or if you have capers, red pepper flakes, and a lemon, you can make Linguine with Quick Chili Oil. YOUNG READERS 978039955625810 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Think positive. Don’t worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver. Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. 9780451476241A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho (Viking Books for Young Readers) Finley and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates. Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her loved ones—and herself—at risk. 9780553537895LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin (Schwartz & Wade) When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? 9780670013081WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD by Rachel Vail (Viking Books for Young Readers) Gracie has never felt like this before.  One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything—and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J. But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.’s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She’s had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best. It’s all good. Well, almost all. She’s trying.

#FridayReads: Twin Lit

fridayreadstnailWe’ve noticed a recurrent theme in new novels’ characters… twins.  From the eerie to the humorous to the poignant, and whether you have a twin or not, the following books are sure to fascinate: expand
    9780399588853_6b860DEAD LETTERS by Caite Dolan-Leach In this sharp and clever debut novel of suspense, a young woman—presumed dead—leaves a series of clues for her twin sister, which leads her on a scavenger-hunt-like quest to solve the mystery of her disappearance.   9780385541671_dd348HEY HARRY, HEY MATILDA by Rachel Hulin Hey Harry, Hey Matilda is the story—told entirely in hilarious emails—of fraternal twins Harry and Matilda Goodman as they fumble into adulthood, telling lies and keeping secrets, and finally confronting their complicated twinship.   9780812996395_cd012ARROWOOD by Laura McHugh Arrowood is the most ornate and beautiful of the grand historical houses that line the Mississippi river in southern Iowa where the days are long and humid and communities are small and closed. It has its own secrets and ghostly presence: it’s where two small twin girls were abducted twenty years previously – never to be seen again…   9781101903537_d6108ELEANOR by Jason Gurley Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esmerelda’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters and Eleanor is forced to grow up quickly as she becomes the target of her mother’s grief-fueled rage. Years pass, and at fifteen, Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in inexplicable ways.   9780142425763_97388I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson Ages 14 And Up The Printz Medal winner and Stonewall Honor book! At thirteen, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and harbors has a crush on the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does all the talking for both of them. At sixteen, they are barely speaking. In between, something has happened to wreck the twins in different yet equally devastating ways.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Twin Lit

Our 4 2017 PEN Literary Awards Winners

PEN-America-logo-2016PEN America, the U.S. chapter of the world’s leading international literary-human rights organization, has announced the winners in selected categories for its 2017 Literary Awards, with titles published by Penguin Random House imprints winning for nonfiction, diversity, science and sports writing: expand
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction PEN winnersEVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown) PEN Open Book Award WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead Books) PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award PATIENT H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich (Random House) PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing INDENTURED: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocero and  Ben Strauss (Portfolio) Warm congratulations to all of our award-winning authors, their editors and publishers. To view the complete winners’ list announced today, click here. Additional 2017 PEN America Literary Awards recipients will be revealed at the PEN Ceremony March 27 at The New School’s Auditorium in NYC. PEN/Jean Stein Book Award KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS by Teju Cole (Random House) THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar (Random House) DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of The Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (Doubleday) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books) HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi  (Alfred A Knopf) PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS by Teju Cole (Random House)

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

The Dinner trailerBased on Herman Koch’s bestselling novel, THE DINNER, published by Hogarth, this upcoming cinematic thriller directed by Oren Moverman is a darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal. Starring Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney and Steve expand
Coogan, the film had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 10 and is scheduled to be released on May 5 by The Orchard, a Sony Music Entertainment company. Watch the trailer: First published in the fall of 2013, THE DINNER was heralded as “a European GONE GIRL” byThe Wall Street Journal.  Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, the narrative reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
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There’s a Book for That: The Oscars!

tabftLights, camera, action! The 89th Academy Awards show is this Sunday, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Oscar buzz has been in the air for months. As is often the case, many of the contenders are films based on books, and many have already won awards this season. This year, Penguin Random house has the lion’s share of adapted titles with nominees in best expand
picture and best documentary categories. Movie fans, we invite you to compliment your viewing with some cinematic reading… NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE: 9780735216686_c42dbFENCES by August Wilson Now a Major Motion Picture directed by, and starring, Denzel Washington alongside Viola Davis. As a play, Fences won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. “In his work, Mr. Wilson depicted the struggles of black Americans with uncommon lyrical richness, theatrical density and emotional heft, in plays that give vivid voices to people on the frayed margins of life.”—The New York Times   9780525433675_58d39ARRIVAL by Ted Chiang Arrival is the movie tie-in edition of the book previously published as Stories of Your Life and Others, one of the most award-winning science-fiction collections of all time. The movie stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.   9780399584695_25b24LION by Saroo Brierley First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestsellerA Long Way Home. Now it’s “Lion”, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards! This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again…   9780425291764_06892LION: A LONG WAY HOME YOUNG READERS’ EDITION by Saroo Brierley On Sale February 28, 2017; Ages 10 And Up The young readers’ edition of the true story that inspired the film. When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost hometown half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.   NOMINATED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY: 9780525434696_1f767I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck by James Baldwin, Raoul Peck Each line of narration in Raoul Peck’s remarkable film I Am Not Your Negro is taken directly from Baldwin’s writings, letters, and interviews, or video clips featuring him. The film’s starting point is the most famous book Baldwin never wrote: in his final years, he had begun work on a book about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before.   For more on all editions of these titles visit the collection: Oscar 2017 Tie-ins

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

henriettalacks2Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne and Renée Elise Goldsberry star in the HBO adaptation of the Crown/Broadway Books New York Times bestseller, THE IMMORTAl LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot. A trailer has been released to promote the HBO Films’ April 22 premiere.  expand
The biopic tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (played by Ms. Goldsberry of Hamilton fame), the black woman whose cells — which were harvested without her permission as she lay dying from cancer in 1951 — led to the discovery of the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. The story is told through the eyes of her daughter Deborah (Winfrey), who teams up with Ms. Skloot (Byrne) to learn about the mother she never knew. George C. Wolfe, who adapted and directed the film, told Entertainment Weekly: “The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition. This woman’s cells helped heal the planet, yet her children were suffering. They didn’t know their mother’s story, even though they were living in the shadows of Johns Hopkins. I found that dichotomy incredibly moving.” Watch the trailer here. Last fall, Ms. Skloot’s book also sparked a group of Oakland, California middle school students to produce and star in a rap video that took social media by storm. Read about the phenomenon in our story: Must-Watch Rap Video by Middle Schoolers Inspired by Rebecca Skloot’s Bestseller

Andy Ward on George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

George Saunders book buzzAndy Ward, Vice President, Editor in Chief, Random House, offers insights into the editing of this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection, George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO:  “I’d be lying if I said I had any idea what a novel by George Saunders would look like. This is a guy who was fiercely devoted to the short story expand
form – who once actually said, ‘A novel is a story that hasn’t figured out how to be short yet.’ But then, one day in September 2015, the draft appeared in my inbox, with a simple message: ‘Here it is.’ I opened the file. It was … historical fiction. It was … a story told by ghosts … in a swirling chorus of voices, oral-history style … unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night in 1862 … starring Abraham Lincoln and his recently departed, 11-year-old son, Willie… a novel that blended fiction and nonfiction. But given that it’s George, I can’t say I was surprised. Thrilled is probably the better word. Thrilled by the formal innovation, the total commitment to the idea, and the central story of a father trying to come to terms with the loss of his beloved son.”
George Saunders

George Saunders

In a New York Times Book Review cover review of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, Penguin Random House author Colson Whitehead wrote, in part, “It’s a very pleasing thing to watch a writer you have enjoyed for years reach an even higher level of achievement. To observe him or her consolidate strengths, share with us new reserves of talent and provide the inspiration that can only come from a true artist charting hidden creative territory. George Saunders pulled that trick off with Tenth of December…. How gratifying and unexpected that he has repeated the feat with Lincoln in the Bardo, his first novel and a luminous feat of generosity and humanism…. Here is a crucible for a heroic American identity: fearful but unflagging; hopeful even in tragedy; staggering, however tentatively, toward a better world. The father must say goodbye to his son, the son must say goodbye to the father. Abraham Lincoln must stop being the father to a lost boy and assume his role as a father to a nation, one on the brink of cataclysm.” More praise has been heaped on Mr. Saunders and LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. Here is a small sampling: “Opening a George Saunders book feels like falling into a lucid dream: a world so fantastically vivid and strange that it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to wake up and find some new, untraceable stamp on your passport. A master of the short form for more than two decades, Saunders has finally produced his first full length novel — though that word hardly begins to convey the literary wonder contained within its pages, an extraordinary alchemy of free-verse ghost story, tender father-son devotional, and backdoor presidential biography….wild high-wire pastiche. He’s always been a dazzlingly clever voice in fiction, but Bardo is something else: a heartfelt marvel, sad and funny and surreal.” — Entertainment Weekly “A stunning depiction of the sixteenth President’s psyche … witty and garrulous … Saunders does a fine job—and has a fine time—quickening his little necropolis to literary life…These are the voices of fiction, not history, but they are also the voices of history still having to be made, with whatever hopelessness, in whatever time.”—New Yorker “A brilliant, Buddhist reimagining of an American story of great loss and great love… Saunders has risen an unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative, all twined around the luminous cord connecting a father and son and backlit by a nation engulfed in fire.”—Elle In case you missed it, check out this recent feature: Nearly 60 Colleagues Featured on George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO Random House Audio Title

On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur On Sale This Week feature previews a selection of Penguin Random House fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young readers books being published each week. The choices are a mix of titles by both bestselling and emerging authors. We hope this serves as a useful reference for hot new reads hitting shelves everywhere. expand
FICTION 9781101988299I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh (Berkley) The author of the New York Times bestseller I LET YOU GO propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world. Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her. And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move. 9780451495112THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE by Mariana Enriquez (Hogarth) THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE is an arresting collection of 12 short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina. From women who set themselves on fire in protest of domestic violence to angst-ridden teenage girls, friends until death do they part, to street kids and social workers, young women bored of their husbands or boyfriends, to a nine-year-old serial killer of babies and a girl who pulls out her nails and eyelids in the classroom, to hikikomori, abandoned houses, black magic, northern Argentinean superstition, disappearances, crushes, heartbreak, regret and compassion. 9780735222663THE SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS: A Novel by J.M. Coetzee (Viking) Davíd is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new town, Estrella. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. But he’ll be seven soon and he should be at school. And so, with the guidance of the three sisters who own the farm where Simón and Inés work, Davíd is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It’s here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it’s here, too, that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of. In this mesmerizing allegorical tale, Coetzee deftly grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a “parent,” the constant battle between intellect and emotion and how we choose to live our lives. 9780399588853DEAD LETTERS by Caite Dolan-Leach (Random House) Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava renounces her terribly practical undergraduate degree, acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. Two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead. Even in a family of alcoholics, Zelda Antipova was the wild one, notorious for her mind games and destructive behavior. Stuck tending the vineyard and the girls’ increasingly unstable mother, Zelda was allegedly burned alive when she passed out in the barn with a lit cigarette. But Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. A little too Zelda. Then she receives a cryptic message—from her sister. Just as Ava suspected, Zelda’s playing one of her games. In fact, she’s outdone herself, leaving a series of clues about her disappearance. NONFICTION 9780804136549THE INKBLOTS by Damion Searls (Crown) In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see. In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test’s creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance—and what it all reveals about the power of perception. 9780385351997OTHER PEOPLE by David Shields (Knopf) An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation. Can one person know another person? How do we live through other people? Is it possible to fill the gap between people? If not, can art fill that gap? Grappling with these questions, David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. 9780399589096DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li (Random House) Yiyun Li grew up in China and has spent her adult life as an immigrant in a country not her own. She has been a scientist, an author, a mother, a daughter—and through it all she has been sustained by a profound connection with the writers and books she loves. From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Søren Kierkegaard and Philip Larkin, Dear Friend is a journey through the deepest themes that bind these writers together. Interweaving personal experiences with a wide-ranging homage to her most cherished literary influences, Yiyun Li confronts the two most essential questions of her identity: Why write? And why live? 9780143129356THE LEADING BRAIN by Friederike Fabritius and Hans W. Hagemann (TarcherPerigee) There’s a revolution taking place that most businesses are still unaware of. The understanding of how our brains work has radically shifted, exploding long-held myths about our everyday cognitive performance and fundamentally changing the way we engage and succeed in the workplace. Based on the authors’ popular leadership programs, which have been delivered to tens of thousands of leaders all over the world, this clear, insightful, and engaging book will help both individuals and teams perform at their maximum potential, delivering extraordinary results. POETRY 9780345806840TEN WINDOWS: How Great Poems Transform the World by Jane Hirshfield (Knopf) “Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds some of the ways this is done–by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language’s own acts of discovery; by the powers of image, statement, music, and feeling to enlarge in every direction. Closely reading poems by Dickinson, Bashō, Szymborska, Cavafy, Heaney, Bishop, and Komunyakaa, among others, Hirshfield reveals how poetry’s world-making takes place: word by charged word. 9780345806857THE BEAUTY by Jane Hirshfield (Knopf) The Beauty opens with a series of dappled, ranging “My” poems–“My Skeleton,” “My Corkboard,” “My Species,” “My Weather”–in which Hirshfield uses materials both familiar and unexpected to explore the magnitude, singularity, and permeability of our shared existence. Of her memory, she writes, “Like the small soaps and shampoos / a traveler brings home / then won’t use, / you, memory, / almost weightless / this morning inside me.” With a pen faithful to the actual yet dipped at times in the ink of the surreal, Hirshfield cuts, as always, directly to the heart of human experience. YOUNG READERS 9780399174346STEPPIN’ OUT by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie DePaola (Nancy Paulsen Books) Being a preschooler means days full of discovery every time you step out of your door. It’s a time filled with wonder, at all the sights and sounds of the outdoors and at the huge variety of people there are to meet. This collection of nineteen original poems features little ones eager to explore, whether it’s splashing in puddles, riding in an elevator or through a car wash, or visiting the library. They go full-steam ahead to the park, the beach, and dance class, somewhat begrudgingly learn to share and get their first haircut, and enjoy lots of time with their families. Full of contagious rhythm and rhyme, this inviting picture book introduces young children to the sounds of poetry through familiar childhood activities. 9780553496901OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST by Susin Nielsen (Wendy Lamb Books) Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you. The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class with a small group of fellow misfits. Then a new boy, Jacob, appears at school and in her therapy group. He seems so normal and confident, though he has a prosthetic arm; and soon he teams up with Petula on a hilarious project, gradually inspiring her to let go of some of her fears. But as the two grow closer, a hidden truth behind why he’s in the group could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. 9780425287590EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED by Danielle Younge-Ullman (Viking Books for Young Readers) Wild meets The Breakfast Club in this story of a girl who must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams. Then: Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.Now: Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her. 9780399549816THE DRAGON’S PRICE (A TRANSFERENCE NOVEL) by Bethany Wiggins (Crown Books for Young Readers) When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon. Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying. As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan.

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

LBF awardsThe London Book Fair has announced that the recipient of the LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 will be Luiz Schwarcz, Publisher of Penguin Random House’s Brazilian sister publisher, Companhia das Letras. Mr. Schwarcz is one of the most commercially successful and culturally influential figures in expand
Brazilian publishing. He co-founded Companhia das Letras, with his wife, the historian and anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, in 1986. Since then, it has made a profound and unique contribution to book publishing in Brazil, having published over 5,000 titles across fiction and nonfiction. In October 2016, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary; and according to Nielsen’s report that year the Companhia das Letras Group held the largest market share of trade publishing in Brazil. Luiz SchwarczLuiz Schwarcz “I feel deeply honored,” said Mr. Schwarcz, “and also humbled to receive the news that I have been granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by The London Book Fair. Honored to be part of this incredible group of publishers that includes some of my heroes. And humbled as I always think that part of my job is to help authors to be awarded and that all the prizes should go to them. I am particularly happy to have my name next to Deborah Rogers’, one of my greatest friends in publishing and whom I admire and deeply miss. I consider that the award is for all the people who helped me to build Companhia das Letras.” The London Book Fair’s Advisory Board, under the chairmanship of David Roche, Non-Executive Chair, The London Book Fair, voted for Mr. Schwarcz from a shortlist of international publishing figures. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a truly significant mark in the sphere of global publishing. It is open to publishers, agents, editors, scouts and anyone else involved in international publishing from any country in the world. Last year the award was presented to Baroness Gail Rebuck DBE, Chair, Penguin Random House UK Board. The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be presented at the International Excellence Awards on March 14 in London.
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TV Adaptation of Berkley’s BIG LITTLE LIES to Premiere on HBO This Sunday

big little lies HBOThe highly anticipated television adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s #1 New York Times bestseller, BIG LITTLE LIES, premieres on HBO this Sunday as a limited series. New episodes will air every Sunday for the following six weeks. Berkley’s trade paperback and mass market tie-in editions went on sale February 7.

The all-star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Adam Scott and Zoë Kravitz. David E. Kelley (L.A. Law, The Practice, Ally McBeal) created the series and wrote the pilot episode.

Watch the BIG LITTLE LIES trailer here.

Krysten Ritter to Write Debut Novel for Crown Archetype

crown archetypeCrown Archetype, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, has announced that it will publish BONFIRE, a debut psychological suspense novel by actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter, best known for her starring roles in the award-winning Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and cult favorite Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, as well as her critically acclaimed role on AMC’s Breaking Bad.  expand
The announcement was made by Crown Archetype Vice President and Editorial Director Tricia Boczkowski. The book will be released simultaneously in the United States and Canada in print and digital formats on November 7, 2017. Crown Archetype Executive Editor Jennifer Schuster acquired North American, electronic book, audio, and first-serial rights from Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management on behalf of Paper Lantern Lit, and will edit the book. Said Ms. Boczkowski, “While many know Krysten Ritter for her acting, the publication of BONFIRE will showcase her prowess as a contemporary storyteller. In this terrific first novel, Ritter has crafted a smart and fast-paced read that includes all the hallmarks of great thriller writing: tension, suspense, and a strong female protagonist. We’re thrilled to be publishing her debut novel.”
Krysten Ritter.  Photo by Bailey Taylor

Krysten Ritter. Photo by Bailey Taylor

Said Ms. Ritter, “As a huge fan of psychological suspense novels, I was so thrilled to take on the challenge of writing my first book. This was an exciting opportunity for me to explore a character journey and really get inside the head of my protagonist, a process that has a lot in common with how I prepare to play a role.” Informed by real-life instances of local conspiracy, BONFIRE is a multilayer psychological thriller about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption. Twenty-eight-year-old Abby Williams returns to her small hometown after a ten-year absence as an environmental lawyer sent to investigate Optimal Plastics, the town’s largest company and economic heart, accused of illegal dumping of toxic chemicals in local water. Abby’s findings lead her to revisit the town’s biggest scandal—the disappearance of a girl who had been one of Abby’s prime torturers in high school. As Abby tries to find out what really happened all those years ago, she unearths an even more disturbing secret, the scope of which is far bigger and more twisted than she could have imagined. With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, BONFIRE is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past? Growing up on a small-town farm in rural Pennsylvania, Ms. Ritter started her career in front of the camera as a model at fifteen years old. Her body of work has subsequently spanned film, television, theater, writing, producing, music, and fashion design. Ritter’s work in film includes Big Eyes, Listen Up Philip, Life Happens, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and She’s Out of My League. She is the founder of Silent Machine, a production company that aims to highlight complex female protagonists. BONFIRE is her first book.

#FridayReads: Presidents’ Day

FridayReadsPresDayOn Monday, February 20th we honor Presidents’ Day. Established in 1885, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. The History Channel tells us the holiday was traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual birthday—but became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act:“an attempt expand
to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers…Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.” We hope you enjoy this distinctive collection of presidential fiction and nonfiction – new and notable:   9780812995343_73f0aLINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A NOVEL by George Saunders The captivating first novel by George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil.   9781594749353_d3dd2SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS: STRANGE STORIES AND SHOCKING TRIVIA FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE by Cormac O’Brien This updated and redesigned edition of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents features outrageous and uncensored profiles of our commanders in chief—complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts.   9780143119968WASHINGTON: A LIFE by Ron Chernow The Pulitzer Prize-winning portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of Alexander Hamilton, the biography that inspired the musical. Chernow’s biography provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9781465458537_5a365THE PRESIDENTS VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA  (DK Children’s); Ages 9 to 12 A visual reference guide for kids that presents a unique insight into the lives of each one of the 45 presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Donald Trump. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution. Kids can explore the lives of America’s 45 presidents, as well as notable first ladies, famous speeches, and major constitutional events.   9780375844997_48079GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY: A MOSTLY TRUE TALE by Margaret McNamara, Illustrated by Barry Blitt; Ages 4 to 8 A perfect President’s Day picture book biography from award-winning author Margaret McNamara and New Yorker artist Barry Blitt comes this partly true and completely funny story of George Washington’s 7th birthday. In this clever approach to history, readers will discover the truths and myths about George Washington.   9780147517982_396e7LOOKING AT LINCOLN by Maira Kalman; Ages 5 to 8 Who was Lincoln really? This little girl wants to find out. She discovers, among other things, that our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all; had a dog named Fido; loved Mozart, apples, and his wife’s vanilla cake; and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Maira Kalman shares Lincoln’s remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.   For more on these and related titles visit: PRESIDENTS’ DAY

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

ALA SJPThe American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid expand
reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central. As honorary chair, Ms. Parker will provide a selection of recommended titles for Book Club Central throughout the year. She will unveil her inaugural pick at the official launch of Book Club Central, which will take place during the President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago on Saturday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. at McCormick Place West. “I can’t think of anyone more perfect than Sarah Jessica Parker to be the American Library Association chair of Book Club Central,” said ALA President Julie Todaro. “Ms. Parker is an advocate for libraries and literacy issues, has served on a Presidential Task Force to integrate literature and drama into schools, has experience starting a book club, is the Editorial Director of a new line of books: SJP for Hogarth, and is – most importantly – a lifelong reader who shares her love of reading with others. The ALA is lucky to be able to share Ms. Parker’s passion and expertise with book clubs and readers everywhere.” Said Ms. Parker, “From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf. It is a great honor and privilege to partner with the American Library Association and Book Club Central. I’m thrilled to help champion original voices for dedicated readers as well as for a new generation, supporting libraries in what they do best.” WebMs. Parker recently launched SJP for Hogarth in partnership with Molly Stern, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, Crown Archetype, and Three Rivers Press. SJP for Hogarth will selectively publish high-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voice with critical and commercial promise. In this new role, Ms. Parker will be involved in all aspects of the publication process, from their selection and acquisition to cover design and promotion with her vision providing the editorial foundation for each publication. Libraries and librarians are champions of reading and fostering love of books. Whether it’s through early literacy programs for children, one-on-one tutoring or community-wide reading initiatives known as “One Book, One Community,” libraries and librarians are transforming lives through reading and lifelong learning. According to Pew Research, more than 78 percent of Americans believe that libraries are effective at promoting literacy and love of reading. Book Club Central is being designed to provide the public with the very best in reading. Book Club Central partners include Booklist, the book review magazine of the ALA, and United for Libraries, a division of the ALA.  

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

Philip PullmanThe highly-anticipated news of Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST release date is now official, with Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers to publish the book on October 19, 2017. The Associated Press announced the news with this article, Pullman Reveals ‘His Dark Materials’ expand
Follow-Up, featuring an exclusive interview with Mr. Pullman. Here is an excerpt: For readers and booksellers, this is news to rival the discovery of a new Harry Potter story. “His Dark Materials” has sold more than 17.5 million copies around the world. It spawned a Hollywood movie, The Golden Compass, and a hit stage adaptation. The new book begins a decade before the start of the original trilogy, but Mr. Pullman says it is not a prequel. Nor is it a sequel. Mr. Pullman prefers to call it an “equel,” or companion story. “The first part will deal with something that happened when Lyra was less than 1 year old,” he said. “So in that sense she’s the center of the story, but she’s not actually an agent in the story. She is acted upon, so to speak, by other people who are very important. The second part, which will come out later, will deal with events when Lyra is about 20.” Read the full AP article here. NPR’s Morning Edition is airing an approximately 10-minute taped interview, Author Philip Pullman Announces A Follow-Up Trilogy To ‘His Dark Materials’.  Access it here.
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Nearly 60 Colleagues Featured on George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO Random House Audio Title

george saunders2An unprecedented cast of 166 different voices narrate the Random House Audio edition of LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, the first novel by George Saunders, bestselling author of TENTH OF DECEMBER and a National Book Award nominee. Nearly 60 Penguin Random House colleagues (scroll down to see the list of names) are featured as part of the audiobook cast, led expand
by such award-winning actors as Nick Offerman, Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Bill Hader and Rainn Wilson. A number of musicians, fellow authors, Saunders’ family and friends also participated. Kelly Gildea directed and produced this audiobook. Random House publishes the hardcover and eBook editions. lincolnUnfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices both living and dead, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is an exploration of struggle, death, love and the powers of good and evil. On February 22, 1862, a grief-stricken Abraham Lincoln visits the crypt where his eleven-year-old son was just laid to rest so that he might hold his boy’s body once more. LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is a story told in a thrilling new form that features a theatrical panorama of voices, which reflect how varied the America of that time was by using high diction and low diction, along with beautifully articulate 19th century letters and obscene rants. The audiobook simulates that diversity of voice intended within the book. “I love the idea that by casting actors and non-actors,” Saunders says, “we were able to simulate that ‘I hear America singing’ notion.” Watch  this video: George Saunders on the LINCOLN IN  THE BARDO Audiobook Here is the complete list of participating Penguin Random House colleagues, preceded by the characters (in order of appearance) they gave voice to: DAVID VON DREHLE – Benjamin Dreyer MRS. KATE O’BRIEN – Barbara Fillon ANN BRIGHNEY – Mika Kasuga BERNADETTE EVON – Dhara Parikh DOLORES P. LEVENTROP – Molly Turpin I.B. BRIGG III – Greg Kubie ALBERT TRUNDLE – Lane Jantzen MAXWELL FLAGG – Richard Romaniello TYRON PHILIAN – Jeff Kenyon A SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBOR – Amanda D’Acierno SIMON WEBER – Michael Goldsmith SIMON IVERNESS – Joe Scalora BENJAMIN BROWN FRENCH – Andy Hughes MR. MAXWELL BOISE – Andy Ward JASON TUMM – Dan Musselman SOLDIER (from Bell/Trust) – Noah Eaker C.R. DEPAGE – Louise Quayle JAYNE COSTER – Hilary Redmon JAMES R. GILMORE – Ben Greenberg MARTIN P.S. RINDLAUB – Aaron Blank ROBERT WILSON – Robert Guzman F.B. CARPENTER – Peter Mendesund JOHN S. BARNES – Simon Katz JOHN WIDMER – Michael Gentile THE UTICA “HERALD” – Richard Wylde ORLANDO B. FICKLIN – Phil Stamper-Halpin JAMES MINER – Mike Murray A JOURNALIST (from Piatt) – Sean Baker HORACE WHITE – Cesar Guadamuz SENATOR JAMES HARLAN – Eric Lovaas NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE – David McLaughlin CORDELIA A.P. HARVEY – Susan Kamil CHARLES A. DANA – Patrick Billard ABRAHAM M. GORDON – Oliver Mundy EDWARD J. KEMPF – Tom Russell REV. GEORGE C. NOYES – Simon Tepas CLARK E. CARR – Bill Rood COLONEL THEODORE LYMAN – Bob Quinto W.A. CROFFUT – Henry Williams ALLEN THORNDIKE RICE – Thomas Perry DAVID LOCKE – Dan Zitt LARRY TAGG – David Weller GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN – Hugo Bressin EDWARD EVERETT – Pat Stango CONGRESSMAN CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS – David Haase TOBIAN CLEARLY – David Phethean JAMES SPICER – Greg Wilson B. MILLBANK – Robin Schiff THEODORE BLASGEN – Michael Rotondo MAUREEN H. HEDGES – Jennifer Rubins ELIZABETH TODD GRIMSLEY – Alaina Waagner LEONARD SWETT – Sam Nicholson “LINCOLN LORE” – Leigh Marchant THOMAS J. CRAUGHWELL – Jeff Weber EMILY WEDGE – Caitlin McKenna MATHILDE WILLIAMS – Avideh Bashirrad MRS. ANTOINETTE BOXER – Kelly Gildea

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

girl rising book buzzThis week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is GIRL RISING, by award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, published by Random House Children’s Books imprint Wendy Lamb Books. Created in collaboration with the makers of the film, Girl Rising, this is a stunning and important nonfiction work. The film chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, expand
allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. The book shows how educating girls in developing countries can vastly improve their quality of life in just one generation. “I had to publish this book—the topic is so important, and the stories of the girls in the stunning film by Girl Rising that inspired it are so powerful and affecting,” said Wendy Lamb, Vice President and Publishing Director, Wendy Lamb Books. “I knew that Tanya Lee Stone would find just the right approach to take the stories in the film in a new direction in her book. GIRL RISING is a call to action for America’s young people. This book has the potential to inspire readers to become a force for lasting change.” Tanya Lee Stone said, “Working on GIRL RISING changed me. It expanded my scope of the world and inspired both deep compassion and extreme awe. I was continually conscious of the comforts I take for granted while I work from my warm house, with plenty of food, clean water, and free school for my children. I am eternally grateful for the education I gained from discovering these girls and women who persevered through the darkest and direst of conditions.” In conjunction with the team behind the Girl Rising film and Ms. Stone, Random House Children’s Books launched the #MyGirlRising social media campaign last week. The goal of the campaign is to find and highlight women around the world who are making positive changes in their communities.  It’s easy to join the #MyGirlRising conversation:
  • Post a photo on Twitter and/or Instagram and nominate the inspiring girl or woman in your life.
  • For each picture posted using #MyGirlRising, @RandomHouseKids will donate $5 to @GirlRising (up to $5,000) in celebration of the new Girl Rising book and women everywhere.
  • Follow the hashtag #MyGirlRising on Twitter and Instagram.

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

united state of books globalNEW YORK, NY — February 14, 2017 — Penguin Random House introduces #UnitedStatesOfBooks, a new social initiative and ReadDown book list series that celebrates, on Instagram and penguinrandomhouse.com, the literary spirit of each of the 50 states. #UnitedStatesOfBooks takes readers on a literary tour state by state, with dedicated expand
Instagram posts that highlight a book set in each state, paired with an object that is representative of the state. Curated ReadDown book lists will offer additional reading recommendations for each state. #UnitedStatesOfBooks kicked off in January 2017, and will run through the end of the year. The states will be presented on the site during the coming months in the order in which they joined the union, having started with Delaware, and to conclude with Hawaii. Readers are encouraged to use hashtag #UnitedStatesOfBooks on Instagram to discuss their favorite books, iconic objects, and images related to each state. Related ReadDown lists for each state can be found by swiping up on an Instagram story. The states, books, and objects that have been featured to date include:   “We invite readers to join Penguin Random House on an armchair literary tour of the #UnitedStatesOfBooks to better understand the different voices, values, perspectives, and stories that make our country a unique place,” said Kristen O’Connell, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing and Social Media, at Penguin Random House. “The #UnitedStatesOfBooks is one of the many ways we are helping readers discover their next great read and engage in discussion about the world in which we live, through books, and the sharing of them on social media.”  

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On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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. expand
FICTION 9780812995343LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Random House) The long-awaited first novel from George Saunders comes a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? 9780425282854GUNMETAL GRAY by Mark Greaney (Berkley) After five years on the run Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court’s high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit responsible for testing China’s own security systems. And it seems Fan may have been too good at his job—because China wants him dead. 9781101906750THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan (Crown) Through letters and journals, THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIRunfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II. As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past. 9780399563089WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES: A Novel by Georgia Hunter (Viking) It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. 9780735212015SHADOWBAHN by Steve Erickson (Blue Rider Press) A chronicle of a weird road trip, a provocative work of alternative history, and a dazzling discography of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, encompassing artists from Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, SHADOWBAHN is a richly allusive meditation on the meaning of American identity and of America itself.     NONFICTION 9780735211650FED UP by Danielle Booth (Portfolio Books) In the early 2000s, as a Wall Street escapee writing a financial column for the Dallas Morning News, Booth attracted attention for her bold criticism of the Fed’s low interest rate policies and her cautionary warnings about the bubbly housing market. Nobody was more surprised than she when the folks at the Dallas Federal Reserve invited her aboard. Figuring she could have more of an impact on Fed policies from the inside, she accepted the call to duty and rose to be one of Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher’s closest advisors. To her dismay, the culture at the Fed–and its leadership–were not just ignorant of the brewing financial crisis, but indifferent to its very possibility. This book is Booth’s clarion for change in the way America’s most powerful financial institution is run, before it’s too late. 9780804185400NATURALLY NOURISHED by Sarah Britton (Clarkson Potter) Sarah Britton streamlines vegetarian cooking by bringing her signature bright photography and fantastic flavors to an accessible cookbook fit for any budget, any day of the week. Her mains, sides, soups, salads, and snacks all call for easy cooking techniques and ingredients found in any grocery store. With callouts to vegan and gluten-free options and ideas for substitutions, this beautiful cookbook shows readers how to cook smart, not hard. 9780399578717THE CANCER-FIGHTING KITCHEN, SECOND EDITION by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson (Ten Speed Press) Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, tastebud changes, and weight loss. A step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment, and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. This remarkable resource teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. 9780807064665STAND YOUR GROUND by Caroline Light (Beacon Press) STAND YOUR GROUND explores the development of the American right to self-defense and reveals how the original “duty to retreat” from threat was transformed into a selective right to kill. In her rigorous genealogy, Light traces white America’s attachment to racialized, lethal self-defense by unearthing its complex legal and social histories—from the original “castle laws” of the 1600s, which gave white men the right to protect their homes, to the brutal lynching of “criminal” Black bodies during the Jim Crow era and the radicalization of the NRA as it transitioned from a sporting organization to one of our country’s most powerful lobbying forces. YOUNG READERS 9780553511468GIRL RISING by Tanya Lee Stone (Wendy Lamb Books) Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities. 9780448493787THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston (Razorbill) Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar. On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in her father’s war band. She never gets the chance. Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival. f135a895823d4d28a8e6c0cca830d201THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE: THE MAKING OF THE MOVIE (DK) Packed with stunning concept art, sketches, artwork, inspiration, and LEGO builds, the book tells the fascinating story of how TheLEGO Batman Movie was made. Find out how your favorite heroes, villains, vehicles, and locations were created for the movie. Learn about each development stage of the movie, from the initial idea and storyboarding to recording the dialogue and special effects. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group and Warner Bros., The Making of The LEGO Batman Movie features exclusive insights from the filmmakers, animators, LEGO designers, and actors. 9780385388030CARNIVAL IN A FIX by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre (Random House Books for Young Readers) Journey to an amusement park on a moon! Funfair Moon, the outer space amusement park where Emily lives, has the highest roller coasters, the most dizzying Tilt-A-Whirls, and the scariest ghost train in the galaxy. Normally, Emily’s heroes Jinks and O’Hare keep it in tip-top shape. But the day the funfair inspector comes, everything goes wrong. Peeploid’s Merry-Go-Round and Fudge Shoppe is spinning out of control, gravity has reversed on the biggest slide, and there are strange little spiny black balls all over the place! Can Emily help fix the carnival before the inspector closes it for good? 9780525428190KEITH HARING: THE BOY WHO JUST KEPT DRAWING by Kay Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Dial Books for Young Readers) Iconic pop artist Keith Haring comes to life for young readers in this picture book biography lovingly written by his sister. This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist’s great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith’s signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker. This is a story to inspire, and a book for Keith Haring fans of all ages to treasure.

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

Penguin India 30Penguin Random House India turns 30 this year and kick-started its anniversary celebrations at one of India’s largest literary events of the year, the Jaipur Literature Festival.  As part of the festivities, Penguin introduced the iconic orange pop-up cart and a new range of quirky merchandise and collectibles as well as top bestsellers in India from the last 30 years. expand
Hemali Sodhi, Senior Vice President, Marketing, and Publisher, Children’s, Penguin Random House India, filed the following report:
Indian political commentator and policy analyst and our beloved author Mr Sanjay Barua at The Penguin Tent at JLF

Indian political commentator and policy analyst and our beloved author Mr Sanjay Barua at The Penguin Tent at JLF

The highlight of the festival was the Penguin pop-up cart, a mobile treasure trove of some of our most loved books and collectibles that bibliophiles can relate to. The cart is also part of our ongoing campaign for the year – #KeepReading – aimed at promoting reading anywhere, anytime, and providing a variety of reading content across genres to literary enthusiasts. Authors such as Sunil Khilnani, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ravinder Singh, and Sanjay Barua as well as other renowned personalities made appearances. In a country such as ours, where a huge proportion of the audience is still not online, there is a big opportunity that an offline mobile cart brings with it, standing out from the crowd of brands trying to compete for attention. It created a buzz around the message of reading and is a great medium to engage with customers better in an attempt to understand their book interests face to face. MRX8GvL8_400x400Some of the other highlights included the brand new Penguin Tent featured a traditional Rajasthani avatar, replete with ambis and camels. We also unveiled our 30th anniversary logo as part of the tent décor and anniversary titles –  an alluring selection of India’s most brilliant and visionary writing in the English language published over the last 30 years – including timeless classics like Kalidasa’sKumarasambhavam and Nehru’s An Autobiography as well as much-loved fiction like Vikram Seth’s The Golden Gate, Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, among others.
Shobhaa De with Milee Ashwarya, Editor in Chief at the 30th anniversary celebrations in India

Shobhaa De with Milee Ashwarya, Editor in Chief at the 30th anniversary celebrations in India

We also launched an interesting contest – #KeepTweeting – India’s first ever crowd-sourced Twitter book. The contest was launched by giving out the first line of the story and inviting users to keep adding on to the next lines till the story was complete. The idea was to create the first ever short story with 30 lines to commemorate our 30th anniversary in India. In addition to this, we also urged people visiting the festival to tweet their memories and pictures along with the five key elements at the Diggi Place – Kulhar Chai, Trees, Durbar Hall, Rajasthani food, and books. Festivities concluded with the inimitable Penguin Party at Sujan Rajamahal Palace, graced by a who’s-who of the literary circuit. To commemorate our 30th anniversary celebrations in India, Glenfiddich curated a special cocktail aptly named “The Flying Penguin,” created exclusively for the grand occasion. A special 3D tasting arena was set up by Glenfiddich for the guests to enjoy. As each Glenfiddich variant was poured into glasses, 3D projections on the table demonstrated the tasting notes and aging techniques of the drink. The year of India 30th celebrations has just begun for us, and there’s a lot more to watch out for throughout the year. Stay tuned for the latest news about our continuing birthday celebrations!
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FIFTY SHADES DARKER Adaptation Opening Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

fifty-shades-darkerWill you see it this weekend? Fifty Shades Darker, based on the second volume in the #1 bestselling E L James trilogy, published by Vintage, was given the full red carpet treatment for its Los Angeles premiere last week in The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Before hitting the carpet, Ms. James joined the film’s director James Foley as well as stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan at a masquerade ball for fans at Vibiana in downtown L.A.  expand
Fifty Shades Darker opens Thursday night with preview showings on more than 3,000 screens across North America. Here’s hoping that classic mantra “See the movie. Read the book” will be a popular call to action these coming days. Watch the Fifty Shades Darker film trailer from Universal Pictures here.
Pictured (left to right) Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, James Foley and E L James

Pictured (left to right) Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, James Foley and E L James

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

lego-batmanDK Publishing has released a wide array of tie-in titles in connection with The LEGO Batman Movie, which opens on Friday, including The LEGO Batman Movie: The Essential GuideUltimate Sticker Collection: The LEGO Batman MovieDK Readers L1: The LEGO Batman Movie: Team BatmanDK Readers L2: The LEGO Batman Movie: Rise of the expand
Rogues and The LEGO Batman Movie: The Making of the Movie (which goes on sale Tuesday, 2/14). View the page devoted to DK’s LEGO Batman Movie titles here. Younger movie-going and book-loving fans have the opportunity to become completely immersed in The LEGO Bat Man Movie experience. Here’s hoping that classic mantra “See the movies. Read the books” will be a popular call to action these coming days. Watch The LEGO Batman Movie trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures here.

18 Penguin Random House Audio Titles are 2017 Audie Awards Finalists

audie-awardsThe Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for its 2017 Audie Awards and 18 of them are Penguin Random House Audio titles. The honorees were revealed via a social media campaign, with each category’s finalists named by a notable author, narrator, or media outlet. Three Penguin expand
Random House Audio authors nominated this year participated in the announcement. Ruta Sepetys revealed the Audio Drama category on her Twitter (9.7K followers); Amie Kaufman revealed the Mystery category on her Twitter (11.6K followers); and Colson Whitehead revealed the Autobiography & Memoir category on his Twitter (188k followers). The hashtag #Audies2017 is trending nationally. Our Penguin Random House Audie Awards finalists are presented below in the following categories: Autobiography/Memoir audiesWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, read by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell (Random House Audio) Best Female Narrator THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead, read by Bahni Turpin (Random House Audio) History/Biography VALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick, read by Scott Brick (Penguin Audio) Humor THE BASSOON KING: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson, read by the author (Penguin Audio) YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson, read by Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams and John Hodgman (Penguin Audio) Literary Fiction & Classics audies2HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi, read by Dominic Hoffman (Random House Audio) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead, read by Bahni Turpin (Random House Audio) Middle Grade THE ENCHANTED FILES: Hatched by Bruce Coville, read by Matthew Frow, Jeremy Gumbs and a full cast (Listening Library) THE INQUISITOR’S TALE by Adam Gidwitz, read by Adam Gidwitz and a full cast (Listening Library) Multi-Voiced Performance SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult, read by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell and Ari Fliakos (Random House Audio) Narration by Author or Authors audies3IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY by Carol Burnett, read by the author (Random House Audio) Nonfiction EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, read by Dion Graham (Random House Audio) Paranormal STAKED by Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels (Random House Audio) Science Fiction SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a full cast (Random House Audio) STAR WARS: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, read by Marc Thompson (Random House Audio) Young Adult audies4GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, read by Carla Corvo and a full cast (Listening Library) SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris and Michael Crouch (Listening Library) Young Listeners THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS by Beatrix Potter, read by Helen Mirren (Listening Library) Congratulations to all of our honorees and everyone involved with creating these exemplary titles. View the full list of this year’s Audie Awards nominees here. The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala at the Alliance Français in New York on June 1.

#FridayReads: Love Letters

Untitled-1 copyWho doesn’t love a love letter? Even one not intended for its reader? Perhaps especially those! In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we turn our rose-colored, voyeuristic, reading glasses to books of love letters from some of our most beloved poets and writers. expand
  9780679446897LOVE LETTERS edited by Peter Washington (Everyman’s Library) Here are 200 irresistible love letters from over the centuries, love letters both historic and fictional, love letters by poets and by princes, love letters enchanting, tragic, comic, superbly selected, beautifully printed, conveniently portable, to have with you wherever and whenever you’re in the mood for love.   9780143117742BRIGHT STAR: LOVE LETTERS AND POEMS OF JOHN KEATS TO FANNY BRAWNE by John Keats, Foreword by Jane Campion The epic romance of one of the most celebrated poets in the English language. Bright Star is a collection of Keats’ romantic poems and correspondence in the heat of his passion, and is a dazzling display of a talent cut cruelly short.   9780307593368LETTERS TO VERA by Vladimir Nabokov From their first encounter in 1923, Vladimir’s letters to Véra form a narrative arc that tells a half-century-long love story, one that is playful, romantic, pithy and memorable. At the same time, the letters tell us much about the man and the writer.   9780147516220YOURS FOR ETERNITY: A LOVE STORY ON DEATH ROW by Damien Echols, Lorri Davis New York Times bestselling author Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis reveal their intimate and affecting letters, written while Echols was wrongfully imprisoned on death row.   9780140448993THE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND HELOISE by Peter Abelard, Heloise, Michael Clanchy Through the letters between Abelard and Heloise, we follow the path of their 12th-century romance, from its reckless and ecstatic beginnings when Heloise became Abelard’s pupil, through the suffering of public scandal and enforced secret marriage, to their eventual separation.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Love Letters

Three Questions for TASTE Editor in Chief Matt Rodbard

Taste 3 questionsTo herald the arrival of  TASTE (tastecooking.com), an online food magazine launched in partnership with the Crown Publishing Group, we posed three questions to Matt Rodbard, who will direct TASTE’s editorial vision, strategy, and content development. expand
With your extensive background as an editor, writer and author in the food and cooking realm, what factors led to your decision to become TASTE’s Editor in Chief? Honestly, the first reason I came here is the books. Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press make the best food and food culture books in the business. Hands down. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know many Crown Publishing authors, and then eventually I became one myself, and I just have so much respect for the teams producing, marketing, and selling these things. The next factor was the opportunity (and support) to launch a truly unique online cooking and culture magazine. The Crown leadership saw a clear lane to success in a crowded race, and really have gone for it. I have no idea where that racing metaphor came from! But it’s the truth. In what ways will TASTE – as an online magazine and a brand – stand out in the marketplace and fully maximize the capabilities of your format, your global scope, and the breadth of your talented team of contributors? TASTEscreenshot2Standing out in a crowded field is important, no doubt. But what we’re trying to avoid are some of the cheap tricks sometimes used to do this on the Internet: click-bait headlines, circular food content jammed into the square news cycle, images of bacon and burgers ad nauseam. All that isn’t TASTE. What we can do is publish a weekly slate of stories that are unique and tackle an exciting, and sometimes surprising, range of topics. We recently sent a journalist to Denmark during the darkest days of winter to witness firsthand what it’s like to cook and live in the hygge way—a trend you may have read about in the Guardian or New York Times Styles section, but one that hasn’t been fully reported from the ground. We have stories about the art of Malaysian meat on a stick, and how the Instant Pot might be the world’s first viral kitchen appliance. Did you ever wonder how to cook with yuzu juice? We have that story coming. Why do you think there is such a universal fascination with cooking and the culinary arts in the world today, and how will TASTE engage most successfully with this ever-growing consumer base? Here’s a fact: You have to eat at least three times a day. And for many of us that’s a baseline! Food is universal; it’s the connective tissue that keeps us running as a society. So, unlike sports or film or marathon running, food is a requirement. It’s life. Our goal is to tell stories about food and cooking that takes this requirement and adds some color and detail. We seek to answer questions, but also to ask them. And we think there’s a growing swell of people who are thinking more and more about not just the best brick-oven pizza in their hometown (for the record, in NYC, it’s Motorino), but how to make traditional Neapolitan pies at home.
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There’s a Book for That: Heart Health

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)February is American Heart Month, a great time to make changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women claiming more than 600,000 lives each year. While many lifestyle choices and medical conditions can put you at risk for heart disease, the main ones are high blood pressure, high ldl cholesterol, and expand
smoking. According to the CDC, small changes can make a big difference: 1. Schedule regular visits with your doctor to talk about your heart health 2. Exercise daily. If this is difficult, start by taking 15 minute walks, and work up from there. 3. Focus on healthy eating habits like cooking at home and limiting sodium intake. 4. Kick the smoking habit!

To support these heart-healthy changes, we offer the following:

FEATURED TITLES   9780307888044American Heart Association Eat Less Salt: An Easy Action Plan for Finding and Reducing the Sodium Hidden in Your Diet  from The American Heart Association Knock down that sodium–but not the flavor–to decrease your blood pressure and risks for heart attack and stroke. This toolkit, sodium tracker, and cookbook in one gives you solid health information and 60 low-sodium recipes for favorite comfort foods. With the book’s step-by-step approach, eating less salt has never been more achievable.   9780385346214American Heart Association The Go Red For Women Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Heart-Healthy Weight and Good Nutrition from The American Heart Association, Jennie Garth A health cookbook for women, by women The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women social initiative has inspired hundreds of thousands of women to eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight. Now the iconic “red dress” can be your kitchen companion all year long, with 200 recipes to help you take charge of your health.   9781583333006Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. M.D. Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects.   9781583335581The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes by Ann Crile Esselstyn, Jane Esselstyn The long-awaited cookbook companion to the revolutionary New York Times bestseller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease   9780307719904Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need by Marc Gillinov, M.D., Steven Nissen, M.D. The definitive guide to heart health from two of America’s most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America. Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease—or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart’s health depends upon accurate information and correct answers to key questions.   9780307339119Cholesterol Down: Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in Four Weeks–Without Prescription Drugs by Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN Take Control of Your Cholesterol— Without Drugs If you are one of the nearly 100 million Americans struggling with high cholesterol, then Dr. Janet Brill offers you a revolutionary new plan for taking control of your health—without the risks of statin drugs. With Dr. Brill’s breakthrough Cholesterol Down Plan, you simply add nine “miracle foods” to your regular diet and thirty minutes of walking to your daily routine. That’s all. This straightforward and easy-to-follow program can lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by as much as 47 percent in four weeks.   9780307986351Blood Pressure Down: The 10-Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks–Without Prescription Drugs by Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN If you have high blood pressure, you’re not alone: nearly a third of adult Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, and another quarter are well on their way. Yet a whopping 56 percent of diagnosed patients do not have it under control. Easy, effective, safe—and delicious—Blood Pressure Down is the encouraging resource that empowers you, or your loved ones, to lower your blood pressure and live a longer, heart-healthy life.   9780804110389Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery by Dean Ornish, M.D. Dr. Dean Ornish is the first clinician to offer documented proof that heart disease can be halted, or even reversed, simply by changing your lifestyle. Dr. Ornish’s program has yielded amazing results. Participants reduced or discontinued medications; their chest pain diminished or disappeared.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Heart Health Month  

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. expand
With over five million copies sold around the world, Palacio’s WONDER, with its message to Choose Kind, has inspired global kindness and anti-bullying campaigns and has become part curricula in schools across the country. WONDER has demonstrated the power of a book to spark a cultural dialogue, and to inspire children and adults to think differently about the world around them. Random House Children’s Books encourages everyone at Penguin Random House to take part in this initiative by spreading kindness around your own community beginning this Valentine’s Day. It wonder_2017_valentine_s_day_ecardcan be as simple as:
  • Write a friend or family member a nice note to tell them something you love about them.
 
  • Treat a stranger in the coffee line to a free beverage.
 
  • Shovel a neighbor’s snow, clear their car, or leave a basket of treats at their door.
 
  • Leave a nice note or gift for your mail carrier as a token of gratitude.
  Then post your act of kindness on social media with #ChooseKindValentine. Tag someone, and continue the kindness chain. Happy Valentine’s Day! Yours in Wonder, Random House Children’s Books

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

My not so perfect life2This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Sophie Kinsella’s MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE, on sale now from The Dial Press. Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. At no time in the history of humankind do we know more about “other people’s lives,” thanks to social media. expand
Ms. Kinsella opens a window into the writing of her book: “In MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE, my struggling heroine so desperately wants her life in London to be perfect – as she believes her older female boss’s life is – that she creates the online myth that it is. I always write what I see around me and I’ve seen so many people compare their own lives to other people’s ‘lives’ on Instagram. It’s kind of addictive. It was great to write about such a current topic and wonderful to focus on the relationship between two strong females.” Susan Kamil, Executive Vice President, Publisher, Random House and The Dial Press: “I have had the joy of working with Sophie Kinsella for over 15 years and have marveled at how she maintains her perfect pitch for both story and character. Each book is sharply observed, and filled with wit and humor and her heroines are as recognizable as members of my own family. In MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE, readers will find Kinsella’s most relatable heroine yet.”
Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella

Fellow Penguin Random House author Jojo Moyes commented, “Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.” The “Girls Night Out with Sophie Kinsella” event is happening Tuesday (2/7) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at one of Barnes & Noble’s new Concept Stores at Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Eastchester, NY. This is a Ticketed Event, with a special gift bag (including a signed book). Wine & Appetizers will be served. Sophie’s launch event will be Facebook Lived on the B&N Eastchester page as well as shared on the Random House and Sophie Kinsella platforms Random House partnered with Barnes & Noble to create an innovative book tour experience. The goal is to give fans more of a personal connection with the author than the traditional event. Sophie is the first author to launch this series. For more details, click here.

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. expand
9781101985137Elan Mastai has worked as a screenwriter for the past 15 years and has had five films produced from his screenplays including What If, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. With ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS, Mastai brings us a multi-dimensional time travel story that is also about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. With a quirky and unusual touch, Mastai’s debut is an entertaining ride through time that brings our current version of reality into question. ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS is a #1 Indie Next and a Library Reads pick, and has already received several positive accolades. Joining Mastai at the celebration of his book release will be Jonathan Tropper. Tropper is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels including ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO and THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU.

On Sale This Week

new-releasesOur 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. expand
FICTION 9780399576102A SEPARATION by Katie Kitamura (Riverhead Books) A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. For the moment it’s a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love. 9781101870730AUTUMN by Ali Smith (Pantheon) Ali Smith’s new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet—four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)—and it casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history making. 9781101985137ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai (Dutton) You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases. Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. 9780812998269MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE by Sophie Kinsella (The Dial Press) Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud. Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life. 9781101885024ALWAYS by Sarah Jio (Ballantine Books) Enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crain can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a journalist and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As she and Ryan leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister. Alternating between the past and the present, ALWAYS is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she’s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love. NONFICTION 9780307271136CIVIL WARS by David Armitage (Knopf) We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn’t, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war “civil” often depend on whether one is a ruler or a rebel, victor or vanquished, sufferer or outsider. Calling a conflict a civil war can shape its outcome by determining whether outside powers choose to get involved or stand aside: from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq, pivotal decisions have depended on such shifts of perspective. 9781101980323HIT MAKERS: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson (Penguin Press) In his groundbreaking investigation, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like and reveals the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. Shattering the sentimental myths of hit-making that dominate pop culture and business, Thompson shows quality is insufficient for success, nobody has “good taste,” and some of the most popular products in history were one bad break away from utter failure. It may be a new world, but there are some enduring truths to what audiences and consumers want. People love a familiar surprise: a product that is bold, yet sneakily recognizable. 9780812995800BLACK EDGE by Sheelah Kolhatkar (Random House) The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance—and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs. 9780143130772THINGS YOU CAN ONLY SEE WHEN YOU SLOW DOWN by Haemin Sunim (Penguin Books) The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to. In this bestselling mindfulness guide—it has sold more than three million copies in Korea, where it was a #1 bestseller for forty-one weeks and received multiple Best Book of the Year awards, and it’s being published in more than 20 countries—Haemin Sunim (which means “spontaneous wisdom”), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life. POETRY 9780143128199YOU, TOO, COULD WRITE A POEM by David Orr (Penguin Books) Poetry is never more vital, meaningful, or accessible than in the hands of David Orr. In the pieces collected here, most of them written originally for the New York Times, Orr is at his rigorous, conversational, and edifying best. Whether he is considering the careers of contemporary masters, such as Louise Glück or Frederick Seidel, sizing up younger American poets, like Matthea Harvey and Matthew Zapruder, or even turning his attention to celebrities and public figures, namely Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Fry, when they choose to wade into the hotly contested waters of the poetry world, Orr is never any less than fully persuasive in arguing what makes a poem or poet great—or not. YOUNG READERS 9780385744119DISRUPTOR by Arwen Elys Dayton (Delacorte Press) Quin has spent her life as her father’s pawn. She was trained to kill and manipulated to guarantee her family’s power. And now that she’s broken free of that life, she’s found herself trapped again, hostage to a plot that has been centuries in the making. It’s taken generations for the pieces to come together, and finally all is in place. Her best friend Shinobu’s mind has been corrupted, the Young Dread has aligned with her enemy John, and the bloodthirsty Watchers are being awakened and gathered. Now there is nothing that can stop the force of time. But Quin will no longer be a pawn. Quin is a Seeker. She stands for light in a shadowy world. She will face the vengeance of the past and its enemies and save herself and the ones she loves, or she will die trying. 9781101999103EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza (Razorbill) Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne. Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life. With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy. 9780553537581BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Doubleday Books for Young Readers) Bunny loves to sit outside the library with the kids and listen to summer story time. But when the weather gets cold and everyone moves inside, his daily dose of joy is gone. Desperate, Bunny refuses to miss out on any more reading time and devises a plan to sneak into the library at night . . . through the library’s book drop! What follows is an adorable caper that brings an inquisitive, fuzzy bunny and his woodland pals up close and personal with the books they have grown to love. 9780399546983THE CASTLE IN THE MIST by Amy Ephron (Philomel) Tess and her brother, Max, are sent for the summer to their aunt’s sleepy village in the English countryside, where excitement is as rare as a good wifi signal. So when Tess stumbles upon an old brass key that unlocks an ornately carved gate, attached to a strangely invisible wall, she jumps at the chance for adventure. And the world beyond the gate doesn’t disappoint. She finds rose gardens, a maze made of hedges, and a boy named William who is just as lonely as she is. But at William’s castle, strange things begin to happen. Carnival games are paid for in wishes, dreams seem to come alive, and then there’s William’s eerie warning: Beware of the hawthorn trees. A warning that chills Tess to the bone.
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#MyGirlRising Social Media Campaign Launched in Advance of GIRL RISING Book Publication

my girl risingCreated in collaboration with the makers of the film, Girl Rising, Random House Children’s Books is releasing a stunning nonfiction book, also titled GIRL RISING, by award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, on sale from Wendy Lamb Books on February 14. The film chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the expand
opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. The book shows how educating girls in developing countries can vastly improve their quality of life in just one generation. “I had to publish this book—the topic is so important, and the stories of the girls in the stunning film by Girl Rising that inspired it are so powerful and affecting,” said Wendy Lamb, Vice President and Publishing Director, Wendy Lamb Books. “I knew that Tanya Lee Stone would find just the right approach to take the stories in the film in a new direction in her book. GIRL RISING is a call to action for America’s young people. This book has the potential to inspire readers to become a force for lasting change.” In conjunction with the team behind the Girl Rising film and Ms. Stone, Random House Children’s Books launched the #MyGirlRising social media campaign this week. The goal of the campaign is to find and highlight women around the world who are making positive changes in their communities.  It’s easy to join the #MyGirlRising conversation:
  • Post a photo on Twitter and/or Instagram and nominate the inspiring girl or woman in your life.
  • For each picture posted using #MyGirlRising, @RandomHouseKids will donate $5 to @GirlRising (up to $5,000) in celebration of the new Girl Rising book and women everywhere.
  • Follow the hashtag #MyGirlRising on Twitter and Instagram.

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. expand
This latest victory for Mr. Barry, after DAYS WITHOUT END had been named Costa’s Novel of the Year last month, was announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday night.  It was a unanimous decision by the judges.  Professor Kate Williams, chair of the judges, said the novel, both “brutal” and “terrifying,” had moved her to tears with a voice that was unforgettable and “one of the most wonderful depictions of love in fiction.”  Upon receiving the award, Mr. Barry thanked the judges and said the honor made him “crazy happy from the top of my head to my toes,” adding, “It doesn’t get any less overwhelming the second time.”

Inside the Writing and Editing of a Domestic Thriller

my husbands wife2This week’s Igloo Book Buzz title, MY HUSBAND’S WIFE by Jane Corry, on sale from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, was edited by Vice President and Publisher Pamela Dorman, who comments, “I first heard about MY HUSBAND’S WIFE from our corporate colleagues at Viking UK – I was attracted to the selling title, first, and then by the idea of two expand
wives, one husband, and how that triangle came to be. Jane’s storytelling is complex and takes many unexpected turns – which is why this is a domestic thriller that stood head and shoulders above the pack for me.”
Jane Corry

Jane Corry

Ms. Corry offers personal insights into the writing of MY HUSBAND’S WIFE, her perspective on the editorial process, and working with Ms. Dorman: “I’d like to start by saying that I couldn’t have written this novel without having been married (twice) and having gone to prison! I must also add quickly that I didn’t go to prison as an inmate but as a writer in residence of a high-security male prison in the UK. My brief was to help men write novels, poems, letters, articles or anything that would help them voice their feelings. Research has shown that this therapeutic approach can help reduce the risk of reoffending. “This was very rewarding. But there was an unexpected bonus too. My experience gave me a different writer’s voice. Until then, I’d been concentrating on romance. However, I’d always been interested in stories with twists and turns. My prison experience allowed me to create a character (Joe) who was a criminal but who wasn’t all bad. I also wanted to write about the relationship between first and second wives. People often assume that the two don’t like each other. But what if the second wife had to ask the first wife a very big favor? And so the plot was born in my head. “Thanks to my journalist background, I write fast. When I wrote MY HUSBAND’S WIFE, I was at my desk immediately after breakfast where I wrote between 2,000 and 3,000 words in a morning. The following day, I re-read those words, did a slight edit to get into the right mind zone and went onto the next chapter. At the end, I went back to the beginning and deepened the characters because by then I knew them better. I also made sure the plot hung together; checked timelines; and added setting and senses. It was a very intense process which took about five months from start to finish. “MY HUSBAND’S WIFE was published in the UK first where it was a Sunday Times bestseller (it reached Number 5 in the charts!). By then, it had been edited by my wonderful UK Penguin editor, Katy Loftus. When I found out that Pamela Dorman was to be my US editor, I was thrilled. Pam has such a brilliant reputation so it was a real honor. She and her assistant Jeramie Orton were book puzz pull quoteextremely friendly from the start as well as being professional. They explained that they would send me various questions on the copy once they’d gone through it. “Interestingly, many of the questions related to different interpretations of the British language! For example, I said that one of my characters ‘twigged’ something. This meant that she suddenly realized a certain fact. But this phrase might not be understood by American readers so I was asked to find a substitute! “I was very impressed with Pam and Jeramie’s thoroughness. I was also touched by the fact that they clearly saw my characters as real people – just as I did! In my view, an editor needs to have that good overall eye but at the same time, understand how the cast ‘ticks.’ I certainly found those qualities in Pamela Dorman Books.”

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

Igloo-earth11As Penguin Random House continues its ongoing commitment to social responsibility and business practices that minimize our impact on the environment, our new Climate Change series article features an interview with Penguin Press Vice President and Publisher Scott Moyers. He worked closely with world renowned environmentalist expand
and Patagonia co-founder Yvon Chouinard on his book, LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING; a 10th anniversary fully updated trade paperback edition was published by Penguin last fall. In this interview, Scott offers insights into Mr. Chouinard’s book, business philosophies, core values, and environmental activism as well as the “contagious success” of Patagonia, whose primary mission is “to use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”  The recent news on the Earth Setting a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year reminds us all of the urgency of global warming and the importance of how we consider the environment.
Scott Moyers

Scott Moyers

What brought about your initial contact with Yvon Chouinard and how would you characterize the experience and process of working with him as his book editor and publisher while presenting all aspects of his life and business?  Yvon Chouinard is powerfully inspiring because he has stubbornly refused to do anything with his business that does not advance its core mission: “to use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”  You can’t be in partnership with him without learning that, one way or another.  I was submitted the book by his agent, Susan Golomb, in 2004 or 2005, and I knew enough about Patagonia’s brand halo, as they say, and was sufficiently taken by the voice on the page, which even in proposal form had that thrilling ring of authenticity and irreverence, that I went for it, and was fortunate enough to prevail in a heated auction. (It helped that no one has a bigger crush on Yvon Chouinard than Ann Godoff.)  But really diving off the deep end with him was something else entirely.  First, everything was slightly irreverent, and counterintuitive – what business leader calls his memoir “Let My People Go Surfing?”  Which is from the company policy that when the surf’s up, employees should feel free to hit it.  And he wanted to do an oddball trim size, with all sorts of funky sidebars and a lot of art.  And he and Patagonia nudged us over to using a different kind of paper, recycled, of course.  And on and on.
Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard

But what really hit me was the story of the business itself. Just one story for now: there came a point when Patagonia commissioned a holistic environmental impact study of their entire business.  What came back surprised and dismayed them: the worst thing they were doing to the planet was using so much factory-farmed cotton. As you can imagine, cotton shirts, etc., make up a big chunk of the business.  What did they do? They pulled all of their cotton products, reinvented their supply chain, sourced their cotton ethically and in such a way as to catalyze environmentally responsible cotton growing more generally… in short, they used their market power to be a force for good and not ill. And ultimately, in the long run, they were more profitable by doing so!  In the short run, of course, they had to absorb a tremendous hit to the bottom line. Needless to say, if they were a publicly held company, this might have been impossible, even unimaginable.Though thanks in no small part to Patagonia’s example, there’s been a change in consciousness, and perhaps it’s less unimaginable than it was.  I hope this book has contributed to that; I think it has. How does LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING, divided into a History of Patagonia and eight Philosophies sections, best inform and inspire readers through key takeaways from this environmentally-responsible businessman/adventurer and his company?  I think the bottom-line takeaway for your own life and work is that, in area after area – design, production, distribution, marketing, finance, HR, management, environmental stewardship – if you don’t blink, if you keep fear at bay and keep your focus on the most quality for the least harm, you will be a magnet for talented, big-hearted colleagues and customers, and your story will carry.  Every time this company took a short-term hit to innovate in the direction of greater responsibility for the state and fate of the earth, the more successful they have been in the long term. How transferable are Mr. Chouinard’s approaches to business, life and the environment to other industries and individual readers?  No one wants to leave their values at home when they come to work. Yvon Chouinard never did, and his company has been an enormous force for the good.  We all are part of the problem that is the global sustainability crisis, including global warming, one way or another. Activism and capitalism don’t have to be opposed, in fact they can’t be, if we’re going to keep this planet of ours and all the creatures on it. What factors were involved in the decision to produce a new edition of LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING on the 10th anniversary of its first publication and what are examples of some of the most significant new content?  9780143109679-205x300Back in 2006, “sustainable business” was just emerging as a concept in mainstream terms.  Part of the good news of the past decade is that sustainability has become cooked in to the mix of business education, at the MBA level and down, and LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING is widely taught. The past decade has been a period of great growth and thus change for Patagonia, and it has also really doubled down and then some on its environmental activism, so there was so much more to tell. Yvon added a good 20% of new material to the book, including an entirely new chapter on environmental activism, and Naomi Klein has added a passionate new foreword. There are revisions throughout the book, my favorite being that it’s now in four-color and Yvon and Patagonia have added many wonderful new photographs.  One way or another, all of the additions only sharpen the point, which is that, as Naomi Klein puts it in her foreword, “This is the story of an attempt to do more than change a single corporation – it is an attempt to challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.”  And to have fun doing it!  Contagious fun, contagious righteousness, contagious success – that’s Yvon Chouinard and Patagonia, and that’s LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING, now cleaned up for the next 10 years, and then some.

New Books: A Cure for the Mid-Winter Blues

winter reads As we continue to settle into the first part of 2017, we are highlighting a selection of books that may comfort, entertain, or challenge you during these mid-winter months. The lineup featured below presents a variety of selected new and upcoming adult titles from across our Penguin Random House imprints by both well-known and emerging authors. Happy Reading! expand
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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. expand
FEATURED TITLES 9780307911629_ee601THE BOAT ROCKER by Ha Jin From the award-winning author of Waiting: an urgent, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, an outrageous book idea, and a lone journalist’s dogged quest for truth in the Internet age.   9780804172066_c16b7CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND by Kevin Kwan Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.   9780142002186_91433THE FLOWER DRUM SONG by C. Y. Lee Originally published in 1957, The Flower Drum Song was a groundbreaking work of popular literature. An immediate bestseller, it inspired the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. This charming, bittersweet tale of romance and the powerful bonds of family tells the story of Wang Ta, living in San Francisco’s Chinatown-with his widowed father, who wants what every young American man wants: a great career and a woman to love   9780452271586MCHINA BOY by Gus Lee Kai Ting is the only American-born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that fled China in the wake of Mao’s revolution. Growing up in San Francisco’s ghetto, Kai is caught between two worlds—embracing neither the Chinese nor the American way of life.   9780143116530_91505THE PIANO TEACHER: A NOVEL by Janice Y. K. Lee In the sweeping tradition of The English Patient, Janice Y.K. Lee’s debut novel is a tale of love and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beau …   9780812980356_c20daSNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, an “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime.   9780385722209_860a4BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS by Dai Sijie An enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening. An immediate international bestseller, it tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China’s infamous Cultural Revolution.   9781594480201_54330BEIJING DOLL by Chun Sue Banned in China for its candid exploration of a young girl’s sexual awakening yet widely acclaimed as being “the first novel of ‘tough youth’ in China” (Beijing Today), Beijing Doll cuts a daring path through China’s rock-and-roll subculture.   9780143113270I LOVE DOLLARS: AND OTHER STORIES OF CHINA by Zhu Wen An immediate sensation upon publication in China, I Love Dollars is a hilarious send-up of China’s love affair with capitalism by one of its most gifted new writers. In the title story, a young man, acutely aware of his filial duty, sets out to secure a prostitute for his father, only to haggle his old man out of a good time.   9780140168549RED SORGHUM: A NOVEL OF CHINA by Mo Yan The acclaimed novel of love and resistance during late 1930s China by Mo Yan, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. Spanning three generations, this novel of family and myth is told through a series of flashbacks that depict events of staggering horror set against a landscape of gemlike beauty.   For more on these and related titles visit: Chinese Lit

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 expand
characters were complex, often flawed, but always sympathetic – I felt like I internalized each of their dilemmas, which is the feeling I crave as a reader from any great book.”
Lindsey Lee Johnson. Photo by Matt Sayles

Lindsey Lee Johnson. Photo by Matt Sayles

Lindsey Lee Johnson: “From the start, my experience working with Noah Eaker and Susan Kamil was magical. The novel has a layered plot with multiple points of view; during the editing process, we worked to knot these POVs and plot lines more tightly together in order to create a reading experience that is propulsive and engrossing. I’m so grateful to have had the guidance of these brilliant editors.” A Spring 2017 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and a January ABA “Indie Next” Pick, THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH has elicited high praise: “In sharp and assured prose, roving between characters, Lindsey Lee Johnson plumbs the terrifying depths of a half-dozen ultra-privileged California high school kids. I read it in two chilling gulps. It’s a phenomenal first book, a compassionate Less Than Zero for the digital age.” —Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Light We Cannot See “In her stunning debut, Johnson…explores the fallout among a group of teens—an alpha girl turned stoner, a striving B student, an Ivy League wannabe—who prove, in the end, less entitled than simply empty and searching. An eye-opener.” —People “Book of the Week” “The characters in Lindsey Lee Johnson’s novel affected me in a way I can’t remember feeling since I binge-watched all five seasons of Friday Night Lights…you’ll walk away feeling like you could revisit hallway drama armed with bulletproof perspective.” —Glamour

Meet Our Author: Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa MoshfeghOttessa Moshfegh’s debut novel EILEEN, published by Penguin Press, was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it won the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and San expand
Francisco Chronicle. But as many critics noted, Ottessa Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. homesick for another worldHOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD, on sale now from Penguin Press, is the rare case where an author’s short story collection is, if anything, more anticipated than her novel. And for good reason. There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa’s stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny.  Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. In this Meet Our Author Igloo interview, Ottessa takes us inside her world: How would you describe your writing regimen and routines? Obsessive and neurotic and captivating. I wake up, I work, I dilly dally, work, take out the trash, work, pace around, eat, work, shower, work, read, work, go for a walk, call people, work, eat, work, sleep. Toward the end of writing a book, I often sleep with my computer under my pillow… What differentiates your approach to conceiving a novel as compared with your short stories? The motivation to write a short story often comes from an abstract, mysterious noise in my head, and I can take my time concentrating on that sound and experimenting with what words, voice, characters, and narrative movements are being described by the music in my mind. Writing a novel is that, plus a million pounds of pressure at my back, loaded with questions about how my life is being reflected in this writing process, and what I want to learn and say to the world. So, novels are more prolonged and intense journeys, although they can start out as playfully as a story. ottessa quote1Where do inspirations for your characters and storylines come from? They come from my life experiences, overheard conversations, dreams, the imagination, the ether… In what ways has Penguin Press impacted your writing career? Penguin Press has been a miracle in my life – this team has been so incredibly supportive, positive, and – I think – gutsy.  I tell everyone how blessed I feel to have a publisher that understands my work and sees its value today and the potential for the future.

Colleagues Give Back: Our Community Day of Service

volunteer day tnailMore than 400 Penguin Random House volunteers mobilized with energy, pride and purpose when participating in our first-ever Community Day of Service on January 13, concluding our Company Week activities. Markus Dohle had this to say about giving back in his blog post last month: “One of the beliefs that binds us together is our commitment to expand
making a difference beyond the books … I think this is the perfect conclusion to a week when we will celebrate all the originality, talent, and ambition that sets us apart.” Our colleagues took Markus’ words to heart as they donated their time and support to company-sponsored volunteer events at such organizations as The Book Fairies, CAMBA, Food Bank NYC, Good + Foundation, Henry Street Settlement, The HOPE Program, Housing+Solutions, Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, New York Common Pantry, Read Ahead, QSAC: Quality Services for the Autism Community, South Bronx Educational Foundation, Toni’s Kitchen and WHEDco.  A number of employees also volunteered at other organizations such as Behind the Book, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and Hunger Free America. Here is a selection of social media posts (#TeamPRH) illustrating our colleagues in action.  To view a gallery of Community Day photos, click here. volunteer tweet volunteer tweet3 volunteer tweet2 volunteer tweet4 

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 expand
children’s, YA and adult authors and books were honored at this week’s ALA Midwinter meeting. As a follow-up to our earlier Igloo coverage, Our 2017 ALA Award Honorees, we recognize and celebrate these honorees: Andrew Carnegie Medal 97805534474399780385542364For Excellence in Fiction For Excellence in Nonfiction Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Penguin Young Readers author Nikki Grimes, for her substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. 97803991754119780449813379Schneider Family Book Award
  • SIX DOTS: A Story of Young Louis Braille, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), for embodying an artistic expression of the disability experience.
APALA Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers), from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association.
Stonewall Award 97811019887639781594632419Alex Awards For the best adult books that appeal to teen audiences 97811019471359780812998481Notable Books Council’s 2017 Notable Books List Fiction 97815942046309780679446521Nonfiction 97806796440649780525426783Poetry The Reading List Council’s Best in Genre Fiction for Adult Readers Historical Fiction 97811019025789780812988901Women’s Fiction The Listen List Council’s Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners Zora Neale Hurston Award
  • Trevor Noah, author of BORN A CRIME(Spiegel & Grau/Random House) and host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, as an individual who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature.
Congratulations to all of our honorees. Check back for further Penguin Random House ALA Awards news.
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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: expand
 

THE-INQUISITOR’S-TALEWOLF-HOLLOWNewbery Honors:

THE INQUISITOR’S TALE  by Adam Gidwtiz (Dutton Books for Young Readers; Listening Library)

WOLF HOLLOW  by Lauren Wolk (Dial Books for Young Readers; Listening Library)

   

Odyssey Award Winner: 

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit (Listening Library, Knopf Young Readers hardcover and March paperback) The 2017 top ALA Youth Media Award for an audiobook production was produced by Penguin Random House Audio colleague Orli Moscowitz and narrated by Allan Corduner

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THE-PASSION-OF-DOLSSA-198x3009780553496680-198x300Michael L. Printz Honors: THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry (Viking Children’s Books)

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press; Listening Library)

Margaret A. Edwards Award: Sarah Dessen, a Penguin Young Readers author, and one of the most popular writers for young adults.

   

William C. Morris Award:

THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books For Young Readers; Listening Library)

 Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent:  THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press; Listening Library)

  Robert F. Sibert Honor: UPROOTED by Albert Marrin (Knopf Book For Young Readers; Listening Library)

Congratulations to all. More Penguin Random House ALA award news as it is announced.

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 expand
starred reviews from Shelf AwarenessBulletinPublishers Weekly, and Kirkus. On January 8th, Spinelli was a guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition to discuss the themes and prison setting of this 9780375831997book. Next month, the New York Times will review THE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER as a standalone review. Spinelli is best known for his beloved middle grade novels STARGIRL and LOVE, STARGIRL, but has also penned other celebrated titles such as MILKWEED, CRASH, WRINGER, and MANIAC MAGEE, the winner of the Newbery Medal. In his autobiography, KNOTS IN MY YO-YO STRING, Spinelli chronicled his experiences as a young boy growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and still lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli. Jerry Spinelli will be joined by fellow author Richard Peck at Books of Wonder on January 24th at 6:00 PM.

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 expand
unfinished by Twain, will be brought to life by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, the creators of the Caldecott Medal–winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. The book, THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE, was acquired and edited by Frances Gilbert, Associate Publishing Director, Random House Books for Young Readers, from Tina Wexler at ICM, representing the Mark Twain House & Museum, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr., representing the author/illustrator team. The New York Times heralded the news in this major feature article: A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon. Twain approved cover copyTHE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE, an eleven-chapter, 152-page illustrated storybook for all ages, will be published on September 26, 2017, with a first printing of 250,000 copies. The basis of this new work is sixteen pages of Twain’s handwritten notes after telling his young daughters a fairy tale one night in 1879 while the family was staying in Paris, an event he documented in his journal. In 2011, a visiting scholar at the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California at Berkeley spotted the notes in the archives while conducting his own research and recognized their significance. Although Twain told his young daughters countless bedtime stories, made up on the spot as they requested them, these notes are believed to be the only ones he ever jotted down from those sessions. “To publish a new Twain story is an incredible literary event,” says Frances Gilbert. “When I first got the chance to read this unpublished Twain story, I couldn’t believe what I was holding. I’ve admired Erin and Philip Stead’s work since their first book and couldn’t think of a more ideal match for this project. It’s an American dream team.”
Philip and Erin Stead

Philip and Erin Stead

Philip and Erin Stead, two of today’s most notable names in children’s literature, have completed the text and illustrated the book, framing the narrative as a story “told to me by my friend, Mr. Mark Twain,” and even including occasional interruptions by an imagined meeting over tea between Philip and Twain. Exploring themes of charity, kindness, and bravery in the face of tyranny, with sharply drawn satire and tear-inducing pathos, this extraordinary combination of talent both classic and contemporary reaches its full potential as an old-fashioned—yet thoroughly modern—fully illustrated storybook that readers of every age will treasure. A monumental event not only in the world of children’s literature, but for literature overall, the publication of THE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE will take place during the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s very first book, a collection of twenty-seven previously published stories titledThe Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches.

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: expand
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award: KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS by Teju Cole (Random House) THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar (Random House) PEN1DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of The Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (Doubleday) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books) HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi (Alfred A Knopf) PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown) CHILDREN OF PARADISE: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor (Riverhead Books) PEN2BAD NEWS: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship by Anjan Sundaram (Doubleday) PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS by Teju Cole (Random House) PEN Open Book Award WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead Books) PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award PATIENT H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich (Random House) HOW TO MAKE A SPACESHIP: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of a Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie (Penguin Press) PEN3LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren (Alfred A. Knopf) PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing INDENTURED: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocera and  Ben Strauss (Portfolio) PEN Translation Prize THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith (Hogarth/Crown Publishing Group) Warm congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors, their editors and publishers. Of particular note: Random House author Teju Cole is the first writer in PEN America’s history to be a finalist in two categories! To view the complete 2017 PEN Literary Awards shortlists, click here. Most of the winners will be revealed on February 22. The awards for debut fiction and essay as well as those for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the PEN/Nabokov Award will be named live at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 27 at The New School’s Auditorium in NYC. PEN America is the U.S. branch of the world’s leading international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. PEN American Center was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the 144 PEN centers in 101 countries that together compose International PEN.

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 expand
news comes on the heels of one of President Obama’s final environmental actions while in office: He transferred a reported $500 million to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, a key program set up to finance climate change adaptation and renewable energy projects in developing countries. To further inform yourself on the topic that affects us all, we present the following titles on climate change.   FEATURED TITLES   9781583947678_13798EARTH CALLING: A CLIMATE CHANGE HANDBOOK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY by Ellen Gunter, Ted Carter, Caroline Myss Our earliest mythologies tell us we all start as a little bit of dirt. These stories carry a profound message: each of us is born with a deep and abiding connection to the earth, one that many of us have lost touch with. The Silent Spring for today’s environmental activists, this book offers an invitation to reestablish our relationship with nature to repair our damaged environment.   9781616146726_ef24aTHE WHOLE STORY OF CLIMATE: WHAT SCIENCE REVEALS ABOUT THE NATURE OF ENDLESS CHANGE by E. Kirsten Peters This book, written by a geologist, describes the important contributions that geology has made to our understanding of climate change. What emerges is a much more complex and nuanced picture than is usually presented.   9780807084991_7a695FINDING HIGHER GROUND: ADAPTATION IN THE AGE OF WARMING by Amy Seidl In Finding Higher Ground, Amy Seidl takes the uniquely positive—yet realistic—position that humans and animals can adapt and persist despite these changes. Drawing on an emerging body of scientific research, Seidl brings us stories of adaptation from the natural world and from human communities.   9781784781293_3a433FOSSIL CAPITAL: THE RISE OF STEAM POWER AND THE ROOTS OF GLOBAL WARMING by Andreas Malm The more we know about the catastrophic implications of climate change, the more fossil fuels we burn. How did we end up in this mess? In this masterful new history, Andreas Malm claims it all began in Britain with the rise of steam power.   9781426203855SIX DEGREES: OUR FUTURE ON A HOTTER PLANET by Mark Lynas Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees uses accessible journalistic prose to distil what environmental scientists portend about the consequences of human pollution for the next hundred years.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9781580892674_76a6bA WARMER WORLD: FROM POLAR BEARS TO BUTTERFLIES HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS WILDLIFE by Caroline Arnold, Jamie Hogan The golden toad used to inhabit the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but when the weather became too warm and dried up the pools where its eggs hatched, the golden toad disappeared. It has not been seen in more than twenty years. This amphibian is just one of several species in A WARMER WORLD, a thought-provoking and informative account of how global climate change has affected wildlife over the past several decades.   9780763645014_9e6faLET’S SAVE THE ANIMALS: A FLIP THE FLAP BOOK by Frances Barry Bold illustrations, big flaps, and an ingenious die-cut design invite young readers to peek at the lives of endangered animals — and learn how to help.   9781426303593NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATES: EXTREME WEATHER: SCIENCE TACKLES GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE by Kathleen Simpson, Jonathan D. W. Kahl Join the weather scientists who are using modern technology, including satellites and supercomputers, to produce a weather forecast for Earth’s future. Extreme Weather gives readers the expert’s views and highlights the climate changes that may be on the horizon.   9780670062720AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL WARMING (Middle grade edition) by Al Gore Dramatic full-color photos, illustrations, and graphs combine with Gore’s effective and clear writing to explain global warming in very real terms: what it is, what causes it, and what will happen if we continue to ignore it. An Inconvenient Truth will change the way young people understand global warming and hopefully inspire them to help change the course of history.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Global Warming
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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 expand
from Shelf Awareness and has received glowing reviews for its heartwarming story and fun beat when read aloud. The School Library Journal raved in a starred review, “This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners.” Greyhound Groundhog Cover copyBesides quickly becoming a new favorite for storytime, A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG has also been recognized for its stunning and adorable watercolor artwork by illustrator Chris Appelhans (Sparky), the 2014 Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year. With A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG, Jenkins adds to an impressive backlist of hits, including the picture book TOY MEETS SNOW, a New York Times Notable Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year. She has also written award-winning chapter books featuring the same beloved characters from TOYS GO OUTTOY DANCE PARTY, and TOYS COME HOME.

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 expand
outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.
Yaa Gyasi and Margaret Atwood

Yaa Gyasi and Margaret Atwood

Penguin Random House author Margaret Atwood is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, for her lifetime contribution to letters and book culture, which includes groundbreaking fiction, environmental and feminist activism, and service to community as a cofounder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Penguin Random House imprints publish six finalists for the NBCC Awards in the following categories: FICTION nbcc1Zadie Smith’s SWING TIME (Penguin Press) GENERAL NONFICTION Matthew Desmond’s EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City(Crown) Jane Mayer’s DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of The Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Doubleday) AUTOBIOGRAPHY Hope Jahren’s LAB GIRL (Alfred A. Knopf) nbcc2Hisham Matar’s THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between (Random House) CRITICISM Mark Greif’s AGAINST EVERYTHING: Essays (Pantheon) Congratulations to Ms. Gyasi and Ms. Atwood as well as all of our nominees, their editors and publishers. View a complete list of the NBCC finalists here. Winners of the NBCC awards will be announced on Thursday, March 16 in NYC at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. The National Book Critics Circle was founded in 1974 at New York’s Algonquin Hotel by a group of the most influential critics of the day, and awarded its first set of honors in 1975.  The NBCC now comprises more than 1,000 working critics and book-review editors throughout the country.  The NBCC annually bestows its awards in six categories, honoring the best books published in the past year in the United States.

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 expand
Children’s Books has already licensed rights in the United Kingdom to Hot Key Books and in Australia and New Zealand to Allen & Unwin; both will publish Lockhart’s GENUINE FRAUD immediately following the U.S. publication. GENUINE FRAUD will carry a first printing of 250,000 copies and release on September 5, 2017. “It is always cause for celebration when a new E. Lockhart book arrives,” says Ms. Horowitz. “With GENUINE FRAUD Lockhart brilliantly combines a unique structure with the raw emotions of fascinating characters into a subversive psychological suspense novel readers will be hard-pressed to put down—and will want to read again as soon as they finish.” Edgy and inventive, GENUINE FRAUD is an instantly memorable story of love, betrayal, and entangled relationships that are not what they seem. Lockhart introduces readers to the story of Imogen and Jule—Imogen, a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat; Jule, a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. This is a novel about intense friendship, a disappearance, murder, bad romance, a girl who refuses to give people what they want from her, and a girl who refuses to be the person she once was. Who is genuine? And who is a fraud? You be the judge. Follow #GenuineFraud for conversation about the book. In May 2017, Delacorte Press will publish a special deluxe edition of Lockhart’s bestseller WE WERE LIARS, originally published in 2014 and hailed as “haunting” (Wall Street Journal), “mindblowing” (MTV News), and “shocking” (Entertainment Weekly), now with more than half a million copies sold in all formats in North America and legions of fans around the world. The new keepsake edition will include 32 pages of exclusive content that shares never-before-seen letters written to the main character, Cady, by Gat; the original book proposal; the author’s drawings of Beechwood Island and the Sinclair family tree; an excerpt of Genuine Fraud; and more. The book will retail for $18.99 and will be available wherever books are sold on May 23. WE WERE LIARS spent 50 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (for both hardcover and eBook editions). Follow the latest discussions about the book using #WeWereLiars.

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 expand
everywhere. Visit http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com to learn more and to discover your next read. https://youtu.be/J0QhdqQ7bVo Click here to retweet.

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 expand
inspiren, y para conectarlos con lectores en todas partes. Visite http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com para aprender más y descubrir su próxima lectura. https://youtu.be/5UMA_pzUypo Haga clic aquí para retweet.
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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 expand
well as the forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his leadership. It’s especially important for the young to learn about Dr. King’s character and contributions. We recommend the books herein for education and inspiration. Visit The King Center’s site here for more information on this year’s commemoration. FEATURED TITLES 9781612196169_caacaMARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: THE LAST INTERVIEW AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS by Martin Luther King, Jr. As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as urgent now as ever to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., whose insistence on equality and peace defined the Civil Rights Movement and forever changed the course of American history.   9780143036487MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: A LIFE by Marshall Frady Marshall Frady, the reporter who became the unofficial chronicler of the civil rights movement, here re-creates the life and turbulent times of its inspirational leader. Deftly interweaving the story of King’s quest with a history of the African American struggle for equality, Frady offers fascinating insights into his subject’s magnetic character and the complexities of King’s relationships with other civil rights leaders, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover.   9780807001127_e1f83WHY WE CAN’T WAIT  by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Often applauded as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most incisive and eloquent book, Why We Can’t Wait recounts the Birmingham campaign in vivid detail, while underscoring why 1963 was such a crucial year for the civil rights movement.   9780807001707_9a28aTHE TRUMPET OF CONSCIENCE by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In November and December 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Massey Lecture Series of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Immediately released under the title Conscience for Change after King’s assassination, it was republished as The Trumpet of Conscience. Each oration speaks prophetically to today’s perils, addressing issues of equality, conscience and war, the mobilization of young people, and nonviolence.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9780525428527_e22e7I AM MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos; Ages 5 to 8 Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right.   9781426310881_253e6NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC READERS: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by Kitson Jazynka; Ages 5 to 8 National Geographic Readers are educational, high-interest, and comprehensive for children. In this title, readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   9780448424217MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON by Frances Ruffin, Stephen Marchesi; Ages 6 to 8 On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people came to the nation’s capital. They came by plane, by bus, by car–even on roller-skates–to speak out against segregation and to demand equal rights for everyone. They also came to hear the words of a very special leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Told with a wonderful immediacy, this book captures the spirit of this landmark day in American history and brings Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to vivid life for young children.   mlk-dkFREE AT LAST! by Angela Bull; Ages 8 to 12 Free at Last! is a biography of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who encouraged nonviolent protest to fulfill his dream of an America where people would be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.   For more on these and other titles about Martin Luther King, Jr. visit MLK, JR. TITLES

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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“Out with the old and in with the new!” Well, we don’t quite feel that way at Penguin Random House about our books… like Helen Keller’s wisdom, the beauty and intelligence of our best titles transcend time. Still, the sentiment is optimistic and a fresh start for one’s self in 2017 is usually embraced, witness the resolutions that are bandied about on social media, in conversation and in news features. Who can deny the appeal of the ubiquitous marketing meme “New Year, New You”? What’s not as appealing is the toil and discipline involved with healthy change. So we offer our support in the quest for success and happiness with titles that will help readers realize 5 of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions as follow: GET MORE EXERCISE: 9780140469301THE RUNNER’S HANDBOOK: THE BESTSELLING CLASSIC FITNESS GUIDE FOR BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE RUNNERS by Bob Glover, Jack Shepherd If you’re a runner, or would like to be one, The Runner’s Handbook will answer all your questions. Fitness expert Bob Glover-who has trained thousands of runners-shows you how to devise a training program and keep at the top of your form.   9781465415806_19ed6STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISES FOR WOMEN by Joan Pagano Packed with more than 200 visual step-by-step exercises designed to burn calories, strengthen the core, and tone the body, Strength Training for Women is a must-have for core-conscious women who want to target key areas of their body and maintain all-round strength and fitness.   GET MORE SLEEP: 9781101904008_1d1e5THE SLEEP REVOLUTION: TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE, ONE NIGHT AT A TIME by Arianna Huffington In her new book, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, delves into the sleep revolution that is happening all across the world. Sleep, she writes, is one of humanity’s great unifiers, binding us to each other, to our ancestors, to our past, and to the future. Yet we find ourselves in the middle of a crisis of sleep deprivation, with devastating effects on our health, happiness and performance.   9780399160912BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP: SLEEP BETTER IN SEVEN WEEKS WITH MINDFULNESS MEDITATION by Joseph Emet, Thich Nhat Hanh Enlightened sleep practices for the modern mind. Buddha’s Book of Sleep is the first book to address sleep disturbances with techniques from mindfulness meditation. Yet this is a natural choice—mindfulness meditation has proven effective for psychological problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, and these very issues are what become sleep problems when your head hits the pillow.   PRACTICE MEDITATION: 9781615648863_1878aMEDITATION by Domyo Sater Burk A concise, easy-to-grasp prescriptive primer on the numerous types of meditation and how to practice them. While meditation is viewed in many ways, it’s essentially the slowing down of your thoughts in order to achieve awareness. Most meditation practitioners use it as a means of focusing their thoughts and relaxing in their space and mind. Many use it as a daily form of prayer. Meditation can help focus your thinking, lower your stress levels, and lower risks for medical issues.   9781611803693_d20bdMINDFUL GAMES: SHARING MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION WITH CHILDREN, TEENS, AND FAMILIES by Susan Kaiser Greenland Playing games is a great way for kids to develop their focusing and attention skills and to become more mindful. Susan Kaiser Greenland has had a lot of success bringing mindfulness to the classroom, and in this book she shares her experience, showing how parents, caregivers, and teachers can cultivate these qualities at home or in a school setting.   DECLUTTER: 9781465453051_c80ddCUT THE CLUTTER by Cynthia Ewer From how to combat and stay on top of the clutter tide to the most effective tools and methods for cleaning, expert Cynthia Townley Ewer guides you through solving the many obstacles of running an orderly home. Step-by-step instructions, household routines, and quick tips make these daunting tasks easier to tackle, and will leave you with more time and energy for the good things in life.   9781607747307_9d11aTHE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING by Marie Kondo Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method’s category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results.   REDUCE CALORIES: 9780399178443_40d59ZERO BELLY SMOOTHIES: LOSE UP TO 16 POUNDS IN 14 DAYS AND SIP YOUR WAY TO A LEAN & HEALTHY YOU! by David Zinczenko Now in a full-color print edition with added photographs, the much-requested extension of the bestselling Zero Belly books franchise, an essential collection of more than 100 simple, nutritious and delicious smoothies that adhere to the Zero Belly dos and don’ts, including a 3- and 5-day smoothie cleanse to jumpstart rapid weight loss!   9780385345620_9c9a5THE SKINNYTASTE COOKBOOK: LIGHT ON CALORIES, BIG ON FLAVOR by Gina Homolka Skinnytaste.com is the hottest go-to resource for low-fat, low-calorie meals that taste anything but. Gina Homolka—a home cook turned savvy blogger—started the site as she launched her own efforts to lose weight after having her second child, and her recipes instantly resonated with a wide audience.   For our Top 50 Health Books visit the collection: Health for New Year

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 expand
to Penguin Random House, which read, in part: “On behalf of our staff on the ground and all the girls and boys served by Save the Children’s literacy programs, I want to express my deep gratitude for the generous gifts we received from Penguin Random House. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to give children growing up in poverty in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Malawi and rural America more opportunities to develop strong literacy skills and discover the joy of reading that only comes with access to books that stretch imaginations, inspire new ways of thinking and transport young readers to faraway places … Your operations team deserves extra acknowledgment for the extraordinary effort, time and expense that they devoted to ensuring that 300,000 books – an enormous amount by any count – made it into the hands of children in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach places.” ZimbabweMs. Mills also taped a short video message that features some of the children who have benefited from Penguin Random House’s contributions. Watch it here. Globally, Penguin Random House supports Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program, which creates a culture of reading both inside and outside the classroom, reaching more than 1,900 schools for children aged 6-10 particularly in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malawi and Zambia as well as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Australia. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Early Reader books were donated to partner programs in North Carolina and South Carolina. Penguin Random House has also been a strong supporter of Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program, which lays a critical foundation of language and literacy skills for children from birth to age 5, so they can enter school ready to succeed. The best way to ensure all children have a fair chance at a brighter future is to give each child the opportunity to learn and grow early on.

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: expand
  9780375869020_9ed89WONDER by R. J. Palacio Soon to be a major motion picture with starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay (April, 2017) Wonder is the story of Auggie, a boy born with major facial abnormalities but no cognitive ones.  The novel begins with Auggie’s parents’ decision to send him to school for the first time – beginning with 5th grade which is middle school in New York City, where the family lives.  Auggie rises to the occasion, but typical middle school hardships are tenfold harder for him. Though classified as a “middle-grade” book, Wonder is a classic of empathy for all readers as it proves the adage that our similarities are much stronger than our differences. – Liz Camfiord   9780399184413_1d3cbSEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS by Carlo Rovelli Carlo Rovelli’s fantastic book I think could change the mind of even the most deeply pessimistic about science because, as Carlo states in the book, “Science is, above all, about visions.” Covering the theory of relativity, quantum physics, the architecture of our cosmos, and much more in this slim volume, Rovelli peels back the mystique and myth around science. – Amanda Fensch   9780143125471_576c4THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS by Daniel James Brown By the end of the prologue, I was hooked, reading it straight through in one sitting. Daniel James Brown’s switches between Joe Rantz’s early and home life partnered with the team selections and shell races made what could have been a monotonous plot, into a very page turning narrative.  Peppered throughout, and seamlessly incorporated, he also includes the crisis of the Great Depression and its effects on the US, while pinpointing the concurrent events in Germany and Hitler’s rise to power. The minute I finished it I had to tell my family all about it. The reluctant young readers in the group absolutely loved the audiobook and demanded it be played anytime we got in the car. – Katie Kipe   9781101946619_89cf7THE NIX by Nathan Hill The Nix is a sprawling satire that perfectly captures the late-capitalism, post-democratic society in which we live – obsessed as it is with superficiality, consumerism, unreality – but which also treats its characters with such warmth, such sincerity, such empathy that it’s a tonic for the times we’re in. - Pennie Hoyle Note: Meryl Streep and J.J. Abrams have partnered to bring THE NIX to the small screen as a limited TV series. Streep is reportedly looking to executive produce and star in the project.   9780385535731_c653bHERO OF THE EMPIRE by Candice Millard I always thought of Winston Churchill as a cigar smoking, short stocky man who was a great leader of England during WWII and somewhat crippled by his bigger nation partners in the US and Soviet Union against Nazi Germany but Candice Millard shows us a completely different side of Churchill as a young man full of aspiration and eager to serve his country. The author spins a story of bravery, savagery and chance encounters.  It is timeless non-fiction that reads like fiction on par with Stieg Larsson and draws comparison to works by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It’s perfect for readers interested in the time period and war history.  – Brian Nielsen   9780143129202_41807YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: from being unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend”, been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all the time.  Now, she’s taking these topics to the page. As personal as it is political, You Can’t Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart. – Hugo Bresson   9780399538537_a4445TALES OF THE PECULIAR by Ransom Riggs This is a book for peculiars only, if you don’t find yourself floating out of bed in the middle of the night because you forgot to tie yourself to the mattress, or if you’re not sprouting flames from the palms of your hands an inopportune times or if you don’t chew food with the mouth in the back of your head, then please whatever you do, don’t read this book! – Robert Haddock   9780345528704_1204bTHE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Melanie Benjamin This is the story of Truman Capote and his swans. Babe Paley, along with Slim Keith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Pamela Churchill, and more. But mostly Babe. It is the story of how Capote courted them, lunched with them, entertained them, and used them to make his entrée into the world that their husbands inhabited – that of men of wealth, the one status that Truman wanted, but was unable to attain…But Capote couldn’t maintain his friendship with his swans.  He miscalculated, and published a chapter out of his most famous and never-to-be-finished novel, Answered Prayers.  In it, he told stories that should have never been revealed. Truman Capote fascinates us. We can’t get enough of him.  And stories of glitterati and socialites will always fascinate us. - Sharon Parker   9781101875940_773b1SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler A thrilling novel of the senses, and coming-of-age tale, follows a small-town girl who gets the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan…Stephanie Danler conjures the nonstop and totally adrenalized world of the restaurant. Evoking the infinite possibility of being young in New York City with heart-stopping accuracy, Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the wisdom that comes from life experiences… both sweet and bitter.  – Brad Simpson For more on these and other books on our list visit the edelweiss collection: Year-End Hot Titles

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 expand
of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.” “Lauren’s 2013 novel, SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE, established her as a talented writer with a terrific voice,” says her editor Sara Weiss. “When she approached us about writing a book of personal essays that would tie into the release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, we knew it was a winning idea. Not only are Gilmore fans die-hard, but Lauren is the real deal – and the book more than delivers: The essays are honest, hilarious, quirky, and charming and reading it is like having a cup of coffee with your best friend. “
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Lauren Graham

In TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN, Graham reveals stories about love, life, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with the behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. “Returning to the show justified putting together these thoughts and essays,” with the Gilmore endeavors serving as “bookends,” Graham told USA Today. “I thought, ‘I feel so grateful to get to do this again that I’m going to write about what it was like.’” Ms. Graham appeared on Ellen, The Today Show, Rachael Ray, The Chew, National Public Radio and was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, People magazine,Entertainment Weekly, among many other national outlets. Her events at the 92nd St. Y in New York and Sixth & I in Washington, DC both instantly sold out, along with a fantastic event at Barnes & Noble Union Square.
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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: expand
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books) WHEN WATCHED by Leopoldine Core (Penguin Books) HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi  (Alfred A Knopf) WRECK AND ORDER by Hannah Tennant-Moore (Hogarth/Crown Publishing Group) PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction pen awards1EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Crown) WHITE TRASH: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (Viking) STRANGERS DROWNING: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar (Penguin Press) CHILDREN OF PARADISE: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor (Riverhead Books) BAD NEWS: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship by Anjan Sundaram (Doubleday) PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS by Teju Cole (Random House) AGAINST EVERYTHING by Mark Greif (Pantheon Books) PEN Open Book Award CHRONICLE OF A LAST SUMMER: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi (Tim Duggan Books/Crown Publishing Group) BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue (Random House) WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead Books) PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award pen awards2THE GENIUS OF BIRDS by Jennifer Ackerman (Penguin Press) PATIENT H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich (Random House) ENGINEERING EDEN: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith (Crown) HOW TO MAKE A SPACESHIP: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of a Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie (Penguin Press) LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren (Alfred A Knopf) THE GLASS UNIVERSE by Dava Sobel (Viking) PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing BOYS AMONG MEN: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution by Jonathan Abrams (Crown Archetype) INDENTURED: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocer and  Ben Strauss (Portfolio) PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography pen awards3CHARLOTTE BRONTE: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman (Alfred A. Knopf) PEN Translation Prize THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith (Hogarth/Crown Publishing Group) PEN Award for Poetry in Translation TALES OF ISE translated from Japanese by Peter MacMillan (Penguin Classics) Warm congratulations to all of our PEN longlisted authors, their editors and publishers. To view the complete 2017 PEN Literary Awards longlists click here. Finalists for the 2017 PEN awards will be announced on January 18. The winners will be revealed on February 22, except those for the awards for debut fiction and essay as well as those for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the PEN/Nabokov Award, which will be named live at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on March 27 at The New School’s Auditorium in NYC.

#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: expand
  9780375760372_3a15eHAWAII: A NOVEL by James A. Michener, Steve Berry Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries—until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions.   9780140165210_10676PARADISE NEWS by David Lodge Bernard Walsh is in Hawaii on family business, escorting his querulous father to the bedside of a long-forgotten aunt. His mission transports him from quiet obscurity in England, to a lush tropical playground, from cloistered solitude into the unfamiliar company of package tourists: honeymooners; young women looking for Mr. Nice; families nuclear and fissile. But it is the island itself that holds the most astonishing surprises.   9781594485640UNFAMILIAR FISHES by Sarah Vowell An examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.   9780770436254THIS IS PARADISE: STORIES by Kristiana Kahakauwila Elegant, brutal, and profound—this magnificent debut captures the grit and glory of modern Hawai’i with breathtaking force and accuracy.     9780812977820THE DESCENDANTS: A NOVEL by Kaui Hart Hemmings The basis for the hit movie starring George Clooney, The Descendants is Narrated in a bold, fearless, unforgettable voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii. It’s a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together and re-create its own legacy.   9780425221679SWEET LIFE by Mia King When her husband gets a new job, Marissa Price leaves the island of Manhattan for the island of Hawaii. Paradise seems like the perfect place to find herself, save her marriage, and reconnect with her daughter. But Marissa discovers her new life is less about beaches and beautiful sunsets and more about cows and lava flows. Their new home is a fixer-upper. But what most needs fixing – her marriage – is the first thing to crumble.   For more books on Hawaii, visit the edelweiss collection Hawaii

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. expand
  FEATURED TITLES   9781598535105_079c3REPORTING WORLD WAR II: AMERICAN JOURNALISM 1938-1946 edited by Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, Nancy Caldwell Sorel Marking the 75th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War II, this Library of America two-volume boxed set gathers the acclaimed collection that evokes an extraordinary period in American history—and in American journalism. In two authoritative volumes, nearly 200 pieces by 80 writers record seminal events. Read an excerpt: “The Worst News That I Have Encountered in the Last 20 Years.”   9780140157345_f16f7AT DAWN WE SLEPT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PEARL HARBOR; Revised edition by Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein Revisit the definitive book on Pearl Harbor: At 7:53 a.m., December 7, 1941, America’s national consciousness and confidence were rocked as the first wave of Japanese warplanes took aim at the U.S. Naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. As intense and absorbing as a suspense novel, At Dawn We Slept is the unparalleled and exhaustive account of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.   9780345373809_dee7bREMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR: EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS BY U.S. MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN by Robert S. La Forte, Ronald E. Marcello       FOR YOUNGER READERS   9780448464626WHAT WAS PEARL HARBOR? by Patricia Brennan Demuth, John Mantha, Tim Tomkinson; ages 8-12 In a compelling, easy-to-read narrative, children will learn all about a pivotal moment in American history.     9781426322488_9951dREMEMBER PEARL HARBOR: AMERICAN AND JAPANESE SURVIVORS TELL THEIR STORIES by Thomas B. Allen, Robert D. Ballard; Ages 10 & up This landmark volume will provide young readers with valuable insights into both the Japanese and American points of view and demonstrate why people on both sides feel the need to remember Pearl Harbor.   9780385386555_ba0aaUNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN by Graham Salisbury; Ages 12 & up Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty. World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends. But then Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, and the United States declares war on Japan. Japanese men are rounded up, and Tomi’s father and grandfather are arrested. It’s a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesn’t change: the loyalty of Tomi’s buddies, the Rats.   9780385386562_4f560EYES OF THE EMPEROR by Graham Salisbury; Ages 12 & up Eddy Okubo lies about his age and joins the army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy—even the U.S. Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers. Then the army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi. Here they are given a special job, one that only they can do. Eddy’s going to help train attack dogs. He’s going to be the bait.   9780385386579_fa86dHOUSE OF THE RED FISH by Graham Salisbury; Ages 12 & up 1943, one year after the end of Under the Blood-Red Sun.  As a Japanese American, Tomi and his family have new enemies everywhere, vigilantes who suspect all Japanese. Tomi finds hope in his goal of raising Papa’s fishing boat, sunk in the canal by the Army on the day of the attack. To Tomi, raising Papa’s boat is a sign of faith that Papa and Grandpa will return.   For more on these and related titles visit the edelweiss collection: Pearl Harbor

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 expand
more days for kids across the country through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that distributes books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. This new #GiveaBook framework gives readers everywhere the power to give back and donate Penguin Random House books to students and educators in their local communities, continuing our mission to help nourish a passion for reading among the next generation of readers.
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Nicola Yoon and Barbara Marcus

The #GiveaBook campaign doesn’t stop at 100,000 books. Now through December 31, 2016, Penguin Random House is tripling the impact of donations made to First Book. Your donation through www.firstbook.org/prhcould help provide three times as many books to kids in local communities.  First Book can provide a new book to a child in need for just $3. Every $3 donated, online and off, will also be matched with an in-kind donation of two additional books from Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House celebrated the launch of #GiveaBook and the giving season by distributing books as gifts to readers at locations in New York, Maryland, Indiana and California. Through this cross-departmental effort, Emily Condlin has been leading the team driving the #GiveaBook 2016 campaign, highlighting the ongoing impact of our social responsibility programs. Thank you for joining us in celebrating the positive power of books and reading this holiday season. Stay tuned for more campaign updates and for shareable social media assets to help spread the word. Nicola Yoon and Barbara Marcus

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:   expand
    9780735284845IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun in The Sandbox by Carol Burnett, narrated by the author (Random House Audio; Produced by Aaron Blank; Crown Archetype Print & E-book)       9781101923009M TRAIN by Patti Smith, narrated by the author (Random House Audio; Produced by Orli Moscowitz; Knopf Print & E- book)       9781524703622UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia, narrated by the authors and a full cast (Random House Audio; Produced by Dan Zitt; Da Capo Press Print & E-book)       9781611764703 UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK by Elvis Costello, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio; Produced by Dan Zitt; Blue Rider Press Print & E-book)     Penguin Random House Audio titles have previously received 39 GRAMMY® nominations and 13 GRAMMY® Awards. The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be presented Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. We are thrilled for our Audio colleagues and author/narrators.
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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 expand
a water-spraying salute from firetrucks. As travel to Cuba ramps up so has an interest in its culture, history and politics. With that in mind, we’ve curated the following fine fiction and nonfiction to do with the intriguing island nation.   FEATURED TITLES   9781607749868_38cc0¡CUBA!: RECIPES AND STORES FROM THE CUBAN KITCHEN by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn and Jody Eddy As the borders of Cuba continue to relax, more tourists are flooding in to find a country that is rich in history and steeped in tradition. Award-winning photographer Dan Goldberg has been visiting and photographing Cuba for almost a decade. Packed with 75 approachable and delectable recipes for classic Cuban dishes; essays on Cuba’s culture, history, and politics, and hundreds of breathtaking photos, ¡CUBA! offers readers a unique opportunity to dive into the food and culture of this vibrant country.   9780241245927_08586THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CUBA Discover all of Cuba’s highlights with insider information ranging from Cuba’s diverse music, Scuba diving, and colonial architecture to its world-class ballet and baseball, political history and captivating capital city, Havana. Clear maps make your travels around this spectacular country easy and unforgettable.   9781588341471_84225CUBANO BE, CUBANO BOP: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF JAZZ IN CUBA by Leonardo Acosta, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel S. White Based on unprecedented research in Cuba, the direct testimony of scores of Cuban musicians, and the author’s unique experience as a prominent jazz musician, CUBANO BE, CUBANO BOP is destined to take its place among the classics of jazz history. The work pays tribute not only to a distinguished lineage of Cuban jazz musicians and composers, but also to the rich musical exchanges between Cuban and American jazz throughout the twentieth century.   9781400076444THE BOYS FROM DOLORES: FIDEL CASTRO’S SCHOOLMATES FROM REVOLUTION TO EXILE by Patrick Symmes At once sweeping and intimate, this remarkable history is a tour de force investigation of the world that gave birth to Fidel Castro – and the world his Cuban Revolution left behind.   9780143116325BACARDI AND THE LONG FIGHT FOR CUBA by Tom Gjelten In this widely hailed book, NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten fuses the story of the Bacardi family and their famous rum business with Cuba’s tumultuous experience over the last 150 years to produce a deeply entertaining historical narrative.   9780142437049_4711fSELECTED WRITINGS by Jose Marti José Martí (1853-1895) is the most renowned political and literary figure in the history of Cuba. A poet, essayist, orator, statesman, abolitionist, and the martyred revolutionary leader of Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain, Martí lived in exile in New York for most of his adult life, earning his living as a foreign correspondent. Throughout the 1880s and early 1890s, Martí’s were the eyes through which much of Latin America saw the United States.   9780140157659BEFORE NIGHT FALLS: A MEMOIR by Reinaldo Arenas The shocking memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas “is a book above all about being free,” said The New York Review of Books–sexually, politically, artistically. Arenas recounts a stunning odyssey from his poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba and his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Castro, through his suppression as a writer, imprisonment as a homosexual, his flight from Cuba via the Mariel boat lift, and his subsequent life and the events leading to his death in New York.   9780345381439_dc680DREAMING IN CUBAN by Cristina García Here is the dreamy and bittersweet story of a family divided by politics and geography by the Cuban revolution. It is the family story of Celia del Pino, and her husband, daughter and grandchildren, from the mid-1930s to 1980.   9781594483790THE ISLAND OF ETERNAL LOVE by Daina Chaviano Alone in a city that haunts her, far from her family, her history, and the island she left behind, Cecelia seeks refuge in a bar in Little Havana where a mysterious old woman’s fascinating tale keeps Cecelia returning night after night.   9780143119333THE SUGAR KING OF HAVANA : THE RISE AND FALL OF JULIO LOBO, CUBA’S LAST TYCOON by John Paul Rathbone Drawing on stories from the author’s own family history and other tales of the island’s lost haute bourgeoisie, THE SUGAR KING OF HAVANA is a rare portrait of Cuba’s glittering past—and a hopeful window into its future.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9780375854897_d2c84THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Gonzalez This a moving tale of a 14-year-old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution.   For more on these and related titles visit the edelweiss collection: Cuba

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. expand
star coverTHE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is Yoon’s second novel and widely regarded as a stunning follow-up to her 2015 YA hit, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, which will make the jump to the big screen in August of 2017 and will star Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Buzz for Yoon’s second novel was high in the months leading up to the publication of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR on November 1. It was featured everywhere from The New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2016 list, to Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine. It is currently #6 on The New York Times bestsellers list for young adult hardcovers. KirkusUSA TodayTime Magazine, Buzzfeed, and so many others have all given it glowing reviews. This book is inspired by Big History (to learn about one thing, you have to learn about everything). 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 what they experience.
Nicola Yoon at the National Book Awards

Nicola Yoon at the National Book Awards

Two teens–Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica–cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives–Daniel is on his way to a college interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica–and fall in love. In one of this book’s many starred reviews, Booklist praised Yoon, saying that THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is “lyrical and sweeping, full of hope, heartbreak, fate…and the universal beating of the human heart.”

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. expand

1.     #GiveABook and Change a Life

This holiday season, Penguin Random House is giving you 5 books in your honor to donate to your community through our third annual #GiveaBook holiday campaign. With your help, we have donated more than 85,000 books to children in need across the country through #Giveabook since its inception in 2014. This year, we’re donating an additional 50,000 books to children nationwide through First Book. Click here to claim 5 of these 50,000 books for your local students and teachers today.

2.     Help Young Readers Get Ahead with Read Ahead

Read Ahead ignites a love of reading in young students in New York City through mentoring, improving their confidence as well as their odds for success in school and life. Help nourish a passion for reading early in life by making a one-time or recurring contribution through their Page Turners program.

3.     Share a Bedtime Story with Worldreader

Reading to kids throughout their childhoods has a lasting and powerful impact on their future. This holiday season, join Worldreader, the innovative nonprofit that uses technology to bring digital books to every child and their family, to help give the gift of a bedtime story to kids around the globe. Watch how Penguin Random House Author Ambassador Tad Hills is spreading the joy of books and reading around the world. Make a donation of any size and your contribution will go towards making a collection of ebooks free, so that families around the world can read to their children.

4.     Buy One, Give One with Penguin Random House and Zulily

This year, get your holiday shopping done on zulily and help children in need across the country. Beginning on #CyberMonday on November 28 and throughout the holiday season Penguin Random House will donate one book for every Penguin Random House book sold on zulily. Look for the special Buy One, Give One badge for qualifying items and give the gift of reading to kids in need across the country.

5.     Give a Gift of Joy with Save the Children

Browse Save the Children’s Gifts of Joy Catalog to find your perfect #GivingTuesday gift. Choose to educate a girl for just $75 and you’ll give the gift of books, resources, and access to an education. For less than 20 cents a day, you can change a girl’s life forever.

6.     Help to Defend Freedom of Expression with PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the US and worldwide. Support PEN America and their efforts to champion the freedom to write and to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Join Penguin Random House in supporting PEN America and become a member today.

7.     Support the Literary Community with Poets and Writers

Poets and Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. By subscribing to the Poets and Writers magazine and becoming a member at any level, you can help the non-profit with their mission to foster the professional development of poets and writers, promote communication throughout the literary community, and help create an environment in which the widest possible public can appreciate literature.

8.     Support UJA and Help People in need.

Contribute to the UJA Federation of New York today and your support will have a global effect. Each year, UJA’s work touches 4.5 million people in more than 70 countries through a network of more than 100 charitable organizations. Donate today and visit their new volunteer website, www.timeforgood.org, to find meaningful volunteer projects around New York City in the five boroughs, Westchester and LI.

9.     Put Girls First and Donate to the Malala Fund

Join Malala Yousafzai’s #YesAllGirls movement and make a donation to support education programs for girls around the world. In her words, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” Help make it happen.

10.     Support Jumpstart and Make a Difference

Because every child deserves a jump start, donate now and your gift will support Jumpstart’s early education program, providing children who are at risk of failing school with the support they need to be successful in preschool and ready for life. Celebrate #GivingTuesday by sharing this story on social media.

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. expand
This holiday season, zulily’s campaign will benefit First Book, a Penguin Random House partner and nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to kids nationwide, and Treehouse, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to giving children and teens in the foster care system the essentials they need to succeed in school and in life. Penguin Random House is proud to partner with zulily as the exclusive source of books to both First Book and Treehouse. For every Penguin Random House book sold on zulily we will donate one book to First Book, throughout the holiday season beginning #CyberMonday, November 28. Look for the special Buy One, Give One badge for qualifying books and give the gift of a bedtime story. In addition to our contributions to First Book, Penguin Random House will also provide Treehouse with books to offer for free to kids and teens in the Seattle foster care system throughout the holiday season. Read more about zulily’s campaign here. Celebrate #GivingTuesday by sharing this story on social media.

#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 expand
children in need across the country through our #GiveaBook holiday season campaign since its inception in 2014. This year, we are donating an additional 50,000 books to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children from low-income families. We’re giving readers the chance to claim 5 of these 50,000 books for students in their home states. To claim yours and support your community visitwww.penguinrandomhouse.com/giveabook, complete the form, and Penguin Random House and First Book will make 5 books available to students and educators near you. Tomorrow on Giving Tuesday, our Penguin Random House colleagues in New York, Maryland, Indiana and California will celebrate the campaign kickoff by distributing more than 1,500 free books as gifts to readers in their home towns. Be sure to snap a picture and share using the hashtag #Giveabook to spread the word. Thank you for joining us in celebrating the positive power of books and reading this holiday season, and helping to create our next generation of readers. Stay tuned to Igloo to learn more about the campaign and for shareable social media assets to hep spread the word. Visit www.penguinrandomhouse.com/giveabook to #GiveaBook and give back.
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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 expand
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving – a secular holiday originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. What follows is a selection of books to help us all have “an attitude of gratitude” for each other, nature’s bounty and, of course, books!   FEATURED TITLES   9780451492937_0cfcbGRATITUDE by Oliver Sacks No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks. During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death. Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.   9781101984147_c7c9fTHE GRATITUDE DIARIES: HOW A YEAR LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE by Janice Kaplan Former Parade Editor-in-Chief, Janice Kaplan spends a year living gratefully and transforms her marriage, family life, work and health. Through extensive interviews with experts and lively conversations with real people including celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan discovers the role of gratitude in everything from our sense of fulfillment to our children’s happiness.   9781426217159_97cb1A YEAR OF DAILY GRATITUDE: A GUIDED JOURNAL FOR CREATING THANKFULNESS EVERY DAY by Lorraine Miller Thoughtful quotations, easy-to-follow exercises and meditations, and space to record personal reflections offers a personalized path to inner peace. Filled with inspiring images and organized around monthly themes like growth, faith, and perspective, this guided journal is as visually palliative as it is emotionally rewarding.   9780143125969_f0adbTIES THAT BIND: STORIES OF LOVE AND GRATITUDE FROM THE FIRST TEN YEARS OF STORYCORPS by Dave Isay TIES THAT BIND honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family.   9781594631290THANKS HELP WOW: THE THREE ESSENTIAL PRAYERS by Anne Lamott It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.   9781426215513_fca79THE LITTLE BOOK OF THANKS: A GIFT OF JOY AND APPRECIATION by Anne Rogers Smyth With inspiring words of gratitude, this tiny book with a great big message, helps us recognize the people who make our lives brighter and our hearts lighter. Enlightening quotes and short writings paired with adorable animal photos provide the perfect way to acknowledge everyone who makes a difference: a parent, friend, sibling, spouse, colleague, teacher, mentor, or anyone else who has enriched your life.   9780147517968_61bf1GRATITUDE AND TRUST: SIX AFFIRMATIONS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Paul Williams, Tracey Jackson Paul Williams is an alcoholic. Tracey Jackson is not. But together, these two close friends are working to apply the principles of the recovery movement to those countless people who are not addicts but nevertheless suffer from difficulties and pain.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9780763655945_8ce7cGIVING THANKS by Jonathan London, Gregory Manchess; Ages 3 to 7 How can a young boy ever show his gratitude for all the beauty he sees? He will learn from his father, who thanks the earth and the sky, the frogs and the crickets, the hawk and the deer, even the trees that wave their arms in the breeze. Majestic as the most beautiful autumn day and filled with glimpses of favorite woodland animals, GIVING THANKS is truly a gift to readers.   9780803740341_e07e0LADYBUG GIRL GIVES THANKS by David Soman, Jacky Davis; Ages 2 to 5 Ladybug Girl tells us why she’s thankful for all of her favorite things. And she has so much to be thankful for—Bingo, the trees, her books, her friends and family, and, of course, pumpkin pie!   For more information on these and related titles visit Gratitude

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 expand
the program to reach children in Worldreader-affiliated schools as well as adults in libraries. Tad-Hills-Reading-In-GhanaTad talks about his Author Ambassador experiences in his first blog post, The Power of Reading to Kids: “I am not a researcher, scientist, academic or someone who has gathered empirical evidence about the value of reading to children, but I’ve seen first-hand how a book or story can introduce children to a world they’ve never seen, a concept that has never occurred to them, or a life they haven’t lived. I’ve seen books bring people together and as I have visited classrooms in the United States and throughout the world, most recently in Ghana and Kenya with Worldreader, I’m always amazed at how stories can connect people.” Tad’s 5-day Author Ambassador journey featured visits to the Kibera School for Girls (Kibera, Kenya), St. Mary’s Boarding School (Narok, Kenya), Kade School (Accra, Ghana) and Dordiak Educational Complex (Accra, Ghana). The trip was captured documentary-style and is presented in a Worldreader blog post today and can be viewed on the Penguin Random House YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/aQT1CFr3-I0 Penguin Random House and Worldreader proudly partner to help create a world where everyone is a reader. Visit www.worldreader.org and www.penguinrandomhouse.com to learn more about how we are committed to creating the next generation of readers around the world.

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 expand
Best Awful, and memoirs like Wishful Drinking, Carrie has established herself as a singular comedic voice, tinged with the sadness of modern living. While some of the early press on The Princess Diarist has focused on Carrie’s revelations about her relationship with Harrison Ford four decades ago, her book brilliantly dissects the questions of fame, aging and longing for connections in Hollywood (and in our families).”
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

With her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher became one of the world’s most famous pop-culture icons.  As she prepared to return to the Star Wars series in 2015, Fisher made a most interesting discovery—three long-forgotten journals she had kept during the making of the first Star Wars film in 1976. Filled with the musings, insights, and witticisms of her nineteen-year-old self, they also document an affair with one of her co-stars that has never been revealed until now, with the publication of THE PRINCESS DIARIST. “I’ve rarely talked about being Leia at length—not deliberately in any event,” Fisher writes. She definitely corrects that state of affairs with her new memoir, reflecting on how she got to be Leia, what it was like to actually play her, and how Leia has changed her life. “I’m asked about her all the time,” she writes. “How she is. What her plans are for episodes VIII and IX.  How things are going with Harrison.” As it turns out, Harrison Ford plays a significant role in Fisher’s new book. “I’ve spent so many years not telling the story of Harrison and me having an affair on the first Star Wars movie that it’s difficult to know exactly how to tell it now,” she writes. “I suppose I’m writing this because it’s forty years later and whoever we there then—superficially at least—we no longer are now. Whoever I might have infuriated then wouldn’t have the energy to be infuriated now. And even if they did, I wouldn’t have the energy to feel as guilty as I would have thirty or twenty or—well, there’s no way I could’ve written it even ten years ago.”
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Lest she be accused of kissing and telling without warning or scruple, Fisher notes that, before disclosing anything that is possibly someone else’s secret to tell, she first lets that person know about her intention. “I don’t want to make anyone else look stupid,” she writes. “That’s a privilege I reserve for myself.” Besides, she says, if she hadn’t written about it, someone else would have. Someone without direct knowledge of the “situation.” Someone who would wait—cowardly—until after her passing to speculate on what happened and make her look bad. Or Internet folks, who would conjecture about it with their proof being heretofore-unseen publicity pictures from Japan. Beyond “Carrison,” Fisher offers fresh, funny, and touching new takes on many of the major events of her remarkable life and career, starting with her childhood in the Hollywood fishbowl, as the daughter of the famously divorced Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Their bitter split amid the tabloid glare when Fisher left Reynolds for her best friend, Elizabeth Taylor, and the subsequent decline of her parents’ finances and starry luster, made her vow never to go into show business. But at fifteen she was in a Broadway show starring her mother, and at seventeen, she won the role of a jaded, intellectually and sexually precocious teenager in Shampoo, which brought her to the attention of George Lucas.

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 expand
Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry was presented by Dr. Maya Angelou’s great granddaughter Caylin Johnson. The award specifically focuses on poetry initiatives and is awarded in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou’s legacy. The 2016 awards also consist of a $10,000 first-place grant, one $5,000 second-place grant, and one $2,500 third-place grant for each teacher’s respective school. In addition, book donations are made to these winners. Ten additional runner-ups receive $250 grants and books donations. teacher awardsPictured, left to right: Michael Gentile, VP, Director, Academic Marketing, Penguin Random House; Melanie Fallon-Houska, Director of Corporate Giving, Penguin Random House; Caylin Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou’s great grand-daughter; Kristen Nevins, $10,000 Grant Recipient; Gillian Schneider, $10,000 Maya Angelou Grant Recipient; Doug Hesse, NCTE President; and Susan Houser, NCTE President-Elect Melanie Fallon-Houska, Director, Corporate Giving, underscored Penguin Random House’s commitment to nurturing a universal passion for reading and creating lifelong readers during a short presentation, and recognized the 2016 Teacher Awards for Literacy winners and presented them with their grant awards:
  • Kristen Nevins –$10,000 Grant Recipient, Third Grade Teacher, Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School, Roselle, NJ
  • Gillian Schneider  – $10,000 Maya Angelou Grant Recipient, English Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL
  • Amy Rasmussen  – $5,000 Grant Recipient, English Teacher, Lewisville High School, Lewisville, TX
  • Joyce Victor  – $2,500 Grant Recipient, Teacher Tutor, Owens Primary School, Bakersfield, CA
 
Caylin Johnson

Caylin Johnson

These awards recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students.  They are open to full- and part-time teachers in public schools across the United States.  Winners are awarded grants to help further their innovative reading programs and to disseminate them to other teachers around the country. The Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy Highlights Video shows the difference these grants are making to the teachers, schools, and, most importantly, the kids. Watch the video here and go to http://foundation.penguinrandomhouse.com for 2017 guidelines and application. The first 2016 application received by September 1, 2017 will receive a free class set of Penguin Random House titles. Deadline for all applications is September 15, 2017.

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. expand
FICTION 9780451493446CONCLAVE by Robert Harris (Knopf) The best-selling author, Robert Harris, turns to today’s Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet–where the power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men. The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth. 9780307959621NOVELS, TALES, JOURNEYS by Alexander Pushkin (Knopf) The father of Russian literature, Pushkin is beloved not only for his poetry but also for his brilliant stories, which range from dramatic tales of love, obsession, and betrayal to dark fables and sparkling comic masterpieces, from satirical epistolary tales and romantic adventures in the manner of Sir Walter Scott to imaginative historical fiction and the haunting dreamworld of “The Queen of Spades.” The five short stories ofThe Late Tales of Ivan Petrovich Belkin are lightly humorous and yet reveal astonishing human depths, and his short novel, The Captain’s Daughter, has been called the most perfect book in Russian literature. 9780143108474PRESENCE: COLLECTED STORIES by Arthur Miller (Penguin Classics) Though best known for creating some of the greatest dramas of the twentieth century, Arthur Miller was also a master of the short story. Initially published in prestigious venues like the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Esquire, his fiction constitutes a fascinating and indispensable portion of his life’s work. PRESENCE: COLLECTED STORIES revives and reintroduces these masterly works, making available in one volume stories previously scattered across various collections. Here, as in his best plays, Miller pulls apart the threads of American life with tender humanism and unmatched psychological realism. These stories build on the landscape of Miller’s drama, of Broadway dives and Brooklyn shipyards where businessmen, writers, bums, and blue-collar workers struggle for self-worth. 9781524732066THE SPY by Paulo Coelho (Knopf) When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.  Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city. As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men. But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage. Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, THE SPY is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price. NONFICTION 9780399173592THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press) When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, THE PRINCESS DIARISTis Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. 9781400069880VICTORIA: THE QUEEN by Julia Baird (Random House) This page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen—a Victoria for our times. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Drawing on sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria’s relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning. 9780451497574THE KEYS by DJ Khaled (Crown Archetype) From Snapchat sensation, business mogul, and recording artist DJ Khaled, the book They don’t want you to read reveals his major keys to success: Stay away from They; Don’t ever play yourself; Secure the bag; Respect the code; Glorify your success; Don’t deny the heat; Keep two rooms cooking at the same time; Win, win, win no matter what.     9780385349765ISLAND PEOPLE by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (Knopf) From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa María‘s deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to the misunderstandings and fantasies of outsiders. Running roughshod over the place,  they have viewed these islands and their inhabitants as exotic allure to be consumed or conquered. The Caribbean stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than three hundred years, with societies shaped by mass migrations and forced labor.  But its people, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Jelly-Schapiro gives a sweeping account of how these islands’ inhabitants have searched and fought for better lives. YOUNG READERS 9780525428411TROUBLE MAKES A COMEBACK by Stephanie Tromly (Kathy Dawson Books) Now that the infuriating and irresistible Philip Digby has left town for a lead on his sister who disappeared years ago, Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring semester. She’s dating a cute quarterback, hanging out with new friends, and enjoying being “a normal.” Which is of course when Digby comes back. He needs Zoe’s help, and not just to find his sister. Zoe can either choose to stay on her current path toward popularity, perfect SAT scores, and Princeton, or she can take a major detour with Digby, and maybe find out what that kiss he stole from her really meant. Digby and his over-the-top schemes always lead somewhere unexpected and Zoe’s beginning to learn she might just like jumping into the unknown. When it comes to Digby, for Zoe at least, the choice might already be made. 9780399546662PLENTY OF LOVE TO GO AROUND by Emma Chichester Clark (Nancy Paulsen Books) Based on the adventures of Emma Chichester Clark’s real-life dog, Plum, this delightful romp gently tackles feelings of jealousy and the difficulties of sharing, in endearing, dynamic illustrations that readers will love. Plum the dog loves being her family’s Special One. So when Binky the cat moves in next door and everyone showers him with attention, Plum feels left out. Cats are not her favorite thing! Binky follows Plum everywhere, even to the park, which everyone knows is not for cats. And on top of that, Binky is so annoyingly clever. Is he the new Special One? Or is there enough love for both of them? 9781524716189DAN AND PHIL BOXED SET by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (Random House Books for Young Readers) YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) present their NYT bestselling THE AMAZING BOOK IS NOT ON FIRE and DAN AND PHIL GO in one amazing box. Now you can own their complete collection! In your hands is a box (pretty heavy, huh?) containing two books created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the Internet. Dan and Phil invite you on a journey inside their world!
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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. expand
Here are our NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016 honorees: THE CAT FROM HUNGER MOUNTAIN Written and illustrated by Ed Young (Philomel Books) PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: The Story of Young John Lewis By Jabari Asim. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Nancy Paulsen Books) THE TREE IN THE COURTYARD: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window By Jeff Gottesfeld. Illustrated by Peter McCarty (Knopf Books for Young Readers) This year’s judges were G. Brian Karas, a Penguin Random House author and illustrator; Cynthia Weill, director of the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education; and Cheryl Wolf, the librarian for two New York City public elementary schools, the Neighborhood School and S.T.A.R. Academy.

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 expand
the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It got us thinking about the art of conversation, which is also the art of listening. Both are key to health and happiness, for the individual and society. We all see how technology affects conversation, for better or worse. With that in mind please enjoy the following array of titles that are either conversations themselves, or about them. So let’s read, let’s talk, let’s listen…   FEATURED TITLES 9780385354349_10f98ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC: CONVERSATIONS by Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa This deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing provides a glimpse into the minds of the two maestros between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.   9781612195896_8e217J. D. SALINGER: THE LAST INTERVIEW: AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS by J. D. Salinger, David Streitfeld From the moment J. D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, he was stalked by besotted fans, would-be biographers, and pushy journalists.  These enlightening, provocative, and even amusing conversations reveal a writer fiercely resistant to the spotlight but powerless to escape its glare.   9781594480928THE WISDOM OF FORGIVENESS: INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS AND JOURNEYS by Dalai Lama, Victor Chan The extraordinary documentation of the evolving friendship between the Dalai Lama and the man who followed him across Ireland and Eastern Europe, on a pilgrimage to India’s holy sites, and through the Dalai Lama’s near fatal illness.   9780812987287_a3bbfSICK IN THE HEAD: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LIFE AND COMEDY by Judd Apatow At 16, comedy director Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up) started hosting a radio show for his local high school station, and he would call up the biggest comics of the day – comics like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Steve Allen, Sandra Bernhard and talk to them about what got them into comedy, and what made them stay in. Thirty years later, Apatow is still interviewing comics. Featuring interviews with luminaries like Mel Brooks and Chris Rock and modern icons like Louis CK and Amy Schumer, this is a book for fans of comedy, from the nerdiest fan of all.   9780345496973_c2685YOU WERE ALWAYS MOM’S FAVORITE!: SISTERS IN CONVERSATION THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES by Deborah Tannen Conversations between sisters reveal a deep and constant tug between two dynamics—an impulse toward closeness and an impulse toward competition. Wise and witty, You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! will leave you with a profound new understanding of the unique and precious sister bond.   9780143116776_9a04bEINSTEIN’S GOD: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SCIENCE AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT by Krista Tippett Drawn from Krista Tippett’s Peabody Award-winning public radio program, the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book reach for a place too rarely explored in our ongoing exchange of ideas—the nexus of science and spirituality. Whether she is speaking with celebrated surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland about the biology of the human spirit or questioning Drawin biographer James Moore about his subject’s religious beliefs, Tippett offers a rare look at the way our best minds grapple with the questions for which we all seek answers.   9780143118442_f2eb6DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success.   9780143109792_15e80RECLAIMING CONVERSATION: THE POWER OF TALK IN A DIGITAL AGE by Sherry Turkle Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and how we can reclaim conversation. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation.   9780143126867_ae126CHANGING THE CONVERSATION: THE 17 PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION by Dana Caspersen, Joost Elffers From the producer of THE 48 LAWS OF POWER, this is a graphic, two-color manual that teaches the key 17 principles that help resolve conflict. The book shows how to step out of destructive patterns, discover new approaches to problems, create useful dialogue in difficult situations, and find long-lasting solutions for conflicts.   9781592404971THE ART OF CONVERSATION: A GUIDED TOUR OF A NEGLECTED PLEASURE by Catherine Blyth Reclaim the pleasures and possibilities of great conversation with this sparkling guide from the witty pen of an Englishwoman wise to its art: What transforms encounters into adventures is how we listen, laugh, flirt, and flatter. Blyth celebrates techniques for reading and changing minds, whether you’re in a bar or a boardroom.   9780143109488_b415eTEN CONVERSATIONS YOU MUST HAVE WITH YOUR SON: PREPARING YOUR SON FOR A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE by Tim Hawkes Having been a headmaster for 25 years and an internationally recognized expert in the field of raising and educating boys, Dr. Hawkes is in a unique position to know what goes on inside the minds of teenage boys. Ten Conversations You Must Have with Your Son is the one book anyone with a teenage son should read to help them prepare him for adulthood.   9781786632128_1e5dbTHE MOSAIC OF ISLAM: A CONVERSATION WITH PERRY ANDERSON by Suleiman Mourad, Perry Anderson Today, 23 percent of the global population is Muslim, but ignorance and misinformation about Islam persist. In this fascinating and useful book, Perry Anderson interviews the noted scholar of Islam Suleiman Mourad about the Qur’an and the history of the faith.   For more information on these and related titles visit conversation titles
 

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. expand
Mr. Whitehead accepted his award to thunderous applause from the 700 guests, among them, our CEO Markus Dohle, publishing colleagues from across our imprints, and members of the Penguin Random House shareholder board, including Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO Thomas Rabe and Pearson CEO John Fallon, both attending their first-ever NBA ceremony. In THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (Doubleday HC & E-Book; Random House Audio; Penguin Random House Canada distribution; Literatura Random House/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, Fall 2017), a #1 New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller from Doubleday, Colson Whitehead tells the harrowing story of Cora, an indomitable teenage slave and her desperate bid for freedom from an antebellum cotton plantation in Georgia circa 1850.  In August, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD became an Oprah’s Book Club selection, was excerpted in a stand-alone New York Times Magazine section, and received rave reviews. In her New York Times daily review, Michiko Kakutani said the novel “possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift… Whitehead has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present.”
Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

From the podium, Mr. Whitehead exuberantly observed that the “last four months since the book came out have been incredible,” noting that Doubleday has been his “only publisher for eighteen years” he’s been an author.  He thanked his publicity teams over the years, and praised his editor Bill Thomas: “No matter what kooky [book] idea I come up with, he assures me we will do an incredible job publishing it. Thank you for your faith in me all these years,” said Mr. Whitehead.  “It is incredible to have someone like Bill in your corner.” Earlier in the evening Knopf/Vintage author Robert A. Caro was presented with the National Book Foundation’s 2016 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  Read a report on this memorable moment here. In a book world of dizzying change, the National Book Awards ceremony dinner remains a celebration of authors, publishers, and the readers we serve. Our cross-company pride in Colson Whitehead’s achievement, and in Bill Thomas, and the publishing team at Doubleday, also embraces our multiple Penguin Random House NBA longlist semi-finalists and short list finalists this year. It continues to be a humbling privilege for us to have the opportunity to bring their work to the widest possible audience. Here is a complete list of our National Book Award winners since the formation of Penguin Random House: Fiction: 2016: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) 2015: FORTUNE SMILES: Stories by Adam Johnson (Random House) 2014: REDEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay (Penguin Press) 2013: THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride (Riverhead) Nonfiction: 2015: BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau) Poetry: 2015: VOYAGE OF THE SABLE VENUS by Robin Coste Lewis (Knopf) Young People’s Literature: 2014: BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

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 expand
with two Pulitzer Prizes, a National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, and the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama in 2010. This award is given annually to an author who has enriched our literary heritage over a lifetime of achievement.Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Caro has demonstrated the power of biography to illuminate not just individuals but also the societies they influence and shape. Renowned librarian and educator Dr. William P. Kelly introduced Mr. Caro as “the greatest biographer of our time—and one might argue of all time.”  The Medal, he said, honors the recipient as “biographer, historian and journalist, and for his contribution to American letters…His passion for getting the story right is the stuff of legend,” adding that the author’s “narrative power derives from getting the language right.”
Robert A. Caro

Robert A. Caro

Mr. Caro, gracious and modest, followed his standing ovation from the 700 dinner guests by observing that “one particularly nice aspect” of receiving this lifetime achievement award was the opportunity of “remembering experiences from [his] lifetime.” Our author affectionately praised his editor Bob Gottlieb and Knopf Managing Editor, Kathy Hourigan, who both have worked editorially with him on all his books since 1972, “44 years.” He acknowledged “another big part of my life is Sonny Mehta. It has meant a lot to have Sonny with me, “noting that after he first reads the new work in manuscript, Knopf’s Chairman and Editor in Chief unfailing “always picks out the things I want readers to get out of my book.” Mr. Caro recognized Knopf Production head Andy Hughes—“who is most responsible, long though they are, that my books are beautiful;”—and Tony Chirico, Anne Messitte, Paul Bogaards, Nicholas Latimer, and Russell Perreault, “not only friends, but friends of decades.” Mr. Caro, whose biography of Lyndon Johnson has grown from three to four and now five eagerly anticipated volumes, expressed his further gratitude that, “Never once has anyone at Knopf ever asked me when I was going to finish my book.” Mr. Caro concluded: “This award has made me remember a life, and that has been a great gift for me,” leaving the podium to a second standing ovation.

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 & expand
Cookbooks, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s Books. Votes may be cast for the Goodreads Best Books of the Year through November 27. Here are our Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 final round nominees: Fiction 97805259550929780812998603SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine) THE GIRLS by Emma Cline (Random House) MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead) ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House) Mystery & Thriller BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (Berkley) FOOL ME ONCE by Harlan Coben (Dutton) THE TRESPASSER by Tana French (Viking) THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking) Historical Fiction 97804252567639780385542364HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf) A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles (Viking) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson (Random House) THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Melanie Benjamin (Delacorte Press) Fantasy MAGIC BINDS by Iona Andrews (Ace) MARKED IN FLESH by Anne Bishop (Roc) FEVERBORN by Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte Press) FIRE TOUCHED by Patricia Briggs (Ace) Romance 97803455050029781101904220THE BEAST by J.R. Ward (NAL) THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts (Berkley) KINGS RISING by C.S. Pacat (Berkley) Science Fiction SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey) BLOODLINE (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray (LucasBooks) DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch (Crown) MORNING STAR by Pierce Brown (Del Rey) THE LAST ONE by Alexandra Oliva (Ballantine)’ CROSS TALK by Connie Willis (Del Rey) Horror 97803855355959780143129202MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix (Quirk) THE CITY OF MIRRORS by Justin Cronin (Ballantine) Humor WHERE AM I NOW? by Mara Wilson (Penguin Books) MOTHER, CAN YOU NOT? by Kate Siegel (Crown Archetype) BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Norm Macdonald (Spiegel & Grau) DAN AND PHIL GO OUTSIDE by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (Random House Children’s Books) YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson (Blue Rider Press) Nonfiction 97806707859719780812988406ORIGINALS by Adam Grant (Viking) BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG by Chuck Klosterman (Blue Rider Press) EVICTED by Matthew Desmond (Crown) DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer (Doubleday) Memoir & Autobiography WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi (Random House) LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren (Knopf) History & Biography WHITE TRASH by Nancy Isenberg (Viking) Science & Technology 97815833357419781594205217PATIENT H.M. by Luke Dittrich (Random House) INTO THE MAGIC SHOP by James Doty (Avery) THE BIG PICTURE by Sean Carroll (Dutton) THE GENIUS OF BIRDS by Jennifer Ackerman (Penguin Press) IN A DIFFERENT KEY by John Donovan and Caren Zucker Food & Cookbooks ALTON BROWN: Everyday Cook by Alton Browne (Ballantine) CRAVINGS by Chrissy Teigen (Clarkson Potter) OH SHE GLOWS EVERYDAY by Angela Liddon (Avery) OUTLANDER KITCHEN by Theresa Carle-Sanders (Delacorte Press) Debut Goodreads Author 97805534966809780399184512THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly (Ballantine) THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers) REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking Books for Young Readers) Young Adult Fiction SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel) THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press) HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill) CALAMITY by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte Press) 97805535104099781101998878 Middle Grade & Children’s Books SUMMERLOST by Ally Condie (Dutton Books for Young Readers) MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books for Young Readers) FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
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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 expand
underachievers to the best team in major league baseball. Granted full access to team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and the Cubs players, Verducci, Sports Illustrated’s Senior Baseball Writer and FOX Sports Analyst, will reveal how Epstein and Maddon built, led, and inspired the team that broke a 108-year championship drought by focusing on the mental side of the game as much as the physical, emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics.
Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci

Starting with Epstein’s first year with the team in 2011, Verducci will detail how key players like Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Jon Lester, and Jake Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and managed by Maddon to outperform expectations. Together, Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base percentage, and that intangible components like personality, vibe, and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential. THE CUBS WAY will be released simultaneously in the United States and Canada in print, digital, and audio formats.  The deal was announced by Crown Archetype Vice President and Editorial Director Tricia Boczkowski. Executive Editor Mary Reynics acquired North American, electronic book, and first-serial rights from David Black of the David Black Agency and will edit the book. The Penguin Random House audiobook edition will be narrated by the author. Said Boczkowski, “The Chicago Cubs’ dramatic triumph in winning the World Series Championship for the first time in 108 years was the greatest sports story of the year and one that will endure in baseball lore. THE CUBS WAY is a celebration of this iconic team and an exploration of their journey to breaking the longest curse in baseball. We’re thrilled to have Tom Verducci, one of the most respected sportswriters today, narrating their inspiring and historic story.” Said Verducci, “The Cubs won 114 games on their way to one of the most meaningful championships in our lifetimes. The beauty of their story is in all the little victories it took to build a consummate example of teamwork.”

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.   expand

Penguin Random House is the world’s largest trade book publisher. The company, led by CEO Markus Dohle, was formed on July 1, 2013, with the merger of Penguin and Random House by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. Mr. Hoffman has served on the Penguin Random House Board of Directors since the company’s inception and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee during that time. Until his retirement earlier this year, he held leadership positions for Penguin and Pearson for the past 27 years, among them, Chairman and CEO of the Learning Network; President, Pearson Inc; Chief Financial and Chief Administrative Officer of the Penguin Group; and Chief Financial Officer, Pearson Inc. He was a member of the Pearson PLC Executive Committee since 2003. Mr. Hoffman also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the GED Testing Service. He has also held board positions at The Economist Group, MarketWatch, and Interactive Data Corporation. Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, said, “I congratulate Philip Hoffman on his appointment as the new Chairman of Penguin Random House. From the beginning, he has closely supported Penguin Random House’s development as an equally expert and responsible advisor. I look forward to working even more intensively with him in the future. “At the same time, I would like to sincerely thank John Makinson for his outstanding contribution to the Penguin Random House success story over the past few years. The smooth integration of the two companies, the ongoing development of Penguin Random House, and many of the company’s successes would have been inconceivable without him.” John Fallon, CEO of Pearson said, “Philip Hoffman has played a leading role in developing both Pearson and Penguin’s businesses over the past two decades.  As Chairman, his strategic insights, commercial expertise, and industry knowledge will serve Penguin Random House extremely well. “John Makinson spent a decade leading the creative and commercial resurgence of Penguin and the last four years ensuring the tie up with Random House builds on that success. In an engagement with Pearson that dates back to 1979, John has proved himself to be a highly talented and inspirational colleague for all seasons -- distinguished journalist, finance director, publishing executive and leader, highly regarded by his colleagues and industry peers. We thank him for all his work on Pearson's behalf and wish him every future success." Philip Hoffman said, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Chairman of Penguin Random House, continuing the outstanding Board leadership begun by my colleague and friend John Makinson. Since my days at Penguin, book publishing has always been close to my heart. As a member of the Penguin Random House Board these past three years, I have really enjoyed working with Markus Dohle and his team, and I look forward to plugging in more deeply with them to help drive the continued success of this amazing company.” The Penguin Random House Board of Directors currently comprises John Makinson, Chairman, Penguin Random House; Markus Dohle, CEO, Penguin Random House; Milena Alberti, CFO, Penguin Random House; John Fallon, CEO, Pearson PLC; Thomas Götz, General Counsel and Head of Legal Department, Bertelsmann; Bernd Hirsch, Chief Financial Officer, Bertelsmann; Philip Hoffman, former Chief Corporate Finance and Strategic Development Officer, Pearson PLC; Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann; Baroness Rebuck, DBE, Chair Penguin Random House U.K. Board; Emmanuel Roman, CEO, Pacific Investment Management Co.; Coram Williams, CFO, Pearson PLC; and Lauren Zalaznick, Media Executive.

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About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Portugal, and Uruguay. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

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. expand
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Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah says, “So much of my story growing up in South Africa during apartheid is about the strength of my mother. She didn’t believe in self-pity. ‘Learn from your past and be better because of your past,’ she used to say, ‘but don’t cry about your past. Life is a full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don’t hold on to it. Don’t be bitter.’” Chris Jackson, Vice President, Publisher and Editor in Chief, One World, Random House, edited BORN A CRIME, and says, “Trevor comes from an entirely different world than his viewers, certainly than Jon Stewart came from. What the book does is it puts Trevor back into the world he came from. He grew up at this turning point at the end of apartheid-era South Africa and the birth of this very tumultuous new society. As a mixed-race kid, he was the child who should not have existed in that society. And then, in the new world, he had these opportunities that never had existed in the old world. It’s infused with humor throughout, but what’s really amazing about it is it’s so moving.”

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: expand
Last week The New York Times reported on this phenomenon, which has been compared to the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Harlem Shake and Planking, in the article Mannequin Challenge Is the New Viral Video Sensation You Probably Can’t Avoid: “Groups of people are gathering and freezing themselves in place, often in elaborate poses and scenarios, as one camera-toting person walks through the scene to zoom in on the details. As is often the case, teenagers are leading the way. Many of the videos are set to the song ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmurd, making it the unofficial anthem of the meme. The rap duo recorded its own version of the challenge at a recent concert.” More #MannequinChallenge videos are popping up everywhere, including on the Fox N.F.L. Sunday pregame show, college football’s S.E.C. Network and on Penguin Random House author Giada De Laurentiis’ Twitter feed as Family night dinner w/ a side of…. #mannequinchallenge.

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. expand
FICTION 9781594203985SWING TIME by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press) An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of WHITE TEETH and ON BEAUTY. Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. 9780345543004TURBO TWENTY-THREE by Janet Evanovich (Bantam) Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. 9780399575518ODESSA SEA by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (Putnam) Dirk Pitt, the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, is on the Black Sea, helping to locate a lost Ottoman shipwreck, when he responds to an urgent Mayday—“Under attack!”—from a nearby freighter. But when he and his colleague Al Giordino arrive, there is nobody there. Just dead bodies and a smell of sulfur in the air. As Pitt and Giordino explore, a blast from the stern scuttles the ship swiftly, almost taking them with it. Filled with breathtaking suspense and remarkable imagination, ODESSA SEA is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler. 9780345511492CATALYST (STAR WARS) by James Luceno (Del Rey) War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key. Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. NONFICTION 9780399588174BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau) Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor 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. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. 9780525429111I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES: Working with the Legendary Actresses of Hollywood by Robert Wagner with Scott Eyman (Viking) In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day. I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women. 9780307889782TESTIMONY by Robbie Robertson (Crown Archetype) On the 40th anniversary of The Band’s legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century. Robbie Robertson’s singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” he and his partners in The Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians. 9780399184482WONDERLAND: How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson’s storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. 9781101973240GENDER OUTLAW by Kate Bornstein (Vintage) On one level, GENDER OUTLAW details Bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions. GENDER OUTLAW was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work—one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier. 9781101984567LUCKY BASTARD: My Life, My Dad, And The Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV by Joe Buck (Dutton) Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. They know his father, Jack Buck, is a broadcasting legend and that he was beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis. Yet they have no idea who Joe really is. Or how he got here. They don’t know how he almost blew his career. They haven’t read his funniest and most embarrassing stories or heard about his interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era. POETRY 9780399575136FOREVER WORDS by Johnny Cash, with Foreword by John Carter Cash and introduced by Paul Muldoon (Blue Rider Press) A collection of never-before-published poems by Johnny Cash, edited and introduced by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon with a foreword by John Carter Cash.  Illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash’s own handwritten pages. Since his first recordings in 1955, Johnny Cash was an icon in the music world. In this collection of poems and song lyrics that have never been published before, we see the world through his eyes and view his reflection on his own interior reality, his frailties and his strengths alike. FOREVER WORDS confirms Johnny Cash as a brilliant and singular American literary figure. YOUNG READERS 9780385743907THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE by Alexandra Monir (Delacorte Press) One dead body, one photograph, one compromising secret. Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things—the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture. After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him—and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend. Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder. In alternating points of view—that of suspect Nicole Morgan and that of Lana Rivera—and weaving between present-day, flashbacks, and the characters’ surreal subconscious, THE GIRL IN THE PICTURE is a unique tale of teen friendship, romance, and deadly secrets. 9780399186431INTO THE LION’S DEN by Linda Fairstein (Dial Books for Young Readers) Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too. 9780399172786THE CAT FROM HUNGER MOUNTAIN by Ed Young (Philomel Books) Caldecott Medalist Ed Young delivers a visually stunning, poignant story about humility, wastefulness, and appreciating what one has. In a place called Hunger Mountain there lives a lord who has everything imaginable yet never has enough. To satisfy his every desire, he hires builders to design the tallest pagoda; a world-famous tailor to make his clothing from silk and gold threads; and a renowned chef to cook him lavish meals with rice from the lord’s own fields. What more could he possibly want? Yet when drought plagues the land, Lord Cat is faced with his first taste of deep loss, he ventures down the mountain and what he discovers will change his life forever. 9780399164255THE TURNCOAT’S GAMBIT by Andrea Cremer (Philomel Books) Charlotte has spent her whole life fighting the British Empire, following in the footsteps of her parents and their group of rebels. But when her reunion with her mother laid bare horrible truths about the rebellion, Charlotte knew she had to escape. Now she is on the run, with no idea who the enemy is–or which of her compatriots is truly on her side. In this action-packed conclusion to the Inventor’s Secret trilogy, full of swashbuckling pirates and young ladies who can hold their own against them, Charlotte will need to fight for her life and for her beliefs — whatever they might be.
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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: expand
  FEATURED TITLES   9780143129271_f7a60THE POWER OF KINDNESS: THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF LEADING A COMPASSIONATE LIFE–TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Piero Ferrucci, Foreword by The Dalai Lama When The Power of Kindness first appeared in 2006 it thrilled and challenged readers with one audacious promise: Your acts of generosity and decency are the secret to a fuller, more satisfying life. Kindness is not some squishy virtue but the very key to your own happiness.   9780142181072_23691EMOTIONAL FIRST-AID: HEALING REJECTION, GUILT, FAILURE, AND OTHER EVERYDAY HURTS by Guy Winch, Ph.D. We all sustain emotional bruises from time to time, and when it happens, most of us have no idea what to do about it. However—if left untreated—feelings of failure, guilt, rejection, and loss can spiral into much bigger ailments. Fortunately, there is such a thing as mental first aid for battered emotions.   9781400033362OVERCOMING LIFE’S DISAPPOINTMENTS: LEARNING FROM MOSES HOW TO COPE WITH FRUSTRATION by Harold S. Kushner From the bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People —a passionate and practical book that teaches us how to overcome life’s inevitable disappointments—in our work and family life, and to our personal hopes and dreams.   9781594486296_60e7aSMALL VICTORIES: SPOTTING IMPROBABLE MOMENTS OF GRACE by Anne Lamott In Small Victories Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.   9780399183898PROFIT FROM HAPPINESS by Jake Ducey In this enlightening, simple, heart-opening book, Jake Ducey asserts that the secret to high achievement and happiness at work, at school, in your heart, and at home is the deeply human need to wholeheartedly connect with and become more valuable to those around you.     9780399183966_21579THE GIVING WAY TO HAPPINESS: STORIES AND SCIENCE BEHIND THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF GIVING by Jenny Santi, Foreword by Deepak Chopra Jenny Santi overturns conventional thinking about what it takes to be happy by revealing how giving to others—whether in the form of money, expertise, time, or love—has helped people from all walks of life find purpose and joy.   9781101965160UNITED by Cory Booker A passionate new voice in American politics, United States Senator Cory Booker makes the case that the virtues of empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation toward a brighter future.     9780399185045-200x300THE BOOK OF JOY by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Carlton Abrams Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9780670035359_8f075THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME: THE LIFE AND SONGS OF WOODY GUTHRIE by Elizabeth Partridge; Ages 12 and up Before Springsteen and before Dylan, there was Woody Guthrie. With “This Machine Kills Fascists,” scrawled across his guitar in big black letters, Woody Guthrie brilliantly captured in song the experience of twentieth-century America. Whether he sang about union organizers, migrant workers, or war, Woody took his inspiration from the plight of the people around him as well as from his own tragic childhood.   9780803740914_1b3bdPEACE IS AN OFFERING by Annette LeBox, Stephanie Graegin; Ages 3-5 “Peace is an offering, a muffin or a peach. A birthday invitation, or a trip to the beach.” Peace can be found almost anywhere if you’re looking for it. With rhythmic, rhyming text and a diverse cast of neighborhood children, this poetic picture book captures the everyday ways people make the world better for each other, from giving a gift just because to comforting a friend who’s feeling blue.   9780394800899_b6936THE SNEETCHES AND OTHER STORIES by Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss’ timeless picture-book classic The Sneetches and Other Storieswonders are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This delightful book contains four tales with deliciously subtle takes on how silly it is to be, well, silly.   9781609806934A IS FOR ACTIVIST by Innosanto Nagara A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. For more information on these and related titles visit Campaign Recovery Titles

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 expand
Madeleine Thien entranced the jurors with its detailed, layered, complex drama of classical musicians and their loved ones trying to survive two monstrous insults to their humanity: Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in mid-twentieth century China and the Tiananmen Square massacre of protestors in Beijing in 1989 … A beautiful homage to music and to the human spirit, DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING is both sad and uplifting in its dramatization of human loss and resilience in China and in Canada.” Congratulations to Ms. Thien, her editor and publisher as well as these Giller Prize finalists: Mona Awad for 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL, published by Penguin Canada and edited by Nicole Winstanley Gary Barwin for YIDDISH FOR PIRATES, published by Random House Canada and edited by Amanda Lewis The Scotiabank Giller Prize annually awards $100,000 to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English and $10,000 to each of the finalists. The award is named in honor of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994. More information can be found at www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca. Watch Madeleine Thien's acceptance speech here.

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 expand
with Joe, I’ve learned to love baseball and football even more. Joe’s deep knowledge about the game, the players, and what it takes to share all the details with the viewing audience adds a new — and fascinating — level to everything I watch. And there’s no better example than the 2016 World Series. I loved Joe’s perspective as a viewer, but after having read – and edited – his book, I was able to enjoy the Series, and his calls, on an even deeper level. I know readers will have a similar experience after reading LUCKY BASTARD. They’ll learn what’s going on behind the scenes of the sports they love, and also enjoy Joe’s genuinely funny, razor-sharp wit. I feel so lucky to have worked with Joe, and so lucky to be sharing this book with all of you.”
Jill Schwartzman at a Mets game with her son.

Jill Schwartzman at a Mets game with her son.

Before beginning this book project, Joe Buck said, “I can’t wait to tell the emotional and often funny story of my life as both a sportscaster and my father’s son. Perceptions will be addressed and confessions made.” LUCKY BASTARD accomplishes that and more. While sports fans see and hear Joe everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. And they know his father, Jack, a broadcasting legend and beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis. Most fans and readers have no idea who Joe really is. In this book, readers will learn how hard Joe can laugh at himself—that he thinks some of his critics have a point — and what it was really like to grow up in his father’s shadow. Joe and Jack were best friends, but it wasn’t that simple. Jack Buck, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost fifty years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at eighteen. But Joe had to prove himself, first as a minor league radio announcer and then on local TV, national TV with ESPN, and then finally on FOX. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book.

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. expand
FICTION 9780804178808NIGHT SCHOOL by Lee Child (Delacorte Press) It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.” From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, NIGHT SCHOOL moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law. 9780425282403AFTER ATLAS by Emma Newman (Roc) Gov-corp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation. To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes. 9780345804013THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE by Thomas Hardy (Vintage) THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE, one of Thomas Hardy’s most powerful novels, opens with a scene of shocking heartlessness. In a fit of drunken rage, Michael Henchard, an out-of-work laborer, sells his wife and baby daughter to a passing sailor. When the horror of what he has done dawns on him the next day, he determines to set his life on a different path, and through years of hard work and ambition rises to become the rich and respectable mayor of his town. Secret guilt continues to haunt this proud and brooding man, however, and when his wife and grown daughter return to Casterbridge, Henchard is set on the path to a dramatic confrontation with his own deeply flawed nature. Hardy’s keen insight into the course of wayward lives and his instinctive feel for the beauty of the rural landscape come together in this unforgettable portrait of a tragic hero. 9780515156225LEOPARD’S FURY by Christine Feehan (Jove) With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance. Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself. NONFICTION 9780143129417THE ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES JOURNAL by Julia Cameron (TarcherPerigee) Elegantly repackaged, THE MORNING PAGES JOURNAL is one of THE ARTIST’S WAY’S most effective tools for cultivating creativity, personal growth, and change. Now more compact and featuring spiral binding to make for easier use, these Morning Pages invite you to do three pages daily of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness, which provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize, and synchronize the day at hand. This daily writing, coupled with the twelve-week program outlined in The Artist’s Way, will help you discover and recover your personal creativity, artistic confidence, and productivity. 9780451493873BUTTER CELEBRATES! by Rosie Daykin (Knopf) What’s a celebration without something delicious that’s been baked with love? Rosie Daykin, author of Butter Baked Goods and owner of the Vancouver bakery of the same name, believes that celebrating is about much more than just circling a date on the calendar. It’s a chance to spend time with your family and friends, to laugh really hard, to let things get a little chaotic, and to eat lots of delicious baked goods. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, Rosie’s straightforward recipes are easy to follow and will produce irresistible results. It will inspire you to celebrate life and to create new traditions and memories along the way. 9781583335840THE VANILLA BEAN BAKING BOOK: Recipes for Irresistible Everyday Favorites and Reinvented Classics by Sarah Kieffer (Avery) Readers find the Vanilla Bean blog while hunting for the perfect chocolate cake or cinnamon roll recipe, or another everyday favorite. They stay for founder Sarah Kieffer’s simple approach to home baking, the utterly transporting, dreamlike quality of her photography, and her evocative storytelling.  Most of all, the Vanilla Bean blog celebrates the soulfulness of baking. Kieffer mastered the art of home baking while working in tiny kitchens in the back of coffeehouses and bakeries in Minnesota. With recipes that help simplify the process behind complicated techniques, Vanilla Bean has built a dedicated following of several hundred thousand loyal readers and won several awards, including the Reader’s Choice Award for best baking blog from Saveur. 9780451493279MY LOST POETS by Philip Levine (Knopf) In prose both as superbly rendered as his poetry and as down-to-earth and easy as speaking, Levine reveals the things that made him the poet he became. In the title essay, originally the final speech of his poet laureate year, he recounts how as a boy he composed little speeches walking in the night woods near his house and how he later realized these were his first poems. He wittily takes on the poets he studied with in the Iowa Writing Program: John Berryman, who was his great teacher and lifelong friend, and Robert Lowell, who was neither. His deepest influences–jazz, Spain, the working people of Detroit–are reflected in many of the pieces. There are essays on Spanish poets he admires, William Carlos Williams, Wordsworth, Keats, and others. A wonderful, moving collection of writings that add to our knowledge and appreciation of Philip Levine–both the man and the poet. YOUNG READERS 9780553508024DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY by Michelle Krys (Delacorte Press) Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb. When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money. But the Society isn’t all that it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement. 9780399173561DOUBLE ECLIPSE by Melissa de la Cruz (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) Twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are back for another summer in North Hampton, and this year they’re serious about two things: avoiding trouble and dedicating themselves to rest and relaxation. Molly’s headed to Aunt Ingrid’s, while Mardi has convinced their father, Troy—a.k.a. Thor, the god of thunder—to let her crash with her boyfriend, Trent, who also happens to be Tyr, the god of war. It’s a tangled web they weave, but that’s to be expected where gods and goddesses are concerned. Their vacation’s just begun when an old secret is revealed, leaving Molly and Mardi to question everything they’ve ever known about their family. Then a hot new guy comes to town and starts brewing even more trouble . . . and soon enough, the twins are back to their old tricks. 9780399549977THE DOOR THAT LED TO WHERE by Sally Gardner (Delacorte Press) AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his major exams, and at almost seventeen years old, he sees a future that’s far from rosy. So when he’s offered a junior clerk position at a London law firm, he hopes his life is about to change—and it does, but he could never have imagined how much. While on the job, AJ finds an old key labeled with his birth date, and he’s determined to find the door it will open. When he does just that, AJ and his group of scrappy friends begin a series of amazing journeys to the past—1830, to be exact. When they discover a crime that only they can solve, the boys go from wayward youths to intrepid young men with a purpose in life. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past before the past unravels them? 9780670014361THE SEELIE KING’S WAR by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple (Viking Books for Young Readers) The war that Prince Aspen and midwife’s apprentice Snail started—purely by accident—is at hand. The Unseelie Army, the evil side of Faerie, will soon invade and destroy the Seelie kingdom. Aspen is terrified, not simply because his homeland is on the verge of ruin, but because he is now, after the death of his father and brothers, the Seelie King. He is a young, untried king; a king without a battle plan. But he has Snail, his first and only friend, and the only one who can raise the army Aspen needs—an army of changelings, like her. First, however, she has to convince the mysterious, dangerous Professor Odds, the changelings’ leader, who has a destructive plan of his own.

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 expand
outside the law.  To learn about the inspiration behind NIGHT SCHOOL, how his storylines are rooted in real life, the best part of seeing his books adapted into Hollywood movies, and his daily writing routine, read our interview with Lee Child. What inspired you to go back in time to 1996 and Jack Reacher’s Army Days for your latest book NIGHT SCHOOL? Lee Child: Readers tell me they’re always interested in seeing Reacher during his military career, and prequels are fun for me as a writer – they give me a chance to show him as a younger man, possibly more naive and optimistic and energetic.  In particular, I was interested in the mid-1990s – the security threats we’re used to by now were just becoming apparent, and no one knew exactly who was involved, or where, or why.  But the administration was smart enough to admit they didn’t know anything, and to follow an improvised, whack-a-mole policy. So I felt it was a very interesting era. How have real-life incidents and news headlines influenced some of the storylines you’ve created? LEE CHILD BOOKS1LC: Always, from the very first book, KILLING FLOOR, which was written when the US was updating its paper currency because of counterfeiting fears, all the way to MAKE ME, which caught up with the Deep Web, and now Night School, which traces the early origins of jihadist terror. I think thrillers need to be rooted in real life – although I have learned that if I can imagine it, it’s already happening somewhere. Literally, you can’t make this stuff up. What are the best aspects of seeing your novels adapted into films on the big screen? LC: Frankly and honestly, from my point of view, the best part is seeing someone spend $100m on promoting my books. How would you describe your writing routine and regimen? JACK REACHER MOVIE POSTERLC: It’s disciplined, in that I work every day I can, but also a little self-indulgent, in that I start late in the morning. It’s the best job in the world. What piece of advice would you give to fledgling writers trying their hand at the suspense/thriller genre? LC: I would say if you’ve read a lot in the genre, then just go for it. Do exactly what you want, and don’t listen to advice from me or anyone else. A book needs a kind of organic vitality, and it won’t have that if you write by committee. Ignore all thoughts that include the words “ought” or “should.”  Write to please yourself alone. If you like the book, so will other people.
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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 expand
cultures in the Americas were far from uncivilized or savage. Societies were often egalitarian; Tribal civilizations could be massive and urban and their governments were quite well-developed. In commemoration of the culture and people that were the original settlers of this land, we present the following books that celebrate and offer insight into Native life.   FEATURED TITLES   9780307958044_dca34THE EARTH IS WEEPING: THE EPIC STORY OF THE INDIAN WARS FOR THE AMERICAN WEST by Peter Cozzens Bringing together a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud, The Earth is Weeping—lauded by Booklist as “a beautifully written work of understanding and compassion”—is the fullest account to date of how the West was won…and lost.   9780807062654_6013e“ALL THE REAL INDIANS DIED OFF”: AND 20 OTHER MYTHS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Dina Gilio-Whitaker In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker unpack the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans that have misinformed generations.   9780143119203THE LAKOTAS AND THE BLACK HILLS: THE STRUGGLE FOR SACRED GROUND by Jeffrey Ostler The Lakota Indians made their home in the majestic Black Hills mountain range during the last millennium, drawing on the hills’ endless bounty for physical and spiritual sustenance. Yet the arrival of white settlers brought the Lakotas into inexorable conflict with the changing world, at a time when their tribe would produce some of the most famous Native Americans in history, including Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse.   9780143124023THIS INDIAN COUNTRY: AMERICAN INDIAN ACTIVISTS AND THE PLACE THEY MADE by Frederick Hoxie In this bold and sweeping counter narrative to our conventional understanding of Native American history, celebrated academic historian Frederick E. Hoxie presents the story of Native American political activism—a chronicle that spans more than two hundred years. Highlighting the activists—some famous and some unknown beyond their own communities—who have sought to bridge the distance between indigenous cultures and the U.S. republic.   9780143038818WHERE THE LIGHTNING STRIKES: THE LIVES OF AMERICAN INDIAN SACRED PLACES by Peter Nabokov For thousands of years, Native Americans have told stories about the powers of revered landscapes and sought spiritual direction at mysterious places in their homelands. In this important book, respected scholar and anthropologist Peter Nabokov writes of a wide range of sacred places in Native America.   9781426211607_e1d5aATLAS OF INDIAN NATIONS by Anton Treuer In the most comprehensive atlas of Native American history and culture available, the story of the North American Indian is told through maps, photos, art, and archival cartography.   9780142437506NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS by George Catlin Catlin’s unprecedented fieldwork culminated in more than five hundred oil paintings and his now-legendary journals, which, as Peter Matthiessen writes in his introduction, “taken together… constitute the first, last, and only ‘complete’ record of the Plains Indians ever made at the height of their splendid culture.”   9780143113690THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED AT LITTLE BIGHORN: A LAKOTA HISTORY by Joseph M. Marshall III The saga of Custer’s Last Stand has become ingrained in the lore of the American West, and the key players – Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and George Armstrong Custer – have grown to larger-than-life proportions. Now, award-winning historian Joseph M. Marshall presents the revisionist view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn that has been available only in the Lakota oral tradition.   9780770435813_c40c6THE APACHE WARS: THE HUNT FOR GERONIMO, THE APACHE KID, AND THE CAPTIVE BOY WHO STARTED THE LONGEST WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY by Paul Andrew Hutton A stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland.  They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides—the Apaches and the white invaders—blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both.   0140144560IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE: THE STORY OF LEONARD PELTIER AND THE FBI’S WAR ON THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT by Peter Matthiessen, Martin Garbus On a hot June morning in 1975, a desperate shoot-out between FBI agents and Native Americans near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, left an Indian and two federal agents dead. Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014) has written an “indescribably touching, extraordinarily intelligent” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) chronicle of the tragedy.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   9780803735088_65be9TALKING LEAVES by Joseph Bruchac; Ages 10 And Up From the acclaimed author of Code Talker, a compelling new work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet. Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect and learn from one of his people’s greatest craftsman. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy or worse-   9780698113596THE LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET by Tomie dePaola; Ages 4 to 8 When a killing drought threatens the existence of the tribe, a courageous little Comanche girl sacrifices her most beloved possession–and the Great Spirit’s answer results not only in much needed rain but a very special gift in return. “An ideal complement to Native American and Texas studies…” – Booklist   For more information about these and related titles visit Native American Heritage Month.

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 expand
Miriam Klein Stahl. From 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, the book features an array of diverse figures, showing the immense range of what women have done and can do.  Read on as Julie and Kate share their insights. The combination of text and art in RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE is very unique and striking. What initially brought you into contact with Kate and Miriam and how would you describe the editorial process of working with them as this book came to be?
Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett: I first learned about Kate and Miriam via their New York Times-bestselling book, Rad American Women A-Z. When Miriam’s agent, an old friend of mine, contacted me about doing an internationally focused follow-up, I was immediately on board. The process of making RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE  was both creative and collaborative. Kate and Miriam have an abundance of ideas and work very quickly, so we spent a good amount of time trying to narrow down the list of women to feature in the book, and then share their histories completely but concisely. There are so many important stories to tell, we could fill five more books with the ladies we had to leave out. (The list of 250 “more rad women” at the back of the book introduces readers to many of them.) The most powerful element in the book for me is the final profile, called “The Stateless.” It shines a light on the millions of women around the world who are refugees, displaced, or seeking asylum. The idea for this piece developed relatively late in the editorial process, and at first I wasn’t sure we’d have room to include it. But after everyone on the book team cried while reading Kate’s words, we knew we had to make it fit. What sparked the ideas and concepts for Rad Women A-Z, then RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE? Kate Schatz: I got the idea for the first book when my daughter was two years old. I wanted her to have the kind of book I would’ve loved as a kid—something empowering and inspiring and fun to read. When I reached out to Miriam, an artist whose work I greatly admire, she felt the same. And so we made it happen! As a feminist and a history-lover, a book about cool women from American history was a joy to create; as a new parent whose bookshelves were inundated with A-Z books, the concept for the format came easily. For the second book we knew we wanted to go worldwide—it’s what many of our readers, young and older, requested. It felt like an exciting challenge for us, and in a time of rising nationalism and xenophobic around the world, we knew it was an important approach to take. What was the criteria for selecting the women to profile in RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE  and what did you want to emphasize in words and art?
Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz

KS: We strive to include a diverse and unexpected array of women who have one thing in common: a story of inspiring perseverance against great odds. We include women from every continent and region of the world, and combine well-known figures with more obscure ones. 30 out of the 40 stories are about non-white women, and that commitment to diverse storytelling is important to use. We also showcase women who succeeded in an array of fields, from sports to science to political leadership. Through the illustrations and the narratives, we want to create compelling figures whose stories are engaging and relatable, no matter where they’re from or how long ago they lived. We want to emphasize the strength, power, and complexity of these women.   Who do you see as the primary reading audience for RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE  and what aspects of the book do you think will resonate most strongly with readers? KS: If I had to choose, I’d say that the sweet spot for this book is age 12—but the success of our first book showed us just how challenging it is to predict who our primary reading audience is! We really wanted to create and aesthetic and narrative experience that would appeal to a wide range of ages. I know parents who read these books to their preschoolers, I know college kids who have them in their dorms, and I know older adults who bought them for their grandkids—and then decided to keep kate quote2them! I think that stories of strong women, many of whom are underappreciated, resonate with lots of readers. Another powerful aspect that’s been exciting to witness since Rad Women Worldwide came out a few weeks ago is what it means to young people who are immigrants, or the children of immigrants, to find their countries and cultures represented in the book. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE only tells 40 stories from 31 countries, but in the back of the book we include a list of 250 more women from almost every country in the world. We did a visit to a middle school in Queens recently and students were flipping through the pages, and exclaiming with joy when they found the name of someone from their home country. That was amazing to see. JB: The book was written primarily for a young adult audience, but adults are also coming to it for the bold and graphic art and stories of both known and less familiar women. Parents are using it for bedtime stories for their daughters, and educators will want to share these profiles with girls and boys to illustrate what’s possible when one has purpose and dedication. This also makes a powerful and positive gift for girls of all ages, who will be inspired to connect to their own passions, find their true selves, and help make a better future for all of us.

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, expand
exhaustion, and danger in an uncompromising quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. A remarkable work of performance in its own right, WALK THROUGH WALLS is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled life of an extraordinary artist. For fascinating insights, read on. What was the genesis of Marina Abramović’s memoir, WALK THROUGH WALLS, and what was involved in the title being acquired by Crown?
Photo credit: Marco Anelli

Photo credit: Marco Anelli

Marina is turning seventy in November and decided to mark the occasion by writing her memoir. When she came around with her agent to meet with publishers, we were her twelfth and final meeting. But durational performance artist that she is, Marina was as full of energy as if it were her first. Before the meeting began she perused the bookshelves in the conference room until she came across two titles that delighted her so much she wanted to take them home: one called Yogurt and the other called Unleash the Power of the Female Brain. From those disparate topics we launched into an expansive conversation that gave us a true taste of Marina’s dynamic storytelling ability and were completely hooked. How would you describe the editor/writer relationship and process between you and Marina during the creation of this book? To know Marina is to love her. Within moments of meeting her you understand why thousands of people stood in line at her 2010 MoMA retrospective for a chance to sit across from her and communicate nonverbally. She is warm, funny, smart, and endlessly charismatic…. She’s also insanely busy, traveling nonstop with a full year of exhibitions ahead. So no small credit is due to her collaborator, James Kaplan (author of Frank and Sinatra), who managed to capture Marina’s distinctive voice so vividly on the page. Once you join Marina’s team, you join her extended family, and it’s a wonderful family to be a part of.
Tricia Boczkowski and Marina Abramović

Tricia Boczkowski and Marina Abramović

What aspects of WALK THROUGH WALLS do you think will resonate most strongly with readers? Marina set out to write a book that would resonate with anyone who has experienced pain…which is to say all of us. In pushing her own body past its limits, she was able to overcome her fears, find human connection, and experience emotional and spiritual transformation. She hopes to inspire people to leave their comfort zones, walk through their own walls, and experience the freedom that comes with perseverance. There’s also an epic, heart-rending love story at the book’s core that sucks you in from the start. And jokes. Lots of jokes tinged with her indelible Balkan sense of humor.

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. expand
FICTION 9781101883853THE AWARD by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press) Gaëlle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin to occur. She is powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate. Gaëlle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help. Taking terrifying risks, Gaëlle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance. Gaëlle’s life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love. She returns to Paris to run a small museum, but her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, ensures that her grandmother’s brave acts are recognized. 9780399171109THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI by James L. Haley (Putnam) It is 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors’ whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion. Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna—discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected. 9781101946084THUS BAD BEGINS by Javier Marias (Knopf) Madrid, 1980. Juan de Vere, nearly finished with his university degree, takes a job as personal assistant to Eduardo Muriel, an eccentric, once-successful film director. Urbane, discreet, irreproachable, Muriel is an irresistible idol to the young man. But Muriel’s voluptuous wife, Beatriz, inhabits their home like an unwanted ghost; and on the periphery of their lives is Dr. Jorge Van Vechten, a family friend implicated in unsavory rumors that Muriel now asks Juan to investigate. As Juan draws closer to the truth, he uncovers only more questions. What is at the root of Muriel’s hostility toward his wife? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? What happened during the war? Marías leads us deep into the intrigues of these characters, through a daring exploration of rancor, suspicion, loyalty, trust, and the infinitely permeable boundaries between the deceptions perpetrated on us by others and those we inflict upon ourselves. 9781101982273FIRST LIGHT by Bill Rancic (Putnam) Set amid the wild woods of the Yukon, FIRST LIGHT tells the story of Daniel Albrecht and Kerry Egan, young lovers leaving a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding back home in Chicago. Not long into their trip, both engines of their plane catch fire and send them careening into a mountainside in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Kerry is seriously injured in the accident, and it soon becomes clear that search-and-rescue teams aren’t going to find the survivors in time to save her. Daniel—the one person with survival experience amid the passengers—makes the courageous decision to find help and bring it back to the rest of the passengers, hoping against hope he might save the woman he loves. NONFICTION 9780385351171KENNETH CLARK by James Stourton (Knopf) The definitive biography of this brilliant polymath–director of the National Gallery, author, patron of the arts, social lion, and singular pioneer of television–that also tells the story of the arts in the twentieth century through his astonishing life. Kenneth Clark’s thirteen-part 1969 television series, Civilisation, established him as a globally admired figure. Clark was prescient in making this series: the upheavals of the century, the Cold War among others, convinced him of the power of barbarism and the fragility of culture. He would burnish his image with two memoirs that artfully omitted the more complicated details of his life. Now, drawing on a vast, previously unseen archive, James Stourton reveals the formidable intellect and the private man behind the figure who effortlessly dominated the art world for more than half a century. 9780670023950ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, VOLUME 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Viking) Historians, politicians, critics, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century. The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. This is a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of a marriage and of a woman whose passion and commitment has inspired generations of Americans to seek a decent future for all people. Modest and self-deprecating, a moral force in a turbulent world, Eleanor Roosevelt was unique. 9781524718725ZAYN by Zayn (Delacorte Press) The first and only official book from ZAYN. Global superstar ZAYN shares a photographic journey of his life since leaving One Direction. ZAYN opens up with this collection of thoughts, inspiration, and never-before-seen personal photographs. After five years of massive success with One Direction, ZAYN launched his career as a solo artist with Mind of Mine, becoming one of the most successful artists in the world. Now, for the first time ever, ZAYN is going to tell and show all in this intimate and raw scrapbook of his life. Never-before-released photos give readers insight to ZAYN, no-holds-barred. With hundreds of full-color photographs and ZAYN’s notes, drawings, song lyrics, and personal stories, the book captures ZAYN’s most private moments and his candid feelings on fame, success, music, and life. 9781101886212AMERICAN DREAMER by Tommy Hilfiger and Peter Knobler (Ballantine) AMERICAN DREAMER brims with anecdotes that cover Tommy’s years as a club kid and scrappy entrepreneur in 1970s New York as well as unique insights into the exclusive A-list personalities with whom he’s collaborated and interacted, from Mick Jagger and David Bowie to Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. But this is more than just a fashion icon’s memoir—it’s a road map for building a brand, both professionally and personally. Tommy takes us behind the scenes of every decision—and every mistake—he’s ever made, offering advice on leadership, business, team-building, and creativity. This is the story of a true American original, told for the first time in his own words, with honesty, humor, and the insatiable appetite for life and style that proves that sometimes you have to dream big to make it big. 9780399159114BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb (Putnam) This is a tour through both a magical moment in American theater and the troubled life of a genius. Not a peep show or a celebrity gossip fest, this book is a brilliant investigation of the emotional knots that ensnared one of our most important playwrights. Handsome, charming when he wanted to be: O’Neill was the flame women were drawn to—all, that is, except his mother, who never let him forget he was unwanted. BY WOMEN POSSESSED follows O’Neill through his great successes, the failures he was able to shrug off, and the long eclipse, a twelve-year period in which, despite the Nobel, nothing he wrote was produced. But ahead lay his greatest achievements: The Iceman Cometh and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Both were ahead of their time and both received lukewarm receptions. YOUNG READERS 9780553496680THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press) Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 9780425288290THE OUTSIDERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by S.E. Hinton (Penguin Books) Celebrating 50 years of the novel that laid the groundwork for the YA genre, this is the ultimate edition for fans of THE OUTSIDERS. A perfect way to honor this impressive milestone and a must-have for fans of all ages. This special edition of the groundbreaking novel contains: never before seen photos and letters from the publisher’s archives, original review clippings and media coverage, photos from the author’s personal collection, a gallery of covers around the world, new material from the stars and director of the iconic film–including Francis Ford Coppola, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, and others, and much more! 9780553511604TEDDY & CO. by Cynthia Voigt, illustrated by Paola Zakimi (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Teddy is a thinking kind of bear. Of all his friends, he does the most wondering. He lives with a ragtag group of lost toys—a very hungry snake, an elephant who likes