ALA awards

Our ALA Midwinter Award Recipients, Part One: Odyssey, RUSA Listen Audio Winners

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting brings forth a cascade of awards and honors accorded distinguished Children’s and Adults books and audios, published (mostly) in the past year.

We’ll be reporting on all our winners ahead.

First up, our Penguin Random House Audio recognitions.

Two of our Listening Library productions were each recognized with an Odyssey Honor, as outstanding presentations: THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen. Produced in the U.S. by Orli Moscowitz in collaboration with PRH Audio UK A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig, narrated by Stephen Fry. Produced in the U.S. by Dan Zitt. To date, Listening Library titles have been bestowed with 14 Odyssey Honors and 4 Odyssey Prize Awards, the highest Audio accolades from the Library community. RUSA Listen List Awards For Adults: THE BOOK OF POLLY: A Novel by Kathy Hepinstall. Narrated by Jenna Lamia. THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan. Narrated by Gabrielle Glaister, Laura Kirman, Imogen Wilde, Adjoa Andoh, Tom Clegg, Mike Grady. ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman. Narrated by Cathleen McCarron. LINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A Novel by George Saunders. Narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, and a full cast. STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. Narrated by Mark Bramhall. DAYS WITHOUT END by Sebastian Barry. Listen Alikes: SPOONBENDERS: A Novel by Daryl Gregory. Narrated by Ari Fliakos. BELIEVE ME: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard. Narrated by Eddie Izzard. YES, CHEF: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson. Narrated by Marcus Samuelsson. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows. Narrated by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills. THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern. THE ENGAGEMENTS by J. Courtney Sullivan. Narrated by Kimberly Farr. THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer. AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner. Narrated by Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, Lorna Raver. THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller. Narrated by Jorjeana Marie. KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal. Narrated by Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg. BORN TO RUN: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. Narrated by Fred Sanders. THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne. Narrated by Emily Rankin. IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth. Narrated by Eric Gansworth. I’M FINE…AND OTHER LIES by Whitney Cummings. Narrated by Whitney Cummings. More ALA Awards news to come.

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:



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


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.

Penguin Random House Children’s & Audio Book ALA Honors

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


Read more about our ALA winners:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex Awards For best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

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

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

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

And, on the Audio side:

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

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

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

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

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

RUSA Listen List

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

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

Penguin Random House 2015 ALA “Notable Books”

Following the announcements of their major children’s and audio publishing-achievement awards and recognitions, the ALA has presented their selections for their 2015 Notable Books List of adult titles.

Penguin Random House authors are proudly represented:



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

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

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

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

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

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

TIGERMAN by Nick Harkaway, (Alfred A. Knopf)


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

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

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

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


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

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