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

 On Wednesday evening, NY Times bestselling  author Tana French was awarded the 2017  Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel  for her book THE TRESPASSER  (Viking).      This marks Ms. French’s fifth best-novel  nomination and her first win. Her longtime  publicist Ben Petrone accepted the award on  her behalf at the award ceremony.

[caption id="attachment_85782" align="alignright" width="200"]Tana French’s publicist Ben Petrone and her editor Andrea Schulz with the award for best novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards (Photo credit: Sara Chuirazzi) Tana French’s publicist Ben Petrone and her editor Andrea Schulz with the award for best novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards (Photo credit: Sara Chuirazzi)[/caption] The nominees for Best Novel are below: YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company) THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)  THE TRESPASSER by Tana French (Viking) WHAT REMAINS OF ME by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow) OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly Press) THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery) Congratulations to Ms. French, her publicist, her editor, and the publishing teams at Viking. THE TRESPASSER will be published in paperback by Penguin Books on August 8.

Our 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners

On Independence Day, the Southern Book Prize (formerly known as the SIBA Book Award) announced its 2017 winners, including two books published by Penguin Random House  imprints The finalists and winners prize were chosen by independent booksellers located in the  Southern states,  who see these as books that represent the best of Southern Literature, whether written by southern authors, or with a southern perspective, or both.  

Here are our 2017 Southern Book Prize winners in the following categories:


Southern stories & stories by Southerners: 

THE WHOLE TOWN”S TALKING by Fannie Flagg (Random House)


LILY AND DUNKIN by Donna Gephart (Delacorte Press)

Congratulations to all of our award-winning authors, their editors and publishers.

View the complete list of the 2017 Southern Book Prize Winners here.



Our 2017 New England Book Awards Nominees

Five books published by Penguin Random House imprints earned nominations for the 2017 New England Book Awards. Sponsored by the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), the awards celebrate books about New England, set in New England or by an author residing in New England.

Here are our nominees, in the following categories: Fiction  Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf) Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Dial Press) Nonfiction  Glass Universe by Dava Sobel (Viking) Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (Knopf) Children’s  Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Books Young Readers) Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers. To view a complete list of nominees, click here. Winners will be voted on by NEIBA member booksellers. The awards will be presented during NEIBA’s annual awards banquet on September 19 in Providence, RI.

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

At this past weekend’s 48th annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards in Chicago, Random House Children’s Books author Nicola Yoonwon the John Steptoe Award for New Talent for her book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR(Delacorte Press).  In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Yoon spoke of how books for young readers can (and need to) be mirrors.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t see a lot of characters that looked like me,” she said. “I didn’t know that my interior life mattered….” It’s important to recognize that “we are more than a stereotype. We are more than the struggle. We get to have joy.”  Congratulations to Ms. Yoon, her editor and the publishing teams at Random House Children’s Books and Delacorte. The Steptoe Award was established by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, was also a National Book Award Finalist, a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2016.

Sebastian Barry is First Double Winner of the Walter Scott Prize

Viking/Penguin author Sebastian Barry’s novel, DAYS WITHOUT END, has won the Walter Scott Prize, awarded annually to the best UK, Irish and Commonwealth novel set at least 60 years ago.  Mr. Barry is the first double winner of the Scott Prize, which he previously won in 2012 for his novel, ON CANAAN’S SIDE

“It’s difficult to itemize my simple childish joy at receiving this prize; that the judges did all this work to make a 61-year-old man feel 12 again,” said Mr. Barry. The judges commented: “With all seven books on the shortlist having strong supporters on the judging panel who championed their cause in a protracted and passionate debate about the nature and purpose of historical fiction, the very books themselves seemed to fight tooth and nail for the accolade.  Eventually, DAYS WITHOUT END took the lead, for the glorious and unusual story; the seamlessly interwoven period research; and above all for the unfaltering power and authenticity of the narrative voice, a voice no reader is likely to forget.” Narrated by Irish immigrant Thomas McNulty, who has fled the Great Famine in Ireland for the United States, DAYS WITHOUT END takes in an epic sweep of his adopted land’s history and landscape.  McNulty and his lover John Cole travel the country in the 1850s to fight in the American Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. The Walter Scott Prize is the second major accolade for DAYS WITHOUT END this year, after the novel won the Costa Book of the Year award in January (read the Igloo article here.) The Costa judges called it “a miracle of a book – both epic and intimate – that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history.”
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Ruta Sepetys’ SALT TO THE SEA Wins CILIP Carnegie Medal for Best Children’s Writing

salt to the seaPenguin Young Readers author Ruta Sepetys has won the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, one of the UK’s most prestigious children’s literary awards, for her novel SALT TO THE SEA (Philomel Books/Puffin), a fictionalized account of the sinking of German ocean liner the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945.  

Of SALT TO THE SEA, the judges said that “not one of us knew about this real-life disaster and it shows how history is skewed towards the victor.” They added: “[The book] has been selected because of the powerful, crafted language, the tight, carefully shaped plot and the range of moods evoked throughout.” Ms. Sepetys told The Guardian: “When I interviewed people during my research, some told me not to bother with the book, that the world had forgotten them. The interest in the novel confirms that through characters and story, historical statistics become human and suddenly we care for those we’ve never met. My work sits on the shoulders of nonfiction, memoir and testimony. If a reader is interested in my novels, it’s my hope that they will feel compelled to research the facts behind the fiction.” The CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie Medal is annually awarded by UK children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people and published in the prior year, Congratulations to Ms. Sepetys as well as her editor and publisher.

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

man booker 2017The winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize is David Grossman for A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, published by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and Canada, and Jonathan Cape in the U.K., it was announced Wednesday night in London.  Mr. Grossman, bestselling Israeli author of fiction, nonfiction

and children’s literature, shared the award with the book’s English-language translator, Jessica Cohen, the pair dividing the most prestigious prize for translated fiction in the U.K.   Congratulations to Mr. Grossman and his publisher, as well as Ms. Cohen. Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 judging panel, commented, “David Grossman has attempted an ambitious high-wire act of a novel, and he’s pulled it off spectacularly.  A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR shines a spotlight on the effects of grief, without any hint of sentimentality. The central character is challenging and flawed, but completely compelling. We were bowled over by Grossman’s willingness to take emotional as well as stylistic risks: every sentence counts, every word matters in this supreme example of the writer’s craft.” david grossmanA HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR is searing short novel about the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance. In the dance between comic and audience, with barbs flying back and forth, a deeper story begins to take shape—one that will alter the lives of many of those in attendance. Prior Man Booker International Prize winners include Penguin Random House authors Han Kang (in 2016, the first year the Prize was awarded to a single book rather than an author’s body of work), Chinua Achebe (in 2007) and Alice Munro (in 2009).

Our 4 Lambda Literary Award Winners

logo-mobileLambda Literary, the nation’s leading organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, has announced the winners of its 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), with Penguin Random House authors receiving four awards, including the Visionary Award, a

lifetime achievement honor presented to Jacqueline Woodson.  The ceremony, bringing together authors, publishers and sponsors to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature, took place Monday night, June 12, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Here are our 2017 Lammy Award winners in the following categories: LGBT Nonfiction Lambda-WinnersHOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France, (Alfred A. Knopf) LGBT Science Fiction / Fantasy/ Horror THE DEVOURERS by Indra Das (Del Rey) Gay Mystery SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD: A Walt Whitman Mystery by J. Aaron Sanders (Plume) Visionary Award j woodsonJacqueline Woodson, author of such acclaimed books as the National Book Award-winning BROWN GIRL DREAMING (Nancy Paulsen Books/Puffin), received the Visionary Award for “breaking new ground in the field of LGBT literature.” Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon introduced Woodson as a “writer who is part of the institution but stands outside it and critiques.” Congratulations to our award-winning authors, editors and publishers. View the complete list of 2017 Lambda Literary Awards winners here.

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

nypl logoThe New York Public Library held the 2017 Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony in NYC last Thursday (6/1), when Viking/Penguin author Karan Mahajan won for his novel THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS. This is the latest in a string of accolades for Mahajan, who earlier this year was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists,

received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.  Last year, Mahajan was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. [caption id="attachment_6484" align="alignright" width="200"]Karan Mahajan Karan Mahajan[/caption] Congratulations to Karan, and everyone involved with the success of this extraordinary book. Established in 2001, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians. A panel of judges selects the winner.

Celebrating Our 4 Audie Awards Winners

2017 audie awardsPenguin Random House won 4 Audies last night at the 22nd annual Audie Awards® in New York. The Audio Publishers Association (APA) annually presents the premier awards program for audiobooks in the United States, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Here are our winners in the following categories: LIT-FIC_HomegoingMULTIVOICE_SmallGreatThingsMulti-Voiced Performance SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult; read by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell and Ari Fliakos; produced by Orli Moscowitz  (Random House Audio) Literary Fiction & Classics HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi; read by Dominic Hoffman; produced by Kelly Gildea  (Random House Audio) Science Fiction YOUNGADULT_SaltToTheSeaSCIENCEFICTION_StarWarsSTAR WARS: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster; read by Marc Thompson; produced by Aaron Blank (Random House Audio) Young Adult SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys; read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris and Michael Crouch; produced by Sarah Jaffe  (Listening Library) Resounding congratulations to our authors, readers, producers, publishers, and everyone on the Penguin Random House Audio team. View the complete list of 2017 Audie Awards winners here.