Our 2017 Kirkus Prize Finalists

Kirkus Reviews has announced its 2017 Kirkus Prize finalists, with four titles published by Penguin Random House imprints among the nominated titles. Books that earned the Kirkus Star, with publication dates between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, were nominated for the prize, created in 2014 to celebrate quality writing and Kirkus Reviews’ more than 80-year legacy of literary criticism.

Here are our finalists in the following categories: Fiction   Nonfiction   Congratulations to our finalists as well as their editors and publishers. To view a complete list of finalists, click here. Winners, each receiving a $50,000 prize, will be named on November 2 at a ceremony in Austin, Texas.

TV Adaptations of THE HANDMAID’S TALE and BIG LITTLE LIES Win Multiple Major Emmy Awards

Hit television series based on Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Anchor) and Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES (Berkley) won a combined 11 awards at the 69th annual Emmy Awards Sunday night, September 17, in Los Angeles.  

[caption id="attachment_7796" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: Inwood/AP[/caption] The Handmaid’s Tale, airing on Hulu, won in six categories:  Outstanding Drama Series; Lead Actress, Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss); Supporting Actress, Drama Series (Ann Dowd); Guest Actress, Drama Series (Alexis Bledel); Directing for a Drama Series (Reed Morano); and Writing for Drama Series (Bruce Miller).   Several acceptance speeches praised and expressed gratitude to Ms. Atwood. Ms. Moss said, “”Thank you for what you did in 1985 and thank you for what you continue to do.”  Ms. Atwood received a standing ovation as she walked onto the stage when The Handmaid’s Tale  won Outstanding Drama Series. Big Little Lies, airing on HBO, won in five categories: Outstanding Limited Series; Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie (Nicole Kidman); Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie (Laura Dern), Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie (Alexander Skarsgard); and Directing for a Limited Series (Jean-Marc Vallée).  BIG LITTLE LIES author Liane Moriarty was thanked a number of times, including by Nicole Kidman, who thanked Ms. Moriarty for writing a book “that presented strong, multi-dimensional women.” Also, Alec Baldwin, author of the upcoming Penguin Press book, YOU CAN’T SPELL AMERICA WITHOUT ME, won the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Comedy (Saturday Night Live).  W. Kamau Bell, author of the Dutton title, THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL, won the Emmy for Unstructured Reality Program (United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell).  And  Aziz Ansari, Penguin Press author of MODERN ROMANCE, won the Emmy for Writing for a Comedy Series (Master of None).

Auster, Hamid, Saunders, Smith Our 2017 Man Booker Finalists

Concurrent but independent of the National Book Award semi-finalists serial rollout, this week also brings news, from London, of the shortlisted six nominees for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, literary fiction’s highly coveted international annual recognition. 

  Here are our finalists, announced today, across our U.S., Canada, and UK companies: Penguin Random House U.S.: AUTUMN by Ali Smith (Pantheon Hardcover & E-Book; Anchor Paperback) EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Hardcover & E-Book; Penguin Audio download) LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Random House Hardcover & E-Book; Random House Audio) Penguin Random House Canada.: 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (McClelland & Stewart) AUTUMN by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton Canada) EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead edition distributed by Penguin Random House Canada) LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Canada distribution of Random House edition) Penguin Random House UK: AUTUMN by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton UK ) EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton UK) Our congratulations to our Shortlist Finalists, as well as our Longlisted authors, and all among us who make their publication possible. First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English, and published in the U.K. The 2017 Prize will be bestowed at the Man Booker Dinner in London on Tuesday, October 17. The complete 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist:

Two Penguin Random House South Africa Authors Win 2017 Sunday Times Literary Awards

Penguin Random House South Africa authors Greg Marinovich and Zakes Mda are winners of the prestigious Sunday Times Literary Awards.  In addition to receiving this accolade, each author was also awarded prize money of R100, 000.  We congratulate the authors, their editors and publishers.

  Mr. Mda won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his book Little Suns, published by Umuzi. Mr. Marinovich received the Alan Paton Award for his book Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre, published by Penguin. The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize was judged this year by Rehana Rossouw (chair), Africa Melane and Kate Rogan. The Alan Paton Award judging panel was chaired by Pippa Green, supported by judges Tinyiko Maluleke and Johann Kriegler. Read this related article: Penguin Random House South Africa Wins 2017 Trade Publisher of the Year Award

Penguin Random House South Africa Wins 2017 Trade Publisher of the Year Award

Penguin Random House South Africa received top honors in  the Trade Publisher of the Year category at the 2017 Sefika Awards ceremony, held last week in Durban, SA.

Congratulations to our sister company on receiving this prize for the second consecutive year. The Sefika Awards celebrate booksellers and publishers for the roles they play in promoting a culture of reading in South Africa.  The Trade Publisher of the Year Award rewards overall excellence in the South African Trade Publishing sector.   Steve Connolly, Penguin Random House South Africa Managing Director, said, “For the second year in succession, Penguin Random House South Africa are honored to receive the Trade Publisher of the Year Award.  I think it’s fair to say that we love what we do and perhaps that’s a factor in explaining the goodwill we receive in the book trade.  We’d like to thank the booksellers for awarding us with this honour and we aim to continue and improve the service, support and collaboration we give them.  It’s by working together that we can bring the magic of our authors to South African readers.” The criteria used by booksellers in determining the Sefika Awards include outstanding turnaround times for book delivery, exceptional customer service and communication from the sales team to booksellers, and supporting booksellers with book launches and publicity. Read this related article:  Two Penguin Random House South Africa Authors Win 2017 Sunday Times Literary Awards
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Our NAIBA 2017 Books of the Year Awards Winners

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) has announced its 2017 Books of the Year Awards, with two books published by Penguin Random House imprints among the winners, in the following categories:

  Fiction:  THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)  YA Literature: STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO by A.S. King (Dutton Books for Young Readers)   Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers. All winners will be honored at the NAIBA Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 7, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The NAIBA book awards recognizes authors who were born or live in the Atlantic states, and/or a book whose story takes place in the region. To view a complete list of the NAIBA Books of the Year winners, click here.

Spiegel & Grau’s Annie Chagnot Wins 2017 Ashmead Award

Spiegel & Grau Editor Annie Chagnot has been awarded the seventh annual Ashmead Award for exceptional editorial talent.  Named after book editor Lawrence Ashmead (1932-2010), the prize is designed to nurture the career of a promising young editor or assistant editor.

  In addition to a term at the Yale Publishing Course, the Ashmead Award also provides the winner access to a distinguished group of book publishing editors, many of whom worked with Ashmead during his long career in book publishing.   “Annie impressed us all with her dedication, the significant list she has begun to build, and the enthusiasm of her colleagues for the quality of her work,” said Sharon Bowers, a partner at Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management, who took part in the selection process. Joining Spegel & Grau in 2013, Annie has edited such forthcoming books as YELLOW BIRD: Murder, Oil, and Justice on an American Reservation by Sierra Crane Murdoch; a memoir by essayist Mariya Karimjee; and BELOW THE EDGE OF DARKNESS, a memoir by marine biologist and MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Edie Widder. For more information about the Ashmead Award and to view a list of past winners, click here.

Hogarth Author Eimear McBride Wins James Tait Black Prize for THE LESSER BOHEMIANS

THE LESSER BOHEMIANS by Eimear McBride has won the James Tait Black Prize, Great Britain’s oldest literary award.  The winners of the prizes were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday, August 14, when the honor for biography was also announced.  

Published by Hogarth, Ms. McBride’s second novel is a captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year.  More than 400 titles were submitted for the 2017 James Tait Black prizes, with a shortlist chosen by University of Edinburgh academics and postgraduate students.  Fiction judge Dr. Alex Lawrie described THE LESSER BOHEMIANS as being “full of wit, energy and nerve, an extraordinary rendering of a young woman’s consciousness as she eagerly embarks on a new life in London.” Congratulations to Ms. McBride, her editor, publisher and everyone at Hogarth as well as the Crown Publishing Group. The James Tait Black Awards were founded in 1919 by Janet Coats, the widow of publisher James Tait Black, to commemorate her husband’s love of good books. Ms. McBride’s debut novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.

Our 4 PEN Center USA 2017 Literary Awards Finalists

PEN Center USA, the West Coast division of PEN International, has announced its 2017 Literary Awards finalists.  Penguin Random House imprints publish four of the finalists in the following categories:

  Fiction Karan Mahajan, THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS  (Viking) Creative Nonfiction Paul Kalanithi, WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR  (Random House) Research Nonfiction Elizabeth Letts, THE PERFECT HORSE  (Ballantine) Young Adult Stacey Lee, OUTRUN THE MOON  (GP Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Books for Young Readers) Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers. To view a complete list of the PEN Center USA finalists, click here. The award winners will be announced in early September and prizes presented at the 27th Annual Literary Awards Festival on October 27 in Southern California at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Penguin Random House author Margaret Atwood will be honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.  The event will be hosted by actor/Penguin Random House author Nick Offerman.

50 Books | 50 Covers Features 17 Penguin Random House Prize-Winning Designs

This year’s 50 Books  | 50 Covers competition, widely recognized as the highest design honor in the book publishing world, features 4 interior and 13 cover prize-winning designs created by our Penguin Random House art directors and designers in 2016.  

Congratulations to all of our talented and creative colleagues, representing books published by imprints from across the house.   Our winners in the 50 Books category:  A SUPER UPSETTING COOKBOOK ABOUT SANDWICHES Author: Tyler Kord Publisher: Clarkson Potter Art Director: Marysarah Quinn, Stephanie Huntwork Designer: Ian Dingman CLASSIC PENGUIN: Cover to Cover Author: Edited with an Introduction by Paul Buckley, Preface by Elda Rotor Publisher:  Penguin Books Designer:  Paul Buckley and Matt Vee ME: A Compendium Author: Wee Society Publisher: Clarkson Potter Art Director: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander         Designer: Rob Alexander somethingtofoodabout Author: Questlove and Ben Greenman Publisher: Clarkson Potter Art Director: Marysarah Quinn, Alexis Rosenzweig Designer: Rational Beauty: Jeanette Abbink, Mike Abbink Design intern: Yerang Choi   Our winners in the 50 Covers category: The Angelus Trilogy (The Watchers, Angel City, The Way of Sorrows) Author: Jon Steele Publisher: Blue Rider Press         Designer: Jason Booher BOY ERASED Author: Garrard Conley Publisher: Riverhead Books Creative + Art Director: Helen Yentus         Designer: Rachel Willey BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG Author: Chuck Klosterman Publisher: Blue Rider Press Creative + Art Director: Jason Booher         Designer: Office of Paul Sahre GIRL IN PIECES Author: Kathleen Glasgow / Krista Marino Publisher: Random House Children‘s Books | Delacorte Creative + Art Director: Alison Impey         Designer: Jen Heuer HOW TO RUIN EVERYTHING Author: George Watsky Publisher: Plume Creative + Art Director: Jason Booher         Designer: Ben Denzer OLD RECORDS NEVER DIE Author: Eric Spitznagel Publisher: Plume Creative + Art Director: Jason Booher         Designer: John Gall ON DIRECTING FILM Author: David Mamet Publisher: Penguin Books Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley, Roseanne Serra         Designer: Christopher Sergio Penguin Galaxy Series (Dune, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Neuromancer, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Once and Future King) Authors: Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, T. H. White Publisher: Penguin Classics        Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley        Designer: Alex Trochut Penguin Orange (Twelve Years a Slave, The Broom of the System, East of Eden, White Noise, The Joy Luck Club, The Snow Leopard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, The Crucible, On the Road, Ceremony, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Call of Cthulhu) Authors: Solomon Northup, David Foster Wallace, John Steinbeck, Don DeLillo, Amy Tan, Peter Matthiessen, Ken Kesey, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac,         Leslie Marmon Silko, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft         Publisher:  Penguin Classics         Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley         Designer: Paul Buckley, Illustrations by Eric Nyquist THE BED MOVED Author: Rebecca Schiff/Diana Miller Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Creative + Art Director: Carol Devine Carson         Designer: Janet Hansen THE PASSION OF MADEMOISELLE S. Author: Jean Yves Berthault Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau / Random House Creative + Art Director: Paolo Pepe, Greg Mollica         Designer: Gabriele Wilson The Pelican Shakespeare (King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth) Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: Penguin Classics         Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley         Designer: Manuja Waldia THE POSER Author: Jacob Rubin Publisher: Penguin Books Creative + Art Director: Alison Forner         Designer: Will Staehle To view all of this year’s 50 Books prize-winning designs, click here. To view all of this year’s 50 Covers prize-winning designs, click here. Many Penguin Random House staff designers and art directors have been honored by the 50 Books |50 Covers contest over the years, and are deeply invested in seeing this design contest continue and remain vital. Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. Design Observer has hosted the competition since 2011.