Lesley Nneka Arimah Wins 2018 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award

Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce that Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2018 New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award for her debut short story collection, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY. She received her prize during an awards ceremony at the New York Public Library on Thursday night, June 7.

[caption id="attachment_114580" align="alignright" width="150"] Lesley Nneka Arimah and Riverhead Editorial Director Becky Saletan[/caption] This is the latest in a dizzying list of accolades for Lesley, including being named winner of a 2017 Kirkus Prize, a 2017 National Book Foundation “5 Under 5” honoree, a 2017 National Book Critics Circle finalist, and a 2018 finalist in the Society of Midland Authors. Congratulations to Lesley and everyone at Riverhead. 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.

Riverhead Author Kamila Shamsie Wins the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Riverhead author Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel, HOME FIRE, it was announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, June 6. This annual award, now in its 23rd year, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.

“In the end we chose the book which we felt spoke for our times,” said Sarah Sands, chair of the Women’s Prize panel of judges. “HOME FIRE is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form. It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend.

“There are no small themes here … To humanize the big political stories that we are talking about, of terrorism, and to see it from the inside – the subtlety and the nuance and the idea of people being tested, what it means to be British or what it means to be a Muslim – it felt ‘of now’ ... And she does it so well.” Ms. Shamsie said of her award win: “It’s lovely. It’s a slightly out of body experience. It will take a while to sink in.” Congratulations to Ms. Shamsie and everyone at Riverhead Books.

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO Wins Audiobook of the Year at the Audies

Penguin Random House Audio won the top prize – Audiobook of the Year – for George Saunders’ LINCOLN IN THE BARDO (Random House Audio) last night at the 23nd 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.

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, narrated by Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 other voices, was produced by Senior Exectuive Producer Kelly Gildea, who accepted the award on stage along with Amanda D’Acierno, Senior Vice President and Publisher, Dan Zitt,Vice President of Content Production, other Penguin Random House Audio team members, and several narrators.. On Wednesday, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO received the Indies Choice Audiobook of the Award at the Celebration of Bookselling & Author Awards Luncheon at BookExpo. Penguin Random House Audio won more Audie Awards in these categories: Nonfiction: AMERICAN WOLF by Nate Blakeslee, narrated by Mark Bramhall and produced by Linda Korn   (Random House Audio) Fiction: ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron (Penguin Audio) Mystery: THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance and produced by Aaron Blank   (Random House Audio) Middle Grade: SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng, narrated by a full cast and produced by Karen Dziekonski (Listening Library) [caption id="attachment_10899" align="alignright" width="150"] (left to right) Vicki Tomao, Heather Dalton, and Rob Guzman[/caption] Big congrats to the authors, narrators, producers, marketers and the entire award-winning PRH Audio team.In addition, Penguin Random House Audio won an Excellence in Marketing Audie Award for “Transform Your Commute,” the NYC campaign that encouraged listeners to turn a sour commute sweet with audiobooks. Pictured at the Audies are several members of the marketing team who created the initiative (left to right) Vicki Tomao, Heather Dalton, and Rob Guzman. To view the complete list of Audie Awards winners, click here.

Riverhead to Publish 2018 Man Booker International Prize Winner in August

FLIGHTS, a “non-traditional” narrative by acclaimed Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, awarded annually to a fiction work judged to be the year’s outstanding work of translated fiction. Translator Jennifer Croft will share the 50,000 pound prize with Tokarczuk.

FLIGHTS will be published in the U.S. by Riverhead on August 14.

This is the third consecutive year a Penguin Random House U.S. title has won the Man Booker International. Israeli author David Grossman was honored in 2017 for his A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, translated by Jessica Cohen, and published by Vintage International. And in 2016 Korean author Han Kang won the prize for THE VEGETARIAN, translated by Deborah Smith, and published by Hogarth. [caption id="attachment_113616" align="alignright" width="280"] Olga Tokarczuk and Jennifer Croft[/caption] The 2018 five-person panel of judges was chaired by Lisa Appignanesi. She described Tokarczuk’s work as a “constellation novels,” whose stories are sent into creative “orbit” by the writer. In the citation, she said, in part: “We loved the voice of the narrative—it’s one that moves from wit and gleeful mischief to real emotional texture and has the ability to create character very quietly, with interesting digression and speculation.” “Tokarczuk,” the chairwoman added, is “a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache … [she] “has written a great many books that sound amazing but which haven’t been translated yet.” Tokarczuk and Croft received their award Tuesday night, May 22, in a London ceremony.

CONVICTED and THE RED BANDANNA Win Christopher Awards

The 69th annual Christopher Awards, presented in New York City on May 17, celebrated and honored writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” WaterBrook’s CONVICTED: A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins with Mark Tabb won in the Books for Adults category. Viking Books for Young Readers’ THE RED BANDANNA by Tom Rinaldi won in the Books for Young People category.

Warm congratulations to the authors as well as their editors and publishers. [caption id="attachment_113543" align="alignright" width="341"] Jameel McGee, Campbell Wharton, and Andrew Collins[/caption] CONVICTED is a remarkable true story about a man who chose to forgive the cop who falsely imprisoned him. As current as today’s headlines, this explosive story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation. In the young readers’ adaptation of his New York Times bestselling Penguin Press book. THE RED BANDANNA, award-winning ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi brings Welles Crowther’s inspirational story of selflessness and compassion to life. On a day that changed a nation, one young man found his calling. Welles didn’t see himself as a hero. He was just an ordinary kid who played sports, volunteered for the fire department in his town, and eventually headed off to college and then to Wall Street to start a career. Throughout it all, he always kept a red bandanna in his pocket, a gift from his father when he was little. On September 11, 2001, Welles was at his job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the Twin Towers were attacked. What he did next would alter the course of many lives. That day, the legend of the Man in the Red Bandanna was born. View the complete list of 2018 Christopher Awards winners here. The Christophers, a nonprofit founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The ancient Chinese proverb—“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”— guides its publishing, radio, and awards programs.
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Our 2018 ABA Indies Choice Award Winners and Picture Book Hall of Fame Inductee

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Indies Choice Awards and E.B. White Read Aloud Awards. Our authors received two Indies Choice Awards, through which independent booksellers from ABA member stores selected their favorite titles published last year, casting their votes via online balloting. These booksellers also chose three new inductees into the Picture Book Hall of Fame, including one of our beloved children’s book author/illustrators. All prizes and honors will be presented at the ABA Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch on Wednesday, May 30, at BookExpo 2018 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Book of the Year – Adult Nonfiction KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday) Audiobook of the Year LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders, Read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a Full Cast (Random House Audio) Picture Book Hall of Fame I HAVE A DREAM by Martin Luther King, Kadir Nelson (Illus.) (Schwartz & Wade) Please join us in congratulating our award winners and new hall of famer, their publishers, and our Sales teams upon receiving this humbling recognition from our valued bookseller partners. A complete list of Indies Choice and E.B. White Read Aloud award winners as well as all of the Picture Book Hall of Fame can be viewed here.  

Our 2018 James Beard Chef Award Winners: Gabrielle Hamilton Named Outstanding Chef and Abraham Conlon is Best Chef: Great Lakes

Champagne corks were popping in Chicago on Tuesday night at the 2018 James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurant Awards ceremony when it was announced that the Outstanding Chef Award went to Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and Random House author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, and her cookbook, PRUNE. Random House will publish her new memoir, KIND REGARDS, next year.

The bubbly flowed again when Fat Rice chef Abraham Conlon, co-author of THE ADVENTURES OF FAT RICE: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau (Ten Speed Press), won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes. Congratulations to Ms. Hamilton and Mr. Conlon as well as their editors and publishers. View the complete list of 2018 James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurant Awards winners here.

Two Multnomah Authors Win 2018 Christian Book Awards

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the winners of the 2018 Christian Book Awards on Tuesday, May 1, at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, during the ECPA Leadership Summit. Among the prize winners were two authors and their books published by Crown Publishing Group’s Multnomah imprint:

WHISPER by Mark Batterson won the Christian Living Award. FOLLOW THE CLOUD by John Stickl won in the New Author category. Congratulations to our authors, their publishing teams, and everyone at Multnomah and CPG. View the complete list of the 2018 Christian Book Award winners here. The Christian Book Award program has recognized the highest quality in Christian books since 1978. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Award program is the oldest and among the most prestigious awards in the religious publishing industry. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, formed in 1974, is an international non-profit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide.

CPG’s Ten Speed Press and Clarkson Potter Take Home Multiple James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its definitive Cookbook, Broadcast Media, and Journalism awards for 2018 on April 27, at a dinner in Manhattan—and Crown Publishing Group imprints ruled the night: Ten Speed Press books and authors received four awards while Clarkson Potter authors were recognized with two prizes. Of special note: the 11 JBF Cookbook Award nominations received by Ten Speed Press are the most in its history (and in the history of the JBF Cookbook Awards for one imprint), and its 4 JBF Cookbook Award wins are the most for Ten Speed since 2008.

COOKBOOK Beverage MEEHAN’S BARTENDER MANUAL by Jim Meehan (Ten Speed Press) International NOPALITO by Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando (Ten Speed Press) Reference, History, and Scholarship CHAMPAGNE by Peter Liem (Ten Speed Press) Single Subject THE PHO COOKBOOK by Andrea Nguyen (Ten Speed Press)   BROADCAST MEDIA Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location “Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro,” Ina Garten, Food Network (Garten’s upcoming Clarkson Potter book, COOK LIKE A PRO, will be published 10/23/18)   JOURNALISM Innovative Storytelling Melissa Clark, “The New Essentials of French Cooking,” The New York Times (Author of DINNER: Changing the Game, Clarkson Potter)   Congratulations to all of our prize-winning authors, as well as their editors and publishers. View the complete list of James Beard Foundation 2018 Cookbook, Journalism, and Broadcast Media Awards winners here. Winners of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards (Ten Speed Press, Lorena Jones Books and Clarkson Potter authors/chefs/restaurateurs have 17 nominations among them) will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago on May 7.

David Grann Wins 2018 Edgar Award for KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

Doubleday/Vintage author David Grann was among the winners of this year’s Edgar Allen Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2017, which were announced at the Mystery Writers of America’s 72nd Edgar Awards gala on Thursday, April 26, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. Grann’s latest book, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday/Vintage), received the Edgar for Best Fact Crime. View the complete list of Edgar and MWA honorees here.

A New York Times bestseller and NYT Notable Book, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON was also a finalist for the National Book Award, Andrew Carnegie Medal, and an Indies Choice Award. In his book, Grann untangles a very complicated series of incidents and investigations. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.