Our Books on the 2018 Rainbow List

The Rainbow Book List Committee has announced its 2018 Rainbow Book List, recognizing books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, for youth and children 18 and under.  This year’s Rainbow Book List includes five titles published by Penguin Random House imprints, and one title published by a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client: 

Middle Grade Fiction FELIX YZ by Lisa Bunker (Viking Books for Young Readers) Young Adult Fiction ASHES TO ASHEVILLE by Sarah Dooley (Putnam Books for Young Readers) WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour (Dutton Books for Young Readers) 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac (Knopf Books for Young Readers) PERFECT TEN by L. Phillips (Viking Books for Young Readers) HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen, a PRHPS client publisher) View the complete 2018 Rainbow List here.

Our ALA Midwinter Award Winners and Honorees, Part Two: Michael L. Printz, Coretta Scott King Award Winners, and More

Continuing our coverage of this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting award winners and honorees:  

    Michael L. Printz Award Winner WE ARE OKAY by Nina La Cour (Dutton Books for Young Readers) The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens. Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent Winner THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by David Barclay Moore (Knopf Books for Young Readers) The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson The Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Schneider Family Book Award Winner YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner (Knopf Books for Young Readers) The Schneider Family Book Award is for the title that best embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience. Mildred L. Batchelder Award Winner THE MURDERER’S APE by Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves (Delacorte Press) The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is for the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English. William C. Morris Award Finalist   DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone (Crown Books for Young Readers) The William C. Morris Award recognizes a debut title by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. Pura Belpré Medal Author LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar (Nancy Paulsen Books) Pura Belpré Medal Illustrator LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA by Juana Martinez-Neal (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) Pura Belpré Honor Authors FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia C. Pérez (Viking Books for Young Readers) THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya (Viking Books for Young Readers) The Pura Belpré awards, medals and honors are presented to Latino/Latina writers and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.  Previously posted: Our ALA Midwinter Award Recipients, Part One: Odyssey, RUSA Listen Audio Winners More ALA Awards news  to come.  

12 Penguin Random House Audio Titles are 2018 Audie Awards Finalists


The Audio Publishers Association has announced its 2018 Audie Awards finalists, including 12 Penguin Random House Audio titles.  This year’s honorees were revealed via a social media campaign, with each category’s finalists announced by a notable author, narrator, or media outlet. Three PRH Audio authors nominated this year participated in the announcement. George Saunders revealed the Short Stories/Collections category on his Facebook (30.21K followers), John le Carré revealed the Mystery category on his Twitter  (6.4K followers), and Libba Bray revealed the Middle Grade category on her Twitter (55.8K followers).  

Winners in all categories will be revealed during the Audies Gala on May 31 in New York during BookExpo 2018. Our Audie Awards finalists: Fiction ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman, read by Cathleen McCarro (Penguin Audio) Thriller Suspense A LEGACY OF SPIES by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander (Penguin Audio) Mystery THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio) Multi-Voiced Performance LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others (Random House Audio) Nonfiction AMERICAN WOLF: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee, narrated by Mark Bramhall (Random House Audio) SHATTERED: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, narrated by Kimberly Farr (Random House Audio) Inspirational Faith-Based Nonfiction WAKE UP TO THE JOY OF YOU: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, written and narrated by Agapi Stassinopoulos (Random House Audio) Science Fiction BATTLEFRONT II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar (Random House Audio) Young Adult BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy (Listening Library) YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others (Listening Library) Middle Grade THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA, written and narrated by Pablo Cartaya (Listening Library) SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng, read by Kivlighan de Montebello and Various (Listening Library) View the complete list of 2018 Audie Awards finalists here.

Friday Reads: Our Finalists for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards

PEN America has announced the finalists for its 2018 PEN America Literary Awards, in the categories of debut fiction, diversity, translation, biography, essay, science and sports writing, as well as for the PEN/Jean Stein Award.  The shortlisted titles include 14 books published by Penguin Random House imprints, as well as two books from PRHPS client publishers.   

Here is a reading list to be proud of: FICTION 9780399589386SOUR HEART: STORIES by Jenny Zhang (Lenny/Random House) PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION FINALIST A debut story collection about a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s exhilarating collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up.   9781616957926SONORA by Hannah Lillith Assadi (Soho Press, a PRHPS client publisher) PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION FINALIST A fevered, lyrical debut about two young women drawn into an ever-intensifying friendship set against the stark, haunted landscape of the Sonoran desert and the ecstatic frenzy of New York City.   9781101973219WHITE TEARS: A NOVEL by Hari Kunzru  (Vintage/Knopf) PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD FINALIST Ghost story, murder mystery, love letter to American music—WHITE TEARS is all of this and more, a thrilling investigation of race and appropriation in society today.   9780812985870THE CHANGELING: A NOVEL by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau) PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD FINALIST One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after seemingly committing an unforgiveable act of violence, from the award-winning author of The Devil in Silver and Big Machine.   9781101871614AUGUSTOWN: A NOVEL by Kei Miller  (Pantheon) PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD FINALIST Set in the backlands of Jamaica, AUGUSTOWN is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.   9781594634369OUT IN THE OPEN: A NOVEL by Jesús Carrasco, translated by Margaret Joll Costa  (Riverhead) PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE FINALIST OUT IN THE OPEN  tells the story of a young boy’s journey through an unnamed, drought-stricken country ruled by violence. A claustrophobic world where names and dates don’t matter, where morals have drained away with the water. In this landscape the boy, not yet a lost cause, has the chance to choose hope and bravery, or to live forever mired in the violence with which he grew up.   9781101973493A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR: A NOVEL by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen  (Vintage) PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE FINALIST From the author of TO THE END OF THE LAND, the Man Booker International Prize-winning novel about the tragicomic life of a standup comedian.   9781681371528KATALIN STREET by Magda Szabo, translated by Len Rix (NYRB Classics, a PRHPS client publisher) PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE FINALIST From the author of The Door, selected as one of the New York Times “10 Best Books” of the year, this is a heart-wrenching tale about a group of friends and lovers torn apart by the German occupation of Budapest during World War II.   NONFICTION 9780399590566WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World) PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD FINALIST A powerful portrait of the historic Obama era that provocatively combines award-winning journalism with the introspective, searching voice of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir, the National Book Award-winning BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME.   9781594204876GRANT by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press) PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY FINALIST Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of ALEXANDER HAMILTON, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, Ron Chernow returns with the definitive biography of Ulysses S. Grant, a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.   9780345804969RICHARD NIXON: THE LIFE by John A. Farrell (Doubleday) PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY FINALIST From a prize-winning biographer comes the defining portrait of a man who led America in a time of turmoil and left us a darker age. We live today, John A. Farrell shows, in a world Richard Nixon made.   9781101871638LENIN: THE MAN, THE DICTATOR, AND THE MASTER OF TERROR by Victor Sebestyen  (Pantheon) PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY FINALIST LENIN is a brilliant portrait of a complex and ruthless dictator, while also bringing to light important new revelations about the Russian Revolution, a pivotal point in modern history.   9780143108689THE BOOK OF EMMA REYES: A MEMOIR by Emma Reyes, translated by Daniel Alarcón (Penguin) PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE FINALIST This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was first published in 2012 in Colombia, where it was greeted as a literary discovery. Its author, whose writing had been encouraged by Gabriel García Márquez, had passed away nearly a decade earlier, and in the letters that comprise her memoir, she describes being an illegitimate child, living in a windowless room with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Far from self-pitying, the portrait that emerges from this picaresque yet lucid unraveling of anecdotes inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long.   9781594205071BEHAVE: THE BIOLOGY OF HUMANS AT OUR BEST AND WORST by Robert M. Sapolsky (Penguin Press) PEN/E.O. WILSON PRIZE FOR LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING FINALIST From the great neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of the decisive factors that dictate the boundaries of human behavior, both good and bad. Sapolsky wrestles with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, BEHAVE is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.   9780385536059STING LIKE A BEE: MUHAMMAD ALI VS. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1966-1971 by Leigh Montville (Doubleday) PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING FINALIST An insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali which centers on the cultural and political implications of Ali’s refusal of service in the military—and the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century.   9780812989601BONES: BROTHERS, HORSES, CARTELS, AND THE BORDERLAND DREAM by Joe Tone (One World) PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING FINALIST A cinematic true-crime story set at the Mexican-American border about two very different brothers whose lives intertwine in an FBI drug investigation and a champion race horse. To view the complete 2018 PEN Literary Awards finalists, click here. The winners will be announced and celebrated at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 20, 2018 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC.  

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Gessen, Hamid, Markel, Petrushevskaya, Roy, and Whyte are NBCC Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2017 awards.   Penguin Random House imprints publish six finalists for NBCC Awards in the following categories:  

  FICTION  Mohsin HamidEXIT WEST  (Riverhead) Arundhati RoyTHE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS  (Knopf)   NONFICTION Masha GessenTHE FUTURE IS HISTORY: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (Riverhead)     BIOGRAPHY Howard MarkelTHE KELLOGGS: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek (Pantheon) Kenneth WhyteHOOVER: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times (Knopf)   AUTOBIOGRAPHY Ludmilla PetrushevskayaTHE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL HOTEL: Growin Up in Communist Russia (Penguin)       View the complete list of NBCC finalists here. Winners of the NBCC awards will be announced on Thursday, March 15 in NYC at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium.  A finalists’ reading will be held on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public. 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.
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Our Authors Eric Ries and Tom Peters Honored at 800-CEO-READ Awards

800-CEO-READ presented its annual awards ceremony and business book industry celebration in New York City on Thursday, January 18.   

    800ceoawardsTHE STARTUP WAY: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth by Eric Ries (Currency) earned a Business Book of the Year award in the Management & Workplace Culture category. Vintage author Tom Peters received the fourth annual Jack Covert Award for his Contributions to the Business Book Industry. Our congratulations to Mr. Ries and Mr. Peters as well as their editors and publishers.

Our 5 Nominees for 2018 Edgar Awards

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced its nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2017.  Five books published by Penguin Random House imprints earned nominations in the following categories: 

  Best Novel PRUSSIAN BLUE by Philip Kerr (Marian Wood Books/G.P.Putnam’s Sons) THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti (The Dial Press)   Best First Novel LOLA by Melissa Scrivner Love (Crown) IDAHO by Emily Ruskovich (Random House)     Best Fact Crime KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday) View the complete list of nominees here. This year’s Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at MWA’s 72nd Gala Banquet on April 26 in Manhattan.

Chernow, Farrell, Klagsbrun and Sebestyen Nominated for 2018 Plutarch Award

Biographers International Organization (BIO) has nominated ten books as semi-finalists for its 2018 Plutarch Award, the only international literary prize for biography that is chosen by fellow biographers.   Four of the nominees are published by Penguin Random House imprints: 

  GRANT by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press) RICHARD NIXON: The Life by John Farrell (Doubleday) LIONESS: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel by Francine Klagsbrun (Schocken) LENIN: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen (Pantheon) View the complete list of nominees here. The Plutarch Award Committee will announce four finalists the week of February 5.   All BIO members will then vote for the winning book, which will be revealed on May 19 at the Ninth Annual BIO Conference in New York.  

Alarcón, Moshfegh, Strout: Finalists for The Story Prize

The three finalists for the 2017 Story Prize, which annually honors authors of outstanding short story collections published in the prior year, are all published by Penguin Random House imprints:  

  THE KING IS ALWAYS ABOVE THE PEOPLE by Daniel Alarcón (Riverhead Books) HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press) ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) The Story Prize, now in its 14th year, announced that these finalists were chosen from 120 submissions representing 93 different publishers or imprints.  Three independent judges – Knopf/Vintage author and poet Susan Minot, critic and author Walton Muyumba, and Library Journal Associate Editor Stephanie Sendaula – will determine the winner, to be revealed at the Story Prize’s annual award event, co-sponsored by the Graduate Creative Writing Program, at The New School in Manhattan on February 28.   The finalists will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, director of The Story Prize.  Then Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey will present the 2017 winner with a check for $20,000.  The two runners-up will each receive $5,000.

Big Night at the Golden Globe Awards for BIG LITTLE LIES and THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Hit television series based on Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES (Berkley) and Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Anchor) took home a combined 6 awards at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday night, January 7, in Los Angeles.  

Big Little Lies, airing on HBO, won in four categories: Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, (Nicole Kidman); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laura Dern); and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Alexander Skarsgard). The Handmaid’s Tale, airing on Hulu, won Best Television Series, Drama; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama (Elisabeth Moss). In addition, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy went to Aziz Ansari for the Netflix series, Master of None. Ansari is the author of MODERN ROMANCE (Penguin Press).