Our 2017 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Longlisters

The longlist for the 11th annual 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards includes 14 books published by Penguin Random House imprints and one Penguin Random House Publisher Services client title.

  800-CEO-READ General Manager Sally Haldorson commented, “This year’s longlist strikes me as particularly eclectic, and as a result, tremendously exciting. Every business reader whose curiosity and love of learning drives them to seek new approaches, to strive for better, to push a little further in their own lives and their own companies will find a book here well-suited to their needs.”   Here are our longlisted titles in the following categories: Management & Workplace Culture

OWN IT: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck (Crown Business)

THE STARTUP WAY: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth by Eric Ries (Currency)

Marketing & Sales

HIT MAKERS: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson (Penguin Press)

THE LOST ART OF CLOSING: Winning the Ten Commitments That Drive Sales by Anthony Iannarino, (Portfolio)

PERENNIAL SELLER: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday (Portfolio)

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL CONSUMER: Fuel a Lifelong Love Affair with Your Customers by Helping Them Get Healthier, Wealthier, and Wiser by Tara-Nicholle Nelson (Berrett-Koehler, a PRHPS client publisher)

Innovation & Creativity

HACKING GROWTH: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown (Crown Business)

HUNCH: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into The Next Big Thing by Bernadette Jiwa (Portfolio)

Personal Development & Human Behavior

BRAVING THE WILDERNESS: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Aloneby Brené Brown (Random House)

INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Tasha Eurich (Crown Business)

Current News & Public Affairs

THE CEO PAY MACHINE: How it Trashes America and How to Stop it by Steven Clifford (Blue Rider Press)

WORLD WITHOUT MIND: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer (Penguin Press)

Narrative & Biography

THE CUBS WAY: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci, (Crown Archetype)

Big Ideas & New Perspectives

THE POWER OF ONLYNESS: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World by Nilofer Merchant (Viking)

SCALE: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey West (Penguin Press)

View the complete 2017 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Longlist here. The winners in each of eight categories will be announced on December 5.  From among those category winners, the 800-CEO-READ Business Books of the Year will be picked and announced at an event on January 18 in New York City. That night the organization will also celebrate the fourth annual Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry. 800-CEO-READ identifies current trends in business literature, and also handles bulk book sales.

More Than 90 of Our Books are Semifinalists for 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Semifinalists for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced and feature more than 90 titles published by Penguin Random House imprints across such categories as Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Horror, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s Books and Picture Books.  Semifinalst votes can be cast for the Goodreads Best Books of the Year through November 12.  

Here are our Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 semifinalists:


LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)

MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press Trade)

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking)

RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday)

HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie (Riverhead)


Mystery & Thriller

THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney (Ballantine)

INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)

GOLDEN PREY by John Sanford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

ORIGIN by Dan Brown (Doubleday)


Historical Fiction


A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follet (Viking)

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Random House)

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)

THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve (Knopf)

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter (Viking)



FEVERSONG by Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte Press)

RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence (Ace)

ASSASSIN’S FATE by Robin Hobb (Del Rey)

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden (Del Rey)

THE WITCHWOOD CROWN by Tad Williams (DAW Books)

SILENCE FALLEN (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs (Ace)

ETCHED IN BONE (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (Roc)



BLOOD VOW By J.R. Ward (Ballantine)

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh (Berkley Books)


Science Fiction

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai (Dutton)

WALKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)

AMERICAN WAR by Omar El Akkad (Knopf)

THRAWN (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn (Random House)

ARTEMIS by Andy Weir (Crown)



WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru (Knopf)

LOST BOY: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry (Berkley Books)

FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager (Dutton)

MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero (Doubleday)


FULL WOLF MOON (Jeremy Logan #5) by Lincoln Child (Doubleday)



TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN by Lauren Graham (Ballantine)

BELIEVE ME by Eddie Izzard (Blue Rider Press)

VACATIONLAND by John Hodgman (Viking)


UNQUALIFIED by Anna Faris (Dutton)


WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE by Samantha Irby (Vintage)

I’M FINE…AND OTHER LIES by Whitney Cummings (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)





THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (Knopf)

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World/Random House)

DARING TO HOPE: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors (Multnomah)

OPTION B Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant (Knopf)

HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh (Ballantine)

AMERICAN KINGPIN: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton (Portfolio)


Memoir & Autobiography

THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy (Random House)

PRIESTDADDY: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead)


History & Biography

 GRANT by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)

ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (Tim Duggan Books)

THE GATEKEEPERS: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple (Crown)

LAST HOPE ISLAND: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War by Lynne Olson (Random House)

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday)

VICTORIA: THE QUEEN: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird (Random House)


Science & Technology

THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes (Knopf)

BEHAVE: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky (Penguin Press)

INFERIOR: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini (Beacon Press)

HIT MAKERS: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson (Penguin Press)

IRRESISTIBLE: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (Penguin Press)

WE HAVE NO IDEA: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson (Riverhead)

SOONISH: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith (Penguin Press)


Food & Cookbooks

CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker (Penguin Books)

GIVE A GIRL A KNIFE by Amy Thielen (Clarkson Potter)

WHOLE NEW YOU: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You by Tia Mowry, Jessica Porter (Ballantine)


SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERYDAY: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman (Knopf)

COMING TO MY SENSES: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter)


Debut Goodreads Author

MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent (Riverhead)

AMERICAN WAR by Omar El Akkad (Knopf)

WHAT WE LOSE by Zinzi Clemmons (Viking)

STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf)

THE CHILBURY LADIES’ CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan (Crown)

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden (Del Rey)

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai (Dutton)

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hunter (Viking)

THE ANIMATORS by Kayla Rae Whitaker (Random House)


Young Adult Fiction

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers) 

GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston (Quirk Books)

ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte Press)

GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers)

ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen (Viking Books for Young Reasders)


Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

 CRYSTAL STORM (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)

 WARCROSS (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu (Putnam Books for Young Readers)

THE BOOK OF DUST: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

FLAME IN THE MIST (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh (Putnam Books for Young Readers)

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton (Viking Books for Young Readers)


Middle Grade & Children’s Books

 FLYING LESSONS & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Editor), Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina (Crown Books for Young Readers)

 BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Books for Young Readers)

SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng (Dial Books for Young Readers)


Picture Books

 A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrations) (Schwartz & Wade Books)

LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin (Schwartz & Wade Books)

THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken (Dial Books for Young Readers)

SHE PERSISTED: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger(Illustrator) (Philomel)

WE’RE ALL WONDERS by R.J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

There’s a Book for That: PEN Literary Awards

PEN Center USA, The West Coast center of PEN International, which is the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, held their 27th annual Literary Awards last Friday, October 27 in Beverly Hills, California. Hosted by Nick Offerman, the ceremony honored Margaret Atwood with a Lifetime Achievement Award and winners in 8 categories were announced. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

WINNERS PEN Award for Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Random House) Also a finalist for the Pulitzer, this deeply humane memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis attempts to answer the questions: given that all organisms die, what makes a meaningful life? And, as a doctor, what does it mean to hold mortal—and moral—responsibility for another person’s identity? For readers of Atul Gawande and Siddhartha Mukherjee.   PEN Award for Research Nonfiction: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth LettsTHE PERFECT HORSE: THE DARING U.S. MISSION TO RESCUE THE PRICELESS STALLIONS KIDNAPPED BY THE NAZIS by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine) The daring behind-Nazi-lines rescue of priceless pedigree horses by American soldiers in the closing days of World War Two—a riveting equine adventure story from the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion.   PEN Award for Young Adult Fiction: Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee (Speak) Critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee continues to weave adventure and romance in a novel set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake: A spot at St. Clare’s School is off limits for all but the wealthiest white girls. However, fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong knows that education is the best way out of Chinatown’s squalor.   FINALISTS The Association of Small Bombs by Karan MahajanTHE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS: A NOVEL by Karan Mahajan (Viking) Also a finalist for the National Book Award, The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, dazzling in its acuity, and ambitious in scope.   Cockroaches by Scholastique MukasongaCOCKROACHES by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Jordan Stump (Archipelago) Scholastique Mukasonga’s Cockroaches is the story of growing up a Tutsi in Hutu-dominated Rwanda—the story of a happy child, a loving family, all wiped out in the genocide of 1994. A vivid, bittersweet depiction of family life and bond in a time of immense hardship, it is also a story of incredible endurance, and the duty to remember that loss and those lost while somehow carrying on.   For more on these titles visit the collection: PEN Awards 2017 Stay tuned for this week’s Friday Reads wherein we will honor the work of Margaret Atwood.  

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Saunders and Grann Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalists

Two widely acclaimed books published earlier this year by Penguin Random House imprints are among the finalists for the 2018  Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, bestowed by the American Library Association:     

FICTION LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Random House) NONFICTION KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday) Mr. Saunders’s novel won the Man Booker Prize in October.  Mr. Grann’s work is a finalist for a 2017 National Book Award in the Nonfiction category. View the complete list of finalists here. Established in 2012, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence serve as an ALA guide to help adults select quality reading material. The newest winners will be announced on February 11, 2018 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver. Each Carnegie Medal winner will receive $5,000.

Trevor Noah Wins 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor

Penguin Random House author and Comedy Central Network Daily Show host Trevor Noah has won the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor, sponsored by Thurber House, for his bestselling memoir, BORN A CRIME: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau/Random House).  Mr. Noah received a $5,000 prize and a commemorative crystal plaque Monday, October 2, at a ceremony in New York City.   

In BORN A CRIME, told during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, Mr. Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. He weaves his stories together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. Congratulations to Mr. Noah, his editor, Chris Jackson, and everyone at Spiegel & Grau and the Random House Publishing Group. The Thurber Prize for American Humor was founded by Thurber House in 1997 in honor of James Thurber, one of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and creator of numerous cartoons for The New Yorker  magazine. This prize annually recognizes excellence in humor writing.
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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