books and authors

Readerlink Awards Penguin Random House Childrens Publisher of the Year

Our highly respected distribution customer partner, Readerlink, the largest full-service book distributor in North America, held their annual National Awards Dinner on August 30, and Penguin Random House was honored as Readerlink Children’s Publisher of the Year.

We also were Finalists for the Premiere Publisher Partner Award, and our colleagues Erin Reilly and Jessica Wells were nominees for Sales Partner of the Year. Finalist nominations in the seven Publisher Award categories  were determined by such criteria as overall sales evaluation; operations performance; and retailer-promotion support and collaboration. Readerlink supplies our Adult and Children’s fronlist and backlist hardcover, trade, and paperbacks to leading non-trade channel mass merchants, warehouse clubs, department stores, and drug stores, among them Target, Walmart, Costco, and Toys R Us. We join Readerlink in congratulating our colleagues companywide—in particular our Mass Merchandise Sales, Random House Children’s and Penguin Young Readers Groups, and Erin and Jessica—for their commitment and excellence in achievement.  

Penguin Random House India’s “Book Fairies” Work Their Magic

Do you believe in fairies? How about Book Fairies? Penguin Random House India recently collaborated with The Book Fairies as several of our colleagues  in India went on a special journey to Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

Their mission was to hide 30 copies of the Penguin 30 special edition throughout these cities as part of the ongoing celebration of Penguin Random House India’s 30th anniversary.  Participating book lovers then went on a quest to find the books using clues from the magical “The Book Fairies” portal on Instagram. The most adept book seekers posted photos of themselves and their finds.  View a selection: @penguinindia. A similar initiative, “Books on the Delhi Metro” (@booksonthedelhimetro), took place in early August. The Penguin 30 special edition was published at the beginning of this year and features 30 bestsellers by Indian authors written during the past 30 years, among them Nehru’s autobiography as well as such novels as Vikram Seth’s The Golden Gate, Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies, and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. “The Book Fairies” is a worldwide initiative with the goal of sharing books with others through finding hiding places for them in public spaces.

Three Crown Titles Barnes & Noble Discover Fall 2017 Selections

Barnes & Noble has announced their selections for Discover’s Fall 2017 season and they have chosen three forethcoming Crown titles. The B&N Discover Great New Writers program connects readers with books from up-and-coming authors from around the world.


Fall 2017 Discover Great New Writers Selections

BarnesandNoble AMERICAN WOLF by Nate Blakeslee (Crown, October 17) THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren Markham (Crown, September 12) FIRE ON THE TRACK by Roseanne Montillo (Crown, October 17)

James Clapper, Former Director Of National Intelligence, To Publish Book With Viking

Viking is pleased to announce that former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, will publish a book in 2018.

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, a period that included such critical events as the take-down of Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia’s influence on the 2016 U.S election.

[caption id="attachment_86196" align="alignright" width="295"]dni_006 James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, will publish a book with Viking in 2018[/caption] In this book, Clapper will trace his career through his rise through the ranks of the military, the history of several decades of national intelligence operations, the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia’s role in the presidential election. He will describe, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to counter the narrative about surveillance of American citizens. Clapper will also consider such difficult questions as: Is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to use human sources to learn secrets, to intercept communications, to take pictures of closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? James Clapper says, “At the urging of many friends, and after the momentous events of the last two weeks of my time as DNI, I decided to recount my reflections of a half century in the profession of intelligence and share my experiences—warts and all." Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “James Clapper has had a remarkable career in the intelligence community. The insights he will share in this book will shed new light on our understanding of this community and its role in our nation's safety and security. We are honored to publish this important book at Viking.” James Clapper served as the fourth United States Director of National Intelligence—the United States’ top intelligence officer and President Obama’s senior intelligence advisor—from 2010 until 2017. Beginning his career as an enlisted Marine Corps reservist in 1961, Clapper eventually became a three-star Air Force lieutenant general and director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, retiring from uniformed service in 1995. In 2007, he was appointed the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, service under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Viking controls North American Rights, first serial, and audio. Rick Kot, Executive Editor at Viking, will be the editor for the book. Clapper was represented by Gail Ross of the Ross Yoon Agency.

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.