Books & Authors

Featured Author Event: Jaime Lowe (NYC)

Two authors share memoirs that trace their time dealing with bipolar disorder and the people who helped them through it all.  On Tuesday, December 12, The Strand in  NYC welcomes Penguin Random House author Jaime Lowe as she presents MENTAL: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind (Blue Rider Press).  Fellow author Zack McDermott presents Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and A Mother’s Love.  The event will be in The Strand’s Secret Room on the 10th floor and begins at 7:30 p.m. Following the discussion, both authors will sign copies of their books.   

When Jaime Lowe was just sixteen, she stopped sleeping and eating, and began to hallucinate—demonically cackling Muppets, faces lurking in windows, Michael Jackson delivering messages from the Neverland Underground.  Lowe wrote manifestos and math equations in her diary, and drew infographics on her bedroom wall. Eventu­ally, hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar, she was prescribed lithium. She interviews scientists, psychiatrists, and patients to examine how effective lithium really is and how its side effects can be dangerous for long-term users. With unflinching honesty and humor, Lowe allows a clear-eyed view into her life, and an arresting inquiry into one of mankind’s oldest medical mysteries. MENTAL has received extensive praise. Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker: “Lowe writes with verve and rhythm and willed forthrightness about her endless search for stability and sanity, and about wondering which self—stable or unstable—is the real one, worthy of love.” Lowe lives in Brooklyn, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and her work has appeared in New York magazine, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Maxim, Gawker, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and on Lowe is also the author of Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, a biography of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan.  

DK Donates $1 Million Worth of Children’s Books to TODAY Show’s Toy Drive

NBC TV’s The TODAY Show celebrates its 24th annual Toy Drive this month, and DK returned as a major donor, marking its 17th consecutive year of giving books to children in need.  On Tuesday, December 5, during Kathie Lee & Hoda’s segment in the 10 o’clock hour, Editor Allie Singer announced DK’s 2017 donation of $1,000,000 worth of brand new children’s books.  Allie was joined by Ava and Madeleine, the twin daughters of Simon Fraser, Vice President of Finance & Operations. The girls held up copies of some of DK’s lead holiday titles for the season: ANIMAL, 3rd Edition, GOOD NIGHT, BABY MOON and EXPLANATORIUM OF NATURE.   

[caption id="attachment_8899" align="alignright" width="300"] Allie Singer with Simon Fraser’s twin daughters Ava and Madeleine[/caption] Through the Toy Drive partnership with The TODAY Show, DK has donated nearly $20,000,000 worth of books to date. Click here to watch the DK TODAY show clip online.      

Featured Author Event: Lili Wright (Indiana)

Journalist and author Lili Wright presents and signs copies of her first novel DANCING WITH THE TIGER (Marian Wood Books/Putnam) at Eli’s Bookstore in Greencastle, Indiana on Saturday, December 10.  Taut, acidly witty, menacingly erotic, and often absolutely terrifying, this literary thriller introduces a powerful storyteller.  DANCING WITH THE TIGER was an Edgar Finalist for Best First Novel, and a Semifinalist for the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.  Wright will begin her discussion at 1:00 p.m. and sign copies of her book until 5:00pm.

The book opens with a meth-addicted grave robber unearthing the death mask of Montezuma, setting off a violent struggle for its possession. There is the drug lord who employs him, and who would kill for that mask. There is the expat American collector, sinister and possibly mad. There is the greatly respected curator, who for a fee will provide provenances for his country’s looted artifacts, and his long-suffering housekeeper, a deeply religious lesbian in a culture of machismo, who despises her patron. And there is the looter himself, who has stolen the mask and is now running for his life. Above all, there is Anna Ramsey, an American with a history of bad choices, who has hidden behind a mask all her adult life. A deeply wounded woman, Anna knows that masks protect and conceal. Anna is a heroine for our times, as she searches for the courage to remove her mask and show her true face. “A whirling tale of art and its sometimes sordid acquisition…[In] short, punchy chapters…[Dancing with the Tiger] races through the antics of…[a] rapacious cadre of thieves, collectors, murderers, bounty hunters and art lovers…[Wright] explores the ethical implications of collecting and its scent of exploitation [and] takes us into the underground world of art laundering, where stolen objects are washed clean by corrupt dealers with fake provenance papers…[Lots of] valuable insights to unearth in this wild novel.”—The Washington Post

Jeremy Peters, NYT Political Reporter, to Write Definitive Account of the Battle for the Republican Party for Crown

Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, has announced that it will publish a book of investigative nonfiction by New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters, tentatively titled INSURGENCY: The Inside Story of the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party. Crown Executive Editor Kevin Doughten acquired world, audio, and first and second serial rights from David Kuhn of Aevitas Creative Management. The book will be published simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats in 2019. 

INSURGENCY will take readers inside the fight for the identity and direction of the Republican Party, chronicling the unlikely coalition of conservative politicians, activists, and wealthy power-players and their determination to disrupt the GOP establishment and reshape the party’s future. Making use of his deep connections to conservatives inside and outside of Washington, Peters will report on the unprecedented movement that is threatening to collapse a major American political party: from the rise of the Tea Party and Breitbart News, to the ideologically driven donors funding the destruction of the Republican political establishment, to the unlikely conservative interest groups that rallied around Donald Trump in the 2016 election, to Trump himself. Peters will present an incisive portrait of the movement and shed light on the massive potential consequences for the future of the right, the left, and the country at large. Jeremy Peters has been a reporter for the New York Times for more than a decade, covering the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, Congress, and a variety of other topics including the economy, the media, and New York politics. Peters began contributing to the New York Times as a senior at the University of Michigan, where he was a reporter and editor for The Michigan Daily.  

Seven of Our Books Win 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced and feature 7 books published by Penguin Random House imprints in the Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Humor, Nonfiction, and Picture Books categories. Heralded as the only major book prizes determined by readers, the Goodreads Choice Awards are a true reflection of public opinion.  Congratulations to all of our award-winning authors as well as their editors and publishers.   

Here are our 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 winners, in the following categories: Fiction   Mystery & Thriller   Historical Fiction   Science Fiction   Humor   Nonfiction   Picture Books     To view the complete list of 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards winners, click here.
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Poets & Writers to Honor Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Richard Russo, and Riverhead’s Rebecca Saletan

Poets & Writers, the distinguished nonprofit literary organization that fosters the professional creative development of poets as well as fiction and nonfiction writers, has announced its annual awards recipients:  

Penguin Random House authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Richard Russo will receive the 2018 Writers for Writers Awards, “recognizing authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.” Rebecca Saletan, Vice President, Editorial Director, Riverhead Books, will receive the 2018 Editor’s Award, which “honors a book editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time.” Author Susan Isaacs, who chairs the Poets & Writers’ Board of Directors and the committee that annually selects the honorees, commented, “We receive nominations from writers, publishing professionals, and others in the literary community. From the information about the nominees and their accomplishments, we select three writers and an editor who exemplify Poets & Writers’ core values: service, integrity, inclusivity, and excellence. This year’s honorees are models of those qualities. The Board is delighted to be able to honor them. Their work makes me proud to be part of this community.” [caption id="attachment_8794" align="alignright" width="166"] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Photo Credit: Wani Olatunde[/caption] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of several acclaimed novels, including HALF OF A YELLOW SUN (Anchor) and  AMERICANAH (Anchor), as well as highly regarded essay collections, WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS (Anchor) and DEAR IJEAWELE, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Knopf).  Poets & Writers salutes Ms. Adichie for how she “supports and encourages younger writers through her work with the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop in Nigeria, widely regarded as the premier writing program in Africa.” [caption id="attachment_8795" align="alignleft" width="166"] Richard Russo
Photo Credit: Elena Seibert[/caption] Richard Russo is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning EMPIRE FALLS (Vintage) and, most recently, EVERYBODY’S FOOL (Vintage).  Poets & Writers notes that Mr. Russo “is renowned as an advocate for other writers. While many well-known authors will blurb an emerging writer’s book, Russo goes much farther, often planning joint appearances and hosting high-profile events to help bring attention to books and authors he believes in.” [caption id="attachment_8796" align="alignright" width="237"] Rebecca Saletan
Photo Credit: Louie Saletan[/caption] Ms. Saletan is being recognized for “her long-standing commitment to championing diverse voices and lowering barriers to publishing, as well as her exceptional ability to spot talent and to inspire her colleagues.”  During the course of her thirty-five-year career in publishing, she has worked with a wide range of authors, including 2017 National Book Award-winning author, journalist and social critic Masha Gessen; the late National Book Award-winning writer and environmentalist Peter Matthiessen; and internationally bestselling novelist and essayist Mohsin Hamid. Also being honored with a 2018 Writers for Writers award is Steve Cannon, who created “A Gathering of the Tribes,” a New York City multi-cultural East Village institution since 1991. This performance venue and meeting place is for artists and audiences to come together across all artistic disciplines. The awards will be presented at Poets & Writers’ annual dinner, In Celebration of Writers, on Wednesday evening, March 28, 2018, in Manhattan.

Behind the New Translations of Federico García Lorca’s Poetry with Knopf’s Deb Garrison and Sarah Arvio

For the first time in a quarter century, a major new volume of translations of the beloved poetry by Federico García Lorca, considered Spain’s most famous poet and dramatist of all time, was published by Alfred A. Knopf. POET IN SPAIN, presented in a stunning bilingual edition and heralded as a literary landmark, was edited by Deb Garrison, Senior Editor, Alfred A. Knopf.  Here she shares fascinating personal insights into how this collection was created and the editorial process involved while working closely with Knopf poet, author and translator Sarah Arvio

“Several years ago, Sarah let me know that she was translating some of Federico García Lorca’s work. The eminent Mark Strand, before he died, had encouraged her in this project, suggesting she seek the blessing of Lorca’s estate to publish her versions. I was intrigued. It had been a quarter century since a major new volume of Lorca translations had appeared, and the poet’s work presents unique issues for readers and translators. Some of his greatest work was unpublished at the time of his death—a brutal political murder on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, in 1936, when Lorca was just thirty-eight. Arvio, a lifelong professional translator and a poet of vivid colors, complex dream life, and pained love, seemed a great match for FGL. [caption id="attachment_8676" align="alignright" width="258"] Deb Garrison[/caption] “As Arvio reminds us in her introduction to POET IN SPAIN, Lorca was celebrated in his lifetime as a playwright and poet of the Spanish people; he wrote about their inner lives amidst the ‘poplars, rivers, low hills and high sierra’ of his native land, with a freedom and daring that has caused his work to remain beloved and canonical in Spain, though it was banned there throughout Franco’s reign, into the 1970s. Lorca’s haunted and beautiful Dark Love Sonnets, which he was writing to a homosexual lover at the time of his death, and seem almost to anticipate that tragedy, survived only in a handwritten copy. These amazing poems waited nearly half a century to come to light, remaining unpublished until the 1980s. In our time, Sarah had the whole of the poet’s oeuvre to consider, and had definite feelings about what to include in her selection. Many of us are aware of Lorca’s surrealist-influenced work, Poet in New York, which grew out of his time spent in the United States in 1929. Sarah believed that the Spanish poems—poems of love and death, of lemon groves and bandits on black horses, which have what she calls a “wild, innate, local surrealism”—form the genuine core of the poet’s work. She discussed this with Laura García Lorca, the poet’s niece and Sarah’s contact at the estate, and Laura suggested she call her book “Poet in Spain”— setting up a contrast between the earthy Spanish poems and the more mannered, abstract New York work. [caption id="attachment_8677" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sarah Arivo
(c) Rigel Garcia de la Cabada[/caption] “As Sarah observes, poems like the iconic Gypsy Ballads were ‘full of radical iconoclasm: homosexual, feminist, anti-State, anti-religion. The descriptions of human desire, oppression and suffering are cloaked in a language so lovely you hardly notice the social criticism, the compassion for oppressed people, the belief in sexual liberty.’ In our age of gender fluidity, I was especially moved by Sarah’s freedom to enter the male love poems—bringing a feminine understanding into the work without missing a heartbeat. Sarah has composed the poems in English with her own style and sound, according to her personal sense of the powerful underground currents and bold wishes at the center of even the shortest songs Lorca penned. Also very exciting to me was that Sarah had found a few poems never formally published and never before seen in English, among them a love poem written on the back of a bill and saved for decades by a younger lover of Lorca’s, and the fragment of an unfinished sonnet that was probably connected to the Dark Love series. There is too much from this beautiful volume that I could quote—truly an embarrassment of riches, including a new translation of the play Blood Wedding, which Sarah calls a tragic poem in its own right—but I’ll share the Dark Love fragment. These eight lines of an incomplete sonnet, written on the thin, grayish paper he used for rough drafts, poignantly express the imaginative process and living energy of the poet, which Sarah Arvio has tried to breathe into every line of her book: [Oh hotel bed  oh this sweet bed] Oh hotel bed  oh this sweet bed Oh sheet of whitenesses and dew Hum of your body with my body Cave of cotton flame and shadow   Oh double lyre that my love branches around your thighs of fire and cold white nard Oh tipping raft—oh bright river— now a branch and now a nightingale

Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler to Publish Book with Viking

Viking is pleased to announce a forthcoming book by Susan Fowler, whose account of the harassment and discrimination she faced at Uber led to the ouster of its CEO and twenty other employees.  Senior Editor Lindsey Schwoeri acquired North American rights from Liz Parker and Eliza Rothstein at InkWell. 

In this book, Fowler will expose the systemic flaws rampant in the startup culture through her shocking and galvanizing personal story of working as a junior engineer at the most valuable startup in the history of Silicon Valley, and the previously unreported details of what happened after she went public with the harassment and discrimination she faced there. Her bottom-up view of what it’s really like to be a female, entry-level employee inside this major driver of the American economy will offer crucial insight into how all women – not just those at the top – can navigate challenging work environments, as well as an eye-popping depiction and broad indictment of a work culture where a woman can do absolutely everything right and still encounter tremendous obstacles. [caption id="attachment_8665" align="alignright" width="342"] Susan Fowler
Credit: Shalon Van Tine[/caption] Fowler says, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my story, and I hope that it will inspire others to tell their own. I’m so thankful to Viking for giving me this opportunity and a platform that will help me reach readers all over the world.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “Susan Fowler has been and will continue to be an incredibly important voice in our national conversation about gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace. We are honored to partner with her to bring her full story—much of which is still untold—to readers.” The book is currently untitled and a release date has not yet been set. Fowler is an engineer in the Bay Area. The editor-in-chief of Increment, a digital magazine dubbed “The New Yorker of Silicon Valley” by Recode, she has authored two books on computer programming, which have been implemented by numerous tech companies. Since publishing her blog post in February, she has been profiled by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times, and has appeared or will appear on the following lists of influential people and change-makers: Vanity Fair’s  New Establishment ListFortune’s 40 Under 40 , Politico’s Top 50Upstart Top 50Marie Claire's New Guard ListBloomberg Top 50, Porter’s Incredible Women 2017. She is a finalist for Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

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.

There's a Book for That: National American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month designated as such by President George W. Bush in 1990.  The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and other cultural centers join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

In commemoration of the culture and people that were the original settlers of this land, we present the following books that celebrate and offer insight into Native life.  

  FEATURED TITLES: Fools Crow by James WelchFOOLS CROW by James Welch, Foreword by Thomas McGuane In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life.   Indian Nations of North America by National Geographic, Rick Hill and Teri FrazierINDIAN NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA (National Geographic) Walk with the indigenous people who settled North America —and with their descendants, whose more than 500 tribes range from the Arctic Circle across the Great Plains and to the Eastern Seaboard. Lakota, Cherokee, Navajo, Haida: these groups and many others are profiled in engaging entries and portrayed in magnificent images and maps that authentically evoke each tribe's history and character.   The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears by Theda Perdue and Michael GreenTHE CHEROKEE NATION AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS (Penguin Library of American Indian History) by Theda Perdue and Michael Green Historians Perdue and Green reveal the government’s betrayals and the divisions within the Cherokee Nation, follow the exiles along the Trail of Tears, and chronicle the hardships found in the West. In its trauma and tragedy, the Cherokee diaspora has come to represent the irreparable injustice done to Native Americans in the name of nation building and in their determined survival, it represents the resilience of the Native American spirit.   An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz American Book Award winner for 2015 Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.   The Earth Is Weeping by Peter CozzensTHE EARTH IS WEEPING: THE EPIC STORY OF THE INDIAN WARS FOR THE AMERICAN WEST by Peter Cozzens A magisterial, essential history of the struggle between whites and Native Americans over the fate of the West. Here is the fullest account to date of how the West was won—and lost—giving us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States.   Code Talker by Joseph BruchacCODE TALKER: A NOVEL ABOUT THE NAVAJO MARINES OF WORLD WAR TWO by Joseph Bruchac; Young Adult fiction Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker.   The Wind Is My Mother by Bear HeartTHE WIND IS MY MOTHER: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF A NATIVE AMERICAN SHAMAN By Bear Heart With eloquent simplicity, one of the world's last Native American Medicine Men demonstrates how traditional tribal wisdom can help us maintain spiritual and physical health in today's world.   Spider Woman's Granddaughters by Paula Gunn AllenSPIDER WOMAN'S GRANDDAUGHTERS: TRADITIONAL TALES AND CONTEMPORARY WRITING BY NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN edited by Paula Gunn Allen American scholar, literary critic, poet, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen, who is herself a Laguna Pueblo-Sioux Indian, became increasingly aware in her academic career that the writings of Native Americans, especially women, have been marginalized by the Western literary canon. Allen set out to understand why this was so and, more importantly, to remedy the situation. The result is this powerful collection of traditional tales, biographical writings, and contemporary short stories, many by the most accomplished Native American women writing today including Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan and many others.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection Native American Heritage Titles  

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