February 12, 2018
From bestselling author Dave Eggers comes the incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war. Enjoy an evening with Dave Eggers as he discusses his latest book, THE MONK OF MOKHA (Knopf), on February 13 with Politics & Prose at Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. The discussion, beginning at 6:00 p.m., will be followed by a book signing.
Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s
Gabriel Thompson calls THE MONK OF MOKHA “Exquisitely interesting… This is about the human capacity to dream—here, there, everywhere.”
Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2002, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Sister centers have since opened in seven other American cities under the umbrella of 826 National, and like-minded centers have opened in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other locations. Egger’s work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France’s Prix Médicis
, Germany’s Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the American Book Award. Eggers’ novels include The Circle
, A Hologram for the King
, and Heroes on the Frontier
February 9, 2018
The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the finalists for its 2018 Awards, recognizing the very best food writing and publishing of the year, from cookbooks and journalism to photography and digital media. We received 23 nominations for books, authors and editors from Crown Publishing Group imprints Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press and Lorena Jones Books, as well as Alfred A. Knopf and America’s Test Kitchen (a PRHPS publisher client). The winners will be selected at the annual IACP conference on February 25 in New York.
Our IACP 2018 Awards finalists:
CANDY IS MAGIC: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes
by Jami Curl (Ten Speed Press
SWEET: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (Ten Speed Press
Chefs & Restaurants
CHEERS TO THE PUBLICAN, REPAST AND PRESENT: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall
by Paul Kahan with Rachel Holtzman (Lorena Jones Books
CHERRY BOMBE: The Cookbook
by Kerry Diamond; Claudia Wu (Clarkson Potter
THE GRAND CENTRAL MARKET COOKBOOK: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles
by Adele Yellin; Kevin West (Clarkson Potter
KING SOLOMON"S TABLE: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World
by Joan Nathan (Alfred A. Knopf
Julia Child First Book Award
BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves & Meals to Savor Every Slice by Alexandra Stafford with Elizabeth Lowery
DINNER: Changing the Game
by Melissa Clark (Clarkson Potter
Health & Special Diet
THE BOOK OF GREENS: A Cook's Compendium of 40 Varieties, from Arugula to Watercress, with More than 175 Recipes
by Jenn Louis; Kathleen Squires (Ten Speed Press
VEGAN FOR EVERYBODY: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between
by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen (America's Test Kitchen, PRHPS Client Publisher
KING SOLOMON'S TABLE: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World
by Joan Nathan (Alfred A. Knopf
NOPALITO: A Mexican Kitchen
by Gonzalo Guzmán with Stacy Adimando (Ten Speed Press
Reference & Technical
PEPPERS OF THE AMERICAS: The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor
by Maricel E. Presilla (Lorena Jones Books
HELLO, MY NAME IS ICE CREAM: The Art and Science of the Scoop
by Dana Cree (Clarkson Potter
THE PHO COOKBOOK: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles
by Andrea Nguyen (Ten Speed Press
Wine, Beer & Spirits
THE BLOODY MARY: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond
by Brian Bartels (Ten Speed Press
CHAMPAGNE: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic
Region by Peter Liem (Ten Speed Press
MEEHAN'S BARTENDER MANUAL
by Jim Meehan (Ten Speed Press
“Jon Bonné on Wine”
“A Kitchen in New Orleans”
Narrative Beverage Writing
“How an LA Bar Built One of the World’s Greatest Stockpiles of Rare Spirits”
March 28, 2017
Culinary Travel Writing
“In Good Hands”
Podcast or Radio Show
The Splendid Table, American Public Media
The Splendid Table
Host, Francis Lam
View the complete list of finalists here
February 8, 2018
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:
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
by Gail Honeyman, read by Cathleen McCarro (Penguin Audio
A LEGACY OF SPIES
by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander (Penguin Audio
THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE
by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO
by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others (Random House Audio
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
BATTLEFRONT II: Inferno Squad
(Star Wars) by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar (Random House Audio
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
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
February 6, 2018
Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will publish a line of books written by globally beloved WWE champion, movie star, multi-talented entertainer, and philanthropist John Cena. The acquisition was announced today by Mallory Loehr, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers Group. Worldwide publishing rights were acquired from Jennifer Joel, ICM Partners.
Inspired by John Cena’s own experiences growing up with four brothers, the books feature a hilarious family of monster trucks and promote values of perseverance and believing in oneself—which are central to Cena’s personal life credo. The first to launch will be the ELBOW GREASE
picture book this fall on October 9, with a first printing of 250,000. Readers are introduced to a little monster truck with a big problem—he is smaller than his four brothers, but on a mission to prove that he has the guts, grit, and gumption to do big things. Howard McWilliam (I Need My Monster
) will illustrate. Full of high-octane images and a new character to cheer for, Cena’s debut is a fun and fast-paced book that proves to kids that a little Elbow Grease can go a long way.
“With ELBOW GREASE and the books to follow, I want to offer kids a fun and engaging way to learn about the power of ambition, dedication, and heart,” says Cena. “These concepts have been transformative in my life, from my childhood up to now, and it’s so important to me to pass the positivity on and help our youngest generation see that right mindset is key to achievement.
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Following the picture book release will be a full range of multi-format books, including board, Step into Reading early readers, and novelty formats, all featuring Elbow Grease and his boisterous brothers: Pinball, Flash, Crash, and Tank.
“We are beyond thrilled to have John Cena and Elbow Grease at Random House to inspire kids—and grown-ups!—to never give up and to be true to themselves,” says Loehr. “The character Elbow Grease has John’s sense of humor and scrappiness, so our books will be lots of fun for children as well as imparting valuable lessons that parents and teachers will appreciate and love.”
The book launch and program will be supported by an extensive national marketing and publicity campaign. Follow #ALittleElbowGrease and connect with John Cena via Facebook
, and Instagram
Cena is best known as the face of the WWE, where he is a 16-time world champion, as well as an actor and television personality. His most recent films include Ferdinand
(2017) and Daddy’s Home 2
(2017). In 2018, he will appear in the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee
and voice a role in Nickelodeon’s new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
series, and he will host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row.
Howard McWilliam is the illustrator of eight picture books. His first, I Need My Monster,
won seven state young readers’ prizes and has been translated into five languages. His other works include the popular What if You Had series; Hey, That’s My Monster; Schmelf the Hanukkah Elf;
and When a Dragon Moves In.
February 6, 2018
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: Dispatches from the Border, published by Riverhead Books, presents a first-person narrative by author and former Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantú. The border between the United States and Mexico is in his blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú became an agent for the United States Border Patrol in 2008, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He and his partners were posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learned to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They hauled in the dead and delivered to detention those they found alive. Plagued by nightmares, Cantú abandoned the Border Patrol for civilian life in 2012. But when an immigrant friend traveled to Mexico to visit his dying mother and did not return, Cantú discovered that the border had migrated with him.
In our Behind the Pages interview, Francisco Cantú and Rebecca Saletan, Vice President, Editorial Director for Riverhead, share personal insights into the creation of THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER, ongoing border-related issues, and the harsh realities that this book illuminates.
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What inspired you to become a writer and chronicle your life experiences on the page?
What initially led me to become a writer was the need to make sense of the years I spent working as a Border Patrol agent. I signed up for the job after college, looking for answers to all the questions I encountered in my studies of immigration and border policy. I was looking for the something that would bring me close to the border, something that would let me experience it to its fullest extent. The Border Patrol seemed like the only way to do that, to witness the harsh day-to-day realities of the border, to be out in the desert day in and day out. The job, of course, was a violent one, in ways that were both obvious and more subtle. Instead of finding the answers I was looking for, I ended up coming away with more questions, and that’s what led me to writing—it became a compulsion, something I had to do in order to come to terms with all the complicated ways my work had caused me to normalize and participate in structural violence.
How did you discover this author and what were your first impressions of the manuscript for this book?
I received an early draft of the book on submission in late September 2016, weeks before the election. Although we did not know then how large the border would loom in the national conversation, I could not stop thinking about it. Sometimes projects move so quickly editors don’t have time to see how the reading experience sits with us, but because the author was coming up from Tucson to meet with interested publishers, I had a little time to take my own temperature. What stayed with me was the understated force of the storytelling. I felt haunted by it, the way the US-Mexican border—the border whose line becomes a river—haunts America. The way the past and the present and the fate of those on both sides of it are inextricably entwined, no matter how high a wall we build.
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What was involved in working with Francisco during the editorial process?
I like to say that editing is 99 percent deletion, taking out what doesn’t need to be there, creating white space for the reader’s emotional response. But in this case what was needed was to imagine what wasn’t yet there that would help deepen and sharpen the arc of the narrative without making it heavy-handed. I thought readers needed to feel a little more the effect of Cantú’s experience on him so that we could feel its effect on us. That meant judiciously adding material: signal moments from his childhood, his family background, and the deeper history of the border itself. These elements, which he deftly wove in, amplify the narrative and allow the reader to accompany him toward a kind of reckoning that we don’t see coming until it is upon us.
What takeaways do you hope readers will glean from your book?
If nothing else, I want readers to come away feeling that the border is a place that is immensely complex and nuanced, to the extent that they reject simplified rhetoric about immigration and border policy. I think it’s important at this particular moment to take stock of all the things that are missing from our conversation about the border, such as the actual human costs of our current policy. People seem to forget that migrants are dying in the desert, and it’s not a small number, we’re talking about hundreds of people each year, and those are just the ones that get reported. Our current policy of “enforcement through deterrence” has weaponized the landscape, pushing people to cross in the most rugged and inhospitable terrain there is. There’s a humanitarian crisis occurring at our border but we don’t seem to recognize it as such—we don’t acknowledge the people who are dying there, we don’t name their bodies, we don’t mourn their deaths. That’s unacceptable; it has to change. We have to understand each number in each statistic as representing an individual life.