Penguin Random House Author Philip Roth (1933 - 2018): Every Major Work In Print From Vintage

In mourning the loss of Philip Roth, who died Tuesday, May 22 in Manhattan, we take pride in the long, ongoing publishing history Penguin Random House imprints have with the career-spanning body of work he created. All of his more than 30 leading works are in print with us.

Random House was the U.S. hardcover publisher of his first novel, LETTING GO (1962), and the astonishing PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT (1969). Bantam, long before its integration with Random House, reprinted those titles, as well as GOODBYE, COLUMBUS (1959), OUR GANG (1971) and THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL (1973), in widely read mass market paperback editions. Later, Vintage became the paperback publisher of every one of his major books, from GOODBYE, COLUMBUS to NEMESIS, his last: “A series of novels,” said The Guardian, “that shaped the course of American letters in the second half of the 20th century.” To view a complete list of his Vintage canon of titles, click here. It is our singular privilege to be the publisher of Philip Roth, and to continue to present multi-generations of his writings to U.S. readers.

The Making of a Gripping New Novel Set in North Korea

Our new Igloo Book Buzz selection, D.B. John’s STAR OF THE NORTH, published by Crown on May 22, is particularly timely, as much of the highly-charged narrative unfolds in North Korea. Crown Senior Editor Nate Roberson offers these insights: “Describing STAR OF THE NORTH as a ‘thriller’ is accurate—it’s one of the most exciting books I’ve read in years—but also incomplete, because this book is so much more than just an entertaining thrill ride.

“With unparalleled insight and empathy, D. B. John has pulled back the curtain on a fascinating world that even now remains opaque to so many Americans. As we watch a brilliant CIA agent fight to rescue a victim of the regime, we are also seeing the other side of that coin, the people of North Korea whose very survival hinges on overcoming an unfathomable degree of oppression and deprivation. As North Korea once again takes center stage in world events, I am grateful to have been so immersed in a work that moved me, kept me up all night turning pages, and ultimately totally transformed my understanding of North Korea.” D.B. John: “I had long wanted to make this closed, secretive country the setting for a thriller. The outline of a story began to take shape the week Kim Jong-il died in 2011. I watched the footage of those vast crowds grieving in Pyongyang, and behind the crying I saw fear. Everyone, even the children, knew what awaited those who shed too few tears. I visited the country four months later, in April 2012. The whole trip had an air of unreality about it, from the silence I stepped into as I left the plane—imagine a land with no traffic, no planes overhead, no bird song—to the daily rituals in the cult of Kim. My small tour group was obliged to demonstrate our respect by lining up and bowing before the Great Leader’s statue. And wherever we went there was a statue. “North Korea is a violent tyranny led by a single family. One mistake, one word out of line… and a person can be taken away in a truck at night, along with their children and parents, and not seen again. My challenge as a writer was to convey something that’s hard for us, who take our freedoms and personal liberties for granted, to imagine: how life carries on under pervasive surveillance and extreme political control. This thriller stemmed partly from my curiosity about people who forever have to hide their thoughts and feelings. What are the private cares and aspirations of people living under the most oppressive regime the world has ever seen?” To read the newly published Parade interview with D.B. John, click here. To view D.B. John's fascinating visual diary of his research trip to North Korea for STAR OF THE NORTH, posted on EW.com, click here. STAR OF THE NORTH has generated a wide range of advance praise. Here is a sampling:
  • “[a] multistranded espionage thriller…told with drama and flair.” – Wall Street Journal
  • “A thrilling tale of abduction and escape in North Korea....highly entertaining.” – The Washington Post
  • “An outstanding thriller . . . Those seeking a realistic, highly readable look at North Korea will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Well-researched, fast-paced, and pertinent . . . a fantastic read.” —Library Journal (starred review)
  • “A remarkable story about the most opaque country on Earth . . . STAR OF THE NORTH would be a superior thriller even if it was pure fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)
  • “Extraordinary. Smart, sophisticated, suspenseful—and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it STAR OF THE NORTH.” —Lee Child

Riverhead to Publish 2018 Man Booker International Prize Winner in August

FLIGHTS, a “non-traditional” narrative by acclaimed Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, awarded annually to a fiction work judged to be the year’s outstanding work of translated fiction. Translator Jennifer Croft will share the 50,000 pound prize with Tokarczuk.

FLIGHTS will be published in the U.S. by Riverhead on August 14.

This is the third consecutive year a Penguin Random House U.S. title has won the Man Booker International. Israeli author David Grossman was honored in 2017 for his A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, translated by Jessica Cohen, and published by Vintage International. And in 2016 Korean author Han Kang won the prize for THE VEGETARIAN, translated by Deborah Smith, and published by Hogarth. [caption id="attachment_113616" align="alignright" width="280"] Olga Tokarczuk and Jennifer Croft[/caption] The 2018 five-person panel of judges was chaired by Lisa Appignanesi. She described Tokarczuk’s work as a “constellation novels,” whose stories are sent into creative “orbit” by the writer. In the citation, she said, in part: “We loved the voice of the narrative—it’s one that moves from wit and gleeful mischief to real emotional texture and has the ability to create character very quietly, with interesting digression and speculation.” “Tokarczuk,” the chairwoman added, is “a writer of wonderful wit, imagination and literary panache … [she] “has written a great many books that sound amazing but which haven’t been translated yet.” Tokarczuk and Croft received their award Tuesday night, May 22, in a London ceremony.

CONVICTED and THE RED BANDANNA Win Christopher Awards

The 69th annual Christopher Awards, presented in New York City on May 17, celebrated and honored writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” WaterBrook’s CONVICTED: A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins with Mark Tabb won in the Books for Adults category. Viking Books for Young Readers’ THE RED BANDANNA by Tom Rinaldi won in the Books for Young People category.

Warm congratulations to the authors as well as their editors and publishers. [caption id="attachment_113543" align="alignright" width="341"] Jameel McGee, Campbell Wharton, and Andrew Collins[/caption] CONVICTED is a remarkable true story about a man who chose to forgive the cop who falsely imprisoned him. As current as today’s headlines, this explosive story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation. In the young readers’ adaptation of his New York Times bestselling Penguin Press book. THE RED BANDANNA, award-winning ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi brings Welles Crowther’s inspirational story of selflessness and compassion to life. On a day that changed a nation, one young man found his calling. Welles didn’t see himself as a hero. He was just an ordinary kid who played sports, volunteered for the fire department in his town, and eventually headed off to college and then to Wall Street to start a career. Throughout it all, he always kept a red bandanna in his pocket, a gift from his father when he was little. On September 11, 2001, Welles was at his job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the Twin Towers were attacked. What he did next would alter the course of many lives. That day, the legend of the Man in the Red Bandanna was born. View the complete list of 2018 Christopher Awards winners here. The Christophers, a nonprofit founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The ancient Chinese proverb—“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”— guides its publishing, radio, and awards programs.

Author Jojo Moyes Rescues UK Literacy Program "Quick Reads"

Jojo Moyes, author of #1 bestselling Pamela Dorman / Viking / Penguin books such as ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU and STILL ME, learned that Quick Reads, a UK-based literacy program for adults with reading challenges, was in dire financial straits and on the verge of closing. So she personally donated £360,000 in order to ensure that Quick Reads, which has distributed 4.8 million copies of short novels by big-name author since the program began in 2006, will be able to operate for at least three more years.

“Having written a Quick Reads myself and spoken to readers who had benefited from the scheme, I knew how important it was," Moyes told The Bookseller. She added that it is a "really effective low-cost method of improving the reading skills and enjoyment" of less confident readers. Penguin Random House UK Chair Baroness Gail Rebuck, who founded Quick Reads, commented, “I have enormous gratitude towards Jojo. You can see in all her books her faith in the human spirit and how invested she is in humanity, which is reflected in this decision. I hope she will bring fresh insight to the campaign over the next three years.” Currently run by The Reading Agency, Quick Reads was set to close after it had been unable to secure a new long-term sponsor to cover its operating costs. Reading Agency chief executive Sue Wilkinson told The Guardian: "We couldn't be more thankful to Jojo for recognizing the importance of the scheme and so generously providing the funding to enable it to continue.” Moyes said, "My aim is to buy them a window, so we can put other long-term funding in place at the end of three years … it's a win for authors, it's a win for publishers and it's certainly a win for readers."
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Support the #WearOrange Movement and National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday, 6/1

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is on June 1. This year, Penguin Publishing Group has partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety and the #WearOrange movement to recognize the date and to help send a powerful message to end gun violence. 

Other ways to participate include wearing an orange piece of clothing on June 1 or creating your own #WearOrange image for social sharing. Additionally, Penguin Publishing Group and Everytown will be partnering on an in-booth activation at BookCon, at the Javits convention center, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on June 2. Attendees can participate in a dedication wall as well as a #WearOrange photo op. The #WearOrange movement originated on June 2, 2015 in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Chicago one week after marching in President Obama’s 2nd D.C. inaugural parade in January 2013. In the days and weeks following, Hadija’s friends commemorated her by wearing orange – the color many hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others from harm. There are several ways to donate to #WearOrange and its partner organizations, who are working hard every day to build a future where every American can live free from gun violence. For a full list, click here.  

Kristin Cochrane Named CEO of Penguin Random House Canada

Dear Colleagues,

Since 2015 KRISTIN COCHRANE has served as President and Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada, working closely with CEO Brad Martin, who announced his retirement today. It gives me great pleasure to share with you that Kristin will succeed Brad as CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, reporting to me, effective July 1, 2018. She will also join our Global Executive Committee.

Kristin’s passion for and understanding of our company began in December 2005, when, ten years into her promising career, she was appointed Associate Publisher of Doubleday Canada, having previously been Sales Director, National Accounts, at HarperCollins Canada. Over the next thirteen years, as she took on more and more responsibility for the publishing groups, her deep know-how of the marketplace and creative instincts helped her to effectively balance and broaden the literary and commercial sides of our publishing programs. As a leader, Kristin has an impressive track record of mentoring and empowering her publishing teams to make our iconic Canadian imprints even more successful. Her focus on creating and enhancing the distinct identity and direction for each of our imprints, while sharing best practices across them, has been instrumental in helping to make Penguin Random House Canada the publishing powerhouse it is today. During her tenure, the team in Canada has celebrated wins for its authors of the Giller Prize three of the last four years, the Booker Prize, a Nobel last year for Kazuo Ishiguro and for Canada’s treasured Alice Munro in 2013. Her close relationships with a wide range of authors, coupled with her extensive connections with industry peers and agents in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., have solidified her reputation as one of the industry's most admired and respected publishers. In fact, alongside many of the authors she publishes, she has been recognized on Toronto Life’s “50 Most Influential List” three times, and was recently featured in the book “Canada 150 Women.” As CEO, Kristin will set and implement the day-to-day and long-term publishing and business strategy for our Canadian company. She will now oversee the Sales, Finance, Operations, HR, Communications, Marketing and Publicity groups and functions, while continuing to guide the publishing programs she has brilliantly developed. Over the coming weeks, Kristin will be working with Brad to ensure a smooth transition for July 1. I am looking forward to working closely with Kristin in her new role to build upon and further enhance the strengths of our successful Canadian company. Please join me in congratulating Kristin on her promotion. Yours,     Markus Dohle Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House    

Brad Martin To Retire as CEO of Penguin Random House Canada

Dear Colleagues,

Today, BRAD MARTIN is announcing that he will retire as CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, effective June 30, 2018, the culmination of a career of unparalleled accomplishment with our company and in Canadian trade publishing.

From his earliest days in book publishing, Brad demonstrated and became widely recognized and respected for his keen instinct for sales and marketing, and especially, a passion for books and publishing. His support and commitment to Canadian literature has helped to create the largest community of publishing imprints and programs in Canada, characterized by an impressive record of award recognition and bestsellers. Brad began his publishing career in 1981 as a sales representative at McClelland & Stewart selling iconic Canadian authors including Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, and Peter C. Newman. He moved to Penguin Books Canada in 1984, and was named President in 1996. In March of 1998—on the very day of the announcement of the merger of Bantam Doubleday Dell (BDD) and Random House—he joined BDD Canada. Brad rose to become CEO of Random House of Canada in 2007. In July 2013, Brad was appointed CEO of our newly formed Penguin Random House Canada—which made Brad’s professional life come full circle by bringing McClelland & Stewart, Penguin, and Random House together under one roof. As a leader, Brad has built an excellent team, and has overseen the successful integration of Random House and Penguin, including the complex and culturally important move from multiple offices in Toronto to one, while keeping the company focused on driving the business forward. He has guided our Canadian division through digital transformation, including overseeing and encouraging the creation of Hazlitt, our award-winning online magazine, along with the ongoing development of an industry-leading sales and marketing team, and the introduction of a Canadian digital audiobook program in 2017. Brad’s hands-on approach and deep understanding of the business has helped to ensure that our Canadian operation has delivered multiple years of record performance, and under his direction, Penguin Random House Canada also leads the industry in cultural and philanthropic initiatives. Brad himself is on the Board of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and of Ludia, Inc., a Fremantle company based in Montreal, and has served three terms as President of the Canadian Publishers’ Council. He has also been a highly effective ambassador with the Canadian government, consistently demonstrating our commitment to Canadian authors and culture. A great testament and legacy of that commitment has been the integration of the cultural heritage and creative treasure of McClelland & Stewart into our community of publishing houses in Canada. During the ten years Brad and I have closely worked together, I have admired his commitment to the advancement of our company, his appreciation and support for his team, and most of all, his dedication to this business we all love. Penguin Random House is today stronger than ever because of him. I know you all join me in celebrating Brad’s exceptional 37-year-career at McClelland & Stewart, Penguin, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Random House and Penguin Random House. From me personally—and on behalf of all of us at Penguin Random House—I want to express my sincere appreciation to Brad for his lifetime of contributions spanning one of the longest and most successful careers in publishing worldwide. Thank you, Brad! Yours,     Markus Dohle Chief Executive Officer Penguin Random House  

DK Supports STAR WARS’ ‘ROAR FOR CHANGE’ Challenge

DK recently participated in Roar For Change, a global challenge organized by Lucasfilm and Star Wars: Force for Change in support of UNICEF. The initiative invites fans and families to share their own version of Chewbacca’s iconic roar. For each public post, like, or share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that includes #RoarForChange through May 25, Star Wars: Force for Change U.S. will donate $1 to UNICEF USA, up to $1 million. Funds will be used to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.

Fans can share their best Chewbacca impersonation, don Hasbro’s Electronic Chewbacca mask, or create a Dubsmash using one of Chewbacca’s best-known roars from the Star Wars saga, which will be hosted on the app’s homepage for the duration of the campaign. The initiative kicked off with a video featuring the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story, revealing Chewbacca’s diva behavior on the set of the new movie, which hits theaters on May 25. Check out DK’s video here. DK invites PRH Star Wars enthusiasts to join the #RoarForChange challenge and support this worthy cause. Learn more about the campaign at ForceForChange.com. *Campaign hashtag: #RoarForChange Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014 when it was inspired by Star Wars fans, Star Wars: Force for Change has raised over $16 million to date for charitable causes around the world.

There’s a Book for That: Time Travel

This time, it’s about time: Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli’s latest book, THE ORDER OF TIME, released last week and his calendar is full! Rovelli discussed time travel, how he’s working on a way to quantify gravity in which time doesn’t exist.and more on NPR’s “Science Friday.”(Listen to the full segment here).

In a parallel universe, the site Unbound Worlds has also taken up the theme of time travel in excellent fashion. All worm-holes and word worlds considered, if there is no “time” then the following books are indeed timeless:

  The Order of Time by Carlo RovelliTHE ORDER OF TIME by Carlo Rovelli “Meet the new Stephen Hawking…The Order of Time is a dazzling book.”—The Sunday Times From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time. Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to “flow”? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions   A Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingA BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME by Stephen Hawking A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are their boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What happens when it all ends? Told in language we can all understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilites are wondrous and unexpected.   From Eternity to Here by Sean CarrollFROM ETERNITY TO HERE: THE QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE THEORY OF TIME by Sean Carroll In A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking tried to explain time by understanding the Big Bang. In his book, Sean Carroll says we need to be more ambitious. From Eternity to Here is no less than the next step toward understanding how we came to exist, and a fantastically approachable read that will appeal to a broad audience of armchair physicists, and anyone who ponders the nature of our world.   Time Travel by James GleickTIME TRAVEL: A HISTORY by James Gleick From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Information and Chaos, a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.     FICTION: How to Stop Time by Matt HaigHOW TO STOP TIME by Matt Haig A love story across the ages—and for the ages—about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn how, we just might find happiness.   The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century by THE BEST TIME TRAVEL STORIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY: STORIES BY ARTHUR C. CLARKE, JACK FINNEY, JOE HALDEMAN, URSULA K. LE GUIN, LARRY NIVEN, THEODORE STURGEON, CONNIE WILLIS, AND MORE Edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg Some of the finest science fiction writers of the 20th Century, writing seventeen of the most exciting time travel short stories ever published.   The Time Machine by H.G. WellsTHE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture—now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity—the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist’s time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.   FOR YOUNGER READERS:   CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES by Penelope FarmerCHARLOTTE SOMETIMES by Penelope A time-travel story that is both a poignant exploration of human identity and an absorbing tale of suspense. It’s natural to feel a little out of place when you’re the new kid, but when Charlotte Makepeace wakes up after her first night at boarding school, she’s baffled: everyone thinks she’s a girl called Clare Mobley, and even more shockingly, it seems she has traveled forty years back in time to 1918. Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross WelfordTIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER by Ross Welford One of New York Public Library’s Best Books for Children Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.   For more on these and related titles visit Time
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