Book of the Month has announced that its more than 100,000 members elected John Boyne’s THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES (Hogarth) as the 2017 Book of the Year Award winner. Boyne, a highly-acclaimed author living in Ireland, wins the $10,000 grand prize and his novel will be reprinted in a special limited edition rose gold jacket, available exclusively to Book of the Month members.
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THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIESis a heartfelt, humorous, unforgettable journey about a boy born in post-war Ireland to adoptive parents. The novel tracks his struggles with identity, religion and sexuality from the 1940s through present day. Book of the Month members describe the work as “simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful,” “eye-opening,” “a thing of beauty,” and “actual perfection.” It’s big, bawdy, and brimming with heart.
“The Book of the Year award is an opportunity for our more than 100,000 members to recognize and celebrate their favorite books,” said John Lippman, CEO of Book of the Month. “We pride ourselves on introducing readers to books they might not have picked up otherwise, but fall in love with once they do. It’s always gratifying to see that we’re doing exactly what we set out to do. Congratulations to John Boyne, Crown Publishing Group, and Penguin Random House on this well-deserved award.”
In the UK, THE HEART’S INVISIBLE FURIES is one of the titles on the next Richard & Judy Book Club list. The selections are made by celebrity couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan from a longlist provided by a W H Smith reading team.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults, five for younger readers, and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, was an international bestseller, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide and being made into a film, a play, a ballet, and an opera. In his native Ireland, he has won three Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards and been shortlisted on ten separate occasions. He has also won or been short-lsted for a host of international literary awards, including a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award in the United States. His novels are published in more than fifty languages.
THE LESSER BOHEMIANS by Eimear McBride has won the James Tait Black Prize, Great Britain’s oldest literary award. The winners of the prizes were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday, August 14, when the honor for biography was also announced.
Published by Hogarth, Ms. McBride’s second novel is a captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year. More than 400 titles were submitted for the 2017 James Tait Blackprizes, with a shortlist chosen by University of Edinburgh academics and postgraduate students. Fiction judge Dr. Alex Lawrie described THE LESSER BOHEMIANS as being “full of wit, energy and nerve, an extraordinary rendering of a young woman’s consciousness as she eagerly embarks on a new life in London.”
Congratulations to Ms. McBride, her editor, publisher and everyone at Hogarth as well as the Crown Publishing Group.
The James Tait Black Awards were founded in 1919 by Janet Coats, the widow of publisher James Tait Black, to commemorate her husband’s love of good books.
Ms. McBride’s debut novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014.
Based on Herman Koch’s bestselling novel, THE DINNER, published by Hogarth, this upcoming cinematic thriller directed by Oren Moverman is a darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal. Starring Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Laura Linney and Steve
Coogan, the film had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 10 and is scheduled to be released on May 5 by The Orchard, a Sony Music Entertainment company.
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First published in the fall of 2013, THE DINNER was heralded as “a European GONE GIRL” byThe Wall Street Journal. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, the narrative reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
Award-winning television and film actress, producer, and designer Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of books named SJP for Hogarth, to be housed within the Hogarth imprint, a transatlantic partnership between Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group in the US and Chatto & Windus in the UK.
SJP for Hogarth will selectively publish high-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voices with critical and commercial promise, with its first list anticipated to debut in 2018. As Editorial Director of the sub-imprint, Ms. Parker will be involved in every aspect of the publication of books issued by SJP for Hogarth, from their selection and acquisition to cover design and promotion, working in close partnership with Molly Stern, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, Crown Archetype, and Three Rivers Press.
Ms. Parker will be supported on individual book projects by members of Hogarth’s editorial team in New York, led by Lindsay Sagnette, Editorial Director of Fiction for Crown and Hogarth, and Alexis Washam, Executive Editor, as well as by the Hogarth editorial team in London.
An avid reader who traces her lifelong love of writing to an early childhood spent checking books out of her local library, Ms. Parker’s association with Hogarth began in 2012 when she met Ms. Stern by chance at a media luncheon in New York. Ms. Stern subsequently sent her an advance copy of Anthony Marra’s critically acclaimed debut novel A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, which Ms. Parker fell instantly in love with and decided to vigorously champion. Ms. Parker and Ms. Stern decided to form a book club, which has been meeting regularly for the past three years. They both see the launch of SJP for Hogarth as a natural extension of Ms. Parker’s authentic love of great books and of her desire to support and bring attention to the most talented writers working today.
Said Ms. Parker, “As a lifelong book lover, as someone who treasures and admires the skill and talent of original and powerful story tellers it is my great privilege to be invited into the world and business of books. Especially thrilling to join those who serve the rich history that is Hogarth. I so look forward to offering to readers the sort of books that have inspired my life long devotion to the written word.”
Said Molly Stern, “From the moment we met, I was drawn to Sarah Jessica’s extraordinary passion for books and her natural instinct for what makes for great writing. The Hogarth editorial team and I cannot wait to partner with her as she brings her excellent taste and infectious enthusiasm to bear in support of both writers and reading.”
Sarah Jessica Parker is the star and executive producer of Divorce, which premiered Sunday (10/9) on HBO. She currently serves as a Vice-Chairman of the board of directors for the New York City Ballet. In November 2009, the Obama administration elected her to be a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.