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.

There’s a Book for That: PEN Literary Awards

PEN Center USA, The West Coast center of PEN International, which is the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, held their 27th annual Literary Awards last Friday, October 27 in Beverly Hills, California. Hosted by Nick Offerman, the ceremony honored Margaret Atwood with a Lifetime Achievement Award and winners in 8 categories were announced. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

WINNERS PEN Award for Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Random House) Also a finalist for the Pulitzer, this deeply humane memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis attempts to answer the questions: given that all organisms die, what makes a meaningful life? And, as a doctor, what does it mean to hold mortal—and moral—responsibility for another person’s identity? For readers of Atul Gawande and Siddhartha Mukherjee.   PEN Award for Research Nonfiction: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth LettsTHE PERFECT HORSE: THE DARING U.S. MISSION TO RESCUE THE PRICELESS STALLIONS KIDNAPPED BY THE NAZIS by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine) The daring behind-Nazi-lines rescue of priceless pedigree horses by American soldiers in the closing days of World War Two—a riveting equine adventure story from the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion.   PEN Award for Young Adult Fiction: Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee (Speak) Critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee continues to weave adventure and romance in a novel set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake: A spot at St. Clare’s School is off limits for all but the wealthiest white girls. However, fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong knows that education is the best way out of Chinatown’s squalor.   FINALISTS The Association of Small Bombs by Karan MahajanTHE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS: A NOVEL by Karan Mahajan (Viking) Also a finalist for the National Book Award, The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, dazzling in its acuity, and ambitious in scope.   Cockroaches by Scholastique MukasongaCOCKROACHES by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Jordan Stump (Archipelago) Scholastique Mukasonga’s Cockroaches is the story of growing up a Tutsi in Hutu-dominated Rwanda—the story of a happy child, a loving family, all wiped out in the genocide of 1994. A vivid, bittersweet depiction of family life and bond in a time of immense hardship, it is also a story of incredible endurance, and the duty to remember that loss and those lost while somehow carrying on.   For more on these titles visit the collection: PEN Awards 2017 Stay tuned for this week’s Friday Reads wherein we will honor the work of Margaret Atwood.  

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“It was Time to Tell the Truth.” Welcome to John Hodgman’s VACATIONLAND

Peddling fake facts was John Hodgman’s stock in trade on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and in his three bestselling books.  That all changed with the release of VACATIONLAND: True Stories from Painful Beaches, published by Viking on October 24 and featured as this week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection.  Hodgman writes about his journeys, navigating three distinct wildernesses: one, rural Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; two, coastal Maine, home to the most painful beaches on earth; lastly, the metaphoric wildernesses of middle age.  

Hodgman says, “My first three books were, first of all, BESTSELLERS, and second of all, packed to the margins with absurdist false history and invented trivia.  It was fun writing about the secret history of the nine US presidents who had hooks for hands.  But after my third book of false knowledge, THAT IS ALL, came out, I looked up and realized I was 40. I had changed, and the world was changing as well. Now EVERYONE is doing fake facts, at every level of our media and society. It’s neither new nor funny anymore. And disarmed of falsehood, I was confronted with the mere and awful truth: that I am a dad, husband, and middle-aged white male monster with bad facial hair facing down the second half of his life (or so I hope) who could not think of one more single joke about zeppelins or mole-men. It was time to tell the truth.” Hodgman answers the following three questions truthfully: The book's title VACATIONLAND refers to the nickname for Maine, but you also focus many of the chapters on the “vacationland” of your youth (Western Massachusetts) in addition to your wife’s (Maine), where you now spend much of your time. Do you think having those escapes can be formative in both childhood and adulthood? How has it shaped you throughout your life? Joe McLellan was the permanent French department substitute when I was attending Brookline High School. I liked him. He once told me that the academic calendar—9 months on to work hard, 3 off to recover and reflect—is the most suitable calendar for human happiness.  And he rode a motorcycle and wore a beret, so he knew what he was talking about.  I’m lucky to have married a teacher and to be sufficiently self-employed that, for now, we get to share time and travel with our kids. It is important to show them different people and ways of life, and to learn how easily one life can be left behind if it doesn’t make you happy.” Why do you compare middle age to “navigating a wilderness?” Being in middle age feels like following a path in the forest that was very clear and easy for a while. If you’re lucky, you reach some destination you were hoping for. But even if you don’t, time passes, and before you know it, night comes and you are scared. You can’t follow the path back, and you don’t know which direction to take next, or if it is better to simply stop here forever. But you have to keep going. After you have reached the age which, in previous centuries would have marked the likely end of your life, you have to find a new path forward. Like the wilderness, age is painful, full of unexpected drops and heights, and it doesn’t care whether you live or die. Another good metaphor for it would be MAINE.” You describe Maine as a hellish place, but seem to have a deep fondness for it. What is it about the state that can cause such conflicting feelings? It is undeniably beautiful, but its beauty is rugged bordering on harsh, and the sky gets gray quick and the fog envelops you. See above: it has metaphoric power if you are morbidly minded.  And then it reveals incredible beauty in the rose light across more sky than you are used to seeing. You swim in the ocean and scream from the cold but then you get used to it. Maine’s pleasure is that you survive it. “

Viking to Publish New Book by Daniel James Brown, Bestselling Author of THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

Viking today announced a new book by #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, Daniel James Brown.  Wendy Wolf, Vice President, Associate Publisher, Viking, acquired North American, first serial, and audio rights from Dorian Karchmar of WME Entertainment.  Daniel Crewe, Publisher, Viking UK, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Raffaella De Angelis of WME, on behalf of Dorian Karchmar. 

Daniel James Brown says, “I can’t wait to tell this story about another remarkable group of young Americans who helped define who we all are and whose story has so much relevance today. I’m deeply grateful to my friends in the Japanese-American community for their willingness to entrust me with the story, and once again I’m eagerly looking forward to working with Wendy and the terrific team at Viking.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher, Viking, says, “Daniel James Brown will bring his unique talents to a crucial chapter of American history that remains largely unknown, with a story that rivals the power and hope of The Boys of in the Boat. We are honored to publish this important and timely book at Viking.” [caption id="attachment_7948" align="alignright" width="300"] Daniel James Brown
Credit: Robin V. Brown[/caption] Brown’s new book, as yet untitled, is the gripping story of some of the bravest Americans who ever lived, the Japanese-American patriots of World War II. The book will revolve around four young American men, the children of Japanese immigrants, who sacrificed everything to prove their loyalty to the United States. In the face of extraordinary losses, displaying fierce courage as their families endured the hardships and humiliations of internment camps back in the U.S., they fought their way up the Italian boot and deep into the Vosges Forest on the French-German border. There they were asked to do the near impossible, what no one else had been able to do—to rescue a battalion of Texans cut off and surrounded by German forces determined to kill them all. What the Japanese-American troops of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team did next would become the stuff of legend and earn them and their brethren at home the respect they had too long been denied. But this is not just a war story. The book pulls back the lens on their immigrant parents, who make their way in America only to shutter the businesses they spent decades building, sell their homes for pennies on the dollar, and endure incarceration in bleak camps. It is the tale of their white countrymen, some of whom treated them as enemies and some of whom worked side-by-side as allies, and of other young men, who took a different path to defend their rights: standing defiantly in courtrooms, defending the principles for which their brethren were fighting overseas. It is the story of mothers, sisters, and daughters who held together families under unprecedented conditions, and of a people too often seen as passive victims who were, in fact, simply Americans doing what Americans do best—striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, enduring, and ultimately prevailing. Daniel James Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, which has been published in 20 countries, has spent over 135 weeks on the New York Times printed nonfiction list and 17 on the nonfiction hardcover list and has been adapted in a young readers’ edition. It is currently in feature development at the Weinstein Company. Brown is also author of two previous nonfiction books, The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, a finalist for a Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

4 PRH Fiction Authors are NBF 2017 “5 Under 35” Honorees

We are delighted with The National Book Foundation’s announcement of this year’s “5 Under 35” honorees, their annual selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work “promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.”  Penguin Random House imprints publish four of the all-women group of honoree authors: 

Lesley Nneka Arimah,   WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: Stories (Riverhead Books) Zinzi Clemmons,   WHAT WE LOSE  (Viking) Leopoldine Core,   WHEN WATCHED: Stories  (Penguin Press) Weike Wang,   CHEMISTRY (Knopf) Warm congratulations to our 5 Under 35 honorees, their editors and publishers. These authors will be celebrated at a ceremony in Manhattan on November 13, two days before this year’s National Book Awards dinner.  Each honoree will receive a $1,000 prize. They represent writers from around the world, under the age of 35, who have published their first and only book of fiction—either a short story collection or a novel—within the last five years.  Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or writer previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program. Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, said, “For the last twelve years, the National Book Foundation has been committed to highlighting the exceptional talent of emerging writers and to amplifying new voices.  At a moment in which we are having the necessary conversations surrounding the underrepresentation of female voices, it’s a thrill to see this list of tremendous women chosen organically by our selectors.” For more information and a complete list of the 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, click here.
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From Page to Screen: A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW to Be Adapted into TV Series

Television rights to Amor Towles’ bestselling novel A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW (Viking) have been acquired by Carolyn Newman, Senior VP of Scripted Programming at eOne.  Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) is attached to direct and will executive produce with Xavier Marchand of Moonriver Content.

Viking published A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW in September 2016. It has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 38 weeks and remains in the Top 10.  Most recently, the book hit the #1 spot in the Indie bestseller list for the third week in a row. 

Set during the Soviet Union’s turbulent early 1920s, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and now must live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

eOne will serve as the studio for the TV series and controls worldwide rights.

Featured Author Event: Alex Gilvarry

Alex Gilvarry will discuss and sign copies of his second novel EASTMAN WAS HERE (Viking) at McNally Jackson Booksellers on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.  Following his widely acclaimed debut, FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT, the author employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in this new novel.


The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war. This ambitious new novel captures a man’s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world.

EASTMAN WAS HERE is one of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2017 and BuzzFeed’s Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer.

Gilvarry is the winner of the Hornblower Award for a First Book and Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor’s Choice. He is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Norman Mailer Center. He is also a professor at Monmouth University where he teaches fiction.

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.

Tana French's THE TRESPASSER Wins Strand Magazine Award for Best Novel

 On Wednesday evening, NY Times bestselling  author Tana French was awarded the 2017  Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel  for her book THE TRESPASSER  (Viking).      This marks Ms. French’s fifth best-novel  nomination and her first win. Her longtime  publicist Ben Petrone accepted the award on  her behalf at the award ceremony.

[caption id="attachment_85782" align="alignright" width="200"]Tana French’s publicist Ben Petrone and her editor Andrea Schulz with the award for best novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards (Photo credit: Sara Chuirazzi) Tana French’s publicist Ben Petrone and her editor Andrea Schulz with the award for best novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards (Photo credit: Sara Chuirazzi)[/caption] The nominees for Best Novel are below: YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company) THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company)  THE TRESPASSER by Tana French (Viking) WHAT REMAINS OF ME by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow) OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid (Atlantic Monthly Press) THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery) Congratulations to Ms. French, her publicist, her editor, and the publishing teams at Viking. THE TRESPASSER will be published in paperback by Penguin Books on August 8.

Valerie Jarrett to Publish Book with Viking

Viking is pleased to announce that Valerie Jarrett will publish a book in 2019. Wendy Wolf, Associate Publisher at Viking, acquired North American rights from Creative Artists Agency.  Ms. Jarrett, who was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, will share her circuitous journey as a

daughter, a mother, a lawyer, a public servant, and a leader in government at an historic moment in American history.    Ms. Jarrett says, “I don’t want to just tell my story – I want to share the experiences, life lessons, and values that have shaped who I am and my ideas for the future.  I am grateful to Viking for giving me the platform to do that and to my future readers for sharing this experience with me.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “After a lifetime of dedicated public service, Valerie Jarrett has an inspiring story to tell.  She played a crucial role in the Obama administration, and continues working on the issues that are important to our country. Her life lessons and insights are invaluable, and we are thrilled to help connect Valerie with readers and provide a platform for her message.”
[caption id="attachment_7103" align="alignright" width="300"] Valerie Jarrett, credit White House[/caption] Ms. Jarrett’s book will be a story of history, biography, politics and activism – and will provide ideas about leadership and being a good citizen in the 21st century.  From her work on ensuring equity for women and girls, protecting civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system and protecting working families, Jarrett will share lessons learned about making change and her optimistic vision for what the future holds.  Jarrett will show how during that journey she never lost sight of her true north. As Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Ms. Jarrett oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence. Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and was recognized on TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list.