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Our 15 L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists

The Los Angeles Times  has announced the finalists for its 2017 Book Prize Awards, which annually honors outstanding books in 10 categories. Below are our 15 Penguin Random House imprint nominations, and our winners of two of their non-competitive prizes. The winners in the literary categories will revealed on April 20.

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Art Seidenbaum Award For First Fiction THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman (Penguin Books) MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent (Riverhead Books) SOUR HEART by Jenny Zhang (Lenny) Biography GRANT by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press) RICHARD NIXON: THE LIFE by John A. Farrell (Vintage) 2017 Innovator’s Award - Winner WELL-READ BLACK GIRL by Glory Edim (Ballantine Books) 2017 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose - Winner THE HUE AND CRY AT OUR HOUSE: A YEAR REMEMBERED by Benjamin Taylor (Penguin Books) Current Interest WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY  by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World) DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: THE DEEP HISTORY OF THE RADICAL RIGHT'S STEALTH PLAN FOR AMERICA By Nancy MacLean (Viking) THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS: TWO YOUNG MIGRANTS AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LIFE by Lauren Markham (Crown) Fiction EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books) THE CHANGELING by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau) GHACHAR GHOCHAR Vivek Shanbhag (Penguin Books)

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THE NIGHT OCEAN by Paul La Farge (Penguin Press) Science & Technology BEHAVE: THE BIOLOGY OF HUMANS AT OUR BEST AND WORST by Robert M. Sapolsky (Penguin Press) LIFE 3.0: BEING HUMAN IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE by Max Tegmark (Knopf) Young Adult Literature GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press)    

Activist DeRay Mckesson to Publish Book with Viking

Viking is pleased to announce ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a new book by DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, coming September 4, 2018. Georgia Bodnar and Wendy Wolf at Viking acquired North American rights, as well as audio and first serial, from CAA. 

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In August of 2014, the twenty-nine-year-old activist stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out the intellectual, pragmatic political framework for a new liberation movement. [caption id="attachment_9584" align="alignright" width="262"] DeRay Mckesson, photographed in New York City.[/caption] Honest, courageous, and imaginative, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible. Honoring the voices of a new generation of activists, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM is a visionary’s call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in.Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation’s complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. He argues that our best efforts to combat injustice have been stunted by the belief that racism’s wounds are history, and offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression. With it, we can begin charting a course to dismantle the obvious and subtle structures that limit freedom. DeRay Mckesson says, “In the past three years I’ve seen unrest sweep America, first in the streets in Ferguson and then all over the country. I have seen people claim their power, knowing that this country has not yet delivered on its promise of equity and justice. In this book, I explore the causes of the current inequity and offer a vision for how we get beyond it, to a place of freedom. I’m excited to work with Viking and am excited to write my first book. I believe that we will win.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “DeRay Mckesson is the voice of a new generation, leading the charge in the fight against racism and injustice today. In this book, he holds America accountable, but also brings a message of hope and shows us the way forward. We are thrilled to publish him at Viking.” Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media’s podcast, Pod Save the People. He started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed and for publicly advocating for justice and accountability for the victims of police violence and the end of mass incarceration. He’s spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union and universities and appeared on TV shows across the political spectrum. He was named #11 on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list and Harvard’s Black Man of the Year in 2016, among his many other accolades. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Viking to Publish New Novel by Deborah Harkness This Fall

Deborah Harkness, #1 bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of NightThe Book of Life), will publish her next novel for Viking on September 25, 2018.  The book is called TIME’S CONVERT and set in the same universe at the All Souls Trilogy, as it jumps between contemporary London and Paris as well as the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. Readers can expect to see some of their favorite characters from the Trilogy, as Harkness uses her expertise as a professor of history at USC to deftly weave historical events into her page-turning story. 

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Here is a preview: On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. Fast forward to contemporary London, where Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby’s. She decides to become a vampire, too, and though the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both –forever. A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities for change, TIME’S CONVERT will delight fans of the All Souls trilogy and all readers of magic, the supernatural, and romance.

Our Authors Honeyman and Stott Win Costa Book Awards

Winners of the 2017 Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes, have been announced and two Penguin Random House authors and their books topped the following categories:

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First Novel Gail Honeyman for ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE  (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking) Biography Rebecca Stott for IN THE DAYS OF RAIN  (Spiegel & Grau) Congratulations to our authors as well as their editors and publishers. View the complete list of Costa Book Awards winners here. All category winners receive £5,000 (about $6,800) and are eligible for the £30,000 (about $40,795) Costa Book of the Year prize, which will be announced on January 30 in London.

Arimah, Clemmons, Tallent Our Three 2017 NBCC John Leonard Prize Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2017 John Leonard Prize, which honors the first book in any genre, with Penguin Random House imprints publishing three of the six nominated titles: 

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  WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead) WHAT WE LOSE by Zinzi Clemmons (Viking) MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent (Riverhead) This year’s Leonard Prize winner will be selected by an NBCC judging panel and announced in January with the finalists in the other 2017 NBCC Award categories, and presented at the NBCC Awards Ceremony at The New School in Manhattan on March 15, 2018. View the complete list of 2017 John Leonard Prize nominees here.
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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. 

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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!

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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.  

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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. 

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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: 

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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.