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Ransom Riggs Kicks Off MISS PERERGRINE'S MUSEUM OF WONDERS Tour Tonight at NYC’s The Strand

Ransom Riggs 2020, photo credit: TaherehMafi

This week brings the release of MISS PEREGRINE’S MUSEUM OF WONDERS: AN INDISPENSABLE GUIDE TO THE DANGERS AND DELIGHTS OF THE PECULIAR WORLD FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF NEW ARRIVALS  by internationally bestselling author Ransom Riggs. Filled with everything readers need to know about the peculiar world and how to survive it, MUSEUM OF WONDERS is the latest entry in the beloved series that sold over 10 million copies, has been translated into over 40 languages, was adapted into a film by Tim Burton that hit #1 at the box office, and has become one of the most iconic fantasy series of this millennia.

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Inspiring Climate Reads for your Weekend

In honor of Climate Week NYC 2022, we’re sharing a small list of Penguin Random House titles which celebrate innovation and focus on building a sense of optimism around climate action. These titles cover a range of topics, from clean energy innovations to Indigenous environmental knowledge, and will inspire you to strive for sustainable lifestyle!

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Michelle Obama Announces THE LIGHT WE CARRY Tour: In Conversation with Michelle Obama

Today, Live Nation and Crown, an imprint of Random House, announced Michelle Obama’s live U.S. book tour events in support of her new, highly anticipated book, THE LIGHT WE CARRY: OVERCOMING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES. Produced by Live Nation, the six-city U.S. tour will kick off in Washington, D.C. at Warner Theatre on November 15. The book tour will also make stops in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco, before wrapping December 13 at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles, CA. 

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PPG's Portfolio Establishes Thesis, New Imprint Debuting Spring 2023

Portfolio, an imprint of the Penguin Publishing Group, is pleased to announce the launch of a new imprint, joining its eponymous Portfolio and its Sentinel publishing programs. This new line, Thesis, will be led by Bria Sandford, editorial director of Sentinel, and Niki Papadopoulos, editor-in-chief of Portfolio. Adrian Zackheim will serve as Publisher. Helen Healey will also rejoin the company as Editor to acquire for Thesis, Sentinel, and Portfolio.

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PRHPS' Expanded Agreement With DARK HORSE Comics Worldwide

Dark Horse Comics, an industry-leading publisher of comic books, graphic novels, and manga, and Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS), a division of Penguin Random House, on September 21 announced an exclusive worldwide multi-year agreement for its sales and distribution of Dark Horse’s newly published and backlist comic book periodicals, graphic novels, and manga to the Direct Market comic shops. The new agreement, which begins June 1, 2023, expands its current partnership, in which PRHPS sells and distributes Dark Horse’s trade-book frontlist and backlist to bookstores.

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Penguin Random House Partners With TikTok to Transform Book Discovery

With more than 75 billion views and counting, #BookTok is one of TikTok’s most popular hashtags, building a vibrant, global community of people who share a passion for reading.   On September 20th, TikTok and Penguin Random House launched a feature that makes it easier than ever to find your next great read and connect with a community of book lovers.   

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Patagonia Founder and Penguin Press Author Gives Company Away to Combat Climate Change

Yvon Chouinard, photo credit: Redux/Ink Magazine

Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder and Penguin Press author of LET MY PEOPLE GO SURFING: THE EDUCATION OF A RELUCTANT BUSINESSMAN has announced that he is giving his company away. The New York Times reported that Chouinard and his family have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion to a specially designed set of trusts and nonprofit organizations that were created to ensure that all of its profits are used to combat climate change and protect undeveloped land around the world. 

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Asghar, Gunty, Kochai, Mathews PRH Fiction ‘22 NBA Semi-Finalists—& Our Contenders in NF, Poetry, Translated Literature, YPL

Presenting the four Penguin Random House works the judges have selected for the 2022 ten-title Fiction National Book Award longlist. This September 16 announcement rounds out the individually-spotlighted September 14-16 reveals of each of the five NBA categories. For the first time in several years, PRH is represented with semi-finalists in all of them.

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PRH Recruitment Outreach and Partnerships Team Talks Breaking Into Publishing

In Updates from HR's Recruitment Outreach and Partnerships Team, one big effort for 2022 has been to enhance our employer brand presence on social media to help draw in more candidates from different backgrounds and to supply information to make the publishing industry more accessible to all. On our Careers Instagram, we have reached over 20k accounts, increased our follower count by 10% in just a few months and are continuing to grow consistently. If you haven’t already, please follow our Instagram, @PRHCareersUS and when you can, please share!  

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Penguin Press Title HOLDING THE LINE Prompts Senate Investigation

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Knopf to Celebrate the Life of Joan Didion at a Public Service on 9/21

Joan Didion, photo credit: Jerry Bauer

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.” - Joan Didion
 
There will be a celebration of the life of Joan Didion on Wednesday, September 21 in New York at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue. The speakers will include Hilton Als, Gov. Jerry Brown, Griffin Dunne, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Susanna Moore, Vanessa Redgrave, David Remnick, Patti Smith, Jia Tolentino, Calvin Trillin, and Kevin Young. The service will begin at 5:00 pm, and it is open to the public. For those who can't attend in person, the ceremony will be livestreamed. Livestream information to come!

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'Seven Empty Houses' and 'The Books of Jacob' NBA 2022 PRH Translated Semi-Finalists; Cortez, Olds Longlisted for Poetry

Following the September 14 presentation of the Young People’s Literature long list, the National Book Foundation serially spotlighted its 2022 semi-finalists in Translated Literature (September 14) and Poetry (September 15), two categories of both past triumph and disappointment for us. Last year, we did not compete in either category. This year, happily, two of our titles are contending in the former group; two in the latter.

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Rock N' Read: Penguin Random House Was Back at AFROPUNK

Afropunk Rock N’ Read presented by All Ways Black Tent.

Afropunk Rock N’ Read presented by All Ways Black Tent.

Penguin Random House had a big presence at this past weekend’s AFROPUNK, September 10-11, at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. As the sole book publisher at their first in-person NYC festival since 2019, Penguin Random House spent two full days engaging with an influential community of gifted creatives from all backgrounds who express themselves through music, art, film, books, comedy, fashion and more. 

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‘Seven Empty Houses’ and ‘The Books of Jacob’: NBA 2022 PRH Translated Literature Semi-Finalists

Having published the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature,  TOKYO UENO STATION by Yu Miri, translated from the Japanese by Morgan Stiles (Riverhead), we hope our mojo in the category continues in 2022, with these newly announced longlisters of ours among the ten contenders vying to make the October 6 short list.

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Mia P. Manansala's ARSENIC AND ADOBO Wins "Best First Novel"

Mia P. Manansala’s Berkley debut, ARSENIC AND ADOBO, won the 2022 Anthony Award for “Best First Novel.” The Anthony Awards are among the most prestigious literary awards for mystery writers, presented at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention.  

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3 PRH ‘22 NBA Young People’s Literature Semi-Finalists: Blum, Tahir, Yee

One of the most respected and appreciated signifiers from the National Book Foundation (NBF) is its bestowal of equal, prominent stature upon each of the five National Book Award categories it sponsors. This annual  tradition happily continues for the 2022 prize season, as the judges’ semi-finalist picks for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction, once again will be presented individually and consecutively the mornings and afternoons of September 14 and 15, and concluding the morning of the 16th.

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My Path to Penguin Random House: PPG's Susan Schwartz

Everyone has unique career stories to tell. In our My Path to Penguin Random House series, PRH colleagues share how they entered the world of book publishing, what led them to our company, insights into their jobs, and their future professional aspirations. This week, we’re featuring Susan Schwartz as she tells us her story in her own words in what often reads as a love letter to publishing. Here is Susan's story, in her own words.

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There's a Book for That: Queen Elizabeth II

“People are touched by events which have their roots far across the world.”— Queen Elizabeth II Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II continue this week after her passing, at age 96, on September 8. Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years: 15 Prime Ministers served the UK during that time. In his first address to Parliament, King Charles III quoted Shakespeare, saying that the Queen was "a pattern to all princes living." The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed monumental social change.  The King said the death of his beloved mother was a "moment of great sadness" for him and his family and that her loss would be "deeply felt" around the world. The Queen's funeral will take place in London on Monday, Sept. 19. Below you will find a selection of the many excellent titles published by Penguin Random House about the Queen and the Royal Family, including those by royal historian Sally Bedell Smith and royal expert Tina Brown – both of whom are commentators in the media’s ongoing coverage.   Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell SmithELIZABETH THE QUEEN: THE LIFE OF A MODERN MONARCH by Sally Bedell Smith From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II was the object of unparalleled scrutiny. Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last twentieth and twenty-first centuries with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines—the “red boxes” of documents she reviewed each day, the weekly meetings she had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press—as well as her personal relationships: with her husband, Prince Philip, the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.   The Palace Papers by Tina BrownTHE PALACE PAPERS: INSIDE THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR--THE TRUTH AND THE TURMOIL by Tina Brown Tina Brown has been observing and chronicling the British monarchy for three decades, and her sweeping account is full of powerful revelations, newly reported details, and searing insight gleaned from remarkable access to royal insiders. Stylish, witty, and erudite, The Palace Papers will irrevocably change how the world perceives and understands the royal family.  

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II by Karen DolbyTHE WICKED WIT OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II by Karen Dolby

When we think of a queen, we probably picture a serious, dignified personage complete with majestic hat and matching handbag. But The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II reveals a side of the monarch the public rarely saw, her healthy sense of humor: sometimes silly, sometimes sarcastic—and occasionally unintentional (to guitar legend Eric Clapton: “Have you been playing long?”)!   Elizabeth IIELIZABETH II: A QUEEN FOR OUR TIME by Chris Jackson  In Jackson’s photographs, documenting public and private moments and accompanied by warm and engaging text offering a personal perspective and behind-the-shot anecdotes, Elizabeth II: A Queen For Our Time captures her majesty’s great elegance and charm.   Our Rainbow Queen by Sali HughesOUR RAINBOW QUEEN: A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND HER COLORFUL WARDROBE by Sali Hughes With stunning photographs that span feature brilliant colors ranging from the dusky pinks the Queen wore in girlhood through to the neon green dress that prompted the hashtag #NeonAt90, this must-have collection celebrates the iconic fashion statements of the UK's longest reigning and most vibrant monarch. This is a joyful celebration of the Queen’s life, as well as her personal style and political mastery.   Prince Charles by Sally Bedell SmithPRINCE CHARLES: THE PASSIONS AND PARADOXES OF AN IMPROBABLE LIFE by Sally Bedell Smith This in-depth look at Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his contradictions, complexities, and ambitions. Beginning with his lonely childhood, and moving through his love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, the tragedy of his marriage to Diana, and his eventual reunion with his true love Camilla—this is a riveting, insightful portrait of a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet who has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role. Smith writes of the women who loved him, including Camilla, and the women who didn’t love him enough, including his mother and Diana; and she writes of the next generation of royals, including the beloved William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren. Sally Bedell Smith has created a surprising, multifaceted portrait of Charles and his world—a man more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now.   The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2 by Robert LaceyTHE CROWN: THE OFFICIAL COMPANION, VOLUME 2: POLITICAL SCANDAL, PERSONAL STRUGGLE, AND THE YEARS THAT DEFINED ELIZABETH II (1956-1977) by Robert Lacey In this eye-opening companion to seasons 2 and 3 of Netflix’s acclaimed series The Crown, renowned biographer and historical consultant Robert Lacey takes us through the real history that inspired the drama.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   Queen Elizabeth by DKQUEEN ELIZABETH: A PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION by DK A beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book that explores the incredible life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth, the longest serving British monarch, and how her historic reign has shaped the world. In honour of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee 2022, this once in a lifetime history book for kids tells the story of a young princess who grew up to become our longest reigning monarch, and celebrates the achievements, people and places that have become part of her remarkable legacy.   Queen Elizabeth II: A Little Golden Book Biography by Jen ArenaQUEEN ELIZABETH II: A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK BIOGRAPHY by Jen Arena; illustrated by Monique Dong Help your little one dream big with a Little Golden Book biography about Queen Elizabeth II! The perfect introduction to nonfiction for preschoolers!     Who Is Queen Elizabeth II? by Megan Stine and Who HQWHO IS QUEEN ELIZABETH II? by Megan Stine, Who HQ, Laurie A. Conley How did a little girl who loved horses become the longest reigning monarch in England? Find out in this addition to the #1 New York Times best-selling Who Was? series!     For more information about these and other books about Queen Elizabeth II, visit Queen
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Art Spiegelman To Receive National Book Foundation Award In A Historic First for Comic Artists

Art Spiegelman, photo credit: Nadja Spiegelman

The National Book Foundation will award Art Spiegelman with the 2022 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (DCAL). Spiegelman is the first comic artist to receive the DCAL medal, which will be presented to him by author Neil Gaiman at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2022.  “Art Spiegelman has captured the world’s imagination through the comics medium,” David Steinberger, chair of the National Book Foundation’s board of directors, said in a statement released Friday. “His masterful graphic novels tackle and illuminate topics from the Holocaust to the aftermath of 9/11, alongside the personal intimacy of the people, events, and comics that shaped him as an artist. Spiegelman’s groundbreaking work has shown us the limitless possibilities for comics as a literary arts form.”

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Catch MISTY THE CLOUD at a Live Event Near You!

The follow-up to the New York TimesUSA Today, and the Wall Street Journal  bestseller, MISTY THE CLOUD: FRIENDS THROUGH RAIN OR SHINE teaches readers about compromise, sharing, and dealing with good days, bad days, and everything in between.

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