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Our NBCC Autobiography, Biography, Sandrof Prize Winners: Hsu, Gage, Harjo

After three straight years of virtual awards ceremonies, the National Book Critics Circle returned to the New School in Manhattan on March 23, 2023 for an in-person presentation. The group’s  awards are given each March, and honor literature published the previous year in six categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Congratulations to our three winners, whose works were selected in voting by working book editors, reviewers, commentators and essayists—and also to our Finalists, and to their publishing teams.

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PRH Authors Awarded National Humanities Medals and National Medal of Arts

On March 21, President Biden presented the National Humanities Medals and National Medal of Arts at the White House to an amazing group of highly accomplished humanitarians, authors, musicians, and actors. We are proud that among those awarded the National Humanities Medal were three current Penguin Random House authors: Bryan Stevenson, Tara Westover, and Colson Whitehead. Additionally, PRH backlist authors Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Amy Tan are also new medalists. The National Humanities Medal celebrates those whose work “has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened the citizen’s engagement with history or literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.”

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My Path to PRH: Lindsay Francis on Onboarding Remotely and Expanding Your Work Network

Lindsay Francis

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 Lindsay Francis, Analyst, Sales Strategic Planning, Sales as she tells us her story in her own words.

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Dolly Parton's BEHIND THE SEAMS Publishing This October

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of BEHIND THE SEAMS: My Life in Rhinestones (Ten Speed Press) by legendary singer and songwriter Dolly Parton, publishing October 17, 2023In BEHIND THE SEAMS, Dolly Parton shares, for the first time, the full story behind her lifelong passion for fashion, including how she developed her own, distinctly Dolly style, which has defied convention and endeared her to fans around the world.

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There's a Book for That: Women's Historical Fiction

As we continue to honor Women’s History Month in March, it’s clear that novels about historical women are exceedingly popular. Thus, we’ve curated some new and noteworthy books for fans of the genre, or any reader who may like a dose of imagination with their history. The following fiction is sure to entertain and educate while you immerse yourselves in the fascinating lives of historical heroines!

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Miriam Tuliao, Library Marketing, Awarded the JCLC Legacy Award

Miriam Tulioa

In February, during the 4th National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, our esteemed colleague from the Library Marketing Department, Miriam Tuliao, was awarded the JCLC Legacy Award!

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Your Favorite Books for Madeline

You sent your all-time favorite Penguin Random House books to Madeline and your recommendations were so moving and inspiring, we had to share with the OurHouse community! From thrillers to graphic novels to romance, you and your colleagues have truly read it all. Read on below to see the titles you selected and the colleagues who recommended them.

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There's a Book for That: Irish Lit

"Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."–Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches this Friday, and in celebration of Irish-American Heritage Month, we are pleased to present the following sampling of fine literature —classic, contemporary, award-winning—to come from the Emerald Isle:

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Watch: Book Recs from #TeamPRH at Book World!

Penguin Random House marketers and publicists are so excited about what they're reading  and at Emerald City Comic Con they often had just seconds to hook a reader! Watch below to see them pitch their favorite titles and learn why you should be reading these titles, too. From exciting and groundbreaking graphic novels to some eye candy covers, see if you can match these pitches to their titles: "a magical realism version of Cairo," "Velma and Daphne have a steamy romance," and "Heather meets Mean Girls meets dark academia."

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See Highlights from Book World at ECCC (and Peek Our Favorite Cosplay!)

Chewbacca, known affectionately to his friends as Chewie.

Book World presented by Penguin Random House was back at Emerald City Comic Con for the first time since 2019, in the newly unveiled and landmark Summit addition to the Seattle Convention Center. Known for a highly engaged and literary audience, the Comic Con crowd was enthralled by our literary fiction, horror, and thrillers — and best of all, they wanted to discover new releases!

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Ballantine’s Jennifer Hershey Receives 2023 Editor’s Award from Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers, one of the premier sources of information, support, and guidance for poets and creative writers throughout the United States, has chosen Jennifer Hershey, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Ballantine, as the recipient of their 2023 Editor’s Award.

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Laurie Halse Anderson Wins the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Laurie Halse Anderson, photo credit: Randy Fontilla

New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson is the recipient of the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The award is given annually to a person or organization for their outstanding contribution to children’s and young adult literature.

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There's a Book for That: International Women's Day

It's International Women’s Day! In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN day for women's rights and world peace. This year, The International Women's Day 2023 campaign theme of #EmbraceEquity calls on us all to ”focus on gender equity…And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.” Today, we turn our lens to the brave, incredible women journalists who seek the truth, from current to past reporting:

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My Path to PRH: Kendra Sands on Finding Strong, Female Leadership at PRH

With my husband and dog

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 Kendra Sands, Director of Business Development, Penguin Random House, as she tells us her story in her own words.

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There's a Book for That: Women's History Month

Welcome March and Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress designated the month of March “Women’s History Month.” In President Biden’s proclamation, he states: “During Women’s History Month… let us pay tribute to the trailblazers from the recent and distant past for daring to envision a future for which no past precedent existed, and for building a Nation of endless possibilities for all of its women and girls.”

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Our 4 NAACP Image Awards Winners

The 54th NAACP Image Awards, annually honoring the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across television, music, film and literature, have been announced in the Outstanding Literary Works category, with three Penguin Random House authors recognized for their literary works and "ABC News 20/20 Michelle Obama's THE LIGHT WE CARRY, A Conversation with Robin Roberts" winning Outstanding News/Information.

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PRH & We Need Diverse Books Announce the Winners of the 2022 Black Creatives Fund Revisions Workshop

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and Penguin Random House are excited to announce the two winners of the second annual cycle of the Revisions Workshop, who will each receive grants of $2,000. The Revisions Workshop is an initiative within WNDB’s Black Creatives Fund (BCF) underwritten by Penguin Random House, which launched in early 2021 to support Black fiction writers.

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My Path to PRH: Aurora Slothus on Thriving in the Wild West, AKA Backlist Publishing

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 Aurora Slothus, Assistant Director of Backlist Publishing for Berkley, Putnam, Dutton, and Plume, as she tells us her story in her own words.

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Friday Reads: Boarding School

Inspired by Rebecca Makkai’s new novel, I Have Some Questions for You, we admit to a certain proclivity for boarding school settings from masterful writers. The following array of novels—eerie, romantic, apocalyptic, comic and classic- reveal the impact of relationships formed at boarding school is forever felt, and rest is not assured…

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Penguin Life Author, Paco de Leon, Launches iHeart Podcast and Invites You to Talk Money

Paco de Leon, author of FINANCE FOR THE PEOPLE: GETTING A GRIP ON YOUR FINANCES (Penguin Life), has launched a new podcast. Weird Finance, developed with and distributed by iHeart Radio, dropped its first episode this month.

The show explores the often intimidating terrain of money, finances, and economics and how these invisible forces shape each person’s ideas about themselves and the world around them.  Harnessing Paco’s many talents as a gifted storyteller, illustrator, and musician, Weird Finance features real, honest, unconventional money conversations with the aim of getting people comfortable with the uncomfortable and changing our relationship with money. Or as Paco likes to say, it’s a show that invites people to “Get less weird about money, one conversation at a time.”

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