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Watch the Trailer for Oct. 14 Film Adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s WHITE BIRD

R. J. Palacio, Photo © Russell Gordon

The first trailer for the movie adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s New York Times bestselling WHITE BIRD: A Wonder Story (Knopf Books for Young Readers) has been released by Lionsgate. Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson star in the film, which opens in theaters nationwide October 14, and is directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland). 

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Watch a Random House Event, "Then and Now: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom"

On June 7, 2022, Random House, in partnership with UnTextbooked, a podcast for the future brought to you by teen changemakers, hosted Then and Now: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom, a virtual, cross-generational conversation between activists and thought leaders in the women’s rights space. During the event, Gloria Steinem, Austin Channing Brown and Carmen Rita Wong reflected on the history of this important movement—and empowered us now to pick up the torch—with young activist Sydne Clarke from UnTextbooked.

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Dave Zimmer, Igloo’s Singularly Supportive Editor, Retiring July 1

A Note from Claire von Schilling, EVP & Director, Corporate Communications & Social Responsibility: I want to share with you, appropriately in the Igloo Daily Bulletin, that DAVE ZIMMER, our Corporate Communications Manager, who has so devotedly edited our Daily Report these past eight years, will be retiring from Penguin Random House on July 1. He soon will begin a new career relating to music, his second-great lifelong passion, alongside books and baseball, which are also part of his post-PRH plans.

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Join the Virtual Launch Party for Random House Studio’s THE NOTEBOOK KEEPER

Join author Stephen Briseño and illustrator Magdalena Mora for the launch of their new picture book, THE NOTEBOOK KEEPER: A Story of Kindness from the Border (Random House Studio) at a virtual release party hosted by Red Balloon Bookshop on Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 pm (ET). To register, click here

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PRH Partners With NYC Pride on 2022 Parade Activation

Penguin Random House has teamed up with NYC Pride and creative agency Havas New York on a campaign seeking to counteract the 300+ bills U.S. lawmakers have introduced this year that impose limitations on the freedoms of the LGBTQIA+ community.   

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Celebrate Eric Carle’s Birthday With Brightly Storytime LIVE on Saturday, June 25

Join Brightly Storytime LIVE on Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 (ET) for an extra-special celebration honoring beloved author and artist Eric Carle. Register here today! This first-of-its-kind event for Brightly will showcase classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a few new favorites, read-aloud by authors Angela DiTerlizzi, Alissa Holder, Zulekha Holder-Young, Grace Lin, and Rafael Lopez, as well as special guest David Feinstein, literary educator of The Eric Carle Museum. 

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Random House to Present "Well Enough: Beyond Pride" Virtual Event

Join Random House and a panel of LGBTQ+ authors for Well Enough: Beyond Pride, on Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 pm (ET) for a live, virtual conversation via  Zoom about what it means to be well enough as a queer person. You’ll hear from an array of authors—from memoirists to cookbook authors to fiction writers—about the day-to-day practices they take with them from the kitchen to the laptop to the road, as ways of nourishing their people and themselves with love and acceptance. 

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Pantheon/Schocken Publisher Lisa Lucas Featured in “Diversity in the Book Business” NYT Mag Cover Story

Lisa Lucas, © Wayne Lawrence for The New York Times

Lisa Lucas, SVP & Publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books, is featured in The New York Times Magazine article, Inside the Push to Diversify the Book Business, by Marcela Valdes. Lucas, the first Black publisher in Pantheon’s 80-year history, was hired in July 2020 and officially joined the imprint in January 2021. As Lucas noted in The New York Times piece, “ ‘I’m not here to make Black Pantheon … I’m here for all the gods, the whole pantheon.' This was also her approach at the National Book Foundation, which she directed for almost five years. ‘Books are for everyone,’ she declared many times while she was there … ‘People misunderstand how long change takes … They want change right now.’ Building a foundation that lasts requires years — years of thoughtful conversations with staff members, years of losing bids, years of mentoring writers, years of books that succeed and fail.”

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How PRH is Supporting Save the Children’s Summer Reading Campaign

Penguin Random House is supporting our longstanding partner Save the Children for its annual “100 Days of Reading” campaign. This year’s campaign is “Summer’s Better With Books,” which aims to foster continuous learning over the summer months and to ensure that children in rural America, many of who have limited or no access to books, have the opportunity to keep reading.  

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PRH Partners With Aesop for Second Year to Launch Queer Libraries Across America

Penguin Random House is proud to announce that we’ve partnered with skincare brand Aesop for a second year to bring Queer Libraries to cities across North America.  From June 20 to June 26, Aesop will clear the shelves at their stores in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto, and fill them with colorful displays of books from a multitude of voices, with the goal of cultivating an awareness of the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, and highlighting a more expansive view of the queer canon. 

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There's a Book For That: Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer’s Association (ALZ) has launched their #goPurple campaign. According to ALZ, more than 55 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In support of all who deal with dementia, as well as those who want to learn about the brain, we present the following memoirs and cutting-edge science: 

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Friday Reads: Juneteenth

"Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do." —Barack Obama Sunday, June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth: On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas announcing that the Civil War was over, and slavery abolished. A holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved became an official federal holiday in 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. In honor of the occasion, we present the following books for adults and young readers: 

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Viking/Penguin Author Ruth Ozeki Wins 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Viking/Penguin author Ruth Ozeki has won the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction for THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS: A Novel  it was announced Wednesday, June 15, at a ceremony in London.  The UK-based prize annually recognizes and highlights the best fiction written by women from all over the world. 

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PRH Partners With Save the Children on 100 Days of Reading Stuff the Bus Tour

Penguin Random House has partnered with Save the Children their “100 Days of Reading – Summer is Better with Books” campaign to donate books and school supplies across the country between June 1-August 16. The campaign includes a range of activities and giveaways, as well as the unveiling of Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading branded bus that will be traveling to underserved communities across the country throughout the summer. You can read more about the campaign in the official press release here

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Random House, Putnam Young Readers, PRHPS Titles Win ‘22 Lammys

Winners of the 34th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced at a virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 11, with two books published by Penguin Random House imprints and two titles from Penguin Random House Publisher Services clients receiving prizes. 

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Join Literacy Partners to Celebrate Juneteenth & Award Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones

Literacy Partners celebrates Juneteenth with an encore presentation of their Champion of Literacy Award to Nikole Hannah-Jones on June 16 at 8:00 pm (ET). One World and Penguin Young Readers author as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Nikole has had such a deep positive influence on the political, social, and academic conversation in the United States over the past few years.

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Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day With ONE TURTLE’S LAST STRAW Author Elisa Boxer

Colleagues with children: Join Elisa Boxer, author of ONE TURTLE’S LAST STRAW: The Real-Life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change (Crown Books for Young Readers), in conversation with marine biologist Christine Figgener, at a virtual event in honor of World Sea Turtle Day, hosted by Print a Bookstore (Portland, Maine) via Zoom tonight, Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00pm (ET).  To register, click here

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There's a Book for That: Black Music Appreciation Month

Last month, by presidential proclamation, President Biden declared June Black Music Appreciation Month stating: “During Black Music Appreciation Month, we honor Black musicians, singers, and contributors to the music industry — past and present — whose innovative talents unite us in joy as much as in sorrow and healing.  We pay homage to the musical legends whose artistic expressions help build community, generate empathy, and foster a sense of shared identity.  And we celebrate Black artists who have used their songs to stand up to injustice, fight for equality, and reflect a mirror on society — reminding us all of our enduring obligation to deliver the promise of America for all Americans.” To join in the celebration, here are 10 critically acclaimed musician biographies and memoirs for all ages: 

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Out Today: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s New Books From One World and Kokila

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Antiracist Baby, has two new books out today, Tuesday, June 14: HOW TO RAISE AN ANTIRACIST (One World) and GOODNIGHT RACISM (Kokila). Dr. Kendi spoke about the genesis of these books on NPR’s Morning Edition, “Parents, teachers, caregivers have a choice in the matter as to whether we're going to say anything to our children about race. But we're saying things to our kids about race when they look at their books or they look in the curriculum and almost everyone is white. We're saying who we value. Even though we don't say anything about the race of those authors, of those people, we're speaking to our kids about race just as we're speaking to them about race when we diversify the books, when we diversify the offerings, when we explain to our children that the inequality that they see in our society is the result of bad rules and not bad people.”

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Our Seven ‘22 James Beard Award Winners

This year’s James Beard Foundation Awards winners in the Book, Broadcast Media, and Journalism categories were announced on Saturday, June 11 at an awards ceremony in Chicago. Penguin Random House publications received five awards, four of them published by Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press, as well as one from Avery.

Francis Lam, photo © Nate Ryan

Our colleague Francis Lam, VP & Editor in Chief, Clarkson Potter, won two Journalism Awards.

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