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RHCB's PIPER CHEN SINGS Selected for Annual Read for the Record Literacy Campaign

Jumpstart for Young Children, an equity-focused early care and education organization, has selected PIPER CHEN SINGS, written by award-winning actress Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Maris Pasquale Doran, and illustrated by Qin Leng, for their 19th annual Read for the Record early literacy campaign. The campaign will culminate on October 24, 2024, uniting more than 2 million readers across thousands of classrooms globally to raise awareness of the need for early literacy and access to inclusive, high-quality books. The TJX Companies, Inc.- a longtime Jumpstart sponsor – will serve as the campaign’s exclusive presenting impact partner.  

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#1 NYT Bestselling Author Liane Moriarty Returns This Fall with HERE ONE MOMENT

On September 10, 2024, Crown will publish HERE ONE MOMENT, the eagerly anticipated new novel from international bestselling author, Liane Moriarty.  The news was announced on Wednesday, April 10 and People Magazine published an exclusive excerpt, which you can now peek here. With over 20 million copies of her books sold around the world, Moriarty is one of the most widely read and successful novelists writing today. She has multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers to her name and the cinematic quality of her work has made her Hollywood’s go-to author with three of her novels adapted for the screen, including the Emmy-winning HBO limited series, Big Little Lies. A modern-day Jane Austen, she has earned the devotion of a global readership thanks to her mastery of domestic drama, a writer who brings poignancy to relatable themes through irresistible characters, compelling scenarios, and deceptively sharp observations of human behavior and social dynamics—with a healthy dose of humor and wit. In HERE ONE MOMENT, Moriarty’s talents are on full display as she poses this unnerving question to readers: if you knew you only had a certain amount of time left to live, would you do things differently? 

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There's a Book for That: National Library Week!

It’s time to share your love for libraries! National Library Week, an initiative of the American Library Association, runs from April 7-13th.  This year’s theme is “Ready, Set, Library!” Running with that theme, we invite you to not only connect with your library, but also with some favorite books that feature libraries and librarians, below. Meg Medina, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature will serve as Honorary Chair for 2024. Click here for ways to celebrate libraries and to read a message from Meg.

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Watch Now: John Green's TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN Film Adaptation Coming Soon to Max

Max has released the trailer for their adaptation of John Green’s #1 bestselling novel TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN (Penguin Books), coming to the streamer on Friday, May 2. Directed by actress-turned-director Hannah Marks, Turtles All the Way Down tackles anxiety through its 17-year-old protagonist, Aza Holmes (Isabela Merced). It’s not easy being Aza, but she’s trying... trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, and a good student, all while navigating an endless barrage of invasive, obsessive thoughts that she cannot control. When she reconnects with Davis, her childhood crush, Aza is confronted with fundamental questions about her potential for love, happiness, friendship, and hope. 

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There's a Book for That: National Poetry Month

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” ― Robert Frost

Welcome to National Poetry Month! April is rich with inspiration for poetry lovers – with poetry readings, workshops, and new books from debut and beloved poets alike. Whether you are well-versed or simply poetry-curious, we invite you to dip into the following standout, recently published, volumes:

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From Black Creatives Fund to Debut Novel: Ballantine Books Releases Lattimore's ALL WE WERE PROMISED

In 2021, Ashton Lattimore, an award-winning journalist and former lawyer, became a participant in the Black Creatives Fund Revisions Workshop. Today, Ballantine Books is excited to release Lattimore’s first novel, ALL WE WERE PROMISED. ALL WE WERE PROMISED tells the story of a housemaid with a dangerous family secret as she conspires with a wealthy young abolitionist to help an enslaved girl escape, in volatile pre-Civil War Philadelphia. The narrative is told through the perspectives of three women in vastly different circumstances – the rebel, the socialite, and the fugitive – risking everything for one another in an American city straining to live up to its loftiest ideals. Publishers Weekly says, “[Lattimore] provides a textured view of such historical events as the building of Pennsylvania Hall as a meeting place for the antislavery movement and its subsequent burning by an angry antiabolitionist mob. Lattimore is a writer to watch.”  

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Glorious PRH Manhattan Night: ‘24 NBCC Fiction, Biography, Best Debut Authors Published by Knopf, Penguin Press

The first days of spring, and the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards March 21 Manhattan ceremony, have arrived almost simultaneously, bringing the fresh air of optimism about prospective cultural prizes for Penguin Random House’s books in the year ahead. A great start: Three of our imprints’ shortlisted titles, in the Biography and Fiction  categories, and the John Leonard Prize for Best Debut, have been voted the 2024 respective winners by the members of the NBCC, which describes its annual Awards, celebrating its 50th Anniversary year: “considered among the most prestigious in American letters, are the sole prizes bestowed by a [national] jury of working critics and book review editors.”

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

As we continue to honor Women’s History this month of March, it’s clear that novels about historical women are quite popular. Thus, we’ve curated some new and noteworthy fiction for fans of the genre, or any reader who may wish to learn about historical women in a fictional context. The following novels are sure to entertain and educate while you immerse yourselves in the fascinating lives of historical heroines!

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Friday Reads: Irish Lit

"I will arise and go now, for always night and day/I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;/While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey/I hear it in the deep heart’s core." - William Butler Yeats, from “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

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There's a Book for That: Workplace Lit

Workplace culture is evolving faster than ever! One aspect that remains the same is that recognition for hard work is important. At last Sunday’s Oscars, gratitude was expressed for the crucial teamwork behind the scenes. With the dynamics of teamwork and “workplace” in mind, dive into following acclaimed fiction and non-fiction, including a behind-the-scenes telling of The Office,  a title examining toxic productivity, and a guide to reimagine home offices.

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Al Pacino, to Publish Highly-Anticipated Memoir, SONNY BOY with Penguin Press

Penguin Press announced earlier this week that it will publish Al Pacino’s new memoir, SONNY BOY, on October 8, 2024. SONNY BOY is an astonishingly revelatory account of a creative life in full. To the wider world, Al Pacino exploded onto the scene like a supernova. He landed his first leading role, in The Panic in Needle Park, in 1971, and by 1975, he had starred in four movies—The Godfather and The Godfather Part IISerpico, and Dog Day Afternoon—that were not just successes but landmarks in the history of film. Those performances became legendary and changed his life forever. Not since Marlon Brando and James Dean in the late 1950s had an actor landed in the culture with such force. 

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The Penguin Random House Audio Team Has a Jazzy, Winning Night

(L to R): Matie Argiropoulos, Karen Dziekonski, Dan Zitt, Julie Wilson, and Kelly Gildea

Having a sense of  déjà vu? This past Monday saw our very own Penguin Random House Audio team in Los Angeles for the 2024 Audie Awards®, the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. One month after having snagged a GRAMMY® for Michelle Obama’s THE LIGHT WE CARRY, the PRH Audio team headed West again and struck gold!  

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Friday Reads: International Women's Day

Happy 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  theme is #InspireInclusion. “International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.” The following books celebrate women's achievement and raise awareness about discrimination:

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Take a Ride with RHCB Author Events This March

Don’t miss out on these fantastic in-person events from Random House Children’s Books, featuring actress and down syndrome activist Mia Armstrong, essayist and climate justice writer Mary Annaïse Heglar, and perhaps join Lucy Knisley for a bike ride along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. See details below for these NYC-area events:

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Listen Now: Skip Dye Talks How Penguin Random House Fights Book Banning in a WSJ Podcast

Last week, The Journal, a Wall Street Journal podcast, hosted a very special guest: our very own Skip Dye! On the episode titled, "Inside One Publisher's Fight Against Book Bans," Skip spoke about leading efforts to fight book bans nationwide at Penguin Random House and why it's more important than ever to protect the right to read. On the February 26 broadcasted episode, Skip explained,  "This is now hampering employees who we have in over 40 states in different ways. It's impacting how they do their jobs. It's impacting our authors, how they live their lives."

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Bono’s "Surrender" ‘24 Audie Audiobook of the Year

2024 Audie Audiobook Of The Year; Bono photo: © John Hewson

A “Beautiful Day” indeed. The Penguin Random House Audio production of “Surrender,” the acclaimed, bestselling memoir narrated and written by U2’s Bono, has won the 2024 Audie award for Audiobook Of The Year, bestowed by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.

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Disappear Into Prohibition Times with THE GIMLET SLIP, an Audio-First Novella from Penguin Random House Audio

THE GIMLET SLIP, by bestselling and critically acclaimed authors Fiona Davis and Greg Wands, is now available for listening! Immerse yourself in a gritty Prohibition-era novella set in New York City from Penguin Random House Audio. Narrated by Carolina Hoyos, Marco Pelaez, Patty Mattson, the audio-first novella combines Fiona’s gift for vivid historical settings and Greg’s flair for noir to bring listeners a thrilling and glamorous story about a headstrong, fast-driving young woman who gets pulled into a dangerous bootlegging scheme. 

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Cathy de la Cruz Talks THE WEIRD SISTER COLLECTION & Invites You to a 90's Dance Party

We talked  to Cathy de la Cruz about her contributions to THE WEIRD SISTER COLLECTION (The Feminist Press), what it's like to immerse yourself in a writers' community, and her youthful start as a feminist! Cathy de la Cruz is a Manager of Metadata, Sales & Merchandising, and a inspired writer and filmmaker. This week she invites you to a 90's Throwback Dance Party and she tells us the origin story of the Weird Sister blog and how it evolved into the THE WEIRD SISTER COLLECTION, edited by Marisa Crawford. Dive in and RSVP to a party below!

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Michelle Obama's THE LIGHT WE CARRY Coming Soon in Paperback

Crown is thrilled to announce the forthcoming paperback release of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s #1 New  York Times bestseller, THE LIGHT WE CARRY, in stores April 16, 2024. In an inspiring follow-up to her acclaimed memoir BECOMING, Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world. The paperback was announced earlier this week with a special video from Michelle Obama on her Instagram channel, offering readers the chance to enter to win an early copy that includes a reader’s guide, inspiring all to come together with their own Kitchen Tables (or friend support groups) to read together this spring. Plus, be sure to check out two new episodes of Michelle Obama’s The Light podcast, just released this week.

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Katharine McGee, NYT Bestselling Author of AMERICAN ROYALS, To Publish New Historical Romance Duology

Random House Books for Young Readers will publish A QUEEN’S GAME by bestselling author Katharine McGee, the first in a two-book series. The news was announced by Mallory Loehr, EVP & Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers. McGee’s longtime editor, Caroline Abbey, Associate Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers, acquired rights and will edit the duology. It will publish on October 1, 2024 with a first printing of 100,000 copies. 

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