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Abdurraqib, Harris, Solnit, Whitehead Among PRH’s 8 NBCC Award Finalists

Penguin Random House will be competitive in the Fiction, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Biography, and John Leonard Prize categories for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards, whose nominees were announced on Thursday, January 20.

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Friday Reads: Paradise

“I think what we are feeling in this place is much too large for one simple soul to understand, too powerful.”― Peter Matthiessen, In Paradise We’ve got 9 tickets to paradise this weekend, but the notion of paradise in these titles might not be what you expect. Spanning genres, behold the range of settings, characters and plot in the following engrossing fiction and poetry (after all, what’s paradise without poetry?):

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Francine Rivers Discusses the Film Adaptation of Her Multnomah Bestseller, REDEEMING LOVE, Opening Today

Francine Rivers’ REDEEMING LOVE published by Multnomah, was adapted into a major motion picture, released and distributed by Universal Pictures in U.S. and Canadian theaters today, Friday, January 21. A powerful and timeless love story that takes place against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush of 1850, the film was directed by D.J. Caruso and centers on Angel (played by Abigail Cowen, whose credits include Fate: The Winx Saga and Sabrina), who was sold into prostitution as a child. She has survived through hatred and self-loathing, until she meets Michael Hosea (portrayed by Tom Lewis, Gentleman Jack) and discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal.

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Berkley Authors Radhika Sanghani and Jen Frederick Virtually Discuss Their New Romance Novels

Radhika Sanghani, author of 30 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MYSELF (Berkley), and Jen Frederick, author of SEOULMATES (Berkley), will be in conversation about their new romance novels at a virtual event hosted by the Ripped Bodice Bookstore via Facebook on Wednesday, January 19 at 8:00 pm (ET).

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Heather McGhee’s THE SUM OF US Named 2021 Porchlight Business Book of the Year

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THE SUM OF US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee (One World) was named the 2021 Porchlight Business Book of the Year (formerly the 800-CEO-READ award), at a ceremony presented virtually on Thursday, January 13, from the company's headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Friday Reads: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 17, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, the family of Martin Luther King Jr. will continue his legacy by leading the Voting Rights March in Washington (WSJ) As ever, MLK Day celebrates the life of a man who brought hope and healing to America. It’s a time to commemorate the timeless values Dr. King exemplified – courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service – as well as the forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his leadership. It’s especially important for the young to learn about Dr. King’s character and contributions and the power of words. We recommend the books herein for education and inspiration for all ages. Visit The King Center’s site here for more information.

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There's a Book for That: Parenting

“Parenting is no sport for perfectionists.” —Andrew Solomon Parenting during the pandemic has had its challenges, to say the least. Parents of school-age children have been called upon to homeschool at times, often while juggling their own jobs. And then there’s navigating the fears, anxiety and unknowns while coping with a wide range of loss. Parents do not have the answers yet try to be reassuring while still imposing restrictions to keep their children safe. It hasn’t been easy! Whether you’ve had a pandemic baby, are teaching-on-demand, or are saying no to teen parties, check out these parenting books for support:

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PRH and CLMP Announce the Winner of the Inaugural $10,000 Constellation Award

Penguin Random House and The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses are thrilled to announce that Nomadic Press based in Oakland, California, and Brooklyn, New York, is the winner of the inaugural $10,000 Constellation Award. Three finalists were also selected: FlowerSong Press in McAllen, Texas; BLF Press in Bloomington, Indiana; and La Impresora in Isabela, Puerto Rico.

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Our Golden Globe Winners: Actor/Author Will Smith + Screen Adaptations of Whitehead’s THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and Murakami’s “Drive My Car”

The 79th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced online last night, with the winners including actor/PRH author Will Smith and screen adaptations of two works published by Penguin Random House.

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Watch the Trailer: HBO WINNING TIME Adaptation of Jeff Pearlman Book About the '80s L.A. Lakers

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Jeff Pearlman’s SHOWTIME: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, a New York Times bestseller published by Avery in 2014, has been adapted into an HBO series called Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, scheduled to debut in March. The series cast includes John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody, Quincy Isaiah, Sally Field, and Jason Segel, among many others.

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Remembering Peter Bogdanovich: Acclaimed Hollywood Director, Knopf/Ballantine Author

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Peter Bogdanovich, award-winning Hollywood director and author of books for Knopf and Ballantine, died on Thursday, January 6, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 82.

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Humanitarian, Spiritual Leader, and Avery Author Archbishop Desmond Tutu Dies at 90

The world lost a spiritual giant on Sunday, December 26, when Archbishop Desmond Tutu, co-author of The Book of Joy, published by Avery in 2016, died at the age of 90 in Cape Town, South Africa. Archbishop Tutu was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, a humanitarian and human rights activist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. His work advocating for non-violent solutions to injustice and poverty changed the world.

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Friday Reads: Joan Didion Revisited

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.” —Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect” As we mourn Joan Didion’s recent passing, what she meant to her fans is a resounding chorus of praise and respect. As a journalist, essayist, novelist and memoirist she’s a writer’s writer, a Californian’s writer, a New Yorker’s writer, and finally a reader’s writer: Consider her keen observations and lack of sentimentality, whether addressing social movements or personal grief, in the following books by Joan Didion, national treasure.

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Remembering Betty White: Iconic Actress, Putnam/Berkley Author

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Betty White, award-winning actress, animal advocate, and bestselling Putnam/Berkley author, died on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99. Her passing sparked an immediate outpouring of personal tributes. On Instagram, former First Lady Michelle Obama shared a photo of Betty with former "first dog" Bo and the following message: "Betty White broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country, and pushed us all to laugh. She was also an animal lover and activist, and Bo loved spending time with her. There was no one quite like her, and Barack and I join so many who will miss the joy she brought to the world. I know our Bo is looking forward to seeing her up in heaven."

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One World, Ten Speed Press Titles Shortlisted for Porchlight Business Book Awards

Porchlight Book Company, formerly 800-CEO-READ, announced its 15th annual Business Book Awards shortlist, including two titles published by Penguin Random House imprints, One World and Ten Speed Press, respectively.

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RHCB Author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich to Share OPERATION SISTERHOOD Virtually

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich will discuss her new book, OPERATION SISTERHOOD (Crown Books for Young Readers), in conversation with Meg Medina at a virtual event moderated by educator Julia Torres and hosted by Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast tonight, January 6, beginning at 6:00 pm (ET).

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How Putnam Author Danielle Friedman Unlocked the Feminist History of Women’s Workout Culture

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With 2022 here and resolutions set, our new Igloo Book Buzz pick is Danielle Friedman’s LET’S GET PHYSICAL: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, published on January 4 by Putnam and Listening Library. This captivating blend of reportage and personal narrative explores the history of women’s exercise culture–from jogging and Jazzercise to Jane Fonda–and how women have parlayed physical strength into other forms of power.

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There's a Book for That: Big Ideas for 2022

“For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.” ―Amanda Gorman   Welcome 2022 and with it our hopes and intentions for progress and renewal, both personally and societally. This pivotal time calls for big ideas. The following authors, and their acclaimed books, are renowned for helping us understand our world and ourselves in fresh ways that inform and motivate. New year, new you, new us.

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Designs by Penguin’s Buckley, Pantheon’s Huang Among NYTBR’s Best Book Covers of ‘21

New York Times Book Review Art Director Matt Dorfman selected “The 12 Best Book Covers of 2021,” including Gloria Naylor’s THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE (Penguin Classics), designed by Paul Buckley, SVP & Executive Creative Director, Penguin Publishing Group, and Wole Soyinka’s CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH (Pantheon) by Linda Huang, Associate Director, Art/Design, Knopf Doubleday.

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Our Longlisters for the 2022 PEN America Literary Awards

PEN America has announced the longlists for its 2022 Literary Awards in the categories of debut fiction, diversity, nonfiction, essay, biography, poetry, science writing, and translation, plus the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Our longlisted titles published by Penguin Random House imprints and Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publishers are presented below.

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