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Friday Reads: Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30, we pay tribute to the Americans who have died in service to our country. To honor the occasion, we have curated the following titles, for adults and young readers, in commemoration of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military:

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Register for 2nd Annual Katherine Min Fellowship Celebration

Katherine Min at MacDowell in 1995, photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

Join the MacDowell community and the family and friends of Knopf/ Anchor author Katherine Min, for the 2nd annual Katherine Min Fellowship celebration on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The Katherine Min Fellowship is an endowed fellowship awarded annually to elevate the voices of Asian American writers at MacDowell. Penguin Random House is a longtime supporter of the MacDowell benefit.

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PRH Authors Channer, Phillips, Taylor, Wade, Zhang: 2022 NYPL Cullman Center Fellows

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center Fellows 24th class include five authors published by Penguin Random House imprints. The Fellowship, which runs from September 2022 through May 2023, is an international program open to academics, visual artists, scholars, and creative writers whose work will directly benefit from access to the collections in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The selected Fellows will also participate in a continuous exchange of ideas within the Cullman Center and in public forums in the New York Public Library, in addition to working on their independent projects.

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KBFYR Author/Illustrator Doug Salati Shares HOT DOG With Virtual Story Time Saturday Morning

Attention colleagues with young children: author/illustrator Doug Salati presents his debut picture book, HOT DOG (Knopf Books for Young Readers), with a virtual Storytime Live event hosted by Greenlight Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday, May 28 at 11:30 am (ET). To register, click here.

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Margaret Atwood & PRH Fight Censorship With an “Unburnable” Edition of THE HANDMAID’S TALE

To raise awareness about the proliferating book banning and educational gag orders in American schools nationwide, and to raise money to support PEN America’s crucial work to counter this national crisis of censorship, Margaret Atwood and Penguin Random House have partnered to create The Unburnable Book, a fireproof edition of Atwood’s prescient—and often banned—novel The Handmaid’s Tale, featuring the iconic Handmaid imagery by designer Noma Bar. In a launch video announcing the project, Margaret Atwood herself can be seen “testing” a prototype with a flamethrower.

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Presenting Pride in Your Words, Our First-Ever Zine

The Consumer Marketing Team, in partnership with the Penguin Random House LGBTQ+ Network and our esteemed authors, has officially dropped Pride in Your Words, our first-ever zine. Beginning today, consumers can download the digital issue, and can sign up to receive one of 1,000 copies of our 60-page print edition in the mail.

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There's a Book for That: Jewish American Heritage Month

In May we celebrate centuries of Jewish contributions to American culture and society during Jewish American Heritage Month. And last month the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil honored the win­ners of this year’s Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards, now in its 71st year. Congratulations to all Penguin Random House winners and finalists, featured below:

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Random House Author Wesley Morgan Wins 2022 Colby Award

Random House author/journalist Wesley Morgan has won this year’s William E. Colby Award for his book, THE HARDEST PLACE: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley. Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, annually presents this award, now in its 23rd year, to a first solo work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs. The Colby Award was named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby. Award winners receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided by the Pritzker Military Foundation.

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Friday Reads: World Bee Day!

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees...” Leo Tolstoy What’s the buzz about? Bees! Today, May 20,, is World Bee Day. Not only are bees necessary to our ecosystem – they are fascinating insects to learn and read about. For more than honey, we need our bee population to thrive and recommend the following books for your to bee read list!

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Watch Now: The Brand-New CRAWDADS Movie Preview

With the countdown to the debut of the WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING film version two months away, Sony Pictures has just released its second coming-attractions preview online and to run on theater screens ahead of Top Gun: Maverick, and other new releases.

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Saturday: Knopf Author Michelle Zauner SNL Season Finale Musical Guest as Japanese Breakfast

Michelle Zauner, photo credit Michael Lionstar

Michelle Zauner may be the first PRH author to perform on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” as a musical guest. The Knopf author of CRYING IN H MART, the resonant memoir now in its 43rd week on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list, is equally celebrated as the lead for the indie pop band Japanese Breakfast. The band’s latest album, Jubilee, contended for two GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, including Best New Artist.

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My Path to Penguin Random House: Permissions’ Jeffery Corrick

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 Jeffery Corrick, Director of Permissions, Penguin Random House.

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Celebrated Former Putnam Art Director Ann Spinelli Dies

With sadness we report that Ann Spinelli, former Vice President, Executive Art Director for the Putnam Publishing Group, passed away on May 9, 2022.

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Hogarth Acquires Two Books by Intl Booker-Winning Author Han Kang

Hogarth, an imprint of Random House, will be publishing two new books from the International Booker Prize winner, Han Kang. Parisa Ebrahimi at Hogarth acquired North American rights to the books from agent Laurence Laluyaux at Rogers, Coleridge and White, and Hamish Hamilton Publishing Director, Simon Prosser bought British and Commonwealth volume rights; translation rights to WE DO NOT PART have been sold by RCW in 17 territories so far.

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There's a Book for That: Short Stories

Did you know that May is Short Story Month? And that much of Penguin Random House’s most acclaimed, prize-winning fiction is of the short story variety? A great short story can leave a strong impression on its reader, given the author’s economy of language in developing plot and character. Our recommended collections span the globe and a gamut of themes, yet won’t take hours to inhabit. Enjoy!

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Riverhead Author Patricia Lockwood Wins 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize

Patricia Lockwood, Photo © Grep Hoax

This year’s Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize winner is Patricia Lockwood for her debut novel NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS, published by Riverhead in the U.S. She received a £20,000 cash award. The Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the world’s largest literary prizes for young writers and it is awarded to the best literary work published in the English language from authors aged 39 or younger.

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Random House Launches New Imprint, Random House Worlds

Random House has announced the launch of Random House Worlds, a new publishing imprint dedicated entirely to licensed book publishing. This newly created imprint will be the home for major pop culture brands to be published within the Random House division, including Star Wars, Minecraft, Stranger Things, Garfield, Magic: The Gathering, Lore Olympus, Critical Role, and others. Keith Clayton, VP, Deputy Publisher of Del Rey, will now also lead the Random House Worlds imprint as Publishing Director.

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My Path to Penguin Random House: PYR Sales’ Trevor Bundy

Trevor Bundy

Everyone has unique career stories to tell. In our new Igloo series, My Path to Penguin Random House, 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 Trevor Bundy, Senior Manager, National Accounts, Sales, Penguin Young Readers. His path to publishing and PYR featured a number of twists, turns, and detours that are quite unique.

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RH, Crown Authors Azmat Khan, David Philipps ‘22 Pulitzer International Reporting Winners

Azmat Khan, courtesy of azmatzahra.com. David Philipps, Photo © Michael Ciaglo

As we continue to bask in the halo of this year's General Nonfiction Pulitzer winner, INVISIBLE CHILD: Poverty, Survival, And Hope In An American City by Andrea Elliott from Random House, we also happily acknowledge two winners of the Journalism Pulitzers are our authors.

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All Ways Black Wins Shorty Award for Best Video

We’re thrilled to share that All Ways Black took top honors at this year’s Shorty Awards, with our launch video Introducing All Ways Black winning Best Medium-Length Video. Competition in the category was fierce, and All Ways Black managed to beat out fellow nominees Meta, Samsung, Yext, Planned Parenthood, Under Armor, and VH1.

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