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George Kantor Promoted to Vice President, Strategic Projects Group

I am pleased to announce that George Kantor has been promoted to Vice President, Strategic Projects Group, effective immediately, continuing to report to me.  Prior to coming to Penguin Random House, George and I worked together at Viacom/MTV Networks and in 2013, when the PRH merger was announced, I knew George would be a wonderful addition to the Strategic Projects Group. He quickly became one of our key resources for critical systems integration work and indispensable to the team. That was 11 years ago, and I would venture to say that all who know him would find it hard to imagine PRH without George. 

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Friday Reads: Presidents Day

On Monday, February 19th we honor Presidents’ Day. Established in 1885, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. In that spirit, check out this distinctive collection of presidential biographies and memoirs:

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Delacorte Romance Launching with "A Summer of Love" Campaign

Delacorte Press will launch Delacorte Romance, a new imprint dedicated to publishing romance novels for teen readers, led by Wendy Loggia, VP, Senior Executive Editor, Delacorte Press. The news was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. Delacorte Romance will publish love stories for teens featuring the tropes, themes, and authentic depictions of young love that romance readers crave, in an accessible paperback format. The inaugural list, launching in Summer 2024, will feature five titles, with twelve books slated to be published annually beginning in 2025.

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This Valentine's Day, Fall in Love with a Book

In the mood for romance? This Valentine's Day, there's books for all to love. Visit PRH.com to dive into curated book lists crafted with you in mind. Queer love, Valentine's with the gals, historical romance? You can discover all of these and more in the curated book lists below. Know someone who'd like to add more romance to their TBR pile? Send them the list which most reminds you of them!

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There's a Book for That: Hearts!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Our bookish hearts belong to reading today and every day. Such devotion extends beyond the romance genre, of course. Thus, we invite you to take a chance on new love with the following acclaimed titles - all with more than a little heart in them!

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Viking to Publish Dr. Anthony S. Fauci's Memoir This Summer

Viking is pleased to announce that Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., will be publishing a memoir entitled ON CALL: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service, on June 18, 2024. Wendy Wolf at Viking acquired world rights, as well as audio and first serial. Brian Tart, Publisher of Viking, says, “Dr. Fauci has given his professional life to maintaining public safety during extraordinary health crises.  His memoir is unique, invaluable, and essential reading for anyone looking to understand what it took to keep Americans and people around the world safe from catastrophe.” 

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U.K. Phenomenon, IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES, Coming This September from Random House Children's Books

Katherine Rundell, photo credit: Nina Subin.

Following an extraordinary reception in the U.K., where it was an instant Sunday Times bestseller, a Children’s Book of the Week in the Times, the Independent, and the Daily Telegraph, and the recipient of the prestigious Waterstones Book of the Year award, IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES by Katherine Rundell will now be published in North America by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

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Penguin Random House Joins LitWorld to Celebrate 15th Annual World Read Aloud Day 

Penguin Random House is thrilled to celebrate the fifteen annual World Read Aloud Day today, February 7, in partnership with LitWorld, a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen children and communities by using literacy as a tool and pathway for self-empowerment. 

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There's a Book for That: Black History Month for Young Readers

This week we honor Black History Month with a special focus on outstanding books for young readers, including books on activists, artists, and pioneers. Please also visit Penguin Random House’s initiative, All Ways Black for books for all ages.

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23 PRH and PRHGE Audio Finalists Announced for the 2024 Audie Awards®

The Audio Publishers Association has revealed the 2024 Audie Award® finalists, including 20 PRH Audio nominations! The Audie Awards® is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Publishers and rights holders enter titles in various categories for recognition of achievement. Finalists are selected, and then one winner is awarded in each category at the Audies Gala.

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There's a Book for That: Black History Month

“History is a ship forever setting sail.” — Tracy K. Smith Since 1976, Black History Month has been observed every February.  The commemoration grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. To further educate and inspire, we present the following award-winning and acclaimed nonfiction for adults, including books about black history in the medical field. Please also visit Penguin Random House’s initiatives, All Ways Black and Amplify Black Stories. Check back next week for Black History titles for young readers.

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Our Biography, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, John Leonard Prize ‘23 NBCC Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle Awards is the year’s first multi-category major competition for achievement in adult fiction and nonfiction.  We will compete with finalists in five of the categories; the winners announced at a Manhattan ceremony March 21.

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The Best in Mystery: Announcing the 2024 Edgar Awards Finalists

Mystery lovers, rejoice! Mystery Writers of America has announced the 2024 Edgar Allan Poe Awards nominees and eleven Penguin Random House titles are recognized across six categories. The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories. They honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2023. 

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Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Saturday, January 27, we honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date was chosen by the United Nations to commemorate victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Six million Jews were murdered by Germany’s Nazi regime, along with 5 million non-Jews. Marked each year since 2005, the date coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. One million people died there. Below are some of our most notable titles on the holocaust and its ongoing repercussions.

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PRH’s McBride, Adjei-Brenyah, Grann, More Make ‘24 ALA Notable Books List

While best known as a showcase for its cascade of Youth Media Awards, like the Newbery Medal for Dave Eggers, announced January 22, the just-concluded national Library Learning Experience (LLX) gathering also presents some coveted Adult title recognitions. Chief among them is the ALA Notable Books list, an annual best-of compilation, comprised of 25 fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles, selected by The Notable Books Council. Here are its selections for 2024, of PRH 2023 publications:

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Random House Unveils NEXUS: Publishing This Fall from the #1 International Bestselling Author of SAPIENS

How has the flow of information made, and unmade our world? A ground-breaking work of non-fiction by one of our most innovative, engaging, and prescient thinkers, NEXUS: A Brief History of Information Networks from the Stone Age to AI by Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 international bestseller Sapiens, will be published globally by Random House on September 10, 2024.  

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PRHPS' newest client: Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group

 Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) announced on January 23, 2024, a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Wattpad WEBTOON Book Group (WWBG), the publishing company encompassing the diverse fiction imprints of Wattpad Books, W by Wattpad Books, and Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books, plus the electrifying graphic novels of WEBTOON Unscrolled. Beginning September 1, 2024, PRHPS will sell and distribute the entire WWBG frontlist and backlist across all sales channels worldwide.

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PRH’s Multiple ALA Accolades: Eggers, Martin ‘24 Newbery Medal, Honor Winners—More

Warming news to begin a new year of literary and cultural awards opportunity for Penguin Random House authors, illustrators, and imprints:

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There's a Book for That: From Page to Screen

Now playing! With the Golden Globes and Emmys, we’ve officially entered film and television awards season. Oscar nominees will be announced on January 31st and the 96th Oscars will air on March 10th. As lovers of stories, we are readers, listeners, watchers. Penguin Random House publishes a splendid array of books that have inspired filmmakers and been adapted to the big and small screen. For your consideration we offer the following tie-ins to this season’s most talked about movies:

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"I was one of the more than 112,000 Korean children who were adopted..." an Essay from Ty Nowicki

Karin and me.

This contribution was written by Ty Nowicki, Director Ad / Creative Operations, Crown Publishing Group. He's worked on exciting projects such as Matthew McConaughey's GREENLIGHTS, Michelle Obama's BECOMING, and Prince Harry's SPARE. 

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