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Rave Reviews for PYR’s ‘Amber Brown’ Book Series to Apple TV+

Rising star Carsyn Rose (age 11), plays Amber Brown.

Paula Danziger’s beloved and bestselling children’s chapter book series, Amber Brown, is now a popular TV series on Apple TV+. Adapted by actress Bonnie Hunt, who writes and directs the series, the show follows Amber Brown as she navigates the ups and downs of shared custody after her parents’ divorce.

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There's a Book for That: Crying

“…laughing and Crying. You know it’s the same release.” – Joni Mitchell “I laughed, I cried” is an oft-heard nutshell review given by readers and filmgoers alike. Both emotional responses can be therapeutic, stress relievers. As noted by Harvard Health : “Crying is an important safety valve, largely because keeping difficult feelings inside  — can be bad for our health… Popular culture, for its part, has always known the value of a good cry as a way to feel better.” In popular book culture, our featured titles this week aren’t necessarily tear-jerkers, but rather a special array of poignant fiction and nonfiction, for all ages, with “crying” in common:

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Melissa Bank, Viking author of 'The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing,' dies at 61

Melissa Bank (1960–2022); photo credit: Todd Dimston

Melissa Bank, author of the beloved, hugely bestselling The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing and The Wonder Spot, published by Viking in 1999 and 2005, respectively, died in East Hampton, New York, on August 2, at 61. The cause was lung cancer. Bank, who lived in Long Island and New York City, was a writer with a distinctive minimalist style and boldly hilarious voice. She captivated generations of readers with her warmly piercing takes on relationships, family and adulthood in her two popular and critically acclaimed works of fiction, which were reprinted as Penguin Paperbacks.

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Delacorte Press to Publish Five Survive by New York Times Bestseller Holly Jackson

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will publish FIVE SURVIVE, the next novel from international sensation Holly Jackson, as announced by Beverly Horowitz, Delacorte Press Senior Vice President & Publisher. Kelsey Horton, Senior Editor, will edit the novel and acquired World rights from Sam Copeland at Rodgers, Coleridge & White LTD. The book will be published on November 29, 2022, with a first printing of 500,000 copies.

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Sanyu Dillon Interviewed by Forbes on the Future of Publishing

Sanyu Dillon, Chief Marketing Officer, Penguin Random House U.S., was interviewed by Forbes Women contributor Amy Shoenthal about the future of publishing, finding creative new ways to connect with readers, and her inclusive marketing strategy.

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In Memoriam: NBA Legend and Activist Bill Russell 1934-2022

Bill Russell 1934-2022, photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/Nbae Via Getty

Bill Russell, the National Basketball Association immortal who died July 31 at 88, has been lionized worldwide for his record-setting achievements with the Boston Celtics and for his pathfinding activism. In Fall 2020, Dutton returns to print, for the first time in decades, his forthright  memoir “Go Up For Glory,” with his newly written foreword, enabling a new generation of readers to appreciate the author and his singular, candid mindset. Click here to read more about the classic memoir and Dutton's 2020 press release here. To honor his memory and legacy, Dutton has made a contribution to MENTOR, “an organization which aims to drive equity through quality mentoring relationships for young people.” Russell was a founding board member.  Click here to learn more about MENTOR.

   

The World of Eric Carle to Donate VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Bilingual Editions to Ukrainian Refugees

Bilingual Editions: Ukrainian & Romanian/Polish & Romanian

Penguin Young Readers and The World of Eric Carle have granted publishing rights to local publishers in Poland and Romania to print and donate 12,000 bilingual charity editions of Carle's picture book, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR. The Romanian publisher, Portocala Albastra, is working with local NGO OvidiuRO, to print 10,000 paperback copies and the Polish publisher, Tatarak, is printing 2,000 paperback copies. These editions, translated into Ukrainian as well as the local language, will be donated to Ukrainian child refugees in their territories.

There's a Book for That: Historical Fiction

Does August find you in the mood for travel? Perhaps, time travel from the comfort of your favorite reading spot? Our roster is rich in historical fiction which entertains as well as educates about eras we might not remember or know well. Thus, we invite you to take a break from today and immerse yourselves in the following acclaimed stories and characters of the past:   Hour of the Witch by Chris BohjalianHOUR OF THE WITCH: A NOVEL by Chris Bohjalian A young Puritan woman—faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul—plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense. A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.   Horse by Geraldine BrooksHORSE: A NOVEL by Geraldine Brooks A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history     The Giver of Stars by Jojo MoyesTHE GIVER OF STARS: A NOVEL by Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond in Depression-era America. Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.   Great Circle by Maggie ShipsteadGREAT CIRCLE: A NOVEL by Maggie Shipstead Spanning Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles, Great Circle tells the unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost.     Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony MarraMERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS: A NOVEL by Anthony Marra This epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moves from Mussolini's Italy to 1940s Hollywood. Written with intelligence, wit, and an exhilarating sense of possibility, Mercury Pictures Presents spans many moods and tones, from the heartbreaking to the ecstatic. It is a love letter to life’s bit players, a panorama of an era that casts a long shadow over our own, and a tour de force by a novelist whose work The Washington Post calls “a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.”   The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, and fearlessly reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.   The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk WalshTHE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST: A NOVEL by S. Kirk Walsh Inspired by true events, this vivid and moving story of a young woman zookeeper and the elephant she's compelled to protect through the German blitz of Belfast during WWll speaks to not only the tragedy of the times, but also to the ongoing sectarian tensions that still exist in Northern Ireland today—perfect for readers of historical and literary fiction alike.   Clark and Division by Naomi HiraharaCLARK AND DIVISION by Naomi Hirahara Set in 1944 Chicago, Edgar Award-winner Naomi Hirahara's eye-opening and poignant new mystery, the story of a young woman searching for the truth about her revered older sister's death, brings to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II.     The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRouxTHE LOST DIARY OF VENICE: A NOVEL by Margaux DeRoux Two impossible love stories are fatefully connected by one artistic legacy in a stunning debut that leaps between the mysteries of late-Renaissance Venice and the dramas of present-day America.       Conjure Women by Afia AtakoraCONJURE WOMEN: A NOVEL by Afia Atakora LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing—and for the conjuring of curses—are at the heart of this dazzling first novel: Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Magnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, the novel moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love.   For more information on these and related titles, visit the collection: Historical Fiction
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Barack Obama's 2022 Summer Reading List Includes Six Penguin Random House Titles

Last week,  Barack Obama released his Summer 2022 Reading List, which includes six  books published by Penguin Random House imprints. The former U.S. President posted to his Instagram page, "I’ve read a couple of great books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites so far. What have you been reading this summer?"

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Penguin Turns 87

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On July 30, Penguin Books celebrated the anniversary of its first publication of a book in the then unknown paperback format. On that day, 87 years ago, Allen Lane, together with his brothers Richard and John, launched Penguin Books in London, beginning as an imprint of The Bodley Head, setting up shop in the basement of Holy Trinity Church, and within a year becoming a separate company.

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Don't Miss These Random House Children's Books Events in August

Random House Children's Books will host three, free author events throughout August, including a book launch at the end of the month! Here's a sneak peek of each event - you won't want to miss them.  

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Kellogg’s Feeding Reading Program is Back for a 4th Year!

Penguin Random House and the Kellogg Company are partnering for the fourth time to bring the Feeding Reading program to families with children ages 3-16 across the country. Following the success of last year’s campaign of distributing more than 300,000 books to kids and families nationwide, we are excited for our Penguin Random House characters and book covers to be featured on more than 80,000,000 Kellogg’s products. Since our partnership began in 2019, more than 1.9 million books have been redeemed/donated to date. 

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Joy Revolution, Imprint Led by Nicola Yoon and David Yoon, to Launch Inaugural List in Spring 2023

Nicola Yoon and David Yoon, photo credit: David Yoon.

Joy Revolution, a new Random House Children’s Books imprint led by bestselling authors Nicola Yoon and David Yoon, will publish its first list in Spring 2023,  as announced Thursday (7/28) by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, and covered here by The Hollywood Reporter. The new imprint was launched in 2020 and is committed to publishing young adult romance novels starring people of color and written by people of color. Bria Ragin, Editor, Joy Revolution/Delacorte Press, acquires and edits for the list in partnership with the Yoons, overseen by Wendy Loggia, VP/Senior Executive Editor, Delacorte Press.

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There's a Book For That: Dog Days

Here we are again—the “Dog Days of Summer", defined as “hot, sultry summer weather; also, a period of stagnation…the period between early July and early September, when Sirius, the so-called Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun.” (Merriam-Webster). Hot dog! Have we got some refreshing reads to stave off stagnation, inspired by our canine friends and saviors:  

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Check Out This Year's Eisner Awards Winners

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the comics industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards. Four Penguin Random House authors and titles took home this much coveted prize at this year’s 34th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, held July 22 at the Bayfront San Diego Hilton during Comic-Con!
  • Rachel Smythe

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Smythe took home the Eisner Award for Best Webcomic for LORE OLYMPUS (Webtoon). Lore Olympus is the most popular WEBTOON webcomic of all time, with 1.1 billion reads and 5.9 million weekly subscribers. Episodes of the webcomic are collected and published by Random House Worlds in both hardcover and trade paperback formats. Lore Olympus: Volume One published on November 2, 2021, Volume Two published July 5, 2022, and Volume Three will publish October 11, 2022.
  • David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson’s critically-acclaimed graphicnovel THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY (Ten Speed Press) took home the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Work

    Douglas Wolk

  • Shing Yin Khor won Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17) for THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by (Kokila/Penguin Random House)
  • ALL OF THE MARVELS by Douglas Wolk (Penguin Press) took home Best Comics-Related Book
  CONGRATULATIONS to all of our award winning authors and publishers! Find more about this year’s Eisner Awards here.
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In Memoriam: NYT Bestselling Author, Stuart Woods 1938-2022

Stuart Woods, Photo Credit: Jeanmarie Woods

Stuart Woods, # 1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than ninety novels, including more than 75 books featuring his larger-than-life detective-turned-lawyer-investigator Stone Barrington, died peacefully in his sleep at his Connecticut home on Friday, July 22. He was 84.

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PRH U.S., Canada, U.K. 2022 Booker Semi-Finalists: Strout, Bulawayo, Diaz, Fowler, Mottley

The broiling heat was (briefly) forgotten earlier, on July 26, with the first news about this year’s contenders for the Booker Prize, the U.K.’s most internationally prestigious fiction literature annual award. Thirteen semi-finalists were announced today, with 5 authors from our Penguin Random House U.S., U.K., and Canada imprints contending on this year’s short list.

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GCSA Mentor Spotlight: Casey Sears

Penguin Random House is a partner with Guiding and Connecting for Student Achievement (GCSA) mentoring program. Established more than 20 years ago, GCSA’s mission is to empower youth with a unique opportunity to experience the “world of work” first-hand, develop relationships with mentors who can serve as role models, and provide innovative guidance to students as they develop their goals and focus on their post-secondary future.

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RHCB to Publish Picture Book Memoir by Legendary Singer Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack, photo credit Jeri Jones.

GRAMMY Award–winning singer Roberta Flack will release an autobiographical picture book with Anne Schwartz Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, as announced by Anne Schwartz, Vice President & Publisher. In the story, Flack recounts her childhood growing up without many material possessions but surrounded by music and love. Her rise to stardom started with a beat-up piano that her father found in a junkyard, repaired, and painted green. Schwartz acquired North American rights from the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency and will also edit the project. THE GREEN PIANO: How Little Me Found Music will be released on February 14, 2023.

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My Path to Penguin Random House: Sales and Customer Ops' Jennifer Steinhurst

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 Jennifer Steinhurst, Analyst, Customer Operations. Here is her story:

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