Monthly Archives: July 2021


PRH Audio to Publish Audiobook Original by Erik Larson, His First Work of Fiction, in September

Penguin Random House Audio has announced that it will publish NO ONE GOES ALONE, an audiobook original—and the first ever work of fiction—from Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Splendid and the Vile and The Devil in the White City. Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt and available in time for Halloween (Random House Audio; on sale September 28), this otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible marshals Larson’s trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story deeply grounded in history, available exclusively on audio, because, as Larson says, ghost stories are best told aloud. Continue reading


Friday Reads: Get Graphic!

The genres of graphic novels and manga – where art and story intertwine to superior effect – continues to captivate and expand their readership. From media tie-ins, popular superheroes and villains to seminal periods in history and chronicles of emotional terrain, we’ve got you covered and invite you to Get Graphic! Continue reading


All Ways Black to Host Virtual Read-a-Thon for James Baldwin’s Birthday

On Monday, August 2, All Ways Black will host Baldwin’s Birthday Bash, a 9-hour read-a-thon celebrating James Baldwin’s birthday. From 12;00 to 9:00PM (ET), participants can tune into Instagram Live, where influential bookstagrammers, writers, and cultural figures will host live and silent (D.E.A.R) readings of Baldwin’s novel, Go Tell it on the Mountain. Along with readings, the event will feature celebrations and challenges reminiscent of an old-fashioned birthday party, like bingo and “pin the pen to the writer.” Continue reading


Viking to Publish Amanda Gorman’s CALL US WHAT WE CARRY Poetry Collection in December

Amanda Gorman, Photo Credit: Kelia Anne

Viking Books will publish #1 New York Times bestselling author Amanda Gorman’s breakout poetry collection, CALL US WHAT WE CARRY, on December 7, 2021. Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, this remarkable new collection of poems includes the now iconic poem, “The Hill We Climb,” read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, and reveals an energizing and unforgettable voice in American poetry. Continue reading


There’s a Book for That: Dog Days

Hard to believe, but the dog days of summer are here… the period between July 3rd and August 11th. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “the phrase is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.” To get you through the hot, dog days we’ve gathered some bright starred review books just barking to be read! Continue reading


Ishiguro, Shipstead, Arudpragasam, Lockwood, Mohamed, Sahota, PRH U.S. Booker Prize Semi-Finalists

Although the calendar says it is mid-summer, the fall literary prize season is underway with the July 27 announcement in London of the thirteen-volume Longlist for this year’s Booker Prize, the U.K.’s most prestigious Fiction award, with its international cache and resonance.

Here are the Penguin Random House titles, which are in contention:

Penguin Random House U.S.

  • A PASSAGE NORTH by Anuk Arudpragasam (Hogarth HC and Ebook; RH Audio; PRH Canada distro)
  • KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf; HC and Ebook; RH Audio; Knopf Canada)
  • NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead; HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio; PRH Canada distro)
  • CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota (Viking HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio; Knopf Canada)
  • GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf HC and Ebook; RH Audio; PRH Canada distro)
  • THE FORTUNE MEN by Nadifa Mohamed (Knopf HC and Ebook, to be published Summer 2022)
  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers will be published by Random House Audio in September 2021)


Penguin Random House Canada

  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf Canada HC and Ebook; Knopf Canada Audio)
  • China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Knopf Canada HC and Ebook; Knopf Canada Audio)
  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers (coming September: Random House Canada HC and Ebook; RH Canada Audio)
  • A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (Knopf Canada HC and Ebook; Knopf Canada Audio)

Penguin Random House U.K.

  • The Promise by Damon Galgut, (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)
  • A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)
  • The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed (Viking, Penguin General)
  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers (Hutchinson Heinemann)
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers)
  • China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Harvill Secker, Vintage)

The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the U.K. or Ireland.

Congratulations to our authors and their publishing teams on this first step on their Booker journey.

The Booker Shortlist will be published September 14. The 2021 winner will be announced and feted at the annual Booker dinner November 3.

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PRH Partners With Tattered Cover to Donate Baseball-Related Books to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

As a part of Penguin Random House’s mission to promote free expression and the joy of reading, Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books partnered with Tattered Cover, a Denver bookstore chain, to donate more than 1,200 baseball-related children’s books to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, in celebration of the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which took place at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on July 13. Continue reading




PRH Expands Support for the Starlight Book Mobile, Bringing Reading to Hospital-Bound Children

For the past nine years, Penguin Random House has supported the Starlight Children’s Foundation Book Mobile Program, which offers pediatric patients at local hospitals the chance to explore fictional worlds through books. The program provides a much-needed pastime for severely ill children throughout their hospital stays and helps them cope with feelings of fear, loneliness, and anxiety. Continue reading