International Report

Penguin Random House India Presents Priyanka Chopra: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Chasing a Dream

Penguin Random House India’s annual lecture event featured Priyanka Chopra, global entertainment personality, game changer and Unicef ambassador, last month in New Delhi. Launched in 2007, The Penguin Annual Lecture series has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in India. The eleventh edition, held on December 26, was themed “Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Chasing a Dream” and marked the conclusion of Penguin Random House India’s 30th anniversary celebrations.  

One of the leading superstars of the Indian film industry, Ms. Chopra has had a meteoric rise with Bollywood movie roles and on the global stage, propelled by her hit ABC- TV show, Quantico.  Voted “Miss World” 2000, she also won a People’s Choice Award for two consecutive years, was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and one of Harper Bazaar’s women game changers of the modern era. Ms. Chopra is an icon for today’s young Indians who identify with her drive, passion, intelligence and charisma. She has been a social media trendsetter and has a massive fan base across the globe. Much loved and admired as an artist and also recognized as a global Indian — a woman who has broken the glass ceiling to reach the highest echelons of international stardom — and for her philanthropic work. The Penguin Annual Lecture, hosted by Penguin Random House India, started a decade ago as an initiative to bring leading writers, artists, thinkers and key personalities from India and across the world in direct contact with audiences and admirers in India. The first such event to be organized by a publishing house in India, the event is immensely popular with readers, book lovers, and the youth market, in particular. Penguin Random House India aims to spread the thrill of fresh ideas to a new generation of readers, thinkers and future achievers through this series.  Past speakers have included thought leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Professor Amartya Sen, Thomas Friedman, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramachandra Guha, and beloved authors from both India and abroad, including Dan Brown, Jeff Kinney and Ruskin Bond.

Penguin Random House India Earns “Publisher of the Year” Award

Penguin Random House India has been honored at the 8th annual Tata Literature Live Festival in Mumbai with the Publisher of the Year award, which recognizes the efforts of India’s publishers to discover and nurture writers.

  Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO, Penguin Random House India, thanked the organizers of the festival and said that the publishing group will continue to reflect as wide a range of opinions and voices as possible. Mr. Shrinagesh added, “I would like to especially thank the fabulous team at Penguin Random House India – a group of talented individuals across all functions who come together with utmost passion and dedication, and an abiding commitment to connect authors with readers.” The Tata Literature Live Festival is the biggest literary event in Mumbai, and one of the most important international book events in India. More than 130 authors, journalists, and other participants from 15 countries attended this year's three-day program of workshops, panel discussions, book presentations and award ceremonies.  The Tata Literature Live Awards presented at the event alos include Book of the Year, Best First Book of the Year, Business Book of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Pranay Lal’s Indica, a Penguin Random House India title, won the Best First Book Nonfiction award. The range of outstanding books released by a publisher in the current year, and the number of awards for individual titles at the literary festival, are decisive in determining the winner of the Publisher of the Year award.  Anil Dharker, founder and director of the Tata Literature Live Festival, explained why the award was created: “All over the world, prizes are awarded to authors and their books to honor their outstanding literary work. But publishers provide an essential part of the entire process, without which books could not be made available to the public. It's obvious that there would be no books without publishers.”

International Report: Penguin Random House India Wins Social Media Award

penguin india2Our colleagues at Penguin Random House India are celebrating their prize in the Social Samosa Awards for Best Social Media Brands 2016 competition, receiving a Silver Award in the “Media and Entertainment” category.

Rukun Kaul, Digital Lead at Penguin Random House India, says: “We’re delighted with this recognition. This is a testament to our vision to make our social media channels forums where we

engage with readers and followers on ideas that matter to them while keeping them entertained and engaged … Of course, next year we’ll be aiming for the Gold!” Here are examples of Penguin Random House India’s social media innovation:
  • An inventive documentary-style book trailer was created to promote author Amitav Ghosh’s book on climate change, The Great Derangement, his first nonfiction title in ten years. View the trailer here. The social media team also hosted three Twitter panel discussions, with experts joining from all across the world and reaching an unprecedented global audience (14 million for the final panel) and creating an impactful conversation around the topic of climate change.
  • the dinner1A short movie called The Dinner on ‘love outside relationships’ was produced for bestselling romance writer Ravinder Singh’s new book, This Love that Feels Right, which revolved around the idea of adultery. Watch The Dinner via Facebook here.
  • Short time-lapse line-illustration videos were produced to promote a new book by bestselling Mythology author Devdutt Pattanaik, presenting Indian mythology in the most accessible way with striking Indian-style line-drawings. Watch the selected drawings being redrawn here
  The Indian online platform Social Samosa observes, discusses and investigates current trends and developments in social media marketing. With its inaugural awards, announced via Facebook Live, Social Samosa recognized social media excellence in 16 categories.

International Report: Luiz Schwarcz to Receive the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

LBF awardsThe London Book Fair has announced that the recipient of the LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 will be Luiz Schwarcz, Publisher of Penguin Random House’s Brazilian sister publisher, Companhia das Letras.

Mr. Schwarcz is one of the most commercially successful and culturally influential figures in

Brazilian publishing. He co-founded Companhia das Letras, with his wife, the historian and anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, in 1986. Since then, it has made a profound and unique contribution to book publishing in Brazil, having published over 5,000 titles across fiction and nonfiction. In October 2016, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary; and according to Nielsen’s report that year the Companhia das Letras Group held the largest market share of trade publishing in Brazil. Luiz SchwarczLuiz Schwarcz “I feel deeply honored,” said Mr. Schwarcz, “and also humbled to receive the news that I have been granted the Lifetime Achievement Award by The London Book Fair. Honored to be part of this incredible group of publishers that includes some of my heroes. And humbled as I always think that part of my job is to help authors to be awarded and that all the prizes should go to them. I am particularly happy to have my name next to Deborah Rogers’, one of my greatest friends in publishing and whom I admire and deeply miss. I consider that the award is for all the people who helped me to build Companhia das Letras.” The London Book Fair’s Advisory Board, under the chairmanship of David Roche, Non-Executive Chair, The London Book Fair, voted for Mr. Schwarcz from a shortlist of international publishing figures. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made a truly significant mark in the sphere of global publishing. It is open to publishers, agents, editors, scouts and anyone else involved in international publishing from any country in the world. Last year the award was presented to Baroness Gail Rebuck DBE, Chair, Penguin Random House UK Board. The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be presented at the International Excellence Awards on March 14 in London.