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Penguin Random House Author Philip Roth (1933 - 2018): Every Major Work In Print From Vintage

In mourning the loss of Philip Roth, who died Tuesday, May 22 in Manhattan, we take pride in the long, ongoing publishing history Penguin Random House imprints have with the career-spanning body of work he created. All of his more than 30 leading works are in print with us.

Random House was the U.S. hardcover publisher of his first novel, LETTING GO (1962), and the astonishing PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT (1969). Bantam, long before its integration with Random House, reprinted those titles, as well as GOODBYE, COLUMBUS (1959), OUR GANG (1971) and THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL (1973), in widely read mass market paperback editions. Later, Vintage became the paperback publisher of every one of his major books, from GOODBYE, COLUMBUS to NEMESIS, his last: “A series of novels,” said The Guardian, “that shaped the course of American letters in the second half of the 20th century.” To view a complete list of his Vintage canon of titles, click here. It is our singular privilege to be the publisher of Philip Roth, and to continue to present multi-generations of his writings to U.S. readers.

Featured Author Event: Claire Dederer (Seattle)

Attention colleagues in the Pacific Northwest: Tonight author Claire Dederer is launching the paperback edition of LOVE AND TROUBLE: A Midlife Reckoning (Vintage) at the University Book Store on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PDT). She will be read from her book, and following a Q&A, sign copies for attendees.

Named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, LOVE AND TROUBLE is a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife, when Dederer developed a sudden yearning for jailbreak. Trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become, she reflects on two periods in her life uncannily similar in their emotional intensity: her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of unruly and mysterious new hungers, and her recollections of herself as a teenager. “Sentence for sentence, a more pleasure-yielding midlife memoir is hard to think of.” —The Atlantic Dederer is also the author of the New York Times bestseller POSER: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, and is a book critic, essayist, and reporter. A longtime contributor to the New York Times, she has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York Magazine, among other publications.  

Three Penguin Random House Titles are Finalists for “One Book, One New York”

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment this morning launched this year’s “One Book, One New York,” the exciting citywide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same time.  Among the five finalists are three books published by Penguin Random House imprints: 

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin (Vintage) WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru (Vintage) BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue (Random House) Building on the enormous success of the program’s inaugural year in 2017, this year’s campaign, in partnership with New York Magazine and Vulture, New Yorkers get to vote for one of five books all through the month of April . We encourage all Penguin Random House colleagues to vote for their favorite title here. Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin said, “We are enormously excited to present the five books in contention for this year’s One Book, One New York program. These beautifully told tales reflect the rich variety of experiences and voices that make New York’s literary culture second to none. We hope once again that One Book, One New York will inspire great conversations, foster compassion in difficult times, support our vital publishing industry, and spur New Yorkers to rediscover their local libraries and neighborhood bookstores.” Hari Kunzru, author of WHITE TEARS, said, “In the last decade, I’ve made a life in New York. I got married in the courthouse downtown, my children were born here. To be part of One Book is extraordinary. It makes me feel welcomed. It makes me very proud.” “BEHOLD THE DREAMERS is, among many things, a love song to my adopted hometown of New York City, so it is a tremendous privilege for me, that it is being consider for One Book, One New York,” said author Imbolo Mbue. “From my earliest days as an undergraduate student, James Baldwin’s life and work have provided a guiding force that has given me the courage to pursue work that has meaning and social impact,” said Barry Jenkins, writer/director of the film adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk. “With If Beale Street Could Talk, my favorite author renders the city and neighborhood that raised him in unflinching detail and with endless empathy and grace.” On Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m., the four living nominated authors as well as director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), who is making a film of the late James Baldwin’s IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, will join a panel discussion as part of the Pen America World Voices Festival. Held at The New School’s auditorium in the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Hall, the event is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. After the month-long voting period, the winning book will be announced in early May. Once the winning book is picked, New Yorkers can look for events at their local libraries and throughout the city that will keep the discussion going all summer long.  

Vintage to Publish Book on the Immigrant Experience by Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos

STRANGER: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era, a new book by award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos, will be published by Vintage Books as a trade paperback original and ebook in English and Spanish on February 27, 2018. The publication will coincide with the deadline to extend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), when thousands of immigration permits are set to expire. The announcement was made by Cristóbal Pera, Publishing Director of Vintage Español.   

In STRANGER, Ramos recounts his personal experience as an immigrant from Mexico —fulfilling his “American Dream” of becoming a U.S. citizen, raising his two American-born children, and rising professionally as an Emmy award-winning journalist—while also examining why he (and others) still feel like strangers in Trump’s America. “These are not normal times.  Silence is not an option,” says Ramos, who gained notoriety in a confrontation with Trump in 2015 during a press conference. His book is dedicated to the nearly 800,000 Dreamers. “Regardless of our roots in this country and our contributions, many immigrants are not fully accepted.  Despite all this, I’m hopeful.  I know that, in the end, Trump will lose and our idea of America – inclusive, open, tolerant, equal, and embracing of immigrants – will prevail.  That’s our challenge and we cannot remain neutral.” “With STRANGER, Jorge Ramos provides a vital contribution to the debate about immigration in our country,” said Cristóbal Pera.  “Being thrown out of Trump’s press conference highlighted his identities of immigrant, journalist and Latino, and in this book, he provides an essential perspective as the immigrant community faces continuing challenges in this country.” Ramos has been referred to as “the Walter Cronkite of Latin America” and was named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine, and he is widely considered the most influential journalist in the Latino community. Since the 2016 election, Ramos has given special attention in his news coverage to the Hispanic immigrant community in the U.S., providing a more robust outlet for voices not often heard in the news media.  “We will not be silenced and we will not leave,” he declared at the Premios Lo Nuestro awards ceremony in Miami in February 2017.

New Book Detailing “Trump-Russia” Story to be Published by Vintage on November 16

A new book that looks into the accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will be published by Vintage Books, and simultaneously around the world, on November 16.  COLLUSION: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding, a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, brings the details of the Trump-Russia story together in one place for the first time. 

  In COLLUSION, Harding explodes the Trump-Russia story, detailing what happened, to whom, where, and when. Harding, whose work as a foreign correspondent resulted in his being deported by the Kremlin in 2011, offers readers a sobering timeline dating back to 1987 and continuing through the present day, including last week’s indictments. In December 2016, Harding met former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump’s Russia connections. This was before Steele’s now-famous dossier dropped. “The key to the Trump-Russia story,” says Harding, “is being able to follow the money, see what deals were made when and by whom, and what relationships were being cultivated and why.” Harding’s investigation looks at Russian players Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Sergei Kislyak, and Igor Sechin, among others, and their ability to exploit relationships with principals in and on the periphery of the Trump campaign. Among those Harding reports on in the book: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner. Drawing on new material, key sources, and unique access to principals, Harding identifies companies, real-estate transactions, offshore banks, international banks, computer hacking, secret meetings, dead spies, a multimillion-dollar trail of money with circumspect payouts, and a surfeit of evidence that led to the most shocking election in American history. “Luke Harding’s COLLUSION is the first book to connect the dots on the Trump-Russia story,” said Anne Messitte, Publisher of Vintage Books. “For anyone who wants context to understand the headlines and what is to come, it’s a must-read.”
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E L James’s DARKER: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian to be Published November 28, 2017

E L James’s DARKER: Fifty Shades Darker  as Told by Christian will be published by Vintage Books as a trade paperback and eBook on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The announcement was made today by Anne Messitte, Publisher of Vintage/Anchor Books. 

In DARKER, E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a retelling of FIFTY SHADES DARKER  from Christian Grey’s point of view.  Ever since the 2015 publication of GREY, the first book by James to employ a perspective shift, fans have been clamoring for a continuation of the series in Christian’s voice. “This new book is full of surprises,” said Messitte. “Readers are going to see a darker and more haunted version of Christian’s character. Fans of the series will have much to discover and even more to discuss.” “The inside of Christian Grey's head is a fascinating place to be,” said James. “In GREY we got the first glimpse of what makes Christian tick, but in DARKER we go deeper, into his most painful memories and the encounters that made him the damaged, demanding man Ana falls in love with. Writing this novel has been a journey of discovery, and I hope readers will find what I’ve learned as compelling as I did. Finally, it’s always a joy to work with the great team at Vintage.” DARKER will be published simultaneously by Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Random House Canada, and Penguin Random House UK, and soon after, in territories around the world. A US Spanish language edition, published by Vintage Español, will be available in December. E L James is represented by Valerie Hoskins of VHA Ltd in London. Foreign rights are handled by ILA in London E L James’s GREY is the fastest-selling book in the history of Penguin Random House. The Fifty Shades books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide in 52 languages. The two films based on the novels have grossed more than 945M worldwide. The third film, Fifty Shades Freed, will be released by Universal Pictures on February 9, 2018. After twenty-five years working in TV, E L James decided to pursue a childhood dream, and set out to write stories that readers would fall in love with. The result was the sensuous romance FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and its two sequels, FIFTY SHADES DARKER and FIFTY SHADES FREED.  In 2015 she published the bestseller GREY, the story of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY from the perspective of Christian Grey. In 2012, E L James was named one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World," one of Barbara Walters's "Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year," and Publishers Weekly’s "Person of the Year.” She went on to work as a producer on the film adaptations of her trilogy for Universal Pictures. E L James lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard; their two sons; and their two dogs in West London.

Vintage Gives Carolina De Robertis’ RADICAL HOPE to 11,000 Libraries

radical hopeGiving hope is what inspired author Carolina De Robertis to create RADICAL HOPE: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, and what inspired Vintage Books and Penguin Random House to gift a copy of the book to 11,000 public libraries across America. 

RADICAL HOPE is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists.  Provocative and inspiring, RADICAL HOPE offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear.  The book’s letter-writers include such Penguin Random House authors as Junot Díaz, Karen Joy Fowler, Hari Kunzru, Celeste Ng, and Jane Smiley. ALA President Julie Todaro said, “(RADICAL HOPE) offers unique messages from extraordinary authors. It provides us with much needed, uplifting thoughts for these difficult times. I thank Vintage Books and the author for their gift to American Libraries.” Ms. De Robertis: “I’m incredibly moved and honored to know that this book will be reaching so many library shelves. This is a gift given to institutions – namely, libraries – that themselves give boundlessly to our communities and to our culture. My wildest hope would be that library patrons find some form of solace, spark, or sustenance in these pages and in the kaleidoscopic voices found therein.” Penguin Random House Library Marketing also partnered with the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services to distribute an additional 1,000 copies to American Library Association members from the five ethnic affiliates of ALA, including the American Indian Library Association, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chinese American Library Association, and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.