Bookspotting: Alex is reading The Scarlatti Inheritance by Robert Ludlum

Ever wonder what Penguin Random House employees are reading? We’re a bunch of professionally bookish people, so you can always count on us to have a book on hand… or thirty piled on our desks. Our Bookspotting feature shows off the range of readers behind the scenes at Penguin Random House.   alex Alex, in Crown production, is reading The Scarlatti Inheritance by Robert Ludlum. Show us what you’re reading by using the #bookspotting hashtag!  

Bookspotting: Jalinya is reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Ever wonder what Penguin Random House employees are reading? We’re a bunch of professionally bookish people, so you can always count on us to have a book on hand… or thirty piled on our desks. Our Bookspotting feature shows off the range of readers behind the scenes at Penguin Random House.   jalinya Jalinya, Email Marketing, is reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Show us what you’re reading by using the #bookspotting hashtag!  

Creative Writing for NYC High Schoolers and Their Teachers

At the annual Inspiring Young Writers’ Luncheon hosted by the Penguin Random House Foundation, NYC English teachers came to our Penguin Random House offices this week for their own day of writing and inspiration.  During a morning writing workshop they were able to explore their own creative writing. English Teacher Elissa Goldstein said: “In the space of two hours, teaching artist Richard Hoehler took a group of stressed out English teachers and put them through a series of fun and eye-opening exercises.  There were cheers, gasps, cries and creative juices flowing all around the room.  All of us recognized that these exercises, when brought back to the classroom, could only help our students find their voices and help them to develop their love of words and creativity.” In the afternoon, Penguin Random House Creative Writing Award alumni from Amherst College, Stonybrook and City College, among others, met up with some of their former teachers to  hear more about the creative writing process from Knopf Doubleday Author Susan Minot.  Barbara Rothenberg, President of the New York City Association of Assistant Principals Supervision, English, said, “I thought she was great and spoke so well about her writing voice and how she went about discovering it. Her ideas could definitely be used in any high school classroom and/or by anyone who aspires to be a writer.  Her points were clear, coherent, and inspiring.” If you are a high schooler in New York City, check out our Creative Writing Competition!

The Ultimate Guide to Every Kind of Book: The Read Down Lists

With so many books coming out every day, it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Enter the Read Down lists… no matter what hyper-niche, uber-specific interest you might have, we’ve got you covered. Check out just a few of our themed lists below.   Captivating First Sentences of the 21st Century: We searched our library for awesome stories with riveting first sentences. 17 Toxic Relationships in Literature: To be or not to be…is not the question. These relationships would never exist in the real world, so there’s no harm in a fictional character spiraling out of control. Right? 8 Beloved Book Characters with Disabilities: For International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we’re celebrating beloved disabled characters in literature. 15 Female Literary Characters We’re Crushing On: What’s better than a book character you love? A character you’re in love with. There are so many strong, fascinating leading ladies in literature that capture our heart, but we hope the girls listed below ask us to dance. 25 Books to Help You Understand America in 2015: Election season is in full swing. Educate yourself on the United States, our politics, culture, and topics of discussion with these mindful books. 19 Literary Cats We’d Love to Cuddle: Whether you love or hate them, cats rule the internet–which means they rule the world. It’s no wonder they’re featured players in literature. We’re bringing them to life and torturing them with kisses.

The #Giveabook campaign reached it’s goal… and raised the stakes!

#GiveaBook, Penguin Random House’s social-media-based online campaign to promote books as gifts and give back to children in need during the holiday season, has been a tremendous success in its second year, reaching 35,000 #GiveaBook hashtags and posts registered today.  For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Twitter and in posts to the GiveaBook, Penguin Random House and Givington pages on Facebook through Thursday, December 24, Penguin Random House will donate one book to the literacy nonprofit First Book.  With less than two weeks remaining in the #GiveaBook campaign, Penguin Random House has raised the donation limit from 35,000 to 50,000.  Penguin Random House author Celeste Ng ‏(@pronounced_ing) tweeted:
Wow: #GiveaBook already hit 35K books. So now @penguinrandom is giving up to *50K* books. You know what to do. http://ow.ly/i/fdMdK 
CelesteNgEverythingINeverToldYouNg is the author of the acclaimed novel Everything I Never Told You and has been actively supporting the #GiveaBook campaign.  More Penguin Random House authors continue to back #GiveaBook with videos and/or tweets, including Anthony Marra, Gretchen Rubin, Margaret Atwood, Kathy Reichs, James Dashner, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The heart of #GiveaBook is online participation. Book lovers everywhere are including the campaign hashtag as part of their social media messages about sharing the joy of reading and making book donations. Follow #GiveaBook on Twitter (www.twitter.com/giveabooknow); Facebook (www.facebook.com/giveabooknow) and Tumblr (www.tumblr.com/giveabook). For details about how to donate, click here.

Bookspotting: Lindsay is reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Ever wonder what Penguin Random House employees are reading? We’re a bunch of professionally bookish people, so you can always count on us to have a book on hand… or thirty piled on our desks. Our Bookspotting feature shows off the range of readers behind the scenes at Penguin Random House.   lindsay Lindsay, Consumer Marketing,  is reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Show us what you’re reading by using the #bookspotting hashtag!