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  • June 22, 2022
    Pantheon/Schocken Publisher Lisa Lucas Featured in “Diversity in the Book Business” NYT Mag Cover Story

    Lisa Lucas, SVP & Publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books, is featured in The New York Times Magazine article, Inside the Push to Diversify the Book Business, by Marcela Valdes. Lucas, the first Black publisher in Pantheon’s 80-year history, was hired in July 2020 and officially joined the imprint in January 2021. As Lucas noted in The New York Times piece, “ ‘I’m not here to make Black Pantheon … I’m here for all the gods, the whole pantheon.; This was also her approach at the National Book Foundation, which she directed for almost five years.

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  • June 13, 2022
    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s New Books From One World and Kokila

    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Antiracist Babyhas two new books out today, Tuesday, June 14: HOW TO RAISE AN ANTIRACIST (One World) and GOODNIGHT RACISM (Kokila). Dr. Kendi spoke about the genesis of these books on NPR’s Morning Edition, “Parents, teachers, caregivers have a choice in the matter as to whether we’re going to say anything to our children about race.

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  • June 7, 2022
    Honoring Bill Whitehead, 70s-80s Dutton Champion of Vanguard LGBTQ+ Authors

    This Pride Month, we recognize an historic E. P. Dutton colleague on the 35th anniversary of his death: Bill Whitehead, its mid-seventies-to-mid-eighties trailblazing editor-in-chief, who was a welcoming beacon and a nurturing supporter to a generation of post-Stonewall-era authors who identified as gay.

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  • June 3, 2022
    Friday Reads: Gun Violence in America

    The topic today couldn’t be more serious or urgent. NPR reports as of May 31, there have already been 233 mass shootings in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an independent organization that collects data from over 7,500 sources. That includes the massacre at Robb Elementary School last week in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two adults and injured many others. More than 45,000 people in the U.S. were killed by guns in 2020, the Centers for Disease Control reported recently.

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  • May 31, 2022
    International Booker Winner “Tomb of Sand” Makes History for PRH India

    Thrilling, literary-history-making news from Penguin Random House India: They are celebrating their author, Geetanjali Shree, winning the 2022 International Booker Prize for her novel “Tomb of Sand,” translated from the Hindi by Daisy Rockwell. This is the first a Hindi translation has been honored with the International Booker, bestowed annually for the best in translated fiction. It also is the first time an Indian novelist, writing in any language, has won this Prize.

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  • May 25, 2022
    Margaret Atwood & PRH Fight Censorship With an “Unburnable” Edition of THE HANDMAID’S TALE

    To raise awareness about the proliferating book banning and educational gag orders in American schools nationwide, and to raise money to support PEN America’s crucial work to counter this national crisis of censorship, Margaret Atwood and Penguin Random House have partnered to create The Unburnable Book, a fireproof edition of Atwood’s prescient—and often banned—novel The Handmaid’s Tale, featuring the iconic Handmaid imagery by designer Noma Bar. In a launch video announcing the project, Margaret Atwood herself can be seen “testing” a prototype with a flamethrower.

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  • May 16, 2022
    Random House Launches New Imprint, Random House Worlds

    Random House has announced the launch of Random House Worlds, a new publishing imprint dedicated entirely to licensed book publishing. This newly created imprint will be the home for major pop culture brands to be published within the Random House division, including Star Wars, Minecraft, Stranger Things, Garfield, Magic: The Gathering, Lore Olympus, Critical Role, and others. Keith Clayton, VP, Deputy Publisher of Del Rey, will now also lead the Random House Worlds imprint as Publishing Director.

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  • May 13, 2022
    THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. Wins Triangle Award for Debut Fiction

    The Publishing Triangle has announced the winners of the 34th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans literature published in 2021, with THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) winning the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. Each award winner receives $1,000.

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  • May 10, 2022
    RH’s INVISIBLE CHILD Wins 2022 General Nonfiction Pulitzer; 3rd for Editor Medina

    Excellent news from uptown Manhattan: The century-long Penguin Random House Pulitzer Prize-winning tradition has resumed, after last year’s pause, with the bestowal of this most prestigious U.S. Letters annual award to INVISIBLE CHILD by Andrea Elliott, published by Random House. This is the 133rd time a book published by present and past PRH imprints has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Another PRH title, HOME, LAND, SECURITY by Carla Power, published by One World, was named a Finalist in the same category, General Nonfiction.

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  • May 3, 2022
    Lauren Groff Wins 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize

    Riverhead author Lauren Groff has won the 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Presented by The New Literary Project, this award annually recognizes mid-career fiction writers with a “distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers.” The winner of the Prize receives a $50,000 award to foster and support future work. Our congratulations to Ms. Groff and everyone at Riverhead.

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