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Learn more about Penguin Random House, and our authors and their books. Scroll down and click the links below to read recent news stories, social media posts, and press releases.

  • August 9, 2022
    Melissa Bank, Viking author of ‘The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing,’ dies at 61

    Melissa Bank, author of the beloved, hugely bestselling The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing and The Wonder Spot, published by Viking in 1999 and 2005, respectively, died in East Hampton, New York, on August 2, at 61. The cause was lung cancer. Bank, who lived in Long Island and New York City, was a writer with a distinctive minimalist style and boldly hilarious voice.

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  • August 4, 2022
    Sanyu Dillon Interviewed by Forbes on the Future of Publishing

    Sanyu Dillon, Chief Marketing Officer, Penguin Random House U.S., was interviewed by Forbes Women contributor Amy Shoenthal about the future of publishing, finding creative new ways to connect with readers, and her inclusive marketing strategy.

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  • August 1, 2022
    Penguin Turns 87

    On July 30, Penguin Books celebrated the anniversary of its first publication of a book in the then unknown paperback format. On that day, 87 years ago, Allen Lane, together with his brothers Richard and John, launched Penguin Books in London, beginning as an imprint of The Bodley Head, setting up shop in the basement of Holy Trinity Church, and within a year becoming a separate company.

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  • July 21, 2022
    Michelle Obama’s THE LIGHT WE CARRY Publishing Globally by PRH November 15, 2022

    In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, # 1 bestselling memoir BECOMING, former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced.

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  • July 18, 2022
    Summer Intern Spotlights: Meet Téa, Amira, and Reagan!

    As mentioned in our Meet the Summer 2022 Intern Cohort post last week, we will be spotlighting our remote interns weekly. Learn about what our interns are reading, why they’re drawn to the publishing industry, and what they are looking forward to most while working at Penguin Random House. 

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  • July 13, 2022
    Lauren McBrayer’s LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE is Belletrist’s July Book Club Pick

    Belletrist has announced that their July Book Club pick is Lauren McBrayer’s LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE, published by Putnam! The selection was revealed on the Belletrist Instagram page over the holiday weekend.

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  • June 29, 2022
    Ashley Poston’s THE DEAD ROMANTICS is Good Morning America’s July Book Club Pick

    Ashley Poston’s charming, heartfelt and hilarious rom-com THE DEAD ROMANTICS was announced yesterday, June 28, as Good Morning America’s July Book Club Pick.

    Read more here.

  • June 28, 2022
    Watch the Trailer for Oct. 14 Film Adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s WHITE BIRD

    The first trailer for the movie adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s New York Times bestselling WHITE BIRD: A Wonder Story (Knopf Books for Young Readers) has been released by Lionsgate. Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson star in the film, which opens in theaters nationwide October 14, and is directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland).

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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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