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  • February 19, 2019
    W.E.B. Griffin: 1929-2019

    It is with sadness that we share that prolific military fiction author William E. Butterworth III, known the world over as W.E.B. Griffin, died on Tuesday, February 12. He was 89.

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  • February 19, 2019
    Vintage Author Sandra Cisneros Wins PEN/Nabokov Award

    Sandra Cisneros, a celebrated Mexican American novelist, poet and short story writer whose Vintage books include THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK and MY WICKED WICKED WAYS, has won the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. PEN America Literary Awards program director Nadxieli Nieto credited Cisneros with “inspiring a new era of Latinx writers we see emerging today,” and noted, “A focus on cross-cultural dialogue, translation and international literature has long been at the heart of PEN America’s Literary Awards program, and it is especially fitting that a binational writer with such an impressive and lyrical body of work is the PEN/Nabokov honoree this year.

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  • February 13, 2019
    Putnam Author Randy Wayne White Wins 2019 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing

    Putnam author Randy Wayne White has won the 2019 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing, this year’s honor shared with historian Raymond O. Arsenault. The Florida Humanities Council sponsors the award to “recognize divergent writers who have introduced Florida culture and history to a wide audience.” A five-person panel of judges praised White and Arsenault as “giants in their respective fields.”

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  • February 13, 2019
    FINDING DOROTHY: “The Hidden Message of Oz is Girl Power!”

    Anyone who has ever been swept up in the magical Land of Oz will enjoy reading Elizabeth Letts’ FINDING DOROTHY, our new Igloo Book Buzz selection. Published by Ballantine, this richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud.

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  • February 11, 2019
    How Random House’s Mark Warren Helped Julie Yip-Williams with Her Remarkable Memoir

    As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What started out as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much more—a powerful exhortation to the living. With humor, bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life, which became her newly published Random House book, THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After.

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  • February 11, 2019
    Chris Jackson One of TIME’s “12 Leaders Who Are Shaping the Next Generation of Artists”

    The Art of Optimism, a TIME Magazine special issue edited by Ava Duvernay, on newsstands for two weeks beginning February 8, features an article, “12 Leaders Who Are Shaping the Next Generation of Artists,” in which Chris Jackson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, One World, is one of the dozen individuals recognized.

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  • February 8, 2019
    Friday Reads: The Tao

    Chinese New Year and its culminating celebration, The Lantern Festival on February 19th, incorporate ancient Taoist traditions. Taoism (or “The Way”) is a Chinese philosophy attributed to Lao Tzu and is popular in the West through martial arts, mindfulness, yoga and other practices. “The Tao” advocates a life of complete simplicity in harmony with nature and is a metaphor for one’s essence, or philosophy of living. This week, we are anchoring our otherwise pop-cultural approach with the acclaimed new translation of the essential Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching:

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  • February 8, 2019
    How Delia Owens Created Her Breakout Debut Novel, Starring Kya “The Marsh Girl”

    Legions of readers continue to flock to WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), the mesmerizing first novel by Delia Owens, propelling the title to #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction and combined print & eBook fiction bestseller lists. One of the book’s most enthusiastic fans is actress Reese Witherspoon, who made it a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, is producing a feature film adaptation, and said, “I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!” Throughout the narrative, Kya Clark, “The Marsh Girl,” emerges as a literary character for the ages.

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  • February 8, 2019
    TOGETHER and THE SOMMELIER’S ATLAS OF TASTE Receive André Simon Awards

    Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press took home awards at the 2018 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards, the most prestigious food and drink book honors in the U.K., essentially the equivalent of the James Beard Awards in the U.S., at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, February 5. The Ten Speed Press title, THE SOMMELIER’S ATLAS OF TASTE: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay, won the André Simon Drink Award. This marks the second year in a row that a TSP book has won this prize. The Clarkson Potter title, TOGETHER: Our Community Cookbook by the HUBB Community Kitchen, with a foreword by HRH The Duchess of Sussex, received an André Simon Special Commendation Award.

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  • February 8, 2019
    Watch Just-Released Trailer for Film Adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

    Soon to be a major motion picture: THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, the #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from Delacorte Press author Nicola Yoon, also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR hits theaters nationwide on May 17. Warner Brothers Pictures released the film’s first trailer this week. The paperback movie tie-in edition of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR goes on sale April 16, and will feature key movie cover art as well as a photo insert.

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