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  • December 15, 2017
    Read Our STAR WARS Books, See “The Last Jedi” Movie

    The legion of Star Wars fans can rejoice. Not only does The Last Jedi movie premiere, at last, this weekend, but our DK Publishing and Ballantine/Del Rey/Lucas Books imprints are releasing a raft of new specially created tie-in books with Lucasfilm Ltd. to enjoy before and long after their attendance.

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  • December 15, 2017
    Friday Reads: Sam Shepard

    Last week saw the bittersweet publication of Sam Shepard’s final work, SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON. Shepard was the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifty-five plays, three story collections and a novel. As an actor, he appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination for The Right Stuff. Most recently he portrayed the patriarch of a troubled Florida family in the Netflix series “Bloodline.” He received a Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He died in 2017 from complications due to ALS. Sam Shepard’s unique voice comes alive in the following masterful works, immortal contributions to theatre and literature.

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  • December 15, 2017
    Penguin Random House Social Impact Highlights Summary

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  • December 13, 2017
    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.

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  • December 13, 2017
    Sarah Jessica Parker Selects Ayobami Adebayo’s STAY WITH ME for ALA Book Club Central Pick

    The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf. Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and named a Notable Book by the New York Times, STAY WITH ME is Ms. Adebayo’s debut novel. Set in Nigeria, this book gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage – and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

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  • December 13, 2017
    There’s a Book for That: Celebrity Bios & Memoirs

    Stumped about what to give that difficult someone on your list? What about a biography or memoir of one of their favorite celebrities? Culling through the plethora of biographical bestsellers this year, one thing became clear: we love the people who make us laugh, listen, dance and sing! The following books offer insights into beloved artists’ lives as well as the music, shows and podcasts which made them famous. Just looking at these covers can cause reverie and lift the spirit. Imagine what’s inside! So let’s hear it for the comedians and musicians.

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  • December 11, 2017
    Featured Author Event: Jaime Lowe (NYC)

    Two authors share memoirs that trace their time dealing with bipolar disorder and the people who helped them through it all. On Tuesday, December 12 at The Strand in NYC welcomes Penguin Random House author Jaime Lowe as she presents MENTAL: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind (Blue Rider Press). Fellow author Zack McDermott presents Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and A Mother’s Love. The event will be in The Strand’s Secret Room on the 10th floor and begins at 7:30 p.m. Following the discussion, both authors will sign copies of their books.

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  • December 11, 2017
    Arimah, Clemmons, Tallent Our Three 2017 NBCC John Leonard Prize Finalists

    The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for the 2017 John Leonard Prize, which honors the first book in any genre, with Penguin Random House imprints publishing three of the six nominated titles.

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  • December 11, 2017
    Bertelsmann’s Thomas Rabe Hosts Lunch for Salman Rushdie in Berlin

    Thomas Rabe welcomed Salman Rushdie, one of Penguin Random House’s most renowned authors, to Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1 in Berlin last Friday, December 1. Bertelsmann’s Chairman and CEO hosted a private lunch to honor Mr. Rushdie, praising him as a defender of freedom of speech and a brilliant storyteller. “We are grateful and proud to have served, for decades, as the publishing home to such an eminent author,” said Mr. Rabe.

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  • December 11, 2017
    DK Donates $1 Million Worth of Children’s Books to TODAY Show’s Toy Drive

    NBC TV’s The TODAY Show celebrates its 24th annual Toy Drive this month, and DK returned as a major donor, marking its 17th consecutive year of giving books to children in need. On Tuesday, December 5, during Kathie Lee & Hoda’s segment in the 10 o’clock hour, Editor Allie Singer announced DK’s 2017 donation of $1,000,000 worth of brand new children’s books. Allie was joined by Ava and Madeleine, the twin daughters of Simon Fraser, Vice President of Finance & Operations. The girls held up copies of some of DK’s lead holiday titles for the season: ANIMAL, 3rd Edition, GOOD NIGHT, BABY MOON and EXPLANATORIUM OF NATURE.

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