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  • December 18, 2019
    Bertelsmann Acquires Full Ownership of Penguin Random House

    Gütersloh, New York, London, December 18, 2019 – Bertelsmann is acquiring the remaining 25-percent stake in Penguin Random House from the British media company Pearson, making it the sole owner of the book publishing group.

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  • December 16, 2019
    Discover Martha Stewart’s Secrets to Baking Perfect Cookies

    Our special Happy Holidays Igloo Book Buzz selection is MARTHA STEWART’S COOKIE PERFECTION, published by Clarkson Potter. The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a new, fun source for anyone looking to make their go-to cookies even better and bolder. These recipes make ordinary cookies absolutely extraordinary – all the familiar favorites you love, but taken up a notch in variety, flavor, and creativity.

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  • December 13, 2019
    Jimmy Kimmel’s Debut Children’s Picture Book Reminds Us to Be Silly in a Serious Way

    This week’s Igloo Book Buzz selection is Jimmy Kimmel’s THE SERIOUS GOOSE (Random House Books for Young Readers), #1 on The New York Times Children’s Picture Books bestseller list. The late-night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! wrote, illustrated and lettered his delightfully original, fun and funny picture book, challenging young readers to bring the silly out of a very Serious Goose, reminding us all to be silly in a very serious way.

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  • December 11, 2019
    Penguin Press Author Greta Thunberg Named TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year

    Greta Thunberg is TIME magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. This is the first time the publication has bestowed the highly regarded honor on a teenager, making the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist its youngest ever Person of the Year. TIME notes: “Thunberg is not a leader of any political party or advocacy group. She is neither the first to sound the alarm about the climate crisis nor the most qualified to fix it. She is not a scientist or a politician.

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  • December 6, 2019
    Two New Bestselling Authors – Adriana Trigiani and Denise Kiernan – Make Dutton Their Home

    Dutton has announced the addition of two new bestselling authors to the Dutton list: Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, most notably The Shoemaker’s Wife and the Big Stone Gap series, and Denise Kiernan, author of critically acclaimed bestsellers The Last Castle and The Girls of Atomic City. The Associated Press ran an exclusive on the Trigiani announcement and her desire to be re-united with Executive Editor Maya Ziv, and CNN’s Reliable Sources ran a separate exclusive on the Kiernan acquisition, which Editor in Chief John Parsley will be editing, with CNN’s Brian Stelter saying, “Whatever Denise Kiernan writes, I want to read.”

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  • December 3, 2019
    Quintero, Tucker, Sepetys, Yoon, Emezi Among 2019 NYTBR Children’s “BEST”

    Here are the five Penguin Random House titles selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Review for “The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019.” Now online, the complete list is published in the TBR’s December 8 print edition.

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  • November 26, 2019
    Drum Roll: 45 PRH NYTBR “100 Notable Books of 2019”

    Reversing its customary order of presentation, following the previous unveiling of this year’s “10 Best Books,” the New York Times Book Review has posted its list of “100 Notable Books of 2019” selected by its editors across the Adult Fiction & Poetry and Nonfiction categories. Nearly half the list—45 titles—are ours, our highest collective total ever.

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  • November 22, 2019
    Our 5 NYTBR “10 Best of 2019”

    The New York Times Book Review has just announced its “10 Best Books of 2019”: Five of them are by our authors. The complete list is published online, and will appear in the publication’s print edition next month.

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  • November 20, 2019
    Obama, Beastie Boys PRH GRAMMY® Spoken Word Nominees

    “Who but Obama could narrate the story of her life? With impeccable pacing, the former First Lady’s warm reading immediately pulls listeners close for what feels like an intimate chat with a friend…” — Booklist.

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  • November 19, 2019
    Michelle Obama’s BECOMING: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice On Sale Today from Clarkson Potter

    BECOMING: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, a companion to former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama‘s critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling memoir, BECOMING, is being published on November 19 by Clarkson Potter in the U.S. and Canada. A Spanish language edition titled BECOMING: Un Diario Guiado is being published by Plaza & Janes/Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.

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