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  • December 18, 2020
    Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Books of 2020

    Former President Barack Obama has shared his favorite books of 2020 on his InstagramFacebook and Twitter pages. Among the 17 titles he selected are the following books published by Penguin Random House imprints.

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  • December 16, 2020
    There’s a Book for That: Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

    Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. – Jane Austen Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Born December 16, 1775, in Hampshire, England Jane Austen is known best for her 6 major novels beginning with SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. We are hard-pressed to think of a more beloved author, one who continues to influence so many writers, filmmakers and readers. 245 years after her birth, Austen-mania continues because of Jane Austen’s universal and timeless themes and social critiques.

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  • December 11, 2020
    Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s First Novel in 48 Years Coming From Pantheon in September 2021

    Pantheon Books will publish a new novel by the African writer, Nobel Laureate and political activist Wole Soyinka on September 28, 2021. The book, CHRONICLES FROM THE LAND OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH, will be Soyinka’s first novel to be published in nearly fifty years.

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  • December 1, 2020
    Toni Morrison’s THE BLUEST EYE is New “Read With Jenna” Book Club Pick

    Toni Morrison’s THE BLUEST EYE (Vintage) is the Read With Jenna book club selection for December, it was announced by TODAY Show host Jenna Bush Hager. This timeless classic, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this fall, already spent 4 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list earlier this year. Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

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  • November 24, 2020
    Watch Video: President Barack Obama Surprises CPS High School Students with Free Access to A PROMISED LAND

    On Monday, November 23, Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson joined President Barack Obama as he surprised CPS high school students in a virtual assembly to announce that all CPS high school students have received free access to digital copies of A PROMISED LAND, President Obama’s riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making during his time in office. All CPS high school students were invited to tune-in to the live stream with hundreds of students participating in the Zoom call.

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  • November 19, 2020
    2020 NBA Ceremony Report, Complete PRH NBA Winners List

    We were wearing sweatpants, rather than tuxedos. Watching from the couch or home work station, not seated with our colleagues and authors at elegant dinner tables. And eating home cooking or takeout, instead of Cipriani Wall Street’s fine cuisine. This year’s National Book Awards ceremony, which took place the evening of Wednesday, November 18, was like no other before it. Its goal, to announce its five-member judging panels’ choices for 2020’s “best” books in five literary categories, was met virtually, without the customary roomful of cheers and applause.

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  • November 18, 2020
    Miller Wins 2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction, Atwood Distinguished Achievement Award

    Winners of this year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced, with the nonfiction award going to Viking author Chanel Miller for her memoir, KNOW MY NAME, earning a $10,000 cash prize. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday author Margaret Atwood received the 2020 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, named in honor of the diplomat who helped negotiate the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995.

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  • November 17, 2020
    No Comic-Con, No Problem: Del Rey and Out of Print Team Up to Launch Exclusive Star Wars Offers Online

    In advance of the 30th anniversary of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in May 2021, Del Rey and Out of Print have teamed up to celebrate Thrawn like never before with two exciting offers.

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  • November 10, 2020
    Rodale Books is New Publishing Partner for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lifestyle Brand goop

    Rodale Books, an imprint of Random House, is the new publishing partner for goop Press, the book imprint of goop, the modern lifestyle brand founded and helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The announcement was made today by Diana Baroni, SVP and Editor in Chief, Harmony Books and Rodale Books.

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  • November 10, 2020
    Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges’ New Book Published by Delacorte Press, On Sale Today

    From civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges comes a powerful new book, THIS IS YOUR TIME, published by Delacorte Press today, November 10. This is the first book from Bridges in over twenty years and was released just a few days prior to the sixtieth anniversary of her becoming the first Black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, as a six-year-old.

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