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  • December 17, 2021
    Our Winners of the 2021 Kids’ Book Choice Awards

    Every Child a Reader, the charitable arm of the Children’s Book Council, announced the winners of its Kids’ Book Choice Awards, formerly known as the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards. Among the prize-winning titles were two published by Penguin Random House imprints, and one published by a Penguin Random House Publisher Services client publisher.

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  • December 3, 2021
    The TASTE Podcast is Back!

    After a two-year hiatus, the TASTE Podcast, recorded at our very own 1745 Broadway studios, is back with a fresh new batch of lively conversations about cooking, with chefs and authors like Jacques Pépin, Eric Kim, and Priya Krishna.

    Read more here.

  • November 29, 2021
    Stephen Sondheim, Musical Theater Legend and Knopf Author, Dies at 91

    When Stephen Sondheim died last Friday at the age of 91, he left behind a treasure trove of music and lyrics that forever changed American theater and beguiled and delighted audiences far and wide. Those lyrics, which were collected in two separate volumes – FINISHING THE HAT and LOOK, I MADE A HAT – were published by Knopf in 2010 and 2011. And a third book, the pocket-sized SONDHEIM: Lyrics, was published by Everyman’s Library just last year.

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  • November 23, 2021
    Presenting Our 41 NYTBR “Notable Books of 2021”

    Presentations of the year’s “best books” are well underway, and the New York Times Book Review’s annual list is among the most anticipated and scrutinized. For their” 100 Notable Books of 2021″ the NYTBR editors have selected 22 Fiction and Poetry and 19 Nonfiction and Memoir titles published by Penguin Random House imprints, 41 in all.

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  • November 18, 2021
    Our WOW Nov. 17 Night: ‘21 NBAs For PRH Fiction, Nonfiction, YPL

    Were you able to watch the National Book Awards ceremony, live-streamed in part from the 2nd floor of our 1745 Broadway headquarters, the evening of November 17? If so, you saw a WOW of an evening for us. Our authors won in each of the three categories in which we were shortlisted: Young People’s Literature: Malinda Lo for “Last Night at the Telegraph Club;” Nonfiction: Tiya Miles for “All That She Carried;” and Fiction: Jason Mott for “Hell of a Book.” Penguin Random House’s long, wonderful history with the National Book Awards continues. In eight of the past nine years, at least one of our imprints’ books has been voted a winner by its category’s judges.

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  • November 11, 2021
    Viking to Publish Biography of George Floyd by Prize-Winning Washington Post Reporters

    Viking announced HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD: One Man’s Life and The Struggle for Racial Justice, a biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, will be published on May 17, 2022. Executive Editor Ibrahim Ahmad at Viking acquired North American rights from Karen Brailsford and Todd Shuster at Aevitas Creative Management.

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  • November 10, 2021
    Meena Harris’s Phenomenal Media Launches Book Club With THE 1619 PROJECT Titles

    Phenomenal, the media and merchandising company founded by Meena Harris, announced on Tuesday that it is launching a book club, with THE 1619 PROJECT: A New Origin Story and THE 1619 PROJECT: Born on the Water as its inaugural picks.

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  • November 9, 2021
    Join Us As We Celebrate Free Speech Defenders With NCAC

    Help us honor free speech defenders at National Coalition Against Censorship’s Let Me Speak Virtual Celebration and Benefit on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (ET). This is a free event and accessible to readers everywhere, including the whole PRH community.

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  • October 27, 2021
    PRH and Barack Obama Make Donations in Honor of the Publication of “RENEGADES: Born in the USA”

    In honor of Penguin Random House’s global publication of RENEGADES: Born in the USA, a collection of conversations between Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen, Penguin Random House is making a financial donation to the Obama Foundation’s youth leadership programs, expanding upon the company’s earlier donation of one million children’s books to First Book in the Obama family name. A portion of President Obama’s proceeds from RENEGADES will benefit youth leadership programs at the Obama Foundation.

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  • October 25, 2021
    PRH Launches New Grant Program With the Association for Rural and Small Libraries

    Penguin Random House and The Association for Rural and Small Libraries have partnered to launch a rolling grant program to recognize rural, small and tribal libraries that support underserved communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

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