Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!

This Saturday (May 2, 2015) is the first ever Independent Bookstore Day! It doesn’t take much to convince a reader to visit a bookstore, but there are other reasons to join in on Saturday than just browsing the shelves. Find your closest store here. For some inspiration and store recommendations, check out Fodor’s 16 Indie Bookstores We Love. Indie Bookstore Day social If you’re based in New York City, you can see all the goings on, store by store, here.

The Pope and Mussolini is a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner!

We are thrilled to announce our 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner in the Biography or Autobiography category: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer. The Pulitzer Prizes called it,

“An engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms.”

Congratulations to Mr. Kertzer, his editor David Ebershoff—who has edited his third Pulitzer-winning book in as many years—and everyone at the Random House Publishing Group for this proud and defining occasion for all of us at Penguin Random House.

This is the 124th time a book published by one of our current or past imprints has been honored with a Pulitzer, a humbling accomplishment unrivaled in trade-publishing history.

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Read more about The Pope and Mussolini here.

Actress Patricia Arquette to Write Memoir for Random House

Patricia Arquette, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress, is writing a memoir about her unconventional family, being a single mother at the age of 20, and her experience as a woman in Hollywood.  Susan Kamil, Publisher of Random House, who will edit the book, announced the world rights deal on Wednesday. “Patricia Arquette is a remarkable woman,” noted Susan Kamil, “and the instant empathy audiences feel when they see her work on screen is completely evident on the page. The material I read is revelatory and deeply moving. Not a surprise from an actress of such nuance and intelligence.” A fourth generation actor, whose eclectic and celebrated career has spanned the last three decades, Arquette is the great-granddaughter of vaudeville performers and granddaughter of the late comedian Cliff Arquette, who was best known for his character Charley Weaver, a character he created for “The Jack Paar Show“.   Her late father, the journeyman actor Lewis Arquette, was credited by Patricia in her Screen Actors Guild Award acceptance speech for Boyhood as the person who “taught me to approach work with compassion and gratitude.” Ms. Arquette said,  “Over the years, the public has come to know aspects of me through my roles in film and television. Writing a memoir will be a new and intimate artistic journey for me, and I hope to bring to it the same honesty I have always sought to bring to my work as an actor.”