Congratulations to Our 2018 Man Booker Prize Longlisters

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most influential annual international literary fiction honors, open to writers of any nationality, writing in English. Congratulations to these six books published by Penguin Random House for making the longlist! The longlist includes 13 total titles published in the UK and Ireland between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.   Learn more about our six books in the running:  

Michael Ondaatje’s THE ENGLISH PATIENT Wins the Golden Man Booker Prize

Penguin Random House author Michael Ondaatje has won the Golden Man Booker Prize for his classic novel THE ENGLISH PATIENT.  This one-time prize was awarded for the best work of fiction from the last five decades of The Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious annual fiction awards, as chosen by five judges, and then voted on by the public.  Upon receiving the news, Mr. Ondaatje said, “I am honored as well as very surprised to receive this award for THE ENGLISH PATIENT, as I was to be in the company of the other remarkable nominees. It feels the book was written so long ago! I would like to thank all who have supported me and been involved in my work over the years.”

Ondaatje, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Vintage and Everyman’s Library in the U.S., and McClelland & Stewart in Canada, has written several award-winning novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His latest novel, WARLIGHT, was published earlier this year by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and McClelland & Stewart in Canada.  Born in Sri Lanka, Ondaatje currently lives in Toronto. Read his works here.

Penguin Random House at the Bronx Book Fair

Volunteers from across Penguin Random House participated in the Bronx Book Fair on May 5th. It was a jam-packed day of events at the Bronx Library Center, with speakers such as Noëlle Santos from The Lit. Bar, as well as coaching sessions with local writers and book sales from community bookstore Word Up.  This was the first year Penguin Random House participated in the Bronx Book Fair, and we had a tremendous response to the call for volunteers!  We were so impressed by the enthusiasm and support of our employee volunteers. Here is what some of the volunteers had to say:
 “It was great to see so many PRH employees show up excited to help their fellow book lovers!” “Everywhere I turned at the Bronx Book Fair, there was passion–passion in the speakers, whose wealth of knowledge included everything from copyright law to fostering women’s leadership; passion in the authors, booksellers, and publishers reading from their work and selling books at their booths; and passion in the event staff, whose beaming faces were #BronxProud. It was such an honor to see the rich literary culture of the Bronx in action beyond the classroom where I used to teach ELA in the Bronx, and I especially loved the slam poetry and spoken word presentation by Project X–it’s heartwarming to see the youth shine a light on their fellow artists in their community!” “The Bronx Book Fair was wonderful–the event organizers were lovely, and the day’s events and panels were organized with great care. I welcomed the opportunity to get to know colleagues across other departments who I normally wouldn’t connect with in my day-to-day. A personal highlight was the chance to chat with young readers/writers who came to check out the book fair–their enthusiasm was infectious!”
The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx, and to connecting to readers and book lovers of all ages. Launched in 2013, The Bronx Book Fair, along with Bronx Book Festival and The Lit. Bar bookstore, are contributing to revitalizing book culture in the Bronx, needed especially after the 2016 closure of the Baychester Barnes & Noble.

Read an Excerpt From Markus Zusak’s New Novel

An exclusive excerpt from Markus Zusak’s new novel, Bridge of Clay, is now available in anticipation of the novel’s publication set for October 9, 2018. Read the excerpt at bridgeofclaybook.com/excerpt.html. Bridge of Clay is a breathtaking story following five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. Markus Zusak is the masterful storyteller behind the extraordinary bestseller The Book Thief, which remains one of the most enduring stories of our time. Find out more and pre-order your copy at bridgeofclaybook.com.  

5 of Our Favorite Book Characters… in Stop-Motion

We all have book characters we love. Here are five that we love so much, we had to make stop-motion tributes. WARNING: some spoilers if you haven’t read the book!

  1) Claire Fraser (Outlander): Time-traveling British combat nurse, sassy Sassenach, and so much more.   2) Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice): Sensitive sister, brainy bookworm, and all-around awesome independent woman.  

3) Daenerys Targaryen (A Game of Thrones): AKA Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, and Breaker of Chains.

 

4) Mark Watney (The Martian): Why do we love astronaut Mark Watney? Hint: it’s more than just the form-fitting spacesuit.

 

5) Wade Watts (Ready Player One): Geeky, 80’s-loving, heroic, and often virtually simulated.

Markus Zusak’s New Novel

We’re excited to announce that Markus Zusak’s new novel, Bridge of Clay, will be published October 9, 2018. This breathtaking story follows five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. Markus Zusak is the masterful storyteller behind the extraordinary bestseller The Book Thief, which remains one of the most enduring stories of our time. Find out more and pre-order your copy at bridgeofclaybook.com.

Michelle Obama Memoir Date Set for November 13

We’re happy to announce that Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, will be published November 13, 2018. In Becoming, Michelle Obama reflects and recounts the  experiences that have shaped her. From her Chicago upbringing, her time at the White House, and her role as mother and First Lady of the United States, she tells her personal story with wit and honesty. As First Lady, Michelle Obama was known for her powerful advocacy for women and girls, her health initiatives, and her leadership in creating one of the most inclusive White Houses in history. Said Mrs. Obama, “Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.” At the time of publication, Mrs. Obama will embark on a U.S. and international book tour. Information about the book is available to consumers at www.becomingmichelleobama.com. Becoming will be published by Crown Publishing Group and available in 24 languages worldwide. Penguin Random House will donate one million books in the Obama’s family’s name to First Book, a nonprofit which provides new books to children in need in the U.S. and Canada.

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Things Fall Apart

This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s classic, Things Fall Apart. The novel, first published in 1958,  has been translated into 57 languages and has sold over 20 million copies. Things Fall Apart is the first book from The African Trilogy which tells the story of modern Nigeria over three generations, from first colonial contact to urban migration. Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigerian novelist and poet who is admired as the father of modern African literature. He taught at Brown University and Bard College and was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award and the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. Toni Morrison spoke of his writings, “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.”   Browse all the books included in The African Trilogy below:  

In Memoriam: William H. Gass

Penguin Random House mourns the loss of author, William H. Gass, who died on Wednesday at his home in Missouri. He was 93. Gass won numerous awards for his writings, including several Pushcart Prize awards, the 1997 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, and the PEN/Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award. Knopf will publish The William H. Gass Reader in June, which includes his essays, stories, and more. Gass was a leading experimental writer, known for abandoning traditional narrative, and whose style influenced other writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer and David Foster Wallace. His first novel, Omensetter’s Luck, published in 1966, is now a classic in American Literature. Browse more of Gass’ works here.