Penguin Random House mourns the loss of author, Philip Kerr, who died on Friday, March 23 in London after an eight-month battle with cancer. He is one of most distinguished modern thriller writers, known best for his Bernie Gunther novels. His debut novel, March Violets, was published over 30 years ago and introduced the character as a sardonic, hard-drinking detective tackling the dark depths of Nazi and post-war era Germany.
Several of Kerr’s Gunther novels became instant bestsellers upon publication, including six New York Times bestsellers and five USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. In addition, Kerr has received several award nominations and honors. He was a three-time nominee for an Edgar Award for Best Novel, a Shamus Award nominee, and a winner of both a Barry Award and the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. In early 2018, his novel Prussian Bluewas also nominated for a Barry Award for Best Novel. His books have been published in thirty-seven territories.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1956, Kerr studied at the University of Birmingham. Following university, Kerr worked as a copywriter for several advertising agencies. In addition to his Bernie Gunther novels, Kerr wrote two nonfiction books, fifteen adult novels, and ten children’s fiction books. He is admired by many, and a growing list of high-profile personalities, impressive critics and fellow writers including Lee Child, Tom Hanks, and Nick Rennison, continue to share their love for Kerr and his Bernie Gunther novels.
His most recent novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts, will be published in April 2018. Browse more of Philip Kerr’s works here.
Read it Forward is pleased to introduce Read it Forward Book Recs, a chatbot that quickly and intelligently recommends your next great read via a conversational interface.
The bot can be accessed via RIF’s Facebook page on desktop or mobile. Once launched (via the Send Message button on RIF’s Facebook page on desktop or by searching Read it Forward in your Messenger app on mobile), you can select several different pathways to finding your next book: Author I Like; Book I Like; Genre I Like; Surprise Me; Bestsellers; and Award Winners. After a series of additional questions designed to further narrow the selections, you are then presented with up to 18 book recommendations matching your interests. In certain instances, you are able to drill down even further into the themes of specific books or, in the case of the “Surprise Me” button, you can take a quicker path that serendipitously serves up books at random. Once you have received a set of recommendations, you are invited to look at a summary of the book, learn more about it on PRH.com, add the book to a Goodreads shelf, and share the recommendation with a friend. After the first interaction, the bot will ping you to remind you to continue discovering great books and also to encourage you to share the bot with friends. And if you choose to opt into formal notifications, you can also receive alerts when authors you like are releasing a new book, learn about author appearances in your area, and other relevant book-centric information.
Now it’s your turn! Click here to launch the chatbot and please let us know what you think. Questions, comments and any troubleshooting requests can be sent to Chatbot@Readitforward.com.
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.
Melissa Dahl joins Amy to talk about CRINGEWORTHY, her book all about the science of awkwardness. They discuss reframing emotions, exposure therapy, and all the sweaty, nervous, self-conscious stuff our bodies put us through.
We’re excited to announce that Markus Zusak’s new novel, Bridge of Clay, will be published October 9, 2018. This breathtaking story followsfive 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.
Debut novelist Rhiannon Navin joins Amy to talk about her book, ONLY CHILD. Told from the point of view of a six-year-old survivor of a school shooting, the novel grapples with love, grief, and family.
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.
Chanel Cleeton joins Amy to talk about her new book, NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA. They talk about music playlists, the real family story that inspired the novel, and what she learned while researching the revolution.