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Congratulations to the Tony Award Winners! Read the books that inspired the plays

Last night, Hamilton cleaned up at the Tony Awards, to no one’s surprise. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the life of Alexander Hamilton, look no further. Ron Chernow’s exhaustive biography was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s muse and guide when he was writing the show.  Another literary win was A View from the Bridge, for best revival of a play. Immerse yourself in reading Arthur Miller’s intense, devastating play.

Congratulations to Naomi Novik! Uprooted is a Nebula Award Winner

Congratulations to Naomi Novik on winning a 2015 Nebula Award for her novel, Uprooted. The Nebula Awards recognize outstanding novels, novellas and short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Novik’s novel is an absorbing and moving introduction to a strange world, held in thrall by a cold wizard known as the Dragon. His protection of a peaceful village comes at a cost – a young woman who must serve him for ten years. Learn more about the book here:

TV Project Based on Bettyville to Star Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick

George Hodgman’s bestselling  memoir Bettyville is being developed into a dramedy series by Paramount Television. Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony winner Matthew Broderick are attached to star, it was reported by Deadline Hollywood. The adaptation is being written by John Hoffman (Looking, Grace and Frankie), who will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the potential series.  Hodgman will also executive produce, alongside Archer Gray’s Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas (The Diary of a Teenage Girl). The project is currently being shopped to networks.  BettyvilleMovieStarsTnail Bettyville follows George Hodgman (Broderick) after he leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother Betty (MacLaine). He expects to be away for only a few weeks, but life conspires to keep him there, armed with not much more than a (mostly) willing heart, a broken past to sort out, and two irascible personalities: his own, and Betty’s. The funny and heartbreaking memoir chronicles the mother-son journey, capturing truths about family, identity, and our current American landscape. Learn about the book here.  

The Girl on the Train Movie Trailer Debuts

This Wednesday (4/20), Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for the highly anticipated movie adaptation of the #1 bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train . The trailer offers a glimpse of Emily Blunt in the role of Rachel Watson as we see the dark themes of Hawkins’ psychological thriller come to life. The haunting trailer has been shared by many media outlets and continues to spread quickly across social media platforms, furthering the book’s widespread popularity. Read about the book here:  

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners from Penguin Random House

It is the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prize and the awards have just been announced. From Penguin Random House, we are proud to publish these Pulitzer Prize winners:
  • General Non-Fiction: Joby Warrick for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
  • History: T.J. Stiles for Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
  • Biography or Autobiography: William Finnegan for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Congratulations also to Kelly Link, whose short story collection, Get in Trouble, was a finalist for Fiction. Click through to learn about the books and find yourself an award-winning read!

Penguin Random House Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness

Penguin Random House’s active support of World Autism Awareness Day was prominently displayed on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, when the ground-floor lobby of Penguin Random House headquarters was illuminated in blue, capturing the spirit of  Light It Up Blue, in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Employee volunteers, wearing clothes with shades of blue, gave away free Penguin Random House titles that spread knowledge, compassion and awareness about autism. IMG_2102-copy-300x200 (1)LightItUpBlueTnail Our dedicated website page for Autism Awareness Month features a wide selection of autism-related books that we publish.         Photos by Kerstin Hecker  

The Poets & Writers 2016 Editor’s Award Goes to Viking’s Vice President and Executive Editor Paul Slovak

Viking Vice President and Executive Editor Paul Slovak was honored with the  Poets & Writers 2016 Editor’s Award on Tuesday night in New York.  Warm congratulations to Paul. He embodies every aspect of this award, which recognizes an individual who has “made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time.”  Viking Vice President and Editor in Chief  Andrea Schulz concurred — “Paul has made a substantial contribution to the Viking and Penguin lists and, indeed, to American literature, with his acuity of judgment, his passionate advocacy, and his steadfast faith in his remarkable list of writers”. PaulSlovakOfficeTnail 2Penguin Random House has been a longstanding supporter of Poets & Writers and was well-represented at this event, where Paul was surrounded by many of his closest literary colleagues from over the years, including such Viking/Penguin authors as Sue Monk Kidd, whose introductory remarks included these wonderful words: “When I started to think about how to describe my experience working with Paul, the first word that came to my mind was brilliant. Paul brings a prodigious amount of smarts to the table, and I’m not just talking about his intellect, his knowledge or his logistical thinking, I’m also talking about his very intuitive and inventive wisdom. The other word that comes to me when I think about Paul is thoughtful.  He’s one of the most thoughtful people that I know, and by this I mean that he also brings a lot of sensitivity and availability and attentiveness to his authors, so his exceptional brilliance and his exceptional thoughtfulness combined with his very tranquil demeanor is just an exquisite combination. And I think it has helped my own writing to flourish, whether it’s writing about something that keeps me up at night like American slavery or whether it’s pursuing an idea for my next novel that is patently insane, I take comfort in knowing that Paul is there.” PaulSlovakPoetsWritersMarch2016 In accepting the Editor’s Award, Paul was clearly moved, saying, in part, “I wouldn’t be standing here tonight if it wasn’t for the amazing authors that I’ve worked with over the last two decades. I feel very blessed about that; it’s not a word I use very often, by the way.  To a one, they are writers who have very exuberant, distinctive voices, who are not afraid to take risks, who are interested in finding new and compelling ways of telling stories with fresh and surprising ways of imagining character … Nothing has been more gratifying to me than helping to bring these authors and their books into the world and working with them to shape their writing, and ensure that every word and every line they put to the page is exactly the right one. As all of you in this room know, publishing books that might be of permanent importance rather than ephemeral interest–to steal a line from the founding creed of Viking Press–has and will continue to be a challenge. But I feel like there has never been a better time to be an editor, I feel like there are as many great writers working today as we have ever seen and a wonderful flowering of all the communities that support them.”

Remembering Pat Conroy’s life and work

New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy died Friday, March 4, at the age of 70.  Conroy passed away at his home in Beaufort, SC, surrounded by family and loved ones.  “The water is wide and he has now passed over,” said his wife, novelist Cassandra Conroy.  Funeral arrangements are currently being made at this time.

Read the New York Times obituary here.

“Pat has been my beloved friend and author for 35 years, spanning his career from The Prince of Tides to today,” said his longtime editor and publisher, Nan A. Talese of Doubleday.  “He will be cherished as one of America’s favorite and bestselling writers, and I will miss him terribly,” Talese said.

Listen to an interview with Nan about Pat Conroy’s life here.

Conroy is the author of eleven previous books, including The Boo, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, South of Broad, My Reading Life and The Death of Santini.   His novels have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Penguin Random House Partnering with the ALA for National Readathon Day 2016

The American Library Association (ALA) is joining with Penguin Random House to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy. This year, Readathon Day is presented as part of ALA’s Libraries Transform campaign, and will benefit ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from birth to age five in libraries across the nation.  Sari Feldman, president of ALA, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Penguin Random House on National Readathon Day 2016.  Not only does Readathon Day present an opportunity to generate excitement amongst readers of all ages, but it also enables children and students everywhere to get involved in an effort that supports youth literacy. The transformational power of reading is fundamental to the value that libraries provide to their communities each and every day.” Penguin Random House is dedicated to creating lifelong readers by supporting programs such as ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read. As part of its commitment to #Readathon2016, Penguin Random House has announced its Library Awards for Innovation, where libraries across the country will have the opportunity to apply for grant awards in support of creating the most innovative community-based programs in 2016. Libraries are encouraged to use Readathon Day as a jumping off point for submissions to the Library Awards for Innovation. Leading up to and during #Readathon2016, individuals can contribute to ALA and Every Child Ready to Read by visiting the Firstgiving Fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/5066/national-readathon-day and sharing with their friends and family. All readers are encouraged to join in Readathon Day fun on social media, using the hashtag #Readathon2016. Visit the official website, www.readathonday.com, for more information on how to get involved online and in person, including sharing images and videos, and hosting local reading parties. Last year’s inaugural Readathon Day put the national spotlight on reading in support of the National Book Foundation’s literacy programs. This year, #Readathon2016 shines a light on libraries and early childhood literacy through ALA and Every Child Ready to Read. Visit www.readathonday.com for more information.

The #Giveabook campaign reached it’s goal… and raised the stakes!

#GiveaBook, Penguin Random House’s social-media-based online campaign to promote books as gifts and give back to children in need during the holiday season, has been a tremendous success in its second year, reaching 35,000 #GiveaBook hashtags and posts registered today.  For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Twitter and in posts to the GiveaBook, Penguin Random House and Givington pages on Facebook through Thursday, December 24, Penguin Random House will donate one book to the literacy nonprofit First Book.  With less than two weeks remaining in the #GiveaBook campaign, Penguin Random House has raised the donation limit from 35,000 to 50,000.  Penguin Random House author Celeste Ng ‏(@pronounced_ing) tweeted:
Wow: #GiveaBook already hit 35K books. So now @penguinrandom is giving up to *50K* books. You know what to do. http://ow.ly/i/fdMdK 
CelesteNgEverythingINeverToldYouNg is the author of the acclaimed novel Everything I Never Told You and has been actively supporting the #GiveaBook campaign.  More Penguin Random House authors continue to back #GiveaBook with videos and/or tweets, including Anthony Marra, Gretchen Rubin, Margaret Atwood, Kathy Reichs, James Dashner, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The heart of #GiveaBook is online participation. Book lovers everywhere are including the campaign hashtag as part of their social media messages about sharing the joy of reading and making book donations. Follow #GiveaBook on Twitter (www.twitter.com/giveabooknow); Facebook (www.facebook.com/giveabooknow) and Tumblr (www.tumblr.com/giveabook). For details about how to donate, click here.