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Riverhead Books has unveiled its new colophon and the imprint’s art director Helen Yentus takes us inside her creative process in the following Q & A.

How would you describe the inspiration behind the creation of the new Riverhead colophon?
Helen Yentus
My inspiration comes from our authors and the incredibly collaborative working culture we have here at Riverhead, while making a nod to the original logo and our 20-year legacy. It was important for me to have a mark that reflects the fiercely contemporary, hugely varied voices from all over the world that we help bring to readers each year, and at the same time captures the creative energy one feels working here. Seeing these books go from inception to a real object that is put in the hands of readers is a thrill, and capturing that in a colophon was a challenge.

What sparked the timing of this project and what was involved in the production process – from initial concept to final design?

I have been working on this logo since my first day on the job. To be honest, most of the process has been one where I attempt to redesign the logo and then put the project aside either because the outcome is underwhelming, or the timing isn’t right, or both. Part of the timing really has to do with finally coming up with something that feels right for us. After Riverhead_logo_bw_portraitworking here for 6 years, I really feel like I’ve understood our mission and culture enough to be able to tackle it. Riverhead is a place where crazy, outlandish projects are encouraged. We’re pushed every day to come up with new, innovative ways to solve problems, or even to come up with our own problems to solve. It’s all terribly exciting and I think that energy is felt by everyone who works here. I really wanted to have a colophon that could attempt to embody that energy.

What do you hope the new colophon design represents to readers and our colleagues?

My hope is that the colophon captures the sense of emergence that one feels working here. The thrill of seeing a beloved piece of writing go from inception to final product. Hopefully one will feel the strength and sheer will that goes into bringing these projects to the world.

Social media seems to be having a lot of fun with the new Riverhead look.  What is your reaction to that?

It’s been really exciting to see and be a part of. It’s an excellent example of the collaborative effort Riverhead puts into everything. One of us may come up with something, and then everyone gets on board and makes it their own. It really is as fun to work here as it looks.

When and on which books will the new colophon appear? 

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The American Library Association (ALA) annual Midwinter meeting in January is the occasion for major award recognition to be bestowed upon worthy Children’s and Adult titles published the previous year. At this year’s event, now underway in Boston, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House Audio, and Penguin Random House Adult books and authors won multiple awards, including two of the most coveted: the Newbery Medal and the Odyssey Award.  
  •  Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) was awarded the Newbery Medal for its outstanding contribution to children’s literature, a Caldecott Honor as one of the most distinguished American picture books for children, and a Coretta Scott King illustrator award for demonstrating an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley won the Odyssey Award, the top prize for an Audiobook production. The Penguin Audio title is produced by Karen Dzienkonski and narrated by Jayne Entwhistle. This book also received a Newbery Honor.
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Dial Books for Young Readers) received a Newbery Honor.
  • David Levithan received the Margaret Edwards Award, bestowed for his body of work, published by Random House Children’s Books, which have made a significant and lasting contribution to Young Adult Literature.
Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books authors and their books also received these awards and honors: The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book went to Don't Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Penguin Young Readers).  Among the three Geisel Honor Books was  A Pig, a Fox, and a Box  by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin Young Readers). Among the Robert F. Sibert Honor Books, acknowledging the most distinguished informational book for children, was  Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran (Dial Books for Young Readers). The Schneider Family Book Awards, recognizing books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, went to: Warm congratulations to our award-winning authors and their publishers!
The New York Public Library this week announced its 2015 Library Lion honorees, including Penguin Press author and artist Maira Kalman.  Her new book, Beloved Dog, went on sale last week and continues to garner widespread attention and praise.  Last weekend, The Wall Street Journal published an insightful feature,  A Week in the Life of Maira Kalman.  Penguin Random House author Gloria Steinem was also honored as a Library Lion this year.
The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st Century has been awarded to Viking/Penguin author Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being .  The award ceremony for the 13th annual Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, which was founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics, took place on Saturday (10/31) at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.  For the first time, the award included a category for Foreign Literature, making Yasnaya Polyana Russia’s first international literary award, and Ozeki the first international recipient. Ozeki and the novel’s Russian translator, Yekaterina Ilyina, will be awarded 1,000,000 and 200,000 rubles, respectively. A Tale for the Time Being, published in hardcover by Viking and in paperback by Penguin Books in the US,  is published in Russia by AST. During the award ceremony, Vladimir Tolstoy, great-great-grandson of author Leo Tolstoy and chairman of the Yasnaya Polyana prize committee, introduced Ozeki and compared A Tale for the Time Being to the novels by his great-great-grandfather: A Tale for the Time Being fascinated me with its humanity, very calm confidential tone and profound significance. The book is a dialogue between two continents, between two different civilizations, and everything in this book naturally merges into one story filled with compassion, personal involvement in others’ lives/destinies, the very humane attitude which connects Ruth Ozeki to Leo Tolstoy. Unconditional humanism is characteristic both of A Tale for the Time Being and of Leo Tolstoy’s works.” In her acceptance speech, Ozeki said,  “To receive this award, given by the Tolstoy estate, is an unimaginable honor, and I am deeply grateful. We writers like to take credit for connecting people with our stories, but actually human beings are already deeply and fundamentally connected, and our stories are simply an expression of this.  Literature affirms our connection with each other. Literature works because people enjoy this sense of basic human interconnectedness and find it inspiring.”
Avery’s New York Times bestseller Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  by Steve Silberman won the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction,  and he was presented with the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books at a ceremony in London on Monday evening.NeuroTribes is the first work of science to win the prestigious British award in its 17-year history, and comes at a time of growing public awareness of the neurodevelopmental “disorder” that affects millions of people around the world.  The coverage has been incredible, both in the US and across the world.  The New York Times credits Silberman for writing “a book that challenges readers to think differently about autism” and The Independent reports that Silberman’s book will change the way we understand what Steve, in The Guardian, eloquently insists is not a condition but “a human community.”  Other media reporting on the win includes Financial Times, BBC News , Reuters, and Toronto Samual JohnsonStar. Meanwhile, the Associated Press article (which was tweeted out to their 5.99 million followers!) has so far been picked up by Miami Herald, Washington Post, Arizona Daily Star, Sacramento Bee, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, ABC News, Yahoo News, SFGate, and so many more.
 
Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling authors Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson and Meg Wolitzer join forces next week for an all-star “Penguin Teen On Tour” national book tour to promote their newly-published Penguin Young Readers paperbacks,  Atlantia (Condie),  I’ll Give You The Sun (Nelson) and Belzhar (Wolitzer). The trio will visit schools and stores in Miami, Dallas, Wichita, Chicago, San Diego, and Seattle. Ally Condie is the author of the internationally bestselling Matched trilogy, which Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger PenguinTeenTour_bannerGames,”  and the acclaimed stand-alone novel Atlantia. Jandy Nelson is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of  The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun, which won the 2015 Printz Award and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Meg Wolitzer is a novelist who has written many books for adults, including the widely praised New York Times bestseller The Interestings Her debut YA novel, Belzhar, was named the “Best YA of 2014” by Entertainment Weekly.
Maira Kalman’s  Beloved Dog went on sale from Penguin Press on Tuesday (10/27) and dog lovers everywhere are delighted.She gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love.  Maira’s style is instantly recognizable – from books like  And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty, to her collaboration with Michael Pollan on an illustrated Food Rules, and her bestselling edition of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, her work is both joyful and wise.   Now, this renowned artist and author explores the joys and lessons of having “the dearest, funniest, lovingest, loyalist” of friends – a canine companion.  Her wonderful essay about her own dog, Pete, appeared in the October 18 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Look for a “My Week” essay (with original art) by Maira in this Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.  Additional interviews are coming on Vogue.com and in The Huffington Post.
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Razorbill’s THIS BOOK LOVES YOU, by PewDiePie, the Most Subscribed YouTuber in the World, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller | Igloo
PewDiePie (a.k.a. Felix Kjellberg),  who has over 10 billion views across all his videos and more than 40 million subscribers on his YouTube channel,  is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author.His new Razorbill title,  This Book Loves You, a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational sayings, debuts at #1 on The New York Times YA paperback bestseller list for the week of November 8th. PewDiePie has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, AdWeek, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.  He also recently graced the cover of Variety, ranking as the magazine’s #1 global Digital Star. TIME magazine included PewDiePie alongside President Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian in their list of the 30 most influential people on the Internet.  He was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September, appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday (10/30), and will be on Yahoo News! with Katie Couric in November (airing 11/17). His national author tour kicked off on Thursday (10/29) at Barnes & Noble Union Square, where 1,500 fans turned out.  He will be at Barnes & Noble  – The Grove tonight in Los Angeles and his appearance at Rakestraw Books in Danville, California  on Sunday (11/1) is already sold out at 1,200 . In 2010, Kjellberg created his YouTube channel PewDiePie to share his game playing experience. The channel quickly grew in popularity and by 2013 he was gaining a new subscriber every second, and surpassed 1 billion cumulative lifetime views. Today, Kjellberg has more subscribers than any channel in YouTube history and commands a global audience. His fans are famously known as his “Bro Army” and are comprised of gamers and non-gamers alike.  He also launched a video game, Legend of the Brofist,  in collaboration with Outerminds, in September and it has been #1 in the Apple app store for three weeks. To check out all things PewDiePie, visit PewDiePie.com and YouTube.com/PewDiePie. Also, follow @PewDiePie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram  and Vine.
High praise greeted Riverhead’s publication of Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States on Tuesday (10/20). Celebrated for her ability to tell a “story in the most fascinating way possible ” (Paste), Vowell adeptly balances equal parts “laugh-out-loud humor and her characteristic snark” (Washington Post) with “intensive research and historical insight” (Huffington Post). NPR.org raves: “at once light-footed and light-hearted, her histories are — dare I say it — fun… Vowell emerges from the Revolutionary War with an unabashed smile on her face. I’d be surprised if her reader doesn’t, too.” Featured in Time (“informative, funny and insightful.”), The New Yorker, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Mental Floss, USA Today (“Vowell takes on American history as only she can”), and more.  Vowell kicked off her tour with full houses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, with big venue stops to come in Washington, DC, Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Austin, and Los Angeles. Hear her on Marketplace Weekend, Dinner Party Download, Slate’s The Gist, with much more to come.
Gracing the cover of the current issues of InStyle and People is Dutton author and beloved actress Drew Barrymore. The magazines both feature extensive interviews with Barrymore about her new book, Wildflower (on sale 10/27), a series of essays about Drew’s life that InStyle praises as “a deeply thoughtful and fun page-turner—like a rich dessert that also happens to be good for you.”  Barrymore will appear on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with DrewJimmy Fallon, The Howard Stern Show, EXTRA, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the book before heading out on a 2-week book tour that includes stops in Ann Arbor, Iowa City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Additional coverage includes interviews in The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, TIME, and features in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, ELLE, US Weekly, and Forbes.com.