Ruth Ozeki has won the 2014 Medici Book Club Prize
for A Tale for the Time Being.
The prize aims to recognize “a distinguished work of fiction that has inspired thoughtful conversation and contributed to a deeper understanding of the human experience” and will be awarded on October 18th. A Tale for the Time Being
previously won the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the NBCC Prize in Fiction, and the Man Booker Prize.
British historian and author Antony Beevor
is the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Beevor will receive the coveted $100,000 literature award at the Museum & Library’s annual gala in Chicago on November 8.
The Pritzker Literature Award, which includes a medallion, citation, and $100,000 honorarium, recognizes and honors the contributions of a living author for a body of work dedicated to enriching the understanding of military history. First awarded to historian James McPherson in 2007, it has since become one of the most prestigious literary prizes of its kind.
“Winning this award is, for me, the greatest honor imaginable—partly because of the reputation of the prize, but also because on the panel of judges are some of the historians that I admire most in the world,” Beevor said. “It may be for lifetime achievement, which has a retrospective air in some ways, but I think the wonderful idea is that it is the greatest carrot imaginable to push you forward and keep you writing.”
Beevor, a distinguished Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society of Literature and former officer of the British Army’s 11th Hussars, has published four novels and 10 books of nonfiction, including The Fall of Berlin 1945
, D-Day – The Battle for Normandy
, and, most recently, Crete 1941—The Battle and the Resistance
“The committee was unanimous in recommending Antony Beevor as this year’s recipient,” said Pritzker Literature Award Screening Committee chairman John W. Rowe. “Mr. Beevor is at the height of his powers as a military historian, and he is a wonderful representative of the tradition the Museum & Library has established with the previous recipients. Colonel Pritzker has done something very special with this prestigious award.”
To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org/literature-award.
New York Times
-bestselling, award-winning Viking/Penguin author Nathaniel Philbrick is on tour to promote the paperback edition of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,
which debuts at #15 onThe New York Times
nonfiction paperback bestseller list this week and was a New York Times
bestseller in hardcover for Viking last year.
His fans are turning out in droves to hear him speak about the pivotal battle that launched the American Revolution. Highlights from his 13-city tour include events at the St. Louis County Library and Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA; over 200 people attended each one. Philbrick will be delighting more crowds as he continues with events throughout the month of May.
Read an excerpt
from Bunker Hill
PENGUIN GROUP (USA) HAS 7 BOOKS ON THE 2014 PEN LITERARY AWARDS LONGLISTS
The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists were announced this week and 7 books published by Penguin Group (USA) are in the running for the following awards:
PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay:
PEN/O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award:
- Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem (The Penguin Press)
PEN Open Book Award:
PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography:
- Wilson by A. Scott Berg (Putnam)
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing:
PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing:
Penguin Random House has a total of 16 titles on the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists, all of which can be viewed here.
The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists will be announced on June 17. Winners will be named on July 30 and awards presented at the PEN ceremony in New York on September 29.
magazine has picked its “50 Most Powerful Moms of 2014″
and Viking/Penguin author A.M. Homes
is one of three authors on the list, which also includes Hunger Games
author Suzanne Collins and actress/author Tina Fey. Working Mother
said of Homes: “There’s tremendous power and influence in words, and A.M. is a true master of telling compelling stories that simultaneously move and challenge us.”
describes the criteria for its selections: “With everything we’re charged to do on a day-to-day basis, all working mothers are innately powerful. But some inspire us to keep striving for bigger and better. We think you’ll agree this year’s crop of power moms from around the globe have demonstrated the talent, business acumen, innovative spirit and sheer guts to make a formidable impact on the world in so many compelling ways.”
At last night’s 68th annual Edgar Awards, Penguin Group (USA) authors Robert Crais (pictured far right) and Carolyn Hart (fifth from right) were presented with the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Awards for their great contributions to the mystery genre and their overall bodies of work. Crais’ most recent New York Times bestseller was The Suspect (HC: Putnam, 1/22/13; PB: Berkley, 1/7/14). His next book, The Promise (Putnam, 11/4), will feature characters introduced in The Suspect along with Crais’ longtime detective characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Hart’s newest title, Death at the Door, the latest in her bestselling Death on Demand Bookstore series, goes on sale next week (Berkley Hardcover, 5/6).
Alex Marwood (sixth from left above), author of The Wicked Girls
(Penguin Books, 7/30/13), won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.
The Best Juvenile Edgar Award went to Penguin Random House author Amy Timberlake for One Came Home
(Knopf Books for Young Readers).
Cover of Snow
by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine Books) won the Mary Higgins Clark Award.
Congratulations to all of our Penguin Random House award winners and honorees.
View the complete list of 2014 Edgar Award winners here.
The 2014 Orion Book Award nominees have been announced and among the four fiction finalists is Archipelago by Monique Roffey, a mesmerizing tale of a father and daughter’s sailing adventure from Trinidad to the Galapagos Islands. This book previously won the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature
Each spring, the Orion Book Award is presented to books that deepen the reader’s connection to the natural world through fresh ideas and excellence in writing. Initiated in 2007, the award has been conferred annually by Orion
, a bimonthly magazine that publishes writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, and seeks to inspire new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.
The award winners will be announced in the second week of May.