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TIME magazine has released its annual list of 100 Most Influential People, with two members of this exclusive club the authors of books published by Penguin. Warm congratulations to our authors: Misty Copeland, author of the children’s picture book Firebird (Putnam Books for Young Readers), with illustrations by Christopher Myers.  Nadia Comaneci:  “Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.” Samantha Power, author of  Sergio (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Madeleine Albright: “Power is an insider, but she has retained her moral vision. As America’s U.N. ambassador, she has been a powerful friend to the displaced and downtrodden and a foe of dictators and despots. She has seen how hard it is to compel the world to act, but she has never stopped defending the values America holds dear.”
Ruth Ozeki, author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed novel  A Tale For The Time Being was awarded the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Creative Writing: Prose.  The subcommittee wrote: “Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale For The Time Being  is a beautiful contradiction of a novel–as expansive as the Pacific in its geographic and temporal scope, yet as finely textured as the quantum entanglements that link the lives of its two central characters. The novel deftly interweaves the perspectives of Nao, a teenage girl in Tokyo by way of Sunnyvale, and Ruth, a novelist in British Columbia by way of New York. Alternating and overlapping in their roles as readers, narrators, and dreamers, Ruth and Nao reflect upon an array of questions: the uncertain nature of being in time; isolation and communication; bullying and suicide; ecological disaster and automated warfare; memories of the past and the experience of the present.  These questions may seem arbitrary when presented as a mere list, yet in Ozeki’s hands they are anything but—the novel unfolds at the pace of life, building its connections, one moment at a time. It is a stunning achievement.” This award will be presented to Ozeki at the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Awards Reception on the evening of April 25 in Evanston, Illinois.  More information can be found at: http://aaastudies.org/.
To celebrate Penguin Books’ upcoming paperback original, Love By The Book by Melissa Pimentel, some of the ladies from the Penguin Books team followed the online book club kit for their own pre-pub book club night!The Penguin Books Twitter feed live-tweeted the party using the hashtag #LBTBbookclub. Following the kit’s suggestions, Blind Dates and “Men Are The Devil”-ed Eggs were served as appetizers along with cocktails like Relationship on the Rocks and First Date Courage while book clubbers discussed LOVE BY THE BOOK and played Break-Up Bingo. It was a fantastic evening! Cosmopolitan included Love By The Book in its February issue, on stands now, kicking off publicity before author Melissa Pimentel arrives stateside for her 5-city tour.  On February 9, she will appear at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn for a “Dating is the Worst” book launch and evening of storytelling.
Adam Rackley’s Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans continues to get amazing media attention since it went on sale as a Penguin paperback original on September 30. Sports Illustrated called the book “straightforward and engaging” in their October 6th issue, and Adam spoke with over 20 radio stations across the country last week, including the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM. Adam will be interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on October 26th and will also be featured in the November issue of Men’s Journal. In this tale of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery, Adam details the incredible feat of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean; of he and his rowing partner Jimmy spending 70 days on the open water, sleeping in two hour shifts, living in a boat seven meters long and two meters wide. Adam recounts the physical and mental hardships that he and Jimmy faced, the toll it takes on the body to row nearly constantly with little time for recuperation, and the crushing isolation of spending weeks apart from civilization, while also chronicling the men who pioneered the crossing, from the first pair to successfully row the Atlantic in 1896 and those that followed, as well as the ones who never made it to the other side. With great trade reviews including a starred review from Library Journal, Adam’s harrowing tale is the perfect read for someone looking for a little armchair adventure.
Viking/Penguin author Elizabeth Gilbert will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for two full episodes of OWN’s Super Soul Sunday! The first show will air this Sunday, October 5, and will center on lessons Gilbert learned from her year long quest around the world in Eat, Pray, Love. Her latest novel The Signature of All Things will also be mentioned in the episode. The second show will air the following Sunday, October 12, and will be more personal, delving into what Gilbert’s life has been like since EAT, PRAY, LOVE and featuring stories from her follow-up memoir, Committed. Gilbert is halfway through Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour,” which is on a brief hiatus, but picks up again from October 18 through November 15 in Houston, Miami, Seattle and San Jose. The first promotional trailer for the show is here. elizabeth-gilbert-oprah
The National Book Foundation has announced its 9th annual “5 Under 35” honorees and three of the authors are published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints: Five-Under-35-ThumbnailView the complete list of 2014 honorees here. This year’s “5 Under 35” authors will be honored at the National Book Awards Week party in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday, November 17. The event will be hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will moderate a conversation with the authors and serve as the evening’s Guest DJ. Riverhead’s Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir, is the Guest Bartender. The “5 Under 35” program annually honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. Since 2006, the program has championed a rising generation of writers, including Penguin Random House authors Danielle Evans, Keith Gessen, Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Merritt Tierce, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tiphanie Yanique and Paul Yu.
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.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s acclaimed novel, The Signature of All Things, a New York Times bestseller for Viking last year, is now out in paperback and off to a fantastic start.  Gilbert has appeared on CBS This Morning,Morning Joe, and NPR’s Here and Now and the paperback has been featured in People, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today,among others.  In the New York Times, Hillary Clinton named it as one of the books she can’t stop thinking about.  Gilbert is in the midst of an 8-city book tour, and will be hitting the road again with Oprah Winfrey this fall for her 8-city The Life You Want arena tour.  To get fans involved nationwide, bookstores have been invited to participate in a sweepstakes to win a beautiful plant every month for a year from White Flower Farm.  To enter, bookstores submit pictures of their display for the book, like the lovely table from The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, pictured here.  There is also a separate sweepstakes for readers. Start Reading The Signature of All Things
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 (Penguin, 6/24). “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 debut author Joël Dicker kicked off his 8-city tour for his #1 international bestseller,The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, during BEA week with a great launch event at NYC’s Barnes & Noble Upper West Side.  Dicker visited City Lit Books in Chicago and Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee last week, effortlessly charming his audiences. This week, he completes his tour with stops in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Houston. Read an excerpt from The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair