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Saturday, October 17, 2015 marks the centennial of the birth of perhaps the greatest American playwright of the 20th Century, Arthur Miller.To celebrate this occasion, Penguin Classics published The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays (Penguin Classics) on Tuesday (10/13). USA Today ran a feature on the book as well as Arthur Miller’s legacy and Symphony Space in NYC will host an Arthur Miller Centennial Event on Thursday, 10/22.
Edgar Award-winning author Alex Marwood won a Macavity Award in the category of Best Mystery Novel for The Killer Next Door (Penguin Books, 10/28/14). Members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for the Macavity Awards, which were presented at this year’s Bouchercon on October 8. The Killer Next Door, which follows a group of neighbors from a dodgy London apartment building, has been optioned by James Franco and Ahna O’Reilly for a movie adaptation.  Warm congratulations, Alex.  Pictured, left to right: Viking/Penguin authors Neely Tucker, Alex Marwood and Elizabeth Little with Ben Petrone of Viking/Penguin publicity at Bouchercon.Alexmarwood  
The 2015 National Book Awards finalists were announced this week and two books published by the Penguin Publishing Group are in the running for prizes.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books) is on the Fiction shortlist. How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books) is a finalist in the Poetry category.  He won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010 for his collection, Lighthead. Congratulations and best of luck to Lauren and Terrance as well as their publishers and everyone involved with these highly praised titles. The winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony, which takes place Wednesday, November 18 in New York.
Early buzz is building for debut novel  A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding (Penguin Books; On-sale December 1, 2015) by Jackie Copleton. Booksellers are excited about the novel, which Kirkus called “perfectly paced…more than just a war story…[it is a] fully drawn portrait of a city and a life.” The Scottish writer is attending dinners with independent booksellers in the U.S. this week, attendees including Joseph Beth in Cincinnati, Book Stall in Chicago, Copperfield’s in San Francisco, and Elliott Bay in Seattle. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is an Indie Next Pick Jackie Copletonfor December.
Come one, come all to hear Scott Schuman—top fashion & photography blogger and author of  The Sartorialist: X (Penguin Original)—speak at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday, October 29. Scott will share his insights into global street fashion and photography much like he does on his blog The Schuman started The simply to share photos of people on the street whose style he admired. The blog now receives over 14 million page views per month and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In The Sartorialist: X, Schuman continues paying homage to the innate style found on sidewalks and streets, as well as off the beaten path.   With stunning images of men and women who caught Scott’s eye in traditional fashion locales like New York, London, and Milan, as well as newer ones including Peru, India, Dubai, and South Africa, the book celebrates the many cultures of pattern and color found across the world, making it a thrilling source of photographic inspiration.  Schuman also explores how we look at street style through camera phones, and has included in The Sartorialist: X some of his favorite images shot using his iPhone 6.
Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press/Penguin Books) has been awarded the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects. The shortlist for this award also included authors Bret Anthony Johnston, Anita Diamant, Ward Just, Annie Weatherwax, and Randy Susan Meyers. The full announcement can be read  here.
The Penguin Book Truck made a trip to Baltimore this week to celebrate the new 200thAnniversary Edition of Jane Austen’s Emma (Penguin Classics Deluxe). Editor Juliette Wells had an enthusiastic crowd at Goucher College, where she is a professor, and signed copies of the book at the Penguin Book Truck. Check out Juliette on the cab of the truck with a copy of Emma. She was interviewed for Jezebel and Flavorwire, with more interviews about Emma and the 200th anniversary still to come. Emma events are also planned for several other cities (including  Louisville, and New York City) over the coming months. As Juliette told Flavorwire, “Emma is the culmination of Austen’s ability to make great art about the most everyday material…if you love Jane Austen but your acquaintance is from these screen adaptations and you’re ready to take that step and read some of her writings, this is the perfect way to do it.” IMG_2762IMG_2709    
Anne M. Fletcher’s Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment — and How to Get Help That Works, published by Penguin Books in 2014, is a Bronze Award winner for the 2015 National Health Information Awards in the category of Patient Education Information. The National Health Information Awards honors the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials, including books, newspaper and magazine articles, and other media.
The National Book Foundation announced its 2015 National Book Awards Longlists this week and three titles published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints were recognized.   fates-and-furies-by-lauren-groffFates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books) is on the Longlist for Fiction. The New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal,NPR, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly have all commented on the list, with Groff’s name right at the top. The New York Times Book Review praised Groff’s “complex and remarkable novel“ as did Ron Charles at the Washington Post (Lauren Groff just keeps getting better and better… Fates and Furies is a clear-the-ground triumph”), Robin Black for the New York Times Book Review (“Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers.”) and fellow author Richard Russo, who selected  as the third Book Club Pick for NPR’s Morning Edition. scattered-at-sea-by-amy-gerstlerScattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler (Penguin Books) and How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books) are on the Longlist for Poetry.  In How to Be Drawn (Penguin Books), his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award–winning author of Lighthead, explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes’s background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Upon publication, How to be Drawn received significant praise, with reviews appearing on, Slate, and The New Yorker.  The poems in Amy Gerstler’s eleventh collection, Scattered at Sea (Penguin Poets), are caffeinated, wryly perverse, assured verbal performances that explore notions of gender, ancestry, bereavement and the nature of prayer. Upon publication, Scattered at Sea garnered acclaim from critics at the Boston Globe, the Kansas City Star, and Elizabeth Lund from the Washington Post, who says the book “changes how you view the world.” how-to-be-drawn-by-terrance-hayesCongratulations to the authors and publishers of these outstanding works. The National Book Awards Shortlist will be announced on October 14, with the winners to be announced on November 18 at a dinner in New York.
Coinciding with his 90th birthday earlier this month, Andrea Camilleri returns with the nineteenth installment of his addicting Inspector Montalbano mystery series,  A Beam of Light, published by Penguin Books September 1. Few writers can claim the breadth of work this New York Times bestselling author can. With hundreds of thousands of copies of his books in print by Penguin, a winner of the Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award and a contender for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Camilleri gets better with age. In A Beam of Light, when Inspector Montalbano falls under the charms of beautiful gallery owner Marian, his longtime relationship with Livia is threatened. Meanwhile, he is also troubled by a strange dream as three crimes demand his attention: the robbery and assault of a wealthy merchant’s young wife, stolen works of art, and a search for arms traffickers that leads him deep into the countryside, where the investigation takes a tragic turn. Complete with Camilleri’s signature intrigue, clever story developments, and refreshing humor, A Beam of Light is a thriller that will excite both returning Montalbano fans as well as those new to the series. A Beam of Light received coverage in the September issue of Vanity Fair and upcoming media includes Ambassador magazine, Primo, and National Italian American magazine, among other outlets. Start Reading an Excerpt!