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The Center for Fiction has announced the seven novels that are finalists for its 2015 First Novel Prize.  Among the nominees is Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, published by Penguin Books.  This vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past.   The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8 at The Metropolitan Club in New York.
New York Times bestselling Penguin Press author Mark Harris has received the Richard Wall Memorial Award his book Five Came Back, which chronicles the wartime experience of five of Hollywood’s most legendary directors. This marks the second time Harris has won this award. He previously won 2010 for his book Pictures at a Revolution. Granted yearly by the Theatre Library Association, the award is given to a book of distinguished scholarship in the field of recorded performance and will be presented on the evening of October 16 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets), has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the Regional Author category. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows legendary heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he loved.  Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth. This annual awards program Indiana authors contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded by The Glick Fund. Matejka will be honored at the 7th annual Indiana Authors Awards Dinner on October 10 in Indianapolis.
Elizabeth Little, author of Dear Daughter (Penguin Books, 7/28), has won the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel. DEAR DAUGHTER was originally published by Viking in 2014 to critical acclaim.   Little will tour to four cities in August for the Penguin paperback publication of the book.  The book was also nominated for a Barry Award (Best First Novel) and described by People magazine as “quick-witted and fast paced.”
Queen of the coloring book and #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Basford revealed the cover for her upcoming new book, Lost Ocean (Penguin Books, 10/27), Tuesday on Instagram and Facebook. Both posts quickly received thousands of likes and hundreds of comments and shares. Facebook published Penguin’s announcement to their “Books on Facebook” page. Penguin marketing posted the same announcement to Penguin’s social media channels, using #LostOcean, and reached an estimated 295k Twitter accounts, and 526k total impressions. The online buzz from the cover reveal drove Lost Ocean up to the 101st ranking on Amazon by Wednesday morning. A free page fromLost Ocean  is available to download on Basford’s website. To get a sneak peek of the inky underwater adventure, click here.
On June 10, 2015, Saul Bellow would have turned 100. In celebration of the writer and his work, Viking and Penguin Books, whose history with Bellow goes back more than 65 years, is hosting a Bellow Centennial Slam at Housing Works Bookstore and Café (126 Crosby Street ) on Wednesday (6/10), a reception from 7:00 to 7:30 pm reception and the main program, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Writers and editors will honor him by reading from his works and sharing stories, memories, and inspiration about the man himself. Penguin Books also turns 80 this year and is thrilled to kick off this banner year by paying homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Participating in the event are: Adam Kirsch, Deborah Treisman, A.M. Homes, Colum McCann, Jonathan Santlofer, and Penguin’s own Beena Kamlani. There will be a special musical performance by students from Julliard and books for sale from Greenlight Bookstore. To commemorate the Bellow centennial, Viking and Penguin Classics published several outstanding books. There Is Simply Too Much To Think About: Collected Nonfiction features Bellow’s essays, reviews, interviews, and more. It was edited by Benjamin Taylor, who also edited Saul Bellow Letters. Penguin Classics published Ravelstein as an iconic black spine edition for the first time, with an introduction by Gary Shteyngart. In addition, Herzog is now available as a gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe, with an introduction by Philip Roth.  
Garrison Keillor’s The Keillor Reader (Penguin) has been selected as one of the seven semi-finalists for the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor, the only recognition for the art of humor writing in the United States.  The judges for the prize include Sloane Crosley, author of  I Was Told There’s Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, both published by Riverhead. The three finalists will be determined in August and the winner announced in September.  
Chautauqua Institution has announced Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) as the 2015 winner of The Chautauqua Prize, which “celebrates a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts.” Klay receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua, the not-for-profit educational and cultural center in southwestern New York state.
The 2015 Anthony Awards shortlist  was announced this week and includes two Penguin titles. Tana French’s The Secret Place is a finalist in the Best Novel category and Alex Marwood’s The Killer Next Door is a finalist in the Best Paperback Original category. Congratulations to Tana, Alex and everyone on the teams involved with these books’ success stories. The Anthony Award winners will be chosen by the voting members during the Bouchercon convention, which will be held October 8 -11 in Raleigh, NC. The final Awards will be presented at the Anthony Award ceremony near the end of the convention. The Viking hardcover edition of The Secret Place was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. The Penguin paperback edition  will be released August 4.  The Killer Next Door was published by Penguin last October.
Penguin is pleased to announce that the Poetry Foundation has awarded poet Alice Notley the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which was established in 1986 and recognizes the outstanding lifetime achievement of a living U.S. poet.  Previous winners have included Philip Levine, John Ashbery, Kay Ryan, and Carl Dennis.  The $100,000 award, one of the richest literary prizes in the U.S., will be presented to Notley at a ceremony at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago on June 8. The Penguin Poets series has published five of Notley’s  collections, including Culture of One (2011), In the Pines (2007), Disobedience (2001), Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) and The Descent of Allette (1992). Penguin will publish a new work by Notley, Certain Magical Acts, in June of 2016. Robert Polito, President of the Poetry Foundation, commented: “The range, comprehensiveness, and empathetic imagination of Alice Notley’s poems are among the major astonishments of contemporary poetry. Book by surprising book, she reinvents not only herself as a poet, but also what it means for anyone to write a poem at this volatile moment in our history.”