Penguin Books

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
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
Daniel James Brown has delighted standing-room-only audiences across the country with his tour for the paperback edition of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Penguin),  #2 on The New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 2 weeks running. In California, he posed with four women from the San Diego Rowing Club Women’s Varsity Quad, on their way to the national championships. Read an excerpt from The Boys in the Boat
tumblr_inline_n59qeqFvSJ1rip57tNew 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 Revolutionwhich 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: image PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay: PEN/O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: PEN Open Book Award: PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography: image  
  • 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.  
Working Mother 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.” Working Mother 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.