NEIL YOUNG, JUNOT DIAZ, ZADIE SMITH, AND JOHN GREEN TO HEADLINE EVENTS FOR PENGUIN GROUP (USA) AT 2012 BOOK EXPO AMERICA IN NEW YORK

Highlights also include a showcase of new books from bestselling Penguin authors Ken Follett, Nora Roberts, Patricia Cornwell, Jen Lancaster, Stacy London, Ally Condie, and Deborah Harkness

New York, New York, June 5th, 2012...Multi-award winning authors Junot Díaz and Zadie Smith as well as #1 New York Times bestseller John Green headline BEA Book & Author Breakfasts at this year's Book Expo America (BEA), taking place June 4th to June 7th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Rock legend Neil Young will be the featured luncheon speaker in conversation about his forthcoming memoir. For full details on Penguin activities at BEA please visit www.penguin.com/bea.

David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Group (USA) commented, "We are thrilled that we have such internationally acclaimed talent appearing at this year's show. Penguin is publishing a robust and diverse list of titles this fall and we're proud to share our compelling line-up with the booksellers and the media."

Neil Young, an iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will be interviewed by musician/author Patti Smith about his eagerly anticipated memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, at 12pm on Wednesday June 6th.

Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz will talk about his new book This Is How You Lose Her at the BEA Book & Author Breakfast on Tuesday June 5th. This Is How You Lose Her is a collection of nine stories that deal with love, loss, heartbreak and recovery. Diaz won National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Bestselling author, and winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and Orange Prize for Fiction, Zadie Smith will be discussing her latest book, NW, at the BEA Book & Author Breakfast on Thursday June 7th. Her first full-length fiction work for seven years, NW brilliantly depicts Northwest London and the modern urban zone—familiar to city dwellers everywhere—in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.

John Green, Printz Award-winner and New York Times-bestselling author, headlines the BEA Children's Book & Author Breakfast on Wednesday June 7th. He will talk about his New York Times bestselling book The Fault In Our Stars, a book that causes readers to reexamine how sickness and health, life and death, can define one person's legacy—something that we all leave behind.

Penguin Group (USA) is spotlighting a number of other titles on its diverse 2012 list including:

Ken Follett, Winter of the World (Dutton Hardcover Fiction, September 18)
Internationally bestselling author Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy, with a page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Patricia Cornwell, The Bone Bed (Putnam Hardcover Fiction, December 31)
From the world's #1 bestselling crime writer comes the twentieth Kay Scarpetta novel. When an eminent paleontologist disappears from a dinosaur dig site, Scarpetta receives a grisly communication that gives her reason to suspect this may become her next case. But she fears she just may be on her own this time—against an enormously powerful and cunning enemy who seems impossible to defeat.

Nora Roberts, The Perfect Hope (Berkley Trade Paperback Fiction, November 6)
From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Next Always comes the final novel in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, featuring three brothers as they breathe new life into the town of Boonsboro, Maryland, by restoring its historic hotel—and find their own lives revamped by love.

Jared Diamond, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? (Viking Hardcover Nonfiction, December 31)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the differences between "traditional" societies and industrial or post-industrial societies, with an eye to one question: what can we learn from the former that can make the world we live in a better place for all?

General Stanley McChrystal, My Share of the Task: A Memoir (Portfolio Hardcover Nonfiction, November 13)
The candid memoir by one of America's most influential and controversial generals, who helped lead the reinvention of our military for the 21st century. McChrystal makes a convincing case that weapons, money and strategy are all ultimately less important than leadership in determining success, both on and off the battlefield.

Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night: A Novel (Viking Hardcover Fiction, July 10)
The thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches follows Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont as they jump through time to find Ashmole 782—and explore their own pasts.

Stacy London, The Truth About Style (Viking Hardcover Nonfiction, October 2)
The beloved co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their way.

Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel (Razorbill Hardcover Young Adult Fiction, June 19)
The latest novel in the Bloodlines series, filled with new and familiar faces, explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that makes the #1 New York Times-bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive.

Ally Condie, Reached (Dutton Hardcover Young Adult Fiction, November 13)
In the highly-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

David Gillham, City of Women (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Hardcover Fiction August 7)
"Extraordinary" says Alan Furst of this remarkable page turner about a seemingly perfect Nazi Soldier's wife and her clandestine life.

Additional details about these and other Penguin Group (USA) titles can be found in our Penguin Group (USA) 2012 Fall & Summer Highlights booklet, which provides an at-a-glance overview of our fall list and selected summer titles as well.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

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