PENGUIN GROUP (USA) HEADS TO FRANKFURT BOOKFAIR TO CAPTURE ATTENTION FOR NEW BOOKS;

Highlights Include:

  • Highly anticipated memoir from rock star Neil Young
  • Second book from Deborah Harkness, whose 2010 debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, was a New York Times bestseller
  • New York Times bestselling author Shalom Auslander's new novel
  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll's investigative portrait of ExxonMobil

New York, New York, October 11, 2011…Penguin Group (USA) is featuring an exciting array of new titles at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, including a highly anticipated memoir by Neil Young, one of the most influential and enigmatic musicians of his generation; the second book from Deborah Harkness, whose 2010 debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, was a New York Times bestseller; a new novel from Shalom Auslander, author of the acclaimed memoir, The Foreskin's Lament; and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll's penetrating, news-breaking investigative portrait of the ExxonMobil Corporation.

Penguin Group (USA) will be featuring a broad range of titles from such imprints as Viking, Riverhead, The Penguin Press, Amy Einhorn Books, Blue Rider Press, Portfolio, Putnam and Dutton, among others.

Leigh Butler, Penguin Group (USA)'s Senior Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights, commented, "We are thrilled to be in Frankfurt once again showcasing exciting new titles from Penguin's various imprints. Many of our books have already received international attention and we look forward to presenting our entire list to the prestigious group at the Frankfurt Fair."

This year's Frankfurt Book Fair takes place October 12–16 in Frankfurt, Germany.

For more details about Penguin Group (USA)'s featured books and other titles being presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, see below:

  1. Penguin Group (USA) Featured Titles:
    • BLUE RIDER PRESS
      WAGING HEAVY PEACE
      Neil Young
      (Fall 2012)
      A memoir by one of the most influential and enigmatic musicians of his generation.
      Rights sold: Finland/Like, France/Robert Laffont, Germany/Keipenheur, Holland/Bruna, Italy/Feltrinelli, Sweden/Norstedt, UK/Viking (Penguin UK), Brazil/Globo, Denmark/Politiken, Norway/Schibsted
    • VIKING
      SHADOW OF NIGHT
      Deborah Harkness
      (May 2012)
      The second in the All Souls Trilogy, Shadow Of Night continues the story of the international bestseller, A Discovery Of Witches, which has sold in 36 countries.
      Rights sold: UK/Headline
    • RIVERHEAD
      HOPE: A TRAGEDY
      Shalom Auslander
      (January 2012)
      A hilarious, searing novel about trying to escape the past—literally and figuratively—by the acclaimed author of The Foreskin's Lament.
      Rights sold: Macmillan (UK), Berlin Verlag (Germany), Kinneret (Israel), Blackie Books (Spain), Guanda (Italy), Belfond (France)
    • THE PENGUIN PRESS
      PRIVATE EMPIRE: ExxonMobil and American Power
      Steve Coll
      (May 2012)
      Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll presents a penetrating, news-breaking investigative portrait of the ExxonMobil Corporation, the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States. Coll goes deep inside the notoriously secretive company whose influence and reach is global.
    • PORTFOLIO/PENGUIN
      INSANELY SIMPLE
      Ken Segall
      (May 2012)
      After Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1997, Ken Segall was appointed creative director and went on to work on Apple advertising for the next 14 years, including the legendary "Think Different" campaign. In this book, he explains how the religion of simplicity led Apple to enter new markets and humble competitors many times its size. This is not a book about becoming the next Apple. It's about discovering and internalizing the driving force behind Apple's success, so you can utilize it, no matter what you do. UK & Commonwealth rights sold to Portfolio UK.
    • DUTTON
      THE MORAL MOLECULE: Vampire Economics and the New Science of Good and Evil
      Paul Zak
      (May 2012)
      The first book setting out Paul Zak's groundbreaking research in neuroeconomics, taking a step beyond the recent popular discussion of behavioral economics, and revealing the underlying biology that drives our behavior—precisely how our brains create trust, generosity, and other human connections, as well as suggesting ways we can foster these connections at home, in business, and around the world.
      Rights sold: Transworld (UK & C) / Elsevier Editora (Portuguese in Brazil) / Paradigma (Dutch) / Time Books (Korean)
    • AMY EINHORN BOOKS/PUTNAM
      CITY OF WOMEN
      David Gillham
      (August 2012)
      Set during the height of the Second World War, when Berlin has become a city of women, fallen soldiers, and Nazi watchdogs, this debut novel tells the story of Sigrid Schroeder, a Kriegsfrau—a war wife—whose husband is serving on the Eastern Front. Sigrid recalls her Jewish lover, now a "U-Boat" on the run from the Gestapo, and her life is turned further upside down when a young duty-year girl, Erika, appears in the building. Erika involves Sigrid in a clandestine operation to save Jews, and Sigrid is forced to make a series of life and death choices.
      Rights sold: UK/Penguin UK, Italy/Piemme
  2. Newly Acquired Titles:
    • VIKING
      SHADOW ON THE CROWN
      Patricia Bracewell
      (TBD)
      A spell-binding story of intrigue and adventure set against the power struggles of the early Middle Ages. (World rights)
  3. More Title Highlights:
    • HUDSON STREET PRESS
      THE RULES OF INHERITANCE
      Claire Bidwell Smith
      (February 2012)
      A resonant memoir of the author's tumultuous twenties, which were bookended by the death of each of her parents from cancer. Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles and is a therapist specializing in grief.
    • GOTHAM
      MARRIAGE RULES: A Manual for the Married and Coupled Up
      Harriet Lerner
      (January 2012)
      From the multi-million copy best-selling author of The Dance of Anger, which was translated into 35 languages, this is a compact manual of relationship advice for married and committed couples, inspired by Michael Pollan's Food Rules.
      Rights sold: Kailash/Random House (German)
    • TARCHER/PENGUIN
      DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN: 4th Edition Betty Edwards
      (April 2012)
      A fully revised and updated edition of the most famous drawing book of all time—13 years since the last revision. Previous editions were sold in over 20 countries.
    • PUTNAM
      THE PROFESSIONALS
      Owen Laukkenen
      (March 2012)
      Four best friends and recent university graduates turn to a life as professional kidnappers when the job market fails them. For the last two years and counting, Arthur Pender and his gang have criss-crossed the United States, making scores and moving on with nobody the wiser. The team believes they've developed the perfect strategy: work quick, work cheap, and never stop moving. Everything's working perfectly until they kidnap the wrong man. A gripping page-turner in the tradition of Thomas Perry, Ian Rankin, and Denise Mina.
    • AMY EINHORN BOOKS/PUTNAM
      THE TRIAL OF FALLEN ANGELS
      James Kimmel, Jr.
      (Fall 2012)
      The Trial Of Fallen Angels is about a young lawyer who dies unexpectedly and, in the afterlife, is chosen to join the elite lawyers who prosecute and defend souls at the Final Judgment, and solves the mystery of her own death. The novel has drawn comparisons to such titles as The Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Shack, and The Lovely Bones, due to its tantalizing mix of modern allegory, forgiveness parable, and supernatural thriller.
      Rights sold: Brazil/Leya, Croatia/Znanje, Germany/Ullstein, Russia/Exmo, Taiwan/Rye Field, UK & Commonwealth/Michael Joseph (Penguin UK), Slovakia/Fortuna Libri, Czech/Fortuna Libri
    • PORTFOLIO/PENGUIN
      CURRENCY WARS
      The Making of the Next Global Crisis
      James Rickards
      (October 2011)
      Seasoned counselor, investment banker, risk manager, and advisor to the Department of Defense, CIA and director of national intelligence on global finance, James Rickards takes readers around the globe, explaining complex financial and political currents in plain English through enlightening anecdotes and analogies. Currency Wars offers warnings but also contains a more optimistic vision based on a diagnosis of the crisis and recommendations to policy makers based on that diagnosis. Simplified Chinese rights sold to CITIC, Korean rights to Thenan Biz.
    • AVERY
      THE WILLPOWER INSTINCT
      Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
      (January 2012)
      The Willpower Instinct combines the newest insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine to explain what exactly willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. Our ability to control our attention, emotions, appeitites and behavior greatly influences our health, financial security, relationships, and professional success. Dr. McGonigal not only explains how self-control works and why it's important, but also provides life-changing prescriptive advice for how to develp stronger willpower. Based upon Dr. McGonigal's highly-successful Stanford University course "The Science of Willpower" and the Psychology Today blog of the same name.
      Rights sold: Brazil/Objetiva, China/Shanghai Xiron Media, Germany/Mosaik, Indoneisa/PT Elex Media, Israel/Armchair Publishing, Japan/Daiwa Shobo, Russia/United Press, Spain/Urano, UK & Commonwealth/Rodale
    • DUTTON
      KILL DECISION
      Daniel Suarez
      (July 2012)
      A new, standalone thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Daemon and Freedom™. Based entirely on real science and present-day technology, Kill Decision is a terrifying, breathtaking vision of the world's near future in which automated drone warfare has permanently altered society—and threatens humankind's very position on the planet.
    • PORTFOLIO/PENGUIN
      G-ZERO
      Ian Bremmer
      (March 2012)
      The author of the best-selling The End of The Free Market argues that the world power structure is about to become a vacuum at the top—once the US is no longer the dominant global power, there's no one waiting behind us to step up to the plate. The book examines the fallout of this leaderless new world order in the domains of energy and resources, standards, currency, trade, security and the environment. Bremmer explains how the world will become a series of gated communities, as power becomes regionalized instead of globalized. Rights sold : UK & Commonwealth, Portfolio UK, Japan/Nikkei Publishing
    • AMY EINHORN BOOKS/PUTNAM
      A GOOD AMERICAN
      Alex George
      (February 2012)
      Set in a fictional Midwestern town and spanning more than a century, this story of three generations of the Meisenheimer family, all of whom are caught up in the sweep of history as they search for their places in their adopted country, is an epic, multi-generational novel about immigrant hope and what it means to find—at last—a home.
      Rights sold: Italy/Sperling, Spain/Maeva, UK & Commonwealth/Fig Tree (Penguin UK)
    • HUDSON STREET PRESS
      FROM EMOTIONAL CHAOS TO CLARITY
      Phillip Moffitt
      (May 2012)
      This inspiring and prescriptive book combines Western psychology with Buddhist philosophy to show us, in a step-by-step plan, how to move from the emotional chaos of the reactive mind to the clarity of the responsive mind.
    • PERIGEE
      FINISH THIS BOOK
      Keri Smith
      (September 2011)
      The newest book from the popular author of Wreck This Journal, a do-it-yourself illustrated novel in which the reader is the main character. Smith's previous books have been sold in a dozen languages.
      Rights sold: UK&Commonwealth/Particular Books (Penguin UK) and in Germany/Verlag Antje Kuntsmann

 

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Contact:

At the Frankfurt Book Fair:
Leigh Butler
leigh.butler@us.penguingroup.com

In New York:
Marilyn Ducksworth
(212) 366-2564
marilyn.ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com

Erica Glass
(212) 366-2951
erica.glass@us.penguingroup.com