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Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle will be the Publisher Honoree at the May 5 PEN Literary Gala, it was announced today by the PEN American Center, which also revealed that the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage award will go to the staff of Paris’ satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and Tom Stoppard will receive PEN’s highest accolade, the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

Mr. Dohle is being honored for his leadership role in the global literary community. PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel said, “Penguin Random House has been among PEN’s most stalwart supporters, with a history of resisting censorship and promoting reverence for the written word. Markus Dohle’s passionate leadership has helped galvanize an industry amid transformation, bringing energy and vision that are fueling reinvention in a dynamic and fertile new era of literary creativity.”

The recipient of the Freedom to Write Award, presented annually to an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising his or her right to free expression, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The PEN Gala will take place at New York’s Museum of Natural History and kick off the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which will feature a multitude of events in New York City from May 4-10.  Read the full PEN press release here for more details about the PEN festival, the Gala, and the honorees.

The longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced this week and feature 8 authors and their books published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints, as follows: PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction: PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: PEN Open Book Award: PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography:
  • Victoria by A.N. Wilson (Penguin Press)
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing: PEN Translation Prize:
  • I Ching  by John Minford (Viking Books)
Congratulations to all of our nominees. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Longlists here. The awards finalists will be announced on April 15. The winners will be revealed on May 13 and honored at PEN’s Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the New School in New York.
The shortlist for the 2015 New England Society Book Awards was announced this week and includes Alena by Rachel Pastan (Riverhead) in the Fiction category and The Map Thief by Michael Blanding (Gotham) in the History & Biography category. The New England Society Book Awards honors books of merit that celebrate New England and its culture and are sponsored by the New England Society in the City of New York. Winners will be announced May 13.
The popularity of Clive Cussler’s bestselling Isaac Bell series continues to grow. The two newest books, written with Justin Scott, both debut on The New York Times bestseller lists this week.  The Assassin (Putnam) hits at #3 on the eBook fiction list and grabs the #5 slot on the hardcover fiction list while The Bootlegger (Berkley) bows at #7 on the mass-market fiction list.
At last night’s National Book Critic’s Circle Awards ceremony at the New School in New York, Phil Klay received the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize for outstanding first book in any genre for his New York Times-bestselling, National Book Award-winning debut story collection Redeployment (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Named to honor the memory of founding NBCC member John Leonard, the prize is uniquely decided by a direct vote of the organization’s nearly 700 members nationwide, whereas the traditional awards are nominated and chosen by the elected 24-member board of directors.
Congratulations to our 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Finalist: Stalin by Stephen Kotkin (Penguin Press) is a Biography Finalist. Stalin is the product of a decade of intrepid research, a work that recasts the way we think about the Soviet Union, revolution, dictatorship, the twentieth century, and indeed the art of history itself. Napoleon by Andrew Roberts (Viking) is a Biography Finalist. Napoleon is the biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War—winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 2014.
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead) is a Fiction Finalist. Oyeyemi brilliantly recasts the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity. Five Came Back by Mark Harris (Penguin Press) is a History Finalist. Five Came Back tells the extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood’s most important directors, all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed by it forever. The Deluge by Adam Tooze (Viking) is a History Finalist. Tooze gives a searing and highly original analysis of the First World War and its anguished aftermath. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Dutton Children's Books) is a Young Adult Literature Finalist. Grasshopper Jungle weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books) is a Young Adult Litrature Finalist. Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers and a National Book Award Winner, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. See the Full List of Finalists: http://events.latimes.com/bookprizes/
The 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival announced its award winners this week, and Gotham Books came out on top.  Gotham’s The Glitter Plan received overall top honors and won the gold prize in the general nonfiction category.  Authors Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor will be honored at a private awards reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on March 7.

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Ruth Ozeki, author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed novel  A Tale For The Time Being was awarded the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Creative Writing: Prose.  The subcommittee wrote: “Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale For The Time Being  is a beautiful contradiction of a novel–as expansive as the Pacific in its geographic and temporal scope, yet as finely textured as the quantum entanglements that link the lives of its two central characters. The novel deftly interweaves the perspectives of Nao, a teenage girl in Tokyo by way of Sunnyvale, and Ruth, a novelist in British Columbia by way of New York. Alternating and overlapping in their roles as readers, narrators, and dreamers, Ruth and Nao reflect upon an array of questions: the uncertain nature of being in time; isolation and communication; bullying and suicide; ecological disaster and automated warfare; memories of the past and the experience of the present.  These questions may seem arbitrary when presented as a mere list, yet in Ozeki’s hands they are anything but—the novel unfolds at the pace of life, building its connections, one moment at a time. It is a stunning achievement.” This award will be presented to Ozeki at the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Awards Reception on the evening of April 25 in Evanston, Illinois.  More information can be found at: http://aaastudies.org/.
Extreme Medicine by Kevin Fong is named a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, which celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The awards committee writes: "Fong’s strong narrative voice and his belief that medical discovery is akin to extreme geographical exploration bring the reader fully into a discussion of science, medical practice, and innovation.  He offers compelling stories of doctors and patients that include just enough detail to contextualize and educate without overwhelming. His passion for his work as a doctor and his clear compassion for the ill (or harmed) shows in every case he describes. His curiosity taps the reader’s curiosity. And, more than anything else, the unanswered questions invite young readers into the challenge of charting the future path of medicine." Winners will be announced in January 2015.
The National Book Foundation has announced its 9th annual “5 Under 35” honorees and three of the authors are published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints: Five-Under-35-ThumbnailView the complete list of 2014 honorees here. This year’s “5 Under 35” authors will be honored at the National Book Awards Week party in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday, November 17. The event will be hosted by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. New Yorker editor Ben Greenman will moderate a conversation with the authors and serve as the evening’s Guest DJ. Riverhead’s Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir, is the Guest Bartender. The “5 Under 35” program annually honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. Since 2006, the program has championed a rising generation of writers, including Penguin Random House authors Danielle Evans, Keith Gessen, Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Merritt Tierce, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tiphanie Yanique and Paul Yu.