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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.  
Avery’s The Map Thief by Michael Blanding has been selected as the 2015 New England Society Book Award winner in the Nonfiction – History & Biography category. He will be honored at the New England Society Book Awards Luncheon on June 3  in Manhattan.

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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.
The  2015 James Beard Foundation’s Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards winners were announced last Friday (4/24) evening and award-winning chef/author Dan Barber won a 2015 James Beard Foundation Book Award in the Writing and Literature category for The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.  Penguin Press published this title in hardcover in 2014 and Penguin Books published the paperback edition early last month. In his book, Barber discusses how, traditionally, Americans have dined on the “first plate,” a classic meal centered on meat with few vegetables. Thanks to the farm-to-table movement, many people have begun eating from the “second plate,” the new ideal of organic, grass-fed meats and local vegetables.  But neither model, Barber shows, supports the long-term productivity of the land. Indeed the inefficiency of these systems exacts a high cost on the land, and in the case of the “second plate,” on the price and accessibility of food.   Instead, Barber calls for a “third plate,” a new way of eating rooted in cooking with and celebrating the whole farm—an integrated system of vegetable, grain, and livestock production. Drawing on personal insight as well as the wisdom and experience of chefs and farmers from around the world, Barber proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating that inspires us to look at food and the land on which it grows in an entirely new way.
The Mystery Writers of America announced the 2015 Edgar Awards winners Wednesday night at its 69th gala banquet in New York.  Acclaimed Penguin author Chris Abani took home the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original for his latest thriller, The Secret History of Las Vegas (Penguin Books, January 2014). Abani’s visceral and gritty novel explores the blurry line between good and evil through the story of a detective trying to solve a series of murders of Las Vegas’s homeless. The New York Times Book Review praised it, saying “In the end, what lifts the novel is its energy, the audacity of Abani’s imagination, and most of all the breadth of vision that supplies its moral context.” Abani has also previously won a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and PEN Hemingway Book Prize, among other honors. He is known for his fiction, poetry, and work on humanitarian causes related to art and ethics. This is the third year in a row that Penguin Books had taken home an Edgar Award.  Congratulations all!
Capital: The Eruption of Delhi by Rana Dasgupta (Penguin Books) has been shortlisted for the UK’s Orwell prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, the competition committee awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition “to make political writing into an art.” The short list was announced April 22 and includes five other books in addition to CAPTIAL. The New Yorker calls the book “[An] unsparing portrait of moneyed Delhi, no telling detail seems to escape Dasgupta’s notice.”
Penguin Books author Adrianne Harun has won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel for her novel A Man Came Out Of A Door In The Mountain. The Pinckley Prize is named for Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The judges noted, “This story captured our attention with its poetic language. The novel is a genre-expanding meditation on the nature of evil and how this force manifests in the world. Harun based her fictional story on the real-life unsolved mystery of the aboriginal women who have been murdered or remain lost along the infamous ‘Highway of Tears’ in northern British Columbia. The factual grounding adds a chilling resonance to her seductive and beautiful writing.”
Penguin Books author T.C. Boyle has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, founded by Michael M. Rea in 1986 and given annually to a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made “a significant contribution to the discipline of the short story as an art form.”   Boyle’s honor was celebrated this week in The Washington Post.  Penguin Books has all of Boyle’s stories in print, gathered into two omnibuses – T.C. Boyle Stories(Penguin, 1999) and T.C. Boyle Stories II (Penguin, 2014). The Rea Award judges were Richard Bausch, Robert Olen Butler and Elizabeth Strout. They cited the “immense variety, hilarity, ambition and achieved talent” of Boyle’s stories, which “fairly glitter with imagination,” and called him “a genuine American original.”  Previous winners have included Alice Munro, John Updike, Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie and Richard Ford.
Viking had two winners at this past weekend’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Napoleon: A Life, the definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by New York Timesbestselling author Andrew Roberts (Viking), was named the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Biography category.  Napoleon was a New York Times bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month in November 2014, and received excellent reviews in the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, among others. Adam Tooze’s critically acclaimed book The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916 – 1931 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. In this wide-ranging historical tome, Tooze revisits World War I and examines its legacy. Tooze argues that American economic and military power changed the global order in ways that are still being felt today. The New York Times Book Review had this to say: “Epic in scope, boldly argumentative, deftly interweaving military and economic narratives, The Deluge is a splendid interpretive history.” Congratulations to our award-winning authors and their publishing teams.