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Anne M. Fletcher’s Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment — and How to Get Help That Works, published by Penguin Books in 2014, is a Bronze Award winner for the 2015 National Health Information Awards in the category of Patient Education Information. The National Health Information Awards honors the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials, including books, newspaper and magazine articles, and other media.
The longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction has been announced and includes Steve Silberman’s  NeuroTribes:The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity  (Avery).   The Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction is the UK’s premier prize for nonfiction books. The prize aims to reward the best of nonfiction and is open to authors of all nonfiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. The shortlist will be announced on October 11 at London’s Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize will be announced on November 2.


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The Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, which annually recognizes the title that “provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics,” announced its 2015 shortlist this week. How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) is among the six finalists for this £30,000 prize.  Congratulations to Mr. Wiit and everyone involved with this book. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17.
A Sister To Honor by national bestselling author Lucy Ferris (Berkley Trade Paperback; January 2015) has been chosen as one of the Women’s National Book Association’s (WNBA) selections for National Reading Group Month in October 2015.National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association.  Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book. A Sister To Honor is about the crisis that ensues when a young woman from a traditional family in Pakistan falls in love with an American student while at college in New England, and through the power of social media, photos surface online of her with the boy, embarrassing her family in Pakistan, who order her brother to avenge the family’s honor by killing her.  The novel explores the deep chasm between Eastern and Western cultures that is at the heart of so much misunderstanding in the world.  Gripping, suspenseful, and moving, it is a story of family, of loyalty, of deep and bitter conflict — and finally, of love. Start Reading an Excerpt!
The National Book Foundation announced its 2015 National Book Awards Longlists this week and three titles published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints were recognized.   fates-and-furies-by-lauren-groffFates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books) is on the Longlist for Fiction. The New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal,NPR, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly have all commented on the list, with Groff’s name right at the top. The New York Times Book Review praised Groff’s “complex and remarkable novel“ as did Ron Charles at the Washington Post (Lauren Groff just keeps getting better and better… Fates and Furies is a clear-the-ground triumph”), Robin Black for the New York Times Book Review (“Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers.”) and fellow author Richard Russo, who selected  as the third Book Club Pick for NPR’s Morning Edition. scattered-at-sea-by-amy-gerstlerScattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler (Penguin Books) and How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books) are on the Longlist for Poetry.  In How to Be Drawn (Penguin Books), his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award–winning author of Lighthead, explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes’s background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Upon publication, How to be Drawn received significant praise, with reviews appearing on NPR.org, Slate, and The New Yorker.  The poems in Amy Gerstler’s eleventh collection, Scattered at Sea (Penguin Poets), are caffeinated, wryly perverse, assured verbal performances that explore notions of gender, ancestry, bereavement and the nature of prayer. Upon publication, Scattered at Sea garnered acclaim from critics at the Boston Globe, the Kansas City Star, and Elizabeth Lund from the Washington Post, who says the book “changes how you view the world.” how-to-be-drawn-by-terrance-hayesCongratulations to the authors and publishers of these outstanding works. The National Book Awards Shortlist will be announced on October 14, with the winners to be announced on November 18 at a dinner in New York.
Riverhead author Marlon James will be traveling to the United Kingdom next month to participate in all the festivities celebrating his Shortlist nomination for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his acclaimed book A Brief History of Seven Killings. James is the first Jamaican ever to be nominated for the award. Congratulations to Marlon for the well-deserved literary attention. The 2015 Man Booker Prize winner will be announced on October 13 at a dinner in London. Start Reading an Excerpt!
Publishers Weekly announced the 40 honorees for its Star Watch 2015, including eight Penguin Random House honorees, featuring one Superstar, our very own Helen Yentus, Art Director of Riverhead Books.  PW’s inaugural Star Watch program recognizes young publishing professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry. When Helen learned she was named the Superstar, she says, “Honestly, I was taken aback. We all work so hard here and I consider myself one part of a team. I feel very honored, but also humbled, I guess, as I don’t necessarily see myself in this way. I am extremely grateful to Madeline, for nominating me for this honor. And mostly I just feel lucky to work in such a creative atmosphere that fosters innovation. The people I work with constantly push me to do better and more interesting things because they themselves are doing them in ways that I would not have thought. It’s thrilling, really.” Helen Yentus In the Star Watch feature in the current edition of Publishers Weekly, Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh commented: “Helen Yentus, award-winning art director of Riverhead Books, is a star magician of the very first order. She is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of physical design. Far from working in the lone-artist model, Helen brings collaborative and inspiring energy to the entire Riverhead art team and to collaborations with external talents.”  To read the full Star Watch feature on Helen, clickhere. Star Watch was developed in association with the Frankfurt Book Fair, and as part of the program, as the Superstar Helen was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the international fair next month. The 40 Stars included 7 more Penguin Random House honorees,  Eve Adler,  Senior Editor, Grosset & Dunlap, Price Stern Sloan; Rachel Kempster Barry, VP, Marketing and Publicity, DK; Joanna Cardenas, Associate Editor, Viking Children’s Books; Nicole Estrin, Advertising & Promotions Coordinator, Berkley Publishing Group; Mallory Grigg, Senior Designer, Penguin Young Readers Group;   Casey McIntyre, Associate Publisher, Razorbill; and Matthew Schwartz, VP, Director of Digital Strategy & Associate Digital Publisher, Random House. They were honored at a party in NYC on Wednesday, September 16. Congratulations to Helen and all of our Penguin Random House honorees! Geoff Kloske, Helen Yentus, Madeline McIntosh With the help of judges from the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and industry consultant Richard Nash, PW selected the honorees from among the more than 250 nominees. The honorees represent every part of the book eco system: booksellers, designers, digital specialists, editors, and publicists. They sell and publish a variety of formats across all categories and genres, from literary fiction to romance, picture books to academic tomes, and comics to classics.
The Center for Fiction has announced the seven novels that are finalists for its 2015 First Novel Prize.  Among the nominees is Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, published by Penguin Books.  This vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past.   The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8 at The Metropolitan Club in New York.
Riverhead’s The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, after recently roaring past the 3 million copies sold milestone, has picked up a new head of steam, returning to #1 on The New York Times eBook fiction bestseller list in its 31st week on the list. This GIRL continues to live up to the well-earned “Book of 2015” title.
Fall is approaching and the buzz around Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is growing more and more. Just announced: IndieNext names Fates and Furies the #1 Pick for October 2015, with over 60 booksellers nominations for Lauren Groff’s highly anticipated novel. On top of this success, LibraryReads lists Fates and Furies as their #4 pick for September. Riverhead is thrilled by all the support from indie bookstores, as well as the libraries, throughout the nation.