Tag: awards

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.
TIME magazine has released its annual list of 100 Most Influential People, with two members of this exclusive club the authors of books published by Penguin. Warm congratulations to our authors: Misty Copeland, author of the children’s picture book Firebird (Putnam Books for Young Readers), with illustrations by Christopher Myers.  Nadia Comaneci:  “Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls.” Samantha Power, author of  Sergio (Penguin Press/Penguin).  Madeleine Albright: “Power is an insider, but she has retained her moral vision. As America’s U.N. ambassador, she has been a powerful friend to the displaced and downtrodden and a foe of dictators and despots. She has seen how hard it is to compel the world to act, but she has never stopped defending the values America holds dear.”
At last Sunday’s 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Penguin Young Readers author John Green and Paper Towns film stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne exclusively revealed a clip from the upcoming film. Media such as Buzzfeed, USA Today, HypableCosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, PopCrush, and more picked up the news. Click the link to watch the full clip and see below for the full round-up! The film based on John Green’s #1 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars won 4 awards, including Best Movie and actress Shailene Woodley winning the Trailblazer, Best Female Performance, and Best Kiss. In the acceptance speech for Best Movie, John Green thanked Esther Earl, the author of This Star Won’t Go Out, for teaching him that “a short life can also be a good life.” Media such as Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,Huffington Post, and more picked up the news
The Shortlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced by the PEN American Center on Thursday.  Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) is a finalist for PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  Congratulations to Phil, Steven and everyone involved with these acclaimed books. View the complete 2015 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists here. 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 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards winners were announced on Thursday.  Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books) won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award –  Middle Reader. In addition, Blueberries For Sal  by Robert McCloskey (Viking Children’s Books) was inducted into the Picture Book Hall of Fame.  The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman (Viking/Penguin) received an Adult Fiction Honor Award.  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers) received an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award – Middle Reader. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Putnam Young Readers) received an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Award: Picture Book The award winners will be honored at the ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 28, at BookExpo America in New York City.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins tops The New York Times bestseller lists for a 12th straight week. The Riverhead book is #1 on the hardcover fiction, eBook and combined print & eBook fiction lists for the week of April 19th.  This is one runaway train no one wants to stop!  National media attention continues to pour in, with features forthcoming from The Daily Beast and Costco Connection. Additionally, Paula will be interviewed for Entertainment Tonight, for a piece to air later this spring.
J.R. Ward’s The Shadows debuts in the #2 slot across the New York Times hardcover fiction, eBook fiction and combined print & eBook fiction lists.  The book also debuts at #2 on the USA Today list this week. The Shadows is the newest novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series about an elite band of vampire warriors.  In this latest installment, Ward tells the long-anticipated story of the enigmatic twins, Trez and iAm.  Born of a secretive race known as Shadows, the two brothers must fight to create their own destiny in a rigid vampire society. This past weekend in Cincinnati, more than 400 of Ward’s fans joined the author for her annual Black Dagger Brotherhood event.  Fans lined up hours prior to her event at the Cincinnati Millennium Hotel Grand Ballroom to meet the author.  During the event, Ward answered questions about her ongoing series, gave a sneak peek at the first book in her brand-new series The Bourbon Kings, and revealed the title of the next BDB book, The Beast.