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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 Girl on The Train celebrates a huge milestone this week – over 1 million copies sold! On sale from Riverhead for just over two months, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train has taken the world by storm. In a USA Today feature commemorating the book’s incredible  success, Carol Fitzgerald says the sales numbers are “very impressive…in a sluggish market during a tough winter it’s a clear runaway winner.” The list of celebrity fans of the book also keeps growing, with Reese Witherspoon stating on her Instagram, “I don’t know who you are #PaulaHawkins but you kept me up all night reading! #TheGirlOnTheTrain #PageTurner #BookClub.”  And this train keeps rolling on the nation’s most highly regarded bestseller list: a #1 New York Times bestseller for 8 straight weeks. Join the celebration on Riverhead’s Instagram and Facebook!
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking has announced it will publish a sequel to Jojo Moyes’ global bestseller Me Before You this fall.  After You will be published in hardcover and as an eBook on September 29. Me Before You, has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.  Moyes’ collected works, also including The Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One, are available in a 36 languages and have sold over 9 million copies. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer optioned the motion picture rights to Me Before You and filming begins this April, with a theatrical release planned for 2016. British director Thea Sharrock is attached to the project, with an all-star cast featuring The Hunger Games’ Sam Clafin and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke. Jojo Moyes said: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and e-mails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, said: “Jojo is a gifted writer with a devoted following in the U.S. With Me Before You, she gave the world an unforgettable love story, and it is incredibly exciting for Pamela Dorman Books/Viking to publish the sequel and revisit these characters.” Pamela Dorman, Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books, said:  “Me Before You is one of those once-in-a-generation love stories whose characters lived on in readers’ hearts long after they turned the last page.  Now those readers will be rewarded with the arrival of its sequel and only a writer of Jojo Moyes’ warmth, compassion and sheer storytelling gifts could deliver another book as emotionally resonant and compelling as the first.”
Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams will bring his beloved hit song “Happy” to the youngest of readers in a new picture book featuring photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy, it was announced this week by Penguin Young Readers. The book HAPPY! will be published by the Putnam Books for Young Readers imprint on September 22.  On Tuesday, the Associated Press broke this news, which was also covered by The New York Times, The Washington Postthe Boston Herald, Rolling Stone, TIME.Com, Marie Claire, and Good Morning America, among many other outlets. “This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” said Don Weisberg, President of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.” “I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” said Williams. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.” Pharrell Williams is a singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, fashion designer and also a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Redefining cool for a new generation, he is a creative force, using music, fashion and design to express his distinctive style. He wears many hats, and has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work, including “Best Music Video” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Happy.” His multi-media creative collective “i am OTHER” includes fashion, music, entertainment, and art endeavors. Happy! will be his first children’s book.
First Installment The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass to be Published This Fall Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the acquisition of a new fantasy series by Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files novels. Executive Editor Anne Sowards bought World English Rights from Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency. The first novel in the new series, The Cinder Spires:The Aeronaut's Windlass, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015. Jim Butcher became one of the most recognized names in science fiction and fantasy with the internationally bestselling Dresden Files series featuring Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard. The series garnered a large and devoted fan base for Butcher that continues to grow with each installment; the last five Dresden Files books skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Butcher is currently at work on Peace Talks, the sixteenth installment in the phenomenally successful urban fantasy series. In addition to The Dresden Files, Butcher is also the author of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Codex Alera epic fantasy series. Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, "Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it's a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it's like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!" The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship's crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, "This is Jim Butcher at his best…It's steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning." The Cinder Spires:The Aeronaut's Windlass is poised to be one of the fall's biggest genre releases, and Butcher fans are anxiously awaiting news about the release. Perfect for readers of Brandon Sanderson and Naomi Novik—in addition to Butcher's existing fans— The Cinder Spires is a grand new adventure from one of the biggest names in fantasy. On Sale: September 29, 2015
Jewel, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, bestselling poet, actor and philanthropist, will write a full-length memoir about her life for Blue Rider Press. The book deal announcement was released Monday night with an Associated Press story  that was picked up by more than 100 outlets across the country, and sparked a wave of Penguin Random House-related chatter across social media. The book will explore Jewel’s unconventional upbringing and the circumstances in which she became a world famous singer and songwriter, as well as a far more complicated life than has previously been revealed. It will include inspirational advice and lessons learned from her experiences and explore how writing songs, poetry and prose, as well as becoming a mother, brought her insights and courage that anyone can apply to their lives.  Publication is planned in North America for Fall 2015. “My life has been about constantly challenging myself to discover who I am, and to become responsible for my own happiness rather than being a victim of whatever fate has thrown my way, “ said Jewel. “I hope that the personal experiences I write about will help others to understand that, no matter how bleak or how gilded, we are not prisoners of our circumstance unless we believe ourselves to be.”
Sinéad O’Connor, the award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, will write her memoirs, it was announced this week. The book, which is not yet titled, will be published in North America by Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.   Penguin Ireland will publish the memoir in Ireland, UK and Commonwealth.  A March 2016 publication date is planned. World print, eBook and audio rights were acquired by David Rosenthal, Blue  Rider’s president and publisher, from  Simon Watson of Sidewinder Management. Mr. Rosenthal will also edit. “I’ve never stopped expressing myself in my music, and now, with a book.  And I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with,” said O’Connor. “Sinéad has led a singular life – both personally and professionally,” said Rosenthal. “She is a fearlessly honest and incredibly talented artist.” The book will cover the singer’s turbulent upbringing in Ireland; her breakout as an artist with 1987’s The Lion and the Cobra and her nine subsequent albums; her controversial opinions and actions, as well as her personal and musical struggles and triumphs, through the present day.
Penguin Group (USA) authors shined brighter than the lights of Las Vegas at the recent American Library Association annual conference.  Librarians happily stood on line to greet both returning favorites and debut authors, including Jean Kwok (Mambo in Chinatown), Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian), Laura Lane McNeal (Dollbaby), Shari Shattuck (Invisible Ellen), Elizabeth Little (Dear Daughter), Penelope Douglas (Rival), Shaunta Grimes (Rebel Nation), Julie Lawson Timmer (Five Days Left), Daniel J. Brown (The Boys in the Boat), Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), and Eric Kaplan (Does Santa Exist), Sue Ann Jaffarian (Ghost of a Gamble), Elaine Viets (Catnapped), and Isabella Allen (Murder, Simply Stitched). The frenzy for galleys added to the upbeat atmosphere, with the librarians leaving the booth with coveted titles such as Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life and Liana Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. Author appearance highlights: JaneMcGonigal2 Jane McGonigal (Reality is Broken) opened the conference, speaking to enthusiastic librarians about her theories of gaming.  Azar Nafisi (The Republic of Imagination) was one of several authors in the ALA auditorium speaker series, sharing her ideas on literacy and signing copies of her new book. Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel author Anya Ulinich had a busy time at ALA; she signed books at the Penguin booth, appeared on the Graphic Novel Gaming stage, where she spoke to librarians about her novel, and played on the winning author panel in the AAP Librarian Family Feud. Julie Lawson Timmer spoke to a packed room at the United for Libraries Book Club Choices for librarians Panel, and Penelope Douglas was the darling of the United for Libraries Isn’t It Romantic panel. Jean Kwok1 In addition to her booth signing, Jean Kwok shared her life story at the United for Libraries Gala author tea, leaving not a dry eye among the 300 librarians that attended.   Daniel J. Brown and Christopher Buehlman (The Necromancer’s House, The Lesser Dead) spoke and signed copies of their books at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians that nominated their books for the RUSA Reading and ALA Notable Lists for 2014.  “Professor” Eric Kaplan hilariously took librarians to philosophy school when he appeared on the United for Libraries The Laugh’s on Us Humor Panel. Creativity author Philippe Petit closed the conference, mesmerizing librarians with a brilliant performance including card tricks, slight of hand, and audience participation with a plastic fork, followed by a book signing.
Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly has passed the 500,000 in print milestone (hardcover and eBook formats combined),  it was announced this week by Gotham Books. The hit #1 on The New York Times Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous list in its second week on sale (10/7/12), returned to #1 on the same list nearly a year later (10/6/13), and has been on the list 10 weeks thus far in 2014.  Brené Brown’s powerful vision of how to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, live wholeheartedly, and courageously engage in our lives has recorded a staggering 48 total weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (and counting!). Daring Greatly sales show no signs of slowing down. Alongside Daring Greatly’s continued performance, Gotham has just unveiled a beautifully repackaged paperback edition of Brené Brown’s first book, I Thought It Was Just Me (But it Isn’t). With a new cover design that echoes the Daring Greatly jacket, this liberating study on how our imperfections are what connect us to one another and to our humanity is sure to keep selling consistently for a long time to come. Read an excerpt from Daring Greatly
Deadline.com reported on Monday that The Weinstein Company announced a $12 million deal for the movie adaptation of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, which G. P. Putnam’s Sons is publishing next month.  The deal was confirmed at the Cannes Film Festival this week, following a rights battle between The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight.  Lion, the working movie title, will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake), and produced by Academy Award winning producers Ian Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech). A Long Way Home tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his brother at a railway station in India at age 5.  They were scavenging for food when he got lost, and Saroo boarded a train that took him far from home and he wound up on the streets of Calcutta.  After a harrowing survival, he was rescued and adopted by a family in Australia.  26 years later, he used Google Maps to track familiar locations in India and found his way home to reunite with his birth mother.