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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.
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,” has announced its 2015 longlist.  Among the 15 semi-finalists for this £30,000 prize are two books published by Viking in the US: Warm congratulations to everyone involved with these longlisted titles. A shortlist of up to six books will be revealed on September 22. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony and dinner in New York on November 17.

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New York Times bestselling Penguin Press author Mark Harris has received the Richard Wall Memorial Award his book Five Came Back, which chronicles the wartime experience of five of Hollywood’s most legendary directors. This marks the second time Harris has won this award. He previously won 2010 for his book Pictures at a Revolution. Granted yearly by the Theatre Library Association, the award is given to a book of distinguished scholarship in the field of recorded performance and will be presented on the evening of October 16 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets), has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the Regional Author category. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows legendary heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he loved.  Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth. This annual awards program Indiana authors contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded by The Glick Fund. Matejka will be honored at the 7th annual Indiana Authors Awards Dinner on October 10 in Indianapolis.
Marlon James can add yet another win to his long list of awards for his “tour-de-force (The Wall Street Journal), “awe-inspiring” (Entertainment Weekly) and “epic” (The New York Times) novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead). Announced this week, The Before Columbus Foundation will present the American Book Award to James and several other authors for their influential literary works of the past year. All of the authors will be honored at an awards ceremony on October 25 in San Francisco.  This award recognizes literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  With no rules or guidelines, the American Book Award honors writers who yearn to defy any categories or descriptions. Since its release, A Brief History of Seven Killings has won the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards, been a finalist for the NBCC Awards and made it onto countless Best of 2014 lists. Congratulations to Marlon on the success of his novel,A Brief History of Seven Killings. It has had anything but a brief life in the literary world!