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People en Español, one of the most widely-read Spanish-language magazines in the U.S. and the sister monthly publication of People Magazine, has published its first annual list of the “50 Most Influential” Hispanics.  This honor roll is a who’s-who of important world leaders, newsmakers, and bold-faced names, including: Pope Francis, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos, Ricky Martin and Sofia Vergara—and our colleague Raymond Garcia. Raymond is recognized as Publisher of Celebra, the Penguin Publishing Group imprint he founded eight years ago.  One of only three businesspeople chosen, Raymond is the sole representative from the book publishing industry. Since starting Celebra in 2007 with the mission of publishing books by Hispanic celebrities—in both English and Spanish—for mainstream audiences, Raymond has acquired and published books by international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  Celebra also published La La Anthony’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Love Playbook and The 22-Day Revolution by Marco Borges which recently spent several weeks on the Times list. raymondKara Welsh, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, said, “Anyone who has worked with Raymond knows of his keen commercial judgment and his passionate, tireless advocacy of Celebra’s authors and their books.  We are thrilled and very proud of his place on the People en Español ‘Most Influential’ list.  Please join me in congratulating him: ¡Felicidades!” 
Penguin Young Readers and Pharrell Williams have partnered with First Book on the #ReadHAPPY campaign, which provides books to children in need. The launch of this campaign coincides with Putnam Books for Young Readers’ October 6 release of Happy!, a photographic picture book based on Williams’ hit song of the same name.  “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Williams says. #ReadHAPPY encourages people everywhere to post images and thoughts about how reading makes them happy. And every post using the hashtag #ReadHAPPY shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram will trigger a donation of one book from Penguin Young Readers to First Book, up to 50,000 books. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors addressing literacy – access to books. To date, First Book has distributed more 130 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities.
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.
Penguin Pride was in full effect at the recent American Library Association conference, held in San Francisco from June 23-26.  During opening night, Penguin featured three new authors as part of our “Fresh Fiction Friday,” including Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen), Andi Teran (Ana of California), and Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen). Librarians swarmed the Penguin booth to meet these authors and take advantage of the customary galley giveaways. The enthusiasm continued on Day Two as Jayne Ann Krentz (Secret Sisters), Michelle Tea (How to Grow Up) and Michelle Miller (The Underwriting) all received warm welcomes during their booth signings. Five fabulous mystery authors, Elaine Viets (Checked Out), Jenn McKinlay (Dark Chocolate Demise), Kate Carlisle (Ripped from the Pages), Juliet Blackwell (The Paris Key), and Emily Brightwell (Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away) appeared in front of a packed house at the ALA Pop Top Mystery stage on a panel moderated by Dominique R. Jenkins, Academic Conventions Manager & Library Marketing Manager, Penguin Random House. Penguin author Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You) was the darling of the AAP Book-A-Licious Breakfast which was attended by over 250 librarians, and then later appeared at an awards dinner to accept her 2014 Asian/Pacific American Libraries Award in Literature. The show continued on Day Three with Viking author Val Brelinsky (The Girl Who Slept with God) speaking on the always popular First Author, First Book panel, and Phil Klay (Redeployment) and Janis Cooke Newman (A Master Plan For Rescue) signing books at the booth. Avery author Jennifer Tyler Lee (The 52 New Foods Challenge) shared cooking tips on the ALA What’s Cooking Stage and Amy Belding Brown (Flight of the Sparrow) and Stuart Rojstaczer (The Mathematician's Shiva) spoke at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians for selecting their books for the RUSA Reading List and Sophie Brody honorable mention award. Alexandra Petri (A Field Guide to Awkward Silences) made librarians laugh out loud at the annual United for Libraries Humor Panel headlined by Paula Poundstone, and Matthew Pearl (The Last Bookaneer) was charming as he spoke at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea attended by over 250 librarians. Last but not least Viking author Keith McCafferty  (Crazy Mountain Kiss) won over new fans by baking cookies for his booth signing and speaking eloquently at the AAP Mystery Panel on the final day of the show. In the end, the talk of the show was the tag team appearance of Riverhead author Sarah Vowell (Lafayette in the Somewhat United States) and Dutton author Nick Offerman (Gumption), who interviewed each other in front of standing room crowds during their individual ALA Auditorium Speaker Series events. The librarians were very happy!
Shelf Awareness’ “Image of the Day” on Friday was this fun photo from this week’s Penguin Press sales, marketing and publicity meeting, when all attendees taped pink hearts over their eyes to imitate the jacket art of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg, which went on sale on Tuesday.  Aziz discussed the book on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (6/15), then Good Morning America, The View, All Things Considered and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday (5/16).  His national book tour kicked off in New York City this week. Check out book.azizansari.com.   rewrew
Penguin editors and publishers were clear standouts at the three 2015 BEA Editors Buzz panels. At the Adult Editors Buzz, Penguin Press Publisher Scott Moyers described how he virtually “stalked” the agent of author Ottessa Moshfegh in his efforts to acquire her novel, Eileen, featuring “a narrator who is unreliable in every respect,” with a plot that keeps readers guessing until “a strange, pretty wonderful twist at the end.”  At the Young Adult Editors Buzz, Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor for Putnam Books for Young Readers, described her visceral reaction to the “moody and scary” Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, “best read with the lights on.”  And at the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz, Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, raved about Last In A Long Line Of Rebels  by Lisa Lewis Tyre, in whose hands “history comes alive and is relevant.”
The non-stop schedule of book signings throughout BEA and BookCon featured an outstanding mix of Penguin adult and young readers authors, including Geraldine Brooks, Marc Brown, Sylvia Day, Delia Ephron, Linda Fairstein, John Grisham, Lev Grossman, Charlaine Harris, Oliver Jeffers, Maureen Johnson, Maira Kalman, Janice Kaplan, Brian Kilmeade,  Jayne Ann Krentz, Janice Y.K. Lee, Marie Lu, Jane McGonigal, Brad Meltzer and Celeste Ng, among others.  Enthusiastic fans, many of them young readers, formed long lines that wrapped around the Penguin Random House booth.
For Penguin Random House, it was all about our authors and books at this year’s BookExpo America and BookCon, which took place May 27 – 31 at the Javits Center in New York. From the Chrystal Palace foyer to the special events halls,  there was prime visibility and constant activity, particularly at the largest-ever Penguin Random House BEA booth. BEA2015LizethCruzIgloo The non-stop schedule of book signings featured a great mix of 80 of our adult and young readers authors, presenting John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Lee Child, Charlaine Harris, James Dashner, Jayne Ann Krentz, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Brooks, Jennifer Niven, Sylvia Day, Lev Grossman, Brene Brown, Alice Hoffman, R.J. Palacio, Oliver Jeffers,  Celeste Ng, Brian Kilmeade, Julianne Moore, Mindy Kaling, Anthony Marra, Maureen Johnson, and Tom Foreman, among many others. Even with the large turnouts for the author signings, the lines kept moving thanks to the efforts of our corporate services team and dedicated volunteers as hundreds of books were autographed. BEA2015DianMillerTnail Penguin Random House editors and publishers were clear standouts at the three 2015 BEA Editors Buzz panels. At the Adult Editors Buzz, Knopf Editor Diana Miller spoke passionately and eloquently about City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg, describing how the author, “an incredible observer of human nature,” captured 1970s New York City, and the exchange of “high fives” (a rarity, at Knopf, she said) when Sonny Mehta announced the acquisition of this book.  Penguin Press Publisher Scott Moyers described how he virtually “stalked” the agent of author Ottessa Moshfegh in his efforts to acquire her novel Eileen, featuring “a narrator who is unreliable in every respect,” with a plot that keeps readers guessing, with “a strange, pretty wonderful twist at the end.”  At the Young Adult Editors Buzz, Wendy Loggia, Executive Editor, Delacorte Press, delved inside Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, the author making use of notes, texts, illustrations and medical charts, to tell the story of the life and love of a BEA15JMooreIglooteenager with an immune system disorder that prevents her from ever leaving her house in a voice that is “honest, relatable and truthful.” Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor for Putnam Books for Young Readers, described her visceral reaction to the “moody and scary” Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, “best read with the lights on.”  And at the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz, Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, raved about Last in a Long Line of Rebels  by Lisa Lewis Tyre, in whose hands “history comes alive and is relevant.” Penguin Random House sponsored the “Ten Years of Penguin China” reception as part of the China Guest of Honor Country BEA series.  Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle spoke first, thanking “our esteemed Chinese guests,” confirming Penguin Random House’s commitment to publishing in China, and recognizing and raising Read more...
At this year’s BookExpo America, which opened yesterday at the Javits Center in New York, activity is buzzing around the Penguin Random House booth. For the first time, Penguin and Random House are together in a combined exhibit booth on the convention floor. Between the booth itself and adjoining meeting area, this is the most floor space we have ever taken at a major book-trade show, with an expanded number of meeting and author signing tables. Befitting the world’s largest trade book publisher, our footprint cannot be missed at BEA, with book-lovers, booksellers, librarians, authors, agents and other publishing professionals mingling and conversing with Penguin Random House colleagues.  Here are some photo glimpses from our booth yesterday. booth
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Heidi Graynor and Daryl Thompson manning our booth

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The highly anticipated memoir by Barbra Streisand, one of the most influential and beloved actors, singers, and directors of our time, will be published by Viking in 2017. Ms. Streisand’s memoir will share memories of her childhood, explore her extraordinarily successful career on stage, screen, and in the recording studio, and reflect on her life. Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, noted, “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking.” The continuing popularity and relevance of the artist’s work was recently and vividly evidenced when her latest album for Columbia Records, Partners, debuted at #1 on the Billboard sales charts, making her the only performer to have achieved Number One albums in six consecutive decades. Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist ever and has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A Renaissance woman of her time, Streisand has been acknowledged as a director, writer, producer, composer, designer, activist, and philanthropist.   The “actress who sings,” as Streisand once described herself, received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.  Barbra Streisand is a rare honoree, the only artist to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors (2008) and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award (2001.)  She also received the National Endowment for the Arts medal from President Bill Clinton and France’s greatest recognition, the Légion d’Honneur, from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.