New York Times-bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman was one of the foremost writers of historical fiction. She passed away peacefully after a brief illness on January 22, 2021. Penman is the author of eleven historical novels most recently The Land Beyond the Sea (2020) and four medieval mysteries featuring Justin de Quincy, one of Sharon’s favorite characters. The Queen’s Man (1996) was a finalist for an Edgar Award for the year’s best mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.Read more
Over five decades after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, American society is still working towards the dream that he envisioned. These ten essential books shed light on these decades after Dr. King’s life, the Civil Rights movement, and show how his legacy has shaped the past half-century. These titles share the experiences of activists, lawyers, and journalists about the ongoing and necessary work towards racial equality. (Courtesy PRH.com)Read more
In late February, Putnam’s THOSE WHO ARE SAVED will join other World War II novels that have deeply satisfied readers’ curiosity and compassion about the war. To celebrate that publication, ask accounts to consider doing promotions around WWII titles, both fiction and non-fiction.Read more
Herewith a highly curated list of Black History titles – classics and contemporary biographies, memoirs, essays, history, even poetry, from a broad spectrum of voices. Speaking to slavery, civil rights, the arts and current events, these books are a great starting point for Black History Month promotions as well as being essential to every bookstore and library inventory year-round.Read more
With so many film and TV series release dates constantly moving, the collection on our Home Page had become very outdated. As of December 3rd, it is up-to-date.Read more
There are many fiction titles that tackle the topic of Antiracism in ways that are both eye-opening and entertaining. Recommend this list of bestselling thought-provoking titles to use as starting points in critical conversations—between book clubs, families, friend groups, colleagues, and more.Read more
These are the essential books that form the foundations of a lifelong love of literature, the ones that stick with a reader forever and help to form their personal preferences. Discover the best classics the Penguin Random House backlist has to offer with this collection.Read more
Every month, Reese Witherspoon picks one book she loves with a woman at the center of the story and shares it with her book club on her Hello Sunshine platform. Over the last several years, these picks have benefited numerous PRH titles, including her January 2020 pick, Kiley Reid’s SUCH A FUN AGE.Read more
“Ernest J. Gaines, award-winning novelist and author of the acclaimed The Autobiography of Jane Pittman, and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient, died of a heart attack while sleeping at his home in Oscar, Louisiana. He was 86.
A member of a longtime family of Louisiana sharecroppers, Gaines was born in poverty on the River Lake Plantation near False River. He was schooled on the plantation by seasonal visiting teachers and eventually moved to California at the age of 15 (schooling for African American kids ended at the 8th grade). Gaines attended San Francisco State University, and served two years in the Army, before winning a writing fellowship to Stanford University.”
– Publishers WeeklyRead more
On December 5, one of our most acclaimed and beloved authors celebrates her 85th birthday. The Cut describes Didion thusly, all reasons for celebration: “Embodies chic Californian minimalism, basically lived the plot of The Bell Jar, gave writers permission to hate New York, made angsty fragility poetic (undoubtedly inspiring future generations of anorexia memoirists), and most important, turned being small, feminine, and shy — all handicaps in a man’s world — into the ultimate professional advantage.”Read more
For the first time since 1992, the Booker Prize has been awarded jointly, and its 2019 winners are both Penguin Random House authors:
Margaret Atwood’s THE TESTAMENTS and Bernardine Evaristo’s GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER.Read more
Today the Swedish Academy awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature to Olga Tokarczuk, published in the U.S. by Riverhead and Penguin Random House Audio.
The Academy cites Olga for “a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.”Read more