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Maya Angelou (1928-2014): In Memoriam

Random House deeply mourns the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Her work inspired and touched tens of millions of readers. Dr. Angelou’s first book, the groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969 to critical acclaim, and was followed by thirty-five more books, including volumes of poetry, essay collections, children’s books, cookbooks, and six further memoirs.

Robert Loomis, her editor of more than forty years, said, “Maya, a dear friend, helped change our hearts and minds about the African American experience in the United States, bringing it to vivid life, and her spirit and energy crossed all borders and deeply affected readers around the world.”

Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of Random House, added, “Today a light has gone out at Random House. Dr. Angelou was an inspiration to all, and we are proud and honored to have known her and to be part of the devoted team that publishes her work. Maya will be deeply missed.”

Dan Fagin’s Toms River Wins 2014 General Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Dan Fagin for his Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, for his book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. See the full list of Pulitzer Prize winners here.

Association of American Publishers, Twitter and Penguin Random House Launch #TwitterFiction Festival 2014, March 12-16: Top Authors Participating; Call for Public Entries Opens Today

Leading authors will take on 140-character storytelling, and others are invited to join them, during #TwitterFiction Festival, March 12-16. The second festival will again allow established and emerging authors to utilize the platform’s functionality and create experimental fiction as Tweets. The festival is a partnership between the Association of American Publishers (@AmericanPublish), Penguin Random House (@PenguinRH_News) and Twitter (@Twitter). Learn more here.

We are deeply saddened to share the news that beloved author and friend Barbara Park died peacefully on Friday, November 15, after fighting ovarian cancer heroically for seven and a half years.

Sixty-six years old, Barbara was best-known as the creator and author of  the New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, the  stories of an outrageously funny kindergartener who has kept kids (and their grownups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Donations in memory of Barbara can be made to SIS, www.sistersinsurvival.org, which her family will continue to run.

Random House LLC Launches Pinterest Top Pins on Select Sites; Publisher Boosts Discovery with Pinterest’s First Set of APIs

Today, Random House LLC, a U.S. division of Penguin Random House, announced a partnership with Pinterest to use the service’s first set of APIs to help people discover popular content. Read the full press release here and then start discovering.

Congratulations to the ten Penguin Random House National Book Award Finalists!

Fiction: Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland; James McBride, The Good Lord Bird; Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge; George Saunders, Tenth of December
Nonfiction: Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin; Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief
Poetry: Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion; Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke
Young People’s Literature: Tom McNeal, Far Far Away; Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone

Read more on the National Book Awards here.

Jubilation and great pride today throughout Penguin Random House worldwide with the news that our author Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Praised by the Nobel Prize Committee as “the master of the contemporary short story,” Ms. Munro is published in hardcover and e-book by our McClelland and Stewart imprint and in paperback by Penguin in her native Canada; Knopf and Vintage in the U.S; Chatto and Windus in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa; and Lumen in Spain and Latin America. She joins more than 70 Random House and Penguin authors who are previous recipients of a Nobel Prize. Our joyous good wishes to our beloved author and to our family of her publishers and editors.

Random House Studio, Tavola Productions, Clarkson Potter & Food Network Announce Cookbook & TV Show with Food Writer Amy Thielen For Fall 2013

You are invited to tune in –or DVR– the premiere episode of Random House Television’s debut television series, “Heartland Table,” which stars Amy Thielen, and is inspired by her September Clarkson Potter book THE NEW MIDWESTERN TABLE: 200 HEARTLAND RECIPES.
This Saturday (14), 10:30 a.m. ET/PT on The Food Network.

To learn more about the program, and Amy’s book, view the full press release here.

Random House Children’s Books to Publish Dr. Seuss’s Classics as eBooks for the First Time

Random House Children’s Books, the longtime publishing home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss books in their print editions (www.seussville.com), will now also publish these stories as ebooks beginning on September 24 and continuing throughout November, marking the first time they have been available in this format. Read more.

CEO Markus Dohle Announces Penguin Random House Global Leadership Team

Full press release here.

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