"Astonishing. . . . [Mitchell] writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience. Very few [writers] excite the reader about both the visceral world and the visionary one as Mitchell does." —The New York Times Book Review
"[A] lively account of the history of teaching. . . . Such books may be sounding the closing bell on an era when the big ideas in school reform came from economists and solutions were sought in spreadsheets of test data." —The New York Times Book Review
"Provocative and engaging . . . Pinker is a great storyteller and a thoughtful scholar. This is an important book, one that will shape how we think about the increasingly virtual world we all live in." —Paul Bloom, author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil
Days in September:
"A day-by-day account of the tense negotiations, artfully mixing in modern and ancient history, biblical allusions, portraits of the principals—Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat—and thumbnail sketches of key participants. . . . A unique moment in history superbly captured." —Kirkus Review, starred
Worth of War:
Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict.
The PEN American Center has announced the winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards. Please join us in congratulating the following Random House authors: Journalist and cultural critic James Wolcott won the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000) for Critical Mass (Doubleday); Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru won the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000) for League of Denial (Three Rivers Press); author Yannis Ritsos and translators Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000) for Diaries of Exile (Archipelago); author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky and translators Joanne Turnbull and Nikolai Formozov won the PEN Translation Prize ($3,000) for Autobiography of a Corpse (NYRB Classics). The award winners will be honored at the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on Monday, September 29, 2014 at The New School's Auditorium in New York City.
Salman Rushdie, acclaimed author of many books including Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, and Shalimar the Clown, has been awarded the 2014 PEN/Pinter Prize. This prize, established in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter, was given to Rushdie to honor his private acts of kindness and unrelenting fight for freedom of expression. Rushdie will accept his award at the British Library in London on October 9th, 2014.
Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday, May 28th at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86 years old. An award-winning poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director, Dr. Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. Her first book, the groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1969 to critical acclaim and has become a core text in middle school, high school and college reading lists across the country. Dr. Angelou went on to write thirty-five more books, including volumes of poetry, essay collections, children's books, cookbooks, and six further memoirs. Click here to read her full obituary in The New York Times.
Nobel Laureate and renowned author Gabriel García Márquez passed away this week at the age of 87 at his home in Mexico City. The foremost master of magical realism, he gained worldwide fame for classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, and his novels have been translated into dozens of languages and sold tens of millions of copies. Click here to read his full obituary in The New York Times and click here to read a tribute from Edwidge Danticat in The New Yorker.
Random House LLC is proud to announce that Dan Fagin's Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation (Bantam), an astonishing work of investigative reporting about a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category. In the book, Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River, New Jersey, a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns. Named one of the best books of the year by NPR and Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times called the book "a new classic of science reporting . . . a sober story of probability and compromise, laid out with the care and precision that characterizes both good science and great journalism."
Gary J. Bass's Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf) was a finalist in the General Nonfiction category (Paperback Available July 2014). For a full list of previous Random House Pulitzer Prize winners please click here.