A Field Guide to American Houses:
The fully expanded, updated and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture—in print since 1984 and acknowledged as the unmatched, essential reference to American houses.
"[The Rise of Rome] takes readers on a remarkable journey into the creation of the great civilization's political institutions, cultural traditions, and social hierarchy. . . . [A] comprehensive, engaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end." —Booklist (starred review)
Musorgsky and His Circle:
Stephen Walsh's brilliant composite portrait of the group known in the West as the Five portrays one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history—the emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century.
In this special papaerback edition of Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis issues his first encyclical letter, reflecting on the nature of belief and the need for a renewal of faith for a bright future of charity and love for all.
"A world-devouring novel. . . . This unquiet bildungsroman is designed to detonate its mild, middling title. . . . Exhilaratingly ingenious . . . unexpected and dizzying." —The New York Times Book Review
Autobiography of a Corpse:
"In Krzhizhanovsky's tales, relics of a future past, he transports readers back to the present he renounced, to a life that's 'not-life, a gap in existence'—a place from which he sought refuge in fiction and dreams." —The New York Times Book Review
Doris Lessing has passed away in London at the age of 94. The author of more than thirty books—novels, short story and poetry collections, reportage, and plays—Lessing's diverse body of work was recognized officially in 2007 when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her full New York Times obituary can be read here.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett's Gabriele d'Annunzio has won the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. One of the most highly regarded prizes for non-fiction books the Samuel Johnson Prize "aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of all non-fiction books in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts," and comes with £20,000 award. Click here to view a list of our previous winners and finalists.
Six Random House authors have been named finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards: Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland and George Saunders' Tenth of December for Fiction; Jill Lepore's Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin and Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief for Non-fiction; Lucie Brock-Broido's Stay, Illusion for Poetry; and Tom McNeal's Far Far Away for Young People's Literature. The winners will be announced on November 20th. Click here for a full list of former Random House National Book Award winners.
Karen Russell, author of the short story collections St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove and the novel Swamplandia! which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellows Program has given "unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" since 1981. The fellowships is a "no strings attached" award of $625,000 that is paid out to the recipient over five years. Please join us in congratulating Karen Russell on this extraordinary achievement.
On Thursday October 10th, Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. Called a "master of the contemporary short story" by the Nobel committee, Munro is Canada's most well known and highly regarded writer of short fiction and the 13th woman to win the prize. The committee noted that Munro's "texts often feature depictions of everyday but decisive events, epiphanies of a kind, that illuminate the surrounding story and let existential questions appear in a flash of lightning." Please join us in congratulating Alice Munro on this momentous achievement.