War That Ended Peace:
From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.
"[Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?] is a screaming, bleating cry for society to fix itself. It is a frothing, angry, mournful meditation on what is slipping away as America plows on into the 21st century." —Chicago Daily Herald
"Originally published in 1945, this novel about the loss of innocence shines in a new translation. . . . Perceptive and razor-sharp insights into the agony of adolescence." —Kirkus (starred review)
of the Sea Light:
"Haunting. . . . Writing with lyrical economy and precision, Ms. Danticat recounts [her characters'] stories in crystalline prose that underscores the parallels in their lives." —The New York Times
This novel follows two filmmakers on an unlikely journey, while exploring the complexities of race, class, sexuality, and success in early twentieth century America.
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.
The American Library Association has announced the shortlists for their 2014 Carnegie Medals in Fiction & Nonfiction. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah (Knopf) and Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light (Knopf) were shortlisted for fiction while Nicholas Basbanes's On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History (Knopf) and Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown) were shortlisted in the nonfiction category. Established in 2012, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction "recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year." The winners will be announced at the ALA annual conference and will receive a $5,000 prize.