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Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim. Their founding creed: "To publish a strictly limited list of good nonfiction, such as biography, history and works on contemporary affairs, and distinguished fiction with some claim to permanent importance rather than ephemeral popular interest." The firm's name and its logo, a Viking ship drawn by Rockwell Kent, were chosen as symbols of enterprise, adventure, a

Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim. Their founding creed: "To publish a strictly limited list of good nonfiction, such as biography, history and works on contemporary affairs, and distinguished fiction with some claim to permanent importance rather than ephemeral popular interest." The firm's name and its logo, a Viking ship drawn by Rockwell Kent, were chosen as symbols of enterprise, adventure, a

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Watch Geraldine Brooks on CBS Mornings talk about her upcoming novel, HORSE, the history of horse racing, and how her lo...
06/13/2022
Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks on her new book, “Horse”

Watch Geraldine Brooks on CBS Mornings talk about her upcoming novel, HORSE, the history of horse racing, and how her love of Star Trek led to living on Martha's Vineyard:

Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks discusses her new book “Horse.” The novel is about a thoroughbred who at one time sired more champions than an...

Happy Pride Month 🌈 We’re celebrating with a stack of books by queer authors to inspire your TBR. From memoirs to new an...
06/13/2022

Happy Pride Month 🌈 We’re celebrating with a stack of books by queer authors to inspire your TBR. From memoirs to new and upcoming fiction, these titles celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, represent a variety of identities and voices, and uplift readers who see themselves in these pages. Which one are you picking up first?

"Mathews writes like a blaze, and this book will remind you what it is to be young and powerfully alive." —C Pam Zhang, ...
06/08/2022

"Mathews writes like a blaze, and this book will remind you what it is to be young and powerfully alive." —C Pam Zhang, author of HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD

Learn more about the buzzy debut novel ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT by Sarah Thankam Mathews, on sale 8/2! https://bit.ly/3v23Tc6

✨ WE'RE HIRING ✨ Our Viking & Penguin Books team is looking for a Publicity Assistant! Apply here to join our team: http...
06/08/2022

✨ WE'RE HIRING ✨ Our Viking & Penguin Books team is looking for a Publicity Assistant! Apply here to join our team: https://bit.ly/3Q2HYeR

🎉🚨CONGRATULATIONS to Amor Towles's THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY for being longlisted for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literat...
06/07/2022

🎉🚨CONGRATULATIONS to Amor Towles's THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY for being longlisted for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, which "honors a work of fiction...that speaks with an 'American Voice' about American experiences." 🚨🎉 via The Mark Twain House & Museum

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks takes us on our tour of her Martha’s Vineyard home as she discusses cha...
06/07/2022
Geraldine Brooks, on Martha’s Vineyard

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks takes us on our tour of her Martha’s Vineyard home as she discusses changing careers, finding love, and writing her sixth novel, HORSE, in this stunning feature in The New York Times. Read the full profile:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist has a new book, “Horse,” and a very old house, where she spent the pandemic with family and horses.

06/02/2022

Listen to Rebecca Scherm author of A HOUSE BETWEEN THE EARTH AND MOON on the latest DIY MFA Radio interview talking about safeguarding your passion, writing your own anxieties, and how we can help the environment 💫 Check it out here: https://DIYMFA.com/412

🤩GIVEAWAY🤩 We’re giving FIVE lucky readers the chance to win an early galley of a major new release from an award winnin...
06/01/2022

🤩GIVEAWAY🤩 We’re giving FIVE lucky readers the chance to win an early galley of a major new release from an award winning author. THE UNFOLDING is “a modern masterpiece” (@shteyngart) and author A.H. Holmes’s first novel in a decade! Pulitzer-prize winning author @michael.chabon calls it “gripping, sad, funny, by turns aching and antic and, as always, exceedingly well-observed and -written.” 🌟 To enter, like this post and tag a friend who would love this book!

05/31/2022

The Washington Post calls WHY WE FIGHT "Thoughtful and well-written." Author
Chris Blattman "provides a clear, concise way of thinking about human conflict, even as Putin’s war reminds us of the persistence of the problem." Read the full review: https://wapo.st/3acuMUi

In a recent Reddit AMA, Bill Gates ranked HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS by Vaclav Smil as one of his top eight books of all...
05/31/2022
These Are the 8 Best Books of All Time, According to Bill Gates

In a recent Reddit AMA, Bill Gates ranked HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS by Vaclav Smil as one of his top eight books of all time and named Smil as his favorite author. Check out all of his book recs here:

Gates picks his favorites from among the huge number of books he's recommended over the years.

Keith Gessen wrote a memoir about family life. His wife, Emily Gould, is mostly okay with that. Read the incredible prof...
05/27/2022
The Sad Young Literary Man Is Now a Middle-Aged Dad

Keith Gessen wrote a memoir about family life. His wife, Emily Gould, is mostly okay with that. Read the incredible profile of Keith Gessen and RAISING RAFFI on New York Magazine:

Keith Gessen wrote a memoir about family life. His wife, Emily Gould, is mostly okay with that.

🌟🤩 GOODREADS GIVEAWAY🌟🤩 Win a copy of this summer’s most delightful romance, A LADY’S GUIDE TO FORTUNE-HUNTING by Sophie...
05/27/2022

🌟🤩 GOODREADS GIVEAWAY🌟🤩 Win a copy of this summer’s most delightful romance, A LADY’S GUIDE TO FORTUNE-HUNTING by Sophie Irwin! 💖 Taylor Jenkins Reid calls this whip-smart debut “a regency era romance with a great sharp bite to it, that has me swooning all while nodding my head at its smart takedowns of society. It’s a blast to read.” 💖 Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/336982-a-lady-s-guide-to-fortune-hunting

"Once the obsession bites, there's no turning back." Read Geraldine Brooks' amazing interview with The Chronicle Of The ...
05/26/2022

"Once the obsession bites, there's no turning back." Read Geraldine Brooks' amazing interview with The Chronicle Of The Horse on why she turned her focus to equines—including one in particular—for her latest novel, HORSE, coming June 14! https://bit.ly/3ML8XJL

🤩 We couldn't be happier to see Claire Stanford's "engrossing and clever debut novel" HAPPY FOR YOU on The New York Time...
05/20/2022
10 New Books We Recommend This Week

🤩 We couldn't be happier to see Claire Stanford's "engrossing and clever debut novel" HAPPY FOR YOU on The New York Times Books Editors' Choice for 10 New Books We Recommend This Week!

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

We are so excited to share Susan Orlean has selected CHILEAN POET by Alejandro Zambra as her June pick for the Literati ...
05/17/2022

We are so excited to share Susan Orlean has selected CHILEAN POET by Alejandro Zambra as her June pick for the Literati book club. Join the discussion here: literati.com/susan

HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD is on sale today. A landmark biography by prizewinning Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels...
05/17/2022
Who Was George Floyd?

HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD is on sale today. A landmark biography by prizewinning Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, The New York Times calls it "brilliantly revealing" and "impressive": https://nyti.ms/3lgD2EL

“His Name Is George Floyd,” by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, is a thorough recounting of the life of the man whose brutal murder set off historic protests.

Join Geraldine Brooks on tour for her upcoming novel HORSE! In this sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice, ...
05/13/2022

Join Geraldine Brooks on tour for her upcoming novel HORSE! In this sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice, "Brooks probes our understanding of history to reveal the power structures that create both the facts and the fiction...clever and richly detailed.” (Booklist ⭐ Review)

Check out more info on her website: http://geraldinebrooks.com/

Okay, here it is--my US tour. Lots more info on my website, geraldinebrooks.com. Aussie tour posting soon. Can’t wait to see you!

🔥🔥 "It's about setting fire to the stories you don't want to be in anymore and controlling your own narrative." 🔥🔥 Danic...
05/13/2022
Author and Delegate Danica Roem talks new book

🔥🔥 "It's about setting fire to the stories you don't want to be in anymore and controlling your own narrative." 🔥🔥 Danica Roem talks about her new book BURN THE PAGE and how being in a heavy metal band prepared her for politics with Good Morning America: https://abcn.ws/3w8hd0v

Virginia Del. Danica Roem shares her journey to becoming the nation’s first out and seated transgender state legislator in her new book, “Burn the Page.”

HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS by Vaclav Smil is on sale today! 🌎 This essential analysis of the modern science that makes o...
05/10/2022
‘How the World Really Works’ Review: Putting It All Together

HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS by Vaclav Smil is on sale today! 🌎 This essential analysis of the modern science that makes our lives possible is a "highly readable distillation of [Smil's] lifetime of scholarship" (The Wall Street Journal). Learn more:

Never mind the ephemeral wonders of digital tech: Our lives are built of steel, plastic, concrete and ammonia.

Read an excerpt from HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD, a landmark biography by prizewinning reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse ...
05/09/2022
How George Floyd Spent His Final Hours

Read an excerpt from HIS NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD, a landmark biography by prizewinning reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, featured in the Washington Post. Out May 17. https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/interactive/2022/his-name-is-george-floyd-book-excerpt/?itid=sf_lifestyle-magazine

An exclusive excerpt from "His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice" re-creates the day leading up to the murder.

Enter our Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win the book Good Housekeeping calls "historical fiction at its finest.....
05/06/2022

Enter our Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win the book Good Housekeeping calls "historical fiction at its finest...the story of the most important racehorse you’ve never heard of, but it’s also so much more than that.”: HORSE by Geraldine Brooks: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/345488-horse

05/04/2022

🎉🎉 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD! 🎉🎉 A massive congratulations to
Amor Towles's THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY and thank you to all the readers who came along for the ride! Join the conversation and learn more here: https://sites.prh.com/thelincolnhighwaybookclubkit

Don't miss Ruth Ozeki's interview on GMA3: What You Need To Know where she discusses THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS and ...
05/02/2022
Zen Buddhist priest on the importance of introspection

Don't miss Ruth Ozeki's interview on GMA3: What You Need To Know where she discusses THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS and the importance of introspection. Watch the full interview: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/video/zen-buddhist-priest-importance-introspection-84397801

Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki on her new book, “The Book of Form and Emptiness,” and why she believes people should not be preoccupied with material possessions.

📚✨HAPPY INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY! We love our indies and the communities they build and foster ❤️ to celebrate, tag you...
04/30/2022

📚✨HAPPY INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY! We love our indies and the communities they build and foster ❤️ to celebrate, tag your favorite #independentbookstore in the comments to show them a little love today 👇🏼

🌱HAPPY EARTH DAY🌱We’re celebrating with a stack of reads that can help us learn, grow, and do better by the environment ...
04/22/2022

🌱HAPPY EARTH DAY🌱We’re celebrating with a stack of reads that can help us learn, grow, and do better by the environment and our communities… oh, and by spending some time outside, of course ☀️🌍

Lost in love? Natasha Lunn is here to help with her new book CONVERSATIONS ON LOVE, out TODAY! @conversations_on_love is...
04/19/2022

Lost in love? Natasha Lunn is here to help with her new book CONVERSATIONS ON LOVE, out TODAY! @conversations_on_love is an investigation of love in all forms, featuring interviews with @lisadtaddeo, @estherperelofficial, and @roxanegay74 and drawing on Natasha’s own experiences to help us understand how we find love and how we survive when we lose it. And if you want your own questions on love answered, you can head to our stories and ask the author for her advice ❤️📚✨

Will wake up early to read before work ☕️📸 @readwithchristy
04/13/2022

Will wake up early to read before work ☕️

📸 @readwithchristy

⭐GIVEAWAY⭐ We’re partnering with @aaknopf to bring you a giveaway that’s out-of-this-world 🌎 Enter for your chance to wi...
04/11/2022

⭐GIVEAWAY⭐

We’re partnering with @aaknopf to bring you a giveaway that’s out-of-this-world 🌎 Enter for your chance to win these new and upcoming dystopian reads that traverse worlds and time and remind us of our shared human connection 💫🌎🌙 To enter, just like this post and tag someone you would take with you to the moon and back in the comments below!

Two lucky winners will receive copies of A House Between Earth and the Moon by Rebecca Scherm, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and an advance reader’s edition of Walk the Vanished Earth by Erin Swan (on sale 5/31).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter before 11:59pm ET on April 18, 2022. Open to US residents, 18 and older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at bit.ly/2Pz6ap1 for full details.

Gracing your feed with Sunday Stacks to fight off the Sunday Scaries 📚☠️ What’s on your weekend TBR?
04/10/2022

Gracing your feed with Sunday Stacks to fight off the Sunday Scaries 📚☠️ What’s on your weekend TBR?

Oprah Daily recommends THE LOVE OF MY LIFE by Rosie Walsh and calls it a "brooding, nuanced tale" 🥰📚
04/08/2022
Women Who Thrill in the World of Books in 2022

Oprah Daily recommends THE LOVE OF MY LIFE by Rosie Walsh and calls it a "brooding, nuanced tale" 🥰📚

These emerging talents spin webs of suspense that snare us and won’t let go until the last page.

"Bulawayo masterfully controls her story...Absurdity and irony abound, providing entertainment and wincing recognition t...
04/08/2022
Review: ‘Glory’ is African history turned into fable, a la ‘Animal Farm’

"Bulawayo masterfully controls her story...Absurdity and irony abound, providing entertainment and wincing recognition that this book has a lot to say about our own political reality." -San Francisco Chronicle on NoViolet Bulawayo's new novel GLORY!

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/review-glory-is-african-history-turned-into-fable-a-la-animal-farm

NoViolet Bulawayo takes cues from the corruption, colonization and fall of Zimbabwe’s leader in this novel, which is not to far from our own political reality.

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This #bookstack of our #toberead books makes us so happy! How about it? Is anyone else feeling otherworldly heading into this week? What fantastical lands are you hoping to travel to this summer? Manda Group Hachette Book Group @littlebrown #howtobeeaten #forthethrone Penguin Random House Canada Penguin Books Canada Viking Books #hermajestysroyalcoven #walkthevanishedearth Simon & Schuster Canada #amongthieves Erewhon Books #folklorn #indiebookstore #independentbookstore #otherworldly #fantasy #whattoreadnext
Join us next Monday night, 6/20 at 6:30 PM for the BOOK LAUNCH of "Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair" from author June Gervais. Presented by the @friendsofthepjfl, this uplifting, feminist coming-of-age love story about a young woman who dreams of becoming a tattoo artist, and living life on her own terms debuts 6/21 (the next day!) from Viking Books @pameladormanbooks June Gervais grew up on the south shore of Long Island and earned her MFA in Writing and Literature at Bennington College. All are welcome! #portjefflibrary #library #librariesofinstagram #portjeff #millerplace #mountsinai #booklaunch #author #authorevent #books
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Start your week with a new historical novel from Geraldine Brooks! In HORSE, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of March weaves an extraordinary tale based on the true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington. “You won’t be able to contain yourself while reading this elegant story about three generations of people inspired by the story of America’s greatest racehorse…This is a novel about love, anger, passion, and justice—unbridled and bursting.” —LitHub 🐎#pagepalette #horse 📸 Viking Books
Looking for a feel good read? Get lost in IONA IVERSON’S RULES FOR COMMUTING, a delightful story about Iona, an unforgettable woman with an uncanny ability to bring out the best in people — even on their morning commute. “Heartwarming, funny, a delicious dive into the profound and ridiculous modern world in which we live. Clare Pooley reminds us why we need each other.” —Tara Conklin, The Last Romantics #pagepalette #ionaiversonsrulesforcommutimg 📸 Viking Books
Haven't been here in a while, largely because I was finishing up my next book, which I'm happy to announce will be published by Viking Books this August 2nd. It's called The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast, and is the result of a multi-year investigation into a little-known but explosive story that happened 40 years ago on the Texas coast. I've never worked harder on anything in my life, and still can't believe where the story took me. It's about a clash between Vietnamese refugees - resettled here after the fall of Saigon - and the Ku Klux Klan in Texas. When the refugees first arrived, they started rebuilding their lives as fishermen, as many of them had been crabbers and shrimpers back home. At first, white fishermen sold junker boats to them at 5x their value, playing them for suckers, but the Vietnamese fixed them up, used family members as deckhands, loaned each other money, and fished in rough weather. Within a few years they were such an economic force that many white fishermen freaked out and called for a refugee ban. When that failed, they summoned the K*K. Vietnamese boats and homes were firebombed amid a garish campaign to drive them from the coast. Many Vietnamese were preparing to flee, until a charismatic Colonel in the S. Vietnamese army convinced them to stand their ground and fight - by placing their faith in the Constitution. But this isn't just about white supremacy: this is also an environmental story. The fishing grounds they were fighting over were steadily becoming the most toxic water in America, largely as a result of the petrochemical industry. There was just one person - the sole female shrimper along the coastline - who understood that the true threat to their livelihood wasn't from a small number of refugees, but from big industry. She waged a lonely, pyrrhic, decades-long battle against the plants and just recently scored a historic victory that makes her one of the last hopes to save these bays for future generations. I conducted some 2,000 hours of interviews with hundreds of sources and pried confessions loose from arsonists in crimes the FBI was unable to solve. Given that several of my key sources have since died, I feel very fortunate to have gotten the story before it was too late. I've just started adding details about the book tour in the Events section, but I'm sure you all know that books nowaday live or die based on preorders. If you enjoyed the Feather Thief or know me from my work on behalf of Iraqi refugees, consider preordering it now via any of the sellers here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/624106/the-fishermen-and-the-dragon-by-kirk-wallace-johnson/ (And if you do: just send us a DM with your receipt and a good mailing address, and we'll make sure you get a signed bookplate to stick in it. Happy to personalize them). Looking forward to seeing you on the road...
These new books have shot to the top of everyone’s lists for a reason. http://ow.ly/L89x50JpvfW Ecco Books Penguin Kids Enchanted Lion Books Crown Publishing Random House Children's Books Grand Central Publishing Simon & Schuster Algonquin Books Dey Street Books Viking Books Doubleday Books Disney Books SimonKIDS Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
PREVIEW Nabil Ayers' My Life In the Sunshine is a stunning recollection of formative musical experiences and familial introspection. To celebrate the highly anticipated book, out now, we're thrilled to share an excerpt. Viking Books Hachette Books https://blog.roughtrade.com/us/nabil-ayers-my-life-in-the-sunshine/
Wishing a happy book release day to Arts for Art advisory board member Nabil Ayers . His book entitled "My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family" is out today and you can join him for his book tour, which begins in Brooklyn tonight with special guest Wyatt Cenac ! For more information visit nabilayers.com #bookrelease #bookstagram #newbook #author #books #book #authorsofinstagram #booklover #writersofinstagram #booklaunch #writer #newrelease #bookworm #bookstagrammer #bookish #indieauthor #booksofinstagram #newbooks #authorlife #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reading #booksbooksbooks #bookaddict #amazon #romance #bookreview #poetry #ebook #bookrecommendations Viking Books
TONIGHT: in-person book launch! Please join YA writer Jesmeen Kaur Deo here at Novel Idea for the launch of her already-lauded debut novel 'TJ Powar Has Something to Prove,’ published today by Viking Books / Penguin Random House Canada. Deo's book's a delightful romantic comedy that tackles tough topics: body image, social acceptance and self-worth. "When TJ Powar—a pretty, popular debater—and her cousin Simran become the subject of a meme: with TJ being the ‘expectation’ of dating an Indian girl and her Sikh cousin who does not remove her body hair being the ‘reality’—TJ decides to take a stand. "She ditches her razors, cancels her waxing appointments, and sets a debate resolution for herself: 'This House Believes That TJ Powar can be her hairy self, and still be beautiful.' Only, as she sets about proving her point, she starts to seriously doubt anyone could care about her just the way she is—even when the infuriating boy from a rival debate team seems determined to prove otherwise. "As her carefully crafted sense of self begins to crumble, TJ realizes that winning this debate may cost her far more than the space between her eyebrows. And that the hardest judge to convince of her arguments might just be herself." Don't miss your chance to meet an important new voice in Young Adult fiction. This special event begins at 7pm right here at the store. See you here then!
On our Front Table this week, look backward to look forward, from the evolutionary origins of bird and whale songs to the diversity of thought and form in the oldest Qur'anic manuscripts. Find the following titles and more at bit.ly/3LgjY4O . . . Penguin Press Princeton University Press Yale University Press Harvard University Press Viking Books University of Chicago Press [image: Front Table picks stacked on a stool. The books as follows: "A Childhood" by Harry Crews, "The Jesuits" by Markus Friedrich, tr. John Noël Dillon, "New Rome" by Paul Stephenson, "François Déroche, tr. Malcolm DeBevoise" by François Déroche, tr. Malcolm DeBevoise, "The S*x Lives of African Women" by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, "Sounds Wild and Broken" by David George Haskell, "To Live is to Resist" by Jean-Yves Frétigné, tr. Laura Marris]