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The Viking Press was founded in New York City on March 1, 1925, by Harold K. 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, and exploration in publishing. Launched in the fall of 1925, early Viking lists included books by August Strindberg, Carl van Doren Vita Sackville-West, Mohandas Gandhi, Bertrand Russell, and Thorstein Veblen. As Viking approaches its second century, we think the founders would be well pleased with the works and authors who are part of our continuing publishing program. Recent successes continue to shape the thinking of the world and capture the spirit of the times. Viking is proud to publish Jan Karon's The Mitford Years and Father Tim Novels, Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, Collapse by Jared Diamond, Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, American Dynasty by Kevin Phillips, The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards, and March and People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

Check out authors Elaine Welteroth and Awesomely Luvvie on #sharethemicnow, going live on Instagram today:From @sharethe...
06/10/2020

Check out authors Elaine Welteroth and Awesomely Luvvie on #sharethemicnow, going live on Instagram today:

From @sharethemicnow on Instagram: When the world listens to women, it listens to white women. For far too long, Black women’s voices have gone unheard, even though they’ve been using their voices loudly for centuries to enact change. Today, more than ever, it is NECESSARY that we create a unifying action to center Black women’s lives, stories, and calls to action. We need to listen to Black women.
This is why we created #ShareTheMicNow.
Tomorrow, Black women will speak from the Instagram accounts of white women.

The intention of this campaign is to magnify Black women and the important work that they’re doing in order to catalyze the change that will only come when we truly hear each other’s voices.
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Penguin Random House
06/10/2020

Penguin Random House

Black Lives Matter. Black Voices Matter. Black Stories Matter.

As Penguin Random House, we recognize that our company and our industry can and must do better.

We have taken the past week to reflect and listen, and to further identify how we can impact meaningful and lasting change in our company and in our society.

Here is our plan of action:

Donation & Support
We are increasing our annual donation to We Need Diverse Books and expanding our partnership with them to become an inaugural sponsor of the Black Creatives Fund, which will focus on encouraging and amplifying the work of Black creatives in order to bring more Black voices and stories to the world. The program will include education and resources, mentorship through direct access to published authors, and financial support through grants for each mentee in the program.

Diversity & Representation
We will increase the number of books we publish—and promote, market, and sell—by people of color. To start, we commit to auditing our publishing programs to determine how many books we currently publish by people of color, and we will communicate those results. This will allow us to set benchmarks to help us track and achieve this goal.

We will also need to make our community of employees as diverse as the community of readers we reach and wish to connect with. We will share the statistics related to our current workforce demographics with our employees and communicate clear goals for increasing our diversity from entry level to executive team.

Increased Leadership Investment in Diversity & Inclusion
As a step beyond the Unconscious Bias training already undertaken by much of our company, we will make antiracism training mandatory for all employees.

Career Growth and Psychological Safety and Belonging
Representation should extend to all levels of our business, and we are committed to creating a more inclusive leadership team.

Diversity & Inclusion will become a key component of our performance review processes, to ensure that all managers are being held accountable for the work they do toward making our company a truly inclusive place to work.

Penguin Random House is committed to driving lasting change in our company, our industry, and our world. These initiatives are works in progress—we are working to set specific targets, and will share them with you in the coming months.

Great to see that BIASED author Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD is one of the amazing panelists for this event! Tune in tonig...
06/09/2020

Great to see that BIASED author Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD is one of the amazing panelists for this event! Tune in tonight and tomorrow at 9|8c for what is sure to be an informative and inspiring talk.

"Where do we go from here?"

Oprah Winfrey is sitting down with Black thought leaders to guide us all in conversation and create plans for our future. Join us Tuesday and Wednesday at 9|8c for a two-night #OWNSpotlight special.

Black Lives Matter#blackouttuesday
06/02/2020

Black Lives Matter

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05/29/2020
Sue Monk Kidd

That's a wrap on our #TheBookOfLongingsBookClub! This week Sue Monk Kidd discussed parts 4 and 5 with Leila Meglio of Porter Square Books.

Thanks to everyone who followed along and watched Sue Monk Kidd in discussion with a bookseller each week. Catch up and watch the rest of the videos at thebookoflongings.com

Here is the final book club discussion of The Book of Longings for parts 4 and 5. Special thanks to Leila Meglio of Porter Square Books for moderating it.

I want you to know that I loved every moment of our Book Club together. When the book tour had to be cancelled, I had no idea that this virtual book club would turn into such a fabulous opportunity to connect online with all of you. My deepest thanks for your involvement and for helping bring out the largeness in Ana. Our book club has come to an end, but the experience will stay with me.

#thebookoflongingsbookclub

Meredith Talusan was interviewed by We Are Fluide on the special limited edition "Fairest Wand," her new memoir, and mor...
05/29/2020

Meredith Talusan was interviewed by We Are Fluide on the special limited edition "Fairest Wand," her new memoir, and more! ✨

Inspiring words from author Meredith Talusan, celebrating the limited edition "Fairest Wand" we launched to celebrate her new memoir, Fairest, from Viking Books.
"They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the fairest beauty comes from the beholder inside of us."

Read more at: https://www.fluide.us/blogs/futurefluide/meredith-talusan-on-the-magic-of-queer-beauty

"[CULT OF GLORY] rigorously chronicles two centuries of Ranger misadventures and atrocities, as well as commendable oper...
05/29/2020
The Secret History of the Texas Rangers

"[CULT OF GLORY] rigorously chronicles two centuries of Ranger misadventures and atrocities, as well as commendable operations undertaken by the Rangers in recent decades."

Check out Texas Monthly's review of Doug J. Swanson's CULT OF GLORY, out June 9th.

A new history of the Texas Rangers upends decades of mythmaking.

"I see mirrors everywhere. Whenever I see any person I often have to situate myself in relationship to them and the imag...
05/29/2020
Unflinching Honesty: An Interview with Meredith Talusan

"I see mirrors everywhere. Whenever I see any person I often have to situate myself in relationship to them and the image that they’re projecting because I am so many people at once. I am both white and not white, cis and trans, a woman with a male past that she’s not disavowing, who now lives in a more indeterminately gendered space."

@Meredith Talusan was interviewed by @The Paris Review about her new memoir, FAIREST and much more:

"DePalma’s writing is evocative and detailed...The country comes alive with each sentence, and the end result is an homa...
05/28/2020
Salman Rushdie, Diana Gabaldon and other authors reflect on the books they find most transporting

"DePalma’s writing is evocative and detailed...The country comes alive with each sentence, and the end result is an homage to Cuba and the Cuban people that is both heartbreaking and hopeful."

Author Chanel Cleeton spoke with The Washington Post about how much she loves Anthony DePalma's THE CUBANS, out now: bit.ly/2M3oyGE

This summer, instead of squeezing one more book into our suitcases, we’ll need what we read to transport us to faraway places.

LOVE by Roddy Doyle is one of The New York Times Books’s picks for books to watch for in June! Cheers to that 🍺
05/28/2020
13 Books to Watch For in June

LOVE by Roddy Doyle is one of The New York Times Books’s picks for books to watch for in June! Cheers to that 🍺

An important gay civil rights history, the story of human migration and summery, juicy new novels from Kevin Kwan, J. Courtney Sullivan, Max Brooks and Ottessa Moshfegh.

"It is ruminative, meandering, and open-ended. Its prose is flat; its mood is often slack. It is strange, enigmatic, uns...
05/28/2020
J. M. Coetzee’s Unsettling Trilogy About a Possibly Divine Boy

"It is ruminative, meandering, and open-ended. Its prose is flat; its mood is often slack. It is strange, enigmatic, unsettling. And oddest of all, it is not about Jesus."

Read what The Atlantic had to say about THE DEATH OF JESUS by J. M. Coetzee before grabbing your copy here: https://bit.ly/3e3AZhE

The novelist asks how we recognize the truth when it enters the world.

“[An] exhaustive, myth-busting exposé….With copious research and a flair for the melodramatic, Swanson reveals that this...
05/27/2020
Nonfiction Book Review: Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers by Doug J. Swanson. Viking, $28 (480) ISBN 978-1-101-97986-0

“[An] exhaustive, myth-busting exposé….With copious research and a flair for the melodramatic, Swanson reveals that this famed law enforcement agency’s greatest achievement may be in public relations. This boldly revisionist account takes no prisoners.”

Read Publishers Weekly's review of CULT OF GLORY, out June 9th, below:

Journalist Swanson (Blood Aces) traces the history of the Texas Rangers from 1823 to the present day in this exhaustive, myth-busting exposé. Originating in a 10-man volunteer squad raised to

05/27/2020
Coach Mike Bayer

Check out the video below to see Coach Mike Bayer's cover reveal for his upcoming book ONE DECISION, out October 6th. We can't wait for this new #PenguinLife title!!

I am so excited to be sharing with all of you the news that I have a new book coming out in October. The title of this book is ONE DECISION and for each of us, the most important decision, the one that needs to come before any of the rest, is to live each day as ourselves. Not pretending, not acting the way we think we “should,” but as ourselves. That’s it. If we’re making our decisions as ourselves, and taking action in our lives that is true to who we are, we’ll be okay.

This book means so much to me (you can tell, as I even have my face on it!). I appreciate you being on this journey with me and I look forward to sharing more. For more details and to preorder #OneDecision, visit https://www.coachmikebayer.com

“An admirable feat of journalism…you won’t forget these people soon, and you are bound to emerge from DePalma’s bigheart...
05/27/2020
America Is Obsessed With Cuba. But What Do We Know About Its Citizens?

“An admirable feat of journalism…you won’t forget these people soon, and you are bound to emerge from DePalma’s bighearted account with a deeper understanding of a storied island. Devoid of bias or facile judgments, THE CUBANS is filled with a simple human tenderness that is rare in these politically charged times.”

THE CUBANS is now available! Read more about Anthony DePalma’s vibrant portrait of modern Cuba in the The New York Times Books

“The Cubans,” by Anthony DePalma, paints a detailed, novelistic portrait of a handful of ordinary Cubans — their hopes, political beliefs and struggles to get by.

"They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the fairest beauty comes from the beholder inside of us..." Celebrat...
05/27/2020

"They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the fairest beauty comes from the beholder inside of us..."

Celebrate the publication of FAIREST by Meredith Talusan with a limited edition Fairest Wand from We Are Fluide, featuring a special note from Meredith herself: https://www.fluide.us/products/fairest-wand

“[THE DEATH OF JESUS] not only impresses and confounds, but also moves to tears....Coetzee is still possibly our greates...
05/27/2020
Sitting at His Feet: On J. M. Coetzee’s “The Death of Jesus” - Los Angeles Review of Books

“[THE DEATH OF JESUS] not only impresses and confounds, but also moves to tears....Coetzee is still possibly our greatest writer, and that with the masterpiece that is The Death of Jesus, he reminds us why.”

Read the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)'s review of THE DEATH OF JESUS by J. M. Coetzee and get your copy now: https://bit.ly/3e3AZhE

Will Forrester sits vigil for "The Death of Jesus," the newest novel by J. M. Coetzee.

"When I began transitioning, I perceived the reality of womanhood only from outside and felt the need to embody an ideal...
05/27/2020
Opinion | On Being a Trans Woman, and Giving Up Make Up

"When I began transitioning, I perceived the reality of womanhood only from outside and felt the need to embody an idealized femininity to feel like a woman among women. But over time, I’ve come to realize that every woman — whether transgender or cisgender — evolves a unique perception of herself, one that need not conform to any specific model of what a woman should be."

Read an excerpt of FAIREST by Meredith Talusan in The New York Times now:

I have short hair. I don’t wear heels. Because there is no one way to be a trans woman, either.

“You could call [Coetzee] a novelist of ideas, but also a philosopher working in fiction. Many of Coetzee’s recent novel...
05/26/2020
J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Sees the World as Don Quixote Does

“You could call [Coetzee] a novelist of ideas, but also a philosopher working in fiction. Many of Coetzee’s recent novels have the stripped-down quality of philosophical fable. His prose . . . [is] disorienting, then hypnotic.” —The New York Times Book Review

Read about J.M. Coetzee's THE DEATH OF JESUS, out now: https://bit.ly/3e3AZhE

“The Death of Jesus,” the final novel in a trilogy, is a modern fable that challenges our limited understanding of reality.

THE CUBANS by Anthony DePalma is out now! Read his op-ed for The New York Times below then grab a copy of the book: http...
05/26/2020
Opinion | How Cubans Lost Faith in Revolution

THE CUBANS by Anthony DePalma is out now!

Read his op-ed for The New York Times below then grab a copy of the book: https://bit.ly/2M3oyGE

In this election year, the key for American politicians to understanding Cuba’s politics is understanding its people and the promises of a better life that were not kept.

“Recounting her coming-of-age as a transgender Filipino-American person with albinism, Talusan sails past the convention...
05/26/2020
From the Philippines to Harvard, Boyhood to Womanhood, a Coming-of-Age Across Borders

“Recounting her coming-of-age as a transgender Filipino-American person with albinism, Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs. Rather than flaying her identities one by one, she examines the links between them to illustrate that it is here, in the messy overlap, that a person is made.”

The New York Times Books on Meredith Talusan's FAIREST:

In “Fairest,” Meredith Talusan looks back on her life lived at the intersection of genders, races, sexualities and cultures.

Our final discussion question for #TheBookOfLongingsBookClub! Head to Sue Monk Kidd's post to comment your answers, and ...
05/26/2020

Our final discussion question for #TheBookOfLongingsBookClub! Head to Sue Monk Kidd's post to comment your answers, and then make sure to tune in this Friday at 3pm ET as she discusses with bookseller Leila Meglio from Porter Square Books.

Learn more at thebookoflongings.com

Here’s are our Book Club discussion questions for Parts 4 and 5. I’d love to hear your thoughts and so would the Book Club.

Over the course of Ana’s journey, we return to the idea of the largeness within her. Do you believe everyone has a certain kind of largeness inside? How do you conceive of your own largeness? Do you agree with Yaltha that “it isn’t the largeness in you that matters most, it’s your passion to bring it forth” (page 353)?

And It’s time to submit your questions for our final discussion on Friday. You can leave them in the comment section or in the question collector in my Story.

#thebookoflongingsbookclub

AGE OF CONSENT by Amanda Brainerd, out July 14th, was included in Good Morning America's list of 25 books to read this s...
05/26/2020
25 novels you'll want to read this summer

AGE OF CONSENT by Amanda Brainerd, out July 14th, was included in Good Morning America's list of 25 books to read this summer ☀️📖

The sun is shining. The grass is growing greener. Buds are sprouting on the trees. I think summer might actually come this year!

Spotted on Good Morning America: Jennifer Steil's EXILE MUSIC! Time to add this transporting coming-of-age tale to your ...
05/26/2020
25 novels you'll want to read this summer

Spotted on Good Morning America: Jennifer Steil's EXILE MUSIC! Time to add this transporting coming-of-age tale to your summer reading list.

The sun is shining. The grass is growing greener. Buds are sprouting on the trees. I think summer might actually come this year!

05/26/2020
FAIREST

"A marvel of a story wrought with near-archeological precision and deep inquiry into history, hope, joy and human redemption. An artist’s statement that offers new ways to think and feel in bodies cast ashore, Fairest is a ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival. It is also funny, utterly alive, and fashioned with care and hope.”
—Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

FAIREST by Meredith Talusan is now available! Start reading: https://bit.ly/2LKih2C

Tana French's upcoming book THE SEARCHER was included in CrimeReads list of highly anticipated crime books of 2020. Who ...
05/25/2020
The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition

Tana French's upcoming book THE SEARCHER was included in CrimeReads list of highly anticipated crime books of 2020. Who else can hardly wait til this comes out in October? 🙋‍♀️

Life is terrible right now, we can all agree, but hey, the books coming out are just as amazing as ever! We’ve been spending our quarantine tearing through all the mysteries, thrillers, and w…

It's the last week of #TheBookOfLongingsBookClub! Read Part 4 this week before watching Sue Monk Kidd and a bookseller d...
05/24/2020

It's the last week of #TheBookOfLongingsBookClub! Read Part 4 this week before watching Sue Monk Kidd and a bookseller discuss at Friday 3pm ET.

Catch up on the past 3 discussion videos at thebookoflongings.com and let us know what you think!

Book Club Participants, we have so much to discuss this week as we delve into the final chapters of Ana’s story. What aspect of Ana do you think will stick with you the most?

Just a reminder: If you missed any of the previous book club discussions, you can find them on thebookoflongings.com. The live link is in my profile.

#thebookoflongingsbookclub

"This one’s perfect for that quarantine-induced insomnia we’re all having."CrimeReads recommends THE END OF HER by Shari...
05/23/2020
The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition

"This one’s perfect for that quarantine-induced insomnia we’re all having."

CrimeReads recommends THE END OF HER by Shari Lapena on their list of The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020. ✨📖

Life is terrible right now, we can all agree, but hey, the books coming out are just as amazing as ever! We’ve been spending our quarantine tearing through all the mysteries, thrillers, and w…

05/22/2020
Sue Monk Kidd

Tune in below to hear Sue Monk Kidd discuss Part 3 of THE BOOK OF LONGINGS with Jason Jefferies from Quail Ridge Books for #TheBookOfLongingsBookClub!

Visit thebookoflongings.com to learn more!

The Book Club discussion for Part III of The Book of Longings is here! Are you ready for a fun and provocative discussion?

Sue and Jason Jefferies from @quailridgebooks explore and answer many of your insightful questions.

#thebookoflongingsbookclub
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Just finished it last night, I couldn't put it down and stayed up till 5 am to finish, a great book that will leave you guessing till the very end! Left my review on good reads and bookbub!
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