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Barnes & Noble Cancels Release of Diversity Covers Following Backlash

On February 3, American bookstore Barnes & Noble announced that it was teaming up with Penguin Random House to launch a series of classic books with “culturally diverse” covers. The 12 classic novels selected—including Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet, and Moby Dick—were to feature people of color on their covers. The books were meant to […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Second Novel Acquired by Penguin Random House

The North America rights to Imbolo Mbue’s second novel has been acquired by Penguin Random House. The manuscript, currently titled How Beautiful We Were, sold by Mbue’s agent Susan Golomb and acquired by the editor Andy Ward, is, according to the publishing house, “a story told through multiple perspectives about what happens when an African […]

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Read Chapter One of Nuruddin Farah’s New Novel, North of Dawn

Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn—described as “a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence”—is forthcoming from Penguin Random House and is the 72-year-old’s 14th novel. North of Dawn has been […]

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Nuruddin Farah’s 14th Novel, North Of Dawn, Explores the Lives of Somali Immigrants in Norway and Experiences of Religion and Jihadism

Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn, forthcoming from Penguin Random House, is the 72-year-old’s 14th novel. One of the best-acclaimed writers on the global stage, and one considered a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nuruddin Farah’s other novels include: From a Crooked […]

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The Dragonfly Sea | All You Need to Know About Yvonne Owuor’s Forthcoming Second Novel

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s first novel, Dust, published in 2014 by Kwani? in Kenya and by Penguin Random House worldwide, focused on a troubled family. A man, Odidi Oganga, is killed on the streets of Nairobi; his sister, Ajany, returns from Brazil, and with their father bring his body home, bent on investigating his life and death: […]

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Sharja International Book Fair: Lauri Kubuitsile’s “The Scattering” Awarded Best International Fiction Prize

Botswana’s Lauri Kubuitsile has been awarded the Best International Fiction Prize at the Sharja International Book Fair, for her novel The Scattering. Billed as “the world’s third largest book fair,” The Reading List reports that the Sharjah International Book Fair, which is in its 36th edition, saw “the participation of 1,650 publishing houses from 60 […]

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Penguin Random House Wins “Heated Auction” over Barack and Michelle Obama’s Books

The bidding war for Barack and Michelle Obama’s post-White House books is over, and Penguin Random House has emerged the winner. They won the worldwide rights to both books after what a New York Times report described as “a heated auction among multiple publishers.” Penguin did not disclose specific terms of the deal. But the word on the […]

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