Penguin Random House’s publishers half of all 2013 National Book Awards finalists

New York, United States, 21-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — After its success with the Nobel Prize in Literature and Man Booker Prize, the Penguin Random House publishing group has good chances of winning another major literary prize. Its publishers have ten nominations competing in the finals of the 2013 National Book Awards with – fully half of all nominations for this important U.S. book award.

Two of this year’s winners have already been determined: E. L. Doctorow will be honored with the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters for his contribution to American literature, and Maya Angelou is the winner of the 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Both Doctorow and Angelou have always published their books with Random House publishers. The NBA2013 will be presented on Nov 20 at an awards gala in Manhattan.

Penguin Random House’s ten NBA finalists are:


  • Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf HC & Ebook; Random House Audio; Vintage PB 2014; Knopf Canada; Random House India)
  • James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group (USA); Penguin Ebook; Penguin Audio)
  • Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group (USA); Penguin Ebook; Penguin Audio; Jonathan Cape U.K. HC & Ebook)
  • George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House HC & Ebook; Random House Audio; Random House Trade Paperback 2014)



  • Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Knopf HC & Ebook; Vintage PB 2014)
  • Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief (Knopf HC & Ebook, Random House Audio, Vintage PB Nov. 2013)



  • Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Knopf HC & Ebook)
  • Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin Books/Penguin Group (USA); Penguin Ebook)


Young People’s Literature

  • Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Knopf Books for Young Readers HC & Ebook, Listening Library Audio, Random House UK’s Jonathan Cape Children’s HC & Ebook, PB 2014)
  • Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group (USA); Penguin Ebook, Puffin Books/Penguin UK)


Stuart Applebaum
Penguin Random House, Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +1 212 782 96 23
Fax: +1 212 782 91 81

Penguin Random House’s publishers half of all 2013 National Book Awards finalists


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