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Penguin Random House Celebrates Pulitzer Winners

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“In the past years, Penguin and Random House authors have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize more than 120 times,” the Bertelsmann Group announced Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Penguin Random House is publisher two 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning books and is distributor of a third.

Bestselling American authoress Donna Tartt won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Goldfinch (published by Little, Brown). “I am incredibly happy and incredibly honored,” said Ms. Tartt in New York.

The judges wrote The Goldfinch is “a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.”

In Germany, Verlagsgruppe Random House’s imprint Goldmann is publishing The Goldfinch as Der Distelfink in hardcover and e-book formats, and Hörverlag is producing an audiobook version. In Spain and Latin America, Grupo Editorial’s Lumen imprint publishes it under the title El Jilguero.

Goldmann publisher Georg Reuchlein said, “I am absolutely thrilled for Donna Tartt. The award is well deserved. Der Distelfink is one of the best books to be published in recent years. Up-to-the-minute yet told in a truly classic style.”

American journalist and author Dan Fagin won the 2014 Pulitzer for General Non-Fiction for Toms River - A Story of Science and Salvation, published in the U.S. and Canada by Bantam. The award for Toms River marks the first time a book published by Bantam has won a Pulitzer Prize.

The judges wrote Toms River is “a book that deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution.”

The Bertelsmann Group stated, Toms River “is based on the true story of the eponymous municipality whose citizens spent decades waging and ultimately winning a legal battle against industrial pollution caused in their immediate vicinity. Since the 1950s, a large chemicals plant had illegally dumped tens of thousands of barrels of acidic wastewater, which eventually found its way into the local river – the Toms River. In his book, Dan Fagin crafts this into a story about the scientists who were the firsts to identify pollution as a cause of cancer, and brings it to life by personal fates.”

Penguin Random House stated, “Perhaps fittingly, the 2014 Pulitzer winners were announced on the 75th publication anniversary of John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH, one of the most beloved of our Pulitzer honorees… Please join us in congratulating Dan Fagin, his editor Ryan Doherty, and our publishing colleagues on becoming the newest addition to this singular, glorious piece of Penguin Random House publishing History.”

In addition, Penguin Random House Canada distributes History Pulitzer winner, THE INTERNAL ENEMY: Slavery and War in Virginia by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton).

Founded in New York City by William Warder Norton and his wife, Mary Dows Herter Norton, in 1923, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. is a publishing house that has been wholly owned by its employees since the 1960s. The judges wrote The Internal Enemy is “a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators.”

Since 1917, the Pulitzer Prize is awarded annually to outstanding writers, journalists and authors, per a $2,000,000 bequest of Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911). He provided Columbia University with funds to establish the Columbia Journalism School (in 1912) with the provision that one-fourth of the money be applied towards “prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature, and the advancement of education.” The prizes are now awarded in twenty-two categories – including a special award – and each come with a $10,000 purse.

One hundred-twenty-four titles published by Penguin and Random House imprints have won Pulitzer Prizes in five categories between 1919 and 2014. Thirty-nine titles published by Penguin and Random House imprints have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction between 1919 and 2014.

Twenty titles published by Penguin and Random House imprints have won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction between 1964 and 2014. Twenty-eight titles published by Penguin and Random House imprints have won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography between 1923 and 2013.

Twenty-two titles published by Penguin and Random House imprints have won the Pulitzer Prize for History between 1921 and 2013. Fifteen titles published by Penguin and Random House imprints have won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry between 1927 and 2013.

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