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PENGUIN ANNOUNCES HALF-YEAR RESULTS AND LOOKS AHEAD TO A STRONG SECOND HALF

New York, New York, July 27, 2012—Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced its results for the first half of 2012. The industry continued to be characterized by dramatic growth in digital retail channels, self-publishing and pressure on main street booksellers and was dominated by two trilogies, The Hunger Games and E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey. Penguin's first half numbers reflect some impact from these challenges, combined with a lighter first-half publishing schedule, particularly in North America. Sales were 441m (457m in 2011) and operating profit was 22m (42m in 2011).

These results were part of Pearson's half-year announcement. For the Pearson press release click here.

Penguin Chairman and CEO John Makinson, said: "We always knew that we would struggle to match last year's exceptional performance in 2012 and that our publishing performance would be unusually weighted towards the second half this year. Both these factors have influenced the sales comparisons for our US company in the results we are announcing today. In other parts of the world sales are tracking in line with, or above, last year's levels and we remain confident, not just in the outlook for the second half of the year, but in our ability to capture the opportunities presented by new models, such as self-publishing, and by the proliferation of new digital products and channels."

Penguin Group (USA) CEO David Shanks, said, "We've achieved many years of tremendous growth and remain resilient even in these difficult times. In the first half of the year, we won two Pulitzer Prizes and a host of other awards. Our Penguin Young Readers Group continued to grow for the fourth consecutive year. We grew our international sales. We launched InterMix, a new eInitial imprint, and continue to experiment with a wide range of digital products. This year's publishing list is weighted to the second half of the year and we look forward to presenting the depth of that list."

Penguin Group (USA) performed solidly in the first half of the year, despite changes in the consumer publishing industry and the unsettled economy. The performance of the Group was driven by bestselling and award-winning authors, the on-going focus on operational excellence, the strong performance in the Children's and YA division, progress in eBooks, technological innovations and expanding opportunities in digital distribution. It achieved 132 New York Times bestsellers and won two Pulitzer Prizes.

The company has continued to perform well in a tough marketplace, and against a very strong first half in 2011 which included bestselling titles such as Tom Clancy's Against All Enemies, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua and the hardcover, paperback and eBook phenomenon The Help which sold well over two million copies in the first six months of the year. Penguin, long a leader in mass market and trade paperback, has a large, strong backlist which is suffering from the loss of Borders and the disappearance of shelf space across the industry. While eBooks continue to grow, the rate has slowed down. In 2012, the publishing is heavily weighted toward the Fall with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors Ken Follett, Patricia Cornwell, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Nora Roberts and internationally known stars, Neil Young and Dolly Parton. Penguin continues to experiment in digital products and broaden its digital marketing efforts. International growth remains healthy, bolstered by a partnership with Brazil's prestigious Companhia Das Letras, an increased Spanish-language publishing program, and new global initiatives.

Even in the most challenging times Penguin is poised to meet the growing demand for books in all formats, particularly in the children's division where the growth potential is most promising. The proliferation of virtual bookstores and "infinite book shelves" has also produced many unique and diverse ways to discover writers and connect them with readers everywhere.

Penguin Group (USA) First-Half 2012 Performance Summary

  1. Penguin Group (USA) First-Half Publishing Highlights
    • Won Prestigious Awards Including Two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Edgar Award, and a Grammy
    • G. P. Putnam's Sons Led the Industry in Hardcover Bestsellers
    • Launched New e-Initial Imprint
    • Broadened Digital Publishing Program with Innovative, Diverse Products
    • Grew Penguin eSpecial Program with Bestselling Fiction and Nonfiction Short Content
    • Developed Online Communities to Connect Writers with Readers
    • Increased Sales of Young Adult Novels, Young Adult Series, Middle Grade Series, and Beloved Picture Book Brands, Continuing Penguin Young Readers Group's Growth and Market Expansion
    • Increased International Sales for the 12th Year in a Row
    • Increased Gift Sales
    • Reinforced Commitment to Libraries
    • Maximized Established Authors and Brands
    • Grew Bestselling Authors New to Penguin
    • Published an Impressive Array of Bestselling Nonfiction, from Investigative Journalism to Parenting to Humor
    • Published Perennial Favorites as eBooks for the First Time
    • Increased Sales in Many Imprints, Continuing Successful Imprint Strategy
    • Increased In-house TV and Radio Satellite Tours
    • Excellent Publishing Across Imprints
  2. Looking Ahead to an Impressive Fall Line-Up, Exciting New Imprints, and Inventive Digital Products
    • Upcoming Fiction, Including Ken Follett, Patricia Cornwell, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, and Nora Roberts
    • Upcoming Nonfiction, Including Neil Young, Dolly Parton, Jared Diamond, David Nasaw, and Kofi Annan
    • Upcoming Young Readers Books, Including Ally Condie, Harlan Coben, Elizabeth George, and Jan Brett
    • Continuing to Publish Authors Across Multiple Age Groups
    • Expanding "Best of Penguin" Shops in Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide
    • New Imprints
    • Upcoming Digital Products
  3. Penguin Worldwide
  1. Penguin Group (USA) First-Half Publishing Highlights

    Won Prestigious Awards Including Two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Critics Circle Award, an Edgar Award, and a Grammy

    • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking) won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.
    • George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
    • George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
    • George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)received the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society.
    • Between Shades of Gray byRuta Sepetys (Philomel) won the 2012 Indies Choice Award for Book of the Year, Young Adult.
    • Betty White won the Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category for her reading of her book If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won't).
    • The Returning by Christine Hinwood (Dial) received a Printz Honor, for excellence in literature written for young adults.
    • The Wealth Cure by Hill Harper (Gotham) won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work — Nonfiction.
    • Bent Road byLori Roy (Dutton) won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
    • Thinking the 20th Century by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder (The Penguin Press) won the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2012 Award in Literature.
    • The Invisible Line by Daniel Sharfstein (The Penguin Press) won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.
    • The Atlas Shrugged App, based on the classic novel by Ayn Rand, won Digital Book World's 2012 Publishing Innovation Award.
    • Plastic Ocean by Captain Charles Moore, won a 2012 Nautilus Gold Award in the Conscious Media, Journalism, and Investigative Reporting category.
    • Penguin Threads artist Jillian Tamaki received a Gold Medal for her illustrations for the Penguin Threads cover of Black Beauty from the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial category for their Illustrators 54 competition.
    • Paul Buckley, Penguin Vice President Executive Creative Director, received a Gold Medal for Art Direction for the Penguin Threads cover of Black Beauty from the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial category for their Illustrators 54 competition.
    • Retirement Heist byEllen Schultz (Portfolio) won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
    • The Quest by Daniel Yergin (The Penguin Press) won the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in the General Business category.
    • Frederick Forsyth won the Diamond Dagger award, presented by the Crime Writers' Association, given to an author whose body of work is marked by sustained excellence and has made a significant contribution to crime fiction published in the English language.
    • Sara Paretsky was awarded the 2012 Harold Washington Literary Award, which recognizes diverse and stimulating authors who address issues of contemporary life.
    • Penguin Audio won an Audie Award in the Humor category for William Shatner's narration of Shatner Rules.
    • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (Viking Juvenile)won a Schneider Family Book Award, which recognizes books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience.
    • Penguin won three Books for a Better Life Awards:
      • The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study by Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin (Hudson Street Press/Plume) in the Wellness category
      • Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times by Clark Howard with Mark Meltzer and Theo Thimou (Avery) in the Personal Finance category
      • Holy Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson (Gotham) in the Spiritual category.
    • Penguin won four New York Book Show Awards:
      • A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Pea (Dial) received First Place in the category of Children's Trade, Hardcover Picture Nonfiction Book.
      • Spin by Ido Vaginsky (Price Stern Sloan) received First Place in the Novelty category.
      • Being Wendy by Fran Drescher (Grosset & Dunlap) received Third Place in the Picture Book Fiction category.
      • The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse (Putnam/Berkley) received Third Place in the Fiction category.

    G. P. Putnam's Sons Led the Industry in Hardcover Bestsellers

    G. P. Putnam's Sons had an industry-leading 20 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, more than any other individual hardcover imprint, an accomplishment Putnam has achieved every year for more than 25 years. In 2012, Putnam had bestsellers from Clive Cussler, Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Stuart Woods, Amanda Quick, Alex Berenson, Jayne Ann Krentz, C. J. Box and many others.

    Launched New e-Initial Imprint

    Berkley/NAL's InterMix, Penguin's first e-initial eBook imprint, was launched in January with the release of eleven classic Nora Roberts novels that had never been available as eBooks. To date, InterMix has published 125 titles. As highlighted in a recent article in USA Today, InterMix will release the first part of Because You Are Mine, a serialized erotic romance by Beth Kery that will be published beginning in July 2012. Also in July, InterMix published four novels from bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle.

    Broadened Digital Publishing Program with Innovative, Diverse Products

    Penguin continued to reach into new areas online and in the App Store with Apps inspired by books.

    • Perigee's Wreck This App, based on the worldwide phenomenon Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith, remains a top performer in iOS, making regular appearances on the Top Paid Entertainment App list for both iPad and iPhone, and this spring became available for Android and Nook. The App will be updated with expanded content before the end of the year.
    • Penguin transformed a book into a one-of-a-kind online subscription experience in My Artist's Way Toolkit, with a support app in iOS, based on Julia Cameron's blockbuster publishing program The Artist's Way from Tarcher, with daily inspirations, an interactive notebook, and weekly exercises and activities selected from Cameron's vast library.
    • In an especially innovative move, Penguin partnered with digital publisher Citia to introduce a newly interactive way to read. Citia's launch title is Viking's What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired, re-organized into concise digital cards that contain complete thoughts and ideas from the book, in three dimensions and shareable through email and major social media networks.
    • Building an online, interactive community around the internationally bestselling Penguin Young Readers author, The World of Richelle Mead is the first of its kind, an enhanced library app that enables "social reading" where fans can connect with one another and the author, share favorite moments through in-app comments, and post to Facebook and Twitter.
    • Penguin Young Readers published Chopsticks, a novel composed entirely of images that "straddles the digital divide that is transforming the publishing world" (The Wall Street Journal), with its print and digital versions dovetailing in a feat of storytelling.

    Penguin continued to build a strong slate of enhanced eBook offerings, launching five new titles in 2012's first half, including:

    • Joan Rivers's I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me (Berkley), with uncensored, exclusive new video content featuring Joan hating all new things
    • Tough Sh*t by cult film director Kevin Smith (Gotham), with all-new, exclusive video from Kevin and his production crew
    • Artist Betty Edwards directly tutors the reader through video in the enhanced edition of the perennial bestseller The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Tarcher)
    • Mark Twain's Autobiographical Writings, edited by R. Kent Rasmussen (Penguin Classics), now features extremely rare video footage of Twain himself.

    Grew Penguin eSpecial Program with Bestselling Fiction and Nonfiction Short Content

    Penguin's eSpecials program continued to grow. In the first half of 2012, Penguin more than doubled the number of eSpecials sold from the same period last year. Penguin has published over 100 titles, with stand-out successes including Dutton's The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner and Portfolio's What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam.

    Developed Online Communities to Connect Writers with Readers

    Penguin Young Readers Group partnered with Skype as the exclusive book publisher for Skype in the Classroom, a global network of over 30,000 teachers. The program allows authors to connect with students for discussions about books, reading, and writing. Each author has a dedicated page that features an overview of his or her presentation, book, discussion guides, trailer, and information on how to set up an event.

    Penguin Online launched the Twitter Book Club, which has been incredibly successful in engaging and leading discussions with our fans and getting users to talk about books like The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. In social media, Penguin increased Facebook fans by nearly 50% and Twitter followers by 20%. Penguin has also started Pinterest and Google+ pages. Penguin website traffic is up nearly 20% in the first half of 2012.

    Building on the successes of Penguin's Facebook communities like Project Paranormal (over 70,000 likes) and The Crime Scene, Berkley launched new communities for romance and fantasy/sci-fi readers: Love Always and Destination Elsewhere, respectively. All of these Facebook pages feature author video chats, information on upcoming books, exclusive content, and reader discussions.

    Increased Sales of Young Adult Novels, Young Adult Series, Middle Grade Series, and Beloved Picture Book Brands, Continuing Penguin Young Readers Group's Growth and Market Expansion

    Penguin Young Readers Group continued growth in all channels of distribution and set a new record in New York Times bestsellers, year over year, led by new books from John Green, John Grisham, John Flanagan, Andrea Cremer, Ruta Sepetys, and Kristin Cashore. Penguin Young Readers Group also relaunched the Penguin Young Readers, a leveled series of learn-to-read books, giving Penguin a larger footprint in the retail community and further contributing to growth.

    • John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton) debuted at #1 on the New York Times chapter book list, spending eight weeks in the top spot and remaining on the bestseller list for 27 straight weeks.
    • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel) was named to numerous Best Book of the Year lists and won several awards, including the IndieChoice Best YA Novel of the Year, and, after being a New York Times hardcover bestseller last year, was on the New York Times children's paperback bestseller list for eleven weeks in the first half of 2012.
    • Penguin Young Readers raised awareness about four middle-grade series with the "Endangered Authors!" school tour, a game-show-themed theatrical presentation designed to highlight four middle-grade novelists, including E. J. Altbacker, the creator of the popular Shark Wars (Razorbill) series.
    • In May, Penguin Young Readers Group released the eBook version of The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton's iconic story about a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society. The e-publication coincided with the 45th anniversary of the classic novel.
    • Penguin Young Readers Group continued to see year-over-year growth in picture books driven by beloved major brands, including Skippyjon Jones, Lady Bug Girl, and Llama Llama.
    • Sales of Llama Llama Red Pajama continued to increase even after the 180% increase in sales it saw in 2011 after being selected as Jumpstart's Read for the Record selection. This year's Read for the Record title will be Lady Bug Girl and the Bug Squad.

    Increased International Sales for the 12th Year in a Row

    Penguin's international sales are up 12% over last year. If this pace continues, it will mark the 12th consecutive year of international sales growth. Penguin continued to expand its international publishing programs, including those in Spanish-language markets such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, as well as its partnership with Companhia das Letras in Brazil.

    Increased Gift Sales

    Penguin's Gift Sales are up 6% over last year, with mass market leading the way, with an increase of more than 100% year over year.

    Reinforced Commitment to Libraries

    In June, Penguin announced a pilot project that will make Penguin eBooks available to New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library patrons. The pilot program will begin in August and, if successful, could be rolled out across the United States.

    Penguin introduced Penguin First Flights, a program for librarians on EarlyWord.com. In this program, a new debut fiction title is posted bimonthly, giving librarians a first look and the opportunity to request print or NetGalleys. The site also features a podcast interview with the author followed by a live chat.

    Maximized Established Authors and Brands

    Penguin Group (USA) published many of the most widely known New York Times–bestselling books in the U.S. market, by brand-name authors across multiple formats, including Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Harlan Coben, Clive Cussler, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Lisa Gardner, J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs, and Laurell K. Hamilton.

    At Penguin Young Readers Group, New York Times bestsellers came from such authors as John Green, John Grisham, Ruta Sepetys, John Flanagan, Kristen Cashore, David Soman and Jacky Davis, Gayle Forman, and Andrea Cremer.

    Grew Bestselling Authors New to Penguin

    Penguin has taken established authors, new to the house, to new levels of success.

    • Elizabeth George's first book for Dutton, Believing the Lie, was her 21st book and the first #1 New York Times bestseller of George's career.
    • Lisa Gardner's first book for Dutton, Catch Me, debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, the highest debut of Gardner's career.
    • Berkley published Sylvia Day's Bared to You, which debuted at #4 on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.

    Published an Impressive Array of Bestselling Nonfiction, from Investigative Journalism to Parenting to Humor

    • Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)debuted at #1 onthe New York Times bestseller list.
    • Henry Crumpton's The Art of Intelligence (The Penguin Press) debuted on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover bestseller list at #3.
    • Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up Bébé (The Penguin Press) spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list.
    • Blaine Harden's Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (Viking) was a New York Times eBook bestseller for six weeks.
    • Maria Goodavage's Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Untold Canine Heroes (Dutton) was a New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller.
    • Paula Broadwell's All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (The Penguin Press) hit the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.

    Published Perennial Favorites as eBooks for the First Time

    • The Penguin Press published Thomas Pynchon's complete backlist, including masterpieces such as Gravity's Rainbow, Mason & Dixon, and The Crying of Lot 49, as eBooks for the first time.
    • In May, Penguin Young Readers Group released the eBook version of The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. The e-publication coincided with the 45th anniversary of the classic novel.
    • In the fall, Penguin Young Readers Group will release many Roald Dahl favorites, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, as eBooks for the first time.

    Increased Sales in Many Imprints, Continuing Successful Imprint Strategy

    Penguin's successful imprint strategy continued in 2012 with increased sales for Dutton, Blue Rider Press, Portfolio, Perigee, Plume, Hudson Street Press, Jove, and Berkley's trade paperback and hardcover imprints.

    Increased In-house TV and Radio Satellite Tours

    In order to exercise more creative control and flexibility, Penguin Group (USA) began doing TV and Radio Satellite Tours in-house in 2011, leading to lower publicity costs. In 2012, radio tours have increased by 130% and TV tours by 55%. Doing these tours in-house also makes it possible to capitalize on timely events and publicity, which has worked well particularly for promoting debut authors.

    Excellent Publishing Across Imprints

    G. P. Putnam's Sons continued to lead the industry in hardcover New York Times bestsellers with 20, including four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Taken by Robert Crais, Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb, The Thief by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, and The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown.

    Dutton had over 40% of their list become New York Times bestsellers, including a mix of fiction and nonfiction books by Tami Hoag, Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth George, John Lescroart, Lisa Gardner, Jennifer Chiaverini, Harlan Coben, and Maria Goodavage.

    Berkley/NAL had 41 New York Times bestsellers across all formats, including #1 New York Times hardcover fiction bestsellers from Charlaine Harris (Deadlocked), Laurell K. Hamilton (Kiss the Dead) and J. R. Ward (Lover Reborn). Nora Roberts's New York Times–bestselling BoonsBoro Trilogy continued with The Next Always and The Last Boyfriend. Berkley's biggest breakout book was Sylvia Day's New York Times bestseller Bared to You, which has been on the list for five weeks. Berkley had a New York Times nonfiction bestseller with Joan Rivers's I Hate Everyone . . . Starting With Me. And NAL continued to grow women's fiction author Karen White, who had a New York Times trade paperback bestseller with Sea Change.

    Viking's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention byManning Marablewon the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History Princeton religion professor Elaine Pagels's Revelations hit The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. Blaine Harden's Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, a memoir by the only person known to have been born in and escaped from a North Korean political prisoner camp, was a New York Times eBook bestseller. 

    The Penguin Press's George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society.  The Penguin Press had four New York Times bestsellers, including Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, which spent two months on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list, and The Art of Intelligence by Henry Crumpton.

    Riverhead published Anne Lamott's Some Assembly Required, which hit the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. Masha Gessen's The Man Without a Face, published around the world on the eve of Russia's controversial presidential election, focused international attention on Putin and his country's rising unrest. The Wall Street Journal called it "unflinching."

    Portfolio had four New York Times bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Taking People With You by David Novak and How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better Looking Than Your Parents by Zac Bissonnette.  Portfolio also published Unintended Consequences by Bain Capital founder Edward Conard, a controversial argument about the economy that landed on the cover of The New York Times Magazine.

    Blue Rider Press published New York Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey's New York Times–bestselling memoir Wherever I Wind Up, which has been called "the finest piece of nonfiction baseball writing since Ball Four" by Sports Illustrated.  Michael Hastings's The Operators provoked national discussion about American military culture.

    Sentinel released, in English and Spanish, the timely memoir by Florida Senator and rising political star Marco Rubio. The New York Times bestseller details Rubio's unlikely path to the Senate—a journey that may lead him to the Vice Presidency in November.

    Gotham published My Two Moms by Zach Wahls, a resounding testament to the power of family in all its forms by the young man whose testimony before the Iowa House of Representatives sparked national debate about gay parenthood.  Kevin Smith's Tough Sh*t was a New York Times bestseller.

    Penguin Books had five New York Times bestsellers: John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches, Geraldine Brooks's Caleb's Crossing, Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein. A Penguin Books Hardcover original, Midnight in Peking by Paul French, hit the New York Times eBook bestseller list.

    Perigee's Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith has sold more than half a million copies since it came out in 2007, making it one of the bestselling books in Perigee's history. By the end of April, Wreck This Journal had sold more copies in 2012 than it sold in all of 2011.  Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

    Plume had three New York Times bestsellers, including The House at Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams, and The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass by Bill Maher.

    Celebra continued its program of successful bilingual publishing with To Selena, With Love and Para Selena, Con Amor, written by Chris Perez, the widower of pop star Selena. 

    C.A. Press and Penguin's Caribbean, Latin American, and Spanish-language publishing programs continued to grow. In April, three C.A. Press titles became #1 in their categories on Amazon. Ciudadanía Americana was on the Top 20 U.S. Spanish Bestseller List for 10 weeks in 2012.

  2. Looking Ahead

    Upcoming Fiction

    • KEN FOLLETT, Winter of the World (Dutton, September 18)
      The internationally bestselling author follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of Giants, the first in the Century Trilogy, with a page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.
    • PATRICIA CORNWELL, The Bone Bed (G. P. Putnam's Sons, October 16)
      From the world's #1 bestselling crime writer comes the twentieth Kay Scarpetta novel. 
    • ZADIE SMITH, NW (The Penguin Press, September 4)
      The bestselling and award-winning author brilliantly depicts northwest London and the modern urban zone—familiar to city dwellers everywhere—in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.
    • JUNOT DÍAZ, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead, September 11)
      The Pulitzer Prize– and NBCC Award–winning author turns to the impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love—in a new work of fiction.
    • NORA ROBERTS, The Perfect Hope (Berkley, November 6)
      The final novel in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Next Always.
    • SYLVIA DAY, Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel (Berkley, October 2)
      The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Bared to You.
    • DEBORAH HARKNESS, Shadow of Night: A Novel (Viking, July 10)
      The thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches, which debuted at # 1 on The New York Times bestseller list.
    • MARY OLIVER, A Thousand Mornings (The Penguin Press, October 11)
      The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet explores the mysteries of our daily experience with startling clarity, humor, and kindness.
    • CLIVE CUSSLER and Thomas Perry, The Tombs: A Fargo Adventure (Putnam, September 4)
      In the latest installment in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Fargo Adventure series, the husband-and-wife team of Sam and Remi Fargo hunt for the lost tomb of Attila the Hun.
    • JOHN SANDFORD, Mad River: A Virgil Flowers Novel (Putnam, October 2)
      The latest installment in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series, featuring Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers.
    • TANA FRENCH, Broken Harbor: A Novel (Viking, July 24)
      The fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by the New York Times–bestselling author stars Scorcher Kennedy, investigating a horrific crime that leads him back to his own troubled past.
    • CHARLAINE HARRIS and TONI L. P. KELNER, An Apple for the Creature (Ace, September 4)
      From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author comes a new anthology featuring vampires, shapeshifters, and assorted creatures of the night, as well as a new Sookie Stackhouse story.
    • JONATHAN TROPPER, One Last Thing Before I Go (Dutton, August 21)
      Following his breakthrough success with the New York Times bestseller This Is Where I Leave You, Tropper's latest novel is a moving, outrageously funny look at one family's attempts to conquer life's surprises.
    • T. C. BOYLE, San Miguel: A Novel (Viking, September 18)
      From the PEN/Faulker winner and New York Times–bestselling author of The Women comes a historical novel about three women's lives on a desolate island off the coast of California.
    • J. R. WARD, Rapture: A Novel of the Fallen Angels (NAL, September 25)
      From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels comes the newest book in the Fallen Angels series.
    • PATRICIA BRIGGS, Alpha and Omega, (InkLit, October 2)
      This graphic novel collection based on the New York Times–bestselling Alpha and Omega series—including never-before-seen art—is the premier publication for the new imprint InkLit, which specializes in graphic novels.
    • JULIE GARWOOD, Sweet Talk (Dutton, August 7)
      In the new contemporary romance from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author, FBI agent Grayson Kincaid and attorney Olivia Mackenzie fall in love while teaming up to fight corruption.
    • LINWOOD BARCLAY, Trust Your Eyes (NAL, September 4)
      The new novel by #1 internationally bestselling author of Never Look Away features a map-obsessed schizophrenic who rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door.

    Upcoming Nonfiction

    • NEIL YOUNG, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream (Blue Rider Press, October 2)
      An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has written this year's most highly anticipated memoir.
    • DOLLY PARTON, Dream More (Putnam, November 27)
      Parton is one of the world's true superstars. In Dream More she recounts her philosophy of life and shares her heartfelt hopes for everyone.
    • KOFI ANNAN, Interventions (The Penguin Press, September 4)
      The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former secretary-general of the United Nations writes a candid memoir of global statecraft during one of the most consequential eras of recent history.
    • JARED DIAMOND, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? (Viking, December 31)
      The Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times–bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the differences between "traditional" societies and industrial or post-industrial societies, with an eye to one question: What can we learn from the former that can make the world we live in a better place for all?
    • VICTOR CRUZ, Out of the Blue, (Celebra, July 17)
      From the star wide receiver for the 2012 Super Bowl–winning New York Giants comes an inspiring memoir about facing challenges and believing in yourself.
    • STACY LONDON, The Truth About Style (Viking, October 2)
      The beloved co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear examines the universal obstacles all women—including herself—put in their way.
    • DAVID NASAW, The Patriarch (The Penguin Press, November 13)
      The celebrated historian; winner of the New York Historical Society Prize in American History, the Bancroft Prize, and the J. Anthony Lukas Prize; and author of the New York Times–bestselling Andrew Carnegie brings to life the story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, in the first and only biography based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers.
    • JAMES CARVILLE and STAN GREENBERG, It's the Middle Class, Stupid! (Blue Rider Press, July 10)
      Two of the nation's top political strategists explain how the Democrats can capture the 2012 election (and recapture their base) by recommitting the party to saving America's working people in this New York Times bestsellers list debut.
    • GENERAL STANLEY McCHRYSTAL, My Share of the Task: A Memoir (Portfolio, November 13)
      The candid memoir by one of America's most influential and controversial generals, who helped lead the reinvention of our military for the 21st century.  McChrystal makes a convincing case that weapons, money, and strategy are all ultimately less important than leadership in determining success, both on and off the battlefield.
    • THOMAS E. RICKS, The Generals (The Penguin Press, October 30)
      From the two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble comes an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq.
    • TIMOTHY KELLER, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Plan for the World (Dutton, November 13)
      The New York Times–bestselling author of The Reason for God shows how God calls each of us to express meaning and purpose through our work and careers. Dr. Keller  is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and his New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.
    • DANIEL H. PINK, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others (Riverhead, December 31)
      From the author of the groundbreaking bestsellers Drive and A Whole New Mind comes a provocative big-idea book that explores the power of selling, which each of us does every day—whether we know it or not.
    • STEVEN JOHNSON, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age (Riverhead, September 18)
      The acclaimed contrarian, New York Times–bestselling author and brilliant thinker combines the deft social analysis of Where Good Ideas Come From with the optimistic arguments of Everything Bad Is Good for You to map the ways a more connected world will be both different and better. 
    • KEVIN PHILLIPS, 1775: A Good Year for Revolution (Viking, November 27)
      The former White House strategist, political/economic commentator, and New York Times–bestselling author argues, with meticulous historical detail, that 1775, not 1776, was the true watershed year of the Revolutionary War, upending a shibboleth of our nation's history.
    • JEFF BRIDGES and BERNIE GLASSMAN, The Dude and the Zen Master (Blue Rider Press, November 13)
      An inspiring—and often hilarious—dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru about life, the movies, laughter, and trying to do good in a difficult world.
    • 50 CENT, Formula 50 (Avery, December 27)
      The phenomenally fit superstar rapper reveals his strategic six-week plan for achieving a ripped body – and developing the mental toughness to stay in shape for a lifetime.
    • ALEX WITCHEL, All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. With Refreshments (Riverhead, September 27)
      Desperate to hang on to her mother, who is fast disappearing into dementia, the New York Times Magazine columnist shares how re-creating favorite dishes from her classic 1950s childhood helped her learn to savor their relationship.
    • ALVARO URIBE VELEZ, No Lost Causes (Celebra, September 4)
      The former Colombian president offers the never-before-told story of how he led his country to a more peaceful, stable, and modern democracy.

    Upcoming Young Readers Books

    • ALLY CONDIE, Reached (Dutton Juvenile, November 13)
      In the highly-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times–bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.
    • HARLAN COBEN, Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) (Putnam Books for Young Readers, September 18)
      The internationally bestselling and award-winning author picks up Mickey Bolitar's story as the mystery surrounding Mickey's dad's death unfolds, and he soon learns that he and his friends may be in serious danger.
    • ELIZABETH GEORGE, The Edge of Nowhere (Viking Juvenile, September 4)
      The internationally bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley series turns her writing talents to the world of young adult literature, with a coming-of-age story set on picturesque Whideby Island in Washington state, the first of four books that will follow a group of teenagers over four years.
    • JAN BRETT, Mossy (Putnam Books for Young Readers, September 18)
      The latest story by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator follows a biologist and her niece as they find Mossy and take her to their natural history museum.
    • JUDY SCHACHNER, Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Olé, (Dial, October 16)
      In the newest adventure from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator, Skippyjon Jones swings out of his closet and into the spectacular Cirque de Olé, where his pals, the Chimichango gang, perform feats of derring-do.
    • ANNA DEWDNEY, Llama Llama Time to Share (Viking Children's Books, September 4)
      In the sixth installment of the bestselling series, readers meet Llama's new neighbors—Nelly and Baby Gnu. When Nelly picks up Llama's blocks and books, he decides he does not like to share. But fighting leads to broken toys and tears, so Llama learns that it's better to try to share.

    Continuing to Publish Authors Across Multiple Age Groups

    Penguin publishes books by many authors who write for adults as well as for young readers.  This fall Penguin Young Readers Group is publishing new books by two New York Times–bestselling adult authors.

    • Harlan Coben's Seconds Away, the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series, will be published in September.  Shelter, the first book in the series,debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller children's chapter books list.
    • In September, bestselling adult author Elizabeth George will make her debut in the young adult market with The Edge of Nowhere, the first in a suspenseful coming-of-age series to follow a group of teenagers over four years.

    Expanding "Best of Penguin" Shops in Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide

    The Best of Penguin Shop is expanding to 25 additional stores, including in metropolitan areas on the West Coast.  Best of Penguin, currently in 10 Barnes & Noble stores and featured at bn.com, celebrates everything readers love about Penguin: world-famous bestsellers and influential award winners, books for adults and books for kids, timeless classics and new voices, as well as a showcase for our new line of Penguin merchandise.

    New Imprints

    This fall Berkley/NAL will launch InkLit, Penguin's first imprint devoted to graphic novels.  InkLit will give favorite authors an avenue for telling stories in a different way while also introducing new writers and artists to readers. The InkLit lineup for 2012–13 includes graphic novels from several bestselling authors, including Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and Laurell K. Hamilton.

    Dutton is relaunching its Guilt Edged Mysteries, this time as an eInitial imprint. From 1947 to 1956, Dutton's Guilt Edged Mysteries was a pulp imprint that published hard-boiled noir detective fiction.  The new imprint is dedicated to discovering and publishing new crime writers and also rereleasing forgotten gems from the original list.

    Upcoming Digital Products

    Enhanced Penguin eBooks to be published by the end of 2012 will include:

    • The Pulitzer Prize–winning Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking), featuring footage of both Malcolm X and author Manning Marable lecturing about Malcolm's remarkable life; rare photos; and a map of Harlem as it was in Malcolm's day
    • Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press), featuring audio and video content from throughout Young's seminal career
    • Dolly Parton's Dream More (Putnam), to be released in enhanced eBook formin time for the holidays, with a new song
    • Stacy London's The Truth About Style (Viking),by the star of What Not to Wear
  3. Penguin Worldwide

    Penguin UK had a healthy first half in a competitive market with 33 Top Ten bestsellers.  These included bestsellers from such authors as Gok Wan, Rachel Khoo, Antony Beevor, Daniel Kahneman, Jo Jo Moyes, Jeff Kinney and Roald Dahl.  Penguin Children's remained the clear market leader in the UK.  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books continued to be a publishing sensation, selling over 500,000 in the first six months of the year. Classic brands performed strongly, with highlights including Roald Dahl's titles and the Peter Rabbit books, which saw a notable increase in sales in the year of its 110th anniversary. 

    DK had an excellent first half, posting good sales growth on top of a successful 2011.  The LEGO® publishing program continued to drive sales with The LEGO® Ideas Book and the LEGO® Star Wars Encyclopedia featuring in the New York Times bestseller list for 25 and 19 weeks respectively. Other strong performing titles included Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook, which became DK's first hardback number one bestseller, Art and Natural History. Rough Guides celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series re-launch though the travel market continued to be tough.

    Penguin Canada, recently named Publisher of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association, had a solid first half, holding even from the previous year with 13% market share. The Canadian company published 54 Top Ten bestsellers that included Canadian authors Marina Nemat, Nahlah Ayed and Gordon Pape and international authors Nora Roberts, Jenny Lawson and Kathryn Stockett. Kicking off the year, Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy continued to have a significant presence on The Globe and Mail bestseller lists with a combined total of 27 weeks for the three books this year. The third book in the series—The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—released in mass market format in July with a ship out of 130,000 copies. Neil Pasricha's "Awesome" empire continued to dominate every national and regional bestseller list across the country. The paperback of The Book of Even More Awesome went straight to #1 on The Globe and Mail nonfiction bestseller list when it released in April and remained at #1 for five weeks. The Book of Awesome continues its run with 29 weeks and counting on the charts this year alone. Digital-first breakout hit Bared to You continues to sell strongly in Canada with over 100,000 copies shipped to date and currently sits at #4 on the bestseller lists just behind the Fifty Shades trilogy.

    Penguin's international sales grew in the first half driven, in part, by a strong performance in India where Penguin is the clear market leader.  Key titles included Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma and Ravinder Singh's Can Love Happen Twice?, both of which were number one bestsellers.  In January 2012, Penguin acquired 45% of Companhia das Letras, a leading trade book publisher in Brazil.

Penguin Group (www.penguin.com), one of the world's largest English-language trade book publishers, has established divisions and key market positions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, China, South Africa, New Zealand, and Ireland.  The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Contact:

Erica Glass
(212) 366-2951
erica.glass@us.penguingroup.com

Marilyn Ducksworth
(212) 366-2564
marilyn.ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com