May 17 – May 23, 2010 Edition

Penguin Books Marks 75th Anniversary

AUTHORLINK NEWS/May 18, 2010–Penguin Books will mark its 75th Anniversary on July 30, 2010.

The summer-long celebration will kick-off at Book Expo of America when the Penguin Anniversary-mobile (a Penguin-orange Mini-Cooper with the Penguin logo) will appear on display.

The Penguin Mobile will be touring throughout the US to increase awareness of The Nature Conservancy, and promote literacy. It will be appearing at bookstores across the country and will be bringing some of Penguin’s well-known authors to anniversary parties at bookstores in their hometowns.

Starting with Garrison Keillor (Lake Wobegon Days) in Edina, Minnesota, on June 13, and ending with Melissa Bank (The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing) on Long Island on August 8, this summer will be a nonstop celebration of literacy, conservation, and Penguin Books! Other bestselling authors hosting parties include Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), Jan Karon (the Mitford series), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Geraldine Brooks (March), Kim Edwards (The Memory Keeper’s Daughter), Janice Y. K. Lee (The Piano Teacher), William Kennedy (Ironweed), and Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea).

At each anniversary event, a set of 75 of the most iconic titles from Penguin Books will be donated to a local library or literacy group. Each author will sign the Penguin-mobile as it makes its way across the United States, and the summer’s events will culminate with a party at the New York Public Library in September.

When the celebration is complete Penguin will auction the car with the proceeds going to the New York Public Library. Penguin will also be donating sets of 75 books to numerous U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.