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Penguin Previews Series at The Round Table

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“Penguin Previews Series at The Round Table”
Launched by The Algonquin Hotel and Penguin Group (USA)

The Algonquin Hotel to Host Literary Events
Featuring Penguin Group (USA) Authors Previewing Their Newest Books

NEW YORK, NY (June 4, 2012) – The Algonquin Hotel, known for its rich literary roots and its NYC Club Row pedigree, and Penguin Group (USA), one of the leading trade book publishers in the U.S., are launching the “Penguin Preview Series at the Round Table,” timed to coincide with New York Book & Media Week.  To kick off the series and celebrate The Algonquin’s grand re-opening (following a six-month guts to décor renovation) The Algonquin and Penguin are hosting a unique literary event.

On Monday, June 4, top hotel and publishing executives as well as media industry influencers will clink glasses at a private soiree held in the Algonquin’s famous Lobby (often called Manhattan’s Living Room) and Blue Bar.  Nearly 150 guests will have their turn to sit, talk and debate around the legendary Round Table where once sat great minds like Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley.  Several of Penguin Group (USA)’s award-winning, bestselling authors will be mingling -- Ron Chernow, Harlan Coben, Junot Diaz, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marion Meade, Andrew Ross Sorkin, John Hodgman, Simon Doonan, Rachel Dratch, Deborah Harkness, Linda Fairstein, John Green, and Amor Towles – while a trio from The New York Pops provide entertainment. Passed hors d’oeurves will be served along with two signature cocktails, The Algonquin Matilda and The Penguin.

“Penguin Previews Series at The Round Table”
Hotel guests and New Yorkers can celebrate too as The Algonquin and Penguin host a series of author events in the hotel Lobby this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Each evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a sneak peek at some of Penguin Group (USA)’s authors’ upcoming books.  At the end of each evening, copies of the books or galleys will be made available.  We hope you’ll tell a friend and join us for these special preview events and follow the series at #penguinroundtable:

Tuesday, June 5:  “Summer Page Turners”
These are original summer blockbusters from a New York Times-bestselling author and a debut novelist.  Deborah Harkness will talk about her upcoming book, Shadow of Night, the thrilling sequel to her New York Times-bestselling debut novel, A Discovery of Witches. Laura Moriarty will preview her new book, The Chaperone, inspired by the life of silent-film star Louise Brooks, the story of two women who could not be more different, and the summer that changed them both. Penguin Group Executive Editor Jake Morrissey will moderate.

Wednesday, June 6:  “Cities Imagined: As Subject and Setting”
Cities as characters and settings lie at the heart of both of these debut novels. New York City in the 17th century before it was Manhattan and the city of Berlin ravaged by World War II envelope and inform two beautifully imagined stories. Debut novelist Jean Zimmerman will talk about The Orphanmaster, which recreates the sights, textures, and aromas of early Manhattan and its surrounding wilderness, as well as immersing the reader in the absorbing political intrigues of the time. Debut novelist David Gillham will talk about City of Women, a remarkable page turner about a seemingly perfect Nazi soldier’s wife and her clandestine choices, bringing war-torn Berlin to life. Penguin Group Executive Editor Jake Morrissey will moderate.

Thursday, June 7: “Celebrating Dorothy Parker”  
A comprehensive discussion about Dorothy Parker, how she has inspired other writers,  including a novelist who has written her own Dorothy Parker history in fiction. Author  Ellen Meister will preview her upcoming novel, Farewell, Dorothy Parker. Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade (The Portable Dorothy Parker and What Fresh Hell Is This?). Penguin Group Executive Editor Jake Morrissey will moderate.

The Series Continues…
The Algonquin and Penguin Group (USA) will continue this literary celebration, by hosting a quarterly Penguin Previews at The Round Table, open to hotel guests and the public. Future author line-ups and details to be announced.

“Partnering with Penguin Group (USA)  for our Grand Re-opening and ongoing author series was a natural fit as the goal of our renovations were to both enhance our hotel product, services and amenities and keep true to the provenance and distinguished attributes,” says Gary Budge, general manager of the hotel.

“Penguin author Dorothy Parker co-founded the Algonquin Round Table almost a hundred years ago, and all these years later it is exciting to be launching a modern-day author series at the Algonquin. This Penguin Preview Series celebrates our current writers and celebrates this landmark hotel where so many literary exchanges took place,” says David Shanks, CEO, Penguin Group (USA).

Note to the Press:  Interviews with General Manager Gary Budge and Penguin Group (USA) authors and executives are available upon request, as are images of the property and authors.

About The Algonquin Hotel

The Algonquin Hotel is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan on Club Row at 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, just steps from Broadway’s Theatres and world-class shopping. Home to Dorothy Parker’s famous Round Table and birthplace of the New Yorker magazine, the Algonquin Hotel is highly regarded by travelers the world over. Visit www.algonquinhotel.com for information and bookings.

About Penguin Group (USA)

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

About Autograph Collection
Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than completely unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com.

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