Press Release: Penguin Random House Launches Serialized Newsletter Season of Stories
NEW YORK, NY—October 4, 2016—Penguin Random House and its Crown Publishing Group division announce Season of Stories, an eleven-week serialized reading experience to begin Tuesday, October 11, and continue through the end of December 2016, that delivers short stories directly to a reader’s inbox. The special event allows readers to sign up at (www.theseasonofstories.com) to receive contemporary fiction stories at no cost from acclaimed and award-winning authors Anthony Marra, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adam Johnson, Elizabeth McCracken, among others, published by Crown and other Penguin Random House imprints.
Season of Stories will present readers with a different short story each week. New stories begin each Tuesday, and will unfold in daily emails containing a portion of the story, with the full narrative wrapping up on Friday. At the conclusion of each story, readers will have the option to purchase the book in which the featured story appeared, through the site, from their retailer of choice.
The stories featured in the program are all written in the first person in order to create a personal connection and imbue the reading experience with the intimacy of one-to-one email communication. Season of Stories will share captivating tales that capture the broad range of the human experience, from small town America to Africa, spanning past to present time.
“We created Season of Stories to connect with readers where they spend so much of their time—their email. Our mission is to make participants’ inboxes a more literary space, with great stories, and to help them discover previously unfamiliar authors,” said Alana Buckbee, Assistant Director of Community Development at Crown Publishing Group. “The program’s emails are the perfect length to dive into while waiting in line, commuting, or during a lunch break.”
About Penguin Random House and the Crown Publishing Group
The Crown Publishing Group is a division of Penguin Random House. As the world’s largest trade book publisher Penguin Random House is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.