Penguin Random House Canada is the Canadian division of Penguin Random House, the world’s most global trade book publisher which was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors. In Canada, Penguin Random House Canada is comprised of Penguin Canada and Random House of Canada, trade publishers and distributors of books from their sister imprints in the U.S. and the U.K.
Penguin Canada, founded in 1974, is one of Canada’s preeminent trade publishers, publishing and distributing a wide range of literary, thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle and children’s books. Penguin Canada’s imprints include Viking, Hamish Hamilton, Allen Lane, Penguin, Portfolio Penguin, Puffin and its newest imprint launched in 2012, Razorbill. Under these imprints, Penguin Canada proudly publishes an award-winning list of Canadian authors including 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Will Ferguson, previous winners Joseph Boyden and Johanna Skibsrud, as well as Stuart McLean, Bobby Orr, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jack Whyte, Eric Walters, Michael Smith, John Ralston Saul and Adrienne Clarkson. Penguin Canada also publishes and distributes a number of celebrated international authors including Philip Roth, Zadie Smith, Stieg Larsson, John le Carré, Khaled Hosseini, Kathryn Stockett, Elizabeth Gilbert and Ken Follett.
Random House of Canada is a full service Canadian publisher and distributor of books in hardcover, trade paperback, mass market and digital formats. Random House of Canada was established in 1944 as the Canadian distributor of Random House Books. In 1986 the company established its own indigenous Canadian publishing program that has become one of the most successful in Canadian history. As a separate company, Doubleday Canada has been one of Canada’s most prominent publishers for over seventy-five years and Bantam Books Canada had long served as the Canadian distribution arm of Bantam Doubleday Dell (BDD). Random House and Bantam Doubleday Dell merged internationally in 1998. The two companies officially became one in Canada in 1999, representing the sister companies’ titles in this country and maintaining thriving Canadian publishing programs. Imprints of Random House of Canada include Anchor Canada, Bond Street Books, Doubleday Canada, Knopf Canada, Random House Canada and Vintage Canada. In 2012, Random House of Canada became full owner of celebrated Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart and Tundra Books and their imprints; and also in 2012, Appetite by Random House, a lifestyle-focused imprint was established.