Report from BookCon
YA Authors and Fiction
On Center Stage
It was evident even before BookCon kicked off on June 3 in New York City that the consumer show is settling into a celebration of YA literature. More than 100 marquee authors representing almost every kind of genre appeared, autographed, and met with fans. more
BookCon 2017 in Photos
Approximately 20,000 readers of all ages gathered for a weekend of panels, giveaways, and other opportunities to connect with favorite authors. See our roundup of photo highlights here. more
Suzanne Glazer, a longtime library marketing director at Atheneum and Random House, died on April 22 in New York City at the age of 81. Former Soundprints publisher Elisabeth Prial remembered her as “a pillar of a bygone generation in children’s book publishing." more
Judy Moody Takes the Stage
Seven children’s theaters around the country will bring chapter book star Judy Moody to the stage, Candlewick Press has announced. The precocious third-grader’s theatrical debut will take place this fall, in a play adapted from two Judy Moody books. more
CBC Launches Reading Beyond Book List
The Children’s Book Council has announced the first-ever Reading Beyond book list, an annotated bibliography for parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, and others seeking book recommendations for children who read above their grade level. more
Q & A
As an author and as events coordinator at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston, Mackenzi Lee is immersed in the world of books. Her forthcoming novel, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, is a caper through 18th-century Europe, following a young man named Monty on his Grand Tour. Lee spoke with PW about being both an author and a bookseller, the role travel played in bringing her novel to life, and queer characters in historical fiction.
Q: History is clearly an interest of yours. What is your research process like?
A: I generally start by reading other historical fiction set in the period. Then I stop once I start writing, otherwise I tend to compare my writing. Historical fiction has always been my access point for history; it’s what made me interested in history as a kid. more
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr.'s debut, Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning, a book offering guidance and encouragement for readers of all ages who are on the cusp of something big. Publication is set for March 27, 2018; Creative Artists Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.
John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint has bought Emmy, Writers Guild, and Peabody award-winner David Kreizman's debut YA novel, The Year They Fell. The novel tells the story of five teenagers who used to be best friends in preschool and are now drawn back together after a tragic accident. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Marietta B. Zacker at the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Aimee Friedman at Scholastic has acquired the middle grade novel City of Ghosts by fantasy author Victoria Schwab. Pitched as Stranger Things meets Ghost Hunters, it's the story of a girl who died, the ghost boy who brought her back, and their adventures in one of the world's most haunted cities. Publication is planned for 2018; Holly Root at Root Literary did the two-book deal for world English rights while at Waxman Leavell Literary.
Joan Powers at Candlewick has bought world English rights to Jo Knowles's Where the Heart Is, a middle grade novel about Rachel, who just turned 13 and finds herself questioning everything—her parents' financial stability, whether her best friend wants to be more than friends, her ability to outsmart the conniving pig she's supposed to care for all summer, and her own identity. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary handled the deal.
Tiffany Liao at Holt has acquired a middle grade fantasy series, Peasprout Chen, by Henry Lien, about a girl determined to take the top ranking at Pearl Famous Academy, where she will study Wu Liu, a form that blends figure skating with martial arts. The first book, Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, will publish in April 2018; Tina Wexler at ICM Partners sold world English rights in a two-book deal.
Alex Ulyett at Viking has bought Lisa Bunker's Zenobia July, a middle grade novel about a transgender girl with a troubled past and advanced coder/hacker skills, who tackles the mystery of anonymously posted hateful memes on her school's website while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and coming to grips with presenting her true gender for the first time. Publication is set for spring 2019; Brianne Johnson at Writers House brokered the deal for North American rights.
Sarah Jane Abbott at S&S/Wiseman has acquired Samantha M. Clark's debut, Wake, a middle grade novel about a boy who wakes up alone on a beach and doesn't know who he is or how he got there, and embarks on a quest to find answers. When he uncovers the terrifying truth, he must face his biggest fear: going home. Publication is planned for summer 2018; Rachel Orr at the Prospect Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Kate O'Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has bought in a preempt Becoming, the second picture book collaboration from author Julia Denos (l.) and illustrator E.B. Goodale. The book explores the joy of being present, the wonder of our existence, and the marvel of our ever-connected world. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Lori Kilkelly at Rodeen Literary Management represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Ariel Richardson at Chronicle has acquired world rights to Kristen Fulton's new picture book, Flight for Freedom, the true story of one child, Peter Wetzel, and his family's daring escape from East Berlin to West Berlin via handmade hot air balloon in 1979. Torben Kuhlmann will illustrate. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Kendra Marcus at Bookstop Literary represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Taylor Norman at Chronicle has bought Kate Hoefler's (l.) Rabbit & the Motorbike, a picture book about the relationship between a reserved rabbit and an adventurous dog, and the rewards that lie outside our comfort zones. Sarah Jacoby will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. Steven Malk at Writers House represented both the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Kate O'Sullivan at HMH has acquired Geisel Honor author-illustrator Mary Sullivan's new picture book, Up on Bob, which explores the idiosyncrasies of pets and places a spin on the age-old cat and dog rivalry. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates brokered the deal for world rights, all languages.
Emily Easton at Crown has bought Michael Paul's Roar: A Dinosaur Tour, a nonfiction picture book exploring the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth, and an additional untitled picture book. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Deborah Warren at East-West Literary handled the deal for world rights.
Chris Hernandez at HarperCollins has acquired author-illustrator Cori Doerrfeld's Wild Baby, a picture book about an inquisitive young orangutan who makes a mad dash through the jungle—and the worried mother who must chase after. Publication is slated for winter 2019; Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency sold world rights.
Anna Membrino at Random House has bought Glenn Hernandez's The Tortoise and the Bricklayer and On Our Nice Ice Ship. The first is the story of a pig and the wall he builds to keep out a tortoise neighbor. The second is an adventure celebrating friendship and creative problem-solving. Publication is set for summer 2019 and fall 2019, respectively; the author represented himself in the deal for world rights.
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IN THE MEDIA
Or, how our tote bag ended up in hugging proximity to John C. Reilly and Will Farrell.
A look at Pinterest’s usefulness for bookstores.
In which I go undercover, get captured, and have a lot of fun.
As the teeth in the famous Amazon smile begin to show, the opportunity for action is upon us.
All the Way to Havana
Margarita Engle, illus. by Mike Curato. Holt/Godwin, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-62779-642-2
A bright blue Chevy Delray christened Cara Cara is the star of this contemporary story, taking the young narrator and his family from their rural home to a celebration with relatives in Havana. Engle and Curato chronicle Cara Cara’s journey in loving detail as the family moves along the coast and into bustling city streets, giving readers glimpses into daily Cuban lives. more
This Beautiful Day
Richard Jackson, illus. by Suzy Lee. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-4139-1
Inside on a dreary, rainy day, a boy hears a strain of music from the radio. Playfully, the boy starts to dance, and splashes of bright blue appear. Sprightly wordplay and a dash of humor make Jackson’s high-spirited hymn to childhood an heir to earlier classics. more
Tumble & Blue
Cassie Beasley. Dial, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-525-42844-2
For generations, members of the Montgomery family have received supernatural “fates” that rule their lives; some are wonderful while others are not. Blue Montgomery fits into the latter category: his fate is that he is cursed to always lose, no matter the situation. After his father leaves him at his grandmother’s house for the summer, Blue is determined to break the curse, even if it means venturing into the Okefenokee Swamp to find a fabled golden alligator. more
Margarita Engle. Atheneum, $16.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-4814-9057-3
Eleven-year-old Edver has lived with his mother, a cryptozoologist, in Miami for most of his life. Luza is the 12-year-old sister Edver is surprised to meet when he arrives, alone, in the remote Cuban village of La Selva, from which he and his mother fled 10 years earlier. more
Allison Remcheck has been promoted to associate agent at the Stimola Literary Studio representing middle-grade and YA fiction. She was formerly editorial assistant, and before that was an editorial assistant at Feiwel and Friends.
Katharine McAnarney has joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as a senior publicist. She was most recently a publicist at Penguin Young Readers.
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Greenpeace Wars with Paper Company, Sticking Publishers In the Middle
The Big Five have found themselves in the middle of a long-running battle between Greenpeace and Resolute Forest Products over logging practices in Canada’s Boreal Forest. more »
University Presses Are More Vital than Ever
The Association of American University Presses annual meeting in Austin emphasized the value of publishing work grounded in research in an era of fake news. more »
And Then There Was Horowitz
In 'Magpie Murders' (Harper, June), the versatile British author Anthony Horowitz puts a twist on the classic fair-play mystery Agatha Christie perfected. more »
Win 'Under a Pole Star' by Stef Penney!
Enter to win one of five advance reading copies of 'Under a Pole Star,' the latest from Stef Penney, author of 'The Tenderness of Wolves.' (Sponsored) Enter Here! »
Desirae Friesen has been promoted to publicist at Tor.
Laura Etzkorn has been promoted to associate publicist at Tor.
IN THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE
Sepetys, Smith Win 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
The 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been awarded to a U.S. author and illustrator for the first time. The Carnegie Medal went to Ruta Sepetys for 'Salt to the Sea,' while Lane Smith was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for 'There’s a Tribe of Kids.' more » »
Book Deals: Week of June 19, 2017
Marisha Pessl sells her YA debut, Raybourn re-ups at Berkley for six figures, a medical mystery memoir from the Daring Book for Girls author goes to Pegasus, and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: June 19, 2017
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has the #3 book in the country with the memoir ‘I Can’t Make This Up.’ Plus Arundhati Roy’s sophomore novel arrives two decades after ‘The God of Small Things,’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’ author Mark Bowden turns his attention to the Vietnam War. more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'The Force,' 'The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter,' 'At His Mercy,' and more. more » »
Call for Information: Fall Cookbooks
Deadline: June 21. We'd like to hear about of-the-moment cookbooks, whether they represent trends in cooking or dining culture, or in society at large. Important: each pitch must include an explanation of why the book speaks to the present moment. Pub dates: September 2017–February 2018. Email pitches and links to artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Call for Info: Fall Cookbooks” in the subject line. more » »
Authors on the Air June 19, 2017: Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman, author of 'A Man Called Ove' and, most recently, 'Beartown' (Atria, 978-1-50116-076-9), will appear on 'The NOT Boring Book Show' on Monday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m EST. more » »
Wylie to Give Keynote at Frankfurt Book Fair's 'The Markets' Conference
Agent Andrew Wylie will speak to the effects Donald Trump’s governance could have on the publishing industry at the Frankfurt conference. more » »
Richard K. McCullough Dies at 67: The longtime publishing executive, including with Millbrook Press, died at home on June 15.
Barry Nabs a Second Walter Scott: Sebastian Barry's 'Days Without End' takes the £25,000 prize, marking the second time the author has won the award.
Obama's Dad's Books Go to Auction: Original copies of books written by Barack Obama Sr. have surfaced after more than half a century.
U.K. Book World Helps Grenfell Victims: Authors, together with agents and editors, are coming together for an online auction to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
'1984' Comes to Broadway: Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge headline a 'volatile town hall meeting' of a stage adaptation of Orwell's classic novel.
Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'Camino Island' by John Grisham is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
'Ascension of Larks' by Rachel Linden
"A powerful exploration of love, loss, and hope, Linden’s debut novel...paints a delicate, insightful picture of a grieving family seeking an anchor during a tumultuous upheaval." more » »
When Less Is More
Meghan Dietsche Goel
An appreciation for novels in verse.
Salads for Booksellers
Hetty McKinnon (r.) delivered some of the salads from her forthcoming cookbook, 'Neighborhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad' (Roost Books), to Michael Fusco-Straub of Brooklyn's Books Are Magic on June 13.
Photo: Maria Midões
AAP's First Report on 2016 Shows Sales Down
The industry sales report for 2016 found that total sales for the industry fell 6.6%, compared to 2015. Based on sales from 1,207 companies that report to AAP, total sales last year were $14.25 billion, down from $15.26 billion in 2015. more »
Milkweed Unveils Lit Prize Honoring Young Poet
Milkweed Editions is launching the $10,000 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize for debut collections, in honor of the young poet who died of cancer in 2016, weeks before his debut collection was published by the Minneapolis-based nonprofit press. more »
Carla Hayden, Louise Erdrich Win WNBA Awards
The librarian of Congress and the novelist, poet, and bookstore owner have been named the winners of the 2017 WNBA Awards. more »
Kris Wiese has joined Ingram Content Group as senior manager of public relations and communications.
Marcelo Suarez Melgarejo has been named key account sales manager at Lightning Source, and will be based in Milton Keynes, U.K.
Derek Tolley has joined Ingram Library Services as senior sales representative covering the Mid-Atlantic region.
Marc Visnick has been named business development manager at Ingram Book Group.
Chris Thompson has been promoted to key account sales manager at Ingram Book Group.
Beth Reinker has been named manager of collection development for adult materials at Ingram Library Services.
Lauren Plude, formerly associate editor at Forever Romance, has joined Amazon Publishing’s Montlake Romance as acquisitions editor.
Gillian Redfearn has been promoted to national account manager at Macmillan Publishing.
Amanda Lang has been promoted to publicity manager at Simon & Schuster.
Erin Reback has been promoted to publicity manager at Simon & Schuster.
Barbershop Books Gets NBF's $10K Reading Prize
Expanded into a full day conference, the NBF's Why Reading Matters awarded its $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize to Alvin Irby of Barbership Books and featured a keynote address by novelist and new bookstore owner, Emma Straub. more » »
LBYR Strikes Development Pact with Gotham Group
In an effort to create books that are positioned to work, and sell, as movies and TV shows, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has inked a development agreement with the production and talent representation company, the Gotham Group. more » »
The Art of Diversity: A CBC Panel
Two author-illustrators and an editor discussed issues of inclusion and representation in picture book illustration at a Children’s Book Council panel called "Drawing Diversity," which took place on June 13 in New York City. more » »
Working Out the Bugs: Adventures in Translating Carson Ellis’s ‘Du Iz Tak?’
'Du Iz Tak?,' a picture book by Carson Ellis, uses a playful invented language. We spoke with Ellis and Candlewick editor Liz Bicknell about the unique process of translating the Caldecott Honor book for foreign readers. more » »
Tune In to PW Radio
Author Helene Stapinski discusses her new book, 'Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy.' PW senior writer Andrew Albanese looks ahead to the ALA annual conference. more » »
Brooklyn Book Festival Lineup Announced
Colson Whitehead will be the recipient of the annual Best of Brooklyn Award, and authors including Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, Hisham Matar, Morgan Parker, and Gene Luen Yang will be in attendance. more » »
Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods: The $13.7 billion deal marks the biggest transaction ever for the e-commerce giant as it pushes deeper into groceries.
Amazon's Preventative Patent: Amazon has locked down a patent on technology to prevent people from comparing prices in its bookstores to online prices from other retailers.
A Milo Draft Emerges: A leaked manuscript suggests that “the most controversial book of the decade” could actually be the most boring book of the year, 'Buzzfeed' reports.
Belmont Books Opens Its Doors: Owned by a local husband and wife team, the first bookstore in Belmont, Mass., for seven years hopes to become a neighborhood staple.
Soviet Children’s Literature: In 1920s Russia, children read propagandistic books about sugar beets, hydroelectric plants, and five-year plans.
Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'Come Sundown' by Nora Roberts is the #1 title on PW's top 10 overall bestseller list. See the full list » »
'Blind Spot' by Teju Cole
"In this collection of photos, cultural critic Cole explores the construct and limitations of human perception using snapshots from his travels paired with his written interpretations." more » »
When Less Is More
Meghan Dietsche Goel
An appreciation for novels in verse.
A Book Launch in a Train Yard
Novelist Stacey Lender (c.) celebrates the launch of her debut, 'City Mouse' (Akashic Books), at 10 Hudson Yards in New York on Tuesday, June 13. With her are her editor, Kaylie Jones (r.), and publisher, Johnny Temple.
Photo: Brett Deutsch/Deutsch Photography
After making changes to BookExpo that some in the industry found less than ideal and in favor of BookCon, Reed has promised tweaks for 2018. more
This self-help book, which instructs people how to emulate the best qualities of cats, was helped along by an innovative marketing campaign in which its publisher reached out to cat lovers via Facebook. more
In an effort to create books that are positioned to work, and sell, as movies and TV shows, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has inked a development agreement with the production and talent representation company, the Gotham Group. more
In the first installment of Louisa Ermelino's new column, the 'Publishers Weekly' adult book director looks back at BookExpo 2017. more
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