S&S Launches New Imprint with Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment
Skybound Books, a co-publishing agreement between Atria and The Walking Dead creator's multi-platform entertainment company Skybound Entertainment, will focus on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It will be overseen by Michael Braff, who is based in L.A. more »
Jill Thompson, John Lewis, Sonny Liew Take Home 2017 Eisner Awards
Jill Thompson's 'Wonder Woman: the True Amazon,' John Lewis' 'March Book Three,' and Sonny Liew's 'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye,' were among the graphic novels awarded Eisners at Friday night's ceremony. more »
Yen Press Unveils New Children's Graphic Novel Imprint
The middle grade imprint is called JY, after Yen Press deputy publisher JuYoun Lee. JY, which is slated to launch in fall 2017, will be curated and edited by Lee. more »
Win a Signed Copy of Theodore Gray's 'Reactions'
Enter for your chance to win one of 10 signed copies of 'Reactions' by Theodore Gray, coming in hardcover in October, and much anticipated by fans of 'The Elements' and 'Molecules!' (Sponsored) Enter Here! »
Megan Williams has been promoted to associate managing editor, Crown Books for Young Readers and Reprints at Random House Children’s Books.
Cindy Johnson has been promoted to managing editor, licensed publishing—Random House/Golden Books at Random House Children’s Books.
Joey Paul, formerly executive editor at FaithWords, has joined HarperCollins Christian Publishing as senior editor.
LeeEric Fesko, previously associate publisher for special imprints, has been named associate publisher for the specialty division at HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
IN THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE
Open Book: Talking Books at the World's Biggest Music Festival
PW's Louisa Ermelino reports on the robust book culture scene in and around the Glastonbury festival. more » »
Book Deals: Week of July 24, 2017
Louise Penny re-ups with Minotaur, Kensington nabs a Zsa Zsa Gabor bio, Haymarket scores a Super Bowl champ, and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: July 24, 2017
‘Worlds Collide,’ the sixth and final volume in Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories series, is the #3 book in the country. Plus Amazon Prime Day significantly boosts sales of a pair of Instant Pot cookbooks, and three illustrated titles make their list debuts. more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'Fierce Kingdom,' 'I Am the Brother of XX,' 'Let the Dead Speak,' and more. more » »
Call for Information: Self-Help Books
Needed: Information on trends in the self-help category. Pitches for forthcoming self-help titles of all types are welcome, particularly books that discuss aging, understanding one’s unconscious motives, and improving communication skills, as well as guided self-help journals. Pub. dates: October 2017 through summer 2018. New releases only, please; no reprints. Please email pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org (and for religious self-help books, please email email@example.com) by August 21 and put “Call for Info: Self-Help” in the subject line. more » »
Berrett-Koehler Buys Management Concepts Press
Berrett-Koehler has acquired Management Concepts Press from parent company Management Concepts, a consulting firm. »
Amazon to Open a Huge New London Office: Amazon staffers are starting to move into a 15-story building in London that can accommodate over 5,000 people.
Novelist Clancy Sigal Dies at 90: The author of novels and memoirs such as 'Going Away' who led an intrepid life died in Los Angeles on July 16.
James Patterson Goes it Alone: In his latest book on manners for children, 'Give Thank You a Try,' Patterson is not being joined by his previous co-author, Bill O'Reilly.
Underground Publishing in the USSR: Authors in the USSR defied Soviet censorship by hiding books in fake binding and more.
15 Books to Read for Self-Improvement: Check out a list of titles aimed at helping readers improve both themselves and their business practices.
Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'House of Spies' by Daniel Silva is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
Authors on the Air July 24, 2017: Beverly Jenkins
Beverly Jenkins, author of 'Chasing Down A Dream' (William Marrow, 978-062412652), will appear on 'The NOT Boring Book Show' on Monday, July 24th at 1:00 p.m CST. more » »
'Gather the Daughters' by Jennie Melamed
"Melamed’s haunting and powerful debut blazes a fresh path in the tradition of classic dystopian works." more » »
These Platforms Three
Leslie looks at the difference in audiences reached by her bookstore on three social media platforms.
Celebrating Longmire Days
Craig Johnson (third from the r.), author of the Sheriff Walk Longmire mysteries (the basis for the Netflix original series Longmire), poses with the Penguin team at the Longmire Days Festival, a celebration of all things Johnson and Walt Longmire, in Buffalo, Wyo. earlier this month. Johnson's next novel in the series, The Western Star (Viking), goes on sale Sept. 5.
Photo: Courtesy Viking Books
Welcome to our Fall 2017 Children’s Announcements issue, featuring comprehensive listings of children’s and YA titles to be published between Aug. 1, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, and much more. more
Sales of Milo Yiannopoulos’s book, 'Dangerous,' fell 42% last week, compared to its first week on sale, according to numbers from NPD BookScan. more
The Canadian retailer Indigo Books & Music is in discussions to expand operations to the United States as early 2018, according to several high level executives at publishing houses in both Canada and the United States. more
A look ahead at some of the big titles for children and teens due out in the first half of 2018, from picture books to YA novels, in our exclusive roundup. more
Congress Poised to Fund Libraries, Save the NEH and NEA
The House Appropriations Committee this week voted to fund the IMLS, and the NEH and NEA for FY2018. A post on the ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch e-newsletter, said that while the vote was a major milestone the organization acknowledged there are hurdles still to come. more »
New Graphic Novels, Series Debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2017
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, held July 19-23, DC Entertainment was one of a number of publishers unveiling new projects with its announcement of a new series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the character Harley Quinn. more »
Profits Double at EDC
Net earnings at Educational Development Corp. rose to $1.2 million in the quarter ended May 31, 2107 over the comparable period a year ago. Sales were up 20%. more »
Michael Seidlinger is being promoted to social media editor at Electric Literature.
Brandon Taylor is being promoted to associate editor, recommended reading at Electric Literature.
Lucie Shelly is being promoted to senior editor, recommended reading at Electric Literature.
Kristen Radtke, formerly managing editor at Sarabande Books, has joined The Believer as art director and New York editor.
Bianca Rodrigues has joined Kids Can Press as business development assistant.
Colleen Lindsay, formerly marketing director at Open Road Integrated Media, has joined Amazon Publishing as publicity lead and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genie MacLeod has been promoted to production editor at Kids Can Press.
Adrienne Tang has been promoted to rights director at Kids Can Press.
Dani Toth has been promoted to marketing manager at Knopf.
Kristi Smith has been promoted to director of marketing at HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
Children's Publishers on Meeting Their Idols
We asked staffers from a number of houses about their early encounters with the literary luminaries they loved in their youth—some inspiring, some intimidating, but all memorable. more » »
'Bad Guys’ Off to a Good Start
Since Scholastic first introduced Australian author Aaron Blabey’s 'The Bad Guys' to U.S. readers this past January, the graphic novel series has become an immediate hit. “We ended up signing up eight books almost immediately,” said editor Jenne Abramowitz. more » »
Bookstore News: July 21, 2017
A new store opens in Oregon; Cape Cod bookstore earns plaudits; the Arizona bookseller taking on Amazon; an Oakland bookseller asks for help; and more. more » »
Tune In to PW Radio
On today’s show, Paul Lynch discusses his new novel, 'Grace.' Then, 'PW' editorial director Jim Milliot talks about Canadian bookseller Indigo’s possible move into the U.S. more » »
NPR, Aspen Institute Team Up on New Literary Prize
NPR Books is the official media partner for the Aspen Institute's inaugural $35,000 Aspen Words literary prize for fiction. more » »
Norton Announces Staff Changes
W.W. Norton & Company has named six new vice presidents and announced the retirement of cookbook editing veteran Maria Guarnaschelli. »
Brad Thor Reveals His World: The bestselling thriller novelist discussed his insatiable fans and a knack for controversy.
Iranian Illustrator Denied a Visa: Acclaimed children’s book illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi is unable to attend a U.K. book festival without a visa denied over "ridiculous reasons."
What Would Sendak Say?: Maurice Sendak's longtime collaborator said the famed author would be "delighted" about the posthumous publication of 'Presto And Zesto In Limbo Land.'
Banned Books Fade from Hong Kong: Publishers at the annual Hong Kong book fair were displaying fewer controversial books, according to a report.
Five Things to Never Use as Bookmarks: A used bookstore buyer reveals the top worst items to use as reading placeholders, including money.
Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'House of Spies' by Daniel Silva is the #1 title on PW's top 10 overall bestseller list. See the full list » »
'Like a Fading Shadow' by Antonio Muñoz Molina, trans. by Camilo A. Ramirez
"Blurring fiction, memoir, and biography, the absorbing latest from Molina tells two stories: James Earl Ray’s 10-day excursion to Lisbon while on the run after assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and the author’s own research trip to the same city in 1987 when writing his first novel, 'A Winter in Lisbon.'" more » »
To See Or Not to See
Meghan Dietsche Goel
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and the allures and perils of book-to-screen adaptations.
Celebrating Orwell's Resurgence
Audience members at a recent Broadway performance of the stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 at NYC's Hudson Theatre received free copies of the dystopian novel from Penguin Random House. Sales for the book are up nearly 200% since last year, according to the publisher.
Photo: Nathan Johnson
In the Spotlight
Children's Publishers on
Meeting Their Idols
We asked staffers from a number of houses about their early encounters with the literary luminaries they loved in their youth—some inspiring, some intimidating, but all memorable. Read on for their recollections. more
Moving On Up
'Bad Guys' Off
To a Good Start
Since Scholastic first introduced Australian author-illustrator Aaron Blabey’s The Bad Guys to U.S. readers this past January, the graphic novel series has become an immediate hit in the States. “We ended up signing up eight books almost immediately,” said editor Jenne Abramowitz. more
Dork Diaries #12
Cover and Title Revealed
Simon & Schuster's Aladdin imprint has announced the title for the 12th book in Rachel Renée Russell’s bestselling Dork Diaries series, Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe, due out on October 17. The cover is revealed here for the first time. more
In May, HarperCollins released the first of its licensed titles tied to Beat Bugs, an animated series inspired by the music of the Beatles.
Read on for news about a plush-toy tie-in series from Quarto’s Seagrass Press, rejuvenated U.S. licensing efforts for Paddington Bear and The Little Prince, and more. more
Jack Gantos Shares Life Stories and Tips for Young Writers
In his forthcoming book, Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories, Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos offers aspiring authors a guide to establishing good writing habits. Gantos spoke with PW about the key role that his boyhood journal played in igniting his own writing career. more
Out Next Week
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of July 24, 2017
Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about two stuffed animals racing cars, a middle grade ghost story, and a psychological thriller about a group of teen girls. more
In Brief: July 20, 2017
This week, a book launch goes to the unicorns; Richelle Mead winds up her tour in Austin; author Abby Sher serenades her book baby; and Lint Boy makes his Brooklyn debut. more
Sarah McCabe at Simon Pulse has acquired at auction, in a two-book deal, Nicki Pau Preto's debut fantasy, Crown of Feathers, pitched as Eragon meets The Winner's Curse, in which a teenage girl runs away from her controlling sister and disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of nearly extinct warriors who ride into battle on the backs of phoenixes, as the ruling Empire sets out to destroy them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019 and 2020; Penny Moore at Empire Literary handled the deal for North American rights.
Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman has bought Maura Milan's debut novel, Ignite the Stars, pitched as Throne of Glass in space, and an untitled sequel. Everyone in the universe fears famous outlaw I.A. Cōcha, but when I.A. is revealed to be a 16-year-old girl, she is forced into a reform program at her enemy's military academy, where some surprising friendships lead her to question her alliances. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Logan Garrison Savits at the Gernert Company brokered the deal for world English rights.
Kelly Delaney at Knopf has acquired at auction Gray Hats by Lillian Clark, a multi-perspective story about five teens determined to hack into one of their billionaire father's accounts to steal college tuition money. Publication is set for spring 2019; Melissa Edwards at Stonesong negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.
Kate Egan at KCP Loft has bought, in a two-book deal, a YA novel by Alice Kuipers, Me and Me, along with a second untitled biography. Told from two parallel perspectives, Me and Me tells the story of a young woman coming to terms with the aftermath of a tragic boating accident, in which she must decide who to save—the girl she used to babysit or the boy she's just started dating. The second book tells the life story of Canadian singer and champion figure skater Carley Allison, whose life was cut short at 18 by cancer. Publication for Me and Me is planned for fall 2018, followed by the second book in spring 2019. Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists and Lyons Johnston did the deal for world rights, excluding Canada.
Chris Hernandez at HarperCollins has acquired The Magicians of Elephant County by debut author-illustrator Adam Perry. In the Now You See Me meets Hocus Pocus-style middle grade novel, two amateur magicians get in over their heads with real magic. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; Alexander Slater at Trident Media Group brokered the deal for world English rights.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has bought Edgar Award-winner Susan Vaught's middle-grade mystery, Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse. The story is told in dual timelines, one the week that Jesse makes her first friend just as her father is accused of stealing fundraising money from the high school where he teaches, and one a week later when their town is flattened by a tornado. Publication is set for spring 2019; Erin Murphy negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Steve Geck at Sourcebooks has acquired Lexi and the Lie, a middle-grade novel by Emma Shevah, author of Dara Palmer's Major Drama. Eleven-year-old Lexi is devoted to her London-based Greek family, and is especially fond of her frail cousin who has a heart condition. But when Lexi tells a lie that threatens to split the family, she must find a way to make everything right again. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Allison Hellegers at Rights People sold the book on behalf of Chicken House U.K.
Sonali Fry at Little Bee/Yellow Jacket has bought a middle-grade novel, The Prophet Calls, by debut author Melanie Sumrow. Set in a polygamous cult in the foothills of New Mexico, and in a world where many of life's pleasures are banned and the Prophet dictates community policy from jail, a girl must defend her younger sister and escape her own arranged marriage. The book is due out in summer 2018; Rick Richter at Aevitas Creative Management brokered the deal for world rights.
Adrienne Szpyrka at Running Press Kids has acquired Susan Lubner's middle grade novel, The Trickiness of Signs, about a girl named Lizzie growing up in the small Maine town of East Thumb, who's searching for signs to guide her, and perhaps guarantee her, a bump-free path through life. When she meets a runaway with a four-leaf clover tattoo on her hand, Lizzy hides the girl in her bedroom closet, convinced she can protect her family from tragedy. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Linda Epstein negotiated the deal for world rights.
Jennifer Greene at Clarion and Heather Curdie at Penguin Australia have bought a picture book from author-illustrator Anna Walker, called Florette. The book stars a girl who is convinced that there's an enormous shark in the swimming pool waiting to eat her and only her—that is until an imaginary friend in the form of a walrus arrives and helps her conquer her fears. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Stephen Barr at Writers House did the deal for world rights, excluding Australia and New Zealand.
Liz Bicknell at Candlewick has acquired world rights to Mr. Posey's New Glasses, a picture book by former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser (l.), in which something as ordinary as picking out new glasses becomes an extraordinary adventure. Daniel Duncan will illustrate; publication is set for spring 2019. The author represented himself; Anne Moore Armstrong at Bright USA represented the artist.
Callie Metler-Smith at Clear Fork/Spork has bought Sarah Floyd's picture book, Ten Clever Ninjas, illustrated by Marcin Bruchnalski. In the story, a clever ninja and his nine ninja buddies spar across the countryside, build a secret hideout, and solve a cupcake clue. Publication is slated for spring 2018. Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the author and illustrator in the deal for world English rights.
Alexis Orgera and Chad Reynolds at Penny Candy Books have acquired world rights to the picture book H Is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z by the late Sydell Rosenberg (l.), illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi. Inspired by Rosenberg's experience living in New York City, the haiku invite readers to slow down, linger, and pay attention to the moments that are often overlooked. Publication is scheduled for April 2018; Amy Losak represented her late mother in the deal.
Mara Conlon at Peter Pauper Press has bought world rights to Wade Bradford's picture book, Papa Bear's Page Fright, illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser. Goldilocks is supposed to be the star of this story, but when Papa Bear realizes that he's inside of a book—and that there are readers watching him— he is suddenly struck with a case of Page Fright and can't remember his lines. Publication is set for spring 2018; Abigail Samoun at Red Fox Literary represented the author and illustrator.
Asia Citro at the Innovation Press has acquired world rights to Miss Turie's Magic Creatures by Joy Keller, illustrated by Richard Watson. Miss Turie's Magic Creatures guarantees the perfect pet for every customer, but will she be able to find a match for a persnickety boy? Publication is planned for fall 2018; the author represented herself, and Robbin Brosterman at Bright USA represented the illustrator.
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IN THE MEDIA
A Heartfelt Spotlight on Journalism and Justice
‘Trell, ‘ Dick Lehr’s middle grade debut, has an as old-fashioned relevance to current events.
The ABCs of summer bookselling.
MG comics that should be flying off our shelves this fall.
A look at the pros and cons of permanent spinner racks.
Shinsuke Yoshitake. Abrams, $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2699-6
It’s bath time, and Yoshitake’s tiny protagonist insists that he can undress himself. Bad move: his yellow shirt gets stuck on his head and traps his arms against his ears. Rather than rail against his fate, however, the boy contemplates how his life might unfold with this shirt-trapped state as his new normal. more
In Your Hands
Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Atheneum, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6293-8
A mother dreams about the future as she cuddles her newborn son, Omari. The next few years will be defined by an intense physical connection—and then she will need to let go. But because Omari is black, his mother’s prayers take on a striking and sobering specificity: “I add my prayers to the chorus. Black lives matter. Your life matters.” more
Tillie Walden. First Second, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-1-62672-940-7
Walden's graphic memoir immerses readers in an adolescence dominated by competitive figure skating. The story stretches over several years, during which time Walden vacillates between embracing the routine of early morning practices and the rush of competition, and a near-constant feeling of otherness, due in large part to her attraction to girls, which she hides from her family and peers. more
Akemi Dawn Bowman. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4814-8772-6
Graduating from high school and attending Prism Art School in New York City is the only thing keeping half-Japanese, half-white Kiko Himura going. After Kiko reconnects with her childhood friend Jamie, gets rejected by Prism, and faces the return of her sexually abusive uncle, she opts to drive to California with Jamie to check out art schools. There, she meets artist Hiroshi Matsumoto, who recognizes Kiko’s talent and mentors her. more
An Enchantment of Ravens
Margaret Rogerson. S&S/McElderry, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4814-9758-9
Seventeen-year-old Isobel is a master of her “Craft”—painting portraits—in the town of Whimsy, where it is always summer and which borders the forest where the “fair folk” have their kingdoms. When the fairies’ autumn prince, Rook, requests a portrait, Isobel’s world is upended. When he is upset by what his portrait reveals to his kingdom, he abducts her so that she might stand trial for the affront. more
TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
July 20, 2017
Penguin Young Readers Group has three promotions. Elyse Marshall has been promoted to executive director of publicity, from director of publicity. She will continue to report to Shanta Newlin, v.p., executive director of publicity. Kaitlin Kneafsey has been promoted to associate publicist, from publicity assistant. Katie Quinn has been promoted to associate publicist, from publicity assistant.
Connie Hsu has been promoted to executive editor at Roaring Brook Press; she was previously senior editor.
Liza Kaplan has been promoted to senior editor at Philomel Books; she was formerly editor.
Cindy Johnson has been promoted to managing editor, licensed publishing at Random House/Golden Books, from associate managing editor at Random House Children's Books. Megan Williams has been promoted to associate managing editor, Crown Books for Young Readers and Reprints, from assistant managing editor at Random House Children's Books.
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