Thursday, 11 January 2018

Publishers Weekly newsletters

Here are the latest Publishers Weekly newsletters for my followers to peruse:

PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson
Quirk Books Sees Leadership Shakeup
Jason Rekulak has resigned as publisher of Quirk Books in order to "further pursue his writing career and other creative projects." Brett Cohen, the president of Quirk, has taken over as publisher, effective immediately. more »
Other New Trump Books See Demand Bump
Two new books with a negative take on Donald Trump's presidency, David Frum's 'Trumpocracy' (Harper) and David Cay Johnston's 'It's Even Worse Than You Think' (Simon & Schuster), have seen demand increase on Amazon following the fray surrounding Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury' (Henry Holt). more »
NBF, NYC Partner on Raising Readers Initiative
The National Book Foundation will launch an adult-focused reading initiative, Raising Readers, after receiving one of seven 2018 Mayor's Grants for Cultural Impact from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. more »
'WACO': The Hotly Anticipated Miniseries Tie-In
'WACO' is the critically acclaimed tie-in to the hotly anticipated Paramount Network miniseries starring Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, and Melissa Benoist by Branch Davidian survivor, David Thibodeau. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the siege at Waco, the book is a must-read - "an extraordinary account of one of the most shameful episodes in recent American history.”—Howard Zinn (Sponsored) Learn More »
Video of the Day
Watch the 'WACO' Trailer
'WACO,' a 6 part mini-series starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch, premieres January 24 on Paramount Network. (Sponsored) Watch Now » »
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Sarah Stein has been promoted to senior editor at Penguin Books.
Jessica Deitcher has been promoted to marketing manager at Vintage/Anchor.
Laura Chamberlain has been promoted to marketing manager at Vintage/Anchor.
Angie Venezia has been promoted to assistant director of publicity at Vintage/Anchor.
Alex Saarela has been promoted to associate director of publicity at Tor.
Jake Eldred has been promoted to managing editor of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Amanda Yee, formerly at NYU Press, has joined Random House Children's Books as associate managing editor for The Princeton Review.
Maria Whelan, formerly publicist at Other Press, has joined Dutton as senior publicist.
Lonely Planet Kids Expands in U.S.
The children’s imprint of travel media brand Lonely Planet has announced the appointment of Hanna Otero as publisher, joining the New York office. The hire is part of the house’s continued growth in the North American market. more » »
News Briefs

Quarto Combines U.K.-Based Adult Trade Imprints Under One Banner
The publisher has announced the launch of White Lion Publishing, which will consolidate all titles from Aurum Press, Frances Lincoln, and Quintessence under a single entity. more » »
Scholastic Nabs Two by Gates
The publisher has acquired two books for young readers by the African-American literature and history scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. more » »
Black Spot Books Launches
A small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction, the press will debut its first releases in summer 2018. more » »
U.K. Bookstore Focuses on Women Writers: A Waterstones branch in Norwich, England will only offer women writers as "staff picks" throughout 2018.
B&N to Relocate, Not Close, Maui Store: Barnes & Noble will relocate its store on the island of Maui, despite earlier reports that the company would close the location instead.
Chinese Bookstore Opens in Jakarta: A bookstore opened in Jakarta last year offering 30,000 books in Chinese, a language once banned in the country but growing in popularity.
Virginia Bookstore Bought by Employees: Book People in Richmond, Va. is being purchased by its employees after the current owner decided to retire.
The Media Men List Creator: The maker of a Google spreadsheet called "Shitty Media Men," which named alleged sexual abusers in publishing and media, has come forward.
Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayers: The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks. The government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers.
Black, Bookish, and Beautiful: Meet Jack Jones Literary Arts, the all-African-American, all-female publishing team ensuring that authors of color get their time in the spotlight.
Women Writing About the Wild: A primer on 25 essential women nature writers to start reading, who you've probably been overlooking for too long.
Why Is the 'Fire and Fury' Cover Bad?: An artist offers a solution to Michael Wolff's explosive book’s "egregious" graphic design.
PW Bestsellers

Trade Paperback Bestseller List
'The Sun and Her Flowers' by Rupi Kaur is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list » »

'The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City' by Iain Sinclair
"Multigenre Welsh author Sinclair investigates London—his home and the almost exclusive focus of his work for half a century—and the extremes of capitalist development that have transformed it 'to the point of obliteration.'" Read more » »
The Years 2018 share their book picks for the first quarter of the year, and reveal the secret of their duality.


Jacqueline Woodson Inaugurated
Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Woodson was inaugurated as the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on January 9 during a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., presided over by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Here, Hayden (c.) presented Woodson with her official medallion, as former Ambassador Gene Luen Yang looked on.

Photo: Shawn Miller

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tui T. Sutherland
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PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
The Toy Fair | February 17-20, 2018
In First Week On Sale, 'Fire and Fury' Sells Fewer Than 30,000 Copies
The most-talked about book of the new year sold 28,567 print copies in first three days on sale, according to NPD BookScan. The low figure is likely due to the fact that publisher Henry Holt underestimated initial demand for the book, and also bumped up its publication date. more »
PRH Buys Rodale Books Assets
Following Hearst's purchase of Rodale Inc. last week, the company quickly turned around and sold Rodale Books' more than 2,100 titles to Penguin Random House. Adult titles will become part of Crown, while the small children's unit will become part of Random House Children's Books. more »
F+W Fires Most Top Management, Names Interim CEO
The F+W board has named Greg Osberg interim CEO after firing CEO Tom Beusse and lieutenants Joe Siebert and Joe Romello. Osberg's mission is to accelerate F+W's transformation from a print company to one that generates revenue from a variety of formats and products. more »
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Filipe Silva, formerly associate director of Latin American and Spanish-language sales at Penguin Random House, is launching in 2018, an online site selling Spanish-language titles in the US, and can be contacted at
Sarah Murphy, formerly editor at Harper Wave, is joining Flatiron Books as senior editor.
Jordan Hanley has been promoted to associate marketing manager at St. Martin's Press.
Cathy Hebert is being promoted to marketing manager at Weldon Owen.
Cory Mimms has been promoted to editorial, rights, and publishing manager at Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
Theresa DeLucci has been promoted to associate director of marketing at Tor Books.
Heather Alexander has joined Audible as executive editor for kids' original content.
DJ DeSmyter has been promoted to assistant marketing manager at St. Martin's Press.
Jamie Panas Antoniou has been promoted to assistant director of publicity at Weldon Owen.
Hannah O'Grady has been promoted to assistant editor at St. Martin's Press.
Spotlight on Comics and Graphic Novels

Review: Comics for Choice
Abortion is addressed as a political flash point, a personal journey, and a cultural battleground in this powerful anthology. Editors Hazel Newlevant and Whit Taylor ensure no story is dismissed as unworthy. The book is at once a rallying cry, a tender lament, and a song of liberation. »
Denver Comic Con Debuts Excellence in Graphic Lit Awards
Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-area educational organization, and the Denver Comic Con are teaming to launch the Excellence In Graphic Literature Awards, a new book publishing industry-focused awards program to honor the best graphic novels. more » »
More To Come Podcast 296: Geof Darrow Interview: This week, Calvin interviews the acclaimed cartoonist about the release of his new graphic novel, 'Shaolin Cowboy: Who'll Stop the Reign,' and 'Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow,' a book collection of Darrow's dazzling pencil drawings.
Flooding Shutters Falmouth's Eight Cousins Bookstore
The Falmouth, Mass., is closed indefinitely after a pipe burst in an apartment above the independent bookstore, collapsing the store's ceiling and damaging its entire stock. more » »
Linda Kramer, Longtime Publisher, Dies at 81
Linda Kramer, the cofounder and former publisher of H.J. Kramer and longtime publishing industry mainstay, died at her home in Marin County, Calif., on December 24, 2017, after a brief illness. more » »
iBooks Bestsellers: A Fiery, Furious Bestseller
Even E.L. James and her legions of fans couldn't stop Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury'—easily the buzziest book this year—from taking the top slot on the Apple iBooks store this week. more » »
New York City's Specialty Bookstores: The website 6sqft lists a dozen unique bookstores in New York, including cookbook, poetry and travel specialty stores.
Feminist Bookstore Fights Trolls: Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant in Bridgeport, Conn., which houses a feminist bookstore, defends itself from accusations of transphobia.
Connecticut Bookstore Seeks Buyer: Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford, Conn. will close in February if a buyer cannot be found.
Oregon Store May Close After Rent Hike: Tsunami Books in Eugene has seen its rent double in the past year and may close if it cannot raise nearly $300,0000.
The Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive: Miller’s archive has just been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. It was a long time coming.
Bethany House Drops Andy Savage's Book: The Christian publisher has canceled a book by a pastor who admitted to engaging in a 'sexual incident' with a teenager.
Staging Octavia Butler in Abu Dhabi: The NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center hosted the world premiere of 'Parable of the Sower,' an opera based on Butler's novel of the same name.
The Other 'Fire and Fury': A 2008 book by a Canadian professor about Allied bombing in Germany is seeing a surge in sales thanks to its title.
The Complexity of Translation: The English-language versions of Han Kang’s work have won wide acclaim. But are they faithful to the original?
PW Bestsellers

Children's Fiction Bestseller List
'Dog Man and Cat Kid' by Dav Pilkey is the #1 title on PW's children's frontlist fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »

'The Maze at Windermere' by Gregory Blake Smith
"In his emotionally expansive new novel, Smith spins out five narratives set in Newport, R.I., from its beginnings as a British colony to its later incarnation as the playground of the very rich." more » »

January Thaw
Cynthia Compton
Adjusting to the quiet of the bookstore in January can be difficult.


Li Brings 'Dark Chapter' to L.A.
Winnie M. Li (r.) in discussion with author and feminist Kitty Lindsay (l.) on Li’s debut novel, 'Dark Chapter' (Polis Books), on Saturday, January 6, at Book Soup in Los Angeles. This was the London-based Li’s first U.S. event for the book, which was inspired by the author’s own sexual assault.

Courtesy Polis Books

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tui T. Sutherland
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New York Rights Fair 2018

PW Religion BookLine: Religious publishing news, reviews, author interviews and upcoming books.
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Five Religion Books Headed to Screens in 2018
Titles such as ‘The Alchemist’ and ‘God’s Not Dead 3’ are getting book-to-film adaptations that are slated to hit the screen in 2018. more
New Conferences Aim to Bring Diversity to Religion Publishing
Brian Allain, director of the Frederick Buechner Center, is launching a new series of conferences for under-represented groups of spiritual authors such as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and more. more
Bringing Biblical Women to Life: 'PW' Talks with Mesu Andrews
Acknowledging the patriarchal society of biblical times, author Mesu Andrews finds inspiration among the obscure women in Scripture and hopes to add more to their stories in her award-winning novels, including her latest, ‘Isaiah’s Daughter.’ more
Global Kids Connect Breakfast Series 2018 | Audio Boom

When Siddartha Met Sigmund: 'PW' Talks with Mark Epstein
Psychiatrist Mark Epstein’s 'Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself' (Penguin Press, Jan. 2018) explores the connection between Buddhism and psychotherapy. more
December Religion Bestsellers: Holiday Releases, Old Favorites Selling Well
Pre-holiday sales are bread-and-butter for retailers and publishers, and December 2017 was no exception for the religion categories. more
Religion Book Deals: January 10, 2018
NavPress nabbed the latest book by Kenny Luck, plus Tyndale Kids signs the co-creator of the 'VeggieTales' series. more
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Over the Hill and Gaining Speed: Reflections in Retirement
Columnist Kay Rock speculates and reflects on the wonders of aging, the splendor of maturity, and the richness of retirement in this delightful collection of columns and original essays. more
The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Can Fix It
Filmmaker Phil Cooke and producer Jonathan Bock provide a glimpse behind the curtain of the modern Christian church in this cursory but passionately argued book. more
Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind
Michael Massing superbly accomplishes the mammoth task of writing a dual biography of Desiderus Erasmus (1466–1536) and Martin Luther (1483–1546) that places the pair within their historical context. more
Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity
Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, turns his eyes to Europe in this sweeping ethnographic exploration of Islam and its multiple narratives across the continent. more
In Pictures

Mary DeMuth (seated), author of ‘Jesus Every Day’ (Harvest House, Dec.), recently met with readers and signed copies of the book during an event in Rockwall, Tex.

Adamant by Lisa Bevere
Judah's Wife by Angela Hunt
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International Hot Book Properties
A French lifestyle book, a Spanish thriller and a reissued quartet of Italian crime novels are among the books generating buzz this week. more »

Book to Film Deals
This week's notable page-to-screen deals include a film vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence and a TV deal for a book on Watergate. more »

U.S. Adult Deals Roundup
Lee Boudreaux wins a nine-publisher auction for a debut novel, Flatiron re-ups The Hazel Wood author Melissa Albert, Atria buys a Swedish art book launched on Kickstarter, and more in this week's notable book deals. more »

U.S. Children's Book Deals Roundup
New deals this week for Ann Dávila Cardinal, Nina Moreno, Emma Bland Smith, and more. more »

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PEN America, PEN Center USA to Merge
PEN America and PEN Center USA, the East Coast and West Coast American branches of PEN International, will unite under the banner of PEN America, the nonprofits jointly announced on January 8. more »

International Bestsellers: Prix Goncourt Winner Tops In France
In France, the fiction bestseller list at the end of November was crowned by a pair of prizewinning novels about World War II. more »

Global Kids Connect Breakfast Series 2018 | Audio Boom

Global Publishing Leaders: Springer Nature
Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher. more »

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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
Martin Rising by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
ALA Midwinter Spotlight
Celebrating the
Youth Media Awards

One of the most anticipated events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting—which will take place February 9–13 in Denver—is the announcement of the ALSC Youth Media Awards. A spectrum of librarians and teachers shared how they plan to commemorate this year's winners, which will be revealed on February 12. more
Marley Dias: Spreading the Word
About Diverse Books

When 12-year-old Marley Dias saw that her West Orange, N.J., elementary school was lacking in diverse books, she found a way to address the problem, and her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign was born. In advance of her appearance at ALA Midwinter, we asked Dias to reflect on her activism and forthcoming debut. more
How Two Librarians
Made Over Their Libraries

Friends and fellow teacher librarians Margaux DelGuidice-Calemmo of Garden City, N.Y., and Rose Luna of Freeport, N.Y., discuss how they recently reinvented their libraries, creating new spaces for students to collaborate and learn. more
Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham, Charles Waters Sean Qualls, Selina Alko
In the News
Lonely Planet Kids
Expands in U.S.

The children’s imprint of travel media brand Lonely Planet has announced the appointment of Hanna Otero as publisher, joining the N.Y. office. The hire is part of the house’s continued growth in the North American market. more
Cover Reveal
'Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise' by David Ezra Stein
Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s a new companion book to David Ezra Stein’s 2011 Caldecott Honor title Interrupting Chicken—and we have the first look at the cover. Candlewick will be publishing Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise on September 11. more
Four Questions
Neal Shusterman
In 2016, Shusterman released Scythe, the first book in his Arc of a Scythe series, set on a future Earth governed by an artificial intelligence known as the Thunderhead. Technology has advanced to a point that death itself has all but ceased to be a concern. In order to keep population growth in check, an organization known as the scythedom was established to “glean” humans. Scythe, which received a Printz Honor, followed the training of two apprentice scythes amid political turmoil. In book two, Shusterman turns his attention to the powerful AI itself.

Q: Were there certain philosophical or scientific ideas that led you to write this series?

A: After so much dystopian YA literature, I wanted to take a different approach to a futuristic story. What happens to us when we achieve all we want to achieve as a species? There are consequences to getting everything we strive for. more
PW KidsCast: Listen Now
Francisco X. Stork, Andrea Beaty, Dan Santat, Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson, Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell – listen to these and other top writers and artists discuss their new books for children and teens in the PW KidsCast podcast. Click here to listen.
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Rights Report
Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired debut author Addie Thorley's YA historical fantasy, An Affair of Poisons—a reimagining of the infamous 17th-century murder scandal in France. After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, 17-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin begins brewing curatives to undermine her mother's Shadow Society and help her former enemy, Josse de Bourbon, reclaim control of Paris. Publication is set for winter 2019; Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.
Christian Trimmer at Holt has bought world English rights to Cure for the Common Universe author Christian McKay Heidicker's first two middle-grade novels. Scary Stories for Young Foxes is a collection of six connected stories that follows a group of fox kits as they fight to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. It will feature art by Junyi Wu; publication is scheduled for spring 2019, with the second novel to follow a year later. John M. Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstong of the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Sonali Fry at Bonnier's Yellow Jacket imprint has acquired North American rights to The Year I Didn't Eat, a debut middle grade novel by U.K. author Samuel Pollen. The book charts a year of Max's life as he struggles with anorexia, and is based on the author's personal experiences with the eating disorder. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Alice Sutherland-Hawes of Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Orli Zuravicky at Scholastic has bought world rights to Artist in Space: How Astronaut Alan Bean Painted the Moon by Dean Robbins (l.), illustrated by Sean Rubin. After artist and astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth person to set foot on the lunar surface, he used his art to share his journey with the world and help explain what walking on the moon truly felt like and looked like through his eyes. Publication is slated for 2019; Marietta B. Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights, at auction, to Patty Toht's (l.) picture book, Dress Like a Girl. The book celebrates girls who think outside of the (dress-up) box. Lorian Tu-Dean will illustrate; publication is set for spring 2019. Alexandra Devlin at Rights People negotiated the deal for the author on behalf of Julia Churchill at AM Heath, and James Burns at the Bright Group International represented the illustrator.
Anne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has bought Lisa Robinson's (l.) Madame Saqui, illustrated by Rebecca Green. Set during the French Revolution, the nonfiction picture book is about an extraordinary tightrope dancer who performed for Napoleon. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau of Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Carol Hinz at Millbrook Press has acquired world rights to All of a Sudden and Forever, Chris Barton's picture book about the response to and recovery from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Debut illustrator Nicole Xu will provide the art; publication is slated for fall 2019. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author in the deal for world rights, and Nancy Moore of Gerald & Cullen Rapp represented the illustrator.
Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has bought Snakes on a Train, a debut picture book by author-illustrator and bookseller Kathryn Dennis, in which boldly colored snakes board a train for a day of adventure until it's time to sleep. The book is planned for winter 2019; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio handled the deal for North American rights.
Samantha Swenson at Tundra Books has acquired a new picture book from Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl. Little Witch Hazel is about a tiny witch midwife who lives in the forest and is friend to all the creatures there, and her adventures throughout the year. The book is set for publication in spring 2020; Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Karen Boersma and Karen Li at Owlkids Books have bought author-illustrator Sophie Gilmore's debut picture book, Little Doctor, Big Mean, about a girl who tends to crocodiles. But when the biggest one in the land arrives with a mysterious ailment, Little Doctor must hatch a clever plan to help it. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Jennifer Rofé of Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired Lindsay Ward's I Go! and I Build!, kicking off a new series for preschoolers. Aimed at young vehicle enthusiasts, the books feature close-ups of unique wheels and treads for hints as to their matching vehicles. Publication is slated for summer 2019 and summer 2020, respectively; Emily van Beek of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has bought The Secret Rhino Society by debut author Jonathan E. Jacobs, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill (Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime). In the book, a hippo, a worm, and a lightbulb form a secret society to appreciate their favorite animal. But when a real rhinoceros knocks on their clubhouse door, she's not what they expected. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Susan Graham of Einstein Literary Management represented the author, and Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Yasemin Uçar and Semareh Al-Hillal at Kids Can Press have acquired, in a two-book deal, Muon Van's One Is a Lot, about the relative values of numbers. Pierre Pratt will illustrate; publication is scheduled for 2019. Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency represented the author in the deal for world rights.
Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Jennifer Thorne's (l.) picture-book debut, Construction Zoo, illustrated by Susie Hammer. When a zoo is under construction, the animals form surprising friendships with the trucks that are working on their home. Publication is set for fall 2018; Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
Carolrhoda Books has acquired world rights to Katey Howe's (l.) Be a Maker; Shaina Olmanson will edit. The rhyming picture book is an exploration of the many ways a child can create in a single day—a reflection on how even little makers can make a big difference. Elizabet Vuković will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019. Essie White of Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator.
Rob Valois at Penguin Workshop has bought world rights to a debut interactive series from authors and improv comedians Drew Callander (l.) and Alana Harrison, illustrated by Ryan Andrews. In the first book in the series, Mightier Than the Sword, the reader wakes up in the fantasy land of Astorya, where stories come to life and an evil queen has launched a plot to erase all stories but her own. Readers must write, draw, and puzzle their way through the adventure. Publication is slated for July 10, 2018; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management represented the authors, and Jennifer Linnan of Linnan Literary Management represented the illustrator.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.
From Vulture:
What the Job of a Sensitivity Reader Is Really Like: A Q&A with Dhonielle Clayton. Click here
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
More diversity, fewer YA love triangles? Some predictions for children's literature in 2018. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Sparking the Conversation Through Graphic Novels. Click here
From NPR:
Life Lessons from Chinese Children's Books Differ from Those in the United States. Click here
From HuffPost:
Funny or Die's reboot of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Click here
From the New York Times:
For the Love of Malt Shop Novels. Click here
From Time:
"Why We Shouldn't Shield Children from Darkness," by Matt de la Peña. Click here
From the Guardian:
Costa Children's winner Katherine Rundell: "The only time kids fully understand the world is when they read." Click here
From Deseret News:
Why young adult fiction—and YA authors—thrive in Utah. Click here
From WESA:
For Kids Working on Their Reading Skills, Shelter Cats Make the Perfect Audience. Click here
From House Beautiful:
6 nursery rooms inspired by books from famous children's authors. Click here
From Food & Wine:
J.K. Rowling Has Her Own Pub in Scotland. Click here
Dreams of a perfect inventory count, gone awry.
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Meghan Dietsche Goel
A New Book for a New Year
Kicking off a new year of reading with a terrific debut from Samira Ahmed.
Notable utterances overheard at ShelfTalker bookstores during the last week of the holiday season.
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Elizabeth Bluemle
Many Happy Returns?
For booksellers and publishers, it’s a mixed greeting this time of year, to be sure.
Hello Hello
Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle, $17.99 (52p) ISBN 978-1-4521-5014-7

Caldecott Honor recipient Wenzel starts with two cats and a greeting: “Hello Hello.” They eye each other across a white backdrop. A page turn reveals a black bear, panda, zebra, and striped fish: “Black and White.” The next page provides a blast of color: more tropical fish, a brilliant parrot, a fuchsia lobster—and completes the rhyme (“Hello Color Hello Bright”). More creatures and greetings bring the story into focus—it’s a celebration of the myriad forms of animal life this planet hosts. more
Blexbolex. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $24.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-59270-246-6

The enigmatic visual storytelling of French artist Blexbolex is more prominent than ever in this reality-bending wordless outing. In silk screens that call to mind Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo comics, readers meet a dark-haired girl exploring the woods outside her grandfather’s stately home. She’s abruptly summoned back to the house and is unhappy about the interruption. more
The Mad Wolf’s Daughter
Diane Magras. Penguin/Dawson, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7352-2926-6

Set in a rugged Scottish landscape in the early 13th century, debut author Magras’s tale of courage and heroism centers on Drest, the youngest child and only daughter of Grimbol, the dreaded Mad Wolf of the North. Always protected by her father and five brothers, Drest has never ventured far from the headlands she calls home, but when her family is captured by knights from Faintree Castle, she must rely on her warrior training and intellect to save them. more
The Price Guide to the Occult
Leslye Walton. Candlewick, $18.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9110-3

Walton's lyrical and robust multigenerational story is set on the fictional Anathema Island in the Pacific Northwest. Now inhabited by hippies and artists, the island was originally populated by a small group of homesteading farmers, as well as Rona Blackburn, a witch. When Rona’s romantic relationship with one of the island’s founding fathers’ faltered, she cast a vindictive spell that forever entwined her bloodline to the island. more
January 9, 2018

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Emily van Beek has been named a partner at Folio Literary Management. She heads Folio Jr., the agency's children and teen division specializing in children's, middle grade, and YA books, representing both authors and illustrators; she has been with Folio since 2010.
Heather Alexander has joined Audible as executive editor, kids' original content; previously she headed her own company, Heather Alexander Editorial, and before that was a literary agent at Pippin Properties.
Lerner Publishing Group has two promotions. Carol Hinz has been named editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books; she was previously editorial director of Millbrook Press. Amy Fitzgerald has been promoted to senior editor, from editor.
Disney-Hyperion has two promotions. Joann Hill has been promoted to creative director, from senior manager, design. Marci Senders has been promoted to manager, design in charge of YA fiction and e-book design; from lead designer.
Allegra Green has joined Macmillan Children's Book Group as associate marketing manager; previously she was assistant manager for brand and licensed marketing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Children's Frontlist Fiction
#1 Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4) by Dav Pilkey. Click here
Picture Books
#1 The Polar Express (30th Anniversary Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg. Click here
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Letter from Cevin - January 2018
Happy New Year! I hope the holidays treated you well. I’ve just returned from Scottsdale, Arizona, where my family and I spent a week enjoying the relatively mild winter. We took a day trip north to Sedona to see the Red Rock buttes and go hiking. more » »
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Events Corner for January 2018
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Highlights & Features

Spring Travel 2018
What’s new in travel publishing for spring 2018? This issue addresses guidebooks and narrative nonfiction; new imprints, series or digital ventures for publishers; and more. Issue date: January 22; reservations due: January 10. more » »
Spring Children’s Announcements - 2018
Here’s the perfect opportunity to put your titles in front of PW’s avid book-buying audience. Launch your new 2018 children’s and YA titles in one of the most sought-after issues of the book-buying year. Issue date: January 29; reservations: January 17. more » »
Spring Audio Announcements - 2018
Sales of audiobooks are soaring. According to the Audio Publishers Association, sales of audiobooks (including downloads) rose nearly 34% in 2016 over the previous year. Issue date: February 5; reservations due: January 24. more » »
Writers to Watch 2018
Present your forthcoming “writers to watch” alongside these newcomers, and capture the attention of PW readers—librarians, booksellers and book lovers on the prowl for new literary voices. Issue date: February 12; reservations due: January 31. more » »
Comics Retailing
Comics retailing has seen a sea change in terms of how comics and graphic novels are purchased. This PW analysis takes a hard look at the new face of comics retailing and how that affects sales. Issue date: February 12; reservations due: January 31. more » »
Home and Garden - Spring 2018
Just in time for the spring and summer renewal season, this feature focuses on new titles forthcoming and trends in the home and garden category. Issue date: February 12; reservations due: January 31. more » »
Looking Ahead

Spring Religion and Spirituality Announcements 2018
The semiannual religion and spirituality announcements issue covers the wealth of new titles forthcoming in the genres. more » »
PubTech Connect Supplement
Brand marketers take note! The 2nd Annual PubTech Connect brings together thought leaders in the worlds of publishing and technology to expand the conversation about using technology, inventive tactics and smart strategies to boost publishing businesses more » »
Cookbooks - Spring 2018
Cookbook art is the focus of this popular feature. PW talks with art directors, designers, editors, food photographers, illustrators and authors about their forthcoming titles and the art decisions they made along the way. more » »
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PEN America, PEN Center USA to Merge
PEN America and PEN Center USA, the East Coast and West Coast American branches of PEN International, will unite under the banner of PEN America, the nonprofits jointly announced on January 8. more »
Librarians Scrambling to Meet Demand for 'Fire and Fury'
Overwhelming demand for the book has generated wait lists that rival such all-time bestsellers as 'Harry Potter' and 'Fifty Shades of Gray.' more »
Michigan Mini-Chain Schuler's to Close Lansing Store
One of the retailer's anchor locations, in an open air shopping mall in Michigan's capital city, will close next month. The chain's co-owner cited issues with the mall's management as the driving force behind the decision. more »
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David Brothers, formerly branding manager at Image Comics, has joined VIZ Media as editor.
Libby Flores, formerly at PEN Center USA, has joined the Black Mountain Institute as director of the Believer Festival.
Michelle Meade has been promoted to associate editor at MIRA Books.
Stephanie Doig has been promoted to associate editor at Harlequin and can be contacted at
Marci Senders has been promoted to manager of design at Disney-Hyperion.
Joann Hill has been promoted to creative director at Disney-Hyperion.
Caitlin McKenna has been promoted to senior editor at Random House.
Anna Pitoniak has been promoted to senior editor at Random House.
Emma Caruso has been promoted to assistant editor at Random House.
Jenny Savill has been named to the board of directors at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.
Wisconsin Historical Society Press Director Leaves On a High Note
Kathy Borkowski, the executive director of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press for the past 13 years, is stepping down. more » »
Backlist Books Win in 2017
In a nonelection year that saw politics leap even more to the forefront of public discourse than the year prior, 2017’s biggest books were, for the most part, nonpolitical—and many came from the backlist. more » »
Experts Ask if Indigo Can Win in U.S.: With Canada's Indigo Books and Music chain opening its first store in the US this summer, Quill & Quire considered its potential for success.
Asia Bookstore CEO Focused on Future: The octogenarian founder of The Popular Bookstore chain in Singapore defends bricks-and-mortar in the age of digital.
Cairo Press Opens Bookstore in Museum: The American University in Cairo Press (AUC Press) recently opened a bookstore in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
New York Village is Bookstore Heaven: The small town of Hobart, N.Y., is the unlikely home of five independent bookstores.
Indies May Profit After Chain Shutters: The closing of Book World chain in the midwest could lead to the opening of more independent bookstores in the region.
'The New Jim Crow' Is Back in N.J.: New Jersey said it had lifted a prison ban on the book about mass incarceration after the ACLU called the decision censorship.
Graham Greene's Lost Nobel Prize: The Swedish Academy has revealed that the British novelist was backed by the chairman before losing the 1967 prize.
Milo Is His Own Lawyer Now: Milo Yiannopoulos's lawyers have withdrawn as counsel, and the pundit will represent his own case against S&S in court.
The Great 2018 Book Preview: The Millions puts together its annual first-half preview of all the books to read this year.
Type, Ink, Paper, Art: Lone Goose Press owner Sandy Tilcock’s intimate printing process brings out the beauty in words.
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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Leonardo da Vinci' by Walter Isaacson is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW Daily Review of the Day

'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' by Michael Wolff
"Wolff presents an insider’s look at the extreme dysfunction of the Trump administration in this searing real-life page-turner, based on hundreds of conversations conducted over 18 months, including with most of Trump’s senior staff." more » »
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Ballin' for Books and Black Heroes
Following the death of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the NCAA Southeastern Conference, on December 1, the Vanderbilt women's basketball team debuted special patches on their uniforms to commemorate his life; the men's team has since followed suit. The patches, which the Vanderbilt basketball players will wear on their uniforms all season long, bear Wallace's number, 25, his birth and death years, and the name of his biography, 'Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South' (Vanderbilt UP), by Andrew Maraniss—which has been the required reading title for Vanderbilt freshmen for the last two years running. Pictured here wearing the patch is Vandy women's basketball player Rachel Bell with the author's daughter, Eliza Maraniss.

Courtesy Andrew Maraniss

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For Holt, Unexpected Demand for 'Fire and Fury' Proves a Challenge
Henry Holt seems to have underestimated demand for the tell-all title and many accounts ran out of copies over the weekend and are waiting for new shipments this week. more »
Sargent Says Macmillan Will Not Be Intimidated by Trump
In a memo to employees, Macmillan CEO John Sargent said President Trump's attempt to halt publication of Micahel Wolff's White House tell-all, 'Fire and Fury,' is "flagrantly unconstitutional" and that the President is trying to keep Americans from reading "an important book on the workings of the government." more »
'Fire and Fury': Anatomy of a Bombshell
The book industry hasn’t produced a must-read adult book in years. Then came Henry Holt's just-released Michael Wolff title, which dominated the news cycle last week thanks in part to the angry reactions from its subject: President Trump. more »
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Julie Black has been promoted to senior v-p of sales and strategic planning at Penguin Random House.
Tom Cox has been named senior v-p of mass merchandise and distributor sales at Penguin Random House.
Kim Shannon has been promoted to senior v-p of retail sales at Penguin Random House.
Jeff Weber has been named senior v-p of online and digital at Penguin Random House.
Carol Hinz has been promoted to editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books at Lerner Publishing Group.
Indie Booksellers Show Post-Holiday Confidence
The unpredictable climate throughout the U.S. in December, both environmental and political, didn’t stop consumers from shopping at independent bookstores—and they have the sales to show for it. more » »
Book Deals: Week of January 8, 2018
Lee Boudreaux wins a nine-publisher auction for a debut novel, Flatiron re-ups The Hazel Wood author Melissa Albert, Atria buys a Swedish art book launched on Kickstarter, and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: January 8, 2018
Naomi Alderman’s ‘The Power,’ named to many “best of 2017” lists, is boosted onto our hardcover fiction list. Plus the movie tie-in edition of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ makes its first appearance on our lists, and former CPA Jesse Mecham explains why ‘You Need a Budget.’ more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'The Epic City,' 'The Last London,' 'The Maze at Windermere,' and more. more » »
News Briefs

Man Booker Submissions Open to Irish Publishers
As of 2018, any novel written originally in English and published in Ireland by an imprint formally established in Ireland is now eligible for the prize. more » »
Bookseller Caters to Dinner Parties: Dinner party hosts in the Hamptons are asking Harbor Books in Sag Harbor, NY to suggest titles suitable for gift bags and tailored to guests.
Denver's Book Bar to Host Theater Events: This October and November, the shop will host a series of short plays in conjunction with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Illinois Loses a Bookstore: Stone Alley Books and Collectibles, a new and used store opened in 2009 in Galesburg, Ill, closed at the end of last year.
New Shanghai Store for Night Owls: A new outlet of Dayin Bookmall has opened in the Knowledge and Innovation Community in Shanghai. It closes at 2 a.m., a first for the city.
Culinary Specialty Store Shifts Strategy: Rabelais, a bookstore in Biddeford, Maine, will furthermore focus exclusively on rare and antiquarian cookbooks.
Michael Wolff: The Boswell We Deserve?: Wolff's brand of reporting might be ugly—prioritizing access over accountability—but it may be the perfect match for the Trump era.
The Guts Behind 'Fire and Fury': Why is Michael Wolff's book having such an impact? Because Wolff had the gumption to throw decorum away and torch his access.
Milo's Lawyer Runs for the Hills: An attorney for the right-wing pundit asked Friday to withdraw from Yiannopoulos's breach of contract case against Simon & Schuster.
What Being a Sensitivity Reader Is Like: Dhonielle Clayton—a We Need Diverse Books chief executive, sensitivity reader, and author of 'The Belles'—on what her job really is.
A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain: A majority of recent or upcoming books about the memory are nonfiction works that take a prescriptive approach to memory loss.
PW Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'The Rooster Bar' by John Grisham is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »

'The Immortalists' by Chloe Benjamin
"In her second novel, Benjamin constructs an imaginative and satisfying family saga...[and] a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal." more » »

A New Book for a New Year
Meghan Dietsche Goel
Kicking off a new year of reading with a terrific debut from Samira Ahmed.


Harvard Book Store Weathers the Storm
Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., remained open at the start of the snowstorm on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Courtesy Harvard Book Store
After Henry Holt decided to push up the release date of 'Fire and Fury,' booksellers were hopeful that they would have enough stock on hand to meet the huge demand for the political exposé. more
A canceled book deal, Amazon buy buttons, and sexual harassment were among the big news stories this past year. more
Sales for the nine-week holiday period ended December 30, 2017, fell 6.4% compared to the 2016 holiday season at the retailer. With the weaker than expected sales performance, B&N lowered its financial forecast for the fiscal year ending in April. more
Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Woodson has been appointed the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. “I am excited for the young people’s reactions and the interactions that we’ll have around literature," she told PW. more
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