Sunday, 25 February 2018

Publishers Weekly

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Evangelist Billy Graham Has Died at Age 99
Rev. Billy Graham preached around the world and reached, book by book, into millions of American homes, with his call to salvation before his death, just months before his 100th birthday. more »
Booksellers Respond to Kid Lit Sexual Harassment Scandal
Booksellers are responding in varied ways to the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed the chuldren's book publishing world. One bookstore has pulled books by two authors under fire, while others want the market to decide whether they will stock such books. more »
Long Soldier, Zhang, Le Guin Win At 2018 PEN Literary Awards
PEN's revamped awards ceremony, replete with jazz combo and an Oscars-style "In Memoriam" video, was held at New York University on February 20. Layli Long Soldier, Jenny Zhang, and the late Ursula K. Le Guin were among the winners. more »
Unlimited Streaming Video for Libraries
With Recorded Books’ new streaming video service, library patrons can now binge-watch videos the same way they do with subscription streaming services such as Netflix. The Recorded Books model can save libraries over 75% compared to the competition—costing as little as pennies per checkout. Learn more about this innovative service today! (Sponsored) Learn More »

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JOB MOVES
Shaugnessy Miller has joined Random House Children's Books as school and library marketing coordinator.

Spotlight on Cookbooks

Cookbooks Preview: March 2018
A culinary exploration of Vietnam, a "must-read" chef memoir, and the secret to the perfect cake are hitting shelves next month. more » »
January Cookbook Bestsellers
Two Instant Pot titles topped the list last month—with 'Instant Pot Miracle' and 'The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook' coming in at #1 and #2, respectively. »
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Review: 'Bring It!': "With this impressive range of dishes, [Ali] Rosen shows home cooks how to bring everything to the table for a successful potluck."
Riverhead Announces New Book by Khaled Hosseini
A new illustrated book by the 'Kite Runner' author called 'Sea Prayer,' which was inspired by the current refugee crisis, is due out September 18. more » »
2018 WNBA Pannell Award Nominees Announced
The Women’s National Book Association has revealed the nominees for its 2018 WNBA Pannell Award, which is presented annually to two bookstores—one general bookstore and one children’s specialty store—that enrich their communities by inspiring a love of reading. more » »
Serial Box Snags $1.65M in Funding
Serial Box, a venture that serializes weekly original genre fiction in prose and audiobook formats, raised $1.65M in seed investment funding. more » »
iBooks Bestsellers: 'Wife' Stays #1 as Kristin Hannah Rises
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen keep the top slot one more week with their 'The Wife Between Us,' while Kristin Hannah's 'The Great Alone' climbs to #2 more » »
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News Briefs

Thomas Dunne to Publish New Bernie Sanders Book
'Where We Go From Here' will be published on November 13 in hardcover, e-book, and audio formats. more » »
'Why I March' Raises Roughly $50,000 for Women's March–Related Nonprofits
The book's royalties will be distributed to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Transgender Law Center. more » »
Youngsuk Chi Joins Ingram Board of Directors
Chi currently also serves as non-executive chairman of Elsevier, and is in charge of corporate affairs of Elsevier’s parent company, RELX Group, and was previously chairman of Random House Asia. more » »

BOOKSTORE NEWS
Penguin Plans Women-only Pop-up Shop: Penguin in the UK is launching a pop-up bookshop in March stocked exclusively with books by women authors.
Michigan Store Moves and Takes New Name: Battle Creek Books in Michigan is moving to the town of Marshall and renaming itself to Mitten Word Bookshop.
Ohio Bookstore to Move and Expand: Raven Books in Springfield, Ohio, which sells new and used books, is moving to a new location five times larger.
Connecticut Bookstore Finds New Owners: The Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford, Conn., which was on the verge of closing, has been sold.
Cruise Ship Bookstore Steams into Mexico: MV Logos Hope, a cruise ship that hosts a Christian bookstore, continues its world tour.
THE ROUNDUP
Mamet Turns to Crime: In his first crime novel, David Mamet resurrects a vanished version of his hometown, Chicago.
Victorian Literature Had More Women: A study finds that the proportion of female authors and characters both fell after 19th century.
The Nine Circles of Linguistic Hell: A list of Dante's nine circles of hell, reimagined for linguistic transgressions. (Autocorrect? That's Limbo.)
An Ode to the Personal Writing Outlet: Why so many writers are choosing to share some work for free, and how writing for yourself can be both joyful and intimate.
In Praise of Unfinished Novels: Some novels left unfinished by authorial death are also some of those writers' most interesting works.

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 » »
PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY

'Warlight' by Michael Ondaatje
"Mesmerizing from the first sentence, rife with poignant insights and satisfying subplots, this novel about secrets and loss may be Ondaatje's best work yet." more » »

SHELFTALKER

Postcard from Toy Fair
Cynthia Compton
One shopkeeper’s list of top trends from the 2018 North American Toy Fair.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

Clifford Rings the NASDAQ Bell
Dick Robinson, the chairman, president, and CEO of Scholastic (c.), along with Scholastic employees and their children, wished Clifford the Big Red Dog a happy birthday last week by collectively ringing in the NASDAQ Marketsite Opening Bell on February 14.

Courtesy Scholastic

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New York Rights Fair 2018
HMH Trade Unit Posted a Profit in 2017
An 11.4% increase in revenue in the HMH trade division in 2017 over 2016 plus cost cuts resulted in net income of $2.0 million in the group last year compared to a loss of $7.0 million in 2016. more »
Obituary: Voyageur Press Publisher Jeff Serena
Jeff Serena, publisher of Voyageur Press, an imprint of the Quarto Group, died February 15 after a 15-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 62. more »
The Unusual Life of Andy Kaufman: PW Talks with Box Brown
In his new graphic biography, 'Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman,' cartoonist Box Brown documents the life of the eccentric comedian, actor and professional wrestling performer. more »
'Wolf in the Snow' Wins 2018 Caldecott Medal
Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum, Another Brother, and the upcoming King Alice. (Sponsored) More »
London Book Fair 2018
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JOB MOVES
Jenna Homen has been promoted to content and community manager at Chronicle Books.
Ashleigh Gardner has been promoted to deputy general manager for publishing at Wattpad Studios at Wattpad.
Matthew Pride is joining HarperCollins Japan as marketing director, effective March 1.
Carrie Pestritto has joined Laura Dail Literary Agency as agent.
Kristen Fisher is joining DK as associate publicist, effective February 23.

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn Talks Walmart and E-books
International e-book retailer Rakuten Kobo has a long history of partnering with retailers to deliver e-books, but Kobo its new partnership with Walmart is on a whole different level. more » »
Call for Information: Backlist Backbones
We’d like to hear from adult and children’s publishers about the older titles that sell well for them year after year, and about efforts publishers are making to promote these backlist titles. Be sure to include with your pitch the reason you think a particular book is selling well, e.g.: Is it part of a larger repackaging effort or marketing push? Is its topic newly relevant? Does it sell well in atypical retail channels? Email pitches to features@publishersweekly.com by Mar. 9 and put “Call for Info: Backlist Backbones” in the subject line. more » »


BOOKSTORE NEWS
North Carolina Bookstore Adds Bar: Bookmarks bookstore in Winston-Salem has added a new neighbor, Footnotes, a bar that shares an adjacent wall.
Famous Bookstore in Mumbai to Close: Strand Book Stall in Mumbai, India, is closing after 70 years in business at the end of February.
Maine Bookstore Bought and Rebranded: Books N Things in Norway, Maine, has a new owner and is reopening with a new name, The Tribune.
L.A. Bookstore Celebrates Black History: Eso Wan Books in Los Angeles honors African-American writers every day of the year, not just in February.
THE ROUNDUP
Lemony Snicket's #MeToo Moment: Numerous authors and librarians allege a pattern of sexually humiliating comments at public events from one of YA literature's biggest stars.
Parents Read Less to Pre-Schoolers: A U.K. report has revealed that just 51% of preschool-age children are read to on a daily basis, a drop from 69% in 2013.
'Cursed Child' and Its Broadway Chances: The theater that will house the play has been rebuilt in the hope that it will run for many years. So why is J.K. Rowling worried?
In Praise of Negative Reviews: Reviewers and critics were once feared as "persons of dangerous acerbity," and it might be time to make that the case again.
YA Lit's White Girl Love: Leah Johnson modeled her idea of romance on protagonists who, she realized later, were never quite meant for her.

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 » »
PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY

'Ambiguity Machines' by Vandana Singh
"A delicate touch and passionately humanist sensibilities sweep through this magnificent collection." Read more » »

SHELFTALKER

A Magical Tea Bag
Kenny Brechner
A new picture book, ‘The Rabbit Listened,’ is a source of ever-renewable inspiration.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

SFWC Honors Its Own
At the 15th San Francisco Writers Conference (SFWC), longtime literary agents Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada were awarded the first San Francisco Writers Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to the literary world. Pictured here is Larsen (c.), who is flanked by SFWC marketing director Barbara Santos (l.) and SFWC director Laurie McLean. Larsen, who will step down as SFWC director later this year, accepted the award for Pomada, who was unable to attend.

Courtesy SFWC

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Yiannopoulos Drops Lawsuit Against S&S
In a very brief filing made late last week in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Milo Yiannopoulos withdrew his lawsuit against his former publisher, Simon & Schuster, with prejudice. more »
Peer-To-Peer Power at PubWest
Publishing professionals gathered at the PubWest conference last weekend in Pasadena, Calif. With the theme of “Raising Voices: Creating a Vibrant Publishing Future,” the conference put panelists and participants on equal footing more »
Copyright and Freedom to Publish Take Center Stage at IPA Congress
The 32nd International Publishers Association Congress, held in New Delhi from February 10 to 13, stressed the importance of upholding traditional publishing values. more »
Win a Copy of 'The One' by John Marrs
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JOB MOVES
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IN THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE
Publishers' Presence Is Felt at Toy Fair
Publishers, particularly coloring and activity, novelty, and book-plus specialists, are facing ever stronger competition from toy companies, a fact that was evident at this year’s New York Toy Fair. more » »
Book Deals: Week of February 19, 2018
Penguin Young Readers buys a middle grade novel cowritten by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, Hachette picks up a debut fantasy novel, and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: February 19, 2018
Kristin Hannah’s ‘The Great Alone’ is the #1 book in the country. Plus the Oprah-annointed ‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones takes two positions in hardcover fiction, and Christian lifestyle blogger Rachel Hollis gives readers life lessons in ‘Girl, Wash Your Face.' more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'Ambiguity Machines,' 'Napa at Last Light,' 'Sunburn,' and more. more » »

News Briefs

Edwards Brothers Malloy to Restructure, Close N.C. Facility
The company plans to consolidate all offset printing operations into its Michigan location by the end of 2018, closing its offset facility in Lillington, N.C. more » »
HarperAudio to Publish Vinyl-First 'Dark Carousel' by Joe Hill
The release is the first vinyl-first release by the publisher, and is timed to coincide with Record Store Day. more » »
Tachyon Publications to Launch Particle Books E-book Imprint
The imprint, which will launch on February 27, will focus on a mix of original, newly-collected, hard to find, and out-of-print material published in e-versions. more » »
Smith Publicity Acquires Press Box Publicity
The sports book publicity firm will become a division of Smith, effective March 1. more » »

THE ROUNDUP
'The E-Book Is a Stupid Product': Hachette Group CEO Arnaud Nourry maligns the e-book in an interview about the future of digital publishing.
Sarajevo Slights Orhan Pamuk: The Nobel laureate was to be named an honorary citizen of the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital, but the decision was reversed suddenly.
The War on Black-Owned Bookstores: At the height of the Black Power movement, the FBI targeted the unlikeliest of public enemies: black indie booksellers.
On Curating Rare Books: In his 47 years at the Boston Atheneum, Stanley Cushing has handled every kind of book imaginable—including one bound with its author's skin.
How to Grow a Reading Series: The founder of Orlando's Functionally Literate reading program shares its history and some thoughts.

PW Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'The Great Alone' by Kristin Hannah is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
REVIEW OF THE DAY

'Down the River unto the Sea' by Walter Mosley
"Former NYPD detective Joe King Oliver, now the owner-operator of King Detective Service, investigates two cases of gross injustice in this excellent standalone from MWA Grand Master Mosley." more » »

SHELFTALKER
‘The Hazel Wood’ and some of its companions along a dark, twisty, irresistible story path.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

Marion Ross Visits Her Publisher
Marion Ross stopped by the Kensington offices to check out copies of her upcoming memoir, 'My Days: Happy and Otherwise.' Pictured here (from l. to r.): Karen Auerbach, director of publicity at Kensington; Ross; Steven Zacharius, president and CEO; Lynn Cully, publisher; and John Scognamiglio, editor-in-chief of Kensington and Ross's editor.

Courtesy Kensington

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The Week in Libraries: February 16, 2018
Among this week's headlines: Trump again targets library funding; a strong program but weak attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting; and a Wired article raises a central question about Facebook: is it a publisher? more


ALA Midwinter 2018 in Photos
This year’s conference, which took place February 9–13 in Denver, featured the much-anticipated announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards. We’ve gathered a selection of photo highlights from the events. more


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Highlights of Next Week's Stars


The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel
Elizabeth George. Viking, $28 (704p) ISBN 978-0-525-95434-7







Property
Lionel Shriver. Harper, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-269793-6







Subterranean
Richard Greenfield. Omnidawn, $17.95 trade paper (96p) ISBN 978-1-63243-050-2







House of McQueen
Valerie Wallace. Four Way, $15.95 trade paper (72p) ISBN 978-1-945588-11-2







She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Carl Zimmer. Dutton, $30 (672p) ISBN 978-1-101-98459-8




Unravel captivating mysteries with all-new stories!


Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America
Craig Childs, illus. by Sarah Gilman. Pantheon, $27.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-307-90865-0







Byron’s Women
Alexander Larman. Head of Zeus, $35 (416p) ISBN 978-1-78408-202-4






Children's Books


The Town of Turtle
Michelle Cuevas, illus. by Cátia Chien. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-544-74982-5







Wallpaper
Thao Lam. Owlkids (PGW, dist.), $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-77147-283-8







Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea
Lynne Rae Perkins. Greenwillow, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-06-249966-0







New Books and More

New Kids' and YA Books: Week of February 19, 2018
Hitting shelves next week are a tale about an upset boy and his soothing rabbit, the true story about one of the world’s first computer programmers, and a poetic picture book about starting over in a new place. more


PW Picks: Books of the Week, February 19, 2018
This week: new novels from Laura Lippman, Walter Mosley, and more. more

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A Reimagined BookExpo is Unveiled
After an extensive listening tour in which BookExpo executives met with a range of industry members, the organizers of book publishing’s largest trade show have added new elements to the event aimed at adding more value for booksellers. more



·  Workman Publishing Co. is seeking a new Senior Editor, Children's

·  Picador is seeking a new Senior Publicist

·  Central Recovery Press is seeking a new Senior Editor
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Top 10 Bestsellers

1
Kristin Hannah, Author
2
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Jordan B Peterson, Author
3
Michael Wolff, Author
4
Llama Llama I Love You
Anna Dewdney, Author
5
Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4)
Dav Pilkey, Author
6
Madeleine L'Engle, Author
7
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse
Laura Joffe Numeroff, Author, Felicia Bond, Illustrator
8
Pete Souza, Author, Barack Obama, Foreword by
9
Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose
Sadie Robertson, Author, Louie Giglio, Introduction by
10
R J Palacio, Author


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PW Picks: Books of the Week, February 19, 2018
This week: new novels from Laura Lippman, Walter Mosley, and more. more


Win a Copy of 'The One' by John Marrs
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Quietus by Vivian Schilling

The Big Books of Spring 2018
Over 50 titles across all categories. more


Writers to Watch: Anticipated Spring Debuts
10 notable debut works of fiction. more


Sexual Harassment In Children's Publishing Reaches a Crisis Point
Authors Jay Asher and James Dashner, illustrator David Díaz, and others have been accused of sexual harassment, sending shockwaves through children’s publishing. more


'Hit Girlz.' They're Good Girls–Gone Badass!
BFF's Bella and MaryBeth balance high school and the social minefield of social media with their unusual after school job–Being hired assassins for the mob. (Sponsored) More



PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tomi Adeyemi

The Best Books of 2017
The top 150 books of the year.





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More New Books
'The Future of Humanity' by Michio Kaku, and other books publishing next week. more


PW Radio: Apricot Irving
Author Apricot Irving discusses her new memoir, 'The Gospel of Trees.' Listen


This Week's Bestsellers

Hardcover Nonfiction

1
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Jordan B Peterson, Author
2
Michael Wolff, Author
3
Pete Souza, Author, Barack Obama, Foreword by
4
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Rachel Hollis, Author
5
All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row
James Patterson, Author, Alex Abramovich, Author, Mike Harvkey, With

Hardcover Fiction

1
Kristin Hannah, Author
2
A J Finn, Author
3
J D Robb, Author
4
Jojo Moyes, Author
5
Lisa Gardner, Author




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New York Rights Fair 2018
Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations, PRH Drops An Apologetic Dashner
Following a sexual harassment scandal that has embroiled the children's sector of the publishing industry for the past week, James Dashner, author of the bestselling Maze Runner series, has been dropped by his publisher. more »
A Reimagined BookExpo is Unveiled
After an extensive listening tour in which BookExpo executives met with a range of industry members, the organizers of book publishing’s largest trade show have added new elements to the event aimed at adding more value for booksellers. more »
S&S Posts Solid 2017 Sales, Earnings
Fourth quarter sales rose 12% at S&S while earnings jumped 22%. These gains helped the publisher to an 8% sales gain for the full year, with earnings up 11% over 2016. more »
Newbery Medal Winner 'Hello, Universe'!
2018’s Newbery Medal winner Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). (Sponsored) More »
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tomi Adeyemi
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JOB MOVES
Mirabelle Korn has been promoted to associate art editor at Chronicle Books.
Meaghan Leahy has joined St. Martin's Press as marketing operations manager.

Chicagoland Bookseller Named GLIBA Executive Director
The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association has named GLIBA board member Larry Law as its executive director, effective March 1. Law currently serves as director of e-commerce and marketing at Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville, Ill. more » »
Abrams to Publish Sequel to John Lewis’ March Trilogy
In August 2018 Abrams ComicArts will publish 'Run: Book One,' a sequel to Rep. John Lewis' National Book Award-winning civil rights graphic memoir, 'March.' more » »
Feeding Minds Press to Bring Farm to Readers' Tables
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is launching a children’s publishing venture aimed at providing young readers with information and stories about where their food comes from. more » »
Tune In to PW Radio
Author Apricot Irving discusses her new memoir, 'The Gospel of Trees.' PW associate news editor John Maher explores harassment in the children’s book industry. more » »

News Briefs

Golden Man Booker Prize to Mark Award's 50th Anniversary
The one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public. more » »

THE ROUNDUP
All Men, All the Time: A former literary editor for 'Esquire' remembers the publishing and media worlds before the #metoo movement.
'Mockingbird' Comes to Broadway: Jeff Daniels has been cast as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin's Broadway-bound adaptation of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
Literary Feuds, Ranked: Rounding up 25 showdowns between authors, from Colson Whitehead versus Richard Ford to Hemingway versus, well, everybody.
The Bright Future of Queer Lit: Sure, 'A Little Life' is popular, but if you’re looking for nuance and depth and even a little hope, don’t snub a good YA novel.
The Best Finds in Old Books: 'Atlas Obscura' readers shared hundreds of stories about their surprising discoveries found between the pages of books.

PW Bestsellers

Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'The Great Alone' by Kristin Hannah is the #1 title on PW's top 10 overall bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW Daily Review of the Day

'Don’t Skip Out on Me' by Willy Vlautin
"In this powerful novel, Vlautin writes about characters whose big dreams and plans are often stunted by fate and circumstance, but who’ve managed to find a way to push through, bruised but with hard-won wisdom." more » »

SHELFTALKER
Talking about books with the booksellers who will champion them.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

Talking About Publishing at NYU
Pamela Paul (l.) moderated a panel on the current publishing landscape at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing on February 13. With Paul (from l. to r.) were panelists Lee Child and R. J. Palacio, Center for Publishing director Andrea Chambers, and fellow panelists David Grann and Amor Towles.

Courtesy NYU Photo Bureau

The Ghosts of Gombe by Dale Peterson
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Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
in the Spotlight
Children’s Books for Spring
Check out our comprehensive A-to-Z listings of publishers' spring offerings for kids and teens! In addition to the listings, we take a look at the growing market for Chinese children’s books, both in China and in the U.S. We also ask a number of publishing professionals to share memorable words of advice they learned early in their careers from industry veterans. Plus our fall 2018 Sneak Previews! more

806: A Novel by Cynthia Weil
In the News
Asher, Dropped by Agent, Lawyers Up as SCBWI Revamps Conduct Policy
Following news surrounding the removal of Jay Asher (l.) and David Díaz from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators on charges of sexual harassment, the SCBWI has announced a revised anti-harassment policy—while Asher has hired a lawyer. more

Feeding Minds Press to Bring
Farm to Readers' Tables

Beginning in January 2019, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is launching a children’s publishing venture aimed at providing young readers with information and stories about where their food comes from. more

ABA and CBC Art Auction
To Honor Ashley Bryan

The American Booksellers Association’s ABC Children’s Group and the Children’s Book Council are partnering once again to host the annual Silent Art Auction, which will take place on May 30 as part of BookExpo in New York City. Acclaimed illustrator Ashley Bryan will attend as the guest of honor. more

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On the Scene
ALA Midwinter 2018
In Photos

This year’s conference, which took place February 9–13 in Denver, featured the much-anticipated announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Awards. We’ve gathered a selection of photo highlights from the events. more

Licensing News
Licensing Hotline:
February 2018

Random House’s outbound licensing activities are expanding in 2018. Their official debut at this year’s Licensing Expo in May will follow last year’s launch of merchandise tied to Emily Winfield Martin’s Dream World and R.J. Palacio’s Wonder brands.

Click through to read about Lerner’s license with Disney Learning, Prima’s new children’s series featuring Super Mario and Pokémon, and more. more

Interview
Mac Barnett:
The Prankster Is In

Over the past decade, author Mac Barnett has produced dozens of books on a myriad of topics. The thing that all his work has in common is humor. Barnett likes to laugh, and he likes to make kids laugh. We spoke with Barnett about his path to writing books for young readers, as well as his penchant for practical jokes. more
Charlie Takes His Shot by Nancy Churnin
Out Next Week
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of February 19, 2018

Hitting shelves next week are a tale about an upset boy and his soothing rabbit, the true story about one of the world’s first computer programmers, and a poetic picture book about starting over in a new place. more

In Brief

In Brief: February 15, 2018
This week, Sophie Blackall presents her new lighthouse-themed picture book; ‘Rock Star’ authors visit a Dallas elementary school; love is in the air at a YA anthology launch; Daria Peoples-Riley enjoys a musical welcome for her debut picture book; and Vashti Harrison celebrates “little leaders” from black history. more
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Rights Report
Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired Corey Ann Haydu's new YA novel, Her Stillness, a modern feminist fairytale about four princesses who have been placed under a spell by a young witch. With each princess cursed with a fatal flaw, and their mother the queen frozen inside a glass box, the royal family and their kingdom must overcome a secret legacy of pain as they work to break the spell. Also acquired was Everything Before After, a YA novel in verse about seven generations of women, whose saga culminates in a shocking act by its youngest daughter. Publication for Her Stillness is slated for spring 2020; Victoria Marini at the Irene Goodman Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
Diana Gill at Tor Teen has bought Shannon Price's debut, The Red Bridge Wars, in her first YA acquisition for the imprint. It's a reimagining of The Iliad set in a version of modern-day San Francisco where three gangs rule the city streets. The story follows one grieving teen who joins the Wars to seek vengeance for her younger brother, but finds herself torn between old love and new loyalty. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Jessica Anderson at Holt/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to Black Girl Unlimited, a contemporary YA coming-of-age story by writer and performer Echo Brown, based heavily on the author's own experience growing up in Ohio. The book is planned for 2020; the author represented herself.
Michele Wells at DC Zoom has bought world rights to Black Canary: Ignite, a middle-grade graphic novel by Meg Cabot. Fourteen-year-old Dinah Lance wants more than anything to fight crime in Gotham City when she grows up, just like her police detective father, but he would rather keep his girl safe. Things change when Dinah discovers she has inherited her mother's secret superpower: a sonic scream that can shatter objects and destroy armies. The book is set to be released in 2019; Laura Langlie at Laura Langlie Agency represented Cabot.
Namrata Tripathi at Penguin's new Kokila imprint has acquired At the Mountain's Base by Cherokee author Traci Sorell (l.), illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre, a Tongva/Scots-Gaelic comics artist making her picture-book debut. The circular story in verse describes a pilot engaged in battle far away, while her family waits at home for her safe return. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt represented the author in the deal for world English rights; the illustrator was unagented.
Jordan Nielsen and Craig Cohen at Pow! Kids Books have bought world English rights to Cynthia Leonor Garza's (l.) Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks, the story of Lucía's little sister Gemma, who wants to be a luchadora like her big sister, but seems to find trouble wherever she goes. Alyssa Bermudez will illustrate; publication is scheduled for fall 2018. Marietta B. Zacker at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Kelly Loughman at Holiday House has acquired world rights to author-illustrator Linda Olafsdottir's wordless picture book, In the Middle, in which two mischievous hedgehogs interrupt a girl's drawing when they climb out from the middle of the picture book to reveal a series of hidden worlds. Publication is set for summer 2019; Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary represented the author.
Tracy Mack at Scholastic has bought author-illustrator Ross Burach's new picture book, The Very Impatient Caterpillar, about a caterpillar who finds waiting a whole two weeks to turn into a butterfly very challenging. Publication is planned for 2019; Lara Perkins at Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books has acquired world rights excluding Iran to The Book Tree by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh. The picture book tells the story of a reactionary mayor who bans all the books in his town, and the imaginative boy who shows him that suppressing people's stories only encourages them to blossom more beautifully than ever. Publication is slated for fall 2018; Uwe Stender and Brent Taylor at TriadaUS represented the author, and Carrie Hannigan at Hannigan Salky Getzler represented the illustrator.
Carol Hinz at Lerner/Carolrhoda has bought Let 'Er Buck, a picture book by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by 2018 Caldecott Honor artist Gordon C. James. The book celebrates the life of African-American cowboy George Fletcher, focusing on the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up, in which Fletcher lost to a white man but was ultimately declared "people's champion." It's scheduled for spring 2019; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary represented the author, and Regina Brooks at Serendipity Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Jennifer Adams at Sounds True has acquired Deborah Hopkinson's (l.) nonfiction picture book, Under the Bodhi Tree: A Story of the Buddha, illustrated by Kailey Whitman. The book focuses on the childhood of Siddhartha. Publication is set for fall 2018; Steven Malk at Writers House represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has bought, at auction, world rights to Unicorn Day by Diana Murray (City Shapes, Ned the Knitting Pirate), illustrated by Luke Flowers. The book tells the story of what happens to an imposter horse who tries to crash the most glittery day of the year, Unicorn Day. Publication is planned for 2019; Brianne Johnson at Writers House represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.
Zoe Burke at PomegranateKids has acquired world rights to Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book by Vivian Kirkfield (l.), illustrated by Mirka Hokkanen. Readers follow wildlife through the day in this counting book that introduces endangered species. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the author and the illustrator.
Kristine Enderle at Magination Press has bought world rights to Danielle Dufayet's (l.) You Are Your Strong, a book encouraging children to develop inner strength, with the help of nature, animals, and their imagination. Jennifer Zivoin will illustrate; publication is slated for March 2019. Karen Grenicik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and Mela Bolinao at MB Artists represented the illustrator.
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IN THE MEDIA
From Entertainment Weekly:
Rep. John Lewis will continue his graphic novel autobiography with new 'Run' trilogy. Click here
From the Bookseller:
Coelho and Thomas nominated alongside Ness and Rundell in more inclusive Carnegie Medal longlist. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
On the Come Up: Angie Thomas unveils the cover for her next book. Click here
From the Today Show:
'Sad' dog at library looking for kids to read to him is now all booked up. Click here
From Bookish:
Nikki Grimes, author of Between the Lines, talks about diverse literature. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Maze Runner author says he'll 'seek counseling' following misconduct claims. Click here
From Deadline:
Seuss, About the Life of Author Theodor Geisel, Coming to Big Screen with Wonder Director Stephen Chbosky. Click here
From School Library Journal:
A Beloved YA Classic's Transition to Graphic Novel Format. Click here
From Electric Literature:
The Children's Book That Made Me Realize It's Okay to Be Alone. Click here
From Bookish:
Spinning author Tillie Walden recommends must-read LGBTQ comics. Click here
SHELFTALKER
Favorite cards and favorite books, new and old, are revealed.
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Roses Are Read
A top five list of Valentine favorites in a children’s bookstore.
It’s always a mix of joy and sorrow on Newbery/Caldecott/King/Printz/Sibert/Geisel-and-more morning.
Wise words for kids (and grown-ups) about what it means to follow your passion.
FEATURED REVIEWS
Red
Jed Alexander. Cameron Kids (Abrams, dist.), $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-944903-11-4

Debut author-artist Alexander riffs on “Little Red Hiding Hood” in this wordless picture book. An opening spread shows the enormous and slyly smiling wolf walking toward Grandmother’s cabin, bags of party hats and wrapping paper in its jaws. Red herself is a no-nonsense heroine decked out in heavy black boots and a red hoodie sweatshirt. She’s intercepted by the wolf, who seems to be toying with Red—or distracting her, perhaps. more
What If
Samantha Berger, illus. by Mike Curato. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-39096-5

In ways that may remind readers of the lullaby “Hush Little Baby,” the brown-skinned, purple-haired narrator of this book is always thinking about her next move. No pencil to create stories? She’d make origami. No paper? She’d “chisel the table and then carve the chair." Ultimately, it’s her imagination and unfaltering determination to create that matter. more
My Worst Book Ever!
Allan Ahlberg, illus. by Bruce Ingman. Thames & Hudson, $16.95 (64p) ISBN 978-0-500-65090-5

Ahlberg and Ingman continue their comic streak with a memoir of sorts about bookmaking gone wrong. Addressing readers as if they’re right there with him, Ahlberg lays out the catastrophe. While his story about a crocodile pleases him his drawings get smudged and stained; Bruce, his illustrator, lobbies for a hippo instead of a crocodile. It’s an entertaining sketch of how books get made and sometimes veer off course. more
White Rabbit
Caleb Roehrig. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-250-08565-8

In this thrilling sophomore outing from Roehrig, 16-year-old Rufus Holt sets out with his ex, Sebastian, after getting a phone call from his half-sister April, who is at a party, begging for help. When they arrive at the cabin on the outskirts of Burlington, Vt., they find April stoned out of her mind with a knife in her hand and her drug-dealing boyfriend stabbed to death. more
TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
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PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Tomi Adeyemi
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The theme of this year's PEN World Voices Festival, "Resist and Reimagine," brings writers including Colson Whitehead, Roxane Gay, Eileen Myles, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dave Eggers, and Masha Gessen together in New York for six days in April. more »
Opening a Queer/Feminist Bookstore in Small Town-Mississippi
With its official grand opening on February 3, owner Jaime Harker’s dream has become a reality: the small town of Water Valley, Miss. has its first (and only) Queer/Feminist bookstore – Violet Valley Bookstore. more »
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JOB MOVES
Margot Wood, formerly senior manager of content and community development at HarperCollins/Epic Reads, has joined Oni Press as director of sales and can be contacted at margot@onipress.com.

Speaking Truth to Power...Through Books
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iBooks Bestsellers: 'Wife' Stays Between 'Woman' and #1 Slot
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BOOKSTORE NEWS
New Bookstore Opens in Florida: Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro opened in Fernandina Beach, Fla., this week.
American Turns New Page in Hong Kong: An Atlanta lawyer moved to Hong Kong and opened a used bookstore, Bleak House Books.
THE ROUNDUP
James Dashner Dropped by Literary Agent: Maze Runner series author James Dashner, facing allegations of sexual misconduct, has been dropped by Michael Bourret.
Dohle Believes in Literary Fiction: The CEO of Penguin Random House believes that literary fiction has a bright future, just like publishing.
'Seuss' Comes to the Big Screen: The life of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss will be coming to theaters, with Stephen Chbosky set to direct the film as his follow-up to 'Wonder.'
And Other Stories Goes Full Feminist: The publishing company from Sheffield, England, is only publishing female authors in 2018.
A Romance Writer's Guide to Hot Consent: The debate within romance over how to handle the question of consent is much more nuanced than outsiders ever seem to grasp.

PW Bestsellers

Trade Paperback Bestseller List
'Air Fry Genius: 100+ New Recipes for Every Air Fryer' by Meredith Laurence is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list » »
PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY

'Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot' by Winifred Conkling
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SHELFTALKER
Favorite cards and favorite books, new and old, are revealed.




PICTURE OF THE DAY

'Annihilation' Comes to the Big Screen
The cast and creators of the upcoming film 'Annihilation' posed together as Paramount Pictures presented the premiere of the film, which is based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals), at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, Calif., on Tuesday, February 13. Pictured here (from l. to r.) are VanderMeer, film writer and director Alex Garland, and actors Tuva Novotny, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Natalie Portman.

Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

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