Monday, 24 September 2018

Publishers Weekly newsletters

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


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56955-v1-100x.PNGCan You Believe It?: PW Talks with Donald Barclay
PW talks to the librarian and author about his new book, 'Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies.' more
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57136-v1-100x.PNGThe Week in Libraries: September 24, 2018
Among the week's headlines: A breakthrough on copyright reform; the editor of 'The Nation' links good libraries and democracy; and an EBSCO report predicts 5%-6% serials inflation for 2019. more
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31019-1.JPGWin a Signed Copy of 'We Sold Our Souls'!
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Highlights of Next Week's Stars
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star2.gifElevation
Stephen King. Scribner, $19.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-982102-31-9



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star2.gifNine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty. Flatiron, $28.99 (464p) ISBN 978-1-250-06982-5



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star2.gifThe Adults
Caroline Hulse. Random House, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-0-525-51174-8



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star2.gifFarewell, My Orange
Iwaki Kei, trans. from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney. Europa, $14 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-60945-478-4



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star2.gifThe Frolic of the Beats
Yukio Mishima, trans. from the Japanese by Andrew Clare. Vintage, $16 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-0-525-43415-3

Bilge Rat: Pirate Adventurer
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star2.gifThe Naked Woman
Armonía Somers, trans. from the Spanish by Kit Maude. Feminist Press, $16.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-936932-43-6



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star2.gifChurchill: Walking with Destiny
Andrew Roberts. Viking, $40 (1,088p) ISBN 978-1-101-98099-6



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star2.gifI Am Dynamite! A Life of Nietzsche
Sue Prideaux. Crown/Duggan, $30 (480p) ISBN 978-1-5247-6082-3



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star2.gifAmerican Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts
Chris McGreal. PublicAffairs, $27 (336p) ISBN 978-1-610398-61-9



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star2.gifWhen I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss
Jessica Wilbanks. Beacon, $26.95 ISBN 978-0-8070-9223-1



Children's Books
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star2.gifAll-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah
Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky . Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-399-55419-3



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star2.gifOliver Elephant
Lou Peacock, illus. by Helen Stephens. Nosy Crow, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5362-0266-3



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The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel
Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Tony Neal. Tiger Tales, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-68010-102-7



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star2.gifLittle Christmas Tree
Jessica Courtney-Tickle. Big Picture, $15.99 (12p) ISBN 978-1-5362-0311-0



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star2.gifThe Lost Christmas
B.B. Cronin. Viking, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-451-47904-4



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New Books and More
56957-v1-100x.JPGReclaiming Reference
For librarians, reference work today is increasingly about community service. more
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31017-v1-100x.JPGNew Kids' and YA Books: Week of September 24, 2018
Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book about a "royal" girl, a middle grade novel about a court of goblins and the elf trying to make peace with them, and a book of short stories told visually. more
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31018-v1-100x.JPGPW Picks: Books of the Week, September 24, 2018
This week: Ben Fountain's new essay collection, plus Kate Atkinson's spy thriller. more
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Top 10 Bestsellers
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Bob Woodward, Author
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Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5)
Dav Pilkey, Author, Dav Pilkey, Illustrator
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Rachel Hollis, Author
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Juror #3
James Patterson, Author, Nancy Allen, With
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Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan, Author
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Clive Cussler, Author, Boyd Morrison, Author
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The Fallen
David Baldacci, Author
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In His Father's Footsteps
Danielle Steel, Author
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J D Robb, Author
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China Rich Girlfriend
Kevin Kwan, Author

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PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
Growing Influence by Ron Price
57138-v2-67x.JPGAt AAP Annual Meeting, Association Shows Off New Focus
In addition to protecting copyright and free expression, the AAP has added backing regulations and policies that can led to a robust and innovative industry to its mission statement. more »
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57137-v1-67x.JPGSPD, CLMP Organize Indie Bookseller Small Press Support
SPD and CLMP have formed the Indie Booksellers Council, a group of 14 indie booksellers organized around boosting the sales and support of small press literary works. more »
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57114-v1-67x.JPGAbrams to Launch Megascope Graphic Imprint
The new imprint will focus on graphic novels about the experiences of people of color, and be overseen by black academic and comics artist John Jennings, cocreator of the 2017 'Kindred' graphic novel adaptation. more »
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30957-v1-67x.JPGThe Inspiring & Touching Japanese Fiction Bestseller
'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Sunmark Publishing): Could an ordinary Japanese coffee shop become a time machine where miracles occur and lives are changed? Now a Major Motion Picture! Over 800,000 copies sold of this heartwarming and mysterious novel. Manuscript now available in English. (Sponsored) More »
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PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

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JOB MOVES
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Steve Marshall has been named v-p of IT services at Ingram Content Group.
Katie Zanecchia formerly Literary Agent at Ross Yoon Agency, has joined PEN America as National Outreach Program Director.
Sarah Ostrow has joined Thames & Hudson Inc as publishing assistant.
Anna Skrabacz has been promoted to Marketing associate at Thames & Hudson Inc.
Sarah Thegeby has been promoted to Publicist at Thames & Hudson Inc.
Jess Haberman formerly Acquisitions Editor at the Quarto Group, has joined O'Reilly Media as Senior Content Acquisitions Editor, Product Management and Design and can be contacted at jhaberman@oreilly.com.
Eamon Dolan formerly Vice President and Editorial Director at Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has joined Simon & Schuster as Vice President and Executive Editor.
Amy Fitzgerald has been promoted to Associate Editorial Director, Carolrhoda Books at Lerner Publishing Group.
Libby Stille has been promoted to Publicist at Lerner Publishing Group.
Amy Fitzgerald has been promoted to Associate Editorial Director, Carolrhoda Books at Lerner Publishing Group.

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57061-v1-67x.JPGWho Was William Cooper? The Man Behind One of the Most Controversial Books of Our Time
William Cooper, author of 'Behold a Pale Horse,' did not plan to make his life into a harrowing saga of American despair, but that’s how it turned out. more » »
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56980-v2-67x.JPGpaywall-icon2-64x64.pngSpotlight on Middle Grade: Fall 2018
We take a closer look at the ever-shifting and expanding middle grade category, including some of the latest developments in fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and more. more » »
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57064-v1-67x.JPGPW Picks: Books of the Week, September 24, 2018
This week: Ben Fountain's new essay collection, plus Kate Atkinson's spy thriller. more » »
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22774-v2-67x.PNGTune In to PW Insider
We talk about some of our most anticipated books of the fall season, and then we're joined by DeRay Mckesson, author of one such title, "On the Other Side of Freedom," out now. more » »
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30953-1.JPG'Hilda' Premieres Today on Netflix!
The 'Hilda' animated series, based on Luke Pearson’s award-winning graphic novels, premieres today on Netflix! To celebrate, Flying Eye Books has published our very first middle grade prose novel, based on episodes from the 'Hilda' animated series. (Sponsored) More » »

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News Briefs

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Anderson Back At Chronicle
Kim Anderson has rejoined Chronicle Books as v-p of sales and marketing. more » »

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BOOKSTORE NEWS
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Trump Bump Hits San Francisco Store: Bolerium Books in San Francisco, which sells lefty protest literature, credits divisive politics for its best sales year ever.
Oregon Gets a New Bookstore Bar: Rose City Book Pub is opening in the Portland neighborhood of Sabin and will be the city's first bookstore bar.
San Diego SF Bookstore for Sale: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, open for 25 years, is up for sale.
BINC Piggy Bank Auction Raises Funds: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation's "Bank on Booksellers" fundraiser raised more than $23,000.
West Virginia Store Rebrands, Adds Books: Empire Books & News in Huntington, W.V., is changing to The Inner Geek and adding more titles for sale.
Click here to join the bookselling conversation in PW's Facebook group for booksellers.
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THE ROUNDUP
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Man Booker Shortlist & Our 'Dark Times': The 'New York Times' breaks down the shortlist of books nominated for the Man Booker, noting they reflect our current "dark times."
On Crafting the Perfect Sentence: Joe Moran, writing in 'The Guardian,' insists that a good sentence "imposes a logic on the world’s weirdness."
23 Lit Adaptations to Watch this Fall: LitHub rounds up the movies and TV shows, with literary origins, to check out this season.
Wemple Schools Buruma on Ways of Twitter: Erike Wemple, writing in WaPo, has this to say to Ian Buruma, formerly of NYRB: "If you publish something that lacks balance, honesty or some other critical ingredient of good journalism, Twitter will apprise you of your shortcomings."
Hunter's Bestselling Novel Optioned: Georgia Hunter’s debut novel 'We Were the Lucky Ones' (Penguin Random House, 2017) has been optioned for TV by Thomas Kail’s Old 320 Sycamore.

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PW Bestsellers
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22190-v12-67x.JPGTop 10 Overall Bestseller List
‘Fear: Trump in the White House’ by Bob Woodward is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list » »
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PW Daily Review of the Day
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11890-v26-67x.JPG'American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment' by Shane Bauer
"Deprivation, abuse, and fear oppress inmates and guards alike in this hard-hitting exposé of the for-profit prison industry." more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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Lessons learned from the ABA’s recent pre-order task force.




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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2131-v1-300x.JPGA Salon In Minnesota
Last week's Graywolf Literary Salon saw (from l. to r.) authors Jamel Brinkley, Tarfia Faizullah, and Wayétu Moore in coversation with Graywolf editor Jeff Shotts in Minneapolis.

Photo: Rick Orndorf
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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
The Puppy Place | Celebrating More than 50 Books Published!
In the News
57067-3.JPGTamar Brazis Named Editorial Director at Viking
Viking Children’s Books has announced that Tamar Brazis will join the team as editorial director, picture books, and will help to shape and grow the Penguin imprint's picture book list. Brazis was most recently editorial director of Abrams Books for Young Readers. more more_arrow.gif

From the Regionals
57079-1.JPGHurricane Can't Dampen Southern Booksellers' Spirits
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show, held September 13–15 in Stirling, Fla., may have been overshadowed by worries about Hurricane Florence, but children’s books and authors were well represented in a wide range of programming that included roundtables, panels, and more. more more_arrow.gif

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Grow Up, David by David Shannon
Book News
57077-1.JPGMeg Medina Revisits Middle School in New Novel
Pura Belpré Award-winning author Meg Medina's new book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, is her first middle grade novel since her 2008 children's debut, Milagros: Girl from Away. "Middle-school age, when kids are detaching from childhood and trying to figure so much out, really intrigues me," said Medina. more more_arrow.gif

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57073-1.JPGWalker Launches First Semester of 'Soccer School'
We spoke with U.K. authors and soccer lovers Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton about bringing their popular series from across the pond to young readers in the U.S., where Soccer School, Season 1 launches this month. more more_arrow.gif

On the Scene
57101-1.JPGChildren's Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival
The 13th annual Brooklyn Book Festival—the largest free literary event in New York City—took place in downtown Brooklyn on September 15 and 16, featuring more than 300 authors. Click through for a selection of children's book and YA-related highlights, including Drag Queen Story Hour, puppet shows, signings, and more. more more_arrow.gif
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Beyond the Sixth Extinction by Shawn Sheehy
Four Questions
57083-2.JPGMarie Lu
Marie Lu first entered the YA scene with Legend and now, seven years later, she is celebrating the publication of her 10th novel, Wildcard, sequel to last year’s Warcross. The new book returns to a futuristic world steeped in virtual and augmented reality. PW spoke with Lu about wrapping up her science fiction duology, and her background in the video game industry.

Q: Why do you feel stories like Warcross and Wildcard, which explore the consequences of technology and innovation, resonate so deeply with readers?

A: I think young people today are growing up in a time where they’ve never been without this type of technology. I have to remind myself that these kids are growing up during a time of such rapid change. Speculating on what that might mean for the future, even just 10 years down the road, really appeals and is unsettling for a lot of people. more more_arrow.gif
Movie Alert
57086-1.JPG'The House with a Clock in Its Walls'
With the film adaptation of John Bellairs's 1973 novel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, releasing on September 21, a new generation of readers will have the opportunity to discover Bellairs's Gothic tale, about a 10-year-old orphan who brushes shoulders with wizards, witches, sorcerers, and ghosts. more more_arrow.gif

Out Next Week
57068-1.JPGHot Off the Presses:
Week of September 24, 2018

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book about a "royal" girl, a middle grade novel about a court of goblins and the elf trying to make peace with them, and a book of short stories told visually. more more_arrow.gif
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In Brief
57093-3.JPGIn Brief: September 20, 2018
This week, The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50; illustrator Masha D’yans dresses to the nines; YA authors gather in Pasadena; and Elizabeth Eulberg tours for her new Shelby Holmes book. more more_arrow.gif
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Rights Report
30987-1.JPGKristin Daly Rens at Balzer + Bray has acquired world English rights to Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch (l.) and Kristen Simmons, a duology set in a Greco-Roman inspired world. Pitched as Gladiator meets The Hunger Games, the series follows the daughter of a murdered champion seeking vengeance against the god of fire, and an underprivileged stonemason fighting to reclaim his standing under the god of earth, as they are swept into an ancient war between gods and mortals. Publication is projected for spring 2020; Mackenzie Brady Watson at Stuart Krichevsky Agency represented Raasch, and Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency represented Simmons.
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30989-1.JPGMichelle Frey at Knopf has bought North American rights to Blood Rose Rebellion author Rosalyn Eves's new YA historical novel, A Nation Like Stars, about a 19th-century Mormon girl who unwittingly becomes involved in a railway heist, and—if she can't return the stolen device to its rightful owner before the 1878 total solar eclipse—might lose not only her own life, but might alter the future of American science and magic. Publication is planned for 2020; Josh Adams at Adams Literary negotiated the deal.
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30990-1.JPGScholastic/Levine has acquired Bethany C. Morrow's YA mixed-media anthology, Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, including contemporary pieces by Samira Ahmed, Jason Reynolds, Darcie Little Badger, Keah Brown, and LeKesha Lewis. Weslie Turner made the acquisition and Kait Feldmann will edit. The world rights deal was handled by Beth Phelan at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency and Louise Fury at the Bent Agency, in association with Victoria Marini.
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30991-1.JPGRuta Rimas at McElderry Books has bought author of See All the Stars and All Eyes on Us Kit Frick's new YA novel, Windermere. Pitched as Serial meets a contemporary retelling of Rebecca, the psychological suspense story follows a college-bound girl who takes a position as a summer nanny in the Hamptons only to become the prime suspect in a murder investigation. The book is told in alternating “then” and “now” chapters, including the transcript of a fictionalized true crime podcast. Publication is expected in summer 2020; Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
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30992-1.JPGLiza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired Jenny Torres Sanchez's new book, In Exile. Told from the alternating points of view of four immigrant teens and the infamous death train known as La Bestia that carries them across the Mexican-U.S. border, the book charts the emotional and physical struggles of being forced to leave behind everything and everyone you've ever known in search of survival and a better life. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan did the deal for North American rights.
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30993-1.JPGNamrata Tripathi at Kokila has bought, at auction, Electric Arches author Eve L. Ewing's first book for middle grade readers, Maya and the Robot. The story follows a precocious fifth-grader and her robot sidekick, whose friendship helps her navigate a difficult start to the school year and the legacy of a tragedy in her Chicago neighborhood. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Chris Parris-Lamb at the Gernert Company negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.
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30994-1.JPGOlivia Swomley at Workman has acquired a three-book sports series by Derrick Barnes. In 2018, Barnes won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for outstanding new writer, and his picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, garnered Newbery and Caldecott Honors and two Coretta Scott King Honors. The first book in the new series, Bigger Than Baseball: The People, Places, and Plays That Changed Our World, will be his nonfiction debut. The series is set to launch in 2020; Regina Brooks at Serendipity Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
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30995-1.JPGNikki Garcia at Little, Brown has bought Jennifer Torres's The Fresh New Face of Griselda, a middle grade novel about Griselda's struggles with the changes in her family after they lose their home, and her plan to fix their problems by selling makeup at school. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
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30996-1.JPGChelsea Eberly at Random House has acquired debut author Arianne Costner's My Life as a Potato, a middle grade novel about a boy who believes he is cursed by potatoes and is forced to be his school's mascot—a potato called Steve the Spud—as he navigates a new school and friendships. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020, followed by a second untitled middle grade novel in spring 2021; Amber Caravéo at Skylark Literary sold world rights.
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30997-1.JPGTracee Groff and Pete Schiffer at Schiffer Books have bought world rights to a middle grade graphic novel adaptation of The Way I Was, the adult memoir of the late Broadway and Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch (l.), co-written with Gerald Gardner. French-American artist Ian David Marsden will adapt. The pub date for the graphic novel is spring 2020; Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary represented the estate of Marvin Hamlisch, Gardner, and Marsden.
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30998-1.JPGJill Davis at HarperCollins has acquired North American English rights to a middle grade novel, Queen Bee Rules, from Newbery Honor author Susan Campbell Bartoletti (l.), with artwork by Genevieve Godbout. The story follows the adventures of a queen bee who craves more than a life of laying eggs, and goes on an adventure. The book is slated for publication in winter 2020; Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd. represented the author, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the artist.
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30999-1.JPGMegan Tingley has bought world rights to The Sun Shines Everywhere by children's poet laureate Mary Ann Hoberman, with art by Luciano Lozano, a celebration in verse of all the different people and communities that share one sun. Publication is set for spring 2019; Gina Maccoby at Gina Maccoby Literary represented the author, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird represented the artist.
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31000-1.JPGMichael Joosten at Random House has acquired world rights to Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders (l.), illustrated by Jamey Christoph, the first picture book about the 1969 Stonewall uprising and its critical role in the gay civil rights movement. Sanders is also the author of Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. The book will be published in April 2019 in advance of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and for World Pride 2019; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content brokered the deal.
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31001-1.JPGAllison Cohen at Running Press Kids has bought world rights to Counting Elephants by Dawn Young, illustrated by Fermin Solis. The picture book mixes math and magic in a dialogue-only story about a magician whose tricks make it impossible for his friend to count how many elephants are on the page. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Mary Cummings at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises represented the author, and Aurora Meyer at Astound US represented the illustrator.
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31002-1.JPGTamar Brazis at Abrams has acquired world English rights to Rad!, a picture book by Anne Bustard (Anywhere but Paradise) about a fraidy-cat who overcomes his fears of skateboarding thanks to a supportive litter of siblings. Daniel Wiseman (When Your Lion Needs a Bath) will illustrate, and Courtney Code will edit. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
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31003-1.JPGWendy McClure at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Racing Around the World: Two Lady Journalists, 75 Days, a picture book written by Caroline Starr Rose (l.). The book tells the true story of Nellie Bly, who in 1889 set out across the Atlantic on a journey around the world that she hoped to complete in less than 80 days, and her rival, Elizabeth Bisland, who embarked on a competing westward trip the very same day. Alexandra Bye will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. Tracey Adams at Adams Literary represented the author, and Emily Coggins at Astound represented the illustrator.
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31004-1.JPGTara Walker at Tundra Books has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Princess Puffybottom… and Darryl, a new picture book from No Fixed Address author Susin Nielsen (l.). The book is about a pampered cat who is not amused when her “subjects” allow an unwanted intruder into her “kingdom.” Olivia Chin Mueller will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2019. Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the deal for Nielsen, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 represented Mueller.
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31005-1.JPGSarah Rockett at Sleeping Bear Press has bought world rights to Erin Dealey's (l.) picture book, Snowglobe Wishes, about the hope and joy that beckons both young and old, strangers and neighbors, outside to a brilliant snowglobe morning after the worst snowstorm of the year. Claire Shorrock will illustrate; publication is slated for winter 2019. Deborah Warren at East/West Literary Agency represented the author, and Chloe Morgan at Plum Pudding represented the illustrator.
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31006-1.JPGCarol Malnor at Dawn Publications has acquired world rights to If You Played Hide and Seek with a Chameleon, You'd Lose by Bill Wise, illustrated by Rebecca Evans. In the picture book, children entertain the idea of playing games with various animals but soon discover the animals are better equipped than they expected. Publication is planned for fall 2019; the author is unagented, and Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
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31007-1.JPGCharlotte Wenger at Page Street Kids has bought world rights to Victoria Cossack's debut picture book, Gus, about a fisherman, his plan to become world-famous, and the clever fish that help him catch an even greater reward. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019; the author-illustrator was unagented.
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IN THE MEDIA
From the Ledger-Transcript:
Wallace Tripp, illustrator of more than 40 books for children, has died at age 78. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Bustle:
11 Genuinely Terrifying Moments from Children's Books. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From HuffPost:
19 Children's Books to Read in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Book Riot:
30 Children's Books About Diversity That Celebrate Our Differences. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From School Library Journal:
Nova Ren Suma on Ghosts, Unreliable Narrators, and 'A Room Away from the Wolves.' Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Cosmopolitan:
10 Reasons Why Your Next Read Should Be a YA Book. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Brightly:
11 Picture Books with Twist Endings Kids Won't See Coming. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Romper:
18 Funny Children's Books That Will Make You Look Forward to Bedtime. Click here more_arrow.gif
SHELFTALKER
Lessons learned from the ABA’s recent pre-order task force.
Reporting back on Spellbound’s first Drag Queen Story Hour.
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Elizabeth Bluemle
Middle-Grade Murders
A cranky reaction to a possibly growing trend in MG books.
Launching a rewards program to celebrate Austin readers in schools!
FEATURED REVIEWS
30980-1.JPGI Was Made for You
David Lucas. Andersen, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5415-3559-6

As a woman finishes knitting a toy cat, he asks, “Why was I made?” The woman’s elusive response (“It’s a surprise”) further piques his curiosity. Placed under the Christmas tree, Cat wriggles free of the wrapping paper and ventures outdoors. Though simple on the surface, this story may spark questions and conversation about identity, second chances, and sense of purpose. more more_arrow.gif
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30981-1.JPGstar.gifThe Elephant
Jenni Desmond. Enchanted Lion, $18.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-59270-264-0

In Desmond’s third title in a series devoted to endangered animals, a brown-skinned boy wearing a red crown reads from a book—the very same book in readers’ hands—about African and Asian elephants. The mixed-media art offers naturalistic depictions of elephants on the savannah, tramping through the forest, and crossing a dry desert. An affectionate and informative celebration of two magnificent species. more more_arrow.gif
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30982-1.JPGThe Collectors
Jacqueline West. Greenwillow, $16.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-269169-9

With an opera singer mother who performs around the world, 11-year-old Van Markson is used to being a new kid, and his taste in books and movies, along with “a tiny blue hearing aid behind each ear,” sometimes set him apart at school. Van is also good at noticing things that other people overlook, and when he spots a girl, accompanied by an “almost silver, very bushy-tailed” squirrel, plunging face-first into a fountain, a series of events draw Van into a magical underground world. more more_arrow.gif
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30983-1.JPGEverlasting Nora
Marie Miranda Cruz. Starscape, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7653-9459-0

Nora would be in the sixth grade if she hadn’t had to leave school a year before, after a fire destroyed her home and killed her father. Now living in her father’s mausoleum, in the largest graveyard in Manila, Nora makes and sells daisy garlands to passersby and helps her mother do others’ laundry to provide food and necessities. After her mother disappears one night, Nora finds herself utterly alone. Debut author Cruz weaves a story of hope in darkness. more more_arrow.gif
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30984-1.JPGOn the Origin of Species: Young Readers Edition
Charles Darwin, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, illus. by Teagan White. Atheneum, $25.99 (176p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6249-5

This oversize adaptation of Charles Darwin’s classic work of science has been shortened, updated, and streamlined for clarity and readability. Stefoff’s introduction provides biographical detail about Darwin and how the naturalist’s excursions on the HMS Beagle were instrumental to his theory’s development. She also describes the fundamental concepts behind Darwin’s “Big Idea” as well as its significant controversy. more more_arrow.gif
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Molly Brooks. Disney-Hyperion, $21.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-368-00844-0

Two brilliant girls, a whole lot of a science, and a failing space station feature in a series opener with a good balance of wit and action. Sanity and Tallulah’s inquisitiveness may be the literal ruin of their families and their entire space station: Sanity uses unstable, obsolete technology to engineer and feed a white three-headed cat, Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds (a name dedicated to each of her heads), and Tallulah has aided and abetted. more more_arrow.gif
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Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End
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57065-v1-67x.JPG2018 Man Booker Shortlist Announced
The list features two debut novels, including one from the youngest author ever to make the list, in addition to a novel in verse from an award-winning poet. Graywolf Press snagged two nominations. more »
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57066-v1-67x.JPGJuly Trade Sales Rise
According to figures from the AAP’s StatShot program, sales of adult books rose 11.1% in July over a year ago, while sales in the children’s/ya segment increased 10.3%. more »
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56985-v1-67x.JPGPearson Is Still the World's Largest Publisher
The U.K. educational publisher remained the biggest publisher on the planet in 2017 with sales topping $6 billion. more »
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30952-2.JPGA Stunning New Picture Book Set in Haiti
'Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings' offers an insightful glimpse into the rich history of Haiti. Inspired by Luce Turnier, one of that country’s greatest artists, this exquisite book about identity and belonging includes an author’s note that explains how the nation of Haiti was born when a band of Black rebels overthrew not just a government but also an idea. (Sponsored) More »
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Devin Ross is being promoted to literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media and can be contacted at dross@newleafliterary.com.
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Megan Buckman is being promoted to director of production at Open Road Integrated Media.

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57067-v2-67x.JPGTamar Brazis Named Editorial Director of Viking Children’s
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Dolan Joins S&S
Eamon Dolan will join the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group as v-p and executive editor, effective October 1. more » »
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Allende to Receive DCAL Medal at NBAs
The National Book Foundation will award Isabel Allende with its 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards on November 14. more » »

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Boston Area Indie Turns Twenty: Newtonville Books, in suburban Boston, turns twenty this September, and celebrations are in the works.
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Ian Buruma Resigns from 'NYRB': The editor of the 'New York Review of Books' has stepped down amid uproar over a #MeToo essay penned by an alleged abuser.
Amazon Eyeing 3K Cashierless Stores: The e-tailer is considering opening 3,000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores by 2021.
Trump Powers Boom Time for Publishers: President Donald Trump may not be much of a reader, but he’s been a gift to the book business.
A 'Tattooist of Auschwitz' Adaptation: Heather Morris's book 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' is set to be turned into a "high-end" international drama series.
The Most Unread Book Ever Acclaimed: Are the caveat lectors surrounding Margurite Young’s 'Miss MacIntosh, My Darling,' a 1198-page novel from 1965, fair to the book?

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11557-v75-67x.JPGTrade Paperback Bestseller List
'Rich People Problems' by Kevin Kwan is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list » »
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PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY
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11815-v231-67x.JPG'Leadership in Turbulent Times' by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Goodwin further burnishes her credentials as a popular historian with this thoughtful revisiting of the lives of four presidents to whom she has previously dedicated individual books—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson." Read more » »

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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2130-v1-300x.JPGBiking for Books
Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett, authors of 'Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality,' traveled from Vancouver to Washington, D.C., to join a citywide bike ride with staff from their publisher, Island Press. They rode 36 miles in the capital on a tandem bike, wearing jerseys emblazoned with the cover of their new book on the sleeve.

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The Punk Rock of Business by Jeremy Dale
56992-v1-67x.JPGBuzzy Discovery Show for Southern Booksellers
Despite Hurricane Florence, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show in Florida last week was among the liveliest in recent memory. more »
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56996-v1-67x.JPGBookstore Sales Rose 4.9% in July
Bookstore sales this July were $660 million, up from $629 million a year ago, more »
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56995-v1-67x.JPGHachette Completes Worthy Publishing Purchase
HBG's purchase involves Worthy’s entire publishing business, and Worthy founder Byron Williamson will become v-p, publishing development for Hachette Nashville, and will join HBG’s senior management group. more »
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56952-v1-67x.PNGSVP and Publisher Moberg to Retire, Hampton Up at HCCP
HarperCollins Christian Publishing announced leadership changes that include the upcoming retirement of senior v-p and publisher David Moberg and his replacement by Brian Hampton. more »
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30821-1.JPG'Under Fire': Inside the Chaos and Confusion of the Trump White House
With the world on edge and a country grappling with a new controversy almost daily, White House correspondent April Ryan shares her perspective, not only from inside the briefing room but also as a target of those who want to avoid answering probing questions. (Sponsored) More »
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Britt Siess has joined Martin Literary & Media Management as associate literary agent and can be contacted at britt@martinlit.com.
Carolyn Rogers Pershouse has been promoted to director of relationship management at Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Erin Rolfs, formerly marketing and communications manager and assistant director at Louisiana State University Press, is joining McGill-Queen's University Press as marketing director.
Meghan Maria McCullough, formerly content marketing associate at Penguin Random House, has joined Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books as editorial assistant.

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·         Reclaiming Reference
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30764-v1-67x.PNGA Seaworthy Series: Spotlight on Kevin Charles Smith
Smith channels his passion for pirates into his young adult Bilge Rat Pirate Adventurer books. (Sponsored)
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56998-v1-67x.PNGCritics Weigh In on Art In #MeToo Era at PEN America's BKBF Panel
At the September 16 Brooklyn Book Festival, four critics and curators tackled one of the most hotly-debated topics in the book and arts worlds in the era of #MeToo: how should the public reckon with the works of abusive artists? more » »
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56987-v1-67x.PNGObituary: Vladimir Radunsky
Russian-born children’s book illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, widely praised for his use of diverse art styles and his eye for book design, died on September 11 in Rome, Italy, of leukemia. He was 64. more » »
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56976-v1-67x.JPGBook Deals: Week of September 17, 2018
Laurell K. Hamilton re-ups at Berkley and more in this week's notable book deals. more » »
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56974-v1-67x.JPGThis Week's Bestsellers: September 17, 2018
‘Sapiens’ author Yuval Noah Harari’s offers ’21 Lessons for the 21st Century.’ Plus a trio of memoirs, all of which received starred PW reviews, debut in hardcover nonfiction, and a 45-year-old children’s book heads to the big screen. more » »
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18510-v80-67x.JPGPW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'Heart: A History,' 'Unclaimed Baggage,' 'Heartland,' and more. more » »
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30835-v1-67x.PNGCall for Information: Personal Finance
Needed: Information from publishers with books on personal finance (household budgeting, investing, saving for retirement, etc.) pubbing in 2019. What trends are you seeing? Any new approaches or new voices in the category? New titles only, please; no reprints. Please email pitches to features@publishersweekly.com by October 15 and put “Call for Info: Personal Finance” in the subject line. more » »
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56988-v1-67x.PNGBooks on the Blockchain: Spotlight on Morgan James Publishing
Morgan James Publishing is partnering with e-book platform Publica to enable authors to take advantage of the powers of cryptocurrency. (Sponsored) more » »

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News Briefs

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners Announced
Hala Alyan and Ta-Nehisi Coates have been named the fiction and nonfiction winners, respectively, of the prize, for 'Salt Houses' and 'We Were Eight Years In Power.' more » »
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Kevin Kwan's 'Crazy Rich Asian' Trilogy Sells 2M Copies
A boxed set of the trilogy will be available from Anchor Books on October 23. more » »
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Masha Gessen to Curate Festival Albertine
The festival, held by the bookshop operated by the French Embassy in New York, will run October 30–November 3 and feature authors including Alexander Hemon and Siri Hustvedt. more » »

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THE ROUNDUP
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Murakami Withdraws From Alt-Nobel: The novelist had been shortlisted for a Swedish award running in place of scandal-hit honor, but has declined his nomination.
French Bookshops Decry Prizewinner: Booksellers in France are revolting against the prestigious Prix Renaudot longlist, which includes a novel distributed only by Amazon.
A Suburban Library in Pa. Matters: After two years and $7.1 million in renovations, the Radnor Memorial Library near Philadelphia is proof that suburban libraries are still vital.
The 'NYRB'–Ghomeshi Controversy: Why the 'New York Review of Books' published a controversial essay by Jian Ghomeshi, who was accused of sexual and physical assault in 2014.
Bookstores Find Creative Ways to Thrive: In the age of Amazon, independent booksellers are using unorthodox methods of staying open and prosperous.

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PW Bestsellers
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11023-v127-67x.JPGHardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'Leverage in Death' by J.D. Robb is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
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REVIEW OF THE DAY
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7916-v41-67x.JPG'Pride' by Ibi Zoboi
" 'It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood... the first thing they want to do is clean it up,' begins this 'Pride and Prejudice' retelling that stands solidly on its own while cleverly paralleling Austen’s classic about five economically challenged sisters." more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2127-v1-300x.JPGByrd's Books Wraps Up a Big Move
Byrd's Books in Bethel, Conn., moved and reopened this past weekend. Pictured here (from l. to r.) are Steve Hutchinson, Kelsey Heyel, Claudia Larsen, and Alice Hutchinson, posing shortly after stepping through their new doors for the first time.

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Star Watch Party 2018
56778-v1-67x.JPGIndustry Sales Dipped 1.4% in First Half of 2018
The 2018 sales decline was mainly due to a 13.6% drop in sales in the K-12 instructional materials segment. The two main consumer categories had gains with adult book sales up 4.2% and children’s/young adult sales inching up 0.3% over the first half of 2017. more »
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56742-v1-67x.JPGCanongate Launches New Crime Imprint
U.K. publisher Canongate is launching Black Thorn, a new crime fiction imprint. Black Thorn will release two titles per month, starting in May next year. more »
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56753-v1-67x.JPGNational Book Foundation Sponsors Fall Author Tour
NBF Presents, a new program from the National Book Foundation, is sponsoring National Book Award-winning or shortlisted authors to visit a dozen book fairs, universities and libraries around the country this fall. more »
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30691-1.JPGThis Fall, Escape to 1847 Edinburgh
Edinburgh. City of medicine, money, murder. 'The Way of All Flesh' is a medical thriller, a love story, a page-turner. Or, in Ian Rankine’s words: “A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh. The book brings both city and period to colorful life and is a joy to read.” On sale Oct. 2nd. (Sponsored) More »
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Zak Nelson, events and marketing manager, is leaving Third Place Books, effective September 13.
Niki Marion has been named children’s books outreach manager at Third Place Books.
Kalani Kapahua has been named offsite events manager at Third Place Books.
Sam Kaas has been named author events manager at Third Place Books.

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30391-v1-67x.JPGFour Questions for Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor releases two new books for young readers this week: a middle grade adaptation of her bestselling adult memoir, 'My Beloved World'; and 'urning Pages,' a picture book autobiography. PW caught up with Justice Sotomayor while she was on her book tour. more » »
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56746-v1-67x.JPGCover Reveal: Mo Willems's 'The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!'
Mo Willems and his Pigeon are hitting the books in the latest installment in Mo Willems’s Pigeon picture book series; see more about the author-illustrator's recent and forthcoming projects, including a Mo Willems night with the Brooklyn Cyclones and an interactive exhibit at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, in our exclusive cover reveal. more » »
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56754-v1-67x.JPGIn Conversation: Lauren Myracle and Susan van Metre
How well do author Lauren Myracle and editor Susan van Metre know each other after two decades working together? PW invited them to interview each other—via text—and, surprisingly, they each learned something new! more » »
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22774-v1-67x.JPGTune In to PW Radio
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30757-v1-67x.JPGWin a Copy of 'Sinjar' by Susan Shand!
Enter for your chance to win one of 30 copies of 'Sinjar: 14 Days that Saved the Yazidis from Islamic State' by Susan Shand. (Sponsored) Enter Here! » »

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Houston Bookstore Changes Owners: The Lift Bookstore in Houston, open for eight years, is being sold to a longtime employee.
Manhattan Gets a New Bookstore: Aeon Bookstore, a new and used shop, is opening on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
The Tale of Milwaukee's Airport Store: Gertrude Stein inspired Renaissance Books, a used store at the Milwaukee airport, open since the 1970s.
Washington State Bookstore Turns 40: Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday.
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Waterstones Buys Foyles Bookshops: Citing threats from Amazon, British book retailer Waterstones made a surprise deal with the family-owned chain Foyles.
Inside Maurice Sendak’s Unearthed Work: A book critic examines what is surprising and familiar about ’Presto and Zesto in Limboland,’ Sendak's newly published work.
Director Jesse Peretz’s Top 10 Books: Peretz, who helmed the film adaptation of ’Juliet, Naked,’ lists his favorite books by authors such as Joan Didion, Doris Lessing, and Ian McEwan.
A Spotlight on Literary Robberies: Amid the popularity of true crime stories, check out cases of heists involving valuable books that are ripe for film adaptations.
Opinion: Books Outweigh the Internet: A college lecturer laments the elimination of books from campus libraries, writing, "Our society is the poorer for it."

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22190-v11-67x.JPGTop 10 Overall Bestseller List
‘Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5)’ by Dav Pilkey is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list » »
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PW Daily Review of the Day
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11890-v24-67x.JPG‘Every Day Is Extra’ by John Kerry
"In this fine memoir, retired politician Kerry, descended from a wealthy Boston Brahmin family on his mother’s side, details a remarkable five-decade-long career in public service: decorated Vietnam veteran, antiwar leader, lieutenant governor and five-term senator from Massachusetts, 2004 presidential candidate, and secretary of state (2013–2017)." more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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A joyful dive into the jumbled brain of a buyer preparing holiday highlights.




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2121-v1-300x.JPGCelebrating Storytelling and 'Dreamers'
Caldecott Honor artist Yuyi Morales (c.), author of ‘Dreamers,’ or ‘Soñadores’ in its Spanish edition (Holiday House/Neal Porter Books), celebrated the launch of her picture book about her emigration story at the Holiday House office on Tuesday. She is pictured here with members of the Holiday House staff, including her editor, Neal Porter (front row, third from r.).

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Several women have come forward to talk about incidents of sexual harassment that have taken place over years at Christian writing conferences and elsewhere, perpetrated by agents, mentors, and instructors. Conference directors are taking precautions. more
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The Flight of Swans by Sarah McGuire
In Conversation
56754-1.JPGLauren Myracle and Susan van Metre
Author Lauren Myracle and Susan van Metre, executive editorial director at Walker Books US, have been working together since Myracle's debut novel, Kissing Kate, was published in 2003. Fall 2019 will bring the duo's 16th collaboration, Swag Boy, in a body of work that includes the popular Internet Girl series. We invited the author and editor to interview each other and, surprisingly, they each learned something new. more more_arrow.gif

Cover Reveal
56746-1.JPGMo Willems's 'The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!'
The 10th installment in Mo Willems’s Pigeon series finds our winged hero forced to start school—16 years after his debut in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Read more about the author-illustrator's recent and forthcoming projects, including a Mo Willems night with the Brooklyn Cyclones and an interactive exhibit at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, in our exclusive cover reveal. more more_arrow.gif

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On the Scene
56717-1.JPGNational Book Festival in Photos
Tens of thousands of book lovers came together for the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, which was held September 1 in Washington, D.C. The event featured a lineup of more than 100 authors, including numerous children’s book and YA authors who took part in panels, signings, and more. Click through for a selection of highlights from the festivities. more more_arrow.gif

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56689-1.JPGBeijing International Book Fair in Photos
The 25th Beijing International Book Fair, which ran from August 22 to 26, shined the light on China's booming—and massive—children's book market, with a 14,000-square meter exhibition hall dedicated to anything and everything to do with children's content. Click through for our photo recap of the fair. more more_arrow.gif

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After the zookeeper goes to bed, her animals decide it's the perfect time for a party! But when the party starts to get a little too wild, will the animals be caught in their tracks? Filled with silly animal fun, 'Zzzookeeper' is sure to become a new bedtime favorite. Watch the trailer to see a sneak peek of 'Zzzookeeper' from blue manatee press. Watch Now ►

Four Questions
56735-1.JPGSonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor releases two new books for young readers this week: a middle grade adaptation of her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World; and Turning Pages, a picture book autobiography. PW caught up with Justice Sotomayor while she was on her book tour.

Q: Why did you decide that you wanted to share your story with younger readers?

A: My Beloved World was stimulated by a lot of questions kids were already asking me. Once [children] see you in a position of power, a lot of them who are facing their own challenges ask: “Have you ever been afraid?” “Can you ever succeed if you fail?” I wondered if there was a way for me to introduce myself and my life story to them in a way that they might appreciate. more more_arrow.gif
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56686-1.JPGJennifer L. Holm
In The Fourteenth Goldfish, Jennifer Holm introduced the story of Ellie, 12, and her scientist grandfather, Melvin, who is… 14. (The anti-aging properties of jellyfish are involved.) We spoke with the Newbery Honor-winning author about revisiting her characters in her new sequel, The Third Mushroom.

Q: Were you a science geek as a student?

A: My dad was a doctor and there were always discussions at the dinner table about things like polio and microbes and penicillin. And I had a couple of great science teachers. I loved my science teacher in sixth grade, Mr. Jones. He would give us mimeographed handouts on which he had drawn funny little cartoons in the margins—doodles of mitosis. more more_arrow.gif
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56708-1.JPGAdaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani lives in Abjuja, Nigeria, and is a columnist for the BBC’s “Letter from Africa.” Nwaubani's new YA novel, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, is inspired by the 2014 Boko Haram kidnapping of 276 Chibok girls. PW spoke with Nwaubani about why she chose fiction as the medium for a tale about recent atrocities.

Q: As an author of fiction and a journalist, what made you decide to tell this story as a novel?

A: Fictionalizing the experiences of the thousands of women and girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group is sort of my way of hijacking the interest of people who normally don’t pay attention to the news. I frequently come across people who still know little or nothing about the crisis, and about the horrors that these women and girls continue to endure. more more_arrow.gif
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Fright School by Janet Lawler
Book News
56704-1.JPGViola Davis Shines a New
Spotlight on Corduroy

This month, the late author-illustrator Don Freeman's overall-clad toy bear makes an encore performance in Corduroy Takes a Bow, penned by Emmy-, Tony-, and Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis. “I think Corduroy’s personality is so unique that all I had to do was be invited in,” Davis told PW. more more_arrow.gif
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Grizzly Boy by Barbara Davis-Pyles
Reading Roundup
56777-2.JPGProminent Picture Book Sequels
Picture book sequels pubbing this summer and early fall include timely, concept-driven titles and familiar characters from recent years, as well as decades past. more more_arrow.gif

News Briefs
56615-v1-300x.PNGWest Side Publishing to Launch Little Grasshopper Books
West Side Publishing company is launching a children’s publishing imprint, Little Grasshopper Books, featuring fiction and nonfiction primarily for children five and under. more more_arrow.gif

Out Next Week
56710-1.JPGHot Off the Presses:
Week of September 10, 2018

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book about a group of resourceful kids, a middle grade novel about an indomitable preteen in Florida, and a spooky story about disappearances and ancient family secrets. more more_arrow.gif
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In Brief
56737-1.JPGIn Brief: September 6, 2018
This week, Yuyi Morales celebrates Dreamers with Holiday House; a book launch features free Yeti hugs; actor-turned-author Thomas Lennon dines with Readerlink staff; and a social service organization holds a Back to School book fair. more more_arrow.gif
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Rights Report
30732-1.JPGKristin Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, in a preempt, world English rights to Ghanaian-American Roseanne A. Brown's A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and an untitled sequel. The dual-POV YA fantasy, steeped in West and North African folklore, was a Pitch Wars 2017 showcase. A 17-year-old refugee, Malik, encounters a vengeful spirit that demands the death of Crown Princess Karina in exchange for the release of his captive sister. He disguises himself as a nobleman and enters a competition where he will be rewarded with Karina's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, after the assassination of her mother, Karina uncovers a forbidden resurrection spell, but it has a steep cost. Publication is set for spring/summer 2020 and 2021; Quressa Robinson at Nelson Literary negotiated the deal.
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30733-1.JPGAndrew Smith at Abrams has bought YA novels set in the universe of the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. The books will be authored by F.C. Yee (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo) and written in consultation with Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-creator and executive producer of both TV series; Anne Heltzel will edit. Launching with The Rise of Kyoshi in July 2019, the two novels will unveil the backstory of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom-born Avatar. Linda Lee at Nickelodeon negotiated the two-book deal for U.S. and Canadian.
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30734-1.JPGEmilia Rhodes at HMH has acquired, in a two-book deal at auction, All These Monsters, a YA contemporary science fiction novel by Amy Tintera. In an alternate version of our world, a 17-year-old girl runs away from home to join a vigilante monster-fighting squad but soon discovers the most dangerous monsters are where you least expect them to be. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong brokered the deal for world English rights except Australia.
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30735-1.JPGLaura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion has bought, in a two-book preempt, author Julia Drake's The Last True Poets of the Sea, a YA debut about a teen who is shipped off to Maine after her brother's hospitalization, where she searches for the lost shipwreck that her great-great-great grandmother survived and for answers about her family's long struggle with mental illness—all while falling in love. The book will publish in fall 2019; Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world English rights.
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30736-1.JPGJennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has acquired North American rights, at auction, to Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s debut, Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything. Pitched as a Mexican Jessica Jones racing through a David Arnold novel with a pitstop in Roswell, the story centers on a Mexican-American girl who discovers that her mother was abducted by aliens. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic brokered the two-book deal.
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30737-1.JPGAlyssa Miele at HarperCollins has bought Sarah Tomp's The Easy Part of Impossible, a contemporary YA novel about a girl whose new friendship with a guy on the autism spectrum helps her come to terms with the physically and emotionally abusive relationship she's been in with her high school diving coach. The book is scheduled for publication in winter 2020; Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management handled the deal for North American rights.
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30738-1.JPGEileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired world English rights to Francesca Flores's debut YA novel, Diamond City. In a city full of half-constructed subway tunnels, hidden magical dens, secret weapons markets, and wolf-sized spiders, a young assassin unravels a conspiracy that could rewrite her city's history and—if it isn't stopped—sink her country into a catastrophic war. Publication is set for winter 2020; Pete Knapp at Park Literary & Media negotiated the deal.
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30739-1.JPGKate Fletcher at Candlewick has bought world rights to Pura Belpré Author Award winner Meg Medina's (l.) new picture book, Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, in which two best friends must say goodbye to each other when one of them moves away. Sonia Sánchez will illustrate; publication is slated for fall 2020. Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
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30740-1.JPGCandice Keimig at ABDO has acquired world rights to the hi-lo adventure series Gavin McNally's Year Off by Emma Bland Smith (l.), illustrated by Mirelle Ortega. Gavin spends a year traveling the country with his family in an RV, a trip that provides action, adventure, and even danger, including racing from a wildfire, getting lost in a spooky mountain lodge, and saving baby alligators from poachers. Publication for the set of four books is planned for September 2019; Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Lucie Luddington at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
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30741-1.JPGKate Meltzer at Putnam has bought The Tiny Mansion by Keir Graff, author of The Matchstick Castle and The Phantom Tower. The middle grade adventure centers on another peculiar piece of architecture—a tiny house—and what happens when 12-year-old Dagmar's family moves into one, uprooting her entire life in the process. Publication is scheduled for summer 2020; Josh Getzler at HSG Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
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30742-1.JPGSonali Fry at Yellow Jacket has acquired R.L. Toalson's middle grade novel, The Woods. The book is about a girl who loses her entire family in the 1947 Texas City disaster and goes to live with her uncle who lost his own son to the dark and enchanted forest on the property of his estate. Together they use the inventions in his laboratory to defeat the dark and rescue his son. Publication is slated for fall 2019; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
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30743-1.JPGMark Siegel at First Second has bought Mike Holmes's middle grade graphic novel, Salmonberry, a memoir-inflected fantasy about loneliness and loss, the exhilaration of a limitless imagination, and the dangers of losing yourself in your own mind. Publication is set for 2021; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
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30744-1.JPGEmily Feinberg at Roaring Brook has acquired world rights to Starla Jean and Opal Egg and two subsequent early chapter books by National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold (l.), in which clever, tenacious Starla Jean finds a loose chicken in the park and is promised she can keep it "if she can catch it." Challenge accepted; antics ensue. Anna Kang will illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2020. Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content represented the author, and Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the illustrator.
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30745-1.JPGStacey Barney at Putnam has preempted world rights to The Catman of Aleppo, co-authored by Irene Latham (l.) and Karim Shamsi-Basha, and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Based on a true story, the book takes place when war comes to Aleppo and many pets are left behind as residents are forced to flee, leaving hundreds of homeless cats to suffer hunger and fear—until ambulance driver and paramedic Mohammed Alaa Aljaleel creates a safe house in his neighborhood. The book is scheduled for spring 2020; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio represented Latham, Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency represented Shamsi-Basha, and Yuko Shimizu was unagented.
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30746-1.JPGRotem Moscovich at Disney-Hyperion has bought The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi (l.), author of Some Bugs and Just Add Glitter. The book is about the special creature that accompanies each child and helps them accomplish the things they haven't been able to accomplish—yet. Lorena Alvarez Gómez will illustrate. Publication is set for summer 2020; by Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator, in the deal for world rights.
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30747-1.JPGMary-Kate Gaudet at Little, Brown has acquired world rights to That's Life!, a picture book by Ame Dyckman (l.), illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. The book is an idiom-filled buddy misadventure that begins when Life literally knocks on a child's door. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Scott Treimel at Scott Treimel NY represented the author, and Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency represented the illustrator.
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30748-1.JPGMaria Modugno at Random House has bought, in a multi-house auction, two untitled picture books featuring an underwear dragon in a debut by Scott Rothman (l.), illustrated by Pete Oswald. When a dragon wearing giant underwear threatens the land, who will step up to save the day? Publication is planned for fall 2020; Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary Studio represented Rothman, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions represented Oswald, in the deal for world rights.
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30749-1.JPGNina Gruener at Cameron Kids has acquired world rights to Under the Pier, a picture book by Nell Cross Beckerman (l.), illustrated by Rachell Sumpter, about a super fun day spent up above and down below an urban beach pier, where the real magic happens. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Victoria Wells Arms at Wells Arms Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
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30750-1.JPGAnne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has bought at auction, in a two-book deal, Briony May Smith's Margaret's Unicorn, a picture book about the friendship between a girl and the baby unicorn she rescues. Publication is set for fall 2020; Charlie Bowden at Pickled Ink Ltd. handled the deal for world rights.
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To see all of this week's deals, click here.

IN THE MEDIA
From the New York Times:
Children's Book Authors Are Selling More Than Books. They're Taking a Stand. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Horn Book:
A Profile of Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From USA Today:
A fan confesses: Why I still adore Harry Potter after all these years. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Entertainment Weekly:
Be More Chill, an Off-Broadway musical based on the 2004 YA novel by Ned Vizzini, heads to Broadway in 2019. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the New Yorker:
The Practical Magic of British children’s author Joan Aiken. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Guardian:
The limits of reason: Philip Pullman on why we believe in magic. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Dallas Morning News:
Caldecott Honor artist Yuyi Morales tells her immigrant story in Dreamers. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Paste:
Plain Jane, Vera Brosgol's next graphic novel, is due out in winter 2021. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Electric Literature:
Messed-Up Things You Missed About Your Favorite Children's Books. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From NBC News:
The key to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's successful journey? It's books, she says. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Guardian:
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Rolling Stone:
Harry Potter at 20: Artists Reveal Fan Tattoos, Tour Stories. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Vox:
Hank Green, Mackenzi Lee, and more writers talk about how 20 years of Harry Potter shaped their lives. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the New York Times:
Bobby Lynn Maslen, co-creator of the Bob Books, dies at 87. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From NPR:
A Syrian orphan alone in Brussels in Nowhere Boy. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Bloomberg:
To All the Boys I've Loved Before Helps Yakult Yogurt Drink Fly Off Shelves. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Bustle:
27 YA Books Coming Out in Fall That Need to Be on Your Radar. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Bookish:
Tracy Banghart's Favorite YA Heroines Who Fight for Their Agency. Click here more_arrow.gif
SHELFTALKER
An interview with Autumn reveals her particular Fall picks this year.
A silly look at “fall festivals” held inside a children’s store.
Sometimes, a book’s pub date seems strangely timed, and we ask publishers why.
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Meghan Dietsche Goel
In Search of a Good Challenge
From ‘Wind in the Willows’ to ‘Thomas the Tank Engine,’ a bookseller engages in a game of follow-the-reader.
FEATURED REVIEWS
30696-1.JPGThe Hen Who Sailed Around the World:
A True Story

Guirec Soudée. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-44884-0

Soudée, who has documented his sailing adventures online, offers a photo-filled account of his globe-spanning journey with first mate Monique—a red hen. Though Soudée first brought Monique along for her egg-laying, she soon became a valued companion. more more_arrow.gif
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30697-1.JPGInky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Sy Montgomery, illus. by Amy Schimler-Safford. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5344-0191-4

In 2016, an octopus named Inky made global news by escaping from New Zealand’s National Aquarium. This story recounts that event and imagines Inky’s pre- and postaquarium life in the wild. Inky emerges as a wily, winning personality. more more_arrow.gif
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30698-1.JPGThe Snow Lion
Jim Helmore, illus. by Richard Jones. Peachtree, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-68263-048-8

Shy Caro and her mother have moved into a new house: “The walls were white, the ceilings were white, and even the doors were white.” Her loneliness is interrupted by the sudden appearance of a huge, kind lion. The Snow Lion is not only a wonderful playmate, he’s also wise, gently nudging Caro to play with a neighborhood boy. more more_arrow.gif
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30699-1.JPGShort & Skinny
Mark Tatulli. Little, Brown, $24.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-316-44049-3

In this pop culture–studded graphic memoir from cartoonist Tatulli, it is 1977 in Willingboro, N.J., and seventh grader Mark has a summer goal: to bulk up with the help of mail-order, get-big-quick supplies he finds advertised in the comics he loves, and gain enough confidence to face his bullies and approach his crush. Mark’s winning resilience contributes to making his embarrassing misadventures goofy yet relatable. more more_arrow.gif
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30700-1.JPGstar.gifThe Light Between Worlds
Laura E. Weymouth. HarperTeen, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-269687-8

In this haunting historical fantasy, two sisters struggle with reacclimation to the modern world after spending years in a magical realm. In 1944, as London burns during WWII bombings, Philippa, Jamie, and Evelyn Hapwell are transported to the enchanted Woodlands—only to discover that their refuge has its own troubles with war on the horizon. Six years of Woodlands time later, the trio is returned to the moment that they left London. more more_arrow.gif
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30701-1.JPGstar.gifSawkill Girls
Claire Legrand. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (464p) ISBN 978-0-06-269660-1

Sawkill Rock is home to lush forests, rocky cliffs, and the Mortimer women, who have lived there for generations. Marion Althouse, 16, recently lost her father and has just arrived on the island with her older sister, Charlotte, and their mother. When Charlotte goes missing, Marion discovers that 23 girls have disappeared in the past century and a half. It seems that something inhuman lives in Sawkill Rock’s dense woods. more more_arrow.gif
TALES FROM THE SLUSH PILE
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September 6, 2018
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The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi
Captain Raptor and the Perilous Planet
Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon
People
Random House Children's Books has two new hires. McKenzie L. Beery has been named production assistant, and Jonathan Morris has been named production assistant.
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Jessica Gotz has joined Abrams as editorial assistant for Abrams Children's Books and Abrams ComicArts. She was previously an editorial intern in the department, and also interned at Viking Children's Books, Tessler Literary Agency, and Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.
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For a look at all of August's job moves, including new hires and promotions, click here.
On-Sale Calendar
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Fall into some new children’s books with the following September releases, as new picture books All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, and I Love Old MacDonald’s Farm by Sandra Magsamen hit shelves. Babymouse co-creator Jennifer L. Holm releases a solo middle grade novel, The Third Mushroom, sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish; Squirm by Carl Hiaasen wriggles onto shelves; Scott Westerfeld, creator of the Uglies series, returns to that world with series opener Impostors; and Laini Taylor offers Muse of Nightmares. And a timely reboot of Eleanor Roosevelt’s When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You features updating from Michelle Markel and illustrations by Grace Lin. For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of September, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.
Bestsellers
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#1 To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. Click here more_arrow.gif
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#1 First 100 Words by Roger Priddy. Click here more_arrow.gif
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