Monday, 8 October 2018

Publishers Weekly newsletters

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

PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists
57391-v1-67x.JPGB&N Considering a Sale
Saying it has received interest from multiple parties about making an offer for the company, Barnes & Noble has created a formal review process to evaluate the retailer’s strategic alternatives. Among the parties interested in making an offer for B&N is its founder and chairman Len Riggio. more »
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57390-v1-67x.PNGHMH Closes Riverside Deal
The educational publishing division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has completed its previously announced divestiture of the clinical and standardized testing business to private equity firm Alpine Investors for $135 million. more »
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57392-v1-67x.JPGBellevue Literary Press Goes Solo
BLP, which was a part of the New York University School of Medicine when its 'Tinkers' by Paul Harding won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, has completed its transition to an independent nonprofit literary house. more »
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31223-1.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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JOB MOVES
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Ed Several, formerly senior v-p for the Americas at Reed Exhibitions, who managed BookExpo, has been named executive v-p of events and conferences at EnsembleIQ.
James Barry has joined Open Road Integrated Media as senior manager of email marketing.
Stephan Moore has joined Open Road Integrated Media as digital marketing and analytics manager.
Rebecca Suss has been promoted to corporate communications associate at Simon & Schuster.

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57389-v1-67x.JPGPublishDrive Starts Subscription Model
PublishDrive, a global e-book distribution platform for authors and independent publishers, has introduced a new subscription pricing option. more » »
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57318-v1-67x.JPGLion Forge Is A New Kind of Comics Publisher
Launched in 2012 as a digital startup, the St. Louis comics publisher is rapidly expanding and looking to take advantage of demographic changes in the North American comics marketplace. more » »
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57359-v1-67x.JPGA Conversation with Markus Zusak
More than a decade after the publication of his last book, the international bestseller 'The Book Thief,' Australian author Markus Zusak returns with a much-anticipated new novel: a family saga titled 'Bridge of Clay.' Zusak spoke with PW about his two-decade journey writing the book, and the YA categorization of his novels. more » »
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31224-1.JPG'Chevalier: The Queen's Mouseketeer'
In the realm of the Hither and Yon, the kingdoms of the Far, Far Away and the Land Ever After are on the verge of war. The Princess Faere has been kidnapped. All evidence of the foul deed points to the Far, Far Away. Chevalier the mouse goes on a hero’s quest to rescue the princess, stop the coming war, and fulfill his destiny. (Sponsored) More » »

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News Briefs

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Bookmarks’ Book Build Initiative Wins $200K Grant
The Mebane Charitable Foundation is giving Bookmarks a $200K grant in support of its three-year, $450,000 books initiative benefitting Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School libraries. more » »
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S&S Will Open New Distribution Center in Tennessee
The new Simon & Schuster warehouse facility will be opened on January 2, 2019, in Milan, Tenn. more » »
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Henry Holt Acquires Larry Kramer Biography
Author Bill Goldstein will write the first biography of the writer and AIDS activist, which Holt acquired from Joy Harris at the eponymous shingle. more » »
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Riverhead Announces Elizabeth Gilbert's Next Novel
'City of Girls,' a love story set in the world of New York City theater in the 1940s, will be released on June 5, 2019. more » »

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BOOKSTORE NEWS
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Louisiana Bookstore is Being Sold: Alexander Books in Lafayette, La., is for sale. The store has been open for 29 years.
California to Lose a Bookstore: Books Inc. in Burlingame, Calif., is closing after 17 years in business.
Oregon Bookstore Changes Hands: A new owner is taking over the Paulina Springs Books store in Sisters, Ore., which has been open for more than 25 years.
Indie Bookstore Opens in San Diego: Run for Cover, a new independent bookstore, has opened in Ocean Beach, Calif.
Specialty Bookstore Opens in Ontario: King West Books, a store specializing in art, design, and children's books, has opened in Hamilton, Ontario.
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THE ROUNDUP
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Amazon Raise Comes With a Catch: The e-tailer's warehouse workers will lose bonuses and stock awards in order to receive $15-per-hour wages. Will they actually see gains?
The Price of Springer's Chinese Bargain : Editors of the book series Transcultural Research part ways with Springer Nature over concerns about censorship in China.
Netflix Opens C.S. Lewis's Wardrobe: The streaming giant will develop a new series and other film projects based on the Chronicles of Narnia.
Oscar Wilde, Late Hotelier: The writer's former London pied-à-terre will reopen in December as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel. (Perhaps guests will find a portrait in the attic.)
John Ashbery's Penchant for Bricolage: Over the course of his life, the giant of 20th-century American poetry won nearly every major literary award. He also made lots of collages.

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PW Bestsellers
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11557-v76-67x.JPGTrade Paperback Bestseller List
'The Fallen' by David Baldacci 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-v233-67x.JPG'The Noma Guide to Fermentation' by René Redzepi and David Zilber
"[A] wildly practical and fascinating examination of one of the world’s oldest methods of food preservation." Read more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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Jennifer Estep’s excellent ‘Kill The Queen’ deserves to extend her audience. Will its cover hamper its achieving that destiny?




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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2140-v1-300x.PNGCeladon Books Launches
At the Celadon launch party on Tuesday in New York, the publisher's winter 2019 authors (from l. to r.) Chip Cheek, Ashton Applewhite, Patty Marx, and Alex Michaelides toast the new venture on Manhattan's Elsie Rooftop.

Courtesy Celadon
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Celebrate Your Favorite Bookstore!
PW LitCast: A Conversation with Gwen Carr
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Edward P. Jones, Breena Clarke, and more. more
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30760-v5-100x.JPGPW Picks: Books of the Week, October 8, 2018
New books from Tana French, Markus Zusak, and more. more
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31278-1.JPGWin 'Sweet Home Café Cookbook'!
Enter for your chance to win one of five copies of 'Sweet Home Café Cookbook,' the cookbook for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Sweet Home Café! (Sponsored) Enter Here

2018 Award Contest Winners
31292-v1-100x.JPGPW Talks to Barbara Kingsolver
Kingsolver’s new novel, 'Unsheltered,' connects two families in New Jersey two centuries apart. more
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31293-v1-100x.JPGA Conversation with Markus Zusak
More than a decade after the publication of his last book, 'The Book Thief,' Markus Zusak returns with a much-anticipated new novel, 'Bridge of Clay.' more
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31281-1.JPGWin an Autographed, Hardcover of 'Rabid Heart'!
Enter your chance to win one of 10 autographed, hardcover editions of Jeremy Wagner's new novel, 'Rabid Heart.' (Sponsored) ENTER NOW!

Gotham Girl Interrupted: My Misadventures in Motherhood, Love, and Epilepsy
30667-v6-100x.JPGThe Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018
More than 50 of the biggest books of the season. more
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30761-v4-100x.JPGMore New Books
'Winter in Paradise' by Elin Hilderbrand, and more. more
LoveYourBookstore Challenge
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This Week's Bestsellers
Hardcover Nonfiction
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Bob Woodward, Author
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Rachel Hollis, Author
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Reese Witherspoon, Author
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Cravings: Hungry for More
Chrissy Teigen, Author
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In Pieces
Sally Field, Author
Hardcover Fiction
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Vince Flynn, Author, Kyle Mills, Author
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James Patterson, Author, Nancy Allen, With
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Hank Green, Author
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Robert Galbraith, Author
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Kate Atkinson, Author

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Saying it has received interest from multiple parties about making an offer for the company, Barnes & Noble has created a formal review process to evaluate the retailer’s strategic alternatives. Among the parties interested in making an offer for B&N is its founder and chairman Len Riggio. more
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Australian author Markus Zusak returns with a much-anticipated new novel: a family saga titled 'Bridge of Clay.' Zusak spoke with PW about his two-decade journey writing the book, and the YA categorization of his novels. more
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Ben Schrank, former president and publisher of Razorbill, has been named to succeed Steve Rubin at Henry Holt, and Penguin Young Readers has promoted Jen Klonsky to the newly-created position of president and publisher of Putnam Books for Young Readers and Razorbill. more
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HarperCollins has announced that it will publish two new books by Veronica Roth, bestselling YA author of the Divergent series and the Carve the Mark duology. more
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PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
Thalia Book Club: Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered
57455-v1-67x.JPGABA Pre-Order Initiative Off to Promising Start
The American Bookseller Association’s Pre-Order Task Force, an initiative to encourage customers to pre-order books at 22 indie bookstores around the country, shared encouraging early results at the NCIBA Fall Discovery Show. more »
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57456-v1-67x.JPGCengage Reaches Deal in Suit Over Subscription Service
Cengage has reached an agreement with two of its authors who had filed suit against the educational publisher, alleging that the company’s Cengage Unlimited subscription service will improperly cost them sales and royalty payments. more »
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57457-v1-67x.JPGNew York Comic Con 2018 Opens at Javits
New York Comic Con opened for business at the Javits Center with a new artist alley, and a new anime/manga festival, but without Milton Griepp's annual B2B business conference on the graphic novel market. more »
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31219-v1-67x.JPGSeven Screams for Halloween
From a deceptively peaceful motel to a bedroom at night, this chilling collection of seven short stories from Amazon Original Stories explores the fears that stay with us even after we turn on the light. In 'Dark Corners,' esteemed authors remind us that there really is something to be afraid of in the dark. Read and listen free with Prime. (Sponsored) More »
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PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Jonathan Auxier

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JOB MOVES
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Scott Winner, acting CEO of Ingenta, has been named CEO.
Alison Hinchcliffe has been promoted to associate publicist at Atria Books.
Lara Caplan, formerly senior/executive publisher at Nelson, has joined Kids Can Press as associate publisher of operations and business development.
Naseem Hrab has been promoted to associate publisher, creative at Kids Can Press.
Kathleen Keenan, formerly editor at Inhabit Media and Nelson, has joined Kids Can Press as editor.
Katie Scott has been promoted to editor at Kids Can Press.
Alison Van Ginkel has been promoted to international sales and brand manager for KCP Loft at Kids Can Press.

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57452-v1-67x.JPGHarperCollins Acquires Two Books by Veronica Roth
HarperCollins has announced that it will publish two new books by Veronica Roth, bestselling YA author of the Divergent series and the Carve the Mark duology. First up will be a collection of short stories, 'The End and Other Beginnings,' due out in fall 2019. more » »
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57400-v1-67x.JPGIn Conversation: Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
In 2016, author Matt de la Peña and artist Christian Robinson teamed up for the picture book 'Last Stop on Market Street,' which won a Newbery Medal, a Caldecott Honor, and other accolades. The duo is back this month with a new book, 'Carmela Full of Wishes.' We asked the collaborators to discuss their process. more » »
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57407-v1-67x.JPGFour Questions for...James Patterson
We spoke with the prolific author, who adds two middle grade novels to his Jimmy Patterson imprint this fall. more » »
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31291-v1-67x.PNGThis Week on PW Insider
Ta-Nehisi Coates is following Walter Mosley's lead from 20 years ago, supporting a black-owned independent press with the French release of 'We Were Eight Years In Power.' We talk to Paul Coates—Mosley's publisher and Ta-Nehisi's father—about 40 years of indie publishing and what he calls "completing the circle." more » »
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31220-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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News Briefs

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Steve Ross Launches Eponymous Shingle
Ross has announced the formation of the Steve Ross Agency following eight years as director of the book division at Abrams Artists Agency. more » »
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De Gruyter to Distribute Chicago E-Books
The deal also enabled De Gruyter to scan the University of Chicago Press's archive. more » »

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BOOKSTORE NEWS
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Queens Bookstore Reaches Milestone: Kew & Willow Books in Kew Gardens, opened by a former B&N manager, is celebrating its first anniversary.
A Chicago Bookstore Cocktail Kickstarter: Athenaeum, a new membership bookstore and library in Chicago, launched a Kickstarter to fund a cocktail book.
San Fran Store's Second Half of Century: Green Apple Books in San Francisco is turning 51 this month and celebrating.
Publisher Promotions for Indies First: Publishers announce special promotions for Indies First on Small Business Saturday, to be held on November 24.
Alaskans Appreciate Their New Bookstore: 'Bookselling This Week' profiles The Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe, which opened in Anchorage in January.
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THE ROUNDUP
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Super Thursday Gets Bigger: The first Thursday in October is now a publishing touchstone in the U.K., where 544 new books hoping to be Christmas hits were released yesterday.
NYC Reading Lists Are Very White: Roughly 90% of stories and books commonly used in New York City public schools were written by white authors, a new report has found.
The Rise of the Feminist Dystopia: A spate of women-authored speculative fiction imagines detailed worlds of widespread infertility, criminalized abortion, and flipped power dynamics.
John Wray’s Clubhouse: The novelist made his Brooklyn brownstone into a genuine writers’ colony. Then he wrote a book about a female American Taliban.
Shakespeare Play As Personality Test: Figure out your personality problems according to the DSM (Diagnostic Shakespeare Manual).

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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-v28-67x.JPG'Reagan: An American Journey' by Bob Spitz
"This captivating and evenhanded biography of America’s first celebrity president, Ronald Reagan, reads like a novel but doesn’t skimp on the scholarship." more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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Spreadsheets, mistakes, and remembering our mission: Lessons learned from a decade of festival planning.




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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2142-v1-300x.JPGHappy Birthday, Neil deGrasse Tyson!
Renowned astrophysicist and bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson ('Accessory to War' and 'Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,' Norton) celebrates his birthday today. (Fun fact: he first came into being the same year as NASA). As a surprise, his publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, created and presented him with a birthday video featuring earthly stars—some of his many notable fans—offering him their heartfelt wishes (and distinctive humor). Pictured here, Tyson (c.) enjoys his surprise party with (from l. to r.) Norton chairman Drake McFeely, president Julia Reidhead, editor-in-chief John Glusman (Tyson's editor), and his publicist, Erin Lovett.

Photo: Louise Brockett
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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
Michigan: On the Trail of a War Bride
In Conversation
57400-v1-300x.JPGMatt de la Peña and
Christian Robinson

In 2016, author Matt de la Peña (r.) and artist Christian Robinson teamed up for the picture book Last Stop on Market Street, winner of a Newbery Medal, a Caldecott Honor, and other accolades. The duo is back this month with a new book, Carmela Full of Wishes, which is set in a vibrant Spanish-speaking community. We asked de la Peña and Robinson to discuss their process. more more_arrow.gif

In the News
57419-1.JPG'Amplified' Children’s Programming Contributes to Upbeat NEIBA Show
The children's programming at the recent New England Independent Booksellers Association annual meeting, which took place September 25–27 in Providence, R.I., was marked by more educational opportunities for kids' booksellers and more chances to meet authors. more more_arrow.gif

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57422-1.JPGChildren’s Bookselling
Tips from NEIBA

We've gathered a selection of tips from two NEIBA panels—"The Windows & Mirrors Project" and "Selling Outside Your Comfort Zone"—regarding strategies for handselling and promoting diverse books. more more_arrow.gif

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Book News
57452-1.JPGHarperCollins Acquires Two Books by Veronica Roth
HarperCollins has announced that it will publish two new books by Veronica Roth, bestselling YA author of the Divergent series and the Carve the Mark duology. First up will be a collection of short stories, The End and Other Beginnings, due out in fall 2019. Roth told PW, “All the stories in The End are set in futuristic worlds, but what really unites them is that the characters are trying to process some kind of ending. The stories are always about that profoundly human feeling." more more_arrow.gif

Q & A
57414-1.JPGJon Agee
Since his 1981 debut, Jon Agee has published more than 30 picture books, including The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau. His newest, The Wall in the Middle of the Book, imagines a brick wall that runs down the book’s gutter between the left and right-hand pages. The knight narrator explains the difference between hid “safe” side of the wall, and the dangerous side, where the ogre is. But he proves to be mistaken. PW spoke with Agee about how he developed the story.

Q: Did the book as a way to deal with the gutter?

A: For sure, yeah. The gutter has always been a challenge. You’re going to lose something from any picture that crosses the gutter. So I simply thought one day, what if I treated it as if you couldn’t get across it? And I thought, that is kind of fascinating, but it’s not enough for a story yet. more more_arrow.gif
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Four Questions
57407-1.JPGJames Patterson
We spoke with the author, who adds two middle grade novels to his Jimmy Patterson imprint this fall. Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment is the debut title of a series starring a homeless girl genius; and Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story introduces a comically clueless rescue dog.

Q: First up: Max Einstein. What inspired creating this brilliant 12-year-old?

A: Actually, the managers of the Albert Einstein Archives, located at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, approached me a while back, saying they’d like us to create books that will introduce kids to Einstein’s science. I insisted that the protagonist be a girl. more more_arrow.gif
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New Releases from Beaming Books
Movie Alert
57416-4.JPG'The Hate U Give'
A timely YA novel about racism and police brutality becomes a timely film, with the October 19 release of The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas’s 2017 debut novel. The book earned the Coretta Scott King Award, as well as the Michael L. Printz Award; it has also received a fair amount of backlash for tackling controversial issues. more more_arrow.gif

Out Next Week
57395-1.JPGHot Off the Presses:
Week of October 8, 2018

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a YA graphic memoir about a family’s struggle with addiction, a middle grade novel in which an overachiever follows her cryptozoologist mother, and a YA novel about two very different boys falling in love. more more_arrow.gif
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In Brief
57431-1.JPGIn Brief: October 4, 2018
This week, M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin get costumed up; Alex London’s book launch is "for the birds"; Susanna Reich and Gary Golio attend the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival; Dusti Bowling visits the Pacific Northwest; Bethanie Murguia proves that unicorns exist; and authors gather at the Baltimore Book Festival. more more_arrow.gif
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Rights Report
31258-1.JPGGina Gagliano and Julia Maguire at Random House Graphic and Knopf are bringing Lucy Knisley's children's books to Random House in a five-book deal, including three graphic novels and two picture books. The graphic novels form a middle-grade contemporary trilogy based on Lucy's own life. The first book, Stepping Stones, tackles the experience of new step-siblings. The first picture book, Wocks, is about going on the hunt for the perfect rock, and the second picture book is not yet titled. Publication is planned to begin in 2020; Holly Bemiss at Susan Rabiner Literary Agency sold world rights.
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31259-2.JPGJessica Harriton at Razorbill has acquired, in an exclusive submission, War Girls and an untitled sequel by Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night and Crown of Thunder. Set in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria, War Girls follows two sisters separated by a devastating civil war as they fight their way back to each other against all odds. Publication is slated for fall 2019, followed by the second title in fall 2020; Noah Ballard at Curtis Brown Ltd. negotiated the deal for world rights.
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31260-v1-300x.JPGLisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has bought, at auction, three nonfiction books based on Cosmic Picture Limited's IMAX film Superpower Dogs, from the team behind the film (from l.): Taran Davies, George Duffield, Dominic Cunningham-Reid, and Daniel Ferguson. The first, Superpower Dogs, is a picture book featuring photographs by Danny Wilcox Frazier, introducing readers to six working dogs across the world and how their skills help them save lives. The middle grade titles Superpower Dogs: Halo, Disaster Response Dog and Superpower Dogs: Henry, Avalanche Rescue Dog each explore the story of a particular dog's training and life-saving work. Publication is set for spring 2019; Elizabeth Sheinkman at Peters, Fraser, & Dunlop brokered the deal for world rights.
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31261-1.JPGNatashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has acquired Alechia Dow's debut, The Sound of Stars, a YA novel set in the near-future, featuring a captive teen human and a young alien leader bonded by their love of forbidden books and music, who embark on a road trip as they attempt to overturn alien rule and save humankind. Publication is projected for winter 2020; Uwe Stender at Triada US did the deal for North American rights.
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31262-1.JPGShana Corey at Random House has bought, in a preempt, John Gallagher's Max Meow: Cat Crusader, three books in a full-color graphic novel series starring Max, a crime-fighting feline with Cat-itude who makes bad guys flea and kids cheer with glee. Publication will begin in fall 2020; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
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31263-1.JPGKate Fletcher at Candlewick Press has acquired Cynthia Salaysay's debut YA novel, Private Lessons. A talented teen pianist struggles to define her relationships with her mother, her friends, and her piano teacher, as competition and college pressures mount. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
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31264-1.JPGJennifer Ung at Aladdin has bought at auction Supriya Kelkar's American as Paneer Pie, a middle grade novel about an Indian-American girl who struggles to navigate her two very different lives: the one at home, where she can be herself, and the one at school, where she is teased for her culture. When a racist incident rocks her small town, she must decide to continue to remain silent or find her voice. Publication is planned for 2020; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
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31265-1.JPGErin Black and Amanda Maciel have acquired The Dirt Diary series author Anna Staniszewski's new middle grade novel, Secondhand Wishes, about a girl who stumbles upon a bag of “gently used” wishing stones—which comes with some unintended and unexpected side effects. Publication is slated for January 2019; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
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31266-1.JPGDana Chidiac at Dial has bought Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by debut author Sarah Kapit. In this #OwnVoices epistolary middle grade, Vivy, an autistic 11-year-old baseball fan, begins writing letters to her major league pitcher idol—and her first year of Little League gets even better when he starts writing back. Publication is set for spring 2020; Jennifer Udden at Barry Goldblatt Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
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31267-1.JPGKatherine Tegen at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Stella Speaks, the middle grade debut by Tanita S. Davis, Coretta Scott King Honor author of Mare's War. Eleven-year-old Stella St. John's ambition to be a reporter gives rise to a daily vlog about life, the universe, and everything in-between, including her best friend JC's fading interest in their friendship in the wake of JC's kidney transplant. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency brokered the two-book deal.
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31268-1.JPGMegan Tingley at Little, Brown has bought, in a preempt, world rights to three works by debut author-illustrator Ani Castillo, launching with Ping, a picture book that humorously explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Samantha Haywood and Amy Tompkins at Transatlantic Agency did the deal.
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31269-1.JPGMargaret Anastas at HarperCollins has acquired two picture books by debut author-illustrator Gregory Barrington. The first, Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy, follows the friendship of a boy cow and a goat girl. Publication for the book is scheduled for fall 2020, with the second, untitled book slated for fall 2021; Deborah Warren at East/West Literary Agency negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.
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31270-1.JPGLiz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has bought world rights, in an exclusive submission, to fine artist Laura Breen's picture book debut, My Shadow, a graphic celebration of the shapes and sizes of different shadows. Publication is set for spring 2020; the author-illustrator was unagented.
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31271-1.JPGKelly Loughman and Mora Couch at Holiday House have acquired world rights to Chinese New Year Colors by Rich Lo, author-illustrator of Father's Chinese Opera. The picture book is about the colors of objects associated with the Chinese New Year, accompanied by the corresponding Chinese characters. The projected pub date is fall 2019; Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary represented the author-illustrator.
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31272-1.JPGRegina Hayes at Viking has bought world English rights to The Mysterious Book Babies by Christine McDonnell (l.) (Goyangi Means Cat), illustrated by Jeanette Bradley (Love, Mama). It tells the story of the mysterious arrival of four babies on a small island, and the librarian who always knows what to do. Spring 2020 publication is scheduled; Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt represented the illustrator, and the author was unagented.
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31273-1.JPGAllison Cohen at Running Press Kids has acquired world rights to When the Farm Goes to Sleep by Chelsea Cates (l.) and Quinn Metal Corbin of C+C Mini Factory. Showcasing C+C Mini Factory's photographic illustrations, the bedtime story follows an eclectic cast of miniature farm animals on late-night adventures that happen after everyone else on the farm goes to sleep. Publication is planned for spring 2021; the authors were unagented.
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31274-1.JPGMarissa Moss at Creston Books has bought world rights to a nonfiction picture book by 2018 South Asia Book Award winner Nancy Churnin (l.), illustrated by Felicia Marshall (Loved Best). Beautiful Shades of Brown is the story of Laura Wheeler Waring, the groundbreaking 19th-century African-American artist whose paintings of Marian Anderson, W.E.B. DuBois, and more hang in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
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31275-1.JPGWendy McClure at Albert Whitman has acquired world rights to Laura Gehl’s (l.) Always Looking Up, a picture book biography of Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer who refused to let her teachers discourage her from a career in the sciences and went on to lead a team at NASA to build the Hubble Space Telescope. Louise Pigott will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. Erzsi Deak at Hen&ink Literary represented the author, and Atlanta Japp at Advocate represented the illustrator.
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31276-1.JPGJennifer Stokes at Kids Can Press has bought world rights to Julie Abery’s Mr. Joao and Dindim the Penguin, illustrated by Pierre Pratt. The nonfiction picture book details the journey of Dindim, a beached penguin who, despite slim chances of survival, is nurtured back to health by the dedication and kindness of a new friend. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Pratt was unagented.
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31277-1.JPGBeth Terrill at NorthSouth Books has acquired world rights to Abigail Rayner's (l.) picture book, I Am a Thief, which follows Eliza Jane Murphy—line leader, captain of the worm rescue team—who finds herself in emotional turmoil after impulsively stealing a green stone from her classroom. Molly Ruttan will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2019. Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency represented the illustrator.
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From the Smithsonian:
The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixty. Click here more_arrow.gif
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8 Great Middle Grade Coming of Age Novels. Click here more_arrow.gif
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'Children;a Books Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About Backstory,' by Ann Patchett. Click here more_arrow.gif
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Finding the magic in an event-filled day.
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Murrow opens this fairy tale collection with a tongue-in-cheek note explaining that these stories arose from her interviews with 15 fairy tale princesses who were fed up with hearing untruths about themselves. While the stories follow the classic stories’ general narrative arc, they stray early and playfully from more rigid storylines. Bereciartu illustrates in a gentle, wry style that fully display the diverse princesses’ resourcefulness, confidence, and irreverence. more more_arrow.gif
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31254-1.JPGstar.gifRebel Voices: The Global Fight for Women’s Equality and the Right to Vote
Eve Lloyd Knight, illus. by Louise Kay Stewart. Crocodile, $18.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-62371-964-7

History’s suffragists were anything but timid, Knight and Stewart declare in this vividly written and powerfully illustrated volume. The collaborators chronologically present the slow progression of women’s suffrage worldwide, beginning with New Zealand in 1893 and ending with Saudi Arabia in 2015. Stewart captures the grit and determination of the women through stormy backgrounds, stark design elements, and vehement facial expressions. more more_arrow.gif
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31255-1.JPGAstrid the Unstoppable
Maria Parr, trans. from the Norwegian by Guy Puzey. Candlewick, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-5362-0017-1

Free-range Astrid Glimmerdal has the whole wide world (or at least her tiny Norwegian town) “in front of her skis.” As the only child around, the small songstress has to get creative about finding friends—her best friend is her 74-year-old godfather, Gunnvald. As she speeds toward her 10th birthday, Astrid discovers that her beloved Gunnvald has a secret that may change her view of the world forever. Fans of Pippi Longstocking and the Moomins will delight in Parr’s indomitable Astrid. more more_arrow.gif
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31256-1.JPGstar.gifDream Country
Shannon Gibney. Dutton, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7352-3167-2

This expansive tale, composed of interwoven stories, features members of a family tree that spans five generations and two continents, united in their sense of displacement and longing for a homeland where they can thrive. Alternating between the United States and Liberia, Gibney captures moments of wrenching decision-making in her characters’ lives. more more_arrow.gif
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Jen Klonsky has been named president and publisher of Putnam Books for Young Readers and Razorbill, a newly created position; she was previously v-p and publisher of Penguin Books for Young Readers. Casey McIntyre has been promoted to v-p and publisher of Razorbill; she was previously associate publisher. Razorbill president and publisher Ben Schrank is leaving Penguin to join the adult division of Henry Holt as senior v-p and publisher.
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57388-v1-67x.JPGSchrank to Succeed Rubin at Holt; Klonsky Up at PBYR
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57380-v1-67x.JPGA Night of Flight, Funk, and Friendship: The 13th Annual Carle Honors
Author-illustrator Eric Carle presided over a lively night of reminiscence and celebration at this year's Carle Honors, held on September 27 in New York City. During the gala, honors were presented to individuals whose work has helped to foster and enrich the picture book art form. more »
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57322-v1-67x.JPGThe Indie Author–Indie Bookseller Relationship Warms Up
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31215-1.JPGFun Trivia! Brand New for Ages 12-112!
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Alison Shay, formerly acquisitions editor at Syracuse University Press, has joined UNC Press as publicist.
Maureen Cole has been promoted to director of publicity at the Morrow Group.
Catherine Barbosa Ross has been promoted to director of foreign rights at HarperCollins Publishers.
Kim Silverton has been promoted to assistant manager of sales forecasting and analysis at HarperCollins.

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57377-v1-67x.JPGScholastic Ups Print Run for 'The Wonky Donkey'
In the two weeks since the 'The Wonky Donkey' reprinting was announced—after a YouTube video featuring the picture book went viral—Scholastic has increased the print quantity to 500,000 copies, based on pre-orders. more » »
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57085-v1-67x.PNGA Modern Poet: PW Talks with Lang Leav
In her first visit to the U.S., poet Lang Leav talked about expansion in the poetry category, the drawbacks of social media, and the term she prefers to "instapoet." more » »
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57387-v1-67x.JPGApple Books Bestsellers: 'Red War' Takes to the Top
The hubbub over Bob Woodward's Fear has finally subsided, at least in the Apple Books store, where it has been replaced, at #1, by Kyle Mills and Vince Flynn's 'Red War.' more » »
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30954-v1-67x.PNGTune In to PW Insider
Publishers Arthur A. Levine and marketing v-p Rachel Coun join PW Insider to talk about discovering and acquiring Harry Potter, and introducing the series to American audiences. more » »
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30829-v1-67x.JPGLast Call: Personal Finance
Deadline: Oct. 15. 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 and put “Call for Info: Personal Finance” in the subject line. more » »
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31139-v1-67x.JPGRights for Sale—'The Gypsy Bride' by Carmen Mola
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Hachette U.K. Names New Deputy CEO and Group Sales Manager
Lucy Hale has been hired to the newly-created position of deputy CEO of Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray Press, and Quercus, while Rob Manser is to become Hachette U.K. group sales director. more » »
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2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal Longlist Announced
A total of 47 books—25 fiction and 22 nonfiction—have been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction longlist. more » »
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GCP Nabs New Novel by 'Hannibal' Author
Grand Central Publishing acquired the latest novel by Thomas Harris, the author of ‘Silence of the Lamb’ and ‘Hannibal,’ to be published on May 21, 2019. more » »
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Silverblatt Wins Inaugural Pease Prize
Michael Silverblatt, host of 'Bookworm' on KCRW in Los Angeles, is the inaugural recipient of the Deborah Pease Prize, awarded by 'A Public Space' magazine. more » »

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B&N's Latest Concept Opens in Illinois: Barnes & Noble has opened another of its new prototype stores in Vernon Hills, Ill., with updated fixtures and layout.
Accessibility Adds to Store Profits: Author Nicola Griffiths argues that increasing accessibility at bookstores can boost profits by as much as 25%.
Pop-up Kids Store Opening in N. Carolina: Wonderland Bookshop, a new popup childrens bookstore, will open in Greensboro, N.C., on October 18.
Connecticut Loses a Rare Book Store: On the Road Bookshop, a used and rare store in Canton, Ct., is closing after 42 years in business.
Montana Store Hits Two Year Milestone: This House of Books, a cooperative bookstore in Billings, Mt., is celebrating its second anniversary.
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THE ROUNDUP
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The Cost of the Nobel's Ugly Descent: What the dissolution of the Nobel Prize in Literature will cost publishers, authors, and readers in 2018.
Amazon Ramps Up Genre Adaptations: The e-tailer's streaming arm has signed a big deal with Neil Gaiman and commissioned an adaptation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
BBC National Short Story Award Winner: Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud’s story “The Sweet Sop” has been chosen from an all-female shortlist.
Diane Williams’s Goes Big: One of the prevailing masters of the very short story has a very big new book coming out.
Reading to Be a Good Man: What a Swedish professor learned from a month spent reading the feminist classics.

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PW Bestsellers
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11717-v18-67x.JPGChildren's Fiction Bestseller List
'Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas' by Dav Pilkey is the #1 title on PW's children's frontlist fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
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PW DAILY REVIEW OF THE DAY
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18837-v9-67x.JPG'All You Can Ever Know' by Nicole Chung
"In her stunning memoir, freelance writer Chung tracks the story of her own adoption, from when she was born premature and spent months on life support to the decision, while pregnant with her first child, to search for her birth family." more » »

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2139-v1-300x.JPGPolka Party for a New Novel
Sarah Stonich (c.) celebrated the launch of her latest novel, 'Laurentian Divide' (University of Minnesota Press), by throwing a polka party in Minneapolis, where author friends of hers performed. Pictured here (from l. to r.) with Stonich are Peter Geye, University of Minnesota Press editor Erik Anderson, Lorna Landvik, and Ben Percy.

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57339-v1-67x.JPGPNBA Has a Solid, if Somewhat Subdued, Show
In charged political times and with the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings just ended, attendees at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association looked to books for clarity, diversity, and escape. more »
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57338-v1-67x.JPGEuropeans Approve Flexible VAT for E-books
The European Union has voted to allow the 28 member states to adjust the value added tax (VAT) rates applied to e-books and downloadable audiobooks to align with the lower taxes on print books. more »
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57336-v1-67x.JPGEdugyan, deWitt Grace Giller Prize Shortlist
The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced a shortlist of five titles competing for this year's C$100,000 prize for the best Canadian novel or short story published in English. more »
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31167-1.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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31168-v1-300x.JPGWatch the Book Trailer for Jeremy Wagner's 'Rabid Heart'
"'Rabid Heart' evokes a mix of Misfits lyrics and grainy VHS horror classics. The plot draws parallels to Cormac McCarthy’s 'The Road.'" —'Publishers Weekly' Author Spotlight (Sponsored) Watch Now! » »

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JOB MOVES
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William Brandt has been named director of IT at Arcadia.
Darla Freeman is being promoted to director of field sales and sales operation at Kensington Publishing and can be contacted at DFreeman@KensingtonBooks.com.
Tara O'Connor has been promoted to associate publicist at Berkley.
Erin Galloway has been promoted to deputy publicity director at Berkley.
Joel Rickett has been named managing director of Ebury at Penguin Random House UK.
Mabel Hsu has been promoted to associate editor at Katherine Tegen Books.

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57327-v1-67x.JPGReading = Hope x Change: Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson is on a mission to spread hope through books. more » »
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57314-v1-67x.JPGLiving in La-La Land: PW Talks with David Kipen
In 'Dear Los Angeles' (Modern Library, Dec.), Kipen collects passages from letters and diaries about the wonders and horrors of L.A. through the centuries. more » »

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Gannon Takes Helm at CLMP
Mary Gannon will join the Community of Literary Presses and Magazines as executive director effective November 5. more » »
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Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice Shortlist
The Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice has announced its shortlist of six titles for this year's prize. A winner will be named on October 30. more » »
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Lerner to Distribute Creston
Creston Books will be distributed by Lerner Publisher Services effective January 1 of next year. more » »

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Kentucky Store to Stay Open, Go Co-op: A fundraiser has saved the Wild Fig bookstore in Lexington, Ky., from closing. It will now transition into a cooperative.
German Chain Expands in Berlin: Hugendubel will open a new store on the posh Ttauentzienstrasse in Berlin, a street it had abandoned some years ago.
Former Chicago Store Owner Seeks Buyer: Iris Yipp, who sold the Magic Tree Bookstore in 2015, hopes for "someone who has the dedication" to buy the store, again up for sale.
Some of the Best Stores South of L.A.: A Los Angeles television station lists three of the top bookstores in Orange, Calif.
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Amazon Raises Minimum Wage: The e-tailer, which has faced pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its U.S. minimum wage to $15 per hour next month.
Gifford Prize Shortlist Announced: Four American and two British authors are in the running for the 2018 Ballie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.
A YA GN's Hard Look at Addiction: Author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka's graphic novel 'Hey, Kiddo,' aimed at young adults, takes a personal look at the opioid crisis.
An AI Goes Full Jack Kerouac: A computer has written a “novel” narrating its own cross-country road trip.
R.L. Stine to Pen New GN Series: The 'Goosebumps' author, a comic book creator in his early years, will debut an original graphic novel series, 'Just Beyond,' for Boom! Studios.

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11518-v9-67x.JPGHardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Fear: Trump in the White House' by Bob Woodward is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
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PW Daily Review of the Day
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19629-v1-67x.JPG'Full Disclosure' by Stormy Daniels, with Kevin Carr O'Neal
"Adult film actress Stormy Daniels offers details about her brief 2006 affair with Donald Trump, but that's not the focus of this conversational, wide-ranging, and forthright account of her life." more » »

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2138-v1-300x.JPGMobile Florida Bookstore Honored
Tombolo Books in St. Petersburg, Fla., was honored last week at the Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay awards social with the “Best Bookstore On-the-Go” award. Amanda Hurley (l.), the mobile bookstore's manager, and Alsace Walentine, the store's founder, posed for a picture at the event—and made sure to note that they are actively working towards a permanent (and immobile) brick and mortar bookstore in the area as well.

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57359-1.JPGA Conversation with
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More than a decade after the publication of his last book, the international bestseller The Book Thief, Australian author Markus Zusak returns with a much-anticipated new novel: a family saga titled Bridge of Clay. Zusak spoke with PW about his two-decade journey writing the book, and the YA categorization of his novels. more more_arrow.gif

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57380-1.JPGA Night of Flight, Funk, and Friendship: The 13th Annual Carle Honors
Author-illustrator Eric Carle presided over a lively night of reminiscence and celebration at this year's Carle Honors, held on September 27 in New York City. During the gala—which benefits the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass.—honors were presented to individuals whose work has helped to foster and enrich the picture book art form. more more_arrow.gif

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57378-1.JPGFiction Frighteningly Reflects Fact in 'Dry'
Father-and-son authors Neal and Jarrod Shusterman found inspiration for their first collaboration, Dry, in their home state of California, while witnessing the consequences of severe drought. We spoke with the Shustermans about the increasing relevance of their dystopian YA novel, which hits shelves today. more more_arrow.gif

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31191-1.JPGScholastic Ups Print Run for
'The Wonky Donkey'

A YouTube video featuring a Scottish grandmother reading The Wonky Donkey to her grandson—in between fits of giggles—has sparked sales of the 2009 picture book from New Zealand, written by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley. In the two weeks since the book's reprinting was announced, Scholastic has increased the print quantity to 500,000 copies, based on pre-orders. more more_arrow.gif

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On the Scene
57342-v1-300x.JPGPrinceton Children’s Book Festival in Photos
The 13th annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival took place September 22 in Princeton, N.J. The event featured more than 80 authors and illustrators, drawing 7,500 attendees for a day of storytimes, signings, and more bookish fun. Click through to see a selection of highlights from the event. more more_arrow.gif
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57360-1.JPGKekla Magoon
Kekla Magoon made her children’s debut with 2009’s The Rock and the River, earning her a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award. Her new novel, The Season of Styx Malone, is about two African-American brothers whose lives take a turn when they meet a charismatic older boy. We spoke with Magoon about the story's origins.

Q: Where did you find your inspiration for brothers Bobby Gene and Caleb—who are only a year apart in age, yet have such different personalities?

A: I think all of my characters in some ways are inspired by people I know, and by parts of myself and my family and friends, but I didn’t have any specific models for the boys. Caleb is determined not to be “ordinary,” and is the one pushing the boundaries. Bobby Gene is more cautious, like their father. I wanted to create this dynamic of one boy pushing and the other one pulling. more more_arrow.gif
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31175-1.JPGSarah Barley and Caroline Bleeke at Flatiron Books have acquired, in a preempt, author, TV writer, and producer Jenny Lee's Anna K. Pitched as a modern reinvention of Anna Karenina with elements of Crazy Rich Asians and Gossip Girl, the book is set between Manhattan and Greenwich, Conn., featuring a Korean-American "it girl" caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends. Publication is scheduled for winter 2020; Sally Wofford-Girand at Union Literary brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
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31176-1.JPGKrestyna Lypen and Elise Howard at Algonquin Young Readers have bought Here We Are and (Don't) Call Me Crazy editor Kelly Jensen's Body Talk, a YA anthology of essays, artwork, poetry and other ephemera, which goes beyond the requisite puberty book or sex talk to address the entire experience of the physical body, from the biological to the political. Contributors include Roshani Chokshi, Anna-Marie McLemore, Eric Smith, Alex Gino, Julie Murphy, Nic Stone, Shane Burcaw, Sara Saedi, and Yao Xiao, among others. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Tina Dubois at ICM Partners negotiated the deal for world rights.
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31177-1.JPGLiz Bicknell at Candlewick has acquired Printz Honor author Susann Cokal's new YA novel, Mermaid Moon. The book is set in a matriarchal mermaid community where a half-blooded mermaid and witch in training, Sanna, fashions herself a pair of legs and goes ashore in the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands to look for her mother, but the landish community she encounters soon suspects her of magic or worse. Publication is set for spring 2020; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management did the deal for world rights.
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31178-1.JPGKaren Greenberg at Knopf has bought Bright Shining World by Josh Swiller, a speculative YA thriller that follows one boy as he attempts to make sense of a strange new town where the students have begun seeing unexplainable things, while uncovering his family's role in the town's mysteries. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal for world rights.
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31179-1.JPGAlex Borbolla at Atheneum has acquired Jennifer Moffett's debut YA novel, The Remnant, about a shy college freshman who is seduced into joining a campus cult, leading her on a deadly mission trip to Italy. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Shannon Hassan at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
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31180-1.JPGStephanie Owens Lurie at Disney-Hyperion has bought world rights to Susan Lurie's (l.) middle grade novel, Wanda and the Mostly True Secret. The book is about an 11-year-old girl who, accompanied by a talking bluebird named Voltaire, strikes out on a quest through the Scary Wood to find her real family, because the one she's been stuck with all these years surely can't be right. Publication is slated for winter 2020, with an untitled sequel to follow in summer 2020; the books will be illustrated by Jenn Harney. Elizabeth Bennett and Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency represented the author, and Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency represented the illustrator.
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31181-1.JPGLisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has acquired, at auction, Sarah R. Baughman's debut novel, The Light in the Lake. The story follows a 12-year-old girl who finds herself caught between her love of science and her late twin brother's belief in magic, when the mountain lake he drowned in shows signs of water pollution and reveals clues about a mysterious creature that might live in its depths. Publication is set for fall 2019; Katie Grimm at Don Congdon Associates handled the deal for world rights.
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31182-1.JPGNancy Siscoe at Knopf has bought, at auction, debut novelist Kate O'Shaughnessy's contemporary middle grade novel, The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane, in which 11-year-old Maybelle travels hundreds of miles to enter a singing competition and, she hopes, to meet her radio DJ father for the first time. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Pete Knapp at Park Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
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31183-1.JPGEliza Leahy at Capstone has acquired world English rights to Farah Rocks, a debut chapter book series by Susan Muaddi Darraj, winner of the 2016 Arab American Book Award. The series stars fourth grader Farah Hajjar, a brave and clever Palestinian-American girl who faces bullies, schoolwork, and family problems with quiet determination. The series is set to launch in January 2020; Thomas Colchie at the Colchie Agency represented the author.
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31184-1.JPGSheila Keenan at Viking has bought, in a preempt, Haven and the Titans, a middle-grade graphic novel by co-creators Jennifer Xu (l.) and Kate Rhodes. The fantastical adventure series features a strong girl hero, mysterious gods, and menacing robots, set in a kingdom that extends beyond the clouds. The first book is scheduled for publication in fall 2020; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the creators in the two-book deal for world rights.
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31185-1.JPGChris Krones at HMH has acquired world rights to Melanie Ellsworth's Clarinet & Trumpet, illustrated by John Herzog. The picture book tells the story of a harmonious friendship that goes flat when the woodwinds face off against the brass section. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis represented the author, and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator.
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31186-1.JPGSimon Boughton at Norton Young Readers has bought world rights to A Girl Who Leaped, A Woman Who Soared by Carrie Pearson (l.), a picture book biography of Dr. Virginia Apgar, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Apgar developed the simple standard test for evaluating newborn babies' health that is named for her and is credited with dramatically improving infant mortality rates. Publication is set for fall 2020; Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and the artist represented herself.
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31187-1.JPGTalia Benamy at Philomel has acquired world rights to The Bear Must Go On by Dev Petty, a story about woodland animals who want to put on a show, but who forget one key element. Brandon Todd will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2021. Jennifer Rofé at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and John Rudolph at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret represented the illustrator.
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31188-1.JPGMarissa Moss at Creston Books has bought world rights to Grace Hopper: Queen of the Computer Code author Laurie Wallmark's (l.) new work, Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics. The book explores the life of the ground-breaking mathematician. Yevgenia Nayberg will illustrate; publication is scheduled for spring 2020. Liza Fleissig at the Liza Royce Agency represented the author, and Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary represented the illustrator.
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31189-1.JPGJes Negrón at Kane Press/StarBerry Books has acquired world rights to debut author Valerie Bolling's (l.) Let's Dance!, illustrated by Maine Diaz. The picture book showcases dances from all over the world, with rhythmic prose that encourages readers to tap, spin, and boogie along. Publication is slated for spring 2020; the author represented herself, and Mela Bolinao represented the illustrator.
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IN THE MEDIA
From the New York Times:
A Graphic Novel Aimed at Young Adults Takes a Personal Look at the Opioid Crisis. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Variety:
'13 Reasons Why' Creator, Anonymous Content Option YA Novel 'What If It’s Us.' Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Guardian:
Paul McCartney announces picture book, 'Hey Grandude.' Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Literary Hub:
In the Wake of Trump, YA Novels Are Highlighting Immigrant Narratives. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Guardian:
Matilda at 30: 'She would have been prime minister for a couple of years by now.' Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Animation:
Scholastic to Launch New 'Clifford' Series, Publishing and Licensing Program. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Book Riot:
19 Sparkly and Wonderful Books About Unicorns for Babies and Children. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Boston Globe:
As ‘The Hate U Give’ heads to the big screen, the bestseller is one of the most challenged books. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Hollywood Reporter:
PBS Kids Sets New 'Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum’'TV Series Based on Brad Meltzer's Books. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the BBC:
Philip Pullman loses the pen he wrote His Dark Materials with. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From B&N Teen Blog:
13 YA Authors on How They Find (Forge, Carve Out, Sacrifice For) the Time to Write. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the New York Times:
Matilda Statue Faces Down Trump to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Roald Dahl Classic. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Electric Literature:
Young Adult Novels Are Finally Telling the Truth About Internet Friendships. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Entertainment Weekly:
R.L. Stine to write new graphic novel series Just Beyond for Boom! Studios. Click here more_arrow.gif
SHELFTALKER
New books that help celebrate and create community.
Finding the magic in an event-filled day.
A children’s bookseller reflects on Banned Books Week in the year of #metoo.
Preschool book fairs fill the fall for one children’s bookstore.
FEATURED REVIEWS
31169-2.JPGstar.gifDon’t Touch My Hair!
Sharee Miller. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-56258-4

Aria is an African-American girl who’s proud of her showstopping hair “that grows up toward the sun like a flower.” But people keep confusing admiration with acquiescence: strangers, she laments, “are so curious about my hair that they try to touch it without even asking for permission!” Miller's embraces audiences of all backgrounds, nudging them, in different ways, to a new level of understanding. more more_arrow.gif
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31170-2.JPGstar.gifBold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
Kirsten Gillibrand, illus. by Maira Kalman. Knopf, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-525-57901-4

Making her children’s book debut, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand offers a personal history of the strong women in her family (her roller-skating grandmother, her karate black-belt mother), then introduces 10 notable suffragists spanning eras, socioeconomic backgrounds, and professions. Final spreads focus on today’s activists: Kalman paints a sea of women in bright pink hats: “Now it’s your turn. You are the suffragists of our time,” Gillibrand concludes. more more_arrow.gif
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31172-2.JPGstar.gifHerstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World
Katherine Halligan, illus. by Sarah Walsh. Simon & Schuster, $19.99 (112p) ISBN 978-1-5344-3664-0

Halligan tells the stories of 55 “herstorical” women across the globe with notable personal and professional accomplishments. They include artists and writers, political and social leaders, health care workers and healers, scientific innovators, and activists and visionaries. Halligan and Walsh offer approachable educational content about lesser-known subjects in a warm and vibrant visual presentation. more more_arrow.gif
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31173-2.JPGstar.gifThe Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln
Marissa Moss, illus. by Jeremy Holmes. Abrams, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4197-3064-1

Moss revisits the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, deftly folding the story of a thwarted assassination attempt on then-president-elect Abraham Lincoln into the larger tale of the famous agency’s beginnings. Born in 1819, Allan Pinkerton, a poor Scottish immigrant to America, goes from barrel maker to Chicago police detective to the owner of the most successful detective agency in the U.S. by the 1850s. When secessionists conspire to shoot Lincoln during his train trip to his inauguration, Pinkerton and his agents foil the plot. more more_arrow.gif
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Sharon M. Draper. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4424-9500-5

Timely and genuine, this novel chronicles a biracial girl’s struggle to define her identity and find her voice amid personal and societal expectations. After her parents’ divorce, competitive pianist Isabella, 11, divides her time between her white diner-waitress mother and her wealthy black father. Draper doesn’t shy away from challenging or uncomfortable topics. more more_arrow.gif
October 2, 2018
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Coming Home by Morpurgo &  Hyndman
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PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
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Workman has three new hires. Karen Edwards has joined as senior editor of curriculum-based trade publishing, and will handle new and bestselling educational series including Brain Quest, The Big Fat Notebooks, and Star Wars Workbooks, and more. Most recently she worked at William H. Sadlier as managing editor. Chris Duffy has joined as senior editor of graphic novels and sequential arts; most recently, he was managing editor of SpongeBob Comics. And Gracie Elliot has joined as editorial assistant.
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For a look at all of September's job moves, including new hires and promotions, click here.
On-Sale Calendar
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Publishers offer up the full harvest of their fall lists this month, including 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan, a series launch called Unlimited Squirrels from Mo Willems, and a mythology-infused YA novel by Julie Kagawa Shadow of the Fox. The fourth installment in Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, A Map of Days, will be released, and Kirsten White and Jason Segel’s YA series adds OtherEarth. The Book Thief author Markus Zusak builds a Bridge of Clay, Someday by David Levithan (sequel to Every Day) hits shelves, as well as Start Now! You Can Make a Difference by Chelsea Clinton. Picture book duo Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson release Carmela Full of Wishes and Brain Pickings editor Maria Popova collaborates with Claudia Bedrick for A Velocity of Being, Letters to a Young Reader. For more children’s and YA titles on sale in the month of October, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.
Bestsellers
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#1 Lord of the Fleas (Dog Man #5) by Dav Pilkey. Click here more_arrow.gif
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Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex. Click here more_arrow.gif
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