Monday, 14 October 2019

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More Tariffs, More Audible, More Hunger Games
In a new round of Trump administration tariffs on E.U. goods, books coming to the U.S. from the U.K. and Germany will be subjected to a 25% tariff effective October 18. In the ongoing Audible case, Judge Valerie Caproni has denied the company's request for settlement talks. A new Hunger Games novel's title and cover have been revealed, while at New York Comic Con, Abrams has unveiled a new LGBTQ graphic imprint. The former National Enquirer editor has threatened booksellers in an attempt to deaden the effect of a forthcoming Ronan Farrow book, the Daily Beast reports, while Bob Woodward has taken flack for his interview of the authors of She Said at a book event filled with audience heckling. And rare books geeks will be thrilled to know, Electric Literature reports, that a copy of America’s first banned book is for sale...if you have $35,000.
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Tariffs on E.U. Goods to Include Books
New tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on goods imported from the European Union will include books produced in Germany and the U.K. These titles will be subjected to a 25% tariff beginning October 18. more »
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What if the Sword Has Chosen a Queen?
The Lady of the Lake is the true hero in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur, illustrated by legendary artist Frank Miller and written by screenwriter Thomas Wheeler. 'Cursed' features eight full-color and 30 black-and-white pieces of original artwork by Miller. (Sponsored) more »
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Court Denies Audible Request for Settlement Conference in ‘Captions’ Case
Audible attorneys this week asked for the case to be referred to a Magistrate judge for a settlement conference, but after the publisher plaintiffs rejected the idea, judge Valerie Caproni denied the request. more »

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New Hunger Games Novel's Title and Cover Revealed
This morning during a reveal on 'Good Morning America,' fans of Suzanne Collins’s blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy got their first peek at the cover of a new book in the YA fantasy franchise: 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,' set for release May 19, 2020 with a first printing of 2.5 million copies. more »
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NYCC 2019: Events at Javits, NYPL; Abrams Debuts New LGBTQ Graphic Imprint
New York Comic Con, which will run from Oct. 3-6 at the Javits Center, kicked off its 2019 show at another venue, the New York Public Library, and with a flurry of announcements that included a new LGBTQ imprint at Abrams, and news about Lion Forge and its Magnetic Press imprint. more »
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Greta Thunberg Inspires Activism-Themed Books
As Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg dominates headlines, publishers have begun to publish and announce books about her for all ages, with some titles available now and more on the way through fall 2020. more »
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University Press Week Wants You to 'Read. Think. Act.'
The Association of University Presses has announced the theme for this year’s University Press Week, which runs from Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9: “Read. Think. Act.” more »

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Lamb Leaving RHCB
Wendy Lamb will step down at the end of the year from her role as v-p and publishing director after 18 years with her eponymous imprint, and will become a freelance editor and creative consultant. more »
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NBF Announces 2019 Literature for Justice Program Titles
The National Book Foundation has announced the selections for the second year of its Literature for Justice program. The five contemporary titles shed light on mass incarceration in the United States. more »

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Job Moves
  • Morgan Gutierrez, formerly production artist at Corefact Corporation, is joining Chronicle Books as junior production developer.
  • Jamie Thompson, formerly managing editor at Knock Knock, is joining Chronicle Books as executive editor of gift formats.
  • Paul Colarusso, formerly marketing director at Abrams, has joined Aperture Foundation as communications director.
  • Ella Griffiths is being promoted to editor at Faber & Faber.
  • Benjamin Hughes has joined Ingram as key account sales manager for Lightning Source UK in its Milton Keynes, U.K., office.
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Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'The Water Dancer' by Ta-Nehisi Coates is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'Followers' by Megan Angelo
"In her spectacular debut, Angelo masterfully explores the dark side of social media." more »

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Picture of the Day

As the Heartland Fall Forum of Midwest Indie Booksellers and Great Lakes Indie Booksellers kicked off its annual joint trade show earlier this week, outgoing American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher was presented with a drawing of his favorite animal created by GLIBA executive director Larry Law.
Photo: Claire Kirch
PW Daily team: Rachel Deahl, John Maher, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Emma Wenner
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Chloe Schwenke Out at AWP
Less than six months after being named the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' executive director, Chloe Schwenke is out. ‘The Testaments' got off to a fast start following its Tuesday release. Bookstores could use a hot title as bookstore sales fell again in July.

Deputy chief executive of the Publishers Association Emma House is leaving after 10 years with the organization. Also across the pond, a political correspondent writes that Brexit could threaten the publishing industry in the U.K. as proposed immigration policies have an impact on the country's creativity and culture. Authors and other readers are moving to ban a fundamentalist text that supports child abuse from being sold on Amazon.
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AWP Fires Executive Director, Who Alleges Discrimination
Chloe Schwenke, who served for one year as interim executive director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs before being officially named executive director about six months ago, has been let go. Schwenke alleges that discrimination was behind her termination. more »
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'Testaments' Off to Recordbreaking Start
The most anticipated book of the fall season is shaping up to deliver for its publisher, Penguin Random House, if not for many independent booksellers, who were hoping the title would smash sales records of their own. more »
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Download Ingram’s New Stock Check App Today!
Available Now! Search by title, author, scan any barcode, or type in any EAN to check stock instantly. Download the latest version of the Ingram Stock Check app so you can instantly access the latest features and millions of titles with one easy click. Don't wait - get the app today. (Sponsored) Learn More »

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AALBC Cuts Buy Links to Amazon
After years as an Amazon affiliate, the African American Literature Book Club, an online portal dedicated to black books, literacy and a wide variety of book-related services, is severing most of its commercial ties to the online retailer. more »
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July Bookstore Sales Drop 5%
Bookstore sales in July were $646 million, down from $680 million in 2019, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. more »
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Book Drive for Border Kids Kicks Off
A group of concerned citizens in Minnesota has launched a charitable book drive to benefit refugee children more than 1,000 miles away at the Mexican border. more »
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Join 'PW' for a Special Panel During Independent Filmmaker Project Week and Save
On Sept. 18, 'PW' will moderate a panel on optioning books for film and television as part of IFP Week. Other panels will feature filmmakers, producers, and scouts, including Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), Michael H. Weber (The Disaster Artist), Antonio Campos (The Sinner), and Marcy Drogin (The Goldfinch). Use promo code PW20 for a 20% discount on all IFP Week events! (Sponsored) more »

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Job Moves
  • Amelia Appel has been promoted to associate literary agent at Triada US.
  • Eddie Chow has joined Chronicle Books as junior financial analyst.
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Bookstore News
Click here to join the conversation in PW's Facebook group for booksellers, and click here to read ShelfTalker, our children's bookselling blog.
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Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls' by Dav Pilkey is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir' by Samantha Power
"In vividly told scenes, with bracing honesty and breathless prose, Pulitzer Prize–winner Power ('A Problem from Hell') reflects on the roads that led from her college days at Yale to her work in the U.S. government." more »

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Picture of the Day

Retired basketball star Kobe Bryant visited the U.S. Open last week to promote Granity Studios' just-published middle grade novel, 'Legacy and the Queen,' a tennis-themed sports fantasy novel created by Bryant and written by Annie Matthew. Here, Bryant is pictured with two fans whose books he signed.
Courtesy Kathleen Carter Communications
PW Daily team: Rachel Deahl, John Maher, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Emma Wenner
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Big Day for Bookstore News
There's lots going on in the bookselling world today, with three bookstores battling local governments, a new San Diego store for Diesel, A Bookstore in the works, and Writers' Workshoppe & Imprint Books gaining some new owners. In awards news, the 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards winners have been announced. Elsewhere, Brittle Paper has put together an African history of the Booker Prize, detailing the continent's many brushes with the U.K.'s biggest fiction prize. The Guardian has its own list today cataloguing big books, from Animal Farm to Catch-22, that were initially rejected by publishers. And did you know that the public once feared that library books could spread disease? Smithsonian magazine investigates.
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Three Bookstores Battle Local Government
In the last six months, three independent bookstores have received particularly large outpourings of support from their customers—yet all three say they were pushed to ask for help after becoming victims of state and local policies that put their businesses at risk. more »
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Diesel, A Bookstore to Add San Diego Branch
Just in time for its 30th anniversary, Diesel, A Bookstore will open a 2,200-sq.-ft. location in San Diego this November. more »

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New Owners Set for Writers' Workshoppe & Imprint Books
Samantha Ladwig and her partner Thom Nienow are in the process of buying the Writers' Workshoppe & Imprint Books in Port Townsend, Wash., which is currently owned by author Anna Quinn and her husband Peter Quinn. more »
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Rona Jaffe 2019 Winners Announced
The six winners of the 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards, which celebrate women writers who have shown promise early in their career, have been unveiled. Each is set to receive a $40,000 prize. more »
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Jeff Carroll to Head Macmillan Marketing
The former Viacom v-p will join Macmillan as executive v-p of marketing and consumer strategy on September 3, reporting to Maya Mavjee, president of publishing strategy. Macmillan's central marketing team will now report to Carroll. more »
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Walking Readers into Scripture: Spotlight on Crossway’s Study Bibles
A variety of study Bibles offers new ways to approach God’s Word. (Sponsored) more »

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Milkweed Fellowship Recipient Named
Milkweed has selected its inaugural recipient for a fellowship designed to make employment in the industry more accessible to people from diverse backgrounds. more »

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Job Moves
  • Jaime Gelman has been promoted to assistant editor, from editorial assistant, at BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, effective September 19.
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Bookstore News
Click here to join the conversation in PW's Facebook group for booksellers, and click here to read ShelfTalker, our children's bookselling blog.
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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'How to Be an Antiracist' by Ibram X. Kendi is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'Nothing to See Here' by Kevin Wilson
"Wilson captures the wrenching emotions of caring for children in this exceptional, and exceptionally hilarious, novel." more »

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Picture of the Day

Last week, the Children's Book Council and Candlewick Press co-sponsored the CBC Diversity Summer Happy Hour and Diverse Book Swap, a networking event held at Trident Booksellers & Café in Boston in the hopes of bringing together a community of book people in Boston to celebrate the diverse voices in children’s literature.
Courtesy Candlewick
PW Daily team: Rachel Deahl, John Maher, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Emma Wenner
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Another Amazon Complaint This Week
Bibliotheca has called out Amazon for meddling in the library e-book market, just the latest complaint against the e-tail giant following Monday's AAP lawsuit over Audible's Captions program. At Baen Books and RBmedia, a partnership is in the works in which the two publishers will collaborate on audiobook publishing. Bill Simmons's website the Ringer has teamed up with Grand Central on a publishing deal, the Hollywood Reporter reports, while Welsh bookseller Richard Booth, the self-crowned king of used books, has died at 80.
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Bibliotheca Calls Out Amazon for Meddling in the Library E-book Market
In a message sent to library customers, Tom Mercer, senior v-p of digital products for Bibliotheca, called out Amazon for its role in the increasingly contentious library e-book market. "As long as data is shared with Amazon by library users, Amazon will spin that data to create concern, and publishers will be forced to alter their digital library lending models or risk losing key authors.” more »
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Baen Books, RBmedia Partner On Audiobooks
Independent science fiction and fantasy publisher Baen Books has partnered with audiobook company RBmedia for an audiobook program. Under the agreement, the two companies will publish more than 170 audiobooks over the next three years. more »
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Solve the Case like a Coding Pro!
Join technomancer Debian Perl and her social media-savvy friend, Digits to help a 100-year-old lost robot find his way home! Learn computer concepts and build practical knowledge of coding, algorithms, and algebra while adventuring through the futuristic world of Megalopolis! 'Debian Perl: Digital Detective Book One' is in stores now from Lion Forge! (Sponsored) more »

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China Literature Feels the Pressure
Profits at one of the country's major publishers fell in the first half of 2019 as the Chinese government’s attitude toward publishing appears to be cooling. more »
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Apple Books Bestsellers: 'The Last Widow' Is #1
Karin Slaughter's latest Will Trent thriller jumps to the top of the Apple Books store's bestseller list. more »
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Perfection vs. Progress: Reading the Bible with Asheritah Ciuciu
Ciuciu’s 31-day devotional encourages daily growth and fellowship with others, crumbs and all. (Sponsored) more »

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C4F to Honor Lynn Nesbit, Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale'
The literary agent and a number of figures associated with the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel will be honored at the Center for Fiction's annual benefit in December. more »
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Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2019 Shortlist
Books nominated for this year's prizes include 'Tigerland' by Wil Haygood, 'There There' by Tommy Orange, and 'Educated' by Tara Westover. Winners will be honored at a gala ceremony on November 3. more »
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BIGNY to Host Sesame Workshop Retrospective
On September 17, the Book Industry Guild of New York will host Karen Halpenny of the Sesame Workshop who will present a retrospective of the Workshop's past 50 years. more »

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Job Moves
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Children's Fiction Bestseller List
'Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls' by Dav Pilkey is the #1 title on PW's children's frontlist fiction bestseller list. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'The Hermit King: The Dangerous Game of Kim Jong Un' by Chung Min Lee
"Korea analyst Chung Min Lee delivers a crisp examination of the rise and reign of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un " more »

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Picture of the Day

This year's Small Press Flea, a summer market featuring local publishers and magazines held by 'BOMB' Magazine and the Brooklyn Public Library, was held this past Saturday in New York outside the BPL's flagship library, and marked the fifth installment of the event.
Photo: John Maher
PW Daily team: Rachel Deahl, John Maher, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Emma Wenner
PW Daily logo: Nicole Cadavid

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The Scrap Over Captions Continues
The Association of American Publishers is leading publishers into a new scuffle with Amazon, whose Audible arm is getting sued for alleged copyright infringement over its Captions program. Speaking of which, what's the difference between print books and audiobooks? The distinction may be a big one in the market, but neuroscientifically, there is none. Overseas, the Beijing Book Fair wraps up, while in Uganda, a new generation of writers is breathing fresh life into the country's literature, the Economist reports. In Ray Bradbury's Illinois hometown, a statue of the sci-fi great has been erected, and in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, a home for indie publishers is expanding. And for the Washington Post, N.K. Jemisin, Jasmine Guillory, and Lauren Wilkinson discuss publishing's white male hierarchy.
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AAP Suit Seeks to Block Implementation of Audible Captions
The Association of American Publishers has filed suit in a bid to stop Audible from moving ahead with its plans to implement its Audible Captions program. Under Captions, Audible will transcribe a book’s audio in order to create text that will run along with the audio, something publishers see as copyright infringement. more »
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Beijing 2019: The Expanding Chinese Book Market Fuels Exhibitor Enthusiasm
The growth of China's middle class continues to create more demand for books. more »
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Cook. Share. Celebrate.
From weeknight dinners to special buffets, it’s easier than ever to enjoy all of your favorites with this brand-new edition of 'The Taste of Home Cookbook'! (Sponsored) Click here for more info. »

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A Publishing Factory Grows in Brooklyn
Affordable rents and the ever-burgeoning Brooklyn literary community have drawn indie presses to the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. more »
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Book Deals: Week of August 26, 2019
Scribner spends big on a book about John Muir’s quest to save Yosemite, Harper pumps for a memoir by Leonard Lauder, Grove wins a Booker contender, and more in this week's notable book deals. more »
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This Week's Bestsellers: August 26, 2019
Dav Pilkey has the #1 book in the country with ‘For Whom the Ball Rolls,’ the latest entry in his Dog Man series. Plus National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘How to Be an Antiracist’ is #9 in the country, and Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht’s sophomore effort, ‘Inland,’ debuts in hardcover fiction at #12. more »

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PW Digital Edition
See what we published in this week's print issue of 'Publishers Weekly,' including a new feature on printing in Hong Kong and China, another featuring cookbooks on North American cuisine, and more. »
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Call for Information: Health and Fitness Books
Needed: Information on trends in health and fitness books. Comments on background are welcome. Pub. dates: November 2019 through April 2020. New titles only, please; no reprints. Please email pitches to features@publishersweekly.com by Sept. 13 and put “Call for Info: Health and Fitness” in the subject line. more »

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Bookstore News
Click here to join the conversation in PW's Facebook group for booksellers, and click here to read ShelfTalker, our children's bookselling blog.
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Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list »
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Our Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'From the Shadows,' 'Everything Inside,' A Better Man,' and more. »
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Review of the Day: 'The Family Upstairs' by Lisa Jewell
"Distinct, well-developed characters, shifting points of view, and a disturbing narrative that pulses with life create an enthralling tale full of surprises." more »

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Picture of the Day

IngramSpark, Ingram Content Group's independent publishing service, invited 100 of its local indie publishers to its Tennessee office this month for a day full of IngramSpark insider tips, education around working with bookstores and libraries, metadata best practices, a tour of Ingram’s print facility, and networking opportunities with their fellow publishers and the IngramSpark team.
Courtesy Ingram
PW Daily team: Rachel Deahl, John Maher, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Emma Wenner
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Bookstores Galore
Lots going on in the bookstore world today, with two bookstores adding new locations and a Detroit indie getting a new life. In the children's world, a new initiative has been launched to collect books for young tornado victims, and Random House's Cathy Goldsmith weighs in on a newly discovered book by Dr. Seuss, which will be published September 3. Christopher Kimball and America’s Test Kitchen have settled their lawsuit, the New York Times reports, while ProPublica digs into how Trump’s tariffs, which allow bibles but ban textbooks, are questionable in their criteria. And at the New Republic, a client of literary agency Brockman Inc. investigates John Brockman's ties with Jeffrey Epstein.
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Colorado, Maryland Bookstores Get New Locations
Denver's Tattered Cover is adding a new location in the Origin Hotel in nearby Westminster, Colo. In Baltimore, Emma Snyder is moving the Ivy Bookshop, which she bought in January, two miles down the road into a church she recently acquired, with plans to expand the store's role in the local literary community. more »
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Random House's Cathy Goldsmith on Newly Discovered Seuss Book
'Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum,' a new book based on the late Theodor Geisel's unfinished manuscript and sketches, will be published on September 3. Cathy Goldsmith, the only remaining Random House executive who worked directly with Geisel, talked with PW about shepherding the picture book into print. more »

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#KitLitforCelina Gathers Books for Young Tornado Victims
According to children’s author Michelle Houts, a single page torn from a book inspired her to organize a book drive to benefit children in Celina, Ohio, after a tornado devastated the rural town of 10,500 people. more »
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'What Is … Judy Moody?'
Judy Moody author and lifelong 'Jeopardy!' fan Megan McDonald reflects on the experience of seeing her children's book series featured as an answer on her favorite TV quiz show. more »
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A Real-Life Interpretation of 'Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site'
The children’s book and legislative worlds converged in Texas earlier this month, when San Antonio Councilman John Courage filed a request to create new local rules limiting loud construction operations near homes at night, and dubbed his initiative “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” in honor of the popular bedtime picture book. more »
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Find Waldo Local at Eight
For the past eight summers, indie bookstores and their business neighbors have been promoting localism through month-long scavenger hunts to find Waldo. We spoke with a number of booksellers about how the Find Waldo Local campaign is continuing to grow and evolve in their communities. more »

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Carrera to Lead ProQuest Books Unit
ProQuest has named VitalSource's Pep Carrera president of its books business unit. more »
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Baker & Taylor to Distribute McSweeney’s
Baker & Taylor Publisher Services has signed a full-service worldwide agreement with McSweeney’s Literary Arts Fund. more »

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Job Moves
  • Mike Evans, formerly CFO at McGraw-Hill Education, has been named chief revenue officer at HMH.
  • Dan Slevin has been named association manager of Booksellers NZ.
  • Laura Hernandez, formerly marketing coordinator at DK, has joined Random House Children’s Books as associate manager for digital marketing.
  • Nicole Valdez, formerly publishing publicity specialist for DC Comics, has joined Random House Children’s Books as marketing and publicity manager for Random House Graphic.
  • Carol Ly, formerly senior designer at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has joined Random House Children’s Books as senior designer for middle-grade titles.
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Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls' by Dav Pilkey is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop' by Thomas Travisano
"Drawing on an extraordinary level of archival access, Travisano, a professor emeritus of English at Hartwick College, offers a definitive biography–cum–literary study of Elizabeth Bishop." more »

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Dav Pilkey recently kicked off his “Dog Man Do Good” tour to promote 'For Whom the Ball Rolls' (Graphix), the newest book in his bestselling graphic novel series. Pilkey is pictured here in St. Louis, Mo., where he appeared to a sold-out crowd of 5,000 people at Chaifetz Arena.
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Welcome to Beijing
The Beijing Book Fair has begun, and with it comes a bevy of digital and children's content. Tuesday marked the publication date of the debut collection by poet and sexual assault recovery educator Olivia Gatwood, who spoke with PW about the book and writing about sexual trauma. And across the internet, books on insects and rock 'n' roll get their due this week—as do some of the favorite reads of director David Lynch.
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Beijing Book Fair 2019: Digital and Children’s Content Reigns
The Beijing International Book Fair is expected to welcome more than 2,600 exhibitors and more than 300,000 attendees for its five-day run, which began August 21 with a large children's section and many programs aimed at the use of technology in publishing. more »
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Every Wall Had Poems: PW Talks with Olivia Gatwood
We spoke with Gatwood, poet and sexual assault prevention and recovery educator, about her debut collection, 'Life of the Party'—and asked her to read a poem from her collection as well. more »

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Will Publishers Roll the Dice on Board Games?
Board games are booming, but comics publishers are wary about entering the market. more »
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Calm Is Sleeping Its Way to Success
Calm’s popular app, with more than 1.5 million paid subscribers, has been helping adults fall asleep with a series of audio bedtime stories. more »

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German Bookseller Named Winner of 2020 Fellowship for Winter Institute
The Frankfurt Book Fair New York has named Florian Valerius, store manager of German bookstore Stephanus Bücher, as the winner of next year’s Fellowship for Winter Institute, established by Bookselling Without Borders. more »
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New American Voices Award Announces Shortlist
Novelists Melissa Rivero, Eugenia Kim, and Angie Kim have been named finalists for the second annual Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. more »

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Job Moves
  • Eddie Gamarra, formerly literary manager at the Gotham Group, has joined Nickelodeon as v-p of studio development.
  • Kristina Kearns, formerly director of McSweeney's, has joined Twenty Summers as executive director, replacing outgoing director Camille Ives Beck.
  • Allison Devlin has been named sales director in client sales at Penguin Random House Publisher Services.
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Bookstore News
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Trade Paperback Bestseller List
'The Art of Racing in the Rain' film tie-in edition by Garth Stein is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'Making Comics' by Lynda Barry
"Barry follows up Syllabus by again condensing her celebrated visual storytelling courses into an instructional book that doubles as a work of art." more »

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Picture of the Day

At last weekend's dog-themed Riverhead Pop-Up Reading Room at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, happy readers cuddled with happier pups while reading some of Riverhead Books' biggest titles.
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Regan Returns
Judith Regan is back with a controversial new book deal that has prompted questions from the book business and beyond. A letter sent earlier this month by three Democratic senators is questioning the ethical ramifications of educational publishers' data collection practices. And at PW, Rose Fox gets a promotion and David Adams and Phoebe Cramer join the reviews team. In celebratory news, awards season is starting back up again: Tommy Orange has won the American Book Award, while in Germany, the German Book Prize has released its longlist. And today in George R.R. Martin, the Song of Ice and Fire author has half-heartedly promised better turnaround time on The Winds of Winter now that Game of Thrones isn't derailing his writing process, and has also, NBC Chicago reports, put his Windy City home up for sale.
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Senators Question Educational Publishers’ Data Collection Practices
An August 12 letter, signed by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) raised concerns that the data harvested and maintained by digital educational publishers today “could pose a serious risk to students, parents, and educational institutions" if "stolen, collected, or sold without their permission or knowledge.” more »
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With Controversial New Deal, Is Regan Arts Back in Business?
It's been nearly a year and a half since Judith Regan's most recent publishing venture, Regan Arts, faded from view. With a just-announced acquisition—a book by disgraced author/journalist Mark Halperin about President Trump's 2020 election prospects—industry insiders are wondering whether Regan is trying to get back to, and in, business. more »
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Solve the Case like a Coding Pro!
Join technomancer Debian Perl and her social media-savvy friend, Digits to help a 100-year-old lost robot find his way home! Learn computer concepts and build practical knowledge of coding, algorithms, and algebra while adventuring through the futuristic world of Megalopolis! 'Debian Perl: Digital Detective Book One' is in stores now from Lion Forge! (Sponsored) more »

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A Woke History of Texas
If the University of Texas Press exists for one reason, it is this: to publish a comprehensive, definitive history of Texas. And Steve Harrigan’s 900-page 'Big Wonderful Thing' just might do the trick. more »
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Fox Up at BookLife, Adams, Cramer In at PW
David Adams and Phoebe Cramer joined Publishers Weekly on Monday as reviews editors for nonfiction and genre fiction, respectively. Longtime senior reviews editor Rose Fox will serve as director of BookLife Reviews. more »

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Apple Books Bestsellers: 'Contraband' Is #1
Stuart Woods returns to the top of the Apple Books store with 'Contraband,' while the latest of Kendall Ryan's self-published romance books, 'Playing for Keeps,' is #2. more »
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Osondu Wins BOA Prize
E.C. Osondu has won the ninth annual BOA Short Fiction Prize for his manuscript 'Alien Stories.' more »

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Children's Fiction Bestseller List
'The Poison Jungle' (Wings of Fire, Book 13) by Tui T Sutherland is the #1 title on PW's children's frontlist fiction bestseller list. See the full list »
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Review of the Day: 'The Movie Musical!' by Jeanine Basinger
"Film historian Basinger returns with this exhaustive and exhilarating survey of the American musical." more »

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Picture of the Day

Author and citizen detective Billy Jensen and 200+ true crime fans met up for an event held by Anderson’s Bookshop earlier this month in Naperville, Ill., to discuss his new book, 'Chase Darkness with Me' (Sourcebooks).
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