Sunday, 6 January 2019

PW Daily newletters

Here are the latest PW newsletters for my followers to peruse:


PW Bookit!: Updates from PW's sales and marketing staff about opportunities to promote your brand in PW.
Social Media Marketing and Content Strategy for Books
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Letter from the Publisher
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824-v1-67x.PNGLetter from Cevin - January 2019
Happy New Year!I hope your holidays were enjoyable and that your celebrations went well. I stayed home and relaxed, ringing in the New Year with family and friends. This is a relatively peaceful month for me travel-wise. With ALA Midwinter back in Seattle more » »
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Social Media Marketing and Content Strategy for Books

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Events Corner
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775-v2-67x.JPGEvents Corner for January 2019
If Publishers Weekly is planning to be there, you are welcome to join us—wherever we are! more » »

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Highlights & Features
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808-v1-67x.PNG2018 Bestsellers
The piece features year’s bestselling titles by format with an analysis by PW’s editors. An important document that lasts long after the sell-by date. Issue date: January 21; reservations due: January 9. more » »
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807-v1-67x.JPGParenting
This feature will look at trends in parenting books. In particular, the feature will look at parenting books with idea-driven narratives, parenting memoirs and parenting how-to titles. Issue date: January 21; reservations due: January 9. more » »
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823-v1-67x.PNGSpring 2019 Audio Announcements
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, the audio category keeps soaring! Here you’ll find out what’s forthcoming from the biggest, best and sleeper audiobook publishers. Issue date: January 28; reservations due: January 16. more » »
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822-v1-67x.JPGWriters to Watch - Spring 2019
Writers to Watch is a fine selection of 10 debut authors chosen by Publishers Weekly’s editors as the up-and-comers of the season. Issue date: January 28; reservations due: January 16. more » »
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821-v1-67x.JPGSocial Issues and Religion
This feature focuses on new titles about the intersection of religion and social issues such as sexual harassment, politics, economic inequality, immigration, globalization and the environment. Issue date: January 28; reservations due: January 16. more » »
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820-v1-67x.JPGSpring Travel 2019
Wanderlust strikes! The spring travel feature is bound to have readers dreaming of faraway lands…and of exploring their own backyards. First up, new travel imprints and series. Next, trends. Then, narrative travel. Issue: Feb. 11; reservations: Jan. 30. more » »
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819-v1-67x.JPGComics Retailing
In advance of the influential Diamond Retailers Summit in Las Vegas (May 18 – 20, 2019), PW’s editors weigh in on the outlook for comics and graphic novels retailing. Issue date: February 11; reservations due: January 30. more » »
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Looking Ahead
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818-v1-67x.JPGSpring Religion and Spirituality Announcements - 2019
A directory of forthcoming religion and spirituality titles scheduled for publication in Spring, 2019, this compilation is a useful guide and checklist for librarians and booksellers who buy books for their shelves and collections. more » »
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817-v1-67x.JPGHome and Garden - Spring/Summer 2019
What’s new in home and garden? For this pre-planting feature, PW’s lifestyle editors will cover sustainable living and green cleaning, home décor and organization. Forthcoming spring books about houseplants and outdoor gardening round out the feature. more » »
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816-v1-67x.JPGGun Control
February 14, 2019 will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students. How does the literature address issues of gun control? more » »
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815-v1-67x.PNGLondon Book Fair Preview
Come mid-March, more than 25,000 of the world’s most powerful publishing and rights professionals will descend upon the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London for the 2019 London Book Fair. more » »
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Contact Your Rep
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Contact your PW rep for information and reservations today!
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PW's Editorial Calls for Information
Click here to read all of PW's current calls for information and books for upcoming editorial features.
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Staff favorites from the past year. more
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32703-v1-100x.JPGPW Picks: Books of the Week, January 7, 2019
This week: how to date men when you hate men, plus Samanta Schweblin's frightening story collection. more
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32681-1.JPGWin a Copy of 'The Roots of Rap'!
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A Bound Heart
32704-v1-100x.JPGBooksellers’ Favorite Titles of 2018
The results of a poll of nearly 800 booksellers across the country. more
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32705-v1-100x.JPGThe Most-Read Book Reviews of 2018
We review more than 8,000 books per year, and these were the 10 most-read reviews of books published in 2018. more
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32706-v1-100x.JPGThe Last Taboo: PW Talks with Gaby Dunn
The author of ‘Bad with Money’ explains why people feel shame around the subject of personal finance. more

PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Arthur Yorinks
32707-v1-100x.JPGThe Best Books of 2018
Picks across all categories and for all ages.
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30761-v14-100x.JPGMore New Books
'Crucible' by James Rollins, and more. more
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This Week's Bestsellers
Hardcover Nonfiction
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Michelle Obama, Author
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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
Joanna Gaines, Author
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Rachel Hollis, Author
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The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
Charles Krauthammer, Author, Daniel Krauthammer, Editor
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Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering
Joanna Gaines, Author, Marah Stets, Author
Hardcover Fiction
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John Grisham, Author
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George R R Martin, Author, Doug Wheatley, Illustrator
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Nicholas Sparks, Author
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Target: Alex Cross
James Patterson, Author
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Mitch Albom, Author



PW Daily: Breaking book business, bookselling and author news, bestsellers lists and publishing deals.
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59418-v1-67x.JPGIndie Booksellers Report Strong Holiday Finish
Although independent booksellers reported difficulty in keeping certain titles in stock, the problem was not enough to prevent many booksellers from reported a record holiday season. more »
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59382-v1-67x.PNGPreorders Make a 2019 Title a Houston Indie's 2018 Bestseller
Brazos Bookstore pre-sold more than 300 copies of Mike Freedman's 'King of the Mississippi,' a book that won't be published until July, making it the store's bestselling fiction title of 2018. more »
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59387-v1-67x.JPGGirls of the Crescent: Teen Sisters Promote Stories of Muslim Girls
When sisters Mena and Zena Nasiri, both avid teen readers, noticed a dearth of YA books featuring Muslim females like themselves, they founded Girls of the Crescent, with the mission of donating books about Muslim heroines to schools and libraries. more »
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32701-1.JPGReach the Right Readers at the Right Time
Your readers are on Amazon, so shouldn’t your book ads be here, too? Amazon Advertising increases your visibility, so you can reach readers searching for books like yours. Have a limited budget? You can create a campaign for just $1/day and you only pay when readers click your ads. Plus, user-friendly features make it easy to get started. (Sponsored) More »
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JOB MOVES
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Iris Hsieh has been named associate director for China sales and product management at Penguin Random House International.
Emily Canders has been promoted to publicity manager at Dutton.
Melanie Madden, formerly acquiring and development editor at the Quarto Group, has joined Diversion Books as editor and can be contacted at melanie@diversionbooks.com.

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59373-v1-67x.JPGThe Final Volume of a Successful 'Struggle' Marks 15 Years for Archipelago
The publisher of literature in translation released the final volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 'My Struggle' this year. But it's not done with him yet. more » »
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59342-v1-67x.JPGGiving Back: PW Talks with Gary Sinise
In 'Grateful American' (Nelson, Feb.), actor Sinise explores his life and career, focusing on his work, through the Gary Sinise Foundation, on behalf of American veterans. more » »
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59392-v1-67x.JPGFour Questions for...Karen M. McManus
Karen M. McManus’s bestselling debut, the YA thriller 'One of Us Is Lying,' is in development as a TV series for E!, and a sequel is due in spring 2020. We spoke with McManus about her sophomore project, 'Two Can Keep a Secret,' which hits shelves this month. more » »
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30391-v1-67x.JPGLast Call: PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year
Deadline: January 8. Authors, booksellers, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to nominate their favorite bookstores and sales representatives for the Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Awards. (Please note that candidates cannot nominate themselves, nor can family members nominate them.) Please email nominations for PW 2019 Bookstore of the Year and PW 2019 Sales Representative of the year to Judith Rosen at PWawards@publishersweekly.com. For more information and specifics, click here. » »

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News Briefs

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NBN Adds Three to Distribution Network
National Book Network has newly begun distribution for three publishers: Common Deer Press, Riverbend Publishing, and Waterford Press. more » »
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Gaydos Named Editor-In-Chief of Oni Press
Sarah Gaydos, formerly editorial director of licensed publishing at Oni Press, has been promoted to editor-in-chief of the independent graphic novel publisher. more » »

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BOOKSTORE NEWS
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Pennsylvania Gets a New Kids' Store: Spark Books, a new children's store, opened in Aspinwall, Pa., in October.
Massachusetts Pop-up Store to Close: Amesbury Books, a holiday pop-up store in Amesbury, Mass., run by HugoBooks, will close and not re-open.
Austin to Adds 20 New Used Bookstores: Recycled Reads, a used bookstore run by the city of Austin, Tex., is expanding to more than 20 libraries.
Maryland Bookstore Changes Hands: Baltimore's The Ivy Bookshop, opened since 2002, has been sold to co-owner Emma Snyder.
Click here to join the bookselling conversation in PW's Facebook group for booksellers.
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THE ROUNDUP
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Edgar Hilsenrath Dies at 92: The survivor of Nazi persecution, who wrote brutally satirical autobiographical novels about the Holocaust, died on Sunday in Wittlich, Germany.
New Book from Author Who Stalked Critic: Author Kathleen Hale, who stalked a Goodreads reviewer, will release a new essay collection called ‘Kathleen Hale is a Crazy Stalker."
A 'Lonely Planet' for Libraries: Two Danish librarians launched Library Planet, "a crowdsourced Lonely Planet for libraries," in early December.
When Song Lyrics Become Literature: From Pet Shop Boys to Kate Bush, pop stars are publishing their songs as books. What do their words reveal about them?
William Faulkner Goes to Hollywood: The curious, forgotten connection between William Faulkner, Charles de Gaulle, and the moving pictures industry.

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PW Bestsellers
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22190-v19-67x.JPGTop 10 Overall Bestseller List
'Becoming' by Michelle Obama 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-v40-67x.JPG'Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal' by Alexandra Natapoff
"Law professor Natapoff (Snitching) paints a picture of large-scale judicial and police misconduct in this exposé of the misdemeanor system." more » »

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SHELFTALKER
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A new school year brings a new six-minute book challenge.




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PICTURE OF THE DAY
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2196-v1-300x.JPGA Book Tour Selfie With Fans
Last month, author Brandon Mull visited with staff at Rakestraw Books in Danville, Calif., and took a selfie with fans while he signed the second book in his Dragonwatch series, 'Wrath of the Dragon King' (Shadow Mountain).

Courtesy Shadow Mountain Publishing
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PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kathryn Dennis
Free Reviews and Services for Indie Authors
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PW Children's Bookshelf: Breaking children's and YA publishing news, author interviews, bestsellers lists and reviews.
Toy Fair 2019 | Registration Is Open
Flying Starts
In our first issue of the new year, we spotlight six notable children’s and YA debuts from this past season, including picture books and graphic novels, teen adventures, and more. Happy reading!
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59364-v1-300x.JPGLaura Weymouth
Laura Weymouth began writing The Light Between Worlds after discovering an unfilled niche in the market. “In 2016, I saw a tweet that a publisher was really interested in acquiring a book about Susan Pevensie after the end of the Narnia books," she says. For Weymouth, who had always wanted to explore the aftereffects of adventures in children’s literature, it seemed like a sign. more more_arrow.gif

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59365-v1-300x.JPGOge Mora
Creating picture books was never a foregone conclusion for debut author-illustrator Oge Mora, whose Nigerian immigrant parents are what she calls “science-minded.” Mora’s author-illustrator debut, Thank You, Omu!, which began as the final project in her picture book making class at the Rhode Island School of Design, pays tribute to her heritage. more more_arrow.gif

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59366-v1-300x.JPGDamien Love
As a freelance journalist, Damien Love has had his plate full covering art and pop culture for various outlets in his native Scotland. But, he says, “I’ve always wanted to write fiction.” Love’s first foray into middle grade, Monstrous Devices, could be pitched as Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Toy Story. “The book is kind of like an inventory of my influences. It’s also my way of thanking all the creators who’ve inspired me,” he says. more more_arrow.gif

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59367-v1-300x.JPGMolly Brooks
Molly Brooks was working all day digitizing comics, freelancing at night drawing comics, and struggling to find the time for her own projects. What started as a collaborative minicomic with friend Andrea Tsurumi evolved into Brooks’s first original graphic novel, Sanity & Tallulah, about two girls traveling through space. “I had a lot of ideas for ridiculous situations that I could drop them into,” she says. more more_arrow.gif

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59368-v1-300x.JPGAdib Khorram
Darius the Great Is Not Okay is Adib Khorram’s first published novel—and a finalist for the William C. Morris Award, given to debut novelists. But, like many other writers, Khorram did not find success with the very first novel he wrote. “Depending on how you count, I have four or five in the drawer,” he says. His breakthrough came when he began to consider a novel based on his own experience as an Iranian-American adolescent in the Midwest. more more_arrow.gif

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59363-v1-300x.JPGJessica Hische
Jessica Hische wasn’t sure what kind of artist she wanted to be—until she fell in love with typography. As a graphic designer and lettering artist, her clients have ranged from the New York Times to Wes Anderson, and more. In Hische’s debut picture book, Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave, the words seemingly come to life on the page. more more_arrow.gif

Obituary
32650-1.JPGAudrey Stone Geisel
Audrey Stone Geisel, philanthropist and widow of the late children’s book icon Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, died on December 19 at the age of 97. In 1993, Audrey Geisel founded Dr. Seuss Enterprises as an umbrella for overseeing the licensing of Dr. Seuss characters and properties. Cathy Goldsmith, president and publisher of the Dr. Seuss publishing program at Random House, said, “Audrey had such a quick wit and smart sense of humor. I will always remember her sparkle." more more_arrow.gif

In the News
59387-1.JPGGirls of the Crescent:
Teen Sisters Promote Stories of Muslim Girls

When sisters Mena and Zena Nasiri, both avid teen readers, noticed a dearth of YA books featuring Muslim females like themselves, they took steps to remedy this gap in representation. The Nasiris have founded Girls of the Crescent, with the mission of donating books about Muslim heroines to schools and libraries. more more_arrow.gif

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59395-1.JPGPullman, Donaldson, Riddell Among New Year's Honours Recipients
A number of authors have made the U.K.'s New Year's Honours list, including Philip Pullman (l.), Julia Donaldson, and Chris Riddell, for their contributions to children's literature. more more_arrow.gif

Four Questions
59392-1.JPGKaren M. McManus
Karen M. McManus’s bestselling debut, the YA thriller One of Us Is Lying, launched with a bang in May 2017. The book is in development as a TV series for E!, and a sequel is scheduled for spring 2020. But fans don’t have to wait that long to get another mystery fix. We spoke with McManus about her sophomore project, Two Can Keep a Secret, which hits shelves this month.

Q: Your debut novel was such a great success. Did all of that attention affect your approach to your new book?

A: Yeah, it did somewhat. You’re realizing people are going to be reading this book and it was a little bit intimidating. Second books are hard in general, though. I think most authors talk about that a lot, which is actually comforting to me to hear. It’s a different headspace. I did get through it and I’m so happy with how the book turned out. I learned a lot about my own process, what’s working and what’s not working. more more_arrow.gif

Out Next Week
59398-1.JPGHot Off the Presses:
Week of January 7, 2019

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book biography of a ballerina, a middle grade adventure about a family that lives on a school bus, and a YA compilation of short stories that address blackness. more more_arrow.gif

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Rights Report
32673-1.JPGChristy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to two YA novels by April Henry. The first book, Playing with Fire, is a teen-vs.-nature thriller inspired by Oregon's Eagle Creek Fire, scheduled for 2020. The second book, Eyes of the Forest, is a mystery with a triple twist pitched as Games of Thrones meets Misery, scheduled for 2021. Wendy Schmalz at the Wendy Schmalz Agency negotiated the deal.
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32674-1.JPGMatt Ringler at Scholastic has bought Elsie Chapman's YA fantasy Caster, a Chinese-inspired Fight Club with magic. On an earth already at the brink of environmental disaster due to the overuse of magic, 16-year-old spell caster Aza Wu navigates through an illegal underground battle-magic tournament while evading local gangs and police scouts to save her family from ruin. Publication is set for fall 2019; Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Agency did the deal for world rights.
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32675-1.JPGWesley Adams at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired Amanda McCrina's YA debut in a two-book preempt. Traitor is a WWII historical thriller that explores the lesser-known Polish-Ukrainian conflict through two intricately connected timelines. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Jennie Kendrick at Red Fox Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
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32676-1.JPGTaylor Norman at Chronicle has bought House Arrest author K.A. Holt's two new middle grade novels in verse. In the first, Benbee, a group of remedial language arts students make a deal that for every 10 minutes spent reading, their teacher will spend equal time playing their favorite online game—until school administrators find out about the deal, and it's up to this unlikely bunch to save their teacher. The first book is set to publish in fall 2020; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the deal for world rights.
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32677-1.JPGEric Geron at Disney Press has acquired author of the Unicorn Quest trilogy Kamilla Benko's original middle grade novel bridging the epic adventure of Frozen with the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen 2. Publication is slated for fall 2019. Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management brokered the deal, with Disney retaining world rights.
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32678-1.JPGCaroline Abbey at Random House has bought Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen author Niki Lenz's new middle grade contemporary novel, Team Gravy. Grace and her father Davy are Team Gravy, and don't need anyone except themselves. But when her pastor dad's church deacons issue an ultimatum—get married in six months or find a new job—Grace tries to keep potential stepmoms from ruining Team Gravy, in a reverse Parent Trap situation. Publication is set for summer 2020; Kate Testerman at KT Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
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32679-1.JPGLiz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has preempted North American rights to indie film writer/director James Bird's debut middle grade novel, The Flutter-By Girl. Collin, a prime target for bullies because of his OCD quirk of counting letters in spoken words, is sent to live on a reservation with his biological mother, whom he has never met. There, his own oddity is matched by a girl who lives in a treehouse and believes she is slowly turning into a butterfly. Drawn into a friendship with her, Collin slowly opens heart and mind to his Native family and to accepting himself. The book is planned for spring 2020; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal.
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32680-1.JPGAlison Deering at Capstone has acquired world English rights to Nina Chapman's debut middle grade novel, Micah Mckinney and the Boys of Summer. It's a coming-of-age story about 12-year-old Micah, who hopes to reinvent herself the summer before seventh grade so she can forget about what happened in the past—about losing her mother and her best friend, and about the disaster she became in sixth grade. Publication is scheduled for January 2020; Elizabeth Bennett at Transatlantic Literary Agency did the deal.
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32682-1.JPGCourtney Fahy at Yellow Jacket has bought world rights to Suzanne Jurmain's Murder on the Baltimore Express: The True Story of How Abraham Lincoln Almost Didn't Get to Be President. The middle grade nonfiction novel is about the plot to murder Abraham Lincoln in Baltimore as he was heading to Washington for his first inauguration. Publication is set for fall 2020; Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis represented the author.
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32683-1.JPGCelia Lee at Scholastic has acquired world rights to Sibert Medalist Larry Dane Brimner's three-book early reader series, Ace, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. Ace likes to race, and she likes to win; she is one cool-headed heroine, ready to solve the problems tossed her way. Publication is scheduled for 2021; Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and Charlotte Sheedy at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
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32684-1.JPGStacey Barney at Putnam has bought world rights to Lynn Plourde's new picture book, Goop-Zee-Googy, illustrated by Mike Lowery. “Goop-zee-googy” means “peek-a-boo” in Monster language—but a boy doesn't know that when a monster shows up outside his window wanting to play. Can they overcome the language barrier and become friends, or is the monster just too scary? Publication is planned for February 2020; Susan Cohen at Writers House represented the author, and Steven Malk at Writers House represented the artist.
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32685-1.JPGKandace Coston at Lee & Low has acquired world rights to Kelly J. Baptist's debut picture book, The Electric Slide and Kai. The contemporary story follows Kai, an African-American boy who wants to prove that he can bust a move like everyone else in his family at his aunt's wedding. The manuscript won the Honor award in the Lee & Low Books 2017 New Voices Award writing contest. Darnell Johnson will illustrate; publication is slated for spring 2020. The author represented herself; Aurora Meyer at Astound represented the illustrator.
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32686-1.JPGKristine Enderle at Magination Press has bought world rights to Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, illustrated by Anne Passchier, a primer for young readers on what each color of the rainbow means, an ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent's love for their child and a child's love for their parents. Publication is scheduled for May 2019; the author represented himself, and Robbin Brosterman at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
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32687-1.JPGAsia Citro at Innovation Press has acquired world rights to Your Name Is a Song, a picture book by Mommy's Khimar author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (l.). Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names. Luisa Uribe will illustrate; publication is set for summer 2020. Essie White at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
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32688-1.JPGChristy Cox at Little Bigfoot has bought world English rights to The Shed by Robert Broder, illustrated by Carrie O'Neill. The book tells the story of a father and daughter working together to build a shed. Publication is planned for fall 2020; the author was unagented, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator.
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IN THE MEDIA
From the Washington Post:
How 'The Outsiders,' 'Harry Potter' and 'The Hunger Games' transformed YA fiction. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the New York Times:
Jane Langton, author of several books for children, including the Newbery Honor book 'The Fledgling,' dies at 95. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Book Riot:
YA Preview: More Than 140 YA Books Hitting Shelves Between January and March. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the New York Times:
Is Any Topic Off Limits When You Write for Teenagers? Maybe Just One. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From School Library Journal:
A Passion for Picture Books: Up Close with Editor Neal Porter. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Brightly:
Not Just for Car Rides: When to 'Read' Kids' Audiobooks at Home and in the Classroom. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Romania Insider:
How a Romanian is shaping the future of education with a children's books revolution. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Scholastic:
Scholastic Book Club editors make predictions for 2019. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Book Riot:
Why Anastasia Krupnik Was Way Ahead of Her Time. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Mental Floss:
Eleven Secrets of Children's Book Authors. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From NPR:
Why Millions of Kids Can't Read, and What Better Teaching Can Do About It. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From HuffPost:
2018 Proved Black Kids Read (and White Kids Read Books with Black Leads). Click here more_arrow.gif
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From NPR:
How Harry Potter Has Brought Magic to Classrooms for More Than 20 Years. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From NPR:
Book 'Without Borders' by 80+ Artists Lets Kids Color Outside the Lines. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From the Washington Post:
J.D. Salinger at 100: Is 'The Catcher in the Rye' still relevant? Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Radio Praha:
Peter Sís: Political events are giving my stories about parents and children fresh meaning. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Book Riot:
Eva Ibbotson: "I've made it my mission to introduce her to as many new readers as I possibly can." Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Paste:
The 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Novels of 2019. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Fine Books:
The original oil portrait of Eloise has sold for $100,000. Click here more_arrow.gif
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From Book Riot:
Six Funny Books for Kids for Hilarious Storytimes. Click here more_arrow.gif
SHELFTALKER
The Year 2019 shares her top book picks.
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Elizabeth Bluemle
Welcome to 2019!
What are your New Year’s reading resolutions and can’t-wait-to-read titles?
A bookseller offers book picks for sophisticated middle grade readers who are ready for more.
Last-minute handselling ideas for stock items you have on hand but haven’t been promoting.
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32656-1.JPGstar.gifWhen Sadness Is at Your Door
Eva Eland. Random House, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-70718-9

In a deeply sensitive story, Eland personifies Sadness as a pear-shaped, mint green–colored character. The “you” in the story is a quiet child rendered in simple lines. Sadness is the child’s constant companion, but after communicating with Sadness, the figure no longer seems like a burden. more more_arrow.gif
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32657-1.JPGstar.gifBecause of the Rabbit
Cynthia Lord. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-545-91424-6

“Anything is possible with rabbits,” Emma muses presciently as she and her game warden father rescue a distressed rabbit that she’s allowed to keep. But it’s the bunny that rescues Emma, who’s beginning fifth grade at a Maine public school after being homeschooled. She’s worried that no one there will need a new friend. more more_arrow.gif
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32658-1.JPGstar.gifA Good Kind of Trouble
Lisa Moore Ramée. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-283668-7

Twelve-year-old Shay and her elementary school besties dubbed themselves “the United Nations”—Isabella is Puerto Rican, Julia is Japanese-American, and Shay is African-American—but everyone begins moving in different directions as junior high begins. Meanwhile, in their city of Los Angeles, tensions are high over the trial of a police officer who shot an unarmed black man. Shay’s journey is an authentic and engaging political and personal awakening. more more_arrow.gif
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32659-1.JPGstar.gifWe Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
Malala Yousafzai with Liz Welch. Little, Brown, $18.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-316-52364-6

Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai, who famously survived being shot by Taliban soldiers as a teen in 2012, is a passionate activist for girls’ right to education. In this profound volume, she illuminates another experience: displacement—beginning with her family’s forced 2009 evacuation of their Pakistani hometown in response to escalating Taliban violence. Comprising the bulk of the book are urgent, articulate first-person stories from displaced or refugee young women. more more_arrow.gif
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32660-2.JPGstar.gifLovely War
Julie Berry. Viking, $18.99 (512p) ISBN 978-0-451-46993-9

Berry brings to life wartime horrors and passions with commentary from Olympian gods in this love story filled with vivid historical detail. To show her husband, Hephaestus, the real meaning of love and its connection to war and art, Aphrodite tells the emotion-packed WWI saga of two besotted couples drawn together by music and war. more more_arrow.gif
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32661-1.JPGstar.gifTin Heart
Shivaun Plozza. Flatiron, $18.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-250-31276-1

A heart transplant means that Australian high schooler Marlowe is healthy for the first time in years, but she’s still the shy member of a family that likes attention. Still, it’s hard to stay under the radar once she’s back in school, trying to make friends and deal with bullies, and gets caught up in an intense prank war with the adorable guy who works at the butcher’s next door to her mother’s vegan store. more more_arrow.gif
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32662-1.JPGstar.gifKiss Number 8
Colleen AF Venable, illus. by Ellen T. Crenshaw. First Second, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-59643-709-8

In 2004, Amanda’s life is full of comfortable constants: attending her Catholic high school; spending time with her best friend, Cat; attending church with her family; and watching minor league baseball and bad TV with her father. An overheard conversation and a mysterious letter set her on the path to uncovering a family secret; around the same time, she realizes that she is probably in love with Cat. A queer coming-of-age story that earns its powerful emotional impact. more more_arrow.gif
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January 3, 2019
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Start the new year with a stack of new children's and YA books, including 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz, a new one from Dr. Seuss called 123 by Dr. Seuss, and a new Duck & Goose story from Tad Hills, A Gift for Goose. Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories, a compilation of essays, is published, edited by Sarah Lerner. A picture book version of a John Lennon song called All You Need Is Love is illustrated by Marc Rosenthal, and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo will reign for YA readers. For more children’s and YA titles on sale throughout the month of January, check out PW’s full On-Sale Calendar.
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59384-v1-67x.JPG'Becoming' Remains 2018's Hottest Title
Michelle Obama's memoir sold more than 712,000 copies in the last full week before Christmas, according to NPD BookScan, and the book will finish as the top seller in 2018. more »
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59386-v2-67x.JPGPietsch Reflects On 2018 at HBG
In a year-end letter to his staff, Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch cited a “strong" 2018 in which the house “achieved our budget for revenue and profit and surpassed 2017’s results.” more »
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59385-v2-67x.PNGPW Takes Over the Millions
PWxyz, parent company of 'Publishers Weekly,' has acquired the online magazine the Millions, as well as its website TheMillions.com, for an undisclosed price. more »
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32628-1.JPGUnthinkable? Think Again
A worst-case scenario can always get worse—just ask a comedian. In 'This Can’t Be Happening,' a new short story collection from Amazon Original Stories and the hit podcast 'RISK!,' four performers share their hilarious stories of crawling through the most cringeworthy missteps in life...and coming out intact. Read or listen free with Amazon Prime. (Sponsored) More »
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JOB MOVES
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Jocelyn McClurg has left her position as books editor at 'USA Today.'
Samantha Simon, formerly digital content manager at Coaction Public Relations, has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as associate marketing manager.
Andrea Concaildi has joined Sourcebooks as marketing associate for e-commerce.
Max Jones has been promoted to sales representative at Ingram Publisher Services.
Anna Ravanelle has joined HMH Books for Young Readers as publicity assistant.
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59354-v1-67x.JPGpaywall-icon2-64x64.pngFall 2018 Flying Starts
We spotlight six notable children’s and YA debuts this season. (PW subscriber exclusive) more » »
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59383-v1-67x.JPG‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ Subject Refiles Tyndale Lawsuit
Alex Malarkey and his attorneys have refiled a suit against Tyndale House Publishers over 2010’s bestselling ‘The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven’ after a circuit court judge dismissed five out of seven complaints in the original lawsuit. more » »
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59378-v1-67x.JPGPW Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read in 2018
Staff favorites from the past year. more » »
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32607-v1-67x.JPGCall for Information: Cookbooks
We’d like to hear about trends in cookbooks, books on cocktails and other beverages, books on entertaining, and culinary memoirs and related narrative nonfiction. Pub. dates March–August. New titles only, please; no reprints. Email pitches, comments on background, and links to artwork to features@publishersweekly.com and put “Call for Info: Cookbooks” in the subject line. here. » »

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St. Paul's Common Good Up for Sale
The general, full-service bookstore, which has been housed in a 3,000-square-foot space in St. Paul, Minn., for the past six years, was launched in 2006 by Garrison Keillor. more » »
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Binc, Sourcebooks, DPI Launch New Scholarship
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and the Denver Publishing Institute, has launched a new scholarship for booksellers interested in a career in the publishing side of the industry. more » »

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BOOKSTORE NEWS
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Dartmouth's College Town Loses Bookstore: Wheelock Books in Hanover, N.H., the town's last store to sell new books, has closed after 26 years in business.
Moscow's Best English-language Stores: The 'Moscow Times' runs down a list of the city's top bookstores for buying English-language titles.
Japanese Bookstore Charges Admission: Bunkitsu, a new bookstore in Tokyo, charges a $13 admission fee, which includes free coffee and wi-fi.
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THE ROUNDUP
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Sorkin's 'Mockingbird' Makes History: Aaron Sorkin's adaption of Harper Lee’s classic novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' has shattered Broadway records in two weeks.
The Ashes of Books Burned: Revisiting the ruins of a home—and its library of 2,000 books—lost in the deadliest wildfire in California history.
Lana Del Rey Is a Poet Now: While teasing the upcoming release of a new song Tuesday night, the singer revealed she’s working on publishing a poetry collection.
Get Those New Public Domain Books!: Here’s how to download the tens of thousands of books that became legal to download for free in 2019.
The 133-Hour Audiobook Narrator Speaks: Edoardo Ballerini, who has recorded more than 250 titles, argues that audiobooks are an art form in their own right.

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11557-v79-67x.JPGTrade Paperback Bestseller List
'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris 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-v11-67x.JPG'The Gown' by Jennifer Robson
"A satisfying multigenerational epic linked by the intricate embroidery used on Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown." more » »

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The Year 2019 shares her top book picks.




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2195-v1-300x.JPGThis Year, They Resolve to...Read More
Customer Amy Grahame (l) and DDG staffer Elliott Eno (r.) engage with something that has become a an annual tradition at DDG Booksellers in Farmington, Maine: the New Year’s Resolution display of books fitted out with cards which start "This year, I resolve to..." and end in snappy rejoinders related to the book.

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