Mavjee to Join Macmillan in New Exec Role
Macmillan Publishers has announced that former Crown Publishing Group president and publishers Maya Mavjee will be joining the company on March 1 as president, publishing strategy, reporting to John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan. more »
B&T Sells Certain Assets to Ingram Entertainment
Baker & Taylor has sold certain of its entertainment assets to Ingram Entertainment, a distribution company that is not affiliated with the Ingram Content Group. more »
Chicago Review Press Buys Council Oak Books
Chicago Review Press Inc. acquired Council Oak Books in a deal that closed January 2. The purchase involves 141 titles, and COB will continue to release new books as part of Chicago Review. more »
Win a Galley of Pat Cummings' Debut Middle Grade Novel!
The debut novel from award-winning author/illustrator Pat Cummings, 'Trace' is an #OwnVoices story about a boy who begins to uncover old, powerful family secrets. In a starred review, 'SLJ' calls it "an absorbing, multi-layered novel; an excellent choice for all middle school collections." (Sponsored) Enter for the chance to win a galley! »
Yana Makuwa has been promoted to assistant editor at Graywolf Press.
Caroline Bleeke has been promoted to senior editor at Flatiron Books.
James Melia has been promoted to senior editor at Flatiron Books.
Carolyn Forde has joined Transatlantic Agency as senior agent and can be reached at email@example.com.
Elena Meuse has been promoted to associate publicist at Random House Children's Books.
Sydney Tillman has been promoted to associate publicist at Random House Children's Books.
Canadian Print Book Sales Stayed Flat in 2018
The value of print books sold in Canada totaled C$1.13 billion ($850 million) in 2018, with 54.7 million units sold, according to data released by BookNet Canada and BNC SalesData, the national sales tracking service. more » »
Posman Books to Open Boston Location
New York City-based Posman Books is slated to open a fifth location, this time in Boston, by summer. The bookstore will be the second Posman’s to open nationally this year and the first new bookstore in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood in a generation. more » »
Drag Queen Readings Win Fans...and Protesters
As story times hosted by drag queens become more commonplace at indie bookstores, booksellers are having to contend with some unwanted realities, namely angry protesters. more » »
PEN to Salute 'Defenders of Truth' at Annual Gala
Comedian John Oliver will host the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala, where Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and 'Fear' author Bob Woodward will be honored alongside Scholastic chairman and CEO Dick Robinson. more » »
Obituaries: Claudio López de Lamadrid
Claudio López de Lamadrid, publisher of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and its Literatura Random House imprint, died January 11 at the age of 58. more » »
Win 'The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs'
Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'New York Times' bestselling author Katherine Howe's 'The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs.' (Sponsored) Enter Here » »
Indies to Lead the Anti-Amazon Revolt: In a video, 'Axios' says bookstores, which have survived the retail apocalypse, are a model for the future.
Manhattan Bookstore to Close: Westsider Books, a used bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is closing after 35 years in business.
Harry Potter Gives an Old Store New Life: The 113-year-old Lello e Irmão bookstore in Porto, Portugal, inspired J.K. Rowling, and business has been booming ever since.
Saskatoon Edition of Ask a Bookseller: Rachel Fowlie-Neufeld, events coordinator at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, answers five questions.
London Travel Bookstore Relocates: London's famous travel bookstore Stanfords has opened its new and relocated flagship store.
The Books the Nazis Stole: The hunt for the millions of books stolen by the Nazis during World War II has been pursued quietly for decades, but has recently intensified.
Scholar Newly Translates Hebrew Bible: For 24 years, literary scholar Robert Alter has been working on a new 3,000 translation of the Hebrew Bible by hand. And he's finally done.
Author Praises Pardon for Groveland Four: Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize–winning book 'Devil in the Grove,' about the four falsely-accused men, helped set the pardon in motion.
Why 1984 Isn't Banned in China: Censorship in the country is more complicated than many Westerners imagine, and George Orwell's work is a case in point.
Leslie Jamison's Next Book: The author of 'The Recovering' previews her new book, 'Make It Scream, Make It Burn,' in a new essay.
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Becoming' by Michelle Obama is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
'The Far Field' by Madhuri Vijay
"Vijay’s remarkable debut novel is an engrossing narrative of individual angst played out against political turmoil in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state in the late 2000s." more » »
‘Twas the Best of Customer Days, ‘Twas the Worst….
On the bad days, you hold tight to the great ones.
Some Tea and Books for Mr. Moon
Neal Porter, v-p and publisher of Neal Porter Books/Holiday House (front l.) and Philip C. Stead (front r.), author of the upcoming picture book 'Music for Mister Moon,' which is illustrated by Erin E. Stead, surrounded by Chicago area independent booksellers for a pre-publication "afternoon tea" event. In the book, the main character, Harriet Henry, throws a teacup out of the window and inadvertently knocks Mister Moon from the sky.
Courtesy Holiday House
Chooseco Sues Netflix, Alleging ‘Bandersnatch’ Trademark Infringement
Chooseco officials say that Netflix not only failed to license the right to use its trademark in connection with the fictional “Bandersnatch,” but that the film’s dark content disparages the publisher's trademark. more »
S&S Set to Debut Masters at Work Series
A new series helmed by Jonathan Karp will commission experienced journalists to cover different careers and report on how people made it to the top of their chosen profession. more »
MWPA Saves Local Book Reviews with Boost from Stephen King
Backed by social media support from author and Maine resident Stephen King, a petition and lobbying effort by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has successfully persuaded the 'Portland Press Herald' to reinstate its local book review coverage. more »
New From the Bestselling Author of 'Hunted'
“A kick-ass, gender-flipped feminist retelling.” - Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of 'Illuminae' | Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps, but makes the choice to become her own hero in this gender-bending, action packed, and highly romantic retelling of Robin Hood by 'New York Times' bestselling author Meagan Spooner. (Sponsored) More »
Megan Posco has joined Harvard University Press as publicist.
Kristopher Kam has joined HarperCollins Children's Books as publicist.
Haley George has been promoted to associate publicist at HarperCollins Children's Books.
Olivia Russo has been promoted to director of publicity at HarperCollins Children's Books.
Anna Michels has been promoted to editorial director at Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press.
Allison Schuster has been promoted to senior marketing manager at Ballantine Bantam Dell.
David Moench has been named director of publicity at Del Rey.
Michelle Jasmine has been named associate director of publicity at Random House.
Mary Moates has been named publicist at Random House.
Ashleigh Heaton has been promoted to assistant marketing manager at Ballantine Bantam Dell and Del Rey.
IN THIS WEEK'S MAGAZINE
Breaking the Next Bestseller at WI14
Our annual Winter Institute supplement takes a look at host city Albuquerque, checks in with keynoters, and more.
Book Deals: Week of January 14, 2019
A celebrity picture book, a Harvey Weinstein bio, and an editorial assistant’s debut that fetched six figures are among the big books that sold this week. more » »
This Week's Bestsellers: January 14, 2019
Marie Kondo’s TV series premieres on Netflix, giving ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ its best week of sales in two years. Plus Christopher Paolini returns to the world of ‘Eragon' with a three-story collection, and two new cookbooks promise instant gratification. more » »
PW's Latest Starred Reviews
Check out the starred reviews of titles including 'Women Rowing North,' 'Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely,' 'The Dreamers,' and more. more » »
Call for Information: Mysteries, Thrillers & True Crime
For this feature, we'd like to hear about forthcoming Nordic noir, thrillers that touch on current U.S. politics, techno thrillers, true crime, and psychological suspense and domestic thrillers. Please identify each book's subcategory in your pitch. New titles only, please; no reprints. Pub. dates: April through November. Email pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 4 and put “Call for Info: Mysteries, Thrillers & True Crime” in the subject line. more » »
Indie Stores in Virginia Still At Risk: The 'Richmond-Times Dispatch' notes that indie bookstores remain vulnerable while Amazon wins government subsidies.
Virginia to Get a New Indie Bookstore: Open Book, a new indie bookstore, will open for business in Warrenton, Va., in March.
U.K. Indies Report Strong Holiday Sales: Independent bookstores in the U.K. enjoyed a prosperous holiday season, with a majority reporting "very good" or better sales.
Powell's Marks Over 45 Years in Business: The family behind Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., look back on the store's long history and its Ukrainian roots.
Tracy K. Smith's Podcast Goes Public: The U.S. poet laureate's show 'The Slowdown' will be broadcast on public radio stations in seven cities nationwide, starting this morning.
It Isn’t All Amazon’s Fault: The bookselling behemoth is making life harder for writers, but so is the public perception that art doesn’t need to be paid for.
Books to Read During Dry January: Whether you're sober for a month or for the foreseeable future, these books make for essential reading.
40 Books that Changed Librarians' Lives: For the 20th anniversary of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' New York Public Library workers name books they loved growing up.
Haruki Murakami Knows You Need Magic: The Japanese novelist, talking cat enthusiast, and weird ear chronicler turned 70 this weekend. Here's some of his best writing advice.
Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List
'Verses for the Dead' by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is the #1 bestseller on PW's adult hardcover fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
'Elsey Come Home' by Susan Conley
"Probing questions about how to balance motherhood, a career, marriage, and a drinking problem resonate throughout Conley’s excellent novel narrated by an American painter looking back on her past few years in China." more » »
You Break It…
Creative ways that booksellers ask customers to be careful with their merchandise.
Talk Comics to Me
At last week's Educational Book and Media Association Conference in Austin, Tex., author Shannon Hale, whose new book is out from First Second this fall, delivers a keynote on the graphic novel's importance in engaging readers young and old alike.
Photo: Lauren Klouda
Breach of 'Dog Man' Embargo Draws Indies' Ire
With a release date of December 24, Scholastic hoped Dav Pilkey’s latest Dog Man book, 'Brawl of the Wild,' would bring big sales for retailers at the close of the holiday season. It has, but the company’s laydown policies have also come under fire from independent booksellers, after copies of the book were spotted on sale a day before the release date at a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Framingham, Mass. more »
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? On Netflix.
HMH is reintroducing the world-traveling, fedora-wearing thief Carmen Sandiego with an animated Netflix TV series debuting January 18. The relaunch will also encompass a publishing program, educational materials, a live-action feature film in 2020, and interactive games. more »
Obituary: Robin Seaman
Robin Seaman, director of content acquisition at Benetech and a passionate advocate for making books accessible to those with disabilities, died on January 7. She was 68. more »
The Overlook Press Distribution Change
As of January 1, 2019, Abrams will be handling all sales and distribution for The Overlook Press. W. W. Norton (in the U.S.) and Penguin Random House Canada (in Canada) will continue to accept returns until March 31, 2019. Contact your Abrams rep or visit our website for full details. (Sponsored) Learn More »
Roxanne Jones has been promoted to publicist at Berkley.
Thomas Yuhas has been promoted to senior analyst for business insights at Random House Publishing Group.
Bridget Kearney has been promoted to publishing coordinator at Ballantine Bantam Dell.
Elana Seplow-Jolley has been promoted to editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell.
Emily Hartley has been promoted to editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell.
Sara Weiss has been promoted to executive editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell.
Molly Turpin is being promoted to editor at Random House.
Hilary Redmon is being promoted to v-p and executive editor at Random House.
Andy Ward has been promoted to senior v-p and editor-in-chief at Random House.
Jill Saginario has joined Sasquatch Books as senior production editor.
Obituary: Robert S. Friedman
Robert S. Friedman, founder of Rainbow Ridge Books and longtime publisher of works on spirituality and metaphysics, died January 9 at his home in Virginia. He was 76. more » »
Obituary: Donne Forrest
Donne Forrest, longtime subsidiary rights for Dutton Children’s Books and Dial Books for Young Readers, and a beloved figure in children's book publishing for more than 40 years, died on January 7 at age 80. more » »
Obituary: John Burningham
Award-winning British author-illustrator John Burningham, known for the wit and humor in his storytelling and art, died in London on January 4; he was 82. more » »
Tune In to PW Insider
The Authors Guild's recently-published author income survey paints a grim picture of the state of author earnings. In this week's episode, PW editorial director Jim Milliot gives context to why authors are earning so little and what it means for the industry. more » »
Germany's Thalia Chain Absorbs Rival: Germany's largest bookstore chain Thalia and and the Mayersche bookstore—the number four on the market—are merging.
Christian Bookstore in Ohio to Close: The Bookery Parable Christian Store in Mansfield, Ohio, is closing. It had been opened since 1985
The Art of the Pan: A scathing bad review can be cathartic, thrill-inducing, or necessary—sometimes all at once. But the critiquing game has changed.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Divorce: Following 25 years of marriage and a recent affair, Jeff Bezos and his wife will divorce. The financial details are sure to be complicated.
Comics and Graphic Novels of 2019: Hotly anticipated titles from such stars as Neil Gaiman will be joined by fresh work from new talents including Julie Delport and Emily Carroll.
When 'Cat Person' Went Viral: For a few hours after the short story went viral, author Kristen Roupenian learned exactly what the world thought when it read what she'd written.
Stay Away From Our Books, Marie!: Twitter has responded to Marie Kondo's insistence on "getting rid of books that no longer spark joy in your life."
Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'Becoming' by Michelle Obama is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list » »
'This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality' by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
"Boyce, one of 12 black students who integrated Clinton, Tennessee’s public high school in August 1956, following racial desegregation, relays the story of that harrowing experience in verse." more » »
A Glorious Picture Book Free-for-All
Meghan Dietsche Goel
BookPeople’s children’s booksellers frolic through a huge pile of picture book samples.
At a jam-packed Waverly Inn in New York, Graydon Carter hosted a party for Lili Anolik’s 'Hollywood's Eve' (Scribner), a biography of Eve Babitz. Pictured here (from l. to r.) celebrating are Colin Harrison, Anolik's editor and the editor-in-chief of Scribner; Anolik; Carolyn Reidy, Simon & Schuster's CEO; and Nan Graham, Scribner's publisher.
Photo: Hannah Thomson
Holiday Comps Rose 4.0% at B&N
After a long string of quarterly comp store sales declines, B&N reported that 2018 holiday same store sales rose 4.0% over the comparable period a year ago. Higher promotional spending, however, may cause the retailer to cut its earnings forecast by as much as 10%. more »
Europa Launches Compass, a New Nonfiction Imprint
Europa Editions has launched Europa Compass, a new nonfiction imprint featuring titles on travel, contemporary culture, popular science, history, philosophy, and politics. more »
PW Adds Audio Clips to Reviews, Beginning With PRH
PW has begun embedding audio clips in not only the review of the audiobook, but in reviews in other formats as well. The first publisher to take part in the program is Penguin Random House, which has supplied PW with access to more than 8,000 samples of audiobooks. more »
Win a Copy of 'The Roots of Rap'!
Enter to win a copy of 'The Roots of Rap' by Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison. (Sponsored) Enter Here »
Steve Wiechert has joined Sasquatch Books as business manager.
Bryce de Flamand has been promoted to design and brand manager at Sasquatch Books.
Tony Ong has been promoted to senior designer at Sasquatch Books.
Molly Woolbright has joined Sasquatch Books as publicist.
Anne Goldberg, formerly associate editor at Ten Speed Press, has joined Phaidon as project editor, food, in its New York office.
Camille Collins has been promoted to publicity manager at William Morrow.
Eliza Rosenberry has been promoted to senior publicity manager at William Morrow.
Drew Baumgartner has joined Valiant Entertainment as assistant editor.
Dani Ward has joined Valiant Entertainment as sales manager.
David Menchel has been promoted to associate editor at Valiant Entertainment.
Six Major Religion Books Headed to Screens in 2019
Check out six titles from religion publishers that are getting the Hollywood treatment this year, including the life-after-death story in ‘The Impossible’ and a star-studded take on Rhonda Byrne’s ‘The Secret.’ more » »
National Jewish Book Award Winners
The Jewish Book Council has announced the winners of the 68th 2018 National Jewish Book Awards. more » »
Finalists Named for 15th Annual Story Prize
Jamel Brinkley, Deborah Eisenberg, and Lauren Groff have been named finalists for the $20,000 prize. more » »
PRH to Distribute Crooked Lane
Crooked Lane Books will move from Ingram Distribution Services to become a new client of Penguin Random House Publisher Services, effective September 1. more » »
Indie Bookstore Day Catalog is Ready: The product catalog for Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) will be available online on January 15. IBD is Saturday, April 27.
Argentine Store Famed for Its Beauty: The El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore in Buenos Aires has been named the "world's most beautiful bookstore."
A Bookseller's Education: A Stanford University student reflects on the powerful influence of her experience at Belmont Books in Belmont, Mass.
Bookstores Support Strong Towns: A former bookseller at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Mo., argues that indie bookstores are essential for strong towns.
Long Live the Millions: The Millions will live on, but the indie book blog is dead, 'Vulture' argues in a new piece on PW's recent acquisition.
How Literary Publicity Works: In this episode of the 'Fiction/Non/Fiction/ podcast, publicists and writers discuss how books and authors get attention.
A Look at Interior Book Design: We all know that cover design matters, but the visual elements of a book don’t stop at the jacket.
Ishmael Reed's Anti-'Hamilton' Play: In 'The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,' Reed revives an old debate over Hamilton’s slave-owning past and more.
James Baldwin Writes About Love: Baldwin wrote on how emotional connection could help heal America’s racial divides—but also on the bonds that held black people together.
Trade 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 » »
'The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai' by Ha Jin
"A taut introduction to the life and poetry of influential eighth century Daoist poet Li Bai." more » »
A World Without Emotion? An Interview with S.E. Grove
An interview with ‘The Waning Age’ author S.E. Grove explores the fascinating underpinning of her high-concept YA thriller.
Alan Alda Gets Bookish
Award-winning actor and bestselling author Alan Alda, (l.), and Helen Riess, founder of Empathetics, Inc, celebrated the launch of Helen's book, 'The Empathy Effect' (Sounds True), at a private party in NYC last month. Alda wrote the book's foreword.
Courtesy Sounds True
Print Unit Sales Increased 1.3% in 2018
Unit sales of print books rose 1.3% in 2018 over 2017 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. According to BookScan, units topped 695 million in the 52-week period ended December 29. more »
Jeff Kinney to Expand 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' World
Abrams has announced that Diary of a Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney will build on his hugely popular children's series with the publication of a new novel from the perspective of hero Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley Jefferson. 'Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal' hits shelves on April 9. more »
HarperCollins Launches Children's Book Podcast
HarperCollins Children's Books has announced the premiere of 'Remember Reading?,' a monthly podcast dedicated to classic and contemporary books for young readers. more »
A Captivating Look Inside a National Crisis
From Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis, 'Heroine' delivers a shockingly realistic exploration of the opioid crisis through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. This powerful new novel from the author of 'The Female of the Species' is a timely and visceral story of addiction, family, friendship and hope. (Sponsored) ENTER TO WIN A GALLEY! »
Lindsey Rose, formerly senior editor at Grand Central Publishing, is joining Dutton as executive editor, focusing largely on commercial fiction acquisitions including thrillers and suspense, effective January 22.
Angelin Borsics has been promoted to senior editor at Clarkson Potter.
Amanda Englander has been promoted to executive editor at Clarkson Potter.
Christine Saunders is joining Disney Publishing Worldwide as senior publicist.
Claire Potter, formerly associate editor at Crown, is joining Basic Books as editor.
Lizzie Allen has been promoted to senior designer at Ten Speed Press.
Chloe Rawlins has been promoted to art director at Ten Speed Press.
Kelly Snowden has been promoted to associate editorial director at Ten Speed Press.
Kaitlin Ketchum has been promoted to associate editorial director at Ten Speed Press.
Claire Posner has been promoted to associate manager of subsidiary rights at Crown Publishing.
DC, Vertigo Titles Now Available Via Comixology Unlimited
DC Comics and DC Vertigo titles will now be available through Comixology Unlimited, Amazon’s digital comics subscription service, and via such related Amazon subscription services as Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading. »
Review: 'Clyde Fans' by Seth: After their father deserts their family in 1945, Abe and Simon Matchcard take over Clyde Fans, his oscillating fans business, only for it to fall prey to the advent of air conditioning and their own human frailties. A dazzling graphic novel 20 years in the making.
More To Come Podcast 351: The Year Ahead in Graphic Novels: This week we discuss upcoming graphic novels for Spring 2019 and survey market trends and potential hit titles; and review and discuss the recent hit movies 'Aquaman' and 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'.
Apple Books Bestsellers: 'Bird Box' Flies to the Top
Josh Malerman's 'Bird Box,' powered by a Netflix adaptation gone viral, has finally knocked Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' from the top of the Apple Books list, to #2. more » »
Last Call: Cookbooks
Deadline: Jan. 15. 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 email@example.com and put “Call for Info: Cookbooks” in the subject line. more » »
William Gibson Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has named William Gibson the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. more » »
China Keeps Adding Bookstores: China had 225,000 bookstores and points of sales by the end of 2018, up 4.3% from 2017.
Washington D.C. Bookstore Goes West: Duende District is opening a pop-up store in Albuquerque, N.M., in collaboration with Red Planet Books.
New Illinois Store Gives Books to Kids: Jake's Place Books has opened in Oak Park. Ill., and is giving two free books to every child who visits.
Hawaii Bookstore Helps Libraries: Sales at Books at Marks, the only bookstore in the Chinatown area of Honolulu, support the state's public libraries.
The Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview: The Millions has released the first entry in its bi-annual roundup of books to look out for this coming year.
Gaiman Wins Writers for Writers Award: Neil Gaiman will be presented with the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award at this year's 'Poets & Writers' annual dinner.
Franzen's Stance on Climate Action: Jonathan Franzen talks birds (of course), climate failure, and how to find meaning in dark times.
On Reading Novels That Upset You: Virginia Woolf? Snob! Richard Wright? Sexist! Dostoyevsky? Anti-Semite! Or were they? On how to read works with difficult themes.
I'll Keep Those Joyless Books, Thanks: What we gain from keeping books in the age of Marie Kondo—and why it doesn’t need to be "joy."
Children's Fiction Bestseller List
'Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild' by Dav Pilkey is the #1 title on PW's children's frontlist fiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
'Thick: And Other Essays' by Tressie McMillan Cottom
"In eight incisive, witty, and provocative essays, Cottom, a Virginia Commonwealth University assistant sociology professor, highlights structural inequalities and explores the black female experience in contemporary America." more » »
How to Remember That You Love Reading
Sometimes, even the most enthusiastic readers need to remember why they love books so much.
IPG Exhorts: Read the Book First!
Micaela Carr, IPG’s new digital print associate, assisting with the group's expanding Print-On-Demand services, shares her Book Resolution for 2019. The company was inspired to set book resolutions by Prologue Bookshop in Columbus, Ohio.
New Guild Report Finds More Declines in Author Earnings
An Authors Guild survey of more than 5,000 authors found they had a median income $6,080 in 2017. Excluding income from book-related activities such as speaking engagements, earnings from just books was $3,100. more »
Harlequin Expands Film Pact with Brain Power Studio
Through an existing deal, Brain Power has already produced eight films based on Harlequin novels, and the new agreement ramps up production in the Harlequin Film Collection. more »
Industry Stocks Took a Big Hit in 2018
Last year was a bad one for stocks...and it was particularly tough for the 11 companies that make up the Publishers Weekly Stock Index. more »
Explore ‘The Roots of Rap’ in This Picture Book
Written in lyrical rhythm by award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford, and with flowing, vibrant illustrations by Frank Morrison, this book beautifully honors the legacy of famous black entertainers in rap and hip-hop. Featuring a foreword by Swizz Beatz, a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop rapper, DJ, and record producer. (Sponsored) More »
Who Is the Girl Everyone Is Talking About?
"My heart was overflowing, crushed, and hopeful." —Mary O’Malley | "Comparable to The 'Rosie Project' and 'Eleanor Oliphant,' but better." —Kristin Pidgeon, 'Riverstone' | "This book gutted me with everything it made me feel." —Kimberly Huynh, 'The Blue Bunny' | "Wow...this is the best book I have read in years." —Jackie Willey, 'Fiction Addiction' (Sponsored) More » »
Caroline Eisenmann has been promoted to agent at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency.
Alexis Gilbert, formerly brand marketing manager at Little Brown/James Patterson, has joined Grand Central Publishing as assistant director of advertising.
Gisela Ramos has been promoted to director of domestic rights at St. Martin's Press.
Derek Reed has been promoted to senior editor at Currency, Convergent, and Crown Forum.
Rachel Aldrich has been promoted to assistant marketing manager at Crown.
Stephanie Davis has been promoted to assistant director of marketing at Clarkson Potter.
Christina Foxley has been promoted to director of marketing at Harmony Books and Rodale Books.
Carina Guiterman has joined Simon & Schuster as editor.
Stacey Stein has been promoted to associate publicist at Crown.
Christopher Steighner, formerly U.S. publisher at Kyle Books, has joined Melcher Media as senior editor and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talking Pictures Awards Submissions Open
The contest, part of a cultural initiative of the New York Rights Fair celebrating excellence in book design in five categories, is now open for submissions for its 2019 awards. more » »
What I Learned from Visiting B&N Stores
An author and reader makes some recommendations that she hopes can improve the retailer’s fortunes. more » »
The Past Is Present in Kensington's Southern Fiction
In 2019, Kensington expands its commitment to publishing novels that celebrate Southern heritage and also boldly face the past. (Sponsored) more » »
B&N to Hold Book Club Monthly, Picks First Read of 2019
Marie Benedict's 'The Only Woman in the Room' is the first pick for this year's Barnes & Noble Book Club, which will now be held monthly instead of quarterly. more » »
NYC's Drama Book Store Purchased: Lin-Manuel Miranda and partners from 'Hamilton' have bought New York City's Drama Book Store.
London Bookshop to Shutter, Go Online: London's Big Green Bookshop in London is closing after 10 years in business and going online-only.
Diverse Kids Bookstore to Open in London: U.K. publisher Knights Of has crowdfunded £30,000 to open a Brixton bookshop to sell diverse children’s books.
Utah Bookstores Attract Loyal Customers: The managers of HideAway Books and Pioneer Book, two indie stores in Utah, say business is strong.
87-year-old Bookseller Still Working: Octogenarian Jo Antonioli, owner of Books & Books in Butte, Mont., has no plans for retirement.
Sally Rooney wins Costa Novel Award: Irish novelist is one of five category winners, and will compete for Costa Book of the Year on January 29th.
What Last Year's Bestsellers Mean: A look at seven publishing industry–related insights revealed by last year's top 100 bestselling books.
Challenges for Small Literary Journals: Editors of literary magazines and journals consider how small publications can find support and reach audiences.
The Last Great Literary Painter: The legacy of Eugène Delacroix, who worked in “a kind of furious rivalry with the written word.”
Tolkien's Art, Here and Back Again: The largest J.R.R. Tolkien exhibit in generations is coming to the U.S. this month.
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Becoming' by Michelle Obama is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list » »
'How to Date Men When You Hate Men' by Blythe Roberson
"Roberson, a researcher at the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, looks through a millennial lens at modern love in this laugh-out-loud commentary on dating and her lack of success at it." more » »
How to Remember That You Love Reading
Sometimes, even the most enthusiastic readers need to remember why they love books so much.
Fostering Pride...with Books
Dan Elish (c.), author of 'The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons' (Vesuvian Books), read at an event hosted by Foster Pride, a New York City charity working with foster children and their parents.
Courtesy Gandolfo Helin