DBW Speakers See Stable Trade Market

and machine learning “come into play.” The trade business is faring much better than higher education where, Sargent estimated that sales fell 12% last year (his remarks came before Pearson’s announcement that its higher education sales fell 18% last year). In keynote speeches delivered at the start of a rebooted Digital Book World conference Tuesday morning, Macmillan CEO John Sargent and Jonathan Stolper, senior v-p and global managing director of Nielsen Book, pointed to a trade book market that is, for better or worse, relatively stable.Stolper noted that while unit sales of print books as measured by Nielsen BookScan rose 3.3% in 2016, to 674 million, e-book units from its PubTrack Digital service (which tracks e-book sales from about 20 traditional publishers) fell 16% in the year, leading to an overall decline in units of 3.6%. He predicted that higher education could be the first market where A.I. Sargent said he made the acquisition to provide another service to authors, but added that he expects Pronoun to give Macmillan insights on self-publishing trends as well as providing the company “with a better farm team” of authors than a slush pile.While trade publishing is and always will be a business driven by instinct, Sargent said publishers need to use data better to make the entire publishing supply chain more efficient. The digital transition, he added, is not finished.He pointed to the booming sales of digital audiobooks, which he compared to listening to the radio, as a bright spot for publishers. Higher education is in a transitional period in which the market will undergo “an extraordinary amount of change” that will focus on giving students more affordable digital options, Sargent said.“The good news,” Sargent said, is that since the current business model “is so remarkably inefficient,” it is possible that publishers could drop the price of textbooks in half and still see profits go up.Macmillan is investing “tens of millions of dollars” to develop new technologies to meet the needs of students, Sargent said. E-books have become another way to deliver content, Sargent said, and provide publishers with different ways to make authors’ works available to readers. And in an allusion to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against five publishers over e-book price fixing that many saw as beneficial to Amazon, Sargent said Obama allowed the DoJ to increase the power and position of the digital side of the business. He also acknowledged that self-publishing has been a fast-growing market and, coupled with modest growth from the traditional trade, shows “that our business isn’t shrinking, that there is plenty of reading going on out there.” Macmillan increased its presence in the self-publishing market last year with its purchase of Pronoun. With sales of e-books declining since 2013 and sales of print units rising, total trade market unit sales were down 1.3% between 2013 and 2016, Stolper observed.Sargent, speaking before Stolper, said recent market trends have shown that there is “room for books” in a world which, at one point, a number of industry observers believed would be dominated by the sale of digital books. Sargent began his speech by touching on trends in higher education where Macmillan owns a number of companies. Macmillan is also investing in more direct marketing programs in an attempt to reach the community of readers, and he noted that the company is shifting more advertising to social media.While much of New York City’s publishing industry has been in mourning since the election of Donald Trump, Sargent, in response to a question, said that while President Obama, from a cultural standpoint, “was on our side,” many of his business initiatives were not. He said that the Obama administration favored technology companies over traditional publishers in a number of cases. Sargent said he expects sales of e-books to continue to be soft in 2017, noting that it is “hard to see” what a new device may come along to give e-book sales a boost.

Long-Lost Soul Food Cookbook Finds New Life

“She was likely born around 1928, and yet we remain hopeful that she is still with us, and that in publishing her book again, someone will step forward who knows her whereabouts, or what happened to her after her restaurant closed. When Pamela Strobel released her cookbook in 1969, it was one of the first books to coin the term soul food. Strobel’s ode to soul food, out February 7, will be the first title released in the Lee Brothers Library Series.“It’s a pleasure to see cookbooks, while sometimes challenging technically to stay relevant…find a new life and a new audience,” said Rizzoli publisher Charles Miers. They also took exhaustive steps to contact Strobel herself, and haven’t yet been able to determine whether or not she is still alive.“We've hired private investigators, archivists, and genealogists, and beat the bushes throughout the East Village and all the way back to Spartanburg, S.C. “The original Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook has so much to offer in terms of food ideas, history, and poetry, all of which express the journey and the vision of a phenomenally gifted African-American woman at the peak of her cooking career,” said Ted Lee. That cookbook’s rights were tied up at the time, but the idea of an imprint series tied to worthy out-of-print books was born. (where Strobel began “her life’s journey, as a way to bring her story home,” said Matt Lee), and will also hold a panel discussion at NYU’s Fales Library.To prep the book for its new life in 2017, the brothers tested recipes and worked with designers to create a look that felt true to the original. to try to determine where she might have ended up, but with no confirmed sightings since 1997,” said Ted Lee. Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook, a collection of recipes served at her speakeasy style restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village (open from 1965 to 1998 and frequented by the likes of Andy Warhol to Diana Ross), fell out of print 40 years ago. “Specifically, we have been interested in publishing a title on African-American cooking, an under-published field we think, and when the Lee Brothers serendipitously proposed this classic, it ticked all the boxes for us.”The Lees first met Strobel in 1994, but didn’t realize the reach of her influence on Southern chefs until nearly a decade later when they entered the food writing industry themselves. “And yet [its original package] was almost disposable, a small, stiff and acidic paperback. So we took the opportunity to give her poetry and recipes a permanence, so that new generations of readers and cooks might be introduced to her voice and her story.”The book will get a first printing of 10,000 copies, but Miers “[trusts] it will build from there.” At launch, the Lees will host events in Spartanburg, S.C. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples, are also avid collectors of old, rare cookbooks. natives who made their foray into the food world with The Lee Bros. But in February, Rizzoli will resurrect the book with a new edition, with the help of two brothers with a passion for forgotten cookbooks.Matt and Ted Lee, Charleston, S.C. Our greatest hope is that either way, she'd be proud of this new edition of her landmark cookbook.”The Lees are pursuing reprint rights to two other books (neither are confirmed yet) and intend to re-release one title per year as a part of the series. The brothers, cookbook authors themselves and commentators on the Cooking Channel’s series Unique Eats, were approached by a former editor at Rizzoli about republishing another out-of-print cookbook.

The Bestselling Cookbooks of 2016

Garten was joined in the top 10 by fellow Food Network star Ree Drummond, whose The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!, the top seller in 2015, nabbed the #4 spot. Meredith Laurence's Air Fry Everything hit #5, The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Laurel Randolph came in at #8, and Ali Maffucci’s Inspiralized rounded out the top 10 for the year. 156,495 6 The Food Lab J. Thug Kitchen, the runner up in 2015, fell one spot to #3, selling just shy of 200K copies.Other big names on the chart included supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings at #2, which sold roughly 270K copies, Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites, his first cookbook in a decade, sold 120K copies, landing him at #9.Last year also saw a surge in sales for cookbook tie-ins to kitchen gadgets, which three titles in the top 10. Rank Title Author Publisher Print Unit Sales 1 Cooking For Jeffrey Ina Garten Clarkson Potter 406,599 2 Cravings Chrissy Teigen Clarkson Potter 276,326 3 Thug Kitchen Rodale 197,108 4 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime… Ree Drummond Morrow 174,837 5 Air Fry Everything Meredith Laurence Walah! It was a good year for cookbooks all around—unit print sales in the category were up 6% in 2016 over 2015.As in years past, heavy hitters dominated the top half of the list, many who also made appearances in 2015. Ina Garten’s Cooking for Jeffrey was 2016’s bestselling print cookbook, selling more than 400K copies since it hit shelves in October, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks roughly 80% of print sales. Kenji Lopez-Alt Norton 150,930 7 Skinnytaste Fast And Slow Gina Homolka Clarkson Potter 135,156 8 The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook Laurel Randolph Rockridge 123,632 9 Appetites Anthony Bourdain Ecco 122,699 10 Inspiralized Ali Maffucci Clarkson Potter 104,408 source: Nielsen BookScan.

Pearson to Sell Stake in Penguin Random House

Pearson has held its share in PRH since it merged Penguin with Bertelsmann’s Random House in 2013, with Bertelsmann controlling a 53% stake in the giant trade publisher.Pearson had been expected to sell its stake in PRH at some point, but the announcement of its decision today came as a surprise, as did the reason why it was putting its share on the market: Pearson’s acknowledgement that operating profits for 2016 will be below expectations and it will not hit is goal of £800 million in operating profits for 2018, the year Pearson said it expected its turnaround efforts to start bearing fruit.Instead, Pearson reported that sales in the North American higher education market in 2016 were much worse than forecast, particularly in the fourth quarter, when revenue dropped 30% compared to the final period of 2015, leading to an 18% decline in the North American higher education group for 2016. The company has already eliminated about 4,000 jobs as part of its effort to create a more streamlined company.Following the Pearson announcement, Bertelsmann chief executive Thomas Rabe issued a statement saying the company is “open to increasing our stake in Penguin Random House, provided the financial terms are fair. Pearson said it wants to divest the full stake, which could raise as much as £1.2 billion. Faced with worse-than-expected results in its North American higher education publishing business, Pearson said this morning that it is putting its 47% stake in Penguin Random House up for sale. Strategically this would not only strengthen one of our most important content businesses, it would also once further strengthen our presence in the United States, our second largest market.”It is not clear if Bertelsmann would be interested in acquiring the full stake or only part of Pearson’s share of PRH. If Bertelsmann doesn’t buy out the full 47%, Pearson is believed to be interested in finding an equity buyer for whatever shares are remaining. Pearson added that while earlier it had anticipated that the North American higher education market would stabilize in 2017, it now expects further revenue declines in the year.To meet the lower demand, Pearson said it will accelerate a number of efforts to meet the higher demand for digital products and textbook rentals.

Bookstore News: January 18, 2017

“Eight years ago,” owners Johan and Ellen Zimiles wrote on Facebook, “we heeded Barack Obama’s call to serve our community…. Dependents of these employees are also eligible to apply.Truckee, Calif., Bookstore to Close: After almost 25 years, the Bookshelf is preparing to close. They told the Daily Bluefield Telegraph that they should have closed it two years earlier. The Weekses, who own the building, also promised the next owner “a reasonable” lease.Keene State College Considering Outsourcing Bookstore: The Keene, N.H., bookstore is the latest school college store to consider contracting with a private company. “The bookstore will remain open regular hours; by continuing to shop here you can be a partner to the store’s changing hands,” they wrote in a letter to customers. Late last year the store received bids from Barnes & Noble and Follett, but no decision has been made yet.[Words] Books Turns Eight: The Maplewood, N.J. Jeremy Ellis is leaving his post as general manager of Brazos Bookstore in Houston to fill that role at Interabang, which is slated to open in May. A Texas bookstore readies for opening in a former Borders location; a New Jersey bookstore inspired by Barack Obama’s first election turns eight; a New Hampshire college store ponders going corporate; and more.Dallas to Get a New Store at Former Borders Site: Named for a punctuation mark that is both a question and an exclamation (‽), Interabang Books is the brainchild of Nancy Perot and is co-owned by the store’s book buyer Lori Feathers, who is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Va., Store to Close: Owners Wilma Bury and Anne Hess have decided to close Hearthside Books on February 18. Obama. The decline in downtown traffic and the Internet have both taken a toll. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2017. Current bookstore employees and owners, Independent Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees, are all eligible. But despite owner Deborah Lane’s best efforts, she was unable to sell the remaining location in Truckee, and will close later this month.Bluefield, W. Its Tahoe City location closed in 2012, and it sold its Quincy store. bookstore posted a thank-you sign in its window to President and Mrs. The store, Brazos told PW, is on the site of the former Taylor’s Bookstore and a profitable Borders.Lorelei Books for Sale: Laura and Troy Weeks, who have owned the downtown Vicksburg, Miss., bookstore for the past decade, would like to sell the store and retire to North Carolina. Inspired to act, we opened [words]…on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.”The Last Word Bookstore Launches Fundraising Campaign: The eight-month-old Texas bookstore, which was named Best Bookstore 2016 by the Fort Worth Weekly, is trying to raise $20,000 to expand its inventory, improve its social media outreach, and make its backroom more usable for book clubs and other groups.Binc Scholarship Applications: On January 16, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation launched its application period for $109,000 in college scholarships.

A Post-Election Crop of Instant Trump Books

The surprising victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. White's The Making of the President 1960, has written books on John Kennedy, the Clintons, Benghazi, the Bushes, and Richard Nixon.Bill Wolftsthal, associate publisher at Skyhorse, has called the book “the first in-depth look at how Donald Trump managed to shock the world and win the election,” adding that the publisher went from contract to printed books in less than six weeks.”The more traditionally conservative publisher Regnery has already published the e-book How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, by Joel Pollak and Larry Schweikart; its paperback edition will release in February.Like Stone, Pollak and Schweikart have strong conservative pedigrees; Polla is an editor-at-large and in-house counsel at Breitbart News and former candidate for Congress in Illinois who has written books including Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, while Schweikart is a retired professor of history at the University of Dayton whose A Patriot’s History of the United States was a bestseller. Schweikart is the co-author of two more upcoming books, including another on Trump. presidential election on November 8 has resulted in a boom in books about the former real estate magnate and reality television star—a number of which have been crashed and rushed out the door.Skyhorse Publishing will release conservative political consultant and author Roger Stone's The Making of the President 2016 on January 21, to the tune of 200,000 copies in the first printing alone. Stone, whose book, according to Skyhorse, is written in the spirit of Theodore H.

iBooks Bestsellers: No ISBN? No Problem.

Below the Belt by Stuart Woods – 9780399574184 – (Penguin Publishing Group)11. Ring of Fire by Brad Taylor – 9781101984772 – (Penguin Publishing Group)8. The Mistress by Danielle Steel – 9780425285350 – (Random House Publishing Group)13. Dirty Together by Meghan March – 9781943796908 – (Meghan March LLC) Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – 9780345544964 – (Random House Publishing Group)10. Vance – 9780062300560 – (Harper)16. Full Package by Lauren Blakely – No ISBN Available – (Lauren Blakely Books)2. A Dog's Purpose by W. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James – 9781612130590 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)9. Bruce Cameron – 9781429960274 – (Tom Doherty Associates)20. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – 9781612130293 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)19. Following Blakely was Gilly MacMillan with What She Knew, while the ever-popular John Grisham's latest novel, The Whistler, took #3.Books US Bestseller List – Paid BooksRank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher 1. No Man's Land by David Baldacci – 9781455586493 – (Grand Central Publishing)14. On this week's iBooks bestsellers list, Lauren Blakely's self-published Full Package rocketed to the top in spite of its lack of ISBN. Melt by Helen Hardt – No ISBN Available – (Waterhouse Press)15. D. The Reason I Jump by David Mitchell, Ka Yoshida & Naoki Higashida – 9780812994872 – (Random House Publishing Group)5. The Whistler by John Grisham – 9780385541206 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)4. What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan – 9780062413871 – (William Morrow Paperbacks)3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group)7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – 9781476738031 – (Atria Books)17. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – 9781449478650 – (Andrews McMeel Publishing)12. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks – 9781455520701 – (Grand Central Publishing)18. Just Friends by Billy Taylor – 9781530511518 – (Billy Taylor)6. Hillbilly Elegy by J.

Cheryl Klein Named Editorial Director at Lee & Low Books

In a major change in the leadership of its editorial department, children’s book publisher Lee & Low Books announced that Cheryl Klein, the former executive editor at Scholastic, will join the company March 1 as editorial director. She began her career at Lee & Low as senior editor before moving to her current executive position.Among the many acclaimed titles May has worked with are the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone and the Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Parrots Over Puerto Rico.Low called May “a crucial member of the Lee & Low family” who “has played key roles in growing our company and our lists with powerful books that speak to all children.” Lee & Low recently developed the Diversity Baseline Study, which provided a detailed assessment of diversity in the book publishing industry.For the past 16 years, Klein has worked at Scholastic’s Arthur A. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.”When we began our search, we wanted someone who was on the same page as us regarding the state of diversity in publishing and what needs to be done to continue to improve representation in children’s books—Cheryl gets it,” Lee & Low publisher Jason Low said. Klein will succeed longtime Lee & Low v-p and editorial director Louise May, who is stepping down from the position after 18 years to become an editor-at-large at Lee & Low.Klein will oversee Lee & Low’s editorial program, while working to grow its mission to increase diversity in the school, library, and trade book publishing markets. “We are looking forward to working with her.”May was instrumental in launching Bebop Books, Lee & Low’s educational imprint, and will continue to work with Lee & Low authors and illustrators as an editor-at-large. Levine Books, and served as the U.S. continuity editor for the last two books of J.K.

Bookstore News: January 17, 2017

“The response has been phenomenal,” Fortney told the Daily Local. larger than their current ones, will be close to 80,000 sq. In 1961, he returned from Europe to manage his parent’s bookstore for what was supposed to be only a year. Retail Properties is also planning to build 371 apartments.Willow Books Closes in Acton, Mass.: On Thursday, January 12, David Didriksen began a closing sale for the bookstore that he founded 20 years ago. spread over four floors.Time to Dissolve Seminary Co-op?: Although sales are up for the first time in more than a decade at Chicago’s Seminary Cooperative Bookstores, it still ended the year with a $205,136 operating deficit. ft. On January 16, Brenner launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000 to set up the bookstore, art gallery, and workshop for children ages 0-17.Book Warehouse Opening in Laredo: Book Warehouse, with 19 discount stores across the country from Auburn, Wash., to Daytona Beach, Fla., is opening a new location in March in conjunction with the opening of the Laredo Outlets in Laredo, Tex. ft. At the annual meeting last month, director Jeff Deutsch suggested changing the co-op’s articles of incorporation and becoming a nonprofit.Towson Circle B&N to Reconfigure: Retail Properties, which owns Towson Circle in Towson, Md., wants to increase visibility for its businesses. In May 2014, he put the store briefly on the market before deciding to continue to run it. As part of its redevelopment plans, Barnes & Noble will consolidate onto street level and give up its below-grade space. “My dad loved not only literature, but he loved people, and our bookstore was a place for everybody in Los Angeles to gather, and to browse, or just to hang out,” his son, Dirk Dutton, told the LA Times. New stores prep for openings in Texas and North Carolina; a store takes root in the former home of a long-time Pennsylvania bookstore; an Illinois bookstore considers going nonprofit; and more.Children’s Bookstore Coming to Raleigh: Former teacher and librarian Christine Brenner is opening Read With Me, a children’s book and art shop, in March. The new offices, which are nearly 15,000 sq. In the mid-1970s, he and his wife, Judy, took over ownership of Dutton’s and opened shops in other locations. “If I was 10 years younger, I wouldn’t be closing,” Didriksen told WCVB-TV. “But I’m at that point where my kids don’t want to do it and I didn’t find a buyer.” Obituary: Dutton’s Books Owner Dave Dutton (1937-2017): Longtime Los Angeles bookseller Dave Dutton died from complications from Parkinson’s on January 13. Chester County closed in July.Indigo to Relocate Corporate Office: Canadian chain Indigo signed a long-term lease to move its home office to a mixed-use development at King Portland Centre in Toronto in 2019. Dutton’s death came almost exactly ten years after he closed the North Hollywood Dutton’s store. He was 79. The chain offers books discounted 50-80%.West Chester Books Thrives in Former Home of Chester County: Michael Fortney, a longtime employee and brother-in-law of retired owner Kathy Simoneaux of the Chester County Book Co., opened a store in the same location in the West Goshen Shopping Center in West Goshen, Pa., last November.

Pronoun Sets New Self-Publishing Author Royalty Rate

“We think developing a vibrant user base will provide better opportunities both for us and for our authors.” Brody declined to give out a figure for the current number of authors making use of the Pronoun platform.“We’re taking a longterm view of the self-publishing market in an effort to attract authors to our platform,” Brody said. and Canada, in addition to launching Pronoun Author Pages, a feature that will allow Pronoun authors to create customizable web pages free of charge.Beginning on January 17, authors publishing books via Pronoun can earn 70% of the list price as a royalty on books sold in the U.S. Pronoun was acquired by Macmillan in 2016.In an interview at the PW offices, Pronoun CEO Josh Brody said the company has spent the past six months integrating into its new parent company. Brody claimed the new royalty rates are among “the best in the market” and offer “flexibility on pricing and distribution.” He described Pronoun Author Pages as “an easy to use tool that allows authors to be professional without being an expert [in web development].”Brody said Pronoun also derives revenue from a variety of publishing and data analysis partnerships with such companies as Forbes, the New York Times, and others. Details about the book are automatically added from the Pronoun book database.Originally founded as Vook, an early e-book and multimedia technology platform, Pronoun was formed in 2015 by CEO Josh Brody after the acquisition of a number of e-book and e-book data–collecting companies. Among the acquired companies that formed Pronoun are Booklr (a data analysis service for e-book sales founded by Brody), Byliner (a literary e-book publisher), and Coliloquy (a choose-your-own-adventure platform using enhanced e-books and apps). and Canada, priced at $9.99 or less, and can earn 65% of the list price for a book priced above $9.99. Pronoun Author Pages are customizable web pages that allow authors to post photos, author biographies, and links to social media accounts, and to add other consumer info. Although Pronoun-published e-books must be distributed to Amazon, either by Pronoun or separately by the author, Pronoun authors can designate to Pronoun where their e-books should be sold.Pronoun also allows authors to give away free books (such as the first title in a series) and offers pre-ordering for new titles. Previously, Pronoun authors selling books for less than $2.99 received a 35% royalty, similar to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program.Pronoun president Josh Brody said: “We’ve spent the past year listening closely to authors and are proud to announce better royalties as part of our continued pursuit of publishing success for authors.”Although Pronoun launched in 2015 with an offer of “a 100% author royalty rate,” the company has ceased that claim, calling the language “confusing” and noting that “there is a clearer way to communicate the new benefits.” Pronoun head of marketing Justin Renard said the offer actually meant “no charges on each e-book sale.” Authors, he said, can still produce their e-books via the Pronoun platform free of charge.Pronoun also offers authors distribution to one or more of the major e-book retailers, among them Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and Google Play. Pronoun, the self-publishing platform acquired by Macmillan in May 2016, announced new author royalty rates for e-books sold in the U.S.

Zadie Smith, Ann Patchett Among 2016 NBCC Finalists

The complete list of NBCC Award finalists for the publishing year 2016 is as follows:AUTOBIOGRAPHYMarion Coutts, The Iceberg (Black Cat Press)Jenny Diski, In Gratitude (Bloomsbury)Hope Jahren, Lab Girl (Alfred A. Also among the finalists are Swing Time author Zadie Smith (fiction), Commonwealth author Ann Patchett (fiction), The Iceberg author Marion Coutts (autobiography), and Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War Viet (general nonfiction).The winners of three additional prizes were announced as well. Kendi, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books)Jane Mayer, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Doubleday)Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press)John Edgar Wideman, Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File (Scribner)POETRYIshion Hutchinson, House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)Tyehimba Jess, Olio (Wave Books)Bernadette Mayer, Works and Days (New Directions)Robert Pinsky, At the Foundling Hospital (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Monica Youn, Blackacre (Graywolf Press)NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWINGMichelle DeanJOHN LEONARD PRIZEYaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Alfred A. Knopf)IVAN SANDROF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDMargaret Atwood Yaa Gyasi is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize for her debut novel, Homegoing. Also, the 2015 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing went to Michelle Dean, whose journalism and criticism appear regularly in The Guardian, The New Republic, and more.The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be presented on March 16 at the New School in New York City. Knopf)Hisham Matar, The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between (Random House)Kao Kalia Yang, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father (Metropolitan Books)BIOGRAPHYNigel Cliff, Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story (Harper)Ruth Franklin, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright)Joe Jackson, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Michael Tisserand, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White (Harper)Frances Wilson, Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)CRITICISMCarol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury)Mark Greif, Against Everything: Essays (Pantheon)Alice Kaplan, Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic (University of Chicago Press)Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Picador)Peter Orner, Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live (Catapult)FICTIONMichael Chabon, Moonglow (Harper)Louise Erdrich, LaRose (Harper)Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone (Little, Brown)Ann Patchett, Commonwealth (Harper)Zadie Smith, Swing Time (Penguin Press)GENERAL NONFICTIONMatthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown)Ibram X. The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) nominated 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the 2016 awards.Carol Anderson, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, is up for the NBCC Award for criticism. The Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement went to poet, novelist, story writer, essayist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood.

Writers Resist Protest Brings Thousands to NYPL, Trump Tower

poets laureate Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, comics artist Art Spiegelman, and author Jacqueline Woodson from the steps of the New York Public Library to the shadow of Trump Tower 15 blocks north.The protest, one of more than 90 simultaneous Writers Resist events held across the country and abroad, reflects the worry among many in the media and book industries that the incoming Trump administration intends to crack down on free speech.”In a matter of months, freedoms that have long been taken for granted have been called into question by a man who will soon become the most powerful leader in the world,” PEN America executive director Suzanne Nossel told the crowd. We will resist.”After the rally, Nossel and PEN America president Andrew Solomon led protesters in a march to Trump Tower—where, due to heavy police presence, protesters were forced to disperse. The protest, held the day before the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., brought writers including U.S. “Free speech is first among equals when we look at what is being violated by this new regime.” “PEN America is mobilizing writers and artists to raise their voices among the thousands of Americans who are resisting—resisting lies, resisting hate speech, resisting threats to our democracy both internal and external.”She continued: “Today is just the first of many PEN America efforts to come. There, Nossel and Solomon delivered a pledge to defend free expression, signed by more than 150,000 people, to President-elect Trump's team.”Just as chairman Mao and Joseph Stalin started by going after the intellectuals, against those whose words who might form an opposition to them, so Trump has gone across us,” Solomon said. More than 2,000 artists, writers, and readers gathered at the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15 in the name of defending free expression and the free press.The Writers Resist protest was launched by poet and Vida co-founder Erin Belieu and was co-sponsored in New York by PEN America.

Onder Named Publisher at HMH Books for Young Readers

Children's publishing veteran Catherine Onder will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers as senior v-p and publisher on February 6. “I’m proud to join HMH with its rich tradition of children’s publishing of the highest caliber,” Onder said in a statement. “Working with our gifted editors, she will direct and grow both our front and backlist business to new levels of excellence.”Onder is replacing Betsy Groban, who left the company last July after 10 years. Most recently editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Onder has held roles at HarperCollins and Disney-Hyperion, and has worked with authors such as Sarah J. Maas. She will work out of HMH's New York office.“I am thrilled to have Catherine join the HMH team,” HMH trade publishing president Ellen Archer said in a statement. “I look forward to building on the house’s achievements, and I’m excited for new opportunities to drive further success.”As publisher at Books for Young Readers, Onder is tasked with continuing to grow and nurture HMH’s children’s collection while focusing on acquiring new franchises and building the division’s young adult program and middle grade series.

PW Online On Air: Week of January 16, 2017

Readers RespondYiannopoulos Controversy ContinuesThe controversy over Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions’ deal to publish Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart editor, continued throughout last week. We published several stories, and comments showed our readers to be fairly divided on whether the publishing community ought to protest the publication of the book or whether that would amount to censorship.We reported that many booksellers are planning not to stock the book but would special order it for customers who want it. A bookstore owner praised the “eloquence” with which this stance was taken:“This is another reason why I so love the children’s book author and artist community. Paul Young about the film adaptation of his blockbuster book The Shack (Windblown), due in theaters in March.BookLife ReportThe indie author’s guide to Amazon reader reviews. A version of this article appeared in the 01/16/2017 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: PW Online On Air: Week of January 16, 2017 Not only have these incredibly talented folks taken a principled stance, but they have done so with eloquence, integrity, and dignity. This offended one reader, Neil McCaffrey, who said, “This is censorship plain and simple.”Later in the week, we reported on a letter of protest sent to S&S CEO and president Carolyn Reidy signed by more than 160 children’s authors and illustrators. publishersweekly.com/amazonguideSign up for these and other great, free newsletters here.The most-read review on publishersweekly.com last week was The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson (Random House).BlogsShelfTalkerElizabeth Bluemle of Vermont’s Flying Pig Bookstore on some lessons she’s learned since she became the store’s sole proprietor.PodcastsWeek AheadPW senior writer Andrew Albanese discusses the AAP’s hiring of former register of copyrights Maria Pallante and previews the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.More to ComeThe More to Come crew on the rise in print graphic novel sales last year, the end of Scribd’s subscription comics service, and DC’s plan for new Watchmen stories.PW RadioJames Kwak discusses his new book Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality Pantheon), and PW editorial director Jim Milliot takes a look at 2016 in numbers. I am both elated and humbled by their action.”—Peter Glassman (founder/owner, Books of Wonder)From the NewslettersTip SheetDerek B. Miller, author of The Girl in Green (HMH) and an international affairs specialist, selects five books on the complex relationship between media and government.Children’s BookshelfMore than 160 children’s book authors and illustrators have signed a letter protesting Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’s deal with Threshold Editions.Religion BookLineTalking with Wm.

The Year in Bestsellers 2016

Me Before You, another movie tie-in, held on for eight weeks on the mass market list and seven weeks on the trade list. Patterson is hoping to soon have them at grocery store checkout lines.Staying PowerFor many successful books, life on the charts is short. Its share of paperback bestsellers, however, slipped by 2.7 percentage points and its lead over second-place HarperCollins in the format was just over 10 percentage points, compared to a nearly 27-percentage-point lead over Hachette Book Group in the hardcover standings.PRH maintained its lead in paperback despite having fewer titles hit the bestseller lists than HC. No Trump books commanded long runs on PW’s weekly adult lists, but adult coloring books stayed solid, movie tie-ins were winners once again, and both familiar and new faces hit the lists. Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard held the top spot for nine weeks—the longest run in the category.The movie tie-in edition of The Girl on the Train had 10-week-plus runs atop both the mass market and trade paper lists (11 weeks and 20 weeks, respectively)—the only top seller to do that. All three had stellar reviews and made end-of-the-year best-book lists, proving that quality first novels can sometimes outperform those from well-known authors.Innovative bestselling author James Patterson came up with a new idea to promote reading: a series of thrillers that are short (150 pages or less), cheap (around $5), and fast paced. Called BookShots, the idea looks like a quick success: 16 titles held 53 spots on the bestseller lists in 2016. PRH’s 121 paperback bestsellers held 818 slots. Last year, the Big Five took 87.8% of the total positions on the hardcover bestseller lists and 78.5% of the paperback bestseller slots; in 2015, they also had a 87.8 % share of hardcover positions and 80.2% of paperback. Johnstone (who died in 2004) had 16 backlist titles become bestsellers, holding 64 slots on the lists.There was a bit more competition on the trade paper lists, where about 50 companies competed with the Big Five, many benefitting from the adult coloring book bonanza.A few titles worthy of special mention include Milk and Honey, with poetry and illustrations by Rupi Kaur, from Andrews McMeel, which was on the trade paper list for 32 weeks, making it one of the longest-running bestsellers in the format. Another is The Sympathizer, a debut novel from Grove Atlantic by Vietnamese-American professor Viet Thanh Nguyen; this bestselling novel won the 2016Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Only 29 titles lasted 10 weeks or more on the hardcover fiction lists, compared to 77 that stayed just one week. Though 31 enjoyed double-digit runs, a whopping 139 landed just once in 2016. In terms of the corporate battle, the Big Five trade houses ruled, with some minor shifts among them.Back in 2015, one of the most successful bestselling categories was adult coloring books—especially in trade paperback. In nonfiction, 21 hardcover nonfiction titles made it to #1, but only eight had multiple-week runs. Its share of hardcover bestseller list positions was 41%, up slightly from 2015. Nonfiction titles did not fare much better. There were six trade paper coloring books in the longest-running group, totaling 137 slots on the weekly lists. Their share of bestseller real estate barely changed from 2015. New bestselling trends in 2016 are a bit elusive. In 2016, 36 hardcover fiction titles made it to the top spot, but only nine lasted for more than a week. Kensington western author William W. The track record of paperbacks was mixed: just 19 books lasted 10 weeks or longer, but only 42 had single-week appearances. A version of this article appeared in the 01/16/2017 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: The Year inBestsellers One reason for the short stay of HC paperback bestsellers on the lists is the publisher’s strength in mass market, where books tend to leave the lists quickly. Fervent by Bible teacher and conference speaker Priscilla Shirer, which spent 27 weeks on the trade paper list, was named book of the year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Combined, they held 175 slots on the weekly bestseller lists, or 13.5% of the total positions on the lists over the course of the year.The category was even more successful in 2016. PRH’s bestseller performance was strongest in hardcover. This group amassed 157 slots on the weekly hardcover lists, amounting to a 6% share of hardcover real estate. The sweetest bestseller is Cake Magic: Mix & Match Tour Way to 100 Amazing Combinations by Caroline Wright, from Workman; it had a 14-week run.More DebutsLast year was a pretty good year for debut hardcover fiction, with eight titles making the weekly charts. The trade paper lists had 37 double-digit winners, but they also had 85 titles that only lasted one week.Hitting GoldGetting the coveted #1 slot on any of the four lists is a challenge. HC had 152 books on the trade and mass market lists, but they held a total of only 467 positions on those lists. HMH was the star, with 13 titles appearing in 46 slots.The only company on the mass market ranking that is not part of the Big Five is Kensington, with 35 titles in 147 positions on the lists, accounting for 5.6% of the total paperback bestseller real estate. There were 21 coloring books on the bestseller lists that year, and four of them were among the longest-running trade paper bestsellers. Having acquired many of their competitors over the years,the Big Five represent at least 70 imprints and divisions with books that hit the charts this past year.Once again, in 2016 Penguin Random House published more bestsellers than any other house in the U.S.: a total of 358 titles hit our lists last year. Including the 25 other coloring books that made the trade paper list, the category held 256 list positions last year, accounting for 20% of the trade paper bestseller slots. The best performer was John Grisham, who stayed on top for six weeks with The Whistler. HC’s Harlequin and Mira divisions had a total of 93 mass market bestsellers last year, and they held 258 positions on the lists—an average of just under three weeks per title.Other hardcover bestseller players included Disney, Guinness, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington, Norton, Regnery, Rodale, and Workman. Three stayed for 10 weeks or longer: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, from Ecco; Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, from Knopf; and Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, from Ballantine. Trade paper titles, which traditionally have the most longevity on the lists, did not hold up. One wonders if the popularity has something to do with election-year stress.Conglomerate clout continued to power the bestseller lists in 2016, with the Big Five—Hachette Book Group USA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, andSimon & Schuster—dominating in all print formats.