Emma Straub to Open a Bookstore in Brooklyn

The news that Books Are Magic is in the works came just moments after their neighborhood bookstore, 35-year-old BookCourt in Brooklyn, sent out an announcement that it will close on December 31. “We can’t stomach the idea of living in a neighborhood without a bookstore. ft. “Everyone’s been so encouraging,” she added.Books Are Magic will likely open in a 1,500 sq. Emma Straub is the latest bestselling author to turn bookstore owner.“A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart,” wrote Straub and her husband, graphic designer Michael Fusco-Straub, on Tuesday on her website to announce the store. Given the number of bookstores that Brooklyn already supports, Straub is careful to say, “we’re not trying to horn in on anyone’s territory.” In fact, in addition to discussing their plans with Gannett and Zook, Straub and her husband have also reached out to the owners of Greenlight, WORD Brooklyn, and Community Bookstore, among others. “We couldn’t not do it,” said Straub. It’s too important to me that I can walk to a bookstore.”Although they haven’t signed a lease yet, Straub and her husband are close and anticipate opening Books Are Magic in April or May 2017 to serve the Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Columbia Waterfront area. As for the rest of the inventory, said Straub, “for the moment our plan is to stock the store as much as we can to satisfy the people in the neighborhood.” Straub said she and her husband have secured initial funding for the bookstore, and then some. As soon as she learned in October that Mary Gannett and Henry Zook had sold the two buildings that house BookCourt in advance of shutting the store, Straub and her husband wrote to them to ask if they could take over BookCourt.When that didn’t work out, Straub, who worked at BookCourt and who visits the store with her family as much as four times a week, began looking at spaces. “We’ve been working on [the bookstore] for a few months, Straub told PW. storefront and have a children’s room like BookCourt, or at least a significant children’s area. In the first two hours after they posted their announcement, Straub said that people came forward to invest and to offer their time and hands.Although she’s been active in getting the bookstore going, Straub will return to her day job after it opens. Fusco-Straub, who worked at Workman Publishing, which is where the couple met, will run the bookstore.Other bestselling writers who have opened bookstores include Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, who opened An Unlikely Bookstore & Café in Plainville, Mass., last year; and Ann Patchett, who launched Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes in 2011.

Wary of Trump, ALA Joins Coalition Advocating Key Tech Principles

Choice: Our Internet infrastructure should be diverse, decentralized, and open, with a competitive choice of providers. Inclusion: The expansion of technology must equally take into account the needs of all Americans and not discriminate against people of color; rural, tribal, and low-income communities; people with disabilities; or other vulnerable communities. The government and private actors must also be transparent about how data is stored, used, and shared. In a statement, released December 6, ALA officials said the coalition is designed to advocate for “sound national technology and media policy” and to highlight “the ability of the internet to drive economic opportunity and education.”The document, Technology Rights & Opportunities, urges Trump to pursue “policies that respect the principles that have allowed the internet to become what it is today, and that support the civil rights of all Americans.” The values outlined include: Access: Everyone should have affordable, high-quality options to access the Internet. Openness: The Internet must be protected from discrimination against content or users, and individuals should have the right to create, innovate, and share without interference from gatekeepers. Free Speech: Individuals must be able to express themselves freely online and offline. The American Library Association has joined a coalition of 18 stakeholders to articulate a set of tech “rights and opportunities” for the incoming Trump administration. The government should not put up barriers to lawful expression or censor the internet. All of the information on the public Internet should be accessible to all users. Opportunity: Technology policy must strive to support economic opportunity for all.“As an association representing libraries, librarians, library professionals and stakeholders, ALA is proud to be part of a large coalition advocating for technology rights and opportunity,” said ALA president Julie Todaro, in a statement, adding that “decision makers at local, state and federal levels, government agencies and other public and private entities should look to libraries to get our country up to speed technologically in a way that preserves all our civil rights.” Privacy: Individuals should have the right to protect and control access to their personal data, and to communicate and access information without any undue intrusion from government or corporations.

Rights Report: Week of December 5, 2016

Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen will illustrate, and publication is planned for spring 2017. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes follows Tareq, a Syrian teenager who, after losing most of his family in an airstrike, begins a harrowing journey with his sister to Europe while dealing with the aftermath of tragic loss. Pitched as Alien meets The Thing, the novels are scheduled for spring 2018 and spring 2019. Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author; the illustrator was unagented. Mary McScary, their second picture book collaboration, will be published by Orchard Books in September 2017. In the series, Hugo, a young Sasquatch looking for adventure, and Boone, a boy looking for a Sasquatch, team up to search for mythical beasts while learning about each other's very different worlds. Publication is slated for 2018; Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret sold world English rights.Jill Santopolo at Philomel has bought a YA novel from The Secret Sky author Atia Abawi, a journalist and former foreign correspondent. Publication is set for spring 2018; Liza Voges at Eden Street sold world rights.Calista Brill at First Second has bought world English rights to the graphic novel Cici's Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret. It tells the story of an aspiring writer honing her craft by investigating mysteries in her town, then writing about them in the process. Naggar Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.Michelle Frey at Knopf has bought Sneak Thief by Faith Harkey, about a girl from a damaged family whose mysterious gift for taking away others' pain helps her build a new life for herself. The story won the Prix Jeunesse at Angouleme when it was first published by Soleil in France; First Second will combine the first two volumes into a single book and publish it in fall 2017. The author and illustrators were unagented.Kelly Delaney at Knopf has bought Dan Richards's (l.) Once Upon a Goat, the tale of one royal family and how the most innocent of wishes can sometimes go awry. Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties negotiated the deal for North American rights while at Harvey Klinger.Andrew Karre at Dutton has acquired playwright Joy McCullough's YA novel-in-verse Blood/Water/Paint, based on the true story of teenage Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Lori Nowicki at Painted Words represented the illustrator.Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has acquired world rights to Clever Little Witch, a picture book by Muon Van (l.), illustrated by Hyewon Yum, about a witch who comes up with innovative ways to get rid of her baby brother, only to realize she's drastically underestimated him and her appreciation for him. Publication is planned for 2018; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management did the deal for world English rights.Susan Van Metre at Abrams has acquired in a pre-empt to Olivia Kidney author Ellen Potter's new chapter book series, Big Foot & Little Foot, in a three-book deal. Publication is set for summer 2019; Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency represented the author, and Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the illustrator.Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press has bought world rights to The Skydiving Beavers of Idaho: A True Tale by Susan Wood (formerly Susan vanHecke), about a beaver who endured countless hours of skydiving practice and led the way as a colony of beavers was relocated by airdropping them into the wilderness in the wake of WWII. Soleil represented the authors.Liza Baker at Scholastic has acquired world rights to a picture book written by Goosebumps author R.L. Erica Sussman at HarperTeen has acquired Erin Bowman's YA sci-fi duology, consisting of Contagion and an untitled sequel, about two teens working internships for a drilling conglomerate who are coerced into investigating a distress call from a research crew light years away, and about the sole survivor they find when landing on the supposedly uninhabitable planet. The first book is slated for spring 2018; Alice Tasman of Jean V. Stine (l.), and illustrated by Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur Adventure picture book series. Eric Barclay will illustrate; publication is scheduled for fall 2018.

Introducing the Expanded Children’s Book Week 2017

“It doesn’t have to be an Event with a capital ‘E.’ The important thing is to energize the entire children’s book world and bring as many kids and parents together as possible to celebrate this wonderful annual tradition known as Children’s Book Week.” They will also be encouraged to share their plans for celebrating CBW, whether with story times, activity hours, or author appearances—or a combination of events.The new website will feature downloadable event kits and Children’s Choice Book Award voting kits, press release templates, and original bookmarks by four prominent, yet to be announced, children’s book illustrators.Also available on the site will two downloadable Every Child a Reader original booklets: a Spanish-English first-words coloring book and a graphic novel-like comic book based on CBW’s 2017 theme: One World, Many Stories. Registrants can request a specific quantity of the official 2017 CBW poster, which will feature the art of Christian Robinson and a roundup of activities on the back. “Though we encourage CBW participants to register online, which is a very simple and quick process, the downloadable materials are available to anyone,” Lennertz explained. Jeffrey Brown, Mike Maihack, and Gene Luen Yang are three of the 15-plus authors and illustrators whose work will be featured in the comic compilation, which is being coordinated by Matt Poulter, CBC’s membership and marketing director, who also created the coloring book.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work on this bilingual alphabet booklet,” said Poulter. The 98th celebration of Children’s Book Week, spanning May 1–7, 2017, will feature an increased number of events, reformatted Children’s Choice Book Awards, an enhanced online presence, and additional promotional materials available to participating bookstores, schools, and libraries.Shaina Birkhead, programming and strategic partnerships director for CBC and Every Child a Reader, emphasized that amplifying this annual reading celebration reinforces the organization’s core mission. Award winners will next year be announced on May 31, in conjunction with the ABC Children’s Group/American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) art auction at BookExpo.Carl Lennertz, who became executive director of CBC and Every Child a Reader in August, credits his “incredibly devoted and hard-working staff” for helping to effect the changes aimed at growing CBW excitement and participation. “It was important to us that one of the first publications we created should supplement books available to young Spanish readers. Every Child a Reader has always inspired a love of reading in children and teens, but now – alongside the CBW comic—we’re in a position to directly create materials that kids will love to read.”Getting Out the VoteThe plans for marking CBW 2017 also include changes in the scope, voting schedule, and announcement of the winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards. “Children’s Book Week is one of the cornerstones of Every Child a Reader’s literacy work, and we are pulling out all the stops for the biggest and best Children’s Book Week yet,” she said. “We want to make participating in the week-long celebration easy for everyone, everywhere.”Lennertz, a self-described “small-town kid,” expressed hope that local newspapers, newsletters, and bloggers will help spread word of the week-long celebration throughout all corners of the country, bringing a spike in the number of CBW-themed events nation-wide – no matter how low-key.“We’d like to encourage booksellers, librarians, teachers, and parents to use the activity-filled posters and the giveaway books to tie even a routine story time into CBW,” he added. Every Child a Reader, the charitable arm of the Children’s Book Council, has announced its plan to enhance Children’s Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, launched in 1919. “Our goal is to more than triple the number of library, school, and bookstore events nationwide.”A key component of next year’s CBW will be a new online registration process for libraries, stores, and schools, scheduled to begin in January on Every Child a Reader’s first-ever dedicated website, which is still in development. Though in prior years the awards were announced during Children’s Book Week, in 2017 the voting will begin on February 28 and continue through May 7, the final day of the celebratory week. This will give stores, libraries, and schools a chance to host balloting for the awards as part of their CBW activities.

Spotlight on Nancy Rose’s Secretive Squirrels

A passionate observer of nature and wildlife and an avid photographer, she became intrigued by the curiosity and boldness of the American Red squirrels that constantly raided the bird feeders in her backyard. In fact, when I first saw her photos, I thought they couldn’t possibly be real and must be Photoshopped.” Tingley saw for herself that that was not the case when she and her then seven-year-old daughter visited Rose’s home to meet the squirrels and see the photographer in action.The Persuasive Power of PeanutsTingley believed from the start that Rose’s squirrels had a promising future as book protagonists. Enthusiastic feedback from kids and teachers followed. “Nancy’s concept and images were so bold and surprising, and had such humor, that I felt very confident publishing The Secret Life of Squirrels,” she recalled. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley Books, $16.99 Dec. “Nancy needed snow to create some of her settings, but there was no snow in Nova Scotia,” said Tingley. Rich in turn shared the project with Megan Tingley, executive v-p and publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, who acquired the book straight away.“The project spoke to me instantly,” Tingley recalled. It made us realize that, although Nancy has control over the scenes she creates, she always has to rely on the elements, and of course the squirrels, to help her out.”Little, Brown will capitalize on the theme of The Secret Life of Secrets: A Love Story with a Valentine’s Day-centered promotion that features pitches in parenting publications and on blogs and social media outreach.Assuming the squirrels continue to share their hidden lives with Rose, additional revelations of their exploits may well follow, including a school-themed caper. “I love working with ‘surprise’ artists like Nancy,” said Tingley. I truly love that my photos of my little squirrels have inspired such creativity in others.”The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose. “It is very gratifying that what started out as a fun project is also having that kind of impact.”The success of The Secret Life of Squirrels spawned a sequel, Merry Christmas, Squirrels!; the two books, including a board book edition of the original title, currently have a total of close to 280,000 copies in print in the U.S. “The book has inspired a lot of cool, creative classroom projects, which is a nice bonus,” Tingley said. And I was also intrigued by the fact that the author was Nova Scotian, since my family is from Nova Scotia and I’ve spent a lot of time there. Rights to the books have been sold in Korea and Japan.Yet the Christmas-themed title presented some new challenges for Rose when Mother Nature was initially uncooperative. “It came down to quite a nail-biter, since we were on deadline. Rose then snapped her rodent pals celebrating the holidays for 2015’s Merry Christmas, Squirrels!, and now captures them courting in The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story, due out this month.Rose, a retired teacher and high school guidance counselor, arrived at her children’s book career quite serendipitously. I took lots of photos, too, but there are only so many photos you can take of squirrels sitting on a deck railing, and it started to get boring. For editor and author, the series has been a rewarding venture. So I decided to beef it up a bit.”A lifelong crafter, Rose discovered a way to make the squirrels work – or at least pose – for their peanuts. And I especially love to see the feedback from teachers and kids who have used my books in school for nature projects, making props and taking photos themselves. That confidence was validated when Barnes & Noble and Target took the book right away, and independent bookstores, various catalogues, and Scholastic Clubs also supported it. “I began to realize that they’d do pretty much anything for food. “They seemed to love the sets on my deck, and kept returning to find more peanuts,” said Rose. “I had no idea how many squirrel lovers there are out there – readers have offered me ideas, and even sent me their homemade props! She kept emailing me, ‘No snow yet!’ but it finally snowed, and she was able to get the shots she needed. Lots of people told me I should create a children’s book, but I initially resisted the idea, making up a string of excuses why I didn’t want to do that.”Yet Rose relented after some of her squirrel photos went viral on the Internet and she was featured in a local newspaper. ISBN 978-0-316-27263-6 “And I began posting the photos on Flickr, and made a calendar featuring the squirrel pictures as a Christmas gift for my friends and family. She then photographed the hungry squirrels as they searched for the nuts, striking remarkably human-like poses. Kaiser sent a children’s book proposal to Susan Rich, a Little, Brown editor living in Canada. “There are so many possibilities for other books,” she said. “It had such an immediate, sunny, and unexpected quality that I knew kids would love. Her work caught the eye of agent Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto. She is game to do anything, and has what I consider particularly Nova Scotian qualities: she’s connected with nature and has a dry sense of humor and a great can-do attitude.”Rose affirms that she is certainly game to add to her oeuvre, and to supply squirrels with more peanuts to fuel their antics. She created tiny props – a martini glass, a barbecue grill, a mailbox – and hid peanuts inside of them. “She is not a trained photographer or crafter, but she found something that she loved doing that involved responding to her natural environment. “I began feeding them, too, and with a little patience, I was able to get squirrels to take peanuts from my hand,” she recalled. Published by Little, Brown/Tingley in 2014, the picture book features photographs of red squirrels in miniature sets Rose creates using cardboard, clay, craft supplies, and dollar store finds. Nancy Rose offered some creative insight in The Secret Life of Squirrels, which spotlights squirrel visitors to her backyard deck in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Ever wonder what squirrels do when they’re not scurrying through yards and scampering up trees? Nancy’s photos are so naturalistic because she has such a trusting relationship with the squirrels, and since they are so comfortable around her, she’s able to get some great close-up shots.

Cover Reveal: M.T. Anderson Lands an Alien Novel in 2017

His last work, Symphony for the City of the Dead (Candlewick, 2015) was a nonfiction account of the WWII siege of Leningrad and the epic musical work native son Dmitri Shostakovich composed as a balm for the city’s ravaged population. And it’s funny.”The story began (improbably) as an assignment from Amnesty International, which was putting together a short story collection aimed at exploring the idea of identity and privacy rights. 2017) which his publisher describes as weaving “themes of truth, art, romance, commerce, and capitalism” into a satirical meditation on identity, marks Anderson’s return to a futuristic setting he last used in his now-classic Feed (Candlewick, 2002). “Then suddenly he wrote this one which scrapped the idea that female characters have no personalities themselves, that the women are either the goal or the prize. Adam and his girlfriend post their 1950s-style dates online; the aliens, nostalgic for mid-century Earth culture, watch in a pay-per-view format.“What I really think I was getting at was this feeling we have that comes from social media, that we have to create selves for an audience,” Anderson said. “It turned out to be the only science fiction story they received and, also, it was 50 pages long,” Anderson said. Anderson. Candlewick, $19.99 March 2017 978-0-7636-59394 Candlewick, $16.99 September 2017 978-0-7636-8789-2Yvain by M.T. “In a way, there should be a dialogue going on between the male author’s words and the female illustrator’s art.”Anderson has never met Offermann, who lives in Germany, and occasionally her illustrations surprised him, because he had imagined something different. “He comes to realize the importance of capturing what is actually around him because America is changing so rapidly,” Anderson said.Anderson says many early readers of the manuscript have remarked on a thread about how Adam does earn money. “What does it mean to design your identity knowing that people are watching you all the time? Bicknell gave him the green light to expand the story into a novel.His hero, Adam, is high school age but school – and society in general – is in full-blown upheaval since the alien takeover. He let the female characters start to speak up.”Candlewick and Anderson rejected one (male) illustrator whose work Anderson says he found “way too titty” before hiring Offermann.“The story is really about the clash between the world of men and the world of women in medieval society, and how men and women want different things from the world, ” Anderson said. “He wrote a bunch of epics, including some of the earliest about King Arthur, lots of guys doing guy stuff and dragons and giants and lions and knights,” said Anderson. And that was okay. by Andrea Offermann. His next novel, the cover of which is revealed here for the first time, is about aspiring artist Adam, who lives on a slightly-in-the-future Earth, which has been taken over by aliens.Landscape with Invisible Hand (Candlewick, Sept. Few writers have the ability to pivot between vastly different genres as nimbly as National Book Award winner M.T. Anderson. Candlewick Press executive editorial director and associate publisher Liz Bicknell acquired world rights to the book from David McCormick of McCormick Literary. “I decided if I was going to be true to the idea of the original story itself, I was going to have to respect what she came up with.”Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. “This novel packs a huge punch,” said Bicknell. Because the aliens don’t mate, human dating rituals fascinate them. If you are always striving to create a life that can be packaged for online sale, one that is a spectacle for other people, that to me changes the whole idea of identity.”Before Landscape touches down next fall, Candlewick will publish Anderson’s first graphic novel, Yvain (March 2017), created in collaboration with a German illustrator, Andrea Offermann.The story is an adaptation of a 12th-century Arthurian romance by the French poet Chrétien de Troyes, who wrote it for the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Anderson, illus. “It’s about being an artist, the need for good health care, and how to survive the end of capitalism – all under the power of the vuvv, a globby alien culture whose gleaming spaceships hover above the failing Earth. The organization couldn’t use it but Anderson was hooked on the idea. His parents’ jobs have been replaced by alien technology and they are struggling to pay for food, clean water, and medicine.Adam’s plan for a career painting fantasy landscapes for video games is sidelined by his growing awareness of what’s happening to the world right outside his window.

Publishing Revenue Fell 7% at Wiley

Revenue in the second quarter ended October, 31, 2016 fell 7% from the comparable period a year ago, falling to $163.3 million.Wiley attributed the drop to a 9% decline in the sale of books and reference materials, with the sales of STM and professional books down the most, 12%. Following its October purchase of the publishing-software and services provider Atypon, John Wiley has restructured the way in which it reports its financial results. Earnings in both years reflect one-time charges. The company has created three categories: research (50% of revenue in the first half of fiscal 2017); publishing (37% of year-to-date revenue); and solutions, (13% of revenue).The publishing segment includes books and related content, course workflow, and test preparation. Education book revenue fell 5% compared to a year ago. Wiley had a net loss in the quarter of $11.4 million compared to earnings of $2.3 million in last year’s second quarter. Digital revenue rose 7% in the quarter and sales increased 11% for online test preparation, 8% for course workflow, and 20% in the licensing and other sector.For the first six months of fiscal 2017 publishing revenue was down 11%.For the entire company, revenue fell 2% in the quarter, to $425.6 million; excluding the negative impact of foreign exchange, revenue would have risen 2%.

Strange, Surreal Cookbook by Salvador Dalí an Improbable Holiday Bestseller

This fall, bestseller lists have been crowded with cookbooks from culinary heavy hitters. Even in his recipe for the more familiar Avocado Toast, ubiquitous today on hipster menus and beyond, Dalí leads with the following directive: “The first thing you must do is prepare the brains.”With illustrations by the artist, the book, an exact facsimile of the original 1973 English edition, also functions as an art book. Add salt and pepper, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. the same year.“From historical reviews and personal recounts from collectors, it sounds like the book was enormously successful on release,” said Creed Poulson, Taschen's managing director. In a season of blockbuster cookbooks, there has also been one unlikely hit—a reprint of an opulent cookbook by Salvador Dalí that's been out of print for 40 years.Dalí: Les dîners de Gala, released by Taschen on November 24, tours the recipes the late surrealist master and his wife and muse, Gala, whipped up for their infamous and elaborate dinner parties. Prepare a sauce by whipping the heavy cream and mixing into the yogurts, chopped chives, the pepper and salt. Since they are now cold, you just have to seize them with your fingers, and pull along the bones to get the flesh sliding down. “Food lovers, art lovers, history buffs, collectors, chefs. Mix everything very well, add salt and pepper. Set aside and chill.In a salad bowl, mix flour with egg yolks and cream cheese. It was translated from French and released in the U.S. The book, which retails for $60, sold just over 4,000 copies in its first week on sale, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks roughly 80% of print sales, and also topped Amazon’s Holiday & Entertaining new releases list.The book was first published in 1973 by Felicie, Inc., New York, an imprint run by Felicie Balay, a gallerist, artist manager, and acquaintance of Salvador Dalí. Dalí is one of the most popular artists of all time, and while many Dalí fans had heard of this book many had never seen it or looked inside.”When asked if the publisher anticipated the attention the book has received, Poulson pointed to the fact that it became a “sought after collectible after its first release, and 40 years later was nearly an object of myth, so we hoped but also predicted that the media and public would be as excited as we were about the new edition.”Frog Pasties2 tablespoons of butter1 shallot, finely chopped½ bunch of parsley sprigs1 clove of garlic, crushed36 small frog’s legs4 tablespoons of flour2 egg yolks1 egg white9 ozs of cream cheese shortening9 ozs yogurt1 container of heavy cream1 bunch of chives, chopped1 tablespoon of pepper (unground)In the butter, sauté the finely chopped shallot and parsley for 5 minutes. Then add the frogs legs as well as the garlic. Add the boned frogs legs. It is performing just as well is museum bookstores as it is in major retailers, according to Poulson.“I think the book hits a sweet spot in many complimentary categories,” added Poulson. Ina Garten released an ode to her husband Jeffrey, Alton Brown returned from a five-year cookbook hiatus, and Anthony Bourdain published his first book in a decade. The book includes a warning from Dalí himself: “If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”Indeed, the recipes aren’t for the faint of heart, and the publisher acknowledges that while the dishes can be cooked at home, “some will require practiced skill and a well-stocked pantry.” Highlights include Mulligan of Ox Tail, Calf’s Brains with Bacon, Grilled Lamb’s Head, Frog Pasties, and an Eel Pate, which calls for living eels.

‘Cursed Child’ Top Selling Book at Amazon in 2016

J.K. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child9. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day19. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of the year, breaking pre-order records months before its release.”In order to be eligible for the list, books must have published in first edition in 2016. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley13. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard6. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney11. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva10. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney18. Vance7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty8. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany2. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2 swept the competition, and was the top-selling book in all four categories. The list reflects both print and Kindle purchases.The top 20 best-selling books of 2016 overall are:1. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben14. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines17. It is the first time a play has made the top 20 bestsellers list.In the main category, Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air was #2, and in kids and teens, Jeff Kinney's Double Down, the 11th installment in his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, was #2. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly16. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi3. The Obsession by Nora Roberts20. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Kinney has now made the kids and teens list four years in a row.“This year’s bestselling list showcases the variety of Amazon readers’ tastes, from literary fiction to thrillers to memoirs,” Amazon senior book editor Chris Schluep said in a statement. He added: “The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t get enough of Hogwarts. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci5. Amazon has released its annual list marking its best-selling books of 2016, best-selling kids and teens books of 2016, as well as the “most gifted” and “most wished for” books of the year. Byrne15. 15th Affair (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro12. The Whistler by John Grisham4.

Islandport Launches Magazine to Showcase Its List

He’s found it particularly hard with staff cuts at newspapers and magazines. “At heart we are storytellers,” said Lunt, who views the 72-page glossy magazine, which is just out, as another channel for telling stories about people and places in New England. But he said that he would consider publishing it bimonthly. That’s because Islandport Magazine is being published in partnership with MaineToday Media, which manages the advertising and distribution of the magazine through its newspapers. That would mean additional hires to publish the magazine along with the books, since both share staff.One question Lunt has yet to resolve is if he will make the Islandport Magazine available online. Audi is featured on the back cover, Window World of Maine on the inside front cover. A portion of the 21,000-copy first printing of Islandport Magazine was included as a free insert in the Maine Sunday Telegram and in some issues of The Courier-Gazette in Rockland, Maine. The premier issue includes an interview with 99-year-old children’s author and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar, the story of how a Maine illustrator convinced Walt Disney that Bambi had to be a Maine deer, an essay by Maine novelist Cathie Pelletier, and a book excerpt from Josh Pahigian’s Strangers on the Beach. “It’s tough for small presses to get attention for their authors,” said Dean Lunt, publisher and editor-in-chief of 17-year-old Islandport Press in Yarmouth, Maine. Going forward, said Lunt, “I would hope to have 35% of the editorial not be directly tied to our authors.”A large amount of the magazine’s advertising is not linked to the press either. A former journalist with the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine, among other publications, Lunt decided to create his own media excitement by launching Islandport Magazine to promote the press’s books and authors. Although many of the pieces in the magazine are based on Islandport books and authors, a healthy portion are not. MaineToday CEO Lisa DeSisto plans to expand distribution in 2017.Islandport has received a couple dozen orders for the magazine, which is listed as a free item on its website. The press is also giving away the magazine in seasonal kiosks that it operates in the Bangor Mall and the Maine Mall.Lunt, who serves as editor-in-chief, of the magazine, is currently planning to make the magazine a quarterly. That may be because of his inspiration for it, which he describes as “the wonderful [print] magazines of old that featured interesting, well-written stories as well as brilliant images.”

Facebook Spotlights Business Books with #ReadtoLead

Others, such as Uber CEO Brian Chesky and anthropologist Jane Goodall, are influential cultural figures of varied backgrounds.According to Jamil Walker, a corporate communications manager with Facebook, the campaign is not an effort to boost book sales, but rather “a campaign for the many influencers who use our product to connect with their constituents.” Walker added that while Facebook has yet to engage directly with publishers, “that could change.”Other public figures participating in the campaign include Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Robert Reich, the New York Times's Nicholas Kristof, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, astronaut Scott Kelly, Mad Money host Jim Cramer, Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and Bobbi Brown. Posts are being aggregated at the official Books on Facebook page. Facebook has launched #ReadtoLead, a social media campaign running from December 5 to December 9 that aims to spotlight books with a focus on leadership and business.The campaign, according to Facebook, invites “business leaders and social influencers” to share pictures or videos featuring “the top books of 2016 that have shaped their perspective on business, management, or leadership.” Some confirmed participants have ties to the book industry, such as HarperCollins senior v-p Lisa Sharkey and authors Gretchen Rubin and Wes Moore.

IPS Ready for the Holidays

At that point, booksellers were able to receive direct distribution discounts on orders, and IPS orders could be combined with wholesale orders for free freight.Since that time and up through the beginning of the holiday selling season in mid-November, IPS had been testing and modifying its systems to work out any glitches, explained Hawkins. Ingram bought the distribution arm of Perseus Books Group in March and has been integrating its operations with those of IPS under the direction of Jadah Hawkins, v-p of business operations for IPS.The company crossed a major milestone October 1, when all books that had been distributed by Perseus were made available through the Ingram distribution network. Wayne, Ind., and La Vergne, Tenn. on December 22. That work seemed to pay off, as Hawkins reported that over the Thanksgiving weekend Ingram encountered no major issues. With the holiday shopping season well underway, Ingram Publishers Service is confident that it is well-positioned to meet the needs of its publisher clients as well as those of independent booksellers. With that being the case, 98% of booksellers will receive orders within three days, Hawkins said.To ensure they receive orders by Christmas, booksellers should place all orders by December 14, although the company will be able to fulfill expedited orders placed by 11 a.m. Since the integration was completed, IPS has taken order from more than 1,000 independent indie booksellers, Hawkins said.As part of the integration, all books that are distributed by PGW, Consortium, Perseus Book Distribution, and Legato are now in stock in Ingram’s four warehouses, which are located in Roseburg, Ore., Chambersburg, Penn., Ft.

Getting to Know Pope Francis: Mark Shriver

In March 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Jesuit pope and the first non-European to lead the Catholic Church since 741. He also explores theological influences that have profoundly shaped the pope’s faith, including the uniquely Argentine teología del pueblo (theology of the people), a theology that emphasized the role of faith in improving the lives of the poor. He challenges us to get out of our comfort zones and really engage with others.” Researching the book, Shriver visited the places that shaped Francis’ life, learned about the political and economic contexts for his worldview, and collected personal stories from friends and colleagues. Peter’s Square to pray for him, announcing that he was opting to live in the Vatican guesthouse instead of the Apostolic Palace, or washing the feet of juvenile prisoners, Francis has become a beloved figure in Catholicism.Dozens of books have been written on Pope Francis since his election, but Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis by Mark Shriver (Random House, Nov.) [http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8129-9802-3] provides a distinctly American and intimate perspective. Whether asking the people gathered in St. Shriver said that learning more about Pope Francis has “challenged me right to my core.” “When he talks about mercy he’s talking about more than just writing checks,” said Shriver, a former Maryland state legislator. “All the visiting hospitals, holding babies, eating dinners with the homeless—they’re not just photo ops or PR stunts. When Pope Francis talks about the poor, he’s not just talking about the financially poor, he’s talking about the psychologically poor, the spiritually poor, the physically poor. “His message is that God’s mercy is for everyone,” he said. “We’re all sinners. As a member of the Kennedy and Shriver families, Shriver’s very name is synonymous with American Catholicism, and his disillusionment with the Catholic Church following the sexual abuse scandals is in many ways paradigmatic of a generation. Bergoglio, who took the pontifical name Francis, immediately differentiated himself from his predecessors. The book is a blend of biography and memoir, and its title alludes both to the Pope’s journey toward the papacy and to Shriver’s own quest to learn more about the man who has reinvigorated the faith of so many Catholics, including his own. “His idea of serving God is about relationships, understanding other people, and helping them on their life’s journey. It’s fascinating to see the result of Shriver’s encounter with Pope Francis on the page.” “I think it’s both a biography and a journey of discovery of self and other. He was doing them long before anyone was paying attention.” This humility and authenticity, Shriver said, is what draws people to Francis. The result is a portrait of the pope’s life and spiritual development from boyhood through the papacy.“When you see how he’s lived his life, you realize that he has always tried to help the poor and powerless,” said Shriver. That’s what we all are, so people relate to his faith because it’s grounded in the idea of being inclusive, non-judgmental, and forgiving.” Will Murphy, executive editor at Random House, said the book is unique because Shriver is from one of the most important Catholic families in America and he and his family share in common with the pope a passion for building a more just society.

Counterpoint Staffer Among Oakland Dead

He was 25.”Nick was an extremely talented musician, photographer, and most of all, a very good friend to all of us at Counterpoint,” Counterpoint's publicity and marketing director Megan Fishmann said. Nick Gomez-Hall, an administrative assistant at Counterpoint Press, has been confirmed dead in the wake of Friday night’s fire at the Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. “We're beyond heartbroken over losing him and adored him beyond words.”According to Fishmann, Gomez-Hall had just begun to assist with book design at the press.The news follows the announcement Monday that Green Apple Books music buyer Johnny Igaz was among those missing after the fire.

Bookstore News: December 6, 2016

Barnes said that the store will hold a farewell reception after the holidays. We encourage it.”Albuquerque B&N Opens After November Fire: The bookstore in Coronado Mall reopened on December 4 after closing when a fire damaged the building on November 26. “And who knows what the future may hold for Reading Frenzy, but for the time being the shop is going on hiatus effective 1/1/17.”Binghamton’s RiverRead Books to Close in January: Declining sales due to discounting by Amazon have forced Constance Barnes and Pat Day to close the bookstore next month. “And so we’re building a new heart.” Third B&N Concept Store to Open Next Week: Barnes & Noble is moving forward with its concept stores and held a preview of its first one on the West Coast, which is slated to open in Sacramento, Calif., at Folsom’s Palladio on December 13. A holiday/going-out-of-business sale has begun with all hardcovers marked down 30% and merchandise discounted 20%. Bookstore owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine told Fox46 that it and other businesses on the block have received threats and menacing phone calls in recent weeks. “It’s been a good run, Portland,” Eudaly wrote. “A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart,” she wrote. A beloved Brooklyn bookstore will close next month; a new store preps for an opening in California, while one in Massachusetts opts to begin selling online first; an election-winner closes her bookstore to take office; and more.BookCourt Will Close Next Month: The Cobble Hill, Brooklyn–based BookCourt, a beloved neighborhood fixture, will close next month. Author Emma Straub has announced that she has secured initial funding for a new store in the neighborhood. Commissioners are not allowed to own a business. Until the shooting, the police have been uninterested in investigating the businesses' concerns.City Commissioner-Elect Will Close Reading Frenzy, For Now: Chloe Eudaly will close the bookstore she opened 21 years ago in order to take a seat on the Portland (Oregon) City Council. When asked if the company is worried about customers spending hours there without buying anything, David Deason, v-p of development for B&N, replied, “We’re not fearful of it. Some customers interviewed said that they could still smell smoke, but continued to shop.Belmont Books Opens Online: At the suggestion of a stranger, Kathy Crowley and Chris Abouzeid opened an online bookstore while they continue to ready their bricks-and-mortar location in Belmont, Mass., for a March 1 opening.Conspiracy Theory Threatens DC’s Politics & Prose: A fake news story that Hillary Clinton is running a child sex ring out of Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, DC, pizzeria near the bookstore, led 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch to fire warning shots there on Sunday.