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Looking for the next hot title? We’ve got them. And we’re giving them away!Stop by PW booth 1332 at ALA MW to peruse our...
01/22/2020

Looking for the next hot title? We’ve got them. And we’re giving them away!
Stop by PW booth 1332 at ALA MW to peruse our stellar selection of next season’s highly anticipated titles and select your favorite to take home. See the full selection at publishersweekly.com/alamw20

Author Nell Painter has been named the MacDowell Colony’s new chairman of the board, taking over from novelist and scree...
01/22/2020
‘Upgrade Soul’ to Release New Graphic Novel App, Vinyl Soundtrack

Author Nell Painter has been named the MacDowell Colony’s new chairman of the board, taking over from novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon, who has held the post since December of 2010.

'Upgrade Soul', Ezra Clayton Daniels’s acclaimed 2018 sci-fi graphic novel, will be re-released this month as an upgraded multimedia app alongside a new vinyl release of the work’s soundtrack, which was composed by Alexis Gideon.

The American Booksellers Association hosted a symposium in Washington, D.C., featuring a quartet of speakers addressing ...
01/22/2020
WI15: ABA Session Discusses Antitrust Options Against Amazon

The American Booksellers Association hosted a symposium in Washington, D.C., featuring a quartet of speakers addressing the perils of Amazon’s dominance in online retailing and what might be done to level the playing field.

The American Booksellers Association hosted a symposium in Washington, D.C., featuring a quartet of speakers addressing the perils of Amazon’s dominance in online retailing and what might be done to level the playing field.

The first day of ABA's Winter Institute in Baltimore is abuzz with bookseller conversations.
01/22/2020
Bookseller Buzz from Baltimore | ShelfTalker

The first day of ABA's Winter Institute in Baltimore is abuzz with bookseller conversations.

The first day of ABA's Winter Institute in Baltimore is abuzz with bookseller conversations.

As part of a restructuring of the American subsidiaries of Kodansha, a major Japanese manga and prose publisher, Alvin L...
01/22/2020
Lu Named Kodansha USA Publishing President and CEO Under Restructuring

As part of a restructuring of the American subsidiaries of Kodansha, a major Japanese manga and prose publisher, Alvin Lu, formerly general manager of Kodansha Advanced Media, has been named president and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing.

As part of a restructuring of the American subsidiaries of Kodansha, a major Japanese manga and prose publisher, Alvin Lu, formerly general manager of Kodansha Advanced Media, has been named president and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing.

The Independent Publishers Caucus convened yesterday afternoon in Baltimore's Hilton Hotel for a three-hour program that...
01/22/2020
WI15: Indie Publishers Caucus Talk Shop, Bookshop

The Independent Publishers Caucus convened yesterday afternoon in Baltimore's Hilton Hotel for a three-hour program that, unlike previous years since the organization launched in 2017, focused more on discussions of bread-and-butter issues relevant to indie publishers.

The Independent Publishers Caucus advocacy group met in Baltimore yesterday to discuss topics ranging from audiobook sales and HR issues to how they can participate in Bookshop, the new online bookstore.

How the Women Became Little - 'The Millions'
01/22/2020
How the Women Became Little - The Millions

How the Women Became Little - 'The Millions'

Her analysis, she seems to feel, must be couched in womanly terms. I know I am a woman, but I can know things. Look at me knowing them, showing them to you.

“I'm always surprised when my work finds a home. I'm think, 'Oh good, someone's as weird as I am!”: author Robert Repino...
01/22/2020
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Robert Repino

“I'm always surprised when my work finds a home. I'm think, 'Oh good, someone's as weird as I am!”: author Robert Repino talks with PW KidsCast about his first venture into middle-grade fantasy, ‘Spark and the League of Ursus,’ and drawing inspiration from his childhood. #sponsored

Author Robert Repino talks with PW KidsCast about his first venture into middle-grade fantasy, 'Spark and the League of Ursus,' and drawing inspiration from favorite childhood films.

After a lengthy national search, the American Library Association today announced the appointment of Tracie D. Hall as i...
01/22/2020
ALA Names Tracie D. Hall Executive Director

After a lengthy national search, the American Library Association today announced the appointment of Tracie D. Hall as its executive director, effective February 24, 2020. Hall will take over for Mary Ghikas, who is retiring. Hall is the first female African-American executive director in ALA history.

The appointment comes after a lengthy, at times contentious, nationwide search dating back to Keith Michael Fiels's retirement in 2017. Hall is the first female African-American executive director in ALA’s history.

★ Set in the fictional Latin country of Santa Maria, “richly tiered” middle grade novel 'MAÑANALAND' by Newbery Honoree ...
01/22/2020
Children's Book Review: Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic Press, $18.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-338-15786-4

★ Set in the fictional Latin country of Santa Maria, “richly tiered” middle grade novel 'MAÑANALAND' by Newbery Honoree @PamMunozRyan shows how a soccer-loving boy and his family played a key role in helping refugees flee neighboring countries’ cruelties:

Set in the fictional Latin country of Santa Maria, this richly tiered novel is, at its core, wrenchingly real. Maximiliano Córdoba, almost 12, often wonders “about big and bewildering things,” princip

Win a 'Kent State' ARC!Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf, bestselling author of 'My Frie...
01/22/2020
Giveaway!

Win a 'Kent State' ARC!
Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf, bestselling author of 'My Friend Dahmer' and 'Trashed'. (Sponsored) http://pw-ne.ws/f9f00

ReadTribe, the name of a new venture matching readers with book clubs, has become ReadClubHub, after a controversy erupt...
01/21/2020
After Controversy, ReadTribe Becomes ReadClubHub

ReadTribe, the name of a new venture matching readers with book clubs, has become ReadClubHub, after a controversy erupted over the use of the word 'tribe' for marketing purposes, with some calling it racist.

ReadTribe, the name of a new venture matching readers with book clubs, has become ReadClubHub, after a controversy erupted over the use of the word 'tribe' for marketing purposes, with some calling it racist.

The Count Down is On! PW Pop-Up Library is coming to ALA MW with a stellar collection of forthcoming titles. These are t...
01/21/2020

The Count Down is On! PW Pop-Up Library is coming to ALA MW with a stellar collection of forthcoming titles. These are the books you want to get your hands on – and take home. And you can. Stop by PW booth 1332 & grab a galley to go. See the full selection here. publishersweekly.com/alamw20

YA thriller author Karen M. McManus returns with ‘One of Us Is Next.' Plus Novelist Ann Napolitano has the #6 book in th...
01/21/2020
This Week's Bestsellers: January 20, 2020

YA thriller author Karen M. McManus returns with ‘One of Us Is Next.' Plus Novelist Ann Napolitano has the #6 book in the country with ‘Dear Edward,’ January’s Read with Jenna pick, and ‘You Were Born for This’ by astrologer Chani Nicholas debuts at #7 in the country.

Novelist Ann Napolitano has the #6 book in the country with ‘Dear Edward,’ January’s Read with Jenna pick. Plus ‘You Were Born for This’ by astrologer Chani Nicholas debuts at #7 in the country, and YA thriller author Karen M. McManus returns with ‘One of Us Is Next.'

Among the big deals this week are a picture book that sold for a rumored seven figures at auction, a book about the Kenn...
01/21/2020
Book Deals: Week of January 20, 2020

Among the big deals this week are a picture book that sold for a rumored seven figures at auction, a book about the Kennedy clan, and a middle grade memoir, which HarperCollins Children’s nabbed for six figures.

Among the big deals this week are a picture book that sold for a rumored seven figures at auction, a book about the Kennedy clan, and a middle grade memoir, which HarperCollins Children’s nabbed for six figures.

In response to criticism leveled at the name, ReadTribe, by other indie booksellers as well as on social media, BookBar ...
01/21/2020
After Controversy, ReadTribe Becomes ReadClubHub

In response to criticism leveled at the name, ReadTribe, by other indie booksellers as well as on social media, BookBar owner Nicole Sullivan has changed the name of her latest venture to ReadClubHub. ReadTribe was officially launched late last week.

ReadTribe, the name of a new venture matching readers with book clubs, has become ReadClubHub, after a controversy erupted over the use of the word 'tribe' for marketing purposes, with some calling it racist.

OR Books cofounder John Oakes is stepping down as copublisher of the left-leaning independent publishing house in May 20...
01/21/2020
Oakes to Step Down as OR Books Copublisher

OR Books cofounder John Oakes is stepping down as copublisher of the left-leaning independent publishing house in May 2020.

OR Books cofounder John Oakes is stepping down as copublisher of the left-leaning independent publishing house in May.

In 'After the Last Border' (Viking, Apr.), journalist Goudeau profiles two refugees as they attempt to resettle in the U...
01/21/2020
Share Their Stories: PW Talks with Jessica Goudeau

In 'After the Last Border' (Viking, Apr.), journalist Goudeau profiles two refugees as they attempt to resettle in the U.S.

In 'After the Last Border' (Viking, Apr.), journalist Goudeau profiles two refugees as they attempt to resettle in the U.S.

01/21/2020
Movie Alert: 'Dolittle'

Based on the 1923 Newbery Medal-winning novel The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, Universal Pictures’ $175 million adaptation called Dolittle is sailing into movie theaters on January 17.

Based on the 1923 Newbery Medal-winning novel 'The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle,' Universal Pictures' $175 million adaptation called 'Dolittle' will sail into movie theaters on January 17.

Breaking Down the Bestsellers of 2019
01/21/2020
Breaking Down the Bestsellers of 2019

Breaking Down the Bestsellers of 2019

Getting on the bestseller list in 2019 wasn't a problem for the year's hottest titles—but staying on it was.

Some great new sideline suggestions to refresh store displays after the holidays.
01/21/2020
Sideline Refreshers | ShelfTalker

Some great new sideline suggestions to refresh store displays after the holidays.

Some great new sideline suggestions to refresh store displays after the holidays.

Thoughts on surviving the period after the holiday season and a preview of the WI15 Politics of Curation panel.
01/20/2020
The Politics of Prioritization and Curation | ShelfTalker

Thoughts on surviving the period after the holiday season and a preview of the WI15 Politics of Curation panel.

Thoughts on surviving the period after the holiday season and a preview of the WI15 Politics of Curation panel.

About to launch a trilogy set in a near-future New York, N.K. Jemisin is too busy managing a growing literary empire to ...
01/20/2020
In N.K. Jemisin's Next Trilogy, the City Is On Fire

About to launch a trilogy set in a near-future New York, N.K. Jemisin is too busy managing a growing literary empire to care about the haters.

On the eve of the launch of a trilogy set in a near-future New York, the three-time Hugo Award winner is too busy managing a growing literary empire to care about the haters.

Upping its efforts to become a multichannel publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media is throwing its energy be...
01/20/2020
Putting the Media in HMH Trade Group

Upping its efforts to become a multichannel publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media is throwing its energy behind big-name franchises and licensing.

Upping its efforts to become a multichannel publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media is throwing its energy behind big-name franchises and licensing.

Among the big deals this week are a picture book that sold for seven figures at auction, a book about the Kennedy clan, ...
01/20/2020
Book Deals: Week of January 20, 2020

Among the big deals this week are a picture book that sold for seven figures at auction, a book about the Kennedy clan, and a middle grade memoir.

Among the big deals this week are a picture book that sold for seven figures at auction, a book about the Kennedy clan, and a middle grade memoir, which HarperCollins Children’s nabbed for six figures.

The Florida-based LGBTQ romance publisher was forced to retain a law firm in mid-December to help with a restructuring o...
01/20/2020
Dreamspinner Press Restructures as Authors Cry Foul

The Florida-based LGBTQ romance publisher was forced to retain a law firm in mid-December to help with a restructuring of the company following mounting complaints from authors about unpaid royalties.

The Florida-based LGBTQ romance publisher was forced to retain a law firm in mid-December to help with a restructuring of the company following mounting complaints from authors about unpaid royalties.

Literary power couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman brought together dozens of the country's best writers to celebra...
01/20/2020
Authors Rally Around the ACLU In a New Anthology

Literary power couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman brought together dozens of the country's best writers to celebrate 100 years of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Literary power couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman brought together dozens of the country's best writers to celebrate 100 years of the American Civil Liberties Union—and not a one of them took a dime.

This week, we highlight a majestic novel from Isabel Allende, a collection of occult detective stories, a book of essays...
01/20/2020
PW Picks: Books of the Week, Jan. 19, 2020

This week, we highlight a majestic novel from Isabel Allende, a collection of occult detective stories, a book of essays commemorating the ACLU’s centennial, and more.

This week, we highlight a majestic novel from Isabel Allende, a collection of occult detective stories, a book of essays commemorating the ACLU’s centennial, and more.

Shelly Oria, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, and Diana Spechler discuss the #MeToo movement and their experiences writing on the...
01/20/2020
The State of #MeToo - The Millions

Shelly Oria, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, and Diana Spechler discuss the #MeToo movement and their experiences writing on the topic.

Perhaps it’s fair to say that everything I’ve ever written has been a #MeToo piece; I just often didn’t realize it.

01/20/2020
New Kids' and YA Books: Week of January 20, 2020

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a rhyming, metafictional picture book; a middle grade novel about a school for magic; and a YA novel in which a teen discovers she's part of an ancient Egyptian tribe.

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a rhyming, metafictional picture book; a middle grade novel about a school for magic; and a YA novel in which a teen discovers she's part of an ancient Egyptian tribe.

n a conversation with Winter Institute's featured speakers, PW checks in with Jason Reynolds (l.) and Ibram X. Kendi, wh...
01/20/2020
WI15: Unearthing the Roots of Racism: PW Talks with Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

n a conversation with Winter Institute's featured speakers, PW checks in with Jason Reynolds (l.) and Ibram X. Kendi, who will discuss Stamped, Reynolds's adaptation of Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas, at a panel on January 24.

In a conversation with Winter Institute's featured speakers, PW checks in with Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, who will discuss 'Stamped' at a panel on January 24.

Win a 'Kent State' ARC!Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf, bestselling author of 'My Frie...
01/20/2020
Giveaway!

Win a 'Kent State' ARC!
Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf, bestselling author of 'My Friend Dahmer' and 'Trashed'. (Sponsored) http://pw-ne.ws/f9f00

In order to meet the soaring demand for books in the Witcher series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit Books will...
01/19/2020
Orbit Books Tosses 500,000 Copies to Its Witcher Fans

In order to meet the soaring demand for books in the Witcher series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit Books will go back to press with all titles in the series, printing 500,000 additional copies to meet demand.

In order to meet the soaring demand for books in the Witcher series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit Books will go back to press with all titles in the series, printing 500,000 additional copies.

More than 130 authors and illustrators will be attending this year’s Winter Institute. Here's a look at a number of the ...
01/19/2020
WI15: Children's Authors and Illustrators to Meet

More than 130 authors and illustrators will be attending this year’s Winter Institute. Here's a look at a number of the children's authors who will be in attendance, proof that books and authors for younger readers continue to be key at the event.

Here's a look at a number of the children's and YA authors who will be attending this year’s Winter Institute.

01/18/2020
Foroohar, Fortier Win Porchlight 2019 Business Awards

Porchlight Book Company, formerly 800-CEO-READ, named 'Don't Be Evil' by Rana Foroohar the winner of its Business Book of the Year Award for 2019, and honored Mark Fortier with the Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry.

Porchlight Book Company, formerly 800-CEO-READ, named 'Don't Be Evil' by Rana Foroohar the winner of its Business Book of the Year Award for 2019, and honored Mark Fortier with the Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry.

Among the week's headlines: a bill in Missouri raises fears of book banning in public libraries; ALA makes history with ...
01/18/2020
The Week in Libraries: January 17, 2020

Among the week's headlines: a bill in Missouri raises fears of book banning in public libraries; ALA makes history with its new executive director; and the ALA Midwinter Meeting gets underway next week in Philadelphia.

Among the week's headlines: a bill in Missouri raises fears of book banning in public libraries; ALA makes history with its new executive director; and the ALA Midwinter Meeting gets underway next week in Philadelphia.

01/18/2020
WI15: Children’s Galleys to Grab

A guide to many of the children’s and YA galleys that will be available in the Galley Room at Winter Institute next week.

A guide to a number of the children’s and YA galleys that will be available in the Galley Room at Winter Institute.

After selling the most print books in 2019 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, 'Where the Crawdads Sing' also sold t...
01/17/2020
‘Crawdads’ Takes the Triple Crown

After selling the most print books in 2019 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, 'Where the Crawdads Sing' also sold the most e-books and audiobooks, and in impressive fashion.

After selling the most print books in 2019 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, 'Where the Crawdads Sing' also sold the most e-books and audiobooks, and in impressive fashion.

This week, Wendy Lamb gets fêted as she steps down from her eponymous imprint; Dan Santat and Cecil Castellucci talk pla...
01/17/2020
In Brief: January 16, 2020

This week, Wendy Lamb gets fêted as she steps down from her eponymous imprint; Dan Santat and Cecil Castellucci talk plainly; Tiffany Jewell celebrates her debut workbook; and Karen McManus has a Power-ful launch.

This week, Wendy Lamb gets fêted as she steps down from her eponymous imprint; Dan Santat and Cecil Castellucci talk plainly; Tiffany Jewell celebrates her debut workbook; and Karen McManus has a Power-ful launch.

Win a 'Kent State' ARC!Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf, bestselling author of 'My Frie...
01/17/2020
Giveaway!

Win a 'Kent State' ARC!
Enter for a chance to win an ARC of 'Kent State' by Derf Backderf, bestselling author of 'My Friend Dahmer' and 'Trashed'. (Sponsored) http://pw-ne.ws/f9f00

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a total of $1.2 million in the form of 60 individual fellowships it ha...
01/17/2020
NEA Announces 2019 Writing, Translation Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a total of $1.2 million in the form of 60 individual fellowships it has awarded to creative writers of prose and translators of literature for 2020.

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a total of $1.2 million in the form of 60 individual fellowships it has awarded to creative writers of prose and translators of literature for 2020.

Nicole Sullivan, the owner of Bookbar in Denver, has launched ReadTribe, a website that is designed to match individual ...
01/17/2020
Bookbar Launches ReadTribe to Match Readers, Book Clubs

Nicole Sullivan, the owner of Bookbar in Denver, has launched ReadTribe, a website that is designed to match individual readers with book clubs that are affiliated with indie bookstores.

Nicole Sullivan, the owner of Bookbar in Denver, has launched ReadTribe, a website that is designed to match individual readers with book clubs that are affiliated with indie bookstores.

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