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Publishers Weekly

October 21, 2019

Publishers Weekly magazine is the definitive professional resource covering every aspect of book publishing and book selling. Over 20,000 book and media professionals turn to Publishers Weekly each week for news and information. Publishers Weekly covers the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.

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the week in publishing

Megan Lynch, currently editorial director at HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint, will join Flatiron Books as senior v-p and publisher on November 4. The King County Library System in Washington, the nation’s top digital-circulating library, said it will stop buying new Macmillan e-books once the house’s two-month embargo on releasing new e-books to libraries begins next month. Bookstore sales tumbled 10.3% in August compared to the same period a year ago, according to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales dropped to $1.23 billion, down from $1.37 billion in 2018. The Association of University Presses last week condemned a book-burning incident at Georgia Southern University, where studentsset fire to Make Your Home Among Strangers by English professor Jennine Capó Crucet, claiming that Crucet, who is Latino, is racist against white people. Crucet was…

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publishers weekly

President George Slowik Jr. Executive V-P, Publisher Cevin Bryerman V-P, Editorial Director Jim Milliot V-P, General Manager Carl Pritzkat V-P, Children’s Book Editor Diane Roback V-P, Executive Editor Jonathan Segura Associate Publisher Joe Murray Art Director Clive Chiu Managing Editor Daniel Berchenko News Director Rachel Deahl Senior News Editor Calvin Reid News and Digital Editor John Maher Features Editor Carolyn Juris Deputy Reviews Editor Gabe Habash Senior Editors Peter Cannon, Mark Rotella Reviews Editors David Adams Everett Jones, Meg Lemke, Maya C. Popa, Seth Satterlee Associate Reviews Editor Phoebe Cramer Children’s Reviews Editor Amanda Bruns Senior Writer Andrew R. Albanese Bookselling & International Editor Ed Nawotka Religion Editor Emma Koonse Wenner Associate Editor, Children’s Books Emma Kantor Editorial Assistant, Children’s Books Sarah Yung Assistant Editor Drucilla Shultz Associate Art Director Nicole Cadavid Copy Editor Robby Ritacco Director of Marketing Krista Rafanello Marketing Manager Stacey Gill Sales Coordinator Deena Ali Licensing Director Christi Cassidy Director of Special Editorial Projects Adam Boretz Director…

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at the frankfurt book fair, a new normal

The 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair concluded Sunday, October 20, and though final figures for trade visitors won’t be out until this week, attendance is expected to be stable for a fifth straight year—a sign that the fair has found a new normal, despite changes to the event and the political and economic uncertainty hovering over much of the world. “It seemed like an average year at the fair, neither violently up nor violently down,” said Doug Young, publisher turned agent at London’s PEW Literary, adding that the shadow cast by the last-minute push for a Brexit deal was at the very least impacting the mood of the British contingent. Adam Freudenheim, publisher and managing director of U.K. indie Pushkin Press, agreed. “We’re worried about the unknown aspect of Brexit, the continued uncertainty,”…

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unit sales had small increase in mid-october

With both juvenile categories posting gains, unit sales of print books inched up 0.5% in the week ended Oct. 12, 2019, over the similar week in 2018, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Unit sales in the juvenile fiction segment rose 3.4% over the week ended Oct. 13, 2018, led by the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, which sold nearly 113,000 copies in its first week. The juvenile nonfiction category had a 13.3% jump in print unit sales over 2018, as Raina Telgemeier’s Guts continued its strong run, selling more than 20,000 copies. Since its release last month, Guts has sold nearly 150,000 copies. Unit print sales in adult nonfiction were about flat with 2018.…

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a new story awaits…

In Clouds of Fire A Story Of Community Elaine Stienon In Clouds of Fire explores the diversity of people who were attracted to a new, unique religion, and the groups from which they came. Some came from a Huguenot background, one from the French settlement at Ohio, Gallipolis State some from the group known as “Seekers.” One is an ex-slave. These people combine to form a family group within the greater community, where they face the realities of persecution and sacrifice in order to stay together. $20.95 paperback 978-1-4184-4767-0 also available in ebook www.authorhouse.com 55 Reflections of a Searching SKEPTIC ~scanning the depths of spirituality and mental health~ Rich Melcher Peppered with personalized poetic commentary that embellishes a wide variety of readings, author Rich Melcher integrates spirituality, mental health, and self-enrichment with honest and poignant memoir. Enjoy the eclectic offerings of…

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s&s selects program sends authors on prepub group tours

The S&S Selects Prepub Tour has just completed its third campaign, in which Simon & Schuster’s adult imprints introduce authors of books due out next season to literary tastemakers around the country. The marketing program launched last fall with five authors from around the country who were sent to Boston to schmooze in a casual cocktail party setting with local indie booksellers, bloggers, Instagrammers, and other literary influencers. It has since expanded to five or six authors traveling together to four major cities. The third version of S&S Selects was completed at the end of September and featured five authors whose books are spring 2020 releases: Craig Fehrman (Author in Chief, Avid Reader, Feb. 2020); Mary Pauline Lowry (The Roxy Letters, S&S, Apr. 2020); Andrew David McDonald (When We Were Vikings,…