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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly September 14, 2020

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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United States
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1 min
the week in publishing

The Frankfurt Book Fair canceled its in-person event and will proceed as an online-only event. It will take place, as scheduled, October 12–18. Parneshia Jones, an 18-year veteran at Northwestern University Press, has been named the press’s director. She is the first Black person in the press’s 127-year history to hold that position. Gerry Howard, v-p and executive editor at Doubleday, will retire at the end of this year after a 46-year career in publishing. Also at Doubleday, Kristine Puopolo, formerly executive editor, has been promoted to v-p, editorial director of nonfiction, and Thomas Gebremedhin, formerly a senior editor at the Atlantic, has joined as v-p, executive editor. Walter Mosley has been named the recipient of the 2020 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, which is presented annually by the National Book…

4 min
a long way to go

A report that Penguin Random House released last week on its U.S. workforce demographics shows that 78% of its nonwarehouse employees and 80% of its warehouse employees are white, pointing to the obstacles that publishing must overcome to diversify its workforce. According to the report, Asian Americans make up about 8% of nonware-house staff, while Hispanics make up 7% and African Americans 4%. In PRH warehouses, Hispanics make up 11% of staff, Asian Americans 4%, and African Americans 3%. By gender, the nonwarehouse staff is 73% women and warehouse staff is 59% women. The numbers conform to industry surveys conducted by both Lee & Low and PW. PRH used as a benchmark the Lee & Low 2019 diversity survey, which found that 76% of the industry (including reviewers, publishing employees, and…

1 min
september begins with a 17.5% gain in unit sales

With all but one category posting double-digit gains, unit sales of print books rose 17.5% in the week ended Sept. 5, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales in the juvenile fiction category rose 30.6% over the week ended Sept. 7, 2019, due in large part to the release of Dav Pilkey’s Grime and Punishment (Dog Man #9), which sold more than 239,000 copies in its first week. The category also received a boost from another new Scholastic title, as Ann M. Martin’s Logan Likes Mary Anne! sold more than 32,000 copies in its first week. Unit sales in the YA fiction category jumped 43.4% over 2019. Cassandra Clare’s The Lost Book of the White, Vol. 2 sold nearly 13,000 copies in…

6 min
calling all sheroes: spotlight on national geographic books

National Geographic is on a mission to introduce a generation of readers to some impressive female heroes in the form of dynamic fictional characters and real-life role models. Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad is an all-new series featuring a group of middle schoolers who solve STEM-minded mysteries, while Girls Can is a colorful compendium of admirable women from every walk of life, from Cleopatra to Oprah, and including some real-life Nat Geo scientists. It’s part of a plan to empower today’s preteens and help them find success. The diverse set of characters in Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad will do just that. The first book, Absolute Hero, offers a compelling story that includes scienceand tech-inspired adventures mixed with kindness, humor, and humility. There might be no author better equipped…

1 min
a warning from aba ceo allison hill

Though the fourth quarter is always important to independent booksellers, this year even more is at stake, ABA CEO Allison Hill told PW, in an interview conducted as part of our coverage of the regional fall trade shows, which begins on p. 21. Given disruption to the bookselling landscape caused by the pandemic, “the next four months will determine whether many independent bookstores stay in business come January,” she said. A recent ABA survey of 400 stores found that sales of half were down by at least 21% for the year through mid-August compared to 2019. Independent booksellers are tough, Hill noted, but they can’t go it alone. “The indies are creative, hardworking, innovative, and resilient. They have adapted to grow online sales and are taking the necessary steps to prepare…

6 min
bookstore unions step

No single event has wiped out more bookselling jobs in the modern era than the Covid-19 pandemic, which sparked thousands of furloughs and layoffs at bookstores across America. For relief, booksellers can turn to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, but beyond that, few have any protections. That is, unless they have a union. There are few unions at America’s bookshops, but they exist at medium- and large-size stores in cities where they may be the most needed because of the high cost of living. San Francisco’s Green Apple Books has one; New York City’s Strand Bookstore also has one, which may be the nation’s oldest bookstore union. Other stores have had high-profile battles with owners who have resisted unionization efforts, including, most recently, New York’s Housing Works. But one sign that unions…