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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly October 12, 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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2 min
the week in publishing

American poet Louise Glück was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature last week, with the Swedish Academy citing her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Glück’s current publisher is Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Jonathan Galassi, FSG president and publisher as well as Glück’s editor, said the poet is a deserving winner. “Her work is deeply poetic and literary, but also deeply sensical and direct. It’s like you hear your inner voice when you read her.” FSG is going back to press on all her books, and Galassi also announced that a new collection of poetry, Winter Recipes from the Collective, is due to be released sometime next year. Glück, a former U.S. poet laureate, is considered one of the foremost voices in American poetry…

3 min
the surprise continues

A number of big summer bestsellers, a surge in interest in books on social justice, and ongoing demand by parents for children’s books that both educate and entertain combined to continue to push up unit sales of print books through this year’s third quarter. According to NPD BookScan, print unit sales rose 6.4% for the nine months ended Oct. 3, 2020 over the comparable span in 2019. Unit sales jumped 29.1% in the juvenile nonfiction category, led by huge demand for Big Preschool Workbook, which sold nearly 649,000 print copies in the period, and My First Learnto-Write Workbook by Crystal Radke, which sold almost 595,000 copies. YA nonfiction, which is the smallest of the six major categories, had the biggest gains, with 2.5 million units sold in the first nine months of…

3 min
book producing in 2020

If this were a normal year, the American Book Producers Association would have held a party to mark its 40th anniversary. But since 2020 is a year in which nothing has gone as planned, the ABPA has turned to virtual events as a way to keep in touch with its members and to keep the association in front of the industry. Long known for holding brown-bag lunches and other panels in New York City that covered different aspects of the book business, the ABPA has been holding Zoom happy hours that feature prominent leaders discussing their views of the industry. Speakers have included Jackie DeLeo and Mike Smith of Barnes & Noble; Tyrell Mahoney, president of Chronicle Books; Kirsty Melville, president and publisher of Andrew McMeel Publishing; and, most recently, Dominique…

3 min
peter miller, btb team up to get books to prisoners

When he isn’t promoting books for W.W. Norton, Peter Miller, publicity director of Norton’s Liveright imprint, moonlights as the owner of Freebird Books, a small used bookstore he operates in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood. He has owned Freebird, which specializes in titles about New York City, since he bought the store “on a whim” from its original owners in 2007. “It was my midlife crisis purchase,” he said. A year after buying the store, Miller heard that Books Through Bars, which donates books to prison inmates around the country, needed a space for its collection operations. Freebird is only open on weekends, and the store’s basement was not being used, so he offered the space to BTB rent free to use as its home base. He’s also been helping BTB with…

3 min
children’s book begets online community for grieving kids

Author and entrepreneur Kristina Bingham Jones is using the release of her first children’s book as the basis for creating an online community for grieving kids. The project began with My Forever Guardian, a book that she self-published through IngramSpark in March. The title is available in print and digital editions through all major e-tailers, and bookstores and other physical retailers can order it from IngramSpark. In light of the positive reception it received, Jones decided to form Guardian Lane, a company whose mission is to publish new material about the grieving process and to host a social network for grieving children. “Over 2.5 million people pass away each year, and that’s just in the United States,” Jones said. “When a person passes, it affects an average of five people, which…

3 min
deals

DEAL OF THE WEEK Candlewick Inks Medina to Triple In a high-six-figure acquisition, Candlewick’s Kate Fletcher bought world rights to three new books by Meg Medina. The agreement covers the third and final installment in her Merci Suárez series; a standalone, currently untitled middle grade novel; and a currently untitled picture book. Medina, who won the 2019 Newbery Medal, was represented by Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Chalabi Sells Inequality Title to RH Data journalist Mona Chalabi sold The Ten to Molly Turpin at Random House. Turpin took world rights to the book at auction from Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander. The Ten, RH said, will mix narrative with data-driven graphics to create “a portrait of inequality in America.” It follows 10 socioeconomically diverse households to illuminate “the specific…