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Publishers Weekly October 19, 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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the week in publishing

Bookstore sales tumbled 30.7% in August compared to August 2019, putting an end to a brief rally that saw the rate of monthly sales declines slowing. For the first eight months of 2020, sales were down 31.4% from the same period last year. Barnes & Noble acknowledged that on October 10 it had suffered “a cybersecurity attack” that targeted systems containing some customer information and also impacted some store operations. Systems were restored by the end of the week. Liesa Abrams is moving to Random House Books for Young Readers as v-p and editor-in-chief of Labyrinth Road, a new imprint that will focus on middle grade series and novels as well as YA titles. The ABA launched Boxed Out, a marketing campaign that features provocative installations in front of six independent bookstores and…

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optimism meets uncertainty

The Frankfurt Book Fair, which ran October 14–18, was reimagined for 2020 as an entirely virtual event. The fair usually hosts more than 300,000 visitors, but this year, because of the spread of Covid-19 across Europe, all in-person events were canceled. Instead, the organizers channeled several million euros in government support into producing a broad slate of online activities. The schedule listed 3,627 events during the fair, including some 70 hours of business-to-business trade events and nearly 200 more hours of programming targeting the reading public. And dozens of writers gave talks at this year’s Bookfest, the concurrent literary festival. As of Friday, Frankfurt organizers reported 148,000 participants from 183 countries. The fair tried to replicate some of the networking and serendipitous interactions that are so essential to the Frankfurt experience…

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print unit sales up 7.9% in early october

Unit sales of print books rose 7.9% in the week ended Oct. 10, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, with three new titles topping the bestseller list. The two biggest bestsellers were in adult nonfiction, helping to lift unit sales up 7% over the week ended Oct. 12, 2019. Ina Gartner’s Modern Comfort Food sold nearly 129,000 copies in its first week, while Humans by Brandon Stanton followed, selling almost 103,000 copies. Juvenile fiction sales rose 11.9%, led by The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan, which sold close to 49,000 copies in its first week. The biggest increase came in the smallest category, YA nonfiction, where unit sales jumped 63.9% in the week. Three new titles in the Complete Guide in…

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evans named star watch superstar

Nivia Evans, an editor at Orbit Books, was named PW’s 2020 Star Watch superstar at a celebration cohosted by Publishers Weekly and Frankfurter Buchmesse via Zoom on October 13 and attended by more than 250 people. The award was announced by 2019 superstar Jennifer N. Baker, managing editor at Random House Children’s Books and founder of the Minorities in Publishing podcast. “Many of us, like the writers we publish, work in our own silos independently and with esteemed team members,” Baker said while introducing Evans. “As we know, the world is unpredictable, and our focus can’t be everywhere at once, so we may not always take time to recognize our work along with those we collaborate with. Taking the time to nominate, salute, and honor our colleagues can mean the world…

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meet the publicist: fauzia burke

In 1995, the internet was still in its infancy and many in the publishing industry were trying to ignore it. Fauzia Burke, a tech-savvy publicity and marketing professional, did not. She had such a strong vision of how the internet could help authors, which led her to quit her publishing job and launch FSB Associates, a book publicity firm that she initially operated out of her home in New Jersey. With the help of Listservs, newsgroups, and dial-up modems, Burke created a proprietary system of online marketing, publicity, and consulting services for authors and publishers. Since then, FSB Associates has promoted such authors as Alan Alda, Mika Brzezinski, Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, and Charles Spencer. Now based in Carlsbad, Calif., FSB Associates has executed more than 2,000 book publicity campaigns. Today the…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Harper Preps for Wade’s ‘Apocalypse’ In a high-six-figure acquisition, Gail Winston at Harper won Lizzie Wade’s Apocalypse at auction. Wade is a correspondent for Science and was represented in the world English rights agreement by Sarah Levitt at Aevitas Creative Management. The nonfiction work, Levitt said, “reframes human history as a series of crises and cataclysms, from the rise of Homo sapiens in our deep past to the ongoing colonization of the Americas in our present.” She likened the book to Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, noting that it ultimately asks, “How can we harness what archeologists know about past apocalypses to better prepare us for our present and future apocalypses?” Abrams Seeks ‘Justice’ at Doubleday Politician, voting rights activist, and author Stacey…