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Publishers Weekly October 7, 2019

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1 min.
the week in publishing

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association members unanimously voted to dissolve the bookselling organization at the nonprofit’s Fall Trade Show and are now hoping to unite California booksellers as a single organization. Don Jacobson has been named senior v-p and books group publisher for HarperCollins Christian Publishing and its affiliate, HarperCollins Focus. Audible’s suggestion of a 30-day hold on the litigation over its Captions program, and a referral to a magistrate judge to oversee settlement talks during that period, was rejected by judge Valerie Caproni. Miami-based Mango Publishing has acquired Red Wheel/Weiser imprint Conari Press, in a deal that involved close to 300 titles. Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg is dominating headlines, and publishers have begun to publish and announce books about her for all ages, with some titles available now and more on…

7 min.
getting even

Through the first nine months of 2019, unit sales of print books were down 1.4% compared to the same period in 2018 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Unit sales of all adult titles fell 1.5%, while print sales of juvenile books were down just 0.3%. The adult nonfiction segment was expected to have a difficult time matching last year’s sales, particularly in the first part of the year, since it was facing tough comparisons with the host of books about the Trump administration that were big hits early in 2018. Indeed, sales in the history/law/political science category were down 13.9% from last year, when Fire and Fury, Fear, and A Higher Loyalty combined to sell more than 2.3 million copies through September. The top-selling political title so far in…

3 min.
cooking for longevity: spotlight on dan buettner

Author Dan Buettner has been researching blue zones—places where people live much longer than average—for 20 years as a journalist and National Geographic author. He recently traveled to five of the locations with the largest number of centenarians to develop The Blue Zones Kitchen, a cookbook aimed at helping readers better understand the lifestyles and diets of people living in longevity hotspots. Buettner interviewed happy and healthy older people in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, Calif., to understand and analyze their traditional diets. The book includes stories about the people Buettner met along the way. For instance, in Sardinia, he met a family that holds a Guinness World Record for long life: the family’s nine siblings have a combined age of 861 years.…

6 min.
u.s. comics publishers tap a rich vein of eurocomics

If it seems like European graphic literature is having a moment in the U.S. market right now, it’s not your imagination. Among North American comics publishers releasing a growing number of translations are Comixology Originals, Fantagraphics, First Second, IDW, Insight Comics, Lerner Graphic Universe, Lion Forge, NBM, and Uncivilized Books, as well as U.K. and Canadian houses that market their titles heavily in the U.S., such as Drawn & Quarterly, NoBrow, SelfMadeHero, and Titan. More U.S. trade book publishers than ever are licensing Franco-Belgian, Italian, Spanish, and Northern European comics—works generally considered to be literary or art comics as well as genre works and nonfiction—and offering new frontlist titles and archival collections in English translations. This boost in foreign licensing is credited to increased efforts by licensors, content owners, and governments…

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MOVIE DEALS ● According to Deadline, the YA vampire series House of Night, by mother-daughter writing duo P.C. and Kristin Cast, has been optioned by Shadowhunters producers Don Carmody and David Cormican. The books are being set up for series adaptation. ● A 1991 book about the family behind one of the country’s most recognizable beer brands, Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty (Simon & Schuster), has been optioned for television. The bestseller, by Peter Hernon and Terry Ganey, is being developed by former Weinstein Company executive David Glasser’s 101 Studios. INTERNATIONAL DEALS ● Sphere (of the U.K.’s Little, Brown Book Group) bought world rights, in a two-book deal, to The Coven by screenwriter Lizzie Fry. The novel, the publisher said, is set in a world where “witchcraft is real—and…

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behind the bestsellers

Dance Dance Revolution The #1 book in the country, and the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick, is The Water Dancer, the debut novel by journalist and cultural critic Ta-Nehisi Coates. It centers on a boy with a near-photographic memory born into slavery on a Virginia plantation. “In prose that sings and imagination that soars,” our starred review said, “Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness.” First week print unit sales for his new book were more than those for his previous two combined. RECENT FIRST-WEEK PRINT UNIT SALES FOR TA-NEHISI COATES NEW & NOTABLE INSIDE OUT Demi Moore #1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #3 overall The actor opens up about topics including her marriages to Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher, her battles…