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Publishers Weekly October 28, 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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1 min.
the week in publishing

Brian Tart will take over as president and publisher of Penguin Books and Viking after the retirement of Kathryn Court at the end of the year. The anonymous White House staffer who wrote an anti-Trump op-ed for the New York Times will publish a book on November 19. Lawyers for Audible have submitted a proposal they believe could end the litigation over its Captions program. The AAP is skeptical. Online & On-Air Blogs ShelfTalker Cynthia Compton writes about a bookseller’s frustration with dealing with publishers’ credit departments. publishersweekly.com/creditdepts Beyond the Book PW senior writer Andrew Albanese discusses the ALA’s comments to Congress on anti-competitive behavior in the digital library market. publishersweekly.com/congress More to Come The hosts discuss Kevin Feige of the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking the reins of Marvel Comics from Ike Perlmutter and what that means for print comics. publishersweekly.com/feige…

2 min.
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…

5 min.
can bookshop become the indie amazon?

At Winter Institute in Memphis in 2018, American Booksellers Association board member Christine Onorati of Word in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jersey City, N.J., asked Andy Hunter for suggestions on improving IndieBound.org. The ABA’s consumer website has been unable to effectively convert customer traffic to sales. Hunter, who cofounded digital magazines Electric Literature and Literary Hub, as well as Catapult publishing house, responded five months later with Bookshop, a mobile-friendly website with one-click ordering à la Amazon that is designed to benefit indies. Since then, the ABA, Ingram (which will handle order fulfillment), Morgan Entrekin of Grove Atlantic (Hunter’s partner at Literary Hub), and Will Hearst, chairman of the board of Hearst, have come on as Bookshop investors. When the site launches in January, it will sell physical books and digital audio…

1 min.
nonfiction bumps sales in mid-october

In the week ended Oct. 19, 2019, unit sales of print books were up 2% over the similar week last year at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, helped by a trio of new nonfiction titles. Adult nonfiction rose by 6.2%, led by Elton John’s autobiography, Me, which sold more than 71,000 copies in its first week and came in at #2 overall. Nonfiction sales were also buoyed by Today show anchor Hoda Kotb’s I Really Needed This Today and New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill, which, combined, sold more than 100,000 copies, and were #3 and #4 overall, respectively. Adult fiction took a small dip despite John Grisham’s The Guardians debuting at #1 overall and selling more than 97,000 copies, nearly double the sales of last week’s…

6 min.
welcome, bestselling robot overlords

In November, around 100 coders and creative writers are expected to take the National Novel Generation Month (NaNoGenMo) challenge, for which they’ll build computer programs, specialized artificial intelligence, and other digital tools capable of generating 50,000-word novels. According to a survey of 352 AI researchers, AI will be writing bestselling novels 20 years from now—and NaNoGenMo offers a very early glimpse of that future. NaNoGenMo began in 2013, when author and creative programmer Darius Kazemi saw thousands of human writers drafting 50,000-word manuscripts for November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge and instead invited his Twitter readers to “spend the month writing code that generates a 50k word novel.” Between 100 and 200 people take part each year, a tiny crew compared to the more than 798,000 active NaNoWriMo writers. Nevertheless,…

6 min.
deals

MOVIE DEALS ● Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the creators of the Show-time series Billions, are developing a series based on New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber (Norton). Showtime is set to produce the new series as well. ● Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King (Norton) has been optioned by Atlas Entertainment. Deadline reported the deal. PW gave the 1935-set novel a starred review, describing it as bringing “heart and authenticity to a slice of Ethiopian history” and standing as an “evocative, mesmerizing account of the role of women during wartime.” INTERNATIONAL DEALS ● U.S. indie house Two Dollar Radio acquired a novel titled A History of My Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt. Belcourt is the youngest winner of Canada’s Griffin Poetry Prize. His agent, Stephanie Sinclair at…