Publishers Weekly February 1, 2021

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the week in publishing

The Authors Guild, along with five other writers’ groups and the nonprofit Open Markets Institute, sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking the government to block Penguin Random House’s pending acquisition of Simon & Schuster. The organizations framed the proposed acquisition as part of the ongoing consolidation within the publishing industry—including in the bookselling field, which is now dominated by Amazon—that the letter’s writers say has gone too far. Jon Yaged, head of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has been promoted to president of all of Macmillan Publishers’ U.S. trade group. Jen Besser has been named to succeed Yaged as head of the children’s division. The promotions follow Don Weisberg’s appointment as CEO of Macmillan Publishers last fall after the departure of John Sargent. Weisberg had been president of the…

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a year for the (record) books

SOURCE: NPD BOOKSCAN, PUBTRACK DIGITAL Combined print book and e-book sales hit 942 million units in 2020 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, a 9% increase over 2019 and the most unit sales recorded in a single year by BookScan since the service was created in 2004. In a webinar held last week, Kristen McLean, executive director of NPD Books, said the gain was due to a combination of strong sales of both print and digital books. Print sales rose 8.2% over 2019, the largest annual increase since 2005, and the print total of 751 million units sold was the highest since 2009, the year before e-books Year 181 started to become a meaningful part of the book business. E-book unit sales, as measured by NPD’s PubTrack Digital service, rose 12.6%…

4 min
20 years of hard case crime

“It was the sort of idea that should have vanished with the sunrise, and the onset of sobriety.” That tantalizing line could have come from the opening of one of the more than 100 books published by Hard Case Crime, as a rueful narrator reflects on the off-hand thoughts that led to trouble. In fact, it’s how Hard Case Crime cofounder Charles Ardai, an Edgar Award–winning writer himself, described the circumstances of the imprint’s origins. Ardai told PW that when he arranged to get together for drinks in 2001 with novelist and graphic designer Max Phillips, an old friend, he didn’t imagine where their casual conversation about the books they’d relished growing up would lead. Their discussions of the paperback crime novels they remembered vividly from Gold Medal or Popular Library,…

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winter have you locked inside? we’ve got you covered.

The Jesus Chronicles A Compilation of Volumes 1, 2 and 3 Jack Moser Author Jack Moser ventures into the spiritual world as he takes issue with the common thinking about Jesus, Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene. $19.99 paperback 978-1-7960-9452-7 also available in ebook Hope That Heals Reflections on a Life Journey Betty Jane Clem Catch the fever of Hope so needed in the human saga of the 21st century in this collection of poems expressing the author’s observations and reflections on life. $16.99 paperback 978-1-6641-3867-4 also available in hardcover & ebook Rosie Peggy W. Fellouris Rosie is an average person who wants a husband to treat her the way her dad treats her mother. She is determined to find one. $13.99 paperback 978-1-6655-0245-0 also available in hardcover & ebook Justin Sane - The Joy and Pain of A Beautiful Man’s Soul A Dance with Addiction and Mental Health Justin P. Dodson Justin Sane…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Wright’s Covid Tome Goes to Knopf Pulitzer Prize–winner Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower) sold an expansive work about Covid-19 in the U.S. to Ann Close at Knopf, who took North American rights. An excerpt from The Plague Year, which is slated for release June 8, appeared in the January 4 and 11 issue of the New Yorker. Knopf said the book “takes us inside the Centers for Disease Control and the White House, into a hospital’s Covid ward, into the realm of prediction specialists, and even inside the human body” to give readers “the first cleareyed assessment of this ongoing catastrophe.” Wright was represented by Andrew Wylie at the Wylie Agency. Holt Bites into Moriarty’s ‘Apples’ Bestselling novelist Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) sold a new book to…

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bookselling spotlight: the writer’s block

The Writer’s Block, Las Vegas, Nev. Date founded: 2014 Employees: Eight Size: 3,000 sq. ft. Titles in stock: 18,000 When Drew Cohen and Scott Seeley opened the Writer’s Block in 2014, it was Las Vegas’s only independent bookstore. Today, it still is. It is also the only independent bookstore in southern Nevada and, along with Sundance Books and Music in Reno, one of only two independent bookstores in the state focused on selling new books. “The growth of Las Vegas has really outpaced the book scene,” said Cohen, who noted that Las Vegas’s best-known used bookstore, the Amber Unicorn, closed at the beginning of January after nearly 40 years in business. Cohen and Seeley came to Las Vegas from New York City, where Seeley had been cofounder and executive director of Brooklyn literary nonprofit 826NYC. The opening…