Publishers Weekly March 29, 2021

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the week in publishing

The law firm of Hagens Berman, on behalf of booksellers, filed a class-action lawsuit against Amazon and the Big Five publishers, accusing them of using Most Favored Nation clauses to fix the prices of print trade books. Profits at Quarto last year were given a boost by a decision to focus on books that could perform well online. Operating profit in 2020 rose 6%, to $9.3 million, while revenue declined 7%, to $126.9 million. Penguin Random House will now allow independent bookstores in the United States to take an additional month to pay their invoices to the publisher, the company announced. The new policy begins May 1. Call for Information Feature: Indigenous Peoples Issue: May 17 Deadline: Apr. 5 Needed: Please send publication information on nonfiction and fiction frontlist titles (no reprints) about the contemporary life, culture,…

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farewell to pw’s first lady

No PW veteran was surprised last week when condolences began flooding in following the news that Daisy Maryles passed away. Daisy had worked at PW for 44 years, beginning in 1965, until leaving in 2009, the final, difficult year the magazine was owned by Reed Business. Even after her departure, Daisy continued on as a contributing editor and remained editor for BEA Show Dailies until only a few years ago. It will be difficult for anyone else to make as many friends in publishing as Daisy did during her time in the industry she loved. “Legend,” “one of a kind,” and “wonderful person” were some of the descriptions of Daisy we received in response to the touching tribute to Daisy written by Gayle Feldman. Many publishing people have a Daisy story…

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print unit sales have big mid-march gain

Print unit sales rose 37.4% in the week ended Mar. 20, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, but year-to-year comparisons are starting to get more complex, as sales at this time last year were becoming more affected by the spreading pandemic. With one notable exception, unit sales had solid gains over the week ended Mar. 21, 2020. The one outlier was juvenile nonfiction, where sales fell 24.5% compared to a year ago, when parents began buying educational books in droves for their ch ildren who were home as sch ools shut down. Last year at this time, Crystal Radke’s My First Learn-to-Write Workbook sold over 29,000 copies, and seven other books among the top 10 category bestsellers with Workbook in their title…

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bookselling spotlight: brain lair bookstore

South Bend, Ind.’s sole independent bookstore, Brain Lair Bookstore, may be only three years old, but its roots go back many years, to owner Kathy Burnette’s childhood in a rough Chicago neighborhood. “It was books that got me through that,” she said, though she has never forgotten how “terrible” it was that she was about 12 years old before she’d ever read a book featuring Black characters. Brain Lair, which until recently was located in a retail space a five-minute drive from Notre Dame University’s campus, is currently an online bookstore. Bookshelves curated by Brain Lair are also located inside local businesses, with the bookstore splitting the proceeds with the businesses making these books available to their customers. It also recently entered into an arrangement with the new South Bend Children’s…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK McKinty Re-ups at LB for Seven Figures In a seven-figure deal for world rights, Adrian McKinty sold his next two novels to Little, Brown. Bruce Nichols and Craig Young at LB negotiated the agreement with Shane Salerno at the Story Factory. McKinty’s 2019 bestseller The Chain (also published by LB) has become a global hit; Salerno noted that the thriller has sold in 43 countries to date. The new deal comes as McKinty is still under contract with LB for a second book—The Chain sold in a two-book agreement with the publisher. The two books under the new deal, both thrillers, are currently untitled. Salerno added that the first book is “about an ingenious plan that goes awry and the horrible consequences that result.” Sheff’s Ono Bio…

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behind the bestsellers

KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING Debut author Angeline Boulley lands at #8 on our children’s fiction list with Firekeeper’s Daughter, a YA thriller. The book, recently selected for Reese’s YA Book Club, “[hits] hard when it comes to issues such as citizenship, language revitalization, and the corrosive presence of drugs on Native communities,” our starred review said, praising its “sharp turns and charming characters.” In a prepub interview with PW, Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, described her protagonist, 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine, as an “Indigenous Nancy Drew,” but she didn’t set out to write a novel for young readers. “I think what makes it YA is that at its core is a question about identity—a young person trying to find their place in the…