Publishers Weekly May 17, 2021

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a new book show arrives

Welcome to the first U.S. Book Show, presented by Publishers Weekly. The world is different than it was a year ago. This show is different. And we couldn’t be more excited to keep the publishing community connected. Drawing on PW’s deep editorial expertise, the U.S. Book Show is a natural extension of what PW does best: building buzz around books and reporting on the most important and timely topics impacting the entire publishing ecosystem. The U.S. Book Show gives the industry a place to gather and, more importantly, a platform for publishers to promote their fall 2021 titles to a community of professional book buyers, librarians, and media under one virtual roof. To that end, we have developed eight PW Editors’ Picks panels that feature editors presenting the fall titles they…

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the week in publishing

Bookstore sales jumped 34.7% in March over March 2020, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales were $547 million, up from $406 million a year ago, when stores were first impacted by pandemic-induced lockdowns. Prior to the March report, bookstore sales had fallen for 12 months in a row. Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt will oversee Paper Source, following its acquisition by Elliott Investment Management, the private equity firm that owns B&N. Daunt said he sees a number of partnership opportunities between B&N and the stationery and gift chain. Naver, South Korea’s leading internet platform, has completed its $600 million acquisition of Wattpad. Wattpad will remain headquartered in Toronto, where it plans to add 100 staffers over the next year. Richard Baron, former owner and publisher of the Dial Press,…

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3 min
harper horizon offers inspiration and courage for mom

Harper Horizon’s mission, according to the imprint’s publisher, Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, is to publish books that not only thrill and delight readers but also titles that inspire readers to better themselves and their communities. For readers who are also mothers, this comes in the form of an array of new books offering advice, encouragement, and vision. In A Coat of Yellow Paint, Naomi Davis, the blogger behind Love Taza, shares vulnerable essays about the life lessons she’s learned as a Juilliard dancer and mother of five. In these tales, Davis reveals how she works to balance motherhood and a career, her challenges with infertility, and how she rediscovered her faith. The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond by Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen shares the wisdom…

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4 min
the book closes on hmh trade

After a less-than-two-month review by regulatory authorities, HarperCollins’s purchase of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt trade division was completed May 10. HC parent company News Corp had announced March 29 that it reached an agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to buy the division for $349 million in cash. In comments to PW when the deal was announced, HC CEO Brian Murray said HMH trade would benefit from being part of a trade publisher rather than being a division of a learning technology company, and that he was anxious to see how HC would benefit from HMH’s ties to the film, TV, and streaming worlds. He reiterated those thoughts in a memo sent to HC employees announcing the completion of the purchase. “Like HarperCollins, HMH has a long and storied history of publishing…

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4 min
the return of gayl jones

Gayl Jones has not published a book for 20 years, but her publisher, Beacon Press, is determined to make up for lost time. This September, the Boston-based press is slated to release Palmares, the first of five books it will publish in the next two years by Jones, an author who has had a significant impact on American literature. Born in Lexington, Ky., Jones first came to the attention of then–Random House editor Toni Morrison in the mid-1970s. After reading Jones’s first manuscript, Morrison said, “No novel about any Black woman could ever be the same after this. ” With Morrison as editor, that book became Correigadora, which was published in 1975 and was quickly followed by Eva’s Man in 1976. Jones’s work grapples with the legacy of enslavement and has influenced…

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print unit sales rose 10.1% in early may

In the week ended May 8, 2021, unit sales of print books rose 10.1% over the comparable week in 2020 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The adult fiction category continues to post good gains, with unit sales up 22.1% over the week ended May 9, 2020. Three of the top four titles in the category were new, led by 21st Birthday by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, which sold more than 51,000 copies, at #1. In third place on the list was Laura Dave’s The Last Thing He Told Me, which sold more than 33,000 copies, followed by Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, which sold nearly 30,000 copies. Interest in Leigh Bardugo’s titles, driven by the release of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone series based on her Grisha…

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