Publishers Weekly May 24, 2021

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2 min
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…

1 min
the week in publishing

The Digital Public Library of America signed an agreement with Amazon Publishing that, for the first time, allows all of Amazon Publishing’s roughly 10,000 e-books and digital audiobooks to be made available to libraries in the U.S. Alex Segura, previously co-president of Archie Comics, has been named senior v-p of sales and marketing at the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group. Sales at Educational Development Corp. jumped 81% in the fiscal year ended February 2 from the prior year, to $204.6 million. Profits soared 125%, to $12.6 million. Paul Von Drasek, who worked in the sales departments at a number of publishing companies over the course of his 40-year career, died on May 16 at 71. ProQuest, which delivers content and technology services such as ProQuest One Academic and Ebook Central to more than 25,000 academic,…

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1 min
online & on-air

The Week Ahead The all-virtual U.S. Book Show fills a vacuum in the publishing industry left when BookExpo ceased operations. Senior writer Andrew Albanese introduces PW’s new flagship event. publishersweekly.com/usbs More to Come The hosts enjoy some schaden-freude in response to AT&T’s massive fail—new plans to spin off WarnerMedia and DC and merge them with Discovery Inc.—as it exits the entertainment industry. publishersweekly.com/fail Children’s Bookshelf Stacey Barney has been named associate publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. publishersweekly.com/barney…

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5 min
unclear, unhelpful, irrelevant

Many independent bookstore owners and managers across the country view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s loosening of mask guidelines for vaccinated people as a failure of public policy, according to a recent informal survey by PW. Of the 31 booksellers we spoke with, 47% said the guidelines—which advise that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most settings—are unclear and unhelpful, while another 33% said the announcement makes no difference for their bookstore’s operations. Only one in five respondents reported finding the guidelines useful. Two-thirds say they will continue to require masks in their stores. For Nicole Sullivan at BookBar in Denver, the announcement was a frustrating disruption to her store’s careful planning. “We were unprepared for this, so we scrambled to come up with policies and…

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7 min
blue box press finds a big hit

On March 30 of last year, just weeks after the U.S. began locking down to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Blue Box Press, the second imprint of boutique publisher Evil Eye Concepts, released Jennifer L. Armentrout’s fantasy novel From Blood and Ash. And Blue Box’s three proprietors—Liz Berry, author M.J. Rose, and Jillian Stein—knew they had a potential hit on their hands. Armentrout quickly turned in drafts for two sequels of a planned six books in the Blood and Ash series, which she described as being like “if A Game of Thrones had vampires.” The three titles that Blue Box has already published have sold about 900,000 copies across digital and print formats. The third book in the series, The Crown of Guilded Bones, has been on a number of e-book bestseller…

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3 min
writing an old friend: spotlight on j. william lewis

An uncle who enacts a deranged Christian test of faith, a high school teacher who encourages poetry writing, and an ill-fated joyride in a stolen maintenance vehicle. These are the characters and events that shape the sprawling debut bildungsroman from J. William Lewis, set in the lawyer-novelist’s home state of Alabama in the 1950s and featuring Kit Biddle, who obsesses about the meaning of life while processing the killing of his cousin Nathan by his uncle, Nathan’s father, the year before. Lewis began writing the book, his first novel, in the 1980s. “I wrote the first draft fairly quickly and then put it aside for gestation,” he says. “I also put it aside because I had a large and demanding law practice and legal writing commitments.” The impetus for the book came…

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