Publishers Weekly June 14, 2021

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the week in publishing

Macmillan’s New York offices will reopen on October 18, and its U.S. Trade and Shared Services divisions will operate under a hybrid model, which will be in effect as a pilot program until June 30, 2022. Revenue at John Wiley rose 6% in the fiscal year ended April 30 over fiscal 2020, to $1.94 billion. The publisher had operating income of $185 million, compared to a loss of $54 million in fiscal 2020, a figure that included a charge of $202 million. OverDrive is acquiring Kanopy, which makes available some 30,000 films to public and academic libraries through its video streaming service. HMH frontlist and other HMH books being reprinted by HarperCollins will be published under the Mariner and Clarion names and colophons beginning July 7. The move is a temporary one and…

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here’s to you, dick robinson

The unexpected death of Dick Robinson, the long-time chairman, president, and CEO of Scholastic, on June 5 at age 84 leaves a huge leadership hole at the company. He’s been associated with Scholastic since being hired in 1962 as associate editor of one its magazines. Robinson held the three highest-ranking positions at Scholastic and was the primary architect in building one Maurice Robinson. of the world’s most prominent publishers and distributors of children’s literature. He has been a constant presence at a company that has undergone tremendous change since he was named president in 1974. “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Dick Robinson,” Scholastic’s board of directors said in a statement. “Dick was a true visionary in the world of children’s books and an unrelenting advocate for children’s…

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june starts with a 4.1% gain in print unit sales

With only the adult and YA fiction categories posting increases, unit sales of print books still rose 4.1% in the week ended June 5, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Seven of the top 10 bestsellers in the week were new fiction releases, including three graphic novels from Viz Media that sold a combined 68,000 copies. The top three sellers in the week were Golden Girl by Elin Hilder-brand (more than 50,000 copies), Freed: Fifty Shades Freed as Told by Christian by E.L. James (more than 48,000 copies), and Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop (more than 31,000 copies). Unit sales increased 19.7% in YA fiction without the benefit of a new bestseller. Adam Silvera’s They Both Die in the End remained #1…

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authors pay tribute to robinson

The news of Dick Robinson’s death came as a shock to the publishing industry, the thousands of Scholastic employees, and the many authors and illustrators who had been published by his company for years, if not decades. A number of Scholastic’s writers paid tribute to him in statements, lauding his vision, his passion, and his unwavering support for children’s books and authors, including Jim Benton, Ruby Bridges, Suzanne Collins, Alan Gratz, Varian Johnson, Sonia Manzano, Ann M. Martin, Alyssa Milano, Jon J Muth, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Peter Reynolds, J.K. Rowling, David Shannon, Maggie Stiefvater, Francisco X. Stork, and Raina Telgemeier. “Dick Robinson created a family at Scholastic, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of that family for almost 30 years,” Brian Selznick said. Kazu Kibuishi praised him as “a…

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frankfurt plans in-person october fair

Germany has begun to reopen to travelers, and the Frankfurt Book Fair is planning on hosting an in-person event at the Frankfurt fairgrounds October 20–24. “It will be smaller in scale and more focused,” said Juergen Boos, the fair director. A number of virtual events are also being planned, and the city of Frankfurt will again host author events for the general public. The fair will feature exhibits in Hall 3, where the German stands are, as well as in Halls 4 and 6 for the international guests. Canada will be the guest of honor. “Right now we have commitments from all the major German publishers and 95% of the European national stands, as well as Scandinavia,” Boos said. He added that several South Asian countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines,…

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bookselling profile: a room of one’s own

Once again, A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wis., is a bookstore in transition. Founded by five young women in 1975, A Room relocated in 1997 and again in 2011, to a 6,000-square-foot retail space in Downtown Madison that previously housed Avol’s Books and, before that, Canterbury Bookstore. Forced to move once more this summer because a developer’s plans for the building do not include a bookstore, A Room will go to the city’s East Side, a historically working-class area. “We’re kind of excited to flesh out that neighborhood,” co-owner Gretchen Treu said. “We can be more of a neighborhood bookstore there, while continuing to be the activist, rabble-rousing, mission-driven bookstore we’ve become.” Downtown Madison, they said, has become “more corporate”; rents are high, parking is scarce, and chains now…