Publishers Weekly September 20, 2021

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the week in publishing

Bookstore sales jumped 63.8% in July compared to July 2020. Sales were $716 million, the highest July total since 2012. Bookstore sales were up 34.8% in the first seven months of the year over the comparable period in 2020. Pearson Education filed a lawsuit against textbook service Chegg for copyright infringement, alleging that Chegg’s popular subscription study service illegally appropriates Pearson’s end-of-chapter textbook questions. Author, book influencer, and podcaster Zibby Owens will launch her own press, Zibby Books. Joining Owens is Leigh Newman, the former books editor of and cofounder of the Catapult imprint Black Balloon. Call for Information Call for Information: Winter 2022 On-Sale Calendar (Adult) Deadline: Sept. 30 Online date: Oct. 15 Needed: Information about publishers’ biggest titles releasing January 1 – April 30, 2022, to be included in PW’s on-sale calendar. Go…

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harpercollins integrates hmh

About four months after completing its acquisition of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media, Harper-Collins has announced its integration plans for the former HMH divisions. The adult properties will be placed in the William Morrow group under Morrow president and publisher Liate Stehlik, while the two children’s imprints will become part of HarperCollins Children’s Books under the direction of president and publisher Suzanne Murphy. HC said the “majority” of acquiring editors at the divisions will remain in place but confirmed that the integration involved “some” layoffs, though it did not comment on how many positions were cut or who was let go. On the adult side, HC will launch a new, still-to-be-named lifestyle imprint led by Deb Brody, formerly v-p and publisher for HMH Adult Trade and now v-p/editorial director at…

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print unit sales dipped in early september

Strong sales of adult fiction were not enough to prevent unit sales of print books from falling 1.2% in the week ended Sept. 11, 2021, compared to the similar week last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Three new releases helped drive up sales of adult fiction 20.9% over the week ended Sept. 12, 2020. Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where are You was #1 on the category list, selling nearly 40,000 copies. And Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia, Vol. 29 and Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb each sold more than 28,000 copies. Adult nonfiction had three new books with decent debut sales, but they couldn’t compete with the slate of nonfiction titles that came out last year at this time, including Michael Cohen’s Disloyal, which sold about…

3 min
will ‘the quiet tenant’ make a loud noise?

Though Knopf is renowned for publishing literary fiction, it has a long tradition of publishing commercial fiction and crime novels, including by such authors as Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice, to great success. Knopf believes it has another bestseller in journalist Clémence Michallon’s The Quiet Tenant, a debut novel about a serial killer that it recently acquired. Knopf publisher Reagan Arthur noted that she and her predecessor, the late Sonny Mehta, bonded years ago over “our shared love of commercial fiction and great crime fiction,” and that crime and genre fiction were an important part of her list when she was at Little, Brown. “I very much want to continue doing this at Knopf,” she said. Knopf bought North American rights to The Quiet Tenant in June in what Michallon’s…

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uta publishing builds its client list

You have this stereotype. ‘I’m going to walk into this place and there’s gonna be some guy with a baseball bat, swinging it around, with a Bluetooth headpiece in.’ Right? And it couldn’t be further from that. We call our office the book nook. You come in and there are just loads and loads and books, and we’re all laughing and having a great time.” So says literary agent Albert Lee about United Talent Agency’s Manhattan office. If there’s a need to dispel the notion that he and his colleagues are anything like the Hollywood talent agent Tom Cruise played in Jerry Maguire (who did much of his initial deal making with bat in hand and Bluetooth in ear), it’s because the publishing division’s parent is a vaunted Hollywood talent agency. While…

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deal of the week

◼ Jeffers Re-ups at Harper In a high-six-figure, deal, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers sold an essay collection and a short story collection to Erin Wicks at Harper. Jeffers, whose August debut novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois (also published by Harper), is a bestseller and recent Oprah Book Club pick, was represented in the agreement by Sarah Burnes at the Gernert Company. Harper said the essay collection, Misbehaving at the Crossroads, examines “the intersection of feminism and Blackness in America since 1619” and is “infused with history, criticism, and stories from the author’s own life.” The story collection, A Simple, Promised Land, is about “the daily lives and dramas” of a collection of characters from the fictional town of Chicasetta, Ga., which is also the setting of Love Songs. The essay…