Publishers Weekly October 11, 2021

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jerome mark antil

When he was 69, his daughter asked him to write a book to help divorced fathers. His 87 page Handbook for Weekend Dads was an Amazon worldwide best seller in category for four years. Turning 70 he finished his first novel, The Pompey Hollow Book Club. A month after its release a Diane Simowski from Barnes & Noble world headquarters called him at home to ask if he was going to write more books as he was a storyteller and they wanted his books in their stores. Diane Simowski added that in her long career in publishing she had never called an author before. They spoke for an hour. That month Syracuse University named Jerome Mark Antil ‘Writer of the Year’ and a director of a WWII museum in Germany…

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the week in publishing

Publishing industry sales were $25.71 billion in 2020, down 0.2% from 2019, according to final estimates from the Association of American Publishers. Increases in trade sales offset declines in the educational segment. The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association held the first in-person fall regional conference to take place since the start of the pandemic in Portland, Ore., October 3–5, attracting 180 booksellers, 150 publishers, and 50 authors. Lisa Moraleda has been promoted to executive director of children’s publicity at Simon & Schuster as part of a restructuring and will serve as head of the department, across all imprints. Melinda French Gates will launch Moment of Lift Books, a new nonfiction imprint, with Macmillan’s Flatiron Books. The imprint’s first three titles are due in 2023. John Aden, a former Walmart senior executive, has been named president…

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cooling off

After posting an 18.5% increase in the first six months of 2021, unit sales of print books declined 2% in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Despite the quarterly drop, unit sales were still up 11% in the nine months ended October 2. The third period dip was expected, as last year’s third quarter saw a number of big adult nonfiction bestsellers, including a mix of Trump-related titles—Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough and In the Room Where it Happened by John Bolton—and books on social justice, led by White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. For the quarter, adult nonfiction unit sales fell 7.9% but were still ahead 7% in…

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publishers scramble to get gurnah titles to market

The announcement that Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature has sent his U.S. publishers looking for ways to make his books available to American readers. Gurnah lives in the U.K. and writes in English, and most of his 10 books have been published in the U.S. but many of them are currently out of print. Sales of foreign literature and books in translation in America are small for all but the best-known writers, and Gurnah is no exception: his bestselling book in the U.S., Desertion, has sold under 2,000 copies at outlets that report to NPD BookScan since its 2005 publication. Ellen Adler, publisher of the New Press, said that the press is confirming the rights status of two of the three titles by Gurnah it has published,…

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looking for answers to supply chain questions

The supply chain issues facing the book business this holiday season and beyond were years in the making and there are no quick fixes, said speakers at the webinar “Publishing Industry Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities,” presented by PW with support from Westchester Publishing Services on October 6. Matt Baehr, executive director of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), kicked off the discussion by pointing to the dozens of paper manufacturers and printers that have closed over the past decade as demand for their products—which include much more than books—fell. When book sales jumped last year, paper suppliers and printers scrambled to meet demand, but underlying industry issues were exacerbated by the pandemic, Baehr said. In particular, he noted that labor shortages, which existed before the Covid outbreak, have only gotten worse,…

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bookselling spotlight: the dog eared book

The Dog Eared Book hosts few author events and has no local school partnerships or large initiatives underway. But as it approaches its seventh anniversary, the Palmyra, N.Y., store represents something rare in American bookselling today: it is simply a bookstore, and a highly successful one at that. At the helm is owner Carrie Deming, who opened her store in January 2015 with $5,000, which she used to purchase seven flats of used books from a jobber in Connecticut. The stock wasn’t great, she jokes, but it was enough to fill her shelves and test the biggest question of all: could Pal-myra, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, support a bookstore? “We’re in Wayne County, N.Y., and it’s always been a book desert,” Deming said. Aside from a nearby antiquarian store,…