Publishers Weekly October 18, 2021

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the week in publishing

Penguin Classics and Marvel Comics will collaborate on a new series, the Penguin Classics Marvel Collection. The initiative marks the first time that the classics publisher will release comics. The first titles are due out in June 2022. Bookstore sales jumped 60.1% in August over 2020, rising to $1.23 billion from $770 million a year ago. The August gain continued the recovery of bookstore sales, which were up 39.5% in the first eight months of 2021. Pantheon and Schocken Books will no longer be a division of Alfred A. Knopf. It will instead operate as an independent imprint alongside Knopf, Doubleday, and Vintage/Anchor and will continue to expand its staff under Lisa Lucas. New York Comic Con returned to New York City’s Javits Center from October 7 to 10, with 150,000 masked and…

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another pandemic surprise

Though the pandemic caused financial hardship for many independent bookstores, particularly those in cities and states that forced retailers to close their doors for months, it has also paved the way for a mini-boom of bookstore openings. “I’ve gotten a lot of, ‘Why would you open during a pandemic? That’s brave,’” said Kari Ferguson, who opened an online children’s bookstore, Oh Hello Again, in June 2020, followed by a general bookstore of the same name in the Capitol Hill section of Seattle in December. “But really, the pandemic allowed me to open a physical location, because rent prices dropped on retail spaces due to store closings. The community has been so supportive. I think people are enthralled with the novelty of a business opening rather than shutting down during Covid.”…

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print unit sales up 2% in early october

Unit sales of print books rose 2% in the week ended Oct. 9, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Several new releases helped boost unit sales 26.6% in the adult fiction category over the week ended Oct. 10, 2020. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles was the top novel, selling nearly 65,000 copies in its first week. Two new graphic novels also did well. Chainsaw Man, Vol. 7 by Tatsuki Fujimoto and Jujustu Kaisen, Vol. 12 by Gege Akutomi sold about 25,000 and 20,000 copies, respectively, in their first week. Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads sold more than 23,000 copies in its first week, while Danielle Steel’s The Butler sold almost 22,000 copies. Sales of YA fiction rose 26%, led by the debut of…

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tattered cover broadens its reach

Tattered Cover has long had multiple locations in Denver, but with the recent announcement that it will open a new outlet 70 miles south in Colorado Springs early next year, the new owners are making their first move to transform it into a regional chain. Kwame Spearman (CEO), David Back (chairman of the board), and a team of investors purchased the 50-year-old bookstore in December and have quickly moved to put their stamp on the Colorado institution. They’re opening the store’s first children’s concept and fifth location, Tattered Cover Kids, at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace on June 26. There are also three affiliate airport stores with Hudson Booksellers at Denver International and a newly opened Tattered Cover + Kids pop-up store at the Park Meadows Mall. Two weeks prior to opening the…

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translators fight for cover credit

On August 31, writer and literary translator Jennifer Croft, known for her International Booker Prize–winning translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights, made a resolution and shared it with her 10,000 Twitter followers: “I’m not translating any more books without my name on the cover,” she wrote. “Not only is it disrespectful to me, but it is also a disservice to the reader, who should know who chose the words they’re going to read.” Replies poured in from writers supportive of her decision and other translators who have felt overlooked by publishers. Croft, who translates from Polish and Spanish into English, had clearly struck a nerve. One month later, for International Translation Day on September 30, Croft turned her personal resolution into a public campaign. In an open letter published on the website of…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK ▪ Morrow Buys Kuang’s ‘Yellowface’ In a mid-six-figure deal, May Chen at William Morrow preempted world English rights (jointly with Ann Bissell at HarperCollins UK imprint Borough Press) to Rebecca F. Kuang’s Yellowface. Morrow, which compared the novel to White Ivy and The Other Black Girl, said it tackles “questions of diversity and racism in publishing and the erasure of Asian American voices and history.” Kuang was represented in the agreement by Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates. Morrow said Yellowface follows “a white author who steals an unpublished manuscript, written by a more successful Asian American novelist who died in a freak accident, and publishes it as her own.” Kuang is the author of the Poppy War fantasy trilogy (which won, among other awards, a Hugo and…