Publishers Weekly November 22, 2021

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the week in publishing

Guatemala’s F&G Editores, the publishing house founded by Raúl Figueroa Sarti, won the 2021 Association of American Publishers International Freedom to Publish | Jeri Laber Award. Brian Napack, Wiley CEO and board chair of the Association of American Publishers, has committed the association to enhancing its efforts regarding sustainable publishing and further developing its diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Bookstore sales jumped 42.1% in September, to $881 million, over September 2020, when sales were $620 million. Through the first nine months of 2021, bookstore sales rose 38.6%. Alison Goff, former head of Octopus, has been named the new CEO of the Quarto Group. Goff, who had been at the Hachette UK division for 21 years before leaving in April 2020, will replace interim CEO, and largest Quarto shareholder, C.K. Lau. Storytel, the international audiobook…

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online & on-air

The Week Ahead School libraries are under more pressure now than ever to ban books, senior writer Andrew Albanese reports—and it’s all part of a broad, dangerous political strategy. Children’s Bookshelf Monica Perez has been named editorial director of Versify Books, an imprint of Harper-Collins Children’s Books. The line is committed to publishing accessible picture books, novels, and nonfiction that will “change the world, one word at a time.”…

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celebrating books and authors

At the second virtual National Book Awards ceremony in a row, held November 17, the writing, and reading, of books took center stage once again. The night began with the presentation of the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to librarian and book activist Nancy Pearl. In her remarks, Pearl thanked, among others, her childhood librarian, Frances Whitehead, the children’s librarian at the Parkman Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, “who took this miserably unhappy eight-year-old girl that I was and gave me the world through the books she recommended.” The evening’s other lifetime achievement honor, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, was presented by Viet Thanh Nguyen to fellow author Karen Tei Yamashita. Yamashita thanked her “small but mighty independent press,” Coffee House Press,…

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print units rose 11.7% in mid-november

Gains in all categories led to an 11.7% increase in unit sales of print books in the week ended Nov. 13, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. It was the second consecutive week of double-digit sales increases. Jeff Kinney’s Big Shot, the newest volume in his Wimpy Kid series, remained #1 overall, selling just over 112,000 copies and driving a 15% increase in the juvenile fiction category. The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling was second in the category, selling more than 39,000 copies. The adult fiction category had another stellar week, with sales rising 25.6%. Mitch Albom’s The Stranger in the Lifeboat was #1, selling nearly 56,000 copies, while John Grisham’s The Judge’s List was second, selling almost 49,000 copies. Michael Connelly’s…

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dance studies association

The de la Torre Bueno Family and Dance Studies Association congratulate the winners of the de la Torre Bueno Prize and the de la Torre Bueno First Book Award. 2020 Prizes The de la Torre Bueno Prize Author: Anurima Banerji Title: Dancing Odissi: Paratopic Performances of Gender and State Publisher: Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press The de la Torre Bueno First Book Award Author: Victoria Fortuna Title: Moving Otherwise: Dance, Violence, and Memory in Buenos Aires Publisher: Oxford University Press The de la Torre Bueno First Book Award, Honorable Mention Author: Hari Krishnan Title: Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam Publisher: Wesleyan University Press The de la Torre Bueno Prize is awarded annually to a book published in the English language that advances the field of dance studies. The Dance Studies Association is a member organization of the American…

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twin cities booksellers bounce back

The pandemic, along with the protests that followed George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in May 2020, has transformed the Twin Cities bookselling scene. Describing that transformation, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association executive director Carrie Obry said, “We’ve taken that whole Midwestern ethos of helping one another out, relying on one’s neighbors, and we’re building it into our long-term strategic planning.” Plans include creating more detailed directories, so that MIBA’s 170 bookstore members can better communicate with one another. The goal, Obry said, is to make booksellers comfortable asking one another for advice, sharing tips, or just checking in to see how things are going. Given the events of the past 20 months, it comes as no surprise that MIBA—which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year—is placing an emphasis on building a…