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Publishers Weekly

October 19, 2020

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1 min.
the week in publishing

Bookstore sales tumbled 30.7% in August compared to August 2019, putting an end to a brief rally that saw the rate of monthly sales declines slowing. For the first eight months of 2020, sales were down 31.4% from the same period last year. Barnes & Noble acknowledged that on October 10 it had suffered “a cybersecurity attack” that targeted systems containing some customer information and also impacted some store operations. Systems were restored by the end of the week. Liesa Abrams is moving to Random House Books for Young Readers as v-p and editor-in-chief of Labyrinth Road, a new imprint that will focus on middle grade series and novels as well as YA titles. The ABA launched Boxed Out, a marketing campaign that features provocative installations in front of six independent bookstores and…

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print unit sales up 7.9% in early october

Unit sales of print books rose 7.9% in the week ended Oct. 10, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, with three new titles topping the bestseller list. The two biggest bestsellers were in adult nonfiction, helping to lift unit sales up 7% over the week ended Oct. 12, 2019. Ina Gartner’s Modern Comfort Food sold nearly 129,000 copies in its first week, while Humans by Brandon Stanton followed, selling almost 103,000 copies. Juvenile fiction sales rose 11.9%, led by The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan, which sold close to 49,000 copies in its first week. The biggest increase came in the smallest category, YA nonfiction, where unit sales jumped 63.9% in the week. Three new titles in the Complete Guide in…

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DEAL OF THE WEEK Harper Preps for Wade’s ‘Apocalypse’ In a high-six-figure acquisition, Gail Winston at Harper won Lizzie Wade’s Apocalypse at auction. Wade is a correspondent for Science and was represented in the world English rights agreement by Sarah Levitt at Aevitas Creative Management. The nonfiction work, Levitt said, “reframes human history as a series of crises and cataclysms, from the rise of Homo sapiens in our deep past to the ongoing colonization of the Americas in our present.” She likened the book to Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, noting that it ultimately asks, “How can we harness what archeologists know about past apocalypses to better prepare us for our present and future apocalypses?” Abrams Seeks ‘Justice’ at Doubleday Politician, voting rights activist, and author Stacey…

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international bestsellers

Follett Rules the World Marc Levy was back at the top of France’s fiction bestseller list at the end of September with C’est arrivé la nuit (It Happened at Night), about a group of do-gooder global hackers. Guillaume Musso, another regular on the list, was at #2 with his latest thriller, Skidamarink, which centers on the theft of the Mona Lisa. Third up was the French translation of Ken Follett’s The Evening and the Morning, the prequel to his popular Pillars of the Earth. Follett is even bigger in Germany, where The Evening and the Morning was the top fiction title late last month. It was followed by the fifth in Joachim Meyerhoff’s autobiographical cycle of novels, Hamster im hinteren Stromgebiet (Hamsters in the Backwater), which offers an account of the popular…

7 min.
faith’s lifeline to families

Spirituality can be a source of strength for married couples as well as for parents, and religion publishers have long supplied Bible-based guides for those in search of better home lives. As families around the globe grapple with new challenges caused by Covid-19, religion publishers are bringing to market books that combine hope and comfort with direction and wisdom in these vital areas. Susan Tjaden, senior editor at WaterBrook, says, “Having endured a year plagued by a global pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, unemployment, disruption of school and work, and forced isolation, our culture is stressed out and emotionally fatigued.” In response, the publisher recently released Peace: Hope and Healing for the Anxious Momma’s Heart, an examination of scripture, anxiety, and motherhood by Becky Thompson. Pointing out that anxiety affects over 40 million…

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connecting at a heart level

Why did you decide to write this book? After all I’ve observed in my practice as a divorce attorney, there isn’t an easy or pat answer to what is “right” for divorce. It is obviously subjective, influenced by each individual’s beliefs, values, culture, and community. My aim is to help couples see and understand more clearly what may be going on when they’re feeling “stuck”—what their options are and what the consequences of those options are. What is the most prevalent issue in marriages, and how can readers correct it? In my experience, the biggest threat to a relationship is emotional disengagement. The important questions in a marriage are, are you really connecting at a heart level? Are you being honest and vulnerable with each other? Can each of you apologize when you’ve…