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Publishers Weekly

February 11, 2019

Publishers Weekly magazine is the definitive professional resource covering every aspect of book publishing and book selling. Over 20,000 book and media professionals turn to Publishers Weekly each week for news and information. Publishers Weekly covers the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats.

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last week’s top reviews

#1 publishersweekly.com/waterrat#2 publishersweekly.com/crawdads#3 publishersweekly.com/anon#4 publishersweekly.com/circe#5 publishersweekly.com/oweyouFrom the NewslettersTip SheetWe talk with Marlon James about his new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf.publishersweekly.com/marlonjamesChildren’s BookshelfWe sneak preview this fall’s children’s books.publishersweekly.com/fallsneaksGlobal Rights ReportIn a rumored six-figure acquisition, Alessandra Bastagli at Dey Street preempted North American rights to The Falcons, a nonfiction title by former New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Margaret Coker.publishersweekly.com/margaretcokerBookLife ReportBookLife Prize winner Michael F. Stewart explains that he looks to his daughters for inspiration.publishersweekly.com/michaelfstewartPodcastsWeek AheadPW senior writer Andrew Albanese gives an overview of the global book business as 2019 gets underway and discusses why library book scanning remains a thorny subject 15 years after Google fired up its scanners.publishersweekly.com/weekaheadMore to ComeHeidi MacDonald interviews Annie Koyama of Koyama Press, recently named Publisher of the Year by The Beat. Koyama talks about her decision to leave publishing,…

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slow start for print units in 2019

Print sales are off to a slow start in 2019, according to NPD BookScan data. Through February 2, units were down 5.9% compared to the first four weeks in 2018. The decline doesn’t come as a total surprise. The industry knew it was facing a difficult comparison with last January, when Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury sold almost 800,000 print copies. The top seller so far in 2019 is Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which has sold 310,000 copies.The popularity of Fire, as well as a number of other Trump-related titles, helped lift unit sales in the adult nonfiction category 4.9% in 2018 over 2017, but there are early signs that the fascination with all things Trump may be weakening. The first new Trump-related titles that have received heavy media coverage this…

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open road finds a new path

Paul SlavinMany startups that launched at the beginning of publishing’s digital transformation later pivoted to find a way to actually earn a profit. Some succeeded; many didn’t. One of the oldest of the many digital publishing startups is Open Road Integrated Media, founded in 2009 by former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman and Jeffrey Sharp. Now led by Paul Slavin, the company has been gradually repositioning itself, shifting from its functions as a publisher to those of a marketing company.That switch, Slavin said, doesn’t mean that Open Road is abandoning its role as a publisher of almost 11,000 backlist titles. What it does mean is that Open Road is devoting more resources to promoting e-book editions of backlist titles from other publishers.Under its Ignition marketing services program, Open Road promotes titles…

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callaway at 40

If you think you don’t know Callaway Arts & Entertainment, you’re wrong. Remember Madonna’s Sex, the 1992 succès de scandale that shook the publishing world? Are you familiar with the Miss Spider books, TV series, and app? Or perhaps you noticed the recent Wall Street Journal review that praised on an odd little book, Theophrastus’ Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior, a fourth-century BCE text by one of Aristotle’s students that’s been newly translated? They are all the brain-children of Nicholas Callaway, founder and CEO of the company, which celebrates 40 years in 2019 with two major publications and a move to a new office space in a beaux arts building overlooking Bryant Park in Manhattan.In May, to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the…

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MOVIE DEALS● Fox 2000 has optioned Angie Thomas’s On the Come Up. The author’s sophomore novel was published last week by HarperCollins’s Balzer + Bray imprint. The deal sees the continuation of a relationship between Thomas and Fox 2000, as the studio also released the 2018 film adaptation of her debut bestseller, The Hate U Give. [Deadline]● Netflix has ordered an eight-episode series based on Karin Slaughter’s 2018 bestselling thriller Pieces of Her (Morrow). The series is set to be executive produced by a trio of women: Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt, and Bruna Papandrea, who produced Mad Men, Homeland, and Big Little Lies, respectively. [Deadline]INTERNATIONAL DEALS● Laura Cumming, an art critic at the Observer, sold a memoir, On Chapel Sands, about the childhood disappearance of her mother, to U.K.…

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behind the bestsellers

All Politics Is LocalNew books with real or hopeful ties to the White House debut this week, and the authors had varying degrees of success on their home turfs compared with elsewhere in the country.Let Me Finish by former N.J. governor and onetime presidential hopeful Chris Christie#15 in the country #3 in the Middle Atlantic, which includes New JerseyTeam of Vipers by former White House staffer Cliff Sims#11 in the country #8 in the South Atlantic, which includes Washington, D.C., #10 in the East South Central region, which includes Alabama, Sims’s home stateFrom the Ground Up by Starbucks chairman emeritus and possible presidential contender Howard Schultz#2 in the country #2 in the Pacific region, which includes Seattle, where Starbucks is headquartered #1 in the Middle Atlantic, which includes New York,…