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Grand Central Publishing Acquires New Novel by Steven Chbosky

New York, NY —  February 9, 2018

Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is excited to announce the acquisition of the much-anticipated second novel – IMAGINARY FRIEND – by acclaimed author, screenwriter, and director Stephen Chbosky.  IMAGINARY FRIEND will be published in hardcover print, e-book and audio editions in the Fall of 2019. Ben Sevier, Senior Vice President and Publisher of GCP, and Wes Miller, Senior Editor at GCP, acquired North American rights from Eric Simonoff at William Morris Endeavor, with Miller tapped to edit the book. Rights have also been sold to Orion in the UK and to Calmann-Levy in France. Further deals have been made in Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Romania, Sweden, and the Netherlands with offers and auctions ongoing in Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

IMAGINARY FRIEND is a wildly ambitious, sweeping work of literary horror that focuses on Kate Reese, a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher. Her world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Mission Street Woods – where fifty years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred.  When her son emerges six days later unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of the tragedy to come to the real world if he fails to protect it.  Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battle ground.

Of his new novel, Stephen Chbosky said, ““Do you remember when you were a little kid and you would look up into the clouds?  Remember how the clouds would look like the shape of a dog or a tree or a face?  Well, what if you were a little 7 year old kid now?  With a single mom.  And no money.  And what if you couldn’t help but notice that for the last two weeks, you looked up into the clouds, and it was always THE SAME FACE staring back at you?  That is the origin of my story.“

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Lagardère announces financial results for Q4 and full year 2017

Lagardère announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017 today. See highlights below:

At Hachette Book Group: CEO Michael Pietsch said, “We closed out the year strongly, with books that were in high demand for the holidays including Pete Souza’s Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Admiral William McRaven’s Make Your Bed, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush’s Sisters First, and bestselling thrillers from James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Michael Connelly.  These and many other remarkable books, plus a full year of Perseus sales, solid backlist performance led by William Paul Young’s The Shack and Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass, and a strong sell through across our imprints, resulted in good net revenue growth over 2016.”

In 2017, HBG had 167 books on the New York Times bestsellers list, including 34 #1 titles. We also had 144 books hit the USA Today list, 10 of which were #1 bestsellers.

Highlights for 2018 include Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s thriller The President is Missing in June, a memoir from legendary actress Sally Field, In Pieces, in September, and Nicholas Sparks’s first novel in two years, coming in October. Jewell Parker Rhodes’ breathtaking new novel Ghost Boys was just named the #1 Spring Kids Indie Pick. Recent awards include Vashti Harrison’s NAACP Image Award for her beautiful and inspiring picture book, Little Leaders, and Hachette Books has two finalists for PEN Literary Awards – No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers and A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo.

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Eight Audies Award® Nominations for Hachette Audio

New York, NY – February 7, 2018

Eight of the finalists announced by The Audio Publishers Association (APA) as Nominees in the 23rd annual Audies Award® are published by Hachette Audio. The Audies are the premier awards competition in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment; winners will be revealed at awards gala, on May 31, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.

Representative of Hachette Audio’s broad offering of quality titles across genre, their nominated audiobooks have been shortlisted in categories as diverse as Short Stories/Collections, Memoir, History, and, notably, in three of the five Science Fiction finalist slots this year.  “It seems that each year the sky is the limit as we see an increase in submissions of high quality work. This year’s competition promises to be more exciting than ever as the judges work hard to pick the winners out of such an august field,” says APA President Linda Lee.

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Hachette Books Celebrates Two PEN Award Finalists!

PEN America announced today the finalist for their 2018 PEN Literary Awards.

Congratulations to Hachette Books’ two finalists – Ron Powers and Alexis Okeowo!

The winners of the PEN Literary Awards will be announced at a ceremony on February 20, 2018 in New York City.

Mashable announced the full short list this morning. Please click here to see the full list of finalists in all categories.


Award-Winning Actress Sally Field’s Memoir, In Pieces, Acquired by Grand Central Publishing

New York, NY —  December 6, 2017

Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is excited to announce the acquisition of a memoir – IN PIECES – by legendary actor Sally Field.  Millicent Bennett, Executive Editor at GCP acquired the North American rights from Molly Friedrich of The Friedrich Agency.  IN PIECES will be published in hardcover print, e-book and audio editions in the Fall of 2018.

IN PIECES is an extraordinary memoir by one of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field, whose vivacious, infectious charm captivated a nation beginning with her first role as ‘Gidget’ at the age of seventeen.  Field – who has never extensively discussed her private life — has been writing this memoir for more than five years.

Of writing the book, Sally Field said, “IN PIECES is about the little girl that I was, about the teenager who backed into becoming a celebrity, and about the craft that taught me to stand on my feet, a craft that helped me find my way out of a complicated childhood.”

Of the acquisition, Ben Sevier, SVP and Publisher of GCP, said, “In Sally Field’s powerful memoir, her millions of fans will find the intimate, honest, inspiring story of an American icon. Grand Central is honored to be publishing this important book.”

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Lagardère announces financial results for Q3 2017

Paris–November 9, 2017

Lagardère announced financial results for the third quarter today. See highlights below: 

At Hachette Book Group: CEO Michael Pietsch said, “Thanks to energetic summer and early fall sales for numerous titles, growing downloadable audio sales, and strong performance from our third-party distribution clients, HBG’s revenues through Q3 are solidly ahead of 2016.” Bestselling books for the period include Michael Connelly’s The Late Show, James Patterson’s The Store and Haunted, Seeing Red by Sandra Brown, The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer, Al Franken’s Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, and The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. Orbit author N.K. Jemisin received a Hugo Award for The Obelisk Gate, the second year in a row she has taken that prize, and Grand Central Publishing has a National Book Award finalist in Fiction, Min Jin Lee’s gorgeous immigration saga Pachinko. Many of HBG lead fall titles are off to fast starts, including Sisters First by Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza, Hacks by Donna Brazile, Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth, and Joel Osteen’s Blessed in the Darkness; and we have exciting books to close out 2017 from David Baldacci, James Patterson, Neil Patrick Harris, Elin Hilderbrand, Cressida Cowell, and many others. To date this year, 143 HBG titles have hit the New York Times bestsellers list, including 28 #1 bestsellers. HBG has 125 USA Today bestsellers to date, with 9 #1s.

At Hachette Livre: For the first nine months, Hachette Livre delivered revenue of €1.665B, up 1.2% like-for-like over the same period in 2016 (up 1.5 % on a consolidated basis). The difference between these two figures reflects a €27M positive scope impact resulting from the acquisitions of Perseus Books, Brainbow, Bookouture, and IsCool Entertainment, and a €31M negative foreign exchange effect related to the depreciation of the pound sterling.  Through September 30, publishing division highlights were Partworks (up 9.3%) and Hachette Book Group (up 2.2%), which offset the anticipated decline at Hachette UK due to unfavorable comparison with the hugely successful Q3 2016 publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In the third quarter, Hachette Livre delivered revenues of €646M, down 2.1% like-for-like and down 4.3% consolidated.

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Hachette Book Group to Acquire Successful Line of Meadowbrook Press Titles

New York–November 6, 2017

Hachette Book Group announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a successful line of books from Minnesota-based Meadowbrook Press, a publisher known for its high-quality titles in the areas of pregnancy, childcare, and parenting. Going forward, these books will be published by Da Capo Lifelong Books, part of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company.

The purchased backlist to be published by Lifelong comprises approximately 25 titles, including Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, which has sold 1.5 million copies, as well as The Simple Guide to Having a Baby, Discipline with Love and Limits, 100,000+ Baby Names, and the Busy Book series of creative learning activities for children. Going forward, Meadowbrook’s children’s and gift/humor books will be published by Running Press, also part of Perseus Books.

John Radziewicz, Vice President and Publisher of Da Capo, said, “We’ve long admired Meadowbrook’s market-savvy publishing program and authors, and we’re thrilled to welcome these innovative, authoritative, and engaging books to the Lifelong list. They’re a terrific complement to our current offerings in the pregnancy and parenting categories and allow us to expand into new areas within these categories as well.

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Hachette Books to Publish Three Books by Mika Brzezinski

New York, NY–October 24, 2017

Mauro DiPreta, VP and Publisher of Hachette Books, announced today that Hachette Books will publish three forthcoming books by New York Times bestselling author and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski. World rights were previously acquired by Amanda Murray under the discontinued Weinstein Books imprint for KNOWING YOUR VALUE, now slated for publication in September 2018, with COMEBACK CAREERS and THE MILLENNIAL CHALLENGE—two additional titles in the Know Your Value series—to follow in Spring 2019. Each of the three books will be available in hardcover and eBook, with an audio edition from Hachette Audio.

KNOWING YOUR VALUE will be a fully revised and expanded edition of Brzezinski’s New York Times bestselling book Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth. The book features advice from major female voices such as Sheryl Sandberg, Elizabeth Warren, Valerie Jarrett, Joy Behar, Melody Barnes and others, and will be updated throughout with new statistics, fresh interviews, and thoughtful commentary about the importance of knowing your value in personal relationships.

The book also inspired “Know Your Value,” a nationwide movement founded in 2014 that features a media platform and event series dedicated to empowering women to grow their personal and professional value. After sold-out conferences across the United States, “Know Your Value” returns to New York City for a full-day event on October 30, 2017.

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J.P. Leventhal to Step Down After 25 Years

New York, NY–October 17, 2017

J.P. Leventhal, who founded Black Dog & Leventhal (BD&L) Publishers in 1992, will be leaving his role as Publisher of the imprint, on December 31, 2017. Black Dog & Leventhal is known worldwide for creating a high quality, varied, and inventive program of non-fiction and illustrated books, including bestsellers like The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, The Louvre: All the Paintings, and current pop culture titles from artists such as Chuck D., The Jackson Brothers, and Mel Brooks. Next year, Black Dog & Leventhal will publish what might be its biggest book ever, the two-volume The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons.

Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch says: “J.P. Leventhal has been a force in publishing, an original, and a splendid collaborator. His genius for bringing visual content into books in new ways has brought joy to millions of readers. It has been a pleasure having him and his team become part of HBG, and we look forward to his DNA living on in the imprint he created.”

Leventhal adds: “I am so proud of the many wonderful books we have published over the past twenty-five years, and of the smart, dynamic and dedicated team that built us to be the creative, market-responsive house that we are today. What fun we’ve had.”

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Hachette Book Group closes Weinstein Books

New York, NY–October 12, 2017

Hachette Book Group announced today that effective immediately, it is closing Weinstein Books, a partnership of Hachette’s Perseus Books and the Weinstein Company. Titles currently under the Weinstein Books imprint will be published by the Hachette Books imprint, and the Weinstein Books team will join Hachette Books.

Weinstein Books was founded in 2001 as Miramax Books by Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein. The imprint was re-formed as Weinstein Books after the 2005 separation of Miramax and Disney. In 2009, Weinstein Books became a joint partnership of the Weinstein Company and Perseus Books Group. Weinstein Books was included in the purchase of The Perseus Books Group in 2016.

Headed by publishing director Georgina Levitt and editorial director Amanda Murray, Weinstein Books has published about 10 books a year in the areas of memoir and biography, fiction, health and wellness, self-help and relationships, popular culture and entertainment and movie tie-ins.

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#1 New York Times-Bestselling Author Jodi Ellen Malpas Signs Global Three-Book Deal Including a New Installment in the Phenomenal Hit This Man Trilogy

New York, NY—September 13, 2017

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), has announced that they have acquired the World English language rights for three new novels by #1 New York Times bestseller Jodi Ellen Malpas, author of the THIS MAN and ONE NIGHT romance trilogies.

WITH THIS MAN will be published as a trade paperback original in March 2018, with simultaneous e-book and audio editions.  The following as-yet-untitled standalone novels will release in 2019.  Orion Books, a division of Hachette UK, will publish the UK editions.

“A new novel from Jodi is always exciting news for readers, but a new This Man novel is an event,” said Beth de Guzman, VP, Digital and Paperback Publisher. “GCP is proud to be her publisher and ecstatic to be continuing our relationship with Jodi.”

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#1 NYT Bestselling Author Jamie McGuire Signs Three-Book Deal with Forever

New York, NY – August 9, 2017

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group has acquired the world rights from Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency to a new trilogy by Jamie McGuire, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful and Maddox Brothers romance series.  At GCP, Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director for Forever, acquired world rights and will edit the series.

In North America, the Crash and Burn series will be published as simultaneous trade paperback, e-book, and audio editions with the first book releasing in Fall 2018.  A mass-market edition will follow in 2019.

The Crash and Burn trilogy follows the Alpine Hotshots, a diverse group of elite wildfire firefighters who work in the most remote mountains of the U.S., pushed beyond their limits, unafraid to die if not for losing those they love.

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Chef and Actor David Burtka’s Life is a Party Acquired by Grand Central Life & Style

New York, NY – July 13, 2017

Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is excited to announce the acquisition of a debut entertaining and cookbook—Life is a Party—by chef and actor David Burtka. Grand Central Life & Style’s Karen Murgolo, VP Editorial Director, and Morgan Hedden, Assistant Editor, acquired world rights from Laura Nolan of Aevitas. The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2019.

Chef, caterer, and award-winning Broadway and TV actor David Burtka believes that a great party is all about great food and warm hospitality. In his debut book, Life Is a Party, David will share all of his insider knowledge to help readers create amazing and unforgettable parties and gatherings no matter what the occasion. Each chapter, divided by season, will feature delicious and easy to prepare recipes based on comfort food favorites with a fun and inspired twist – from barbecued ribs and funnel cakes to caviar and chive cream puffs and butter-roasted lobster tails. David will suggest endless ways to mix and match these dishes to suit every entertaining possibility, while offering simple-to-stunning decorating tips, countdown to party techniques, and delegating tactics to make every party a success. Life Is a Party will be the go-to book for entertaining at every level with ease and grace.

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Hachette Books to Publish Donna Brazile’s Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House

New York, NY – July 11, 2017

Mauro DiPreta, publisher of Hachette Books, announced today the acquisition of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, a no-holds barred look at the 2016 Presidential election from former DNC chair and legendary Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile, in a deal for world rights with Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, partners at Javelin, the D.C.-based literary, media and creative agency. Senior Editor Paul Whitlatch acquired and will edit the book, which Hachette Books will publish on November 7, 2017, on the one-year anniversary of the 2016 election. Packed with never-before-reported revelations, Hacks is the first book to take readers inside the inner workings of the 2016 election from one of its central figures.

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Grand Central Publishing Acquires Book About The Award-Winning, Blockbuster Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN

New York, NY – July 11, 2017

Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, and the publishers of Hamilton: The Revolution, is excited to announce the acquisition of Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window – a behind-the-scenes look into the multi-award-winning hit musical by the Tony Award winning creative team of Steven Levenson (Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Tony Award for Best Score). Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, the book will be published on November 21, 2017 in hardcover and ebook. The book will be produced by Melcher Media, creators of other successful Broadway books such as Hamilton: The Revolution, Wicked: The Grimmerie and Rent.

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Da Capo Press to Publish How to American by Silicon Valley Actor/Comedian Jimmy O. Yang

New York, NY – July 6, 2017

In his first book, How to American, Yang shares his always hilarious and often poignant stories of assimilating into American culture, learning American customs by watching BET RapCity, and figuring out how to date girls who were six inches taller than him—all while dodging his parents’ unrelenting attempts to get him to be a studious, model Asian son. He also writes about his burgeoning acting career, the choices he made, and the compromises he refused to make. Chapters include “How to Thuglife” (what Yang learned about America by watching three hours of rap videos a day) and “How to Hollywood” (making the most of the roles given to him as an Asian-American actor).

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and The Gotham Group Partner to Develop Entertainment Properties for Book, Film, and Television Formats

New York, NY – June 16, 2017

Partnership Reflects Commercial Strength of Multi-Platform Storytellers and Launches in Spring 2018 with Phantom Wheel

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a leading trade publisher of children’s books, and The Gotham Group, a leading film production and talent management company, have entered into an agreement to collaboratively develop original IP properties with strong book, film, and entertainment potential, it was announced today by Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group; and Eddie Gamarra, Co-Head of The Gotham Group literary department.

The partnership launches in Spring 2018 with the paperback publication of Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs, a fast-paced young adult thriller. The editorial direction of the publishing program will be overseen by Kara Sargent, Editor-in-Chief of Licensing and IP at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Goldsmith-Vein and Gamarra will spearhead The Gotham’s Group’s pursuit of film and television opportunities.

This unique collaboration combines Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ prowess in publishing bestselling children’s and YA books with The Gotham Group’s reputation for great taste in material, its impressive talent roster and its development and production slate. The partners will conceive, develop, publish, and produce content across a wide array of traditional and evolving entertainment media.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Announces Winner of the First “Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award”

New York, NY – June 16, 2017

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announces Jin Xiaojing as the winner of the first Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award. This initiative seeks promising new talent and encourages the development of high-quality picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The program will provide Xiaojing with a valuable day of mentorship by acclaimed illustrator Jerry Pinkney and children’s book professionals, and a monetary prize.

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Hamilton: The Revolution Named Audiobook of the Year!

New York, NY – June 2, 2017

Audiobooks by Michael Connelly, Cressida Cowell, James Patterson also honored at 2017 Audie Awards

Hachette Audio is proud to announce that four of its audiobooks were named Audie winners by the Audio Publishers Association at the annual gala awards ceremony last night. Hachette Audio had sixteen finalists this year, ranging fourteen diverse categories – including those as varied as Original Work, Romance, Humor, Young Adult, and Fantasy. Hamilton: The Revolution, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter – and read by the authors with Mariska Hargitay – won the highest designation of Audiobook of the Year. Competition in this category included titles by Amy Schumer, Carly Simon, Colson Whitehead, and Shonda Rhimes.

James Patterson’s Cross Justice, read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jefferson Mays, was named the best Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the past year. Best Mystery audiobook went to Michael Connelly’s The Crossing, read by Titus Welliver (who also plays the eponymous detective in the television series Bosch).

Cressida Cowell’s How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury was awarded Best Middle Grade listen, adding to the honors this final title in the How To Train Your Dragon series has claimed, which include a Parents’ Choice Gold award and a nod from the National Parenting Product Awards.

“It’s gratifying to see our brilliant and creative audio program once again recognized for cross-category excellence, with winners in both children’s and adult genres, fiction and nonfiction. Congratulations to all involved in bringing our Audies finalists and winners to listeners, and especially to our new Audiobook of the Year, Hamilton: The Revolution,” said Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group.

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