Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of April 9-13, 2018:
Bestsellers: HBG has 17 titles on the New York Times Bestseller list dated April 22, including two #1s — Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri (Grand Central) jumped to #1 on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction list, and James Patterson’s All American-Murder (Little, Brown) remains at the #1 position on the Sports and Fitness (Monthly) list. HBG’s distribution clients have four titles on the list this week, including one #1 – Last Week Tonight w/John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss (Chronicle) tops the Children’s Bestsellers Picture Books list. HBG also has 13 titles on the USA Today bestseller list, see the full list here.
Rowling/Galbraith TV news: C.B. Strike, the miniseries based on the Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) crime novels will be released on Cinemax this summer, premiering Friday, June 1 at 10 pm. The miniseries will launch with three hour-long episodes based on the first book in the trilogy, The Cuckoo’s Calling, followed by adaptations of the two other books, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Little, Brown will publish media tie-in editions for the three novels on May 29.
Russian Roulette TV news: Deadline reports that CBS studios has purchased the film rights to #1 New York Times bestseller Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. The authors will serve as executive producers.
Parents’ Choice Awards: Hachette Audio had numerous titles for younger listeners honored with Parents’ Choice awards, including three Gold awards, for Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison, read by Robin Miles and Bahni Turpin, Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, read by Gemma Whelan, and The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant; and one silver award for Guts & Glory: The American Revolution by Ben Thompson, read by Will Collyer.
Strand Critics Awards: Nominees for the 2018 Strand Critics Awards were announced this week, and Little, Brown has two finalists in the Best Novel category – Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird (Mulholland) and Michael Connelly’s The Late Show (L,B). The awards will be presented on July 11.
New SFF awards: Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140, and Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty have been shortlisted for the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, part of the Neukom Institute’s initiative to explore the ways in which computational ideas impact society. Winners will receive $5000.
HBD, Moon!: Moon Travel Guides is celebrating their 45th birthday, and commemorated the milestone with an excellent Shelf Awareness dedicated edition (see attached) that includes an overview of Moon’s history, interviews with Moon USA National Parks author Becky Lomax and VP of Acquisitions Grace Fujimoto, as well as an inspirational list of “Moon’s Top 15 Experiences in the U.S.”
Publicity blitz: Andrew Morton’s Meghan: A Hollywood Princess (GCP) goes on sale next week with a powerful media lineup, including Morton’s two exclusive interviews with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, appearances on World News Tonight, ABC Nightline, The View, Wendy Williams, Entertainment Tonight, E!, Inside Edition, Extra!; first serial and interview in People magazine, an exclusive excerpt in the New York Post, reviews and features in USA Today, the Boston Globe, People, TIME, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Town & Country; and more national coverage closer to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding date.