Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of August 20-24, 2018:
Bestseller news: HBG has the top three titles on the Print Hardcover Bestsellers (Fiction) list this week! We also have two #1 titles: Texas Ranger by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle (LB) debuts at #1 (and at #2 on the Combined Print & Ebook list), and Calypso by David Sedaris (LB) remains at #1 on Audio Nonfiction (Monthly) list. HBG has 16 titles on the list overall. Our distribution clients have seven titles on the list this week, including one #1—We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion), remains atop the Picture Book list. HBG features 15 titles on the USA Today bestseller list dated August 23. See the full list here.
Hugo Threepeat!: N. K. Jemisin achieved an unprecedented milestone last weekend, bringing home her third consecutive Hugo Award for The Stone Sky, the third book in her Broken Earth trilogy. The groundbreaking win also marks the first time each book in a series has won the award for Best Novel. Jemisin’s acceptance speech is available online here, and coverage of the win appeared in Entertainment Weekly, B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s awards roundup, The Verge, io9, SYFY, Bustle, Locus Magazine, The Mary Sue, Library Journal, Book Riot, Poets and Writers, and Boing Boing.
FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year longlist: One additional longlisted title for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the year: Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope and Tom Wright (HB) joins Mariana Mazzucato’s The Value of Everything (PublicAffairs) and Saadia Zahidi’s Fifty Million Rising (Nation Books). Shortlists will be announced on September 14, and the award ceremony will be held on November 12. See the full list of nominees here.
Roaring to TV: Cecilia Ahern’s forthcoming short story collection, Roar (GCP), will be adapted into a new television series. Among the producers of the series are Ahern and Nicole Kidman, and Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch of the Netflix series GLOW have been tapped as showrunners. Read the full announcement in Deadline here. Roar will be published in the UK this November and in the US in April 2019.