Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of December 11-15, 2017:
Bestseller news: HBG has 18 titles on the New York Times Bestseller list dated December 24, including one #1—The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (Little, Brown; Running Press; Various Publishers) stays at the #1 position on the Children’s Bestsellers (Picture Books) list. HBG’s distribution clients have six titles on the list this week, including one at #1—Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (Abrams/Amulet) tops the Children’s Bestsellers (Series) list. HBG also has 10 titles on the USA Today bestseller list, see the full list here.
Major acquisition: last week, GCP announced the acquisition of a memoir, In Pieces, by award-winning actor Sally Field, one of the most celebrated and enduring actors of our time. The news was announced exclusively in the New York Times and picked up widely. In Pieces will be published in Fall 2018.
Movie buzz: Jennifer Lawrence will star in and produce the film adaption of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, based on Kent’s debut novel, published by Little, Brown. TriStar Pictures has worldwide rights to the film, which will be directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name).
Trailer to watch: The trailer for The 15:17 to Paris film, based on the book of the same title from PublicAffairs, premiered on NBC’s Today Show, watch it here.
Ruth Rendell Award: LBYR author Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) has won the Ruth Rendell Award for her “tireless championing of literacy throughout the U.K.,” the Bookseller reported.
Honors for Grand Central Publishing’s Artists: Two covers created by the GCP Art team were selected as finalists in the 31st Annual New York Book Show: I’m Still Here (Je Suis Là) by Clelie Avit (2nd Place Award for Cover/Jacket Design), and Whiplash by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe (3rd Place Award for Overall Book Design).