Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of February 19-23, 2018:
Bestsellers: HBG has 13 titles on the New York Times Bestseller list dated March 4, including one #1—All American-Murder by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey (Little, Brown) at the #1 position on the Sports And Fitness (Monthly) list. HBG’s distribution clients have three titles on the list this week. See attached for the complete list of HBG and client titles. HBG also has 9 titles on the USA Today bestseller list, see the full list here.
PEN Award: Alexis Okeowo has won the PEN Open Book Award for her debut book A Moonless, Starless Sky (Hachette Books). The Open Book Award recognizes book-length writings by authors of color and a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field. It was created by PEN American Center’s Open Book Committee, a group committed to racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities. Click here to see the full list of PEN Literary Award winners.
Nebula Awards: The nominations for this year’s Nebula Awards have been announced, and Orbit has three finalists out of the seven books in the Best Novel category—N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky, Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes, and Fonda Lee’s Jade City. Orbit has the most nominees of any publisher; this is also the highest number of Orbit titles to appear on a single Nebula Award for Best Novel ballot. The winners will be announced the weekend of May 19. See the full list of nominees.
Los Angeles Times Prizes: Rick Wartzman’s The End of Loyalty (PublicAffairs) has been named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Current Interest category. Michael Connelly’s The Late Show (L,B) and Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird (Mulholland) are finalists in the Mystery/Thriller category. Winners will be announced on April 20 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. See the full list of finalists here.
Iain Banks to TV: Amazon will be adapting Iain M. Banks’s Consider Phlebas (Orbit), part of Banks’s popular Culture series, for television. Jeff Bezos called the book “a huge personal favorite.” The series will be written by David Kelly (Utopia) and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, and the estate of the author will act as executive producer. Coverage of the announcement appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Deadline,Variety, The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Verge.