Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of January 21-25, 2019:
Bestsellers: New to the New York Times bestseller list this week and charting high is Liar, Liar by James Patterson & Candice Fox (LB) at #2 on both Print Hardcover and Combined Print & Ebook lists. We have 16 titles on the list this week and our distribution clients have four titles.
NBCC Finalists: The National Book Critics Circle announced 31 finalists in six categories for its 2018 awards this week, and three Little, Brown titles made the list: Mark Lamster’s The Man in the Glass House (Biography category), Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels (Fiction), and Richard Beard’s The Day That Went Missing (Autobiography). The awards will be announced on March 14.
PEN Award finalists: HBG has two finalists for PEN Awards this year – Never Ran, Never Will by Albert Samaha (PublicAffairs) has been selected as a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, and Lauren Slater’s Blue Dreams(LB) has been named a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing. The winners will be announced on February 26.
Edgar Awards: the Mystery Writers of America released nominations for their 2019 Edgar Awards, in nine book-focused categories. The winners will be named April 25. Walter Mosley’s Down the River Unto the Sea (Mulholland) is a nominee in the Best Novel category. The 2019 Edgars honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2018. Winners will be announced on April 25.
Barry Awards: Michael Connelly’s Dark Sacred Night (LB) and Allen Eskins’s The Shadows We Hide (Mulholland) have been nominated for 2019 Barry Awards in the Best Novel category. The Barry Awards celebrate excellence in crime fiction.
Media blitz: Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (PublicAffairs) has been receiving excellent press coverage, including reviews in the New York Times (“Extraordinarily intelligent”), New York Times Book Review, and New York Times’ This Week In Tech column; the Wall Street Journal (which describes the book as “the rare volume that puts a name on a problem just as it becomes critical”), Los Angeles Review of Books, Globe and Mail, POLITICO Playbook, Boston Globe, The Economist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Asia Times, Washington Book Review, as well as original pieces by the author at the Financial Times magazine and the Washington Post, and interviews on NPR / WBUR On Point and Yahoo! Finance.