Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of March 26-30, 2018:
Bestsellers: HBG has 19 titles on the New York Times Bestseller list dated April 1, including two #1s—Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn (Twelve) holds onto the top slot on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction list. James Patterson’s All American-Murder (Little, Brown) remains at #1 on the Sports & Fitness (Monthly) list. HBG’s distribution clients have two titles on the list this week. HBG also has 12 titles on the USA Today bestseller list, see the full list here.
NYTBR cover: The New York Times Book Review runs a stunning cover review of Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels, written by Viet Thanh Nguyen, calling it “Epic . . . Rambunctious . . . Highly entertaining . . . Sorrowful and funny . . . Cheerfully profane.”
Indies Choice Awards: Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (GCP) has been nominated by the American Booksellers Association for the 2018 Indies Choice Book Awards in the “Book of the Year Adult Fiction” category. For more info, read the ABA announcement here. The winners will be announced in Bookselling This Week on May 9.
Trailer to watch: This week, USA Today exclusively announced the 16-city book tour and shared the trailer for President Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s The President Is Missing, coming from Little, Brown & Knopf on June 4. They’ll kick it all off with a joint appearance at BookCon on Sunday, June 3.
Cover reveal: People.com revealed the cover for the highly anticipated memoir from Sally Field, In Pieces, coming from GCP on September 18—read the full story here.
J. Anthony Lukas Prize: The winners of the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards, honoring the best in American nonfiction writing, were announced this week. Chris Hamby’s Soul Full of Coal Dust: The True Story of an Epic Battle for Justice(Little, Brown) won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award and a $25,000 prize. The book is scheduled for January 2019 publication.
The Great American Read: Excitement continues for PBS’s forthcoming show The Great American Read—an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us—as well as Black Dog & Leventhal’s companion book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books. It was announced this week that Meredith Vieira will host the eight-part series, which will debut on every PBS station with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22 at 8 PM.
Acquisition news: People magazine announced the forthcoming publication of Hachette Books’ Sell It Like Serhant by Bravo star Ryan Serhant. The announcement was picked up and shared widely and catapulted the book to #1 on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list within one hour of the post.