Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of October 22-26, 2018:
Bestsellers: HBG takes the #1 slot on both the Fiction and Nonfiction Hardcover lists this week! Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks (GCP) debuts at #1 on the Fiction list (and Combined P&E list as well as #1 on the USA Today Bestseller list) and Shade by Pete Souza (LB) debuts at #1 on Nonfiction list. Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein (Jimmy Patterson) moves into the #1 position on the Children’s Middle Grade Hardcover list. We have 18 titles on the list this week and our distribution clients have four titles.
Carnegie Medal: Dopesick by Beth Macy (LB) has been named to the nonfiction shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Find more details here in the Associated Press’s announcement.
CWA Dagger Awards: The Crime Writer’s Association Dagger Awards were announced yesterday in the UK, and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger was awarded to Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird. Learn more about the awards here.
Major release: Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker’s Keeping At It (PublicAffairs) goes on sale next week, launching with prominent national press coverage—feature interviews in the New York Times (picked up by CNBC, Marketwatch, POLITICO Playbook, Fortune, POLITICO Influence, Business Insider, Newsmax, and The Hill), the Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Fortune; first serial ran in Bloomberg Businessweek, along with a Bloomberg Opinion essay by Volcker, and reviews are still to come in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times Book Review.
Media blitz: Anthony Scaramucci’s Trump, The Blue-Collar President (Center Street) launched this week with a major media lineup—starting with Scaramucci’s interpretive dance that went viral, illustrating his 11-day stint in the Trump administration (via the New York Post), followed by interviews on NBC’s TODAY Show and Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, ABC’s The View, Fox News’ Hannity and Fox & Friends, NPR’s 1A, PageSix.com, Newsmax, BillOReilly.com, and much more. And there’s more national coverage lined up for The Mooch: interviews on Hardball, Cuomo Prime Time CNN, CNN New Day, CNN America’s Newsroom, and BBC Beyond 100 Days.
Book Club Brunch: Last weekend, 250 avid book clubbers gathered to hear from 8 amazing HBG authors at our seventh annual Book Club Brunch, in a large auditorium at John Jay College. Attendees were treated to lively panels and discussions with Bridgett M. Davis (The World According to Fanny Davis / LB), Paige Williams (The Dinosaur Artist / Hachette Books), Brian Murphy (Adrift / Da Capo), Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels / LB), Elise Juska (If We Had Known), Daniel Mason (The Winter Soldier / LB), Monica Hesse (The War Outside / LBYR), and Stephanie Land (Maid / Hachette Books).
#1 Kids’ Indie Next pick: Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire (Jimmy Patterson) is #1 on the Winter 2018-2019 Kids’ Indie Next List. See attached for the rave blurbs from booksellers who are passionate about the novel.
Library of Virginia Awards: Liza Mundy received two honors from the Library of Virginia for her book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II(Hachette Books)—the 2018 Literary Award for Nonfiction (selected by a panel of judges) and a People’s Choice Awards (chosen in online voting).