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HBG Big News This Week: September 24-28, 2018

Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of September 24-28, 2018:

Bestseller news:  Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling (Mulholland/LB) debuts at #1 on the Hardcover Fiction and Combined P&E lists. Sally Field’s In Pieces (GCP) debuts at #2 on the Nonfiction list. We have 22 titles on the NYT list overall. HBG’s distribution clients have five titles on the list this week, including one #1—Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie & Allison Oppenheim (Abrams), on the Picture Book list. Lethal White also debuts at #1 on the Indie Bestseller list. And HBG has 16 titles on the USA Today list overall. See the full list here.

Kirkus Prize: Dopesick by Beth Macy (LB) has been named a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize, one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 given annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. The three winners will be announced on October 25.

Major release: Neil Patrick Harris’ The Magic Misfits: The Second Story (LBYR) went on sale this week, with Harris doing great appearances on the TODAY Show and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Interviews still to come on Entertainment Tonight and Sirius Radio’s Entertainment Weekly channel. The book has also been featured in USA Today’s “5 Books Not to Miss This week” column, Good Housekeeping, Entertainment Weekly,,, MarketWatch, San Diego Reader, Austin Monthly, the Denver Post, the San Francisco Bay Times, and more.

Media Blitz: Mika Brzezinski was busy promoting her new book Know Your Value (Hachette Books) this week, with appearances on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhl, ABC’s The View, CNBC’s Power Lunch, and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. On October 1, she’ll appear on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Additional coverage for Mika and the new book include a Time magazine/10 Questions feature, InStyle essay, Forbes Q&A, Marie Claire column, and Real Simple Q&A.