Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of April 23-27, 2018:
Bestsellers: HBG has 20 titles on the New York Times Bestseller list dated April 29, including three #1s—The Fallen by David Baldacci (Grand Central) debuts at #1 on both the Print Hardcover (Fiction) and Combined Print & Ebook (Fiction) lists. James Patterson’s All American-Murder (L,B) remains at the #1 position on the Sports & Fitness (Monthly) list. HBG’s distribution clients have four titles on the list this week, including one #1—Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss (Chronicle) tops the Children’s Bestsellers (Picture Books) list. HBG also has 16 titles on the USA Today bestseller list, see the full list here.
Edgar winner: Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird (Mulholland) won Best Novel at the Edgar Awards on April 26. See the full list of nominees here.
Independent Bookstore Day: Tomorrow is Independent Bookstore Day, “a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country…Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different.” You’ll find authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, and contests, as well as exclusive books and literary items that you can only get tomorrow. A perfect day to visit your local indie!
HBG Green Goals: Yesterday we issued HBG’s 2016-2017 Environmental Progress Report, with good progress on our key targets—a 2% reduction in HBG’s carbon footprint (during a year of major expansion, which makes this reduction even tougher to achieve), and our recycled and certified fiber usage increased. For more information, go to our Corporate Social Responsibility page on Bookends, hbgusa.com, or hbgusa.biz.
Exciting moment: PublicAffairs author Scott Wapner rang the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate the publication of his new book When Wolves Bite: Two Billionaires, One Company, and an Epic Wall Street Battle (see attached photo). The NASDAQ promoted the book on their seven-story billboard tower and marquee in the middle of Times Square.
Chatauqua Prize: The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading by Anne Gisleson (L,B) has been nominated for the 2018 Chautauqua Prize. The Chautauqua Prize “draws upon Chautauqua Institution’s considerable literary legacy to celebrate a book that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts.”