Friday, January 19, 2018

Bologna Book Fair News

Illustrators Exhibition 2018: meet the winners
From 8th to 10th January, the selection for the Illustrators Exhibition took place in Bologna. Thanks to the work of the 2018 jurors Anastasia Arkhipova, Peggy Espinosa, William Grill, Allyn Johnston and Bernd Mölck-Tassel, 15.265 illustrations were examined in order to select the 80 artists that will take part in the 2018 Illustrators Exhibition and be published in the annual-cover illustration drawn by Ludwig Volbeda – winner of the Grand Prix Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2017. The illustrators who reached the final selection were chosen from 3053 artists coming from 72 countries.
Discover the 80 selected illustrators for this year.
BCBF and Pitti Bimbo, the partnership goes on
BCBF renews its partnership with Pitti Immagine Bimbo at the 86th edition that will be held from January 18th to 20th at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence. This time, the collaboration will turn its attention to the world of the show with The Extraordinary Library 2: Cinema and Entertainment, an exhibition of 100 illustrated books for children dedicated to entertainment in all its forms. Pitti Immagine Bimbo is also launching NiceLicensing, a new space dedicated to the most interesting licenses in the children’s area, in collaboration with the Bologna Licensing Trade Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Find out more here.
A Research Project on Non-Fiction Picture Books
The Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (CRLI) of the University of Bologna is working with Bologna Children’s Book Fair to carry out an important research project on next-generation non-fiction picture books. The research project will end in 2020 with an illustrated and critical publication; it will include a ground-breaking exhibition dedicated to the best non-fiction titles published worldwide.

Find out more here.

After Massive New Printing, 'Fire and Fury' Sells 191K Copies

With the extraordinary interest for Michael Wolff's tell-all about the Trump White House catching Holt by surprise, the publisher was able to ship enough copies to accounts to meet at least some of the demand for the book last week. more »

The Roundup with PW

Amazon Names Its HQ Prospects: The e-tailer has released a list of 20 regions in the United States and Canada that it is considering as a possible site for its second home.

'Fire and Fury' Goes to TV: Michael Wolff’s Trump White house exposé is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, 'Variety' has confirmed.

Tencent Invests Heavily in Wattpad: The Canadian story-sharing platform has closed a funding round of $51 million led by the Chinese internet giant Tencent.

Lupita Nyong’o to Publish a Kids' Book: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish the Oscar-winning actress's debut children’s book, 'Sulwe,' next January

Elena Ferrante, 'Guardian' Columnist: The author of the bestselling Neapolitan novels will be the U.K. outlet's new weekend columnist.

Off the Shelf

January 17, 2018
Meagan Harris
6 Fiction Favorites Now Out in Paperback

I love a good paperback for many reasons. They make for a good vacation read whether it’s in the sun or snow. Paperbacks are considerably lighter than their hardcover counterparts and they’re great for book clubs. And by the time a paperback is published, I’ve been hearing about it long enough to make my mouth water. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite titles making their paperback debuts this January.


Words with Douglas McLennan


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Anna Bond
Pan Macmillan's creative director Geoff Duffield is leaving the publisher to found an author-brand agency, with Anna Bond taking on a "new and broader" role as sales and brand director.
Lizzy Kremer
The vice president of the Association of Authors Agents, Lizzy Kremer, has said it is important for the trade to draw up industry guidelines on behaviour following the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
Libraries body CILIP has called for a public inquiry to investigate whether the government knowingly issued contracts for the delivery of public services to a failing company following the collapse of Carillion.
Nanette Gibb
Nanette Gibb and Carolyn Bresh have been appointed to Quarto’s senior management team.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Valuable books, including a £40,000 first edition of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, have been stolen from a bookshop in Norfolk, according to news reports.
Mind-body-spirit publisher Aeon Books is relaunching this spring with a new imprint, Sphinx, which will publish literary fiction and memoir.

Rachel Reeves
I B Tauris has inked a second book deal from Labour MP Rachel Reeves, about the 100-year history of female MPs, to be published on International Women’s Day.
The Baghdad Clock
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has revealed its longlist of 16 novels in contention for the 2018 prize, including a novel soon to be published by independent UK publisher Oneworld.
Octopus imprint Mitchell Beazley has acquired the first cookbook from HelloFresh, one of the world’s largest recipe delivery services. 
Hans Christian Andersen Award
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has shortlisted 10 authors and illustrators from countries such as France, Iran and Austria for this year’s Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Hodder & Stoughton is publishing a history of maps, Theatre of the World, which won the Norwegian Book Prize Foundation's 2017 Brage Prize for non-fiction.
Ehsan Abdollahi
Ehsan Abdollahi, the illustrator who hit the headlines after being refused a visa to visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is teaming up with Jackie Morris on a picture book.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Carolyn Bresh will join Quarto as chief financial officer starting April 9, and also join the board as executive director. Previously, she was a partner at consultancy Everymind. CEO Marcus Leaver said, "She brings considerable sector and international experience, an increased commercial focus as well as strategic planning and analysis--all of which we need as an ambitious pure-play publishing business."

Also at Quarto, Nanette Gibb has joined as group director of people. She has worked in human resources roles for 25 years, including at Hearst Magazines UK and for CBRE UK.

Anne-Lise Spitzer has joined the Philip Spitzer Literary Agency as executive vice president and literary agent. She was previously vice president and director of marketing at Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books.

Tim Murray has joined Bonnier Publishing USA as vice president of sales for all children's imprints, including Little Bee Books and Sizzle Press. Previously, he was senior vice president of business development and sales at BookShout and director of premium, corporate, custom & proprietary sales at Simon & Schuster.

Katie Henderson Adams was promoted to senior editor at Liveright Publishing.

Slate staff writer Katy Waldman will join the New Yorker next month, where she will continue to write about books and contribute “regular essays on culture, language, and the politics of language” to the magazine's website.

Aram Fox has begun scouting for Dutch publishing group Overamstel, including its Hollands Diep, Lebowski, House of Books, Carrera and Horizon imprints.

The National Book Foundation elected three new members to its board of directors: Lucia Ferreira, managing director and head of the nonprofit department at Russell Reynolds Associates; Michael Lynton, chairman of the board at Snap; and Michelle Weiner, head of the books department at Creative Artists Agency.

The MacDowell Colony announced the 85 recipients of winter-spring fellowships, including 15 fiction writers and 11 nonfiction writers.

In a significant shift, Regnery Publishing will move their distribution from Two Rivers/Ingram Publisher Services to Simon & Schuster starting July 1. Regnery will continue to handle sales of its titles in the US, while Simon & Schuster will handle sales in Canada and export markets.

Gallic Books will be distributed internationally by Ingram Publisher Services.

China's Tencent has led a $51 million round of funding for Wattpad. Bloomberg says the company is valued at about $400 million, and has raised $118 million in financing to date.

Our Buzz Books 2018 Spring/Summer sampler excerpts an array of great forthcoming literary and debut fiction from authors including Patrick DeWitt, Aminatta Forna, Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh, and more. As usual, we begin our free ebook with an exhaustive overview of the upcoming publishing season featuring hundreds of notable titles on the way.

Did you download your copy yet? Get the "trade edition" from NetGalley or Edelweiss, or find the consumer editions from Kindle, Nook, iBooks (where they are being promoted on a number of high-profile pages), and Kobo, among other online retailers.

With Winter Institute 13 set for next week in Memphis, we'll be presenting extracts from that seasonal preview over the coming days. (Please note: Because we prepared this preview many months in advance, titles, content, and publication dates are all subject to change.)

Here is our complete list, alphabetically by author. Titles excerpted in Buzz Books are noted with an asterisk:

The Notables
Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand (Little, Brown, 7/17)
Julian Barnes, The Only Story (Knopf, 4/17)
Kate Christensen, The Last Cruise (Doubleday, 7/10)
Rachel Cusk, Kudos (FSG, 6/5)
Patrick deWitt, French Exit (Ecco, 8/28)*
Richard Flanagan, First Person (Knopf, 4/10)
Lauren Groff, Florida (Riverhead, 6/5)
Sheila Heti, Motherhood (Holt, 5/1)*
Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair (Knopf, 3/13)
Catherine Lacey, Certain American States (FSG, 8/7)

Edouard Louis, History of Violence (FSG, 6/19)
Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room (Scribner, 5/1)
Lydia Millet, Fight No More: Stories (Norton, 6/12)
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Penguin Press, 7/10)*
Michael Ondaatje, Warlight (Knopf, 5/8)
Joseph O'Neill, Good Trouble: Stories (Pantheon, 6/12)
Chuck Palahniuk, Adjustment Day (Norton, 5/1) – a follow-up to Fight Club
Anna Quindlen, Alternate Side (Random House, 3/20)
Curtis Sittenfeld, You Think It, I’ll Say It (Random House, 4/24)
William Trevor, Last Stories (Viking, 5/15)

Laura van den Berg, The Third Hotel (FSG, 8/7)
Kevin Wilson, Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine (Ecco, 8/7)
Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion (Riverhead, 4/3)
James Wood, Upstate (FSG, 6/5)

Highly Anticipated
Rumaan Alam, That Kind of Mother (Ecco, 5/8)
Flynn Berry, Double Life (Viking, 8/7)
Judy Blundell, High Season (Random House, 5/22)
Melissa Broder, The Pisces (Hogarth, 5/1)
Jonathan Evison, Lawn Boy (Algonquin, 4/3)
Aminatta Forna, Happiness (Atlantic Monthly, 3/6)*
Keith Gessen, A Terrible Country (Viking, 7/10)*
Elisabeth Hyde, Go Ask Fannie (Putnam, 4/10)
Charles Johnson, Night Hawks: Stories (Scribner, 7/10)
Ariel Lawhon, I Was Anastasia (Doubleday, 3/27)

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers (Viking, 6/19)
Madeline Miller, Circe (Little, Brown, 4/10)
Chris Offutt, Country Dark (Grove, 4/10)*
Mallory Ortberg, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Henry Holt, 3/13)
Gunnhild Oyehaug, Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life (FSG 6/5)
Caryl Phillips, A View of the Empire at Sunset (FSG, 5/8)
Hannah Pittard, Visible Empire (HMH, 6/5)
Tom Rachman, The Italian Teacher (Viking, 3/20)
Lori Roy, The Disappearing (Dutton, 7/17)
Leah Stewart, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw (Putnam, 3/27)

Simon Rich, Hits and Misses: Stories (Little, Brown, 7/24)
Tatjana Soli, The Removes (Sarah Crichton, 6/12)
William Trevor, Last Stories (Viking, 5/15)
Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels (Little, Brown, 3/6)
John Edgar Wideman, American Histories (Scribner, 3/20)
Tim Winton, The Shepherd’s Hut (FSG, 6/19)

Emerging Voices
Ramona Ausubel, Awayland: Stories (Riverhead, 3/6)
Kenneth Bonert, The Mandela Plot (HMH, 5/22)
Paolo Cognetti, The Eight Mountains (Atria, 3/20)
Elizabeth Church, All the Beautiful Girls (Ballantine, 3/6)
Jennifer Clement, Gun Love (Hogarth, 3/6)
Adrienne Celt, Invitation to a Bonfire (Bloomsbury, 6/5)
Thomas Clerc, Interior (FSG, 7/10)
Sergio de la Pava, Lost Empress (Pantheon, 5/8)
Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife (MCD, 5/22)
Carys Davies, West (Scribner 4/24)

Ceridwen Dovey, In the Garden of the Fugitives (FSG, 5/8)
Nick Dybek, The Verdun Affair (Scribner, 6/12)
Susan Froderberg, Mysterium (FSG, 8/14)
Rebecca Harrington, Sociable (Doubleday, 3/27)
Emma Healey, Whistling in the Dark (Viking, 7/24)
Silas House, Southernmost (Algonquin, 6/5)
Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars (Ballantine, 8/14)
Debra Jo Immergut, The Captives (Ecco, 6/5)
Joanna Luloff, Remind Me Again What Happened (Algonquin, 6/26)
Eliza Kennedy, Do This For Me (Crown, 5/15)
Andrea Kleine, Eden (HMH, 7/10)

Christian Kracht, The Dead (FSG, 7/17)
Amitava Kumar, Immigrant, Montana (Knopf, 7/31)
Stephen McCauley, My Ex-Life (Flatiron, 5/8)*
Jonathan Miles, Anatomy of a Miracle (Hogarth, 3/20)
Marina Perezagua, The Story of H (Ecco, 8/14)
Michael Farris Smith, The Fighter (Little, Brown, 3/20)
Margaret Bradham Thornton, A Theory of Love (Ecco, 5/8)
Katie Williams, Tell The Machine Goodnight (Riverhead, 6/19)
Sarah Winman, Tin Man (Putnam, 6/5)*
Koren Zailckas, The Drama Teacher (Crown, 8/7)
Sofka Zinovieff, Putney (Harper, 8/21)

Spring and summer are prime time for new authors. We expect great things from new novels by Ecco associate publisher Miriam Parker, Kate Greathead, Christine Mangan, Alice Feeney, Blair Hurley, and Jana Casale, and expect to hear similar plaudits about works from these others listed below.

Luke Allnut, We Own the Sky (Park Row Books, 4/3)*
Amy Bonnafons, The Wrong Heaven (Little Brown, 7/17)
Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf, 8/1)
Bryan Camp, The City of Lost Fortunes (HMH, 4/17)
Jana Casale, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (Knopf, 4/17)
Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart (Viking, 4/3)
Elisabeth Cohen, The Glitch (Doubleday, 5/22)
Jane Delury, The Balcony (Little, Brown, 3/27)
Katharine Dion, The Dependents (Little, Brown, 6/19)
Rebekah Frumkin, The Comedown (Henry Holt, 4/17)

Aja Gabel, The Ensemble (Riverhead, 5/15)
Kate Greathead, Laura & Emma (Simon & Schuster, 3/13)
Alice Feeney, Sometimes I Lie (Flatiron, 3/13)*
Julia Fine, What Should Be Wild (Harper, 5/8)
Caz Frear, Sweet Little Lies (Harper, 8/7)
Lexi Freiman, Inappropriation (Ecco, 7/24)
DeSales Harrison, The Waters and the Wild (Random House, 4/3)
Jack Heath, Hangman (Hanover Square Press, 8/7)
Rachel Heng, Suicide Club (Holt, 7/31)
JM Holmes, How Are You Going to Save Yourself (Little, Brown, 8/21)
Blair Hurley, The Devoted (Norton, 8/7)

Caleb Johnson, Treeborne (Picador, 6/5)
Steve Kistulentz, Panorama (Little, Brown, 3/6)
Randall Klein, Little Disasters (Viking, 5/22)
Akil Kumarasamy, Half Gods: Stories (FSG, 6/5)
Nova Jacobs, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy (Touchstone, 3/6)
Caleb Johnson, Treeborne (Picador, 6/5)
Lillian Li, Number One Chinese Restaurant (Holt, 6/19)
Ling Ma, Severance (FSG, 8/14)
Will Mackin, Bring Out the Dog: Stories (Random House, 3/3)
Ian MacKenzie, Feast Days (Little, Brown, 3/13)

Andrew Martin, Early Work (FSG, 7/3)
Christine Mangan, Tangerine (Ecco, 3/1)
James A. McLaughlin, Bearskin (Ecco, 6/1)*
Aimee Molloy, The Perfect Mother (Harper, 5/1)*
Miriam Parker, The Shortest Way Home (Dutton, 7/31)
Neel Patel, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi (Flatiron, 7/10)
Jen Silverman, The Island Dwellers: Stories (Random House, 5/1)
Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s, 7/17)*
Charles Soule The Oracle Year (Harper Perennial, 4/1)*
Zulema Renee Summerfield, Every Other Weekend (Little, Brown, 4/17)
Lucy Tan, What We Were Promised (Little, Brown, 7/10)

August Thomas, Liar’s Candle (Scribner, 4/17)
Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories (Atria/37 Ink, 4/10)
Meghan McLean Weir, The Book of Essie (Knopf, 6/12)
Julia Whicker, Wonderblood (St. Martin’s, 4/3)
Chris White, The Life List of Adrian Mandrick (Touchstone, 4/17)
Spencer Wise, The Emperor of Shoes (Hanover Square Press, 6/5)*

Off the Shelf

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump: 8 Tips and Tricks
There is nothing more annoying to me than being in a reading rut. I get so frustrated when, no matter how many books I try, I just can’t get into anything. I end up listlessly looking through my TBR pile, whining that nothing is calling out to me. I often give up on reading and mope around in a bad mood. My friends, family, and coworkers just love when this happens . . . So they’ve given me some book suggestions and advice for how to get out of a reading slump.