Book News and New Book Reviews

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PW's Picks: The Best Spirituality and Religion and Books of 2014

PW's top five spirituality and religion books for 2014 are from preachers and teachers, Christians and atheists, a grieving mother and a happily married pastor and his wife. The perspectives are varied, the voices fresh and eloquent

Learning to Walk in the Dark

Barbara Brown Taylor (HarperOne)

At home on a page or at a podium, Taylor always offers eloquent provocation to thought. The title conceit exemplifies how the Episcopal priest and theologian develops insights from unusual perspectives that lead to more enlightened living.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Field Trip to America's Public Libraries

How they serve the needs of their communities   by  NOV 19 2014, 10:57 AM ET

As we’ve been crisscrossing the country visiting towns and cities for ourAmerican Futures project, I always look forward to stopping in the town's public library. Every town has one. They’re often lovely buildings. (Thank you, Andrew Carnegie!) They offer a first pulse of the town. (Are they vibrant and bustling?) The librarians are as knowledgeable as the newspaper editors and as welcoming as the Chamber of Commerce. Who wouldn’t love a library?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Art of New York: An Assortment of New York Books for the Holidays

Have friends with empty coffee tables? Here’s a selection of New York holiday gift books.
“Art touches our souls because it comes from our souls,” Stanley Tucci, the actor, writes in the foreword to “New York’s Underground Art Museum: M.T.A. Art and Design” (Monacelli Press), by Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres, an illustrated tour of the transit system’s public art program advocated by the former Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Ronay Menschel.
“It has been said that this program is trying to save the soul of the subway,” Mr. Tucci writes. “In doing so it may be saving a piece of ours as well.” Works in this expanded edition range from Heins & La Farge’s 1904 terra-cotta beavers at Astor Place to Sarah Sze’s maquette for the new Second Avenue subway.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nobel Prize Wins Raises Patrick Modiano Sales

According to Publisher's Weekly "When Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature on October 9, Yale University Press, which had been planning a February 2015 release date for his novella collection Suspended Sentences, bumped up publication to November 11. Since then, the book has sold 2,688 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan. That may not be enough to land a spot on our Trade Paper list, but context is everything. Sales of his next bestselling book, 2004’sMissing Person, have increased exponentially, from a release-to-date count of 482 copies to sales last week of 1,133. All told, about 75% of the author’s U.S. sales over the past decade are directly attributable to the Nobel win, which has made 2014 a better year for Mondiano than the previous 10 years—combined." 

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Rise of the Seven-Figure Advance

from a PW article by  By Rachel Deahl    Nov 21, 2014

Seven-figure book deals are nothing new in corporate publishing. But lately, these deals seem to be happening more frequently. During the run-up to this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair in early October, three seven-figure deals for debut works were closed by Big Five houses. Shortly after the fair, the New York Times ran an article about a waitress who landed a high six-figure advance. The streak continued with news that St. Martin’s Press had paid seven figures for a debut novel by New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford. And, two weeks ago, word broke that indie author Blake Crouch landed seven figures at Crown for Dark Matter, his science fiction novel. For some in the industry, the flurry of big advances is simply business as usual. Others, however, attribute the run to a dearth of great material, along with the ever-pressing need on the part of the big houses to publish major bestsellers.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara PW's pick of the week.

A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara, Author

Yanagihara follows her 2013 debut novel, The People in the Trees, with an epic American tragedy. The story begins with four college friends moving to New York City to begin their careers: architect Malcolm, artist JB, actor Willem, and lawyer Jude. Early on, their concerns are money and job related as they try to find footholds in their respective fields. Over the course of the book, which spans three decades, we witness their highs and lows as they face addiction, deception, and abuse, and their relationships falter and strengthen.   (Publisher's weekly)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the first eight months of 2014, adult book sales were down 1.6%

For the first eight months of 2014, adult book sales were down 1.6%, as all formats but downloadable audio had declines. E-book sales had the smallest drop, off only 0.1% to $853.3 million. Trade paperback sales were down just 0.7%, to $860.4 million. Hardcover sales were off a more noticeable 7.2% through the eight months and mass market paperback sales were down 3.4%.
In children’s/ya, e-book sales were up 56.5% and hardcover sales jumped 47.1%. E-books accounted for 15.0% of all children’s/ya sales in the January-August period up from 12.0% in the same span in 2013. E-books’ share of adult sales rose to 29.7% in 2014 from 29.2% in the first eight months of 2013.  Figures are based on reports from 1,209 publishers.  (From PW Article)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature

Powerful narrative, unforgettable characters, illustrations that stir the imagination, and insights that engage the mind and heart—literature for children is forged from the same enduring elements as literature for adults.  Children’s books with these qualities often shine for generations, with some achieving landmark fame.  A few such books ultimately go on to enter the canon of classics of children’s literature.
justsostories.jpgThe Grolier Club’s milestone public exhibition, One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature, showcases one hundred books of this caliber, printed from 1600 to 2000.  On view from December 10, 2014 through February 7, 2015, the show includes such beloved books as Robinson Crusoe, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Peter Rabbit, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Winnie-the-Pooh, Charlotte’s Web, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harry Potter.  These classics and others—many famous today, some only in their time—will bring smiles of enjoyment to adults and children alike.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The World's 56 Largest Book Publishers, 2014

Although there was a fair amount of deal making among the global book publishing giants last year, those mergers and acquisitions did not have much of an impact on the top of Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly’s annual ranking, based on annual revenue, of the world’s largest publishers in 2013. Pearson came in first, with $9.33 billion in revenue, followed by Reed Elsevier, Thomson/Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer. All four educational and professional publishers held the same respective positions on the list in 2012 Random House was the largest publisher of trade books in 2013, and was fifth largest overall (its position also unchanged from 2012). The company benefited from its 53% stake in Penguin and the assumption of full control of Random House Mondadori in late 2012, which was renamed Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial at the end of last year. Together, Penguin Random House and RH’s German publishing group had sales of $3.66 billion in 2013 (with Penguin’s revenues for the last six months of the year reported in the PRH total; revenue for the first six months were attributed to Penguin parent company Pearson). Random House’s agreement with PRISA (ranked #24 on the 2013 list) to acquire the trade book segment of its Santillana Ediciones Generales business will likely be completed this year, meaning that the house will grow again in 2014.
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