Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of June 11-15, 2018:
Bestsellers: HBG has 16 titles on the New York Times Bestseller list dated June 24, including three #1s—The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf) debuts at #1 on the Print Hardcover Fiction & Combined Print & Ebook lists. Calypso by David Sedaris (Little, Brown) remains at #1 on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction list. . The President is Missing is also #1 on the USA Today bestseller list.
Clinton & Patterson: It was an amazing first week for The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (L,B & Knopf), an instant #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller (see above), and #1 on the Indie Bestseller list, as well. The novel sold over 150,000 hardcover copies (250,000 across all formats)—making it the biggest hardcover fiction debut since 2016! The news was covered by the Washington Post, Associated Press, and dozens of other publications.
2018 First Novel Prize: Lucy Tan’s What We Were Promised (Little, Brown) made the longlist for The Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize. The winner will be announced December 11.
BoBi Award: The Brooklyn Book Festival announced that the recipient of this year’s Best of Brooklyn (BoBi) Award will be Orbit author N.K. Jemisin. The BoBi is an annual award presented by the festival to an author whose work best exemplifies the spirit of Brooklyn. Last year’s honoree was Colson Whitehead, and previous recipients include Lois Lowry and Jonathan Lethem.
New England Book Awards: Finalists were announced for the 2018 New England Book Awards, sponsored by the New England Independent Booksellers Association and honoring a title about New England, set in New England or by an author residing in New England. NEIBA bookstore members will now vote to choose the four award winners. LBYR has two finalists—A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (Children’s category) and Cruel Prince by Holly Black (YA category).
NYTBR Cover: Joseph Crespino’s Atticus Finch (Basic Books) shares the cover of the June 24 New York Times Book Review. Reviewer Howell Raines calls it “a crisp, illuminating examination of Harper Lee’s dueling doppelgangers and their real-life model, Lee’s politician father.”