Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of June 25-29, 2018:
Bestsellers: What a sight to behold—HBG holds the top two slots on both the hardcover fiction and nonfiction lists this week! The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson (L,B & Knopf) remains at #1 on the Print Hardcover Fiction list (and the Combined P & E list) lists and Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer (Twelve) debuts at #1 on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction list. We have 17 titles on the list and our distribution clients have eight, including one #1: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss (Chronicle) returns to the top slot on the Children’s Picture Books list.
USA Today Bestsellers: We’ve got the top two slots on the USA Today list this week as well—The President is Missing is #1 and Elin Hilderbrand’s The Perfect Couple (L,B) is #2. See the full list here.
New HBG Sales leadership: We announced this week that Alison Lazarus, president of Macmillan’s Sales division, will be joining HBG on August 6 as EVP Director of Sales, and Chris Murphy will step into the role of SVP Retail Sales. Read more here: PW Daily, Shelf Awareness.
Big award for Indy: HBG’s Indiana team has won the United Way’s Spirit United Award, the nonprofit’s most prestigious honor, for exceptional volunteer and financial support in the community. HBG won the Spirit United Award alongside three other distinguished Central Indiana businesses.
PBS/NYT Book Club pick: Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (GCP) has been selected as the July pick for the PBS Newshour/New York Times Book Club. Their June pick was Andrew Sean Greer’s Less (L,B)—check out Greer’s great interviewwith PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown.
Film news: A powerful new documentary based on the bestselling book Eating Animals (L,B) by Jonathan Safran Foer was released last week. “Eating Animals” is narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman and has received wide, positive press coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, The Cut, Vogue, Mother Jones, Eater, Deadline, and other outlets.