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Writing tips from Pulitzer
;nalist Lydia Millet, whose
new book, Mermaids in
Paradise (Norton), earned
a starred review and is just
The true story behind The
True Story of the Three Little
Pigs, 25 years after the book’s
After 50 years, the Christian Writers Guild
is shutting its doors—though some staffers
are looking for a way to keep the institution
Unit sales of print books last week may be down
2% compared to the similar week in 2013, but
compared to the previous week, sales are up 7%,
as we enter the prime holiday book-buying season.
Leading the charge, of course, is the new Wimpy
Kid title, which sold nearly 319,000 print copies in
its debut week and, along with a stream of holiday-themed picture book titles, created a week-over-week surge of 17% in children’s. A few other strong debuts on
the adult side had positive impacts on a number of ;ction and
non;ction categories. Here are some category movers and
shakers from last week, and the most notable title for each.
Bestseller Stat Shot
Great moments in epigraph history, featuring
Larry Kramer; a dip into the PW archives; a
smattering of book-related animated .
gifs— these are just a few things you may
have missed if you haven’t stopped by the
PW Tumblr lately.
A gymnasium, a children’s author, and a
whole lot of people wearing pajamas. What
could go wrong?
Holly Black talks about
returning to the realm of
faerie ;ction in The
Darkest Part of the
Forest, waking up to the
news that she had
received a Newbery Honor, and the pleasures
of writing standalone novels.
More to Come
Looking at the bounty of new TV shows—
Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Agents of
Shield—that are based on superhero comics.
The Week Ahead
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese breaks
down the Hachette deal with Amazon—and
where the debate over Amazon’s power goes
If you’re going to the Guadalajara Book
Festival, be sure to stop by PW’s booth and
pick up a copy of our special supplement
dedicated to Spanish-language books.
SOURCE: NIELSEN BOOKSCAN
Cory Doctorow, activist and author of
Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free
(McSweeney’s), explains why the
Internet is an author’s
best friend and DRM
is not. Then PW
editorial director Jim
Milliot discusses the
resolution to the
long-running Amazon-Hachette dispute.
The BookLife Report
Book interior design 101 for indie authors.
Global Rights Report
A round-up of book properties generating
buzz across the planet, from a debut by the
Italian translator of 50 Shades to a Spanish
novel about an Oxford professor drawn into a
The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney
The Burning Room
by Michael Connelly
The most-read review on
week was Alphabetical: How
Every Letter Tells a Story by
Michael Rosen (Counterpoint)
Introducing the PW Starred
Reviews Annual, a collection of
all 1,011 starred reviews of
adult trade titles published in
2014. It’s available now in PW’s
app, or as a free download at
Check it out, and get ready for
the Children’s Starred Reviews
Annual, coming next week.
For Love of Country
by Howard Schultz
JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet
by JJ Virgin