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HBG Big News This Week


Following is a recap of major news at Hachette Book Group for the week of August 13-17, 2018:

Bestseller news: HBG has eight titles on the Print Hardcover Bestsellers list this week, including three #1s: Tailspin by Sandra Brown (GCP) debuts at #1 (she’s also #1 on the Combined P&E list), and Calypso by David Sedaris (LB) remains at #1 on Audio Nonfiction (Monthly) list. HBG also featured five titles on the Print Hardcover Nonfiction list among its 17 titles on the list overall. Our distribution clients have eight titles on the list this week, including one #1—We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion), on the Picture Book list. HBG also has 11 titles on the USA Today bestseller list dated August 16. See the full list here.
HBG agrees to acquire Worthy: HBG announced this week an agreement to acquire Worthy Publishing Group, a Nashville-based Christian publisher comprising five imprints with a strong presence in the gift and children’s markets. Worthy will join HBG’s Nashville division when the acquisition is complete. Read HBG’s press release here.
FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year longlists announced: Longlists for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the year were announced this week, and PublicAffairs and Nation Books boasted two titles on the list: Mariana Mazzucato’s The Value of Everything and Saadia Zahidi’s Fifty Million Rising. The award, which is presented to the “most compelling and enjoyable” business book on the list, carries with it a £30,000 prize. Shortlists will be announced on September 14, and the award ceremony will be held on November 12. See the full list of nominees here.
Novel Suspects milestone: HBG’s new Novel Suspects content vertical recently surpassed 10,000 likes on their Facebook page! Marketing Strategy set a goal of 10,000 likes for the entire year, and reached that target in less than three months! Marketing Strategy also reports close to 15,000 engagements with Novel Suspects posts, a strong indication that Novel Suspects content is making inroads with true mystery fans. Congratulations to the many Novel Suspects team members who have contributed to its success so far, particularly Joe Benincase and Erica Nelson.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists announced: This week, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation announced the finalists for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and HBG has three titles included: Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař (LB) and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (GCP) are finalists in the fiction category, and Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin (LB) is a finalist in the nonfiction category. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, justice, and global understanding. This year’s winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in Dayton on October 28. See the full list of finalists here.

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