James Patterson, Jeff Kinney, and Dr. Seuss are the first members of 2013’s million-copy club. Dr. Seuss’s books have enjoyed a sales surge after Random House kicked off a yearlong marketing campaign in March. Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series is selling as strong as ever, and James Patterson is, well, James Patterson. Here’s each author’s print unit sales total for the year to date:
Dr. Seuss 1,740,738
James Patterson 1,170,107
Jeff Kinney 1,042,258
Sirius XM Channel 80,
Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Catch our interview with bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz this week. Next week we’re talking with Ellen Sussman, author of The Paradise Guest House (Ballantine). Plus PW deputy reviews editor Mike Harvkey talks about the best travel fiction.
Did you miss the original broadcast? Catch the re-air, Saturdays at 11 a.m.
From the Newsletters
Josh Hanagarne talks about how becoming a librarian saved his life. His memoir, The World’s Strongest Librarian (Gotham), is just out.
Judy Blume and her son, Lawrence, are adapting Blume’s Tiger Eyes for the silver screen. PW talks with the beloved author ahead of the movie’s June 7 premier.
Unbelief moves further into the mainstream as a new wave of books pick up where Hitchens and Dawkins left off.
Sign up for newsletters here.
The most-read review on publishersweekly.com last week was September Girls by Bennett Madison (HarperTeen). publishersweekly.com/septembergirls
Don’t forget to check out our editors’ picks for Best Summer Books!
Remembering E.L. Konigsburg.
World Book Night in smalltown America.
Starting on May 2, screenwriter, playwright, and humorist Paul Rudnick discusses his first book for teens, Gorgeous, as well as the enduring allure of royalty and the power of humor and wit.
The Week Ahead
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese previews this year’s BookExpo America and looks at author James Patterson’s effort to kick off a discussion about the future of books.
Subscribe to our podcasts in iTunes, or listen here.
Claire Messud—whose new novel, The Woman Upstairs (Knopf), lands this week—talks about how nice people make poor characters.
Just how fine is the line between justice and revenge? We ask Thane Rosenbaum, author of Payback: The Case for Revenge (Univ. of Chicago).
Join PW co-editorial director Jim Milliot and Bowker director of market research Carl Kulo on May 8 for a discussion on a range of topics concerning where people buy books, what types of books they buy, and why they buy certain books, based on the soon-to-be released 2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics & Buying Behaviors Annual Review.