Bestseller Stat Shot
America: what a vast, splendid, diverse place—or so a look through some data on bestselling books suggests. While the nation’s fiction taste was pretty uniform last week (Veronica Roth and John Green sold the most books overall, coast to coast), our nonfiction reading was much more varied. This week’s regional nonfiction bestsellers reveal what’s really on people’s minds: faith, preparing for the future, and what the Romneys are having for dinner.
From the Newsletters
Check out our spring 2014 preview—hot debuts and other books you should know about for the coming season.
Get ready—Knopf Books for Young Readers has signed up four new books from R.J. Palacio, author of the million-plus-selling Wonder.
Inside Action Lab Entertainment’s plans for world domination. Or, at least, its plans to keep growing in a crowded market.
The most-read review on publishersweekly.com last week was Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Putnam).
Why you’d do well to pick up Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal (New York Review Books).
How all this foul weather we’ve been having has impacted a children’s bookseller.
On Harlequin’s new The Voice-inspired writing contest, the Search for a Killer Voice.
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese previews the Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., and discusses the significance of a report out of Connecticut on e-books in libraries.
A conversation with Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me (Little, Brown).
Translator Ross Ufberg on the hows and whys of translating literature, and how to make all those inside jokes about Moldovan politics work for an American audience, as he did in his translation of The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov (New Vessel Press).
Are publishing seasons irrelevant? Join us on Feb. 26 to find out. We’re hosting a panel discussion with PW co-editorial director Jim Milliot and executives from PGW and HarperCollins.
Common Core 101: Understanding the Basics. On Feb. 27, PW’s Cut to the Core contributing editors and librarians, Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna, will inform and educate librarians on the basics needed to implement the Common Core standards in their classrooms and libraries. It will also assist librarians with Common Core book selection, the collection development process, and assessments.
For Valentine’s Day, Jeannie Lin talks about her romance novels, set in Tang Dynasty China. Plus PW deputy reviews editor Gabe Habash highlights the most anticipated literary fiction of spring and summer.