Penny’s Great Fortune
Canadian author Louise Penny published her first novel, Still Life, in the U.S. in 2006, launching the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries. In the decade since, books in the series, which is set in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, have garnered numerous accolades, including five Agatha Awards for best novel. This week, the 12th title, A Great Reckoning, debuts at #1 in Hardcover Fiction, and #3 in the country overall, thanks to the highest first-week print-unit sales of any book in the series.
Georgia Congressman John Lewis has been detailing his work with the civil rights movement in the three-part graphic memoir series March, coauthored by Andrew Aydin, his digital director and policy advisor, and illustrated by Nate Powell, whose Swallow Me Whole won a 2009 Eisner Award for best original graphic novel. March: Book Three pubbed August 2 and debuts this week at #22 on our Trade Paperback list. Book one was released in 2013 to positive reviews, and Book two, which pubbed in 2015, won the Eisner Award for best reality-based work in July this year. All three volumes had strong sales this week.
Print-Unit Sales for Week Ending September 4
Hill Screen News
Nathan Hill’s buzzy first novel, The Nix, lands at #9 on our Hardcover Fiction list. How loud is the buzz? New York called the 640-pager “fall’s splashiest debut novel.” John Irving, in a New York Times interview, praised the author’s “Dickensian range.” And so on. This all happened prepublication, and in the days since, the buzz has only gotten louder: on September 8, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. is working on a TV adaptation; J.J. Abrams and Hill are executive producing, and Meryl Streep is in talks to star.
New & Notable
A Torch Against the Night
#2 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
This is the sequel to Tahir’s 2015 YA fantasy debut, An Ember in the Ashes, which has sold 101K copies in hardcover and trade paper.
#4 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
Author-illustrator Pilkey, of Captain Underpants fame, launches a spin-off series about a half-human, half-canine crime fighter.
The Jealous Kind
James Lee Burke
#11 Hardcover Fiction
Burke’s new entry into the Holland family saga—each a standalone novel featuring a descendent of Hackberry Holland—is a coming-of-age story set in 1952 Texas.
Fitton, head of Judicial Watch (described on its website as “a conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation”), delves into, in the words of the subtitle, Our Government’s Secrets and Lies.
Top 10 Overall
|1||Harry Potter and the Cursed Child||J.K. Rowling||Scholastic/Levine||117,264|
|2||The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||34,064|
|3||A Great Reckoning||Louise Penny||Minotaur||29,823|
|4||Rushing Waters||Danielle Steel||Delacorte||26,602|
|5||The Girl on the Train (mass market movie tie-in)||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||25,389|
|6||The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo||Amy Schumer||Gallery||24,308|
|7||The Girl on the Train (trade paper movie tie-in)||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||19,002|
|8||Uninvited||Lysa TerKeurst||Thomas Nelson||18,703|
|9||Always a Cowboy||Linda Lael Miller||Harlequin||18,322|
|10||See Me||Nicholas Sparks||Grand Central||17,989|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.