André Alexis Wins Giller Prize

André Alexis was named the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award for fiction, for his novel Fifteen Dogs (Coach House).

In the book, the gods of ancient Greece give 15 dogs human consciousness to see if it will bring them happiness. It’s the first Giller Prize won by Coach House Books.

HBG: Goop Press, Soft E-book Sales

Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s website turned lifestyle brand, will become Goop Press, a book imprint at Hachette Book Group’s Grand Central Publishing division. The imprint will publish at least three books a year tied to content from Goop and the website’s contributors.

Sales at HBG USA fell 4.2% in the third quarter, ended September 30, compared to the same period last year. Parent company Lagardere attributed the decline to lower e-book sales and a stronger publication schedule last year. E-book sales accounted for 24% of HBG USA trade sales in the nine-month period of 2015, down from 28% in the January–September period of 2014.

RH Ups Danielle Steel Output

Dubbing 2016 the year of Danielle Steel, Random House said it is planning to release six new original novels and six mass market paperback reprints by Steel in the calendar year. The publisher said the accelerated schedule—it has been releasing four original Steel titles a year—is in response to demand. RH said Steel’s fans are asking for more books by the bestselling writer. The releases will begin on January 19 with the publication of the mass market paperback, Prodigal Son, as well as the hardcover, Blue.

HMH Debuts SF/F Imprint

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has unveiled a new line of curated science fiction and fantasy titles from one of the editors of its Best American series, John Joseph Adams. The titles to be released from John Joseph Adams Books

include backlist print editions of Hugh Howey’s novels Shift, Dust, and Beacon 23. HMH acquired North American print rights to the books from Howey’s agent, Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary.