Pulitzers Pop

The winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 20, goosing sales for a number of titles. Here’s a look at how the winners fared in all print formats that first week, compared with the previous week.

Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See

Week ended 4/26: 24,675 units

Week ended 4/19: 15,906 units

History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People

Week ended 4/26: 229 units

Week ended 4/19: 7 units

Biography or Autobiography: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

Week ended 4/26: 701 units

Week ended 4/19: 61 units

Poetry: Digest

Week ended 4/26: 104 units

Week ended 4/19: 6 units

General Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction

Week ended 4/26: 2,141 units

Week ended 4/19: 1,115 units

Solid Progress

Connor Franta’s A Work in Progress is the third release from Keywords, Atria’s new imprint for online celebs, and the first to hit #1 on our Trade Paperback list (it also appears at #2 on our Top 10 Overall list). Here’s how it and the other Keywords books have fared in their first weeks.

First-Week Sales

Girl Online Zoe Sugg 7,279
I Hate Myselfie Shane Dawson 13,311
A Work in Progress Connor Franta 32,876

Other Notable Debuts

Beauty’s Kingdom

by Anne Rice

#17 Hardcover Fiction

3,551 units

Twenty years after publishing the third book in her Beauty cycle, Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure) returns to the BDSM erotica realm.

God Help the Child

by Toni Morrison

#6 Hardcover Fiction 10,270 units

This story of how a young woman called Bride faces her childhood wounds is Morrison’s first to be set in the present day.

And the Good News Is...

by Dana Perino

#3 Hardover Nonfiction

25,971 units

Perino offers lessons from her tenure as White House press secretary under former president George W. Bush, among other experiences.


by Jon Krakauer

#6 Hardcover Nonfiction

12,385 units

The Into Thin Air author’s latest investigates a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Memory Man David Baldacci Grand Central 60,762
2 A Work in Progress Connor Franta Atria/Keywords 32,876
3 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead 31,433
4 Legends & Lies O’Reilly/Fisher Holt 30,542
5 The Whole 30 Hartwig/Hartwig HMH 28,181
6 The Liar Nora Roberts Putnam 26,084
7 And the Good News Is... Dana Perino Hachette/Twelve 25,971
8 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Scribner 24,675
9 The Bone Tree Greg Iles Morrow 20,666
10 The Road to Character David Brooks Random 20,485