Just a head’s up that the publicity line-up is pretty impressive for this and is already in motion. The first serial will be in Vanity Fair; Baldwin will be on Fresh Air on April 4th, CBS Good Morning on April 2nd, GMA on April 3rd, and he’ll be profiled in the upcoming issue The Atlantic. We just heard that Baldwin will do The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on April 18th. (Can’t wait for that!) and he’s already been on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon explaining the origin of the title (see below).
Nevertheless: A Memoir (9780062409706) by Alec Baldwin. $28.99 hardcover. 4/4/17 one day laydown.
I read a couple interesting pieces last week that might help fuel your conversations with customers:
Last Monday’s NYT had a front-page story on how YA fiction is giving voice to the anxieties, confusion and anger of minority teens. It prominently features debut author Angie Thomas’ breakout bestseller The Hate U Give and notes that “educators see fiction as a particularly potent tool for engaging with volatile topics and instilling empathy in young readers.”
The Hate U Give (9780062498533) by Angie Thomas. $17.99 hardcover. Available now.
Lord, I love The Guardian—it does such great book coverage. Last Sunday it ran a profile of Harari, calling him a “visionary historian [and] author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind.” The article then shifts to a fascinating Q&A that The Guardian frames it this way:
“Harari is a naturally gifted explainer, invariably ready with the telling anecdote or memorable analogy. As a result, it’s tempting to see him less as a historian than as some kind of all-purpose sage. We asked public figures and readers to pose questions for Harari, and many of these…were of a moral or ethical nature, seeking answers about what should be done, rather than about what has happened. But the Israeli seems used to the role, and perfectly happy to give his best shot at replying. A historian of the distant past and the near future, he has carved out a whole new discipline of his own. It’s a singular achievement by an impressively multiple-minded man.”
It’s the best hour of reading I spent all week.
Homo Deus (9780062464316) by Yuval Noah Harari. $35.00 hardcover. Available now.
Thirty years after Erdrich won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her debut novel, Love Medicine, she has won it again this year for LaRose, based on a true story she heard about a man who accidentally shot a boy and then gave up his own son to be raised by the grieving parents.
As a result, the paperback publication date has been moved up to 4/18/17.
LaRose (9780062277039) by Louse Erdrich. $15.99 paperback. 4/18/17 on sale.
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Grandpa’s Great Escape (9780062560896) by David Walliams. $16.99 hardcover. 2/28/17 on sale.
And read an excerpt on EW!
The End of Oz (9780062423771) by Danielle Paige. $18.99 hardcover. 3/14/17 on day laydown.
Complete listing here.
# 2 The Upside of Unrequited (9780062348708) by Becky Albertalli. $17.99 hardcover.
# 3 The Hate U Give (9780062498533) by Angie Thomas. $17.99 hardcover.
(And #1 on the NYT bestseller list this week!)
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Just out from HarperOne: Beautiful uniform editions of C.S. Lewis.
Below are how McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Schuler Books and Music, and The Tattered Cover Book Store have chosen to show them off. Thanks, folks!