Shelf Awareness for Thursday, September 16, 2021

Pan Macmillan: The Hidden Girl by Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker

Pixel+ink: Even Yetis Get Colds by Carlianne Topsey

Other Press: Gaza Faces History by Enzo Traverso, Translated by Willard Wood

Minotaur Books: Trouble Island by Sharon Short

HarperCollins: The Verts by Ann Patchett, Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser


Green Apple Landing at SFO

Green Apple Books, which has two locations in San Francisco, Calif., will open a bookstore in partnership with the Hudson Group at San Francisco International Airport in March 2024, according to On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve a lease for the store. The Green Apple location at SFO will be in Harvey Milk Terminal 1, which is under construction.

Hudson has similar partnerships with other independent bookstores around the country, including Vroman's, Pasadena, Calif.; Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, Colo.; Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Wash.; Warwick's, La Jolla, Calif.; Bookworks, Albuquerque, N.Mex.; McNally Jackson, New York City; Barbara's Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.; and Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn. The King's English, Salt Lake City, Utah, has a similar arrangement with Paradies Lagardère.

Hudson Group has 80 full-service airport bookstores, and book sections in some 450 of its general stores in 83 airports.

G.P. Putnam's Sons: Homeseeking by Karissa Chen

HarperCollins Begins Merging HMH Into Its Business

Four months after completing its purchase of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's trade division, HMH Books & Media, HarperCollins is merging HMH into its business. The moves include some imprint mergers, the creation of a new imprint and the loss of some jobs, but overall "increased focus and investment, with the majority of acquiring editors remaining in place," the company said.

Among the changes:

HarperCollins will launch a new, as yet unnamed, lifestyle imprint, led by Deb Brody, v-p and editorial director, who will report to Liate Stehlik, president and publisher, the Morrow Group. Brody and her staff will continue to grow existing brands such as How to Cook Everything, Martha Stewart, Whole30, and Betty Crocker, in addition to acquiring new titles in the cooking, wellness and lifestyle categories.

The North American J.R.R. Tolkien publishing program will now be published under the William Morrow imprint in partnership with HarperCollins's other English-language divisions around the world.

Mariner Books and HarperCollins's Custom House list will merge under the Mariner name. V-p and editorial director Peter Hubbard will lead the combined imprint, reporting to Stehlik. The new Mariner Books will house the majority of the HMH backlist, including classics by George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Rachel Carson, Tim O'Brien, and the Best American series. Mariner's publishing program will unite HMH and Custom House's nonfiction and fiction with a focus on books of lasting quality.

Mary Wilcox, v-p and publishing director, will lead the newly formed Clarion Group, comprised of the Clarion and Versify imprints. Clarion will remain the home of all HMH and Clarion frontlist and backlist children's books, including modern classics such as The Giver by Lois Lowry, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and the Little Blue Truck series. Wilcox, who will report to Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher, HarperCollins Children's Books, will also oversee the continued growth of the Versify imprint, for which a new imprint head will be hired. Graphic novels previously published under Etch will now be published and co-branded with Clarion under HarperAlley, HarperCollins Children's Books's imprint of graphic novels for kids and teens.

HMH Productions has been rebranded HarperCollins Productions and will include all children's IP for the company.

Ed Spade will become senior v-p, online sales, and will oversee digital sales and marketing, Internet retail sales and analytics, reporting to Josh Marwell, president of sales.

The HMH Books & Media sales structure and process will remain in place for customers through the end of the year, at which time they will switch to HarperCollins following an integration of HMH Books & Media and HarperCollins sales.

Members of the design, marketing, publicity, production/creative operations and other support departments will be integrated into the existing HarperCollins departments, but the company acknowledged that "some employees will be leaving HarperCollins."

Brian Murray, president and CEO of HarperCollins, said, "I want to thank everyone involved in this transition for their professionalism and support over the last few months. We wish all our departing colleagues the best in their new chapters."

He added, "We are excited to continue investing in the authors, illustrators, and publishing programs that have joined HarperCollins through our acquisition of the HMH Books & Media group and look forward to our future together."

New B&N Stores in Peoria, Ariz., & Ulster, N.Y.

The new Barnes & Noble in Peoria, Ariz., has opened, and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring children's author Dawn Young, the Peoria Times reported.

The store, with about 10,000 square feet of space, is in the Arrowhead Palms Shopping Centre. It replaces a B&N that had been in the nearby Arrowhead Towne Center for nearly 25 years but closed earlier this year after the landlord decided to redevelop the site for another tenant.

Of the 19 booksellers at the old store, 13 returned to the new location, manager Colene Huston told the newspaper. She praised the store's selection and said, "I feel like in this location you see [many] things working together. We've got places to sit, we've got tons of open areas for people to just kind of browse through and see what they love."

Because there already is a café nearby--the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf--the new B&N, unlike the previous Peoria store, does not have a café.


A new B&N store "continues to take shape at King's Mall in the town of Ulster, N.Y., the Daily Freeman reported. Earlier this year, B&N closed its location across the street, in the Ulster Crossing plaza. The new bookstore is scheduled to open this fall.

International Update: German Government Awards for Bookstores

As part of its Neustart Kultur (New Start Culture) economic stimulus program, the German government is offering bookstores 1,030 awards of between €8,000 (about $9,450) and €25,000 ($29,530). The awards are aimed at rewarding stores for being creative and "stimulating cultural life in Germany in difficult times," as the Börsenverein (the German book trade association) put it. Examples include creating a digital reading group, finding new ways to deliver books to customers, or "quite new creative ideas."

Altogether 900 bookstores will each receive an award of €8,000 for "special achievements"; 100 with "outstanding achievements" will receive €15,000 each; and 30 with "special achievements" will get €25,000.

The stores, which must have annual sales under €10 million ($11.8 million) to qualify, have until January 15 to apply. The awards must be applied to the stores' business operations.


Hugh Rookwood and Ayesha Clough of Red Barn Books

In the latest installment of BookNet Canada's 5 Questions series, Ayesha Clough of Red Barn Books, Carstairs, Alb., discussed the micro-press she launched to "publish books about horses, cowboys, and western heritage--stories that leave a hoofprint on readers' hearts." Among the q&a's highlights:

Describe the culture you'd like to foster among your colleagues and your readers?
We want kids to grow up with a strong Canadian identity, with pride in our western heritage, and with a deep connection to our land, history, and culture. We want to make cowboys cool again, and celebrate the old west from a modern standpoint. And we want to have fun, to help each other succeed, and to put something beautiful, lasting, and memorable into the world.

What topics would you like to see more often in the books you publish?
Diversity! Maybe it's because I'm a first-generation immigrant, but I love learning about the diverse history right here where I live. Take our Howdy Books, for example. That's a children's biography series about the people who shaped our province and made Alberta what it is today. We kicked off with Howdy, I'm John Ware about the legendary Black cowboy and pioneer rancher.... You don't have to look very hard to find these amazing stories. But we need to do a better job of telling them, so that children in western Canada, and indeed across the country, grow up knowing these amazing role models.

What do you wish you had known about publishing when you were starting out?
I wish I'd known how wonderful and supportive the publishing community is. I used to think literary types were quite snobbish and elitist. But everyone I've encountered through the Book Publishers Association of Alberta and the Association of Canadian Publishers have been so helpful and encouraging. As a rookie publisher, I'm feeling the love!


In Kingston, Jamaica, earlier this month, "when employees were released from work early to give them the opportunity to stock up on food supplies before the mandatory three-day lockdown, many of them instead rushed to bookstores to acquire items that are on their children's booklists," the Gleaner reported, noting that with online classes officially underway, "large crowds overwhelmed staff at bookshops in Half-Way Tree, with long lines of persons waiting to enter the stores before they closed."

A bookseller at Sangster's Bookstore said people are coming out, but are still hesitant as to whether textbooks should be purchased: "People are buying small amounts... it's mostly stationery than textbooks." She added that she has noticed Primary Exit Profile books being sold at a faster rate, as "parents are trying to get as much as they can" despite the uncertainties. 

Obituary Note: Michael Holdsworth

Michael Holdsworth

Academic publisher Michael Holdsworth, best known for his work at Cambridge University Press between 1983 and 2006, died September 9, the Bookseller reported. An announcement sent to press staff said Holdsworth's "relatively early death at the age of 73 will come as a sadness to many, but his legacy here will be long-lived." Staff remembered him for his love of ornithology, in which he took a scientific interest, attending the ballet and adventurous travel.  

Holdsworth, who also worked at Allen & Unwin during his career, was described by Cambridge University Press as "arguably the strongest publishing presence in the entire organization with a well-justified reputation as one of the most original, thoughtful and clear-sighted nonfiction book publishers in the world."

A tribute from the press noted that Holdsworth "also fought very strongly for the distinctive place and vital importance of the social sciences within Cambridge publishing.... By the late 1990s, Michael was becoming well aware of the challenges that were beginning to confront academic and educational publishers of all kinds, as the first rumblings of the digital revolution began to sweep the industry, and he grasped very quickly the absolute centrality of data and related workflows to all publishing operations: what had been a computer department of three people in 1983 became a fully-fledged international IT department, and the second part of Michael's Cambridge career, from 1997 until his departure in 2006, was dominated by operational and commercial questions, which he ultimately oversaw as managing director of Europe."

Colleagues added: "Michael Holdsworth was unquestionably a great and innovative academic publisher, and to this day there remain major aspects of the ways in which transatlantic academic book publishers do their business over which his shadow continues to fall. Michael was in some ways a rather a shy man but he was also an exemplary boss and colleague; always clear, straight and absolutely fair." 


Image of the Day: Colson Whitehead at Printers Row

On Sunday, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores supported Colson Whitehead's event at the Printers Row Lit Fest, presented by the American Writers Museum. Whitehead, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, signed, read from and discussed his new book, Harlem Shuffle (Doubleday).

Jennifer Lopez at the Lit. Bar to Support Latina-Owned Small Businesses

Noelle Santos and Jennifer Lopez

Announcing a new partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, singer, actress and producer Jennifer Lopez "made an appearance in New York City to support Latina small business owners in her hometown of the Bronx on Sunday," People magazine reported. 

Lopez visited indie bookstore the Lit. Bar, accompanied by Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Isabella Guzman, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They spoke with the Lit. Bar's founder, Noëlle Santos, and other Latina business owners about growing their businesses and how they have navigated the pandemic.

Lopez's new partnership with Goldman Sachs "will work to recruit more Latina entrepreneurs to 10,000 Small Businesses, a program that offers support and opportunities to help owners grow their companies and create new jobs," People wrote, adding that this is the first initiative under an upcoming philanthropy push called Limitless Labs.

Santos posted on Instagram: "No matter where we go we know where we came from... the COVID testing truck and into #thelitbar to kick off Latinx Heritage Month with a wepa. We had the honor of hosting @jlo on the block for an intimate roundtable presented by @goldmansachs, shining light and resources on Latina entrepreneurs. Special thanks to our neighbors @thirdavenuebid @beatstronyc @ceetay and @sbagov and everyone who supported all the logistics it took to make this happen."

Personnel Changes at Chronicle Books

At Chronicle Books, Olivia Butze has been hired as social media manager.

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Dan Savage, Gillian Tett on Real Time with Bill Maher

Good Morning America: Calvin Kasulke, author of Several People Are Typing: A Novel (Doubleday, $24, 9780385547222).

Today Show: Scott Conant, author of Peace, Love, and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes from a Chef's Home Kitchen (Abrams, $35, 9781419747366).

Live with Kelly and Ryan: Danny Seo, author of Naturally, Delicious Dinners (Gibbs Smith, $28, 9781423658269).

The Real repeat: Tamika D. Mallory, author of State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built (Atria/Black Privilege, $26, 9781982173463).

HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher: Dan Savage, author of Savage Love from A to Z: Advice on Sex and Relationships, Dating and Mating, Exes and Extras (Sasquatch Books, $19.95, 9781632173829).

Also on Real Time: Gillian Tett, author of Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life (Avid Reader Press/S&S, $30, 9781982140960).

This Weekend on Book TV: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, September 18
10 a.m. Philip D'Anieri, author of The Appalachian Trail: A Biography (‎Mariner, $26, 9780358171997). (Re-airs Saturday at 10 p.m.)

2 p.m. Michael Giorgione, author of Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat (Back Bay, $18.99, 9780316509596). (Re-airs Sunday at 2 a.m.)

2:40 p.m. Jeffrey E. Garten, author of Three Days at Camp David: How a Secret Meeting in 1971 Transformed the Global Economy (Harper, $29.99, 9780062887672). (Re-airs Sunday at 2:40 a.m.)

7:10 p.m. Joel Richard Paul, author of Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times (Riverhead, $34.99, 9781594488238). (Re-airs Sunday at 7:10 a.m.)

Sunday, September 19
8 a.m. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Not "A Nation of Immigrants": Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion (Beacon Press, $27.95, 9780807036297). (Re-airs Sunday at 8 p.m.)

9:10 a.m. John Tamny, author of When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason (Post Hill Press, $28, 9781642938371). (Re-airs Sunday at 9:10 p.m.)

10 a.m. Mark Sanford, author of Two Roads Diverged: A Second Chance for the Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, the Nation--and Ourselves (Vertel Publishing, $29.99, 9781641120272). (Re-airs Sunday at 10 p.m.)

2 p.m. Susan Ronald, author of The Ambassador: Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940 (St. Martin's Press, $29.99, 9781250238726). (Re-airs Monday at 2 a.m.)

3 p.m. Kate Moore, author of The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear (‎Sourcebooks, $27.99, 9781492696728). (Re-airs Monday at 3 a.m.)

4 p.m. Eyal Press, author of Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28, 9780374140182). (Re-airs Monday at 4 a.m.)

5:15 p.m. Byron McCauley and Jennifer Mooney, authors of Hope Interrupted: America Lost & Found in Letters (Orange Frazer Press, $22, 9781949248418). (Re-airs Monday at 5:15 a.m.)

6:15 p.m. Rebecca Donner, author of All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler (‎Little, Brown, $32, 9780316561693).

Books & Authors

National Book Award Longlists: Young People's Literature, Translated Literature

This week the National Book Foundation is releasing longlists for the 2021 National Book Awards. Finalists will be announced October 5, and winners named November 17 at the National Book Awards Ceremony. This year's longlisted titles in the Young People's Literature and Translated Literature categories are:

Young people's literature
Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo (Make Me a World/PRH)
The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor (Kokila/PRH)
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon (Candlewick Press)
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan)
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner)
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo (Norton Young Readers)

Translated literature
Waiting for the Waters to Rise by Maryse Condé, translated from the French by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin, translated from the French by Aneesa Abbas Higgins (Open Letter)
Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei, translated from the Chinese by Canaan Morse (New York Review Books)
The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer (Graywolf Press)
On the Origin of Species and Other Stories by Bo-Young Kim, translated from the Korean by Joungmin Lee Comfort and Sora Kim-Russell (Kaya Press)
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West (New York Review Books)
Rabbit Island: Stories by Elvira Navarro, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney (Two Lines Press)
An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky, translated from the German by Jackie Smith (New Directions)
In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated from the Russian by Sasha Dugdale (New Directions)
Planet of Clay by Samar Yazbek, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price (World Editions)

Attainment: New Titles Out Next Week

Selected new titles appearing next Tuesday, September 21:

Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781982182915) chronicles the tumultuous transition between the Trump and Biden presidencies.

The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen (‎Little, Brown, $28, 9780316276627) is a thriller about an Alabama lawyer taking on a corrupt judge.

Bewilderment: A Novel by Richard Powers (Norton, $27.95, 9780393881141) follows a widowed astrobiologist with a troubled son.

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illus. by Loren Long (Viking, $18.99, 9780593203224), is a picture book that brings readers on a lyrical, musical voyage.

It Doesn't Have to Be Awkward: Dealing with Relationships, Consent, and Other Hard-to-Talk-About Stuff by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Paulina Pinsky (Clarion Books, $19.99, 9780358396031) provides sex and relationship advice for teenagers.

In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters by Nancy Goldstone (Little, Brown, $32, 9780316449335) is a biography of Habsburg empress Maria Theresa and her three daughters.

Foodheim: A Culinary Adventure by Eric Wareheim and Emily Timberlake (‎Ten Speed Press, $35, 9781984858528) is a comedy actor's cookbook.

Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed (Little, Brown, $16.99, 9780316540469) features two siblings who must play a role in an ancient prophecy.

An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets (Mira, $16.99, 9780778332084).

Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways by Sarah Stein Greenberg (Ten Speed Press, $28, 9781984858160).

IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Feral Creatures: A Novel by Kira Jane Buxton (Grand Central, $28, 9781538735244). "Feral Creatures is dark, hilarious, and apocalyptic. It has all the same heart, tenderness, bizarre humor, and hilarity as Hollow Kingdom. This is a follow-up not to be missed!" --Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands, Tempe, Ariz.

We Are the Brennans: A Novel by Tracey Lange (Celadon Books, $26.99, 9781250796226). "Tracey Lange has created some truly memorable characters and a wonderfully moving experience in seeing this tight-knit family cope with conflicts, setbacks, and the disclosure of long-buried secrets." --John Lynn, The Kennett Bookhouse, Kennett Square, Pa.

The Talented Miss Farwell: A Novel by Emily Gray Tedrowe (Custom House, $16.99, 9780062897718). "Watch and wonder as the talented Miss Farwell keeps all the plates spinning in this totally absorbing study of obsession and deception." --Ellen Sandmeyer, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.

For Ages 4 to 8
Never, Not Ever! by Beatrice Alemagna (HarperCollins, $17.99, 9780063076495). "Pascaline doesn't want to go to school, but she goes, with her tiny parents tucked under her wing. School turns out to be pretty great. But it'd be better if she didn't have to take care of her tiny parents! Alemagna captures all of Pascaline's emotions in this delightful book." --Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, Mass.

For Ages 10+
Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli (Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780593306673). "A heartwarming story about living life, dealing with death--even if you're the one who's dead--and the impact you have on others' lives." --Melissa Fitzgerald, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, Kan.

For Teen Readers
Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99, 9781368039925). "This book is compulsively readable, an exquisite balance of self-aware 'heart and hustle' sports cliché balanced by the nuance of navigating sexuality and gender presentation in a gossipy small town." --Nora Tjossem, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]

Book Review

Review: The Field

The Field by Robert Seethaler (Anansi International, $17.99 paperback, 240p., 9781487010270, October 5, 2021)

Robert Seethaler's The Field gives concrete expression to the oft-spoken wish that the dead could talk. In a collection of brief reminiscences, he summons the voices of the inhabitants of the titular burial ground to offer a panoramic vista of life in the fictional small town of Paulstadt, through the memories that linger for some of these former residents after their earthly days have ended.

The land where these dead are buried, the oldest part of the town cemetery, "wasn't any use for grazing cattle, but it was good enough for the dead." Each day, an elderly man goes there to sit on a bench under a birch tree, "convinced that he could hear the dead talking," but somehow unable to "piece the fragments together so that they made sense." The Field's vignettes represent his imaginative re-creation of those cacophonous voices.

Seethaler's (The Tobacconist; A Whole Life) characters are, for the most part, a querulous lot, reflecting with regret, and often bitterness, on the fleeting moments of their lives. Martha Avenieu, one of three people killed in a spectacular accident, calls her miserable married life "nothing but a strange misunderstanding," while Nabil al-Bakri, who came to the town as a teenager, recounts the bigotry he faced as an immigrant, starting with a confrontation with the zealous and dangerous parish priest, Father Hoberg. Among the most memorable is Heiner Joseph Landmann, mayor of the town for 29 years, who confesses to a range of misdeeds, from bribery to fathering "probably a whole heap of illegitimate children as well," while cavalierly dismissing his wrongdoing and his fellow townspeople with the words: "I was one of you!"

But out of this contentious chorus occasionally emerge moments of beauty and tenderness. Mail carrier Heribert Kraus provides a stream-of-consciousness guided tour of his bicycle route through the town, pointing out how "houses exhale the remnants of the night. Shaken-out dreams lie in the grass below." Susan Tessler recalls her friendship with Henriette, a fellow cancer patient dying in the local sanatorium: "I remember my whole life as if through a veil of sadness," she reflects. "Sadness is all that's left. But perhaps it could be worse. For a long time I tried to tell myself that we don't die, we just leave this world. Death is just a word. But that's not true."

When it comes to life's end, "death holds the truth, but you're not allowed to tell it," cautions Annelie Lorbeer, the town's oldest resident, who lived to age 105. Until that changes, stimulating works like Seethaler's will have to fill the void. --Harvey Freedenberg, freelance reviewer

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