Mulholland Books is pleased to announce that The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith will be published on June 24.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
Hachette Audio is proud to report twenty-two nominations for its productions were named this morning when The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced finalists for its 2014 Audie Awards® competition. The Audies, sponsored by the APA, is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in outstanding audiobooks and spoken word
Among the productions honored today are audiobooks based on materials running the gamut of Hachette Book Group’s imprints, including fiction and nonfiction titles from Little, Brown & Co, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Little, Brown for Young Readers, and Orbit. A Hachette Audio Original is also a nominee; PETE SEEGER: THE STORM KING is a collection of stories and poems beautifully told by the late activist and songwriter, set to compositions by producer Jeff Haynes and musicians from a variety of traditions.
Before that Nicholas Sparks novel reached your nightstand it traveled from New York-based Hachette Book Group’s distribution center in Lebanon.
“We shipped over 120 million books last year,” said Gerry Cummings, senior vice president of distribution at Hachette Book Group. The center serves as HBG’s sole distributor, shipping the company’s many trade publications and titles from bestselling authors like James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Sparks.
To keep up with demand for all of HBG’s titles from its 20 publishers, such as Business Plus and Forever Yours, and to distribute page turners for a growing number of outside publishers — 16 and counting — HBG announced in December that it plans to invest $6.1 million to expand its distribution facility by 218,000 square feet, along with adding 10 jobs.
Stephen Colbert’s AMERICA AGAIN won the GRAMMY for Spoken Word at a pre-telecast ceremony hosted by iconic singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater yesterday.
AMERICA AGAIN: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t won the award in a competitive category that included audiobooks by David Sedaris, Pete Seeger, Carol Burnett, and Billy Crystal. This victory marks the second GRAMMY win and third nomination for Colbert. AMERICA AGAIN was the satirical television pundit’s second Spoken Word Album GRAMMY nomination (after 2008’s I Am America (And So Can You!)); his A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! won a GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album in 2010.
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has announced that it will expand its distribution center in Lebanon, Indiana. The facility is HBG’s primary warehouse and distribution center for North America. When completed, the expanded facility will be approximately 1.5 million square feet, in two buildings. Construction is scheduled to begin in March and will increase the facility by an additional 218,000 square feet. It is also expected to add 10 new full time jobs.
Hachette Audio is proud to celebrate three newly announced GRAMMY Nominees in the Best Spoken Word Album category: AMERICA AGAIN by Stephen Colbert; LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS by David Sedaris; and THE STORM KING by Pete Seeger. Anthony Goff, Hachette Audio VP, reports: “Hachette Audio has had the great fortune to have produced seven GRAMMY-winning audiobooks since 1994; these fantastic new honors bring our total to twenty-three nominations over the past two decades.”
Humorists dominate the Spoken Word field this year, with Stephen Colbert’s AMERICA AGAIN: Rebecoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t as the satirical television pundit’s second Spoken Word Album GRAMMY nomination (after 2008’s I Am America (And So Can You!)); his A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! won a GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album in 2010.
Bestselling author David Sedaris has previously been nominated for three GRAMMY awards, in both the Spoken Word category (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, 2005; When You Are Engulfed in Flames, 2009) and for Best Comedy Album (Live at Carnegie Hall, 2005). His most recent speaking tour featured 40 sold-out events all over the US (including two sold out nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall), where he read material from new work in addition to passages from LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS.
THE STORM KING presents legendary folk artist and activist Pete Seeger’s captivating narratives in new recordings—all set to music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Native American Music, and Jazz, “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before,” says Seeger.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks’s Novel Learning Series (NLS) has won a Family Choice Award for Frankenstein, Dear John, and A Bend in the Road, Grand Central Publishing announced today. The Family Choice Awards recognize the best in children’s and parenting products. Now in its 18th year, The Family Choice Awards is one of the most coveted, family-friendly consumer award programs in the nation.
The Novel Learning Series was launched in 2012 with four of Sparks’s books—The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song, and Three Weeks with My Brother—and was expanded this past summer with three more titles for teenage readers. The three new titles were Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Sparks’s own Dear John and A Bend in the Road, all Family Choice Award-winners.
All seven books in the Novel Learning Series include the full text of the novel or memoir along with study guides after every few chapters, and “question and explanation” sections, essay prompts and sample essays for students’ enrichment and understanding.
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown will publish the unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story of Willie Nelson’s life. World rights for the book were acquired by executive editor John Parsley in a deal by David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Publication is currently slated for summer 2015.
A beloved American icon, Willie Nelson and his music are embedded in the hearts and minds of fans the world over, winning ten Grammys, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. Nelson’s life story is rich and ripe for the telling. Having recently turned eighty, Nelson is ready to open up about all aspects of his life. He starts at the beginning, revealing a tough little kid abandoned by his parents, and moves through his failures at various jobs, his early days as the self-starting proprietor of Willie Nelson Presents, his struggles in 1960s Nashville, and then on to the profound success he has had as one of America’s all-time most beloved singer-songwriters. And, in between, he shares stories he hasn’t told involving a fascinating cast of characters, including Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and many more. Though Willie Nelson has published several books, none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.
“Willie Nelson is an extraordinary musician and man, and it is a deep thrill to announce Little, Brown’s publication of his definitive autobiography,” said John Parsley. “One of the most eagerly anticipated books by any performer alive, Willie’s book will be authentic to the core and bursting with the stories, insight, and wild wit of this true American icon.”
Business Plus, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new book by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Senior Vice President Jonathan Rosenberg. James Levine of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency brokered the world rights deal with GCP and Business Plus Executive Editor John Brodie.
In No Adult Supervision Required: How To Build Successful 21st Century Companies, Schmidt and Rosenberg will distill their years of working in the high-tech industry into a practical and fun-to-read guide for executives and entrepreneurs who want to thrive in a business landscape where the old rules of management no longer apply. Each chapter will contain how-to advice illustrated by inside stories from the authors’ years at Google, Sun Microsystems and Apple covering topics such as growth, corporate culture, talent, decision-making, innovation, communication and dealing with disruptions.
Of the acquisition, Brodie said, “The business world is rapidly changing, and who better to write the new playbook than Eric and Jonathan, two super-smart Silicon Valley icons who have been working alongside co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as they have built Google into the innovative and inspiring company that it is today.”
Hachette Book Group has partnered with our sister company, Hachette UK, in a new ebook distribution arrangement that will significantly expand our presence in English language markets worldwide.
Under this arrangement, authors who have granted world or world English language rights of their books to HBG will have ebooks in English available for sale worldwide. Ebooks will go on sale immediately in the UK, Europe, Australia, India and Africa (through HUK’s ebook retail partners) and in South America, the Caribbean, and Asia in the coming weeks (through HBG’s ebook retail partners).
Advantages of this new arrangement include selling ebooks in local currency and with local market knowledge. In addition, HBG's ebooks will be available for promotion and inclusion in retailers' marketing programs in HUK's territories. Authors will receive full ebook royalties on these sales.
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today that Malala Yousafzai will share her remarkable story with young readers ages ten and up in a book titled I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Cowritten with two-time National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick, I Am Malala will be simultaneously released in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook on August 5, 2014. The acquisition for world rights was made by Megan Tingley with Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and Amanda Urban at ICM. I Am Malala will be edited by Farrin Jacobs, Editorial Director, and Elizabeth Bewley, Senior Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The book will be published in the UK by Orion Children’s Books, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, and in France by Hachette Jeunesse, an imprint of Hachette Livre
In October 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range because she had the temerity to campaign for girls’ education. She survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world. Overnight, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and education for all. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way. The United Nations declared July 12, 2013—Malala’s 16th birthday—“Malala Day” in honor of her heroic stand to ensure universal education.
Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is honored to announce the acquisition of Where Do We Go from Here? by Representative Paul Ryan. Editorial Director Sean Desmond acquired world rights from Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly LLP.
Where Do We Go from Here? will delve into the state of the conservative movement in America today, how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and what needs to be done to save the American Idea. It will challenge conventional thinking, renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond, and show how it is essential for the well-being of our communities and the future of our nation.
The book will be published in August 2014 and will be released in hardcover, eBook, and simultaneously as an audiobook by Hachette Audio. The contract will be submitted to the House Ethics Committee for approval. Consistent with House rules, Representative Ryan will not receive an advance from the publisher, but will receive royalties from sales.
Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new cookbooks by acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author and television personality Mario Batali. Karen Murgolo, VP, Editorial Director of Grand Central Life & Style acquired world rights at auction from Tony Gardner of Gardner Literary.
The first cookbook will be written by Batali and Washington Post writer Jim Webster, and will look at farmers and their top products in 12 American states across the country – from Maine to Seattle – and will include 70 recipes that utilize these local ingredients. Publication will be in the Fall of 2014.
The second cookbook will be Batali’s definitive look at American regional cuisine. Featuring over 250 recipes of Batali’s interpretations of the best dishes America has to offer, the cookbook will emphasize the inexpensive and the deceptively simple, celebrating the treasures of state fairs, the dishes of local rotary clubs and regional classics such as the BBQ styles of Texas, the Smokeys and the Carolinas and the seafood soups of Boston and New Hampshire, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific Northwest. Batali’s approach to regional American cuisine will reflect the same excitement and passion as his interpretations of Italian and Spanish traditional and regional cuisine. Publication will be in the Fall of 2015.