HBG in the News

#1 NYT Bestselling Author Jamie McGuire Signs Three-Book Deal with Forever

New York, NY - August 9, 2017

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group has acquired the world rights from Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency to a new trilogy by Jamie McGuire, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling BEAUTIFUL and MADDOX BROTHERS romance series.  At GCP, Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director for Forever, acquired world rights and will edit the series.  

In North America, the CRASH AND BURN series will be published as simultaneous trade paperback, e-book, and audio editions with the first book releasing in Fall 2018.  A mass-market edition will follow in 2019.   

The CRASH AND BURN trilogy follows the Alpine Hotshots, a diverse group of elite wildfire firefighters who work in the most remote mountains of the U.S., pushed beyond their limits, unafraid to die if not for losing those they love.  

Aug. 9, 2017

Weinstein Books to Publish Three New Books by Morning Joe Co-Host and NYT Bestselling Author Mika Brzezinski

NEW YORK, NY – July 20, 2017

Weinstein Books, in partnership with Hachette Book Group, is thrilled to announce a three-book publishing deal with New York Times bestselling author and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski. World rights were acquired by Amanda Murray, Editorial Director of Weinstein Books.

A revised and expanded edition of Brzezinski’s New York Times bestselling title Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth will release in Spring 2018. The book features advice from such major female voices as Sheryl Sandberg, Elizabeth Warren, Valerie Jarrett, Joy Behar and many others, and will be updated throughout with new statistics, fresh interviews, and thoughtful commentary about the importance of knowing your value in personal relationships. The book inspired Know Your Value, a digital media platform and conference event series dedicated to empowering high-potential women to get the most out of their professional and personal lives. Know Your Value comes to NYC for a full-day event on October 30th.

 

July 21, 2017

Chef and Actor David Burtka's LIFE IS A PARTY Acquired by Grand Central Life & Style

New York, NY—July 13, 2017  

Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is excited to announce the acquisition of a debut entertaining  and cookbook—LIFE IS A PARTY—by chef and actor David Burtka. Grand Central Life & Style’s Karen Murgolo, VP Editorial Director, and Morgan Hedden, Assistant Editor, acquired world rights from Laura Nolan of Aevitas. The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2019.  

Chef, caterer, and award-winning Broadway and TV actor David Burtka believes that a great party is all about great food and warm hospitality. In his debut book, LIFE IS A PARTY, David will share all of his insider knowledge to help readers create amazing and unforgettable parties and gatherings no matter what the occasion. Each chapter, divided by season, will feature delicious and easy to prepare recipes based on comfort food favorites with a fun and inspired twist – from barbecued ribs and funnel cakes to caviar and chive cream puffs and butter-roasted lobster tails. David will suggest endless ways to mix and match these dishes to suit every entertaining possibility, while offering simple-to-stunning decorating tips, countdown to party techniques, and delegating tactics to make every party a success. LIFE IS A PARTY will be the go-to book for entertaining at every level with ease and grace. 

July 13, 2017

Hachette Books to Publish Donna Brazile's HACKS: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House

July 11, 2017, NEW YORK


Mauro DiPreta, publisher of Hachette Books, announced today the acquisition of HACKS: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, a no-holds barred look at the 2016 Presidential election from former DNC chair and legendary Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile, in a deal for world rights with Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, partners at Javelin, the D.C.-based literary, media and creative agency. Senior Editor Paul Whitlatch acquired and will edit the book, which Hachette Books will publish on November 7, 2017, on the one-year anniversary of the 2016 election. Packed with never-before-reported revelations, HACKS is the first book to take readers inside the inner workings of the 2016 election from one of its central figures. 

July 12, 2017

Grand Central Publishing Acquires Book About The Award-Winning, Blockbuster Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN

New York, NY—July 11, 2017

Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, and the publishers of Hamilton: The Revolution, is excited to announce the acquisition of DEAR EVAN HANSEN: Through the Window – a behind-the-scenes look into the multi-award-winning hit musical by the Tony Award winning creative team of Steven Levenson (Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Tony Award for Best Score).  Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, the book will be published on November 21, 2017 in hardcover and ebook. The book will be produced by Melcher Media, creators of other successful Broadway books such as Hamilton: The Revolution, Wicked: The Grimmerie and Rent.

 

July 11, 2017

Da Capo Press to Publish How to American by Silicon Valley Actor/Comedian Jimmy O. Yang

In his first book, How to American, Yang shares his always hilarious and often poignant stories of assimilating into American culture, learning American customs by watching BET RapCity, and figuring out how to date girls who were six inches taller than him—all while dodging his parents’ unrelenting attempts to get him to be a studious, model Asian son. He also writes about his burgeoning acting career, the choices he made, and the compromises he refused to make.  Chapters include “How to Thuglife” (what Yang learned about America by watching three hours of rap videos a day) and “How to Hollywood” (making the most of the roles given to him as an Asian-American actor).

 

July 6, 2017

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and the Gotham Group Partner to Develop Entertainment Properties for Book, Film, and Television Formats

Partnership Reflects Commercial Strength of Multi-Platform Storytellers and Launches in Spring 2018 with Phantom Wheel

(New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA)—Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a leading trade publisher of children’s books, and The Gotham Group, a leading film production and talent management company, have entered into an agreement to collaboratively develop original IP properties with strong book, film, and entertainment potential, it was announced today by Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group; and Eddie Gamarra, Co-Head of The Gotham Group literary department. 

The partnership launches in Spring 2018 with the paperback publication of Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs, a fast-paced young adult thriller. The editorial direction of the publishing program will be overseen by Kara Sargent, Editor-in-Chief of Licensing and IP at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Goldsmith-Vein and Gamarra will spearhead The Gotham’s Group’s pursuit of film and television opportunities.   

This unique collaboration combines Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ prowess in publishing bestselling children’s and YA books with The Gotham Group’s reputation for great taste in material,  its impressive talent roster and its development and production slate. The partners will conceive, develop, publish, and produce content across a wide array of traditional and evolving entertainment media. 

 

June 16, 2017

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Announces Winner of the First "Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award"

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 16, 2017)—Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announces Jin Xiaojing as the winner of the first Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award. This initiative seeks promising new talent and encourages the development of high-quality picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The program will provide Xiaojing with a valuable day of mentorship by acclaimed illustrator Jerry Pinkney and children’s book professionals, and a monetary prize.

June 16, 2017

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION Named Audiobook of the Year!

Audiobooks by Michael Connelly, Cressida Cowell, James Pattersonalso honored at 2017 Audie Awards 

New York, NY – June 2, 2017   Hachette Audio is proud to announce that four of its audiobooks were named Audie winners by the Audio Publishers Association at the annual gala awards ceremony last night. Hachette Audio had sixteen finalists this year, ranging fourteen diverse categories – including those as varied as Original Work, Romance, Humor, Young Adult, and Fantasy. Hamilton: The Revolution, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter - and read by the authors with Mariska Hargitay - won the highest designation of Audiobook of the Year. Competition in this category included titles by Amy Schumer, Carly Simon, Colson Whitehead, and Shonda Rhimes. 

James Patterson’s Cross Justice, read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jefferson Mays, was named the best Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the past year. Best Mystery audiobook went to Michael Connelly’s The Crossing, read by Titus Welliver (who also plays the eponymous detective in the television series Bosch).

Cressida Cowell’s How to Fight a Dragon's Fury was awarded Best Middle Grade listen, adding to the honors this final title in the How To Train Your Dragon series has claimed, which include a Parents’ Choice Gold award and a nod from the National Parenting Product Awards.

"It's gratifying to see our brilliant and creative audio program once again recognized for cross-category excellence, with winners in both children's and adult genres, fiction and nonfiction. Congratulations to all involved in bringing our Audies finalists and winners to listeners, and especially to our new Audiobook of the Year, Hamilton: The Revolution,” said Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group.

June 2, 2017

Crime Writers Association Dagger Award nominees are announced

Congratulations to the following Little, Brown and Company authors for being longlisted for a Crime Writers Assocation Dagger Award: 

  • Gold Dagger Award: Michael Farris Smith for DESPERATION ROAD
  • Ian Flemming Steel Dagger: Megan Abbott for YOU WILL KNOW ME and Frederico Axat for KILL THE NEXT ONE
  • Short Story Dagger Award: James Sallis for "What You Were Fighting For" in THE HIGHWAY KIND
  • Endeavour Historical Dagger: Denise Mina for THE LONG DROP

The full list of nominees is here

May 22, 2017

Nominees for the 2017 Anthony Award have been announced

The 2017 Anthony Award nominees have been announced, including the following Little, Brown and Company and Mulholland authors: YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott (for Best Novel), RED RIGHT HAND by Chris Holm (for Best Novel), and IQ by Joe Ide (for Best First Novel).

The 2017 Bouchercon organizers announce the Anthony Award Nominations. The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees.  The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. The winner in each category will be announced immediately following the Sunday Brunch on October 15 in Toronto.

May 17, 2017

Finalists announced for 2017 Locus Awards

The 2017 Locus Award Finalists have been announced and seven Orbit titles are on the list:

  • Best Science Fiction Novel: TAKE BACK THE SKY, Greg Bear (Orbit US; Orbit UK) 
  • Best Science Fiction Novel: BABYLON'S ASHES, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Best Fantasy Novel: THE OBELISK GATE, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Best Fantasy Novel: THE NIGHTMARE STACKS, Charles Stross (Orbit UK)
  • Best Horror Novel: FELLSIDE, M.R. Carey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Best Young Adult Book: REVENGER, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Orbit US 2017)
  • Best Collection: SHARP ENDS, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)

The full list of nominees is here. Winners will be announced at the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, Washington, June 23-25.

May 12, 2017

Karen Kosztolnyik joins Grand Central Publishing as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief

New York, NY—May 11, 2017

Ben Sevier, Senior Vice President and Publisher, Grand Central Publishing (GCP), announced today that Karen Kosztolnyik will return to GCP as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief.

 

As Editor-in-Chief for GCP’s hardcover line, Kosztolnyik will lead the group’s acquiring editors in both fiction and nonfiction and will be responsible for implementing GCP’s editorial vision across the list. Reporting to Kosztolnyik will be editors Millicent Bennett, Maddie Caldwell, Wes Miller, Suzanne O’Neill, Lindsey Rose, and Gretchen Young, along with their support teams. Kosztolnyik will acquire and edit books for GCP in her areas of interest, most prominently in commercial and literary fiction.

 

May 11, 2017

Bill Clinton and James Patterson Collaborate on a Novel

New York, NY, May 8, 2017 — President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson are working together on a novel, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING, which will be published jointly by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company in June 2018. The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group. Mehta and Pietsch acquired world rights to the book including Canada – but excluding the UK and Commonwealth where it will be published by Century (Century also has European rights for the English language edition) – from Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING will offer readers a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by insider details that only a President can know. “Working on a book about a sitting President – drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works –has been a lot of fun,” said Clinton. “And working with Jim has been terrific. I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”

 

May 9, 2017

2017 Sami Rohr Prize in Fiction Winner Announced

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey (Little, Brown and Company) is the winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize in Fiction - the annual award recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience. It is intended to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest.  Each year, the prize of $100,000 aims to reward an emerging writer whose work has demonstrated a fresh vision and evidence of further growth.  Recipients must have written a book of literary merit that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern.  Fiction and non-fiction books are considered in alternate years.

May 4, 2017

Three Hachette Authors Nominated for the 2016 Strand Critic Awards

Little, Brown and Company authors Michael Connelly (The Wrong Side of Goodbye) and Megan Abbott (You Will Know Me) have been nominated for the 2016 Strand Critics Award Best Novel, and Mulholland Books's author Joe Ide has been nominated for the 2016 Strand Critics Award Best Debut Novel. 

Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists from news venues such as the Associated Press, NPR, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and several other daily papers. The awards will be presented at an invitation-only cocktail party in New York City, hosted by the Strand on July 12, 2017.

April 28, 2017

Little, Brown to Publish the Definitive Visual Biography of the Obama Presidency by Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza

New York, NY, April 25, 2017—Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today the acquisition of OBAMA: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs, by Pete Souza, chief official White House photographer during the Obama presidency. This essential book will contain more than 300 of Souza’s iconic images spanning the eight years of President Obama’s time in office, including many of Souza’s personal favorites. The photographs will be paired with Souza’s stories and captions providing behind-the-scenes context for each, and will offer insight into the special relationship Souza and the president forged during their time together. Michael Szczerban, Executive Editor at Little, Brown and Company, acquired North American rights. Pete Souza was represented in the negotiation by David Black, of the David Black Agency, and the book is slated for publication in November 2017. 

 

April 25, 2017

Gretchen Carlson to Write Book on Harassment and Empowerment

 

New York, New York – April 24, 2017Center Street Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish a book entitled BE FIERCE: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by acclaimed television journalist Gretchen Carlson on the subject of sexual harassment and empowerment.  When Carlson, a former Fox News Channel host, decided to speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace, it led to a new calling: empowering women to reclaim their power against injustice and abuse.

April 24, 2017

Winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Announced

Two Little, Brown and Company authors were among the winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

Wesley Lowrey's They Can't Kill Us All won the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Fiction. A Times review said his book read like an “anatomy of a national uprising in the wake of extraordinary black pain — a forced reconciliation with an already deep distrust of the police by black America and a justice system that is meant to protect and serve us all.”

Adam Haslett’s novel Imagine Me Gone was honored in the fiction category, telling the story of what happens when a woman must decide between marrying a man she discovers suffers from depression or leaving him — and how far someone will go to save a family member. “Imagine Me Gone” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

April 24, 2017

Four HBG Titles Finalists for the Southern Book Prize

Four HBG titles are finalists for the Southern Book Prize:

  • Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters (Mulholland Books) in the Thriller Category
  • Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard (Little, Brown and Company) in Cooking
  • Truevine by Beth Macy (Little, Brown and Company) in Creative Nonfiction
  • The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stuart (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) in the Juvenile Category

Formerly known as the SIBA Book Award, the Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories–including seven different fiction and three nonfiction categories. Finalists were chosen by Southern independent booksellers from the long list ballot. The finalist titles will be sent to juried panels of booksellers, who will then decide on the winners in each category. Winners will be announced on July 4.

April 20, 2017

Grand Central Publishing Acquires First Book by Comic Writer-Performer Rachel Bloom

New York, NY - April 13, 2017   Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition of an as-yet untitled book by acclaimed comedian, actress, writer and singer Rachel Bloom. Suzanne O’Neill, VP, Executive Editor at GCP acquired world rights from co-agents Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment and Marc Gerald of United Talent Agency (UTA). The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in hardcover print, e-book and audio editions in the Spring of 2019.

April 13, 2017

Little, Brown's Ayad Akhtar and Luis Alberto Urrea win Academy of Arts and Letters Award

New York, April 6, 2017 – The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 19 writers who will receive the 2017 awards in literature, which will be presented in New York City at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Little, Brown and Company's Ayad Aktar and Luis Alberto Urrea are among eight writers to be honored with a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Literature for exceptional accomplishment in literature in any genre. The other winners include Paul Beatty, Chris Bachelder, Kathleen Graber, Jennifer Haigh, Dominique Morisseau, and Richard Sieburth.

The literature prizes, totaling $265,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.  The Academy’s 250 members propose candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners.  This year’s award committee members were John Guare (chairman), Thomas McGuane, Anne Tyler, Rosanna Warren, and Joy Williams.

Work by the winners will be featured in the 2017 Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, which will be on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace from May 18 to June 11.

 

April 6, 2017

Nation Books Acquires New Book by CNN's Tanzina Vega

NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2017) - Nation Books has acquired rights to publish the upcoming book by CNN correspondent Tanzina Vega, UPPITY: Women, Race and Class in America. Alessandra Bastagli, editorial director of Nation Books, acquired world rights from Amy and Peter Bernstein at the Bernstein Literary Agency.

April 3, 2017

Gary Younge Named Winner of the 2017 J. Anthony Lucas Prize Project Award

Gary Younge, editor-at-large for the Guardian and an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, has won for ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books), which tells the stories of the lives of childrens and teens lost during a single day to gun violence. The judges called it "An...intimate, affecting and urgent portrait of ten young lives ended due to gun violence during a period of 24 hours in cities across America. Younge’s masterful reporting indelibly illustrates the, as Younge puts it, “collateral damage” of gun deaths happening every day “in a society where these deaths are uniquely possible and that has a political culture apparently uniquely incapable of creating a world in which they might be prevented.”

The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize recognizes superb examples of nonfiction writing that exemplify the literary grace, the commitment to serious research, and the social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award's namesake, J. Anthony Lukas. Judges: Charlie Conrad (chair), Nina Burleigh, Richard Joyce. 

 

 

March 29, 2017

Hachette Book Group and Novel Effect Launch Interactive Children's Picture Book Soundtracks

 

March 13, 2017 (SEATTLE, Washington) – Storytime App Novel Effect (www.novel-effect.com) and Hachette Book Group (www.hachettebookgroup.com) have announced a pilot program to create immersive read-aloud experiences for select children’s books from HBG’s Little, Brown Books for Young Readers division. Interactive soundtracks, including custom theme music and sound effects, will be produced for these titles and distributed within the Novel Effect App, which is currently available free for iOS users. The initial launch will include four titles from bestselling LBYR authors, on March 13, and will be expanded through 2017.

March 15, 2017

Wattpad Audiobook Partnership to Launch Summer 2017

March 14, 2017 (New York, NY) - In a new partnership, global multiplatform entertainment company Wattpad has teamed up with leading publisher Hachette Book Group to bring Wattpad stories to life as audiobooks. Over the next year, Hachette Audio will produce 50 audiobooks based on Wattpad stories written by people from all over the world. Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad will be available beginning summer 2017.

March 15, 2017