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From Kubrick’s Napoleon to Spielberg’s other
alien movie, Simon Braund, author of The
Greatest Movies You’ll Never See (Octopus
Books), on the 10 best movies that were
Inside Delacorte’s plans to mark the golden
anniversary of Harriet the Spy’s debut with a
special 50th anniversary edition.
Cooking the Books
The big cookbooks of spring 2014.
To the observer, it would appear that titles have been spending
less time on the frontlist bestseller lists in recent years. But which
of today’s titles have the kind of staying power needed to remain
on the list until 2064? Could the Hunger Games or the Divergent
trilogy become the next Lord of the Flies Or will The Goldfinch be
our generation’s Catcher in the Rye Of course, it’s impossible to
know, but a look through the year’s bestselling backlist titles so far
shows there are plenty of books with staying power—four of the 10
top-selling backlist titles were published more than 50 years ago,
and the top 25 is studded with classics (did you know S&S’s trade
paper edition of Fahrenheit 451 has sold over 17,000 copies so
far in 2014?). Here are the year’s top 10 selling backlist* fiction
Bestseller Stat Shot
Alan Paul discusses his new book,
One Way Out: The Inside History of
the Allman Brothers Band (St.
Martin’s). Plus, PW reviews editor
Rose Fox shares some exciting new
Regency romance novels.
Why is it okay that some editors are
expected to work for free?
How the Flying Pig bookstore won back some
local business that it had lost to Amazon.
Beyond Her Book
A report from the Southwest Florida
Romance Writers Conference.
More to come
A conversation with Paul Gravett, the London
journalist who has built a career writing about
and promoting comics and graphic novels.
Travel guru Rick Steves talks about building
his Europe Through the Back Door series,
from its first self-published volume in 1980
to this year’s releases.
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese talks
about the real economics of self-publishing.
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Simon Schama covers 2,500
years of Jewish history in
The Story of the Jews (
HarperCollins)—and that’s just
the first volume. We talk to
him about where he began,
and the unlikely turns his scholarship took.
Are publishing seasons irrelevant? Join us
on Feb. 26 to find out. We’re hosting a panel
discussion with PW co-editorial director
Jim Milliot and executives from PGW and
Common Core 101:
Understanding the Basics
On Feb. 27, PW’s Cut to the Core contributing editors Margaux DelGuidice and Rose
Luna will inform and educate librarians on
the basics needed to implement the Common Core standards in their classrooms and
libraries. It will also assist librarians with
Common Core book selection, the collection
development process, and assessments.
SOURCE: NIELSEN BOOKSCAN
1 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Grand Central 44,381
2 Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James Vintage 41,452
3 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Scribner 40,240
4 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Crown 32,680
5 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Little, Brown 30,593
6 Memory’s Embrace Linda Lael Miller Pocket 29,493
7 Fifty Shades Darker E.L. James Vintage 26,193
8 Dark Places Gillian Flynn Three Rivers 25,789
9 Fifty Shades Freed E.L. James Vintage 24,651
10 1984 George Orwell Signet 21,532
*backlist, in this case, includes books that
have been on sale for longer than one year.
Rank Title Author Publisher YTDunit sales
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