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January 1-15, 2004 Edition GENERAL NEWS Paramount Names

Film Production

Chief As President

LOS ANGELES, CA/12/21/03—Donald De Line will become president of Paramount Pictures, effective January 5. The appointment gives new hope to the struggling Viacom-owned studio, which has ranked seventh in box office shares amount the major studios.

De Line, a former Disney production chief, has been a producer at Paramount for five years, developing the top-grossing movie, The Italian Job for Paramount this past year.

He succeeds John Goldwyn as vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group and president Paramount Pictures, and will report to Sherry Lansing, chairman of the studio.

De Line will oversee acquisition of literary properties, development, budgeting and production of all of the company’s forthcoming properties.

Before joining Paramount, De Line served as president of Disney’s Touchstone Pictures.


National Endowment

for the Arts Names

42 Literature Fellows

12/16/03—The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 42 literature fellowships for fiction and nonfiction writers for 2004. The awards total $840,000.

The recipients, who each will receive $20,000, were selected from a record-breaking 1422 applicants.

Literature Fellowships are the Arts Endowment’s most direct investment in American creativity, encouraging the production of new work and allowing writers the time and means to write.


Lynton Named Chairman of Sony Entertainment

12/12/03—Michael Lynton has been named chairman of Son Pictures Entertainment. He headed the Penguin Publishing Group from 1996 to 1999, and previously managed Disney Publishing and Hollywood Pictures. His most recent post was as chief executive of AOL Europe.

Yaged Named VP at Miramax

12/18/03—Jon Yaged has been named vice president of business and legal affairs at Miramax Books. He will be charged with developing new growth strategies for the division and with negotiating corporate acquisitions.


The Book Sense National Bestseller List Published Wednesday, December 24, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, December 21, 2003.) Based on reporting from over 450 independent bookstores across America. Note: The list below includes ISBNs. To download a Word version, please click here:


Debuts this Week—

The Early Stories: 1953-1975, by John Updike (HF #15, 1400040728) Cold Mountain , by Charles Frazier (PF #4, 1400077826) The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (PN #11, 0618343997) The King of Torts, by John Grisham (MM #2, 0440241537) The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin , by Peter Sis (CI #14, 03744562830)



The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95, 0385504209 . The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95, 0786868716 The Murder Room P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 1400041414 Bleachers John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95, 0385511612 Shepherds Abiding Jan Karon, Penguin, $24.95, 0670031208 The Hornet’s Nest Jimmy Carter, S&S, $27, 0743255429 Skipping Christmas John Grisham, Doubleday, $14.95, 0385508417 The Big Bad Wolf James Patterson, Little Brown, $27.95, 0316602906 The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 0395927218 Wolves of the Calla Stephen King, Donald M. Grant/Scribner, $35, 1880418568 Trojan Odyssey Clive Cussler, Putnam, $27.95, 0399150803 Pompei Robert Harris, Random House, $24.95, 0679428895 Old School Tobias Wolff, Knopf, $22, 0375401466 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger, MacAdam/Cage, $25, 1931561648 The Early Stories: 1953-1975 – Debut John Updike, Knopf, $35, 1400040728

ON THE RISE: 27. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes, Ecco, $29.95, 0060188707 A fresh and enlightening translation of one of the world’s greatest and most loved classics.


Dude, Where’s My Country? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95, 0446532231 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95, 0525947647 The World According to Mr. Rogers Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95, 1401301061 Flyboys James Bradley, Little Brown, $25.95, 0316105848 Who’s Looking Out for You? Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95, 0767913795 Bushwhacked Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95, 0375507523 Franklin and Winston Jon Meacham, Random House, $29.95, 0375505008 Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26, 0385509510 The South Beach Diet Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95, 1579546463 Living to Tell the Tale Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Knopf, $26.95, 1400041341 The Purpose-Driven Life Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99, 0310205719 Schott’s Original Miscellany Ben Schott, Bloomsbury, $14.95, 1582343497 Benjamin Franklin Walter Isaacson, S&S, $30, 0684807610 Every Second Counts Lance Armstrong, Broadway, $24.95, 0385508719 Sea of Glory Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, $27.95, 067003231X

ON THE RISE: 34. 101 Salivations: For the Love of Dogs Rachael Hale, Bulfinch, $19.95, 0821228579 Doggy portraiture done right — what’s not to love?


The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $14, 0142001740 Life of Pi Yann Martel, Harvest, $14, 0156027321 #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400034779 Cold Mountain – Debut Charles Frazier, Vintage, $14.95, 1400077826 Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $15, 0312422156 Master and Commander Patrick O’Brian, Norton, $13.95, 0393325172 Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284937 Three Junes Julia Glass, Anchor, $14, 0385721420 The Piano Tuner Daniel Philippe Mason, Vintage, $14, 1400030382 Bel Canto Ann Patchett, Perennial, $13.95, 0060934417 The Lord of the Rings – Debut J.R.R. Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin, $20, 0618343997 The Last Girls Lee Smith, Ballantine, $14.95, 0345464958 Good Poems Garrison Keillor (Ed.), Penguin, $15, 0142003441 The Virgin Blue Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284449 Tears of the Giraffe Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400031354

ON THE RISE: 36. House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus, III, Vintage, $14, 0375727345 Another paperback beneficiary of the holiday movie madness based on wonderful fiction.


The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004 Ken Park (Ed.), World Almanac, $11.95, 0886879108 Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling Ross King, Penguin, $15, 0142003697 Seabiscuit Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $15.95, 0449005615 Holidays on Ice David Sedaris, Back Bay, $8.95, 0316779237 The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2004 Old Farmer’s Almanac (Ed.), Old Farmer’s Almanac, $5.95, 1571982973 Small Wonder Barbara Kingsolver, Perennial, $12.95, 0060504080 Stitch ‘n Bitch Debbie Stoller, Workman, $13.95, 0761128182 Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom, Broadway, $12.95, 076790592X Bringing Down the House Ben Mezrich, Free Press, $14, 0743249992 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Patricia Schultz, Workman, $18.95, 0761104844 The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 1878424319 The Onion Ad Nauseam: Complete News Archives, Volume 14 Robert Siegel, Onion Staff (Eds.), Three Rivers, $17.95, 140004961X The Darwin Awards Wendy Northcutt, Plume, $10, 0452283442 Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook Dawn J. Ranck, Good Books, $16.95, 1561483397 Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 0767916069

ON THE RISE: 33. Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire, Free Press, $14, 0743246411 A Yale historian’s vibrant and lyrical recollection of his 1950s childhood in Havana.


1. Angels & Demons Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027360 2. The King of Torts – Debut John Grisham, Dell, $7.99, 0440241537 3. Deception Point Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027387 4. Prey Michael Crichton, Avon, $7.99, 0061015725 5. Hornet Flight Ken Follett, Signet, $7.99, 0451210743 6. Mystic River Dennis Lehane, HarperTorch, $7.99, 0380731851 7. Seabiscuit Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $7.99, 0345465083 8. Official Scrabble Players Dictionary Merriam-Webster (Eds.), Merriam-Webster, $6.50, 0877799156 9. Visions of Sugar Plums Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $6.99, 0312986343 10. Crossroads of Twilight Robert Jordan, Tor, $7.99, 0812571339


Eragon Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $18.95, 0375826688 A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, $10.99, 0064410137 Inkheart Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $19.95, 0439531640 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99, 043935806X The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $6.99, 043942089X A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, $10.99, 0064407667 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares, Delacorte, $8.95, 0385730586 The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $17.99, 0763617229 The Amulet of Samarkand Jonathan Stroud, Hyperion, $17.95, 078681859X Holes Louis Sachar, Yearling, $6.50, 0440419468 Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $5.99, 0763616052 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $6.99, 059035342X Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer, Hyperion, $6.99, 0786817070 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $7.99, 0439136369 Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2 Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $4.99, 0439376122

ON THE RISE: 33. Alanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce, Random, $5.50, 0679801146 Veteran fantasy author Pierce has created a lively, tomboyish heroine in this first of the Song of the Lioness series.


The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95, 0395389496 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, Robert Sabuda (Illus.), S&S, $24.95, 0689847432 Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $16.95, 0689852916 Tails Matthew Van Fleet, Red Wagon, $12.95, 0152167730 Stranger in the Woods Carl R. Sams II, Jean Stoick, Carl R. Sams II Photography, $19.95, 0967174805 Walter the Farting Dog William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Audrey Colman (Illus.), Frog, $15.95, 1583940537 How I Became a Pirate Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illus.), Harcourt, $16, 0152018484 Diary of a Worm Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illus.), Joanna Cotler/ HarperCollins, $15.99, 006000150X Flawed Dogs Berkeley Breathed, Little Brown, $18.95, 0316713597 The English Roses Madonna, Jeffrey Fulvimari (Illus.), Penguin, $19.95, 0670036781 Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), HarperCollins, $7.99, 0694003611 The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 039480001X On Noah’s Ark Jan Brett, Putnam, $16.99, 0399240284 The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin – Debut Peter Sis, FSG, $18, 0374456283 The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up Robert Sabuda, S&S, $24.95, 0689838999

May We Recommend—New Reading for the Season Hardcover

OPAL: A Life of Enchantment, Mystery, and Madness, by Katherine Beck (Viking, $24.95, 0670031453) “This is the story of Opal Whiteley, a self-created Northwest mystic who claimed her childhood diaries of life in a Cottage Grove, Oregon, logging camp were written at age six. She then used the publication to climb the social circles, becoming a sort of Kato Kaelin houseguest of the 1920s. A fascinating biography.”—Tammy Domike, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA

CONFESSIONS OF A DEATHMAIDEN, by Ruth Francisco (Mysterious, $23.95, 0892967730) “The most original female protagonist since Thomas Perry’s Jane Whitfield is Frances Oliver, and she captured my attention immediately and swept me into a most suspenseful and satisfying book.”—Sally Brewster, Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC Paperback

DOGA: Yoga for Dogs, by Jennifer Brilliant and William Berloni (Chronicle, $14.95, 0811841677) “One of the funniest books out. Haven’t you ever noticed that all dogs practice yoga? The proof is right here! The authors are kind enough to include diagrams for the human equivalents so pet-lovers can join their dogs in these ancient postures.”—Lisa Wright, Oblong Books & Music, Millerton, NY Children

MARTIN MACGREGOR’S SNOWMAN, by Lisa Broadie Cook, Adam McCauley (Illus.) (Walker & Co., $16.95, 0802788580) “All year, Martin MacGregor has been waiting for winter so he can build his snowmen. But when the snow won’t come, what is a ‘creative’ boy to do? Martin’s interesting snow solutions will keep readers laughing until spring!”—Nikki Mutch, UConn Co-op, Storrs, CT

JOHN DENVER’S SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS, Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon (Dawn, $19.95, 1584690488) “Each page is brimming over with warmth and the dazzling brightness of a summer’s day; there’s enough sun to cure even the toughest case of winter doldrums. An included audio CD is a great bonus, making this the perfect gift.”—Deborah Woolsey, Dragonwings Bookstore, Waupaca, WI