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November 15-30, 2003 Edition GENERAL NEWS JK Rowling Tops

List of Best Paid

British Authors

LONDON/11/7/03—According to the London Times, JK Rowling is the highest paid author in history, based on the number of words produced. Rowling’s income last year totaled £125m. Her books have sold more than 230 million copies worldwide.

The Sunday Times listed Rowling fifth among the UK’s top 500 best paid authors.

Rowling’s agent, Christopher Little, also appears on the list as number 37, with earnings of £18.75m. Mr. Little apparently queried 12 publishers before landing a sale to Bloomsbury for Rowling’s first book.

Authors Jackie Collins and Barbara Taylor Bradford both made the list with incomes of £10m and £6.45m respectively. Imprisoned politician Lord Archer earned £5.6m, the Times said. Others included crime writer Jack Higgins, with earnings of £2.8m, and Terry Pratchett, at £2m.

Among performing artists, Sir Paul McCartney ranked as the highest paid entertainer, earning £40m in the past year.

CAA to Open

New Branch

In New York

NEW YORK, NY/11/10/03—Creative Artists Agency of Beverly Hills, CA, has just leased 15,000 square feet of office space at 21st and Fifth Avenue in New York. The agency is attempting to rival the huge William Morris Agency.

George Lane, formerly with William Morris, is the likely manager of the new office, which will employ about 15 agents.

The William Morris Agency, by the way, is the largest and most diversified talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London and Miami Beach.

BOOKSELLING Miami Book

Fair Marks

Big Anniversary

MIAMI, FL/11/8/03—The eight-day Miami Book Fair got underway Saturday November 8, marking its 20th anniversary with appearances by 350 authors, 75 of whom are Hispanic. The event was expected to draw a half million visitors.

The Mission of Miami Book Fair International is to promote reading, encourage writing, and heighten an awareness of literacy and the literary arts in our multi-ethnic community.

First called Books by the Bay in 1984, the two-day street fair has evolved into the largest and finest book fair in America. Attendance grew steadily and, by the late 1990s, hundreds of thousands of book lovers were eagerly participating in the annual literary festival. Since then, the Fair has blossomed to encompass numerous special programs.

Among famous authors appearing at the Fair for their own “evening” are Toni Morrison in a conversation with Fran Lebowitz, Garrison Keillor of PRI’s Prairie Home Companion, Mitch Albom, sports columnist and syndicated host for ABC and WJR-AM in Detroit, Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Two of Miami’s favorite authors—funnyman Dave Barry and novelist Carl Hiaasen, and modern dancer Twyla Tharp.

AWARDS National Book

Foundation

Picks 20 Finalists

NEW YORK, NY/10/16/03—The National Book Foundation has announced 20 finalists for this year’s awards, from a list of 1030 submissions. Winners were to be announced in a ceremony November 19. At that time Stephen King will be presented with a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Finalists in fiction are T.C. Boyle, “Drop City,” Shirley Hazzard, “The Great Fire,” Edward P. Jones, “The Known World,” Scott Spencer, “A Ship Made of Paper” and Marianne Wiggins, “Evidence of Things Unseen.”

Nonfiction finalists are Anne Applebaum, “Gulag: A History,” George Howe Colt, “The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home,” John D’Emilio, “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin,” Carlos Eire, “Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy” and Erik Larson, “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America.”

Finalists in young adult literature are Paul Fleischman for “Breakout,” Polly Horvath, “The Canning Season,” Jim Murphy, “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,” Richard Peck, “The River Between Us” and Jacqueline Woodson, “Locomotion.”

Executive Director of the Foundation is Neil Baldwin.

PEOPLE Penthouse Founder and CEO Steps Down

NEW YORK, NY/11/7/03—Penthouse magazine founder and CEO Robert Guccione resigned the chief executive post after declining circulation figures forced the parent company, Penthouse International Inc., to put the magazine up for sale. But he will remain publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine. He also retains the title of CEO of General Media Inc., the unit that publishes Penthouse.

Guccione, age 72, founded Penthouse in 1965, and built a publication that rivaled other adult magazines such as Playboy and Hustler. The magazine audience has declined from about 5 million tot just 530,000 copies at the end of last year.

THE BOOK SENSE NATIONAL BESTSELLER LIST

Published Thursday, November 13, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, November 9, 2003).

Based on reporting from over 400 independent bookstores across America.

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New to the List this week:

A Ton of Great Debuts this Week—

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (HF #3, 1880418568) The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings by Amy Tan (HF #14, 0399150749) Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill (HN #15, 0385495536) The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004 by Ken Park (Ed.) (PN #5, 0886879108)- The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene (PN #15, 0375708111) Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman, John Lawrence (CI#9, 0375828192)

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HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95, 0385504209

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95, 0786868716

3. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla – Debut

Stephen King, Donald M. Grant/Scribner, $35, 1880418568

4. Shepherds Abiding

Jan Karon, Penguin, $24.95, 0670031208

5. Love

Toni Morrison, Knopf, $23.95, 0375409440

6. Blow Fly

Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95, 0399150897

7. Bleachers

John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95, 0385511612

8. The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 0395927218

9. Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre, Canongate, $23, 1841954608

10. Blood Canticle

Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95, 037541200X

11. The Time Traveler’s Wife

Audrey Niffenegger, MacAdam/Cage, $25, 1931561648

12. The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold, Little Brown, $21.95, 0316666343

13. Split Second

David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95, 0446530891

14. Quicksilver

Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $27.95, 0380977427

15. The Wedding

Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95, 0446532452

ON THE RISE:

17. Old School

Tobias Wolff, Knopf, $22, 0375401466

Can this really just be Wolff’s first novel? The award-winning author mulls over life and literature in a small New England prep school in the 60s.

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The South Beach Diet

Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95, 1579546463

2. Dude, Where’s My Country?

Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95, 0446532231

3. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95, 0525947647

4. A Royal Duty

Paul Burrell, Putnam, $25.95, 0399151729

5. Bushwhacked

Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95, 0375507523

6. The World According to Mr. Rogers

Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95, 1401301061

7. Flyboys

James Bradley, Little Brown, $25.95, 0316105848

8. The Purpose-Driven Life

Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99, 0310205719

9. The Ultimate Weight Solution

Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, Free Press, $26, 0743236742

10. Under the Banner of Heaven

Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26, 0385509510

11. The Great Unraveling

Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95, 0393058506

12. Every Second Counts

Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95, 0385508719

13. Who’s Looking Out for You?

Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95, 0767913795

14. The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings – Debut

Amy Tan, Putnam, $24.95, 0399150749

15. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter – Debut

Thomas Cahill, Nan A. Talese, $27.50, 0385495536

ON THE RISE:

24. Living to Tell the Tale

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Knopf, $26.95, 1400041341

A magnificent memoir – the first of three – from the magical South American writer.

TRADE PAPER FICTION

1. The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $14, 0142001740

2. Life of Pi

Yann Martel, Harvest, $14, 0156027321

3. #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400034779

4. Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $15, 0312422156

5. Three Junes

Julia Glass, Anchor, $14, 0385721420

6. The Last Girls

Lee Smith, Ballantine, $14.95, 0345464958

7. The Little Friend

Dona Tartt, Vintage, $14.95, 1400031699

8. The Virgin Blue

Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284449

9. The Piano Tuner

Daniel Philippe Mason, Vintage, $14, 1400030382

10. Bel Canto

Ann Patchett, Perennial, $13.95, 0060934417

11. Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee, Penguin, $13, 0140296409

12. The Human Stain

Philip Roth, Vintage, $14.95, 0375726349

13. Blue Shoe

Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $14, 1573223425

14. Golden Buddha

Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo, Berkley, $15, 0425191729

15. Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400031354

ON THE RISE:

18. Forever

Pete Hamill, Back Bay, $14.95, 0316735698

A 76 Pick in hardcover, now in paper. A history/love/story for New York City.

TRADE PAPER NONFICTION

1. Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 0767916069

2. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $15.95, 0449005615

3. Nickel and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich, Owl, $13, 0805063897

4. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Quill, $13.95, 0060081597

5. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004 – Debut

Ken Park (Ed.), World Almanac, $11.95, 0886879108

6. Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver, Perennial, $12.95, 0060504080

7. The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 1878424319

8. Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser, Perennial, $13.95, 0060938455

9. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller, Random House, $13.95, 0375758992

10. The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2004

Old Farmer’s Almanac (Ed.), Old Farmer’s Almanac, $5.95, 1571982973

11. Running With Scissors

Augusten Burroughs, Picador, $14, 031242227X

12. The Bitch in the House

Cathi Hanauer (Ed.), Perennial, $13.95, 0060936460

13. Bringing Down the House

Ben Mezrich, Free Press, $14, 0743249992

14. Longitudes and Attitudes

Thomas L. Friedman, Anchor Books/Doubleday, $14.95, 1400031257

15. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for

the Ultimate Theory – Debut

Brian Greene, Random House, $15.95, 0375708111

ON THE RISE:

31. Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds

Harold Bloom, Warner, $19.95, 0446691291

The prominent literary critic collects and examines one hundred historical literary geniuses.

MASS MARKET

1. Angels & Demons

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027360

2. Mystic River

Dennis Lehane, HarperTorch, $7.99, 0380731851

3. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $7.99, 006001203X

4. Deception Point

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027387

5. Q Is for Quarry

Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 0425192725

6. Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed

Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $7.99, 0425192733

7. Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., M. Evans, $4.95, 0871318156

8. The Janson Directive

Robert Ludlum, St. Martin’s, $7.99, 0312989385

9. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $7.99, 0345465083

10. Key of Light

Nora Roberts, Jove, $7.99, 051513628X

CHILDREN’S FICTION

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, $10.99, 0064410137

2. Eragon

Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $18.95, 0375826688

3. The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $6.99, 043942089X

4. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part

2: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers

Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $4.99, 0439376122

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99, 043935806X

6. Holes

Louis Sachar, Yearling, $6.50, 0440419468

7. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part

1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets

Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $4.99, 0439376106

8. Loamhedge

Brian Jacques, Philomel, $23.99, 0399237240

9. Inkheart

Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $19.95, 0439531640

10. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ann Brashares, Delacorte, $8.95, 0385730586

11. Thanksgiving on Thursday

Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $3.99, 0375806156

12. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket, HarperTrophy, $10.99, 0064407667

13. Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve

Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $11.95, 0375825215

14. The Tale of Despereaux

Kate Dicamillo, Timothy B. Ering (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 0763617229

15. Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $5.99, 0763616052

CHILDREN’S NONFICTION

1. Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy

Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $16.95, 0689852916

2. Dragonology

Ernest Drake, Helen Ward (Illus.), Douglas Carrel (Illus.), Candlewick,

$18.99, 0763623296

3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Robert Sabuda (Illus.), S&S, $24.95, 0689847432

4. Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), HarperCollins, $7.99, 0694003611

5. On Noah’s Ark

Jan Brett, Putnam, $16.99, 0399240284

6. Pat the Bunny

Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 0307120007

7. Tails

Matthew Van Fleet, Red Wagon, $12.95, 0152167730

8. Diary of a Worm

Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illus.), Joanna Cotler/ HarperCollins, $15.99,

006000150X

9. Lyra’s Oxford – Debut

Philip Pullman, John Lawrence (Illus.), Knopf, $10.95, 0375828192

10. Walter the Farting Dog

William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Audrey Colman (Illus.), Frog, $15.95,

1583940537

11. The English Roses

Madonna, Penguin, $19.95, 0670036781

12. Brundibar

Tony Kushner, Maurice Sendak, Hyperion, $19.95, 0786809043

13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle, Putnam, $9.99, 0399226907

14. Babar’s Museum of Art

Laurent Brunhoff, Abrams, $16.95, 0810945975

15. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95, 0805047905

May We Recommend

Hardcover

POPULAR MUSIC FROM VITTULA, by Mikael Niemi, Laurie Thompson (Trans.) (Seven Stories Pr., $21.95, 1583225234) “Popular Music From Vittula is bound to become a classic of cold-weather literature. Jack London with the imagination of a Borges might have produced a work so wise and witty in weather so unpleasant, but, probably, only Mikael Niemi, with his intrepid translator, Laurie Thompson, could have made so much art out of so much ice. It’s like the invention of ice cream.” — Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA

CHUCK CLOSE PRINTS: Process and Collaboration, by Terrie Sultan (Princeton Univ. Pr., $35, 069111577X) “Combining interviews, essays, and prints, Sultan provides an unprecedented look at Close and the creative process behind his extraordinary art.” — Ann Ellenbecker, Powell’s Bookstore, Beaverton, OR

Paperback

THE GERMAN MONEY, by Lev Raphael (Leapfrog Pr., $14.95, 096795200X) “When his mother suddenly dies, Paul is shocked and bewildered to find she has left him the entire amount of “the German money,” the money paid by the German government as reparations to his mother, a survivor of the Holocaust. Whether or not Paul can come to terms with his mother’s legacy depends on whether he can unravel a past that holds him prisoner.” — Nicki Leone, Bristol Books, Inc., Wilmington, NC

For kids, ages 9 – 12

IMAGINE A NIGHT, by Sarah L. Thomson; Rob Gonsalves (Illus.) (Atheneum, $16.95, 0689852185) “Stretch your imagination with these clever paintings, which are totally off-the-wall and gorgeous! Imagine a train roaring into your house to take you away, think of a fiddler playing to a field of daisies with faces the paintings by Ron Gonsalves are a joy to imagine!” — Sue Carita, The Toadstool Bookshop, Milford, NH

THE JACKET, by Andrew Clements (Aladdin, $4.99, 0689860102) “This is an excellent book to get middle-schoolers thinking about racism and the subtle ways it affects our thinking. After accusing a black student at his school of stealing a jacket, a fifth-grader realizes he is prejudiced and decides to do something about it. Andrew Clements has again succeeded in creating strong characters kids can relate to while exploring an important issue.” — Philip Schweiger, Children’s Corner Bookshop, Spokane, WA