December 1-15, 2003 Edition GENERAL NEWS The New Yorker
to Promote Books
New York, NY/11/24/03To promote book buying and reading this holiday season, The New Yorker has created a new public service advertising campaign to run in the magazine, it was announced today by David Carey, vice president and publisher of The New Yorker.
The ads are titled, “Have you booked your Holiday?,” and will begin to run in the December 1, 2003, issue of the magazine (on sale November 24, 2003).
“The book publishing industry is one of the most important elements of The New Yorker’s success and we feel a close relationship with publishers and booksellers alike,” said Mr. Carey. “Given how book-focused our readers are, we felt that giving them a smart, fun reminder of how books are the ideal holiday gift, would be our way of supporting the publishing industry during the all-important holiday season.”
“The publishing community has nothing but applause, standing ovation, in fact for The New Yorker’s wonderful book buying campaign,” said Robert Miller, president of Hyperion and chairman of the trade executive committee of the American Association of Publishers.
Designed by The New Yorker’s promotion department, in conjunction with the Association of American Publishers, the ads feature cartoons by New Yorker contributors Danny Shanahan and Mort Gerberg. The campaign will run throughout the holiday season.
New Columbia Director
to Focus on Academics
CHICAGO, IL/11/2103James D. (Jim) Jordon, the newly named publishing director of Columbia University Press will focus less on trade titles and more on the academic side, according to an item in Publishers Weekly.
Former director Bill Strachan reportedly left Columbia because trustees wanted him to shift the publishing focus away from trade.
Successor Jordan, who takes over in mid-January, said the press will “re-think the program.” He indicated that while Columbia would publish fewer trade titles, it would remain engaged in relevant cultural topics, which possibly might include scholarly books on such subjects as global politics.
Jordan formerly served at Norton for more than 21 years, and since 1998 has been director of the Johns Hopkins University Press.
BOOKSELLING Powell’s Bookstore
Employees Walk Out
PORTLAND, ORE/11/22/03More than 300 unionized workers at seven Powell’s Bookstores staged a one-day strike in early November to protest delays in contract negotiations. A second strike was set for November 28.
Powell’s union contract, which covers all but about 20 per cent of the 494 employees, expired on October 1. Store managers have been staffing facilities during the dispute.
Workers are seeking annual wage increases of 7 percent, 6 percent and 6 percent respectively over the next three years. The next round of negotiations was scheduled on November 25.
Powell’s management is offering 3 percent annual increases each year for the three year period. Workers also want greater health insurance coverage despite the fact that Powell’s has covered increase company rate increases totaling 82 percent in the past three years. .The bookseller is asking employees to pay a 10 percent co-pay on preferred provider visits and a $75 one-time deductible for dental coverage.
The union has filed several complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, charging that Powell’s has unfairly targeted union managers for excessive supervision and has restricted the use of company e-mail for union activities.
Powell’s says the charges are without merit, but the Labor Relations Board has not yet handed down a decision.
PEOPLE Milner Leaves Weidenfeld, Returns to Pan Macmillan
LONDON/11/24/04After serving for more than two years as publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicholson, Richard Milner is returning to Pan Macmillan as publisher of nonfiction for the Macmillan, Pan and Entertainment imprints.
Barry Named President of DK
NEW YORK, NY/11/24/03Dorling Kindersley has named Bill Barry as president after nearly a year without a head executive for its largest marketplace in the U.S.
Barry, formerly president and COO of Hungry Minds, will report to London-based Andrew Welham, managing director of DK worldwide operations. Executives in the New York office who will be reporting to Barry include Chuck Lang, senior v-p and publisher; Therese Burke, senior sales and marketing vice president, and Dorothy Regan, CFO.
Barry has been away from publishing since Hungry Minds sold to John Wiley in September 2001. Earlier in his career he was a senior executive at Random House and Bantam Doubleday Dell.
Editor Jackson Moves from St.Martin’s to Rodale
NEW YORK, NY/11/24/03Heather Jackson, longtime editor at St. Martin’s Press Rodale has moved to Rodale, where she will be executive editor of the Women’s Health Books Group.
Pierce Leaves Editorship of Children’s BOMC
NEW YORK, NY/11/20/03Shelley Pierce, editor-in-chief of Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club is departing the company at the end of November because of “philosophical differences.” Brigitte Weeks, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month-Club will serve as acting head until a replacement is named. Weeks also will manage BookPlanet, the new book club for older children which was launched earlier this year.
Ron Insana to Write Column for USA Today
MCLEAN, VA/12/1/03—Ron Insana, anchor of CNBC’s “Street Signs, will write a monthly column for USA TODAY titled Talking Business with Ron Insana.
Insanas first column appears today and will be published in the USA TODAY Money section on the first Monday of every month. The columns, written in question-and-answer format, detail Insana’s interviews with CEOs of major corporations.
Todays column features Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. In the interview, Immelt reveals the tough lessons he has learned since replacing Jack Welch as CEO – a job he calls the “best business job in the world.” He discusses GE’s new approach to compensation, and why it puts 70% of his pay at risk. Immelt also addresses the prospects for economic growth in 2004, where G.E. and other companies are hiring as well as China’s stunning emergence as a global economic powerhouse and what that portends for U.S. companies.
The addition of Ron Insana to the Money section helps us expand on our goal of serving readers by increasing coverage of management and c-suite topics, said Karen Jurgensen, editor of USA TODAY. It also allows us to deliver to readers high-impact coverage of heavy hitters in the business world.
The new Executive Suite news features directly address advertiser needs by creating content aimed at the highly-desirable c-suite or top business executive, said Jacki Kelley, senior vice president of advertising for USA TODAY.
Talking Business with Ron Insana is one of several changes to the USA TODAY Money section as it realigns coverage to create more reader value and develop more opportunities for advertisers to reach an affluent, educated audience.
Insanas columns appear as part of the Money sections new Executive Suite, a rotation of news features focused on the people who run Americas corporations, from the Fortune 100 to enterprising entrepreneurs. On consecutive Mondays, the following news features will appear in USA TODAY: The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (HF #3, 0316602906) Talking Business with Ron Insana will appear the first Monday of each month beginning today. Todays Entrepreneur profiles the chief of an up-and-coming and highly innovative small business on the second Monday. The December 8 column is about Peter Veldman of Tire Rack. Advice from the Top features a leading CEO or executive who shares his or her expertise with management reporter Del Jones the third Monday of the month. Featured on December 15 will be Anne Mulcahy, CEO of Xerox, who talks about turning around a troubled company. Todays CEO Profiles will feature on the fourth Monday of each month prominent CEOs in human-interest stories written by USA TODAY reporters. The December 22 column will look at David Dorman, CEO of AT&T.
Beginning on December 8th, Street Signs airs on CNBC Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
Insana joined CNBC in the 1991 merger with the Financial News Network. He is a regular contributor to NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Imus in the Morning” and other programs on sister network MSNBC, when market activity warrants.
Insana began his career in 1984 as an FNN production assistant, rising to managing editor and chief of FNN’s Los Angeles bureau at the time the two networks combined. While at FNN, he was nominated for a Golden ACE Award for his role in covering the 1987 stock market crash. Trend Watching: How to Avoid Wall Street’s Next Fads, Manias and Bubbles, his third book, was published by Harpers Business in November, 2002. His first book, “Traders’ Tales” (John Wiley), a compendium of anecdotes about Wall Street Life, was published in 1996. His second book, “The Message of the Markets,” was published by Harpers Business in October 2000. Most recently, Insana garnered an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush to discuss the global economy and the war on terrorism.
Insana was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award as part of NBCs coverage of 9/11, and in 1999, Insana was named one of the top 100 business news journalists of the century by TJFR Group.
Insana graduated with honors from California State University at Northridge.
About USA TODAY
USA TODAY is the nation’s top-selling newspaper. It is published via satellite at 36 locations in the USA and at four sites abroad. With a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million, USA TODAY is available worldwide. USA TODAY is published by Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI).
THE BOOK SENSE NATIONAL BESTSELLER LIST
Published Thursday, November 26, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, November 23, 2003.)
Based on reporting from over 400 independent bookstores across America.
New to the List this week:
A Ton of Great Debuts this Week
The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (HF #3, 0316602906) The Murder Room by P.D. James (HF #5, 1400041414) The Hornet’s Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War by Jimmy Carter (HF #7, 0743255429) Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson by Gore Vidal (HN #13, 0300101716) Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham (HN #15, 0375505008) Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller (PN #12, 0761128182)
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 Big Bad Wolf – Debut
James Patterson, Little Brown, $27.95, 0316602906
4. Shepherds Abiding
Jan Karon, Penguin, $24.95, 0670031208
5. The Murder Room – Debut
P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95, 1400041414
6. Wolves of the Calla
Stephen King, Donald M. Grant/Scribner, $35, 1880418568
7. The Hornet’s Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War – Debut
Jimmy Carter, S&S, $27, 0743255429
John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95, 0385511612
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $23.95, 0375409440
10. Blow Fly
Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95, 0399150897
11. The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24, 0395927218
12. Skipping Christmas
John Grisham, Doubleday, $14.95, 0385508417
13. The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger, MacAdam/Cage, $25, 1931561648
14. Vernon God Little
DBC Pierre, Canongate, $23, 1841954608
15. Old School
Tobias Wolff, Knopf, $22, 0375401466
ON THE RISE:
Robert Harris, Random House, $24.95, 0679428895
We know how it ends, but what of the hours before the top blows? Historical suspense, fast and exciting from a writer (Fatherland, Enigma) who has the genre down.
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. The World According to Mr. Rogers
Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95, 1401301061
James Bradley, Little Brown, $25.95, 0316105848
Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95, 0375507523
7. The Purpose-Driven Life
Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99, 0310205719
8. Under the Banner of Heaven
Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26, 0385509510
9. Living to Tell the Tale
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Knopf, $26.95, 1400041341
10. A Royal Duty
Paul Burrell, Putnam, $25.95, 0399151729
11. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
Thomas Cahill, Nan A. Talese, $27.50, 0385495536
12. The Great Unraveling
Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95, 0393058506
13. Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson – Debut
Gore Vidal, Yale, $22, 0300101716
14. Every Second Counts
Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95, 0385508719
15. Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship – Debut
Jon Meacham, Random House, $29.95, 0375505008
ON THE RISE:
39. From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy
Nellie Connally, Mickey Herskowitz, Rugged Land, $24.95, 1590710142
A memoir from Governor Connally’s wife, the closest living eyewitness to the Kennedy assassination, forty years after the event.
TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION
1. The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $14, 0142001740
2. Life of Pi
Yann Martel, Harvest, $14, 0156027321
Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $15, 0312422156
4. #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400034779
5. Master and Commander
Patrick O’Brian, Norton, $13.95, 0393325172
6. Three Junes
Julia Glass, Anchor, $14, 0385721420
7. The Piano Tuner
Daniel Philippe Mason, Vintage, $14, 1400030382
8. The Last Girls
Lee Smith, Ballantine, $14.95, 0345464958
9. The Little Friend
Dona Tartt, Vintage, $14.95, 1400031699
10. Bel Canto
Ann Patchett, Perennial, $13.95, 0060934417
11. The Virgin Blue
Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284449
J.M. Coetzee, Penguin, $13, 0140296409
13. The Human Stain
Philip Roth, Vintage, $14.95, 0375726349
14. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14, 0452284937
15. Tears of the Giraffe
Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95, 1400031354
ON THE RISE:
38. Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath
Kate Moses, Anchor/Doubleday, $13, 1400035007
An achingly devastating, but beautiful, fictional recreation of the last months of the famed poet’s life.
TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION
1. The World Almanac and Book of Facts
Ken Park (Ed.), World Almanac, $11.95, 0886879108
2. Nickel and Dimed
Barbara Ehrenreich, Owl, $13, 0805063897
Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $15.95, 0449005615
4. Small Wonder
Barbara Kingsolver, Perennial, $12.95, 0060504080
5. The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2004
Old Farmer’s Almanac (Ed.), Old Farmer’s Almanac, $5.95, 1571982973
6. Under the Tuscan Sun
Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15, 0767916069
7. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
Alexandra Fuller, Random House, $13.95, 0375758992
8. Fast Food Nation
Eric Schlosser, Perennial, $13.95, 0060938455
9. Book Lust
Nancy Pearl, Sasquatch, $16.95, 1570613818
10. Bringing Down the House
Ben Mezrich, Free Press, $14, 0743249992
11. The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 1878424319
12. Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook – Debut
Debbie Stoller, Workman, $13.95, 0761128182
13. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution
Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Quill, $13.95, 0060081597
14. Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom, Broadway, $12.95, 076790592X
15. The Bitch in the House
Cathi Hanauer (Ed.), Perennial, $13.95, 0060936460
ON THE RISE:
32. Howard Dean: A Citizen’s Guide to the Man Who Would Be President
Dirk Van Susteren (Ed.), Steerforth, $12.95, 1586420755
Nice overview of the former Vermont Governor and Presidential aspirant.
1. Angels & Demons
Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027360
2. Mystic River
Dennis Lehane, HarperTorch, $7.99, 0380731851
3. Deception Point
Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99, 0671027387
Michael Crichton, Avon, $7.99, 0061015725
5. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution
Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $7.99, 006001203X
6. Visions of Sugar Plums
Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $6.99, 0312986343
7. Q Is for Quarry
Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99, 0425192725
8. Reversible Errors
Scott Turow, Warner, $7.99, 0446612626
Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $7.99, 0345465083
10. Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter
Robert C. Atkins, M.D., M. Evans, $4.95, 0871318156
ON THE RISE:
22. Tricky Business
Dave Barry, Berkley, $7.99, 0425192741
A comedic (relief) crime novel from the wonderful humorist Barry.
Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $18.95, 0375826688
2. A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope
Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, $10.99, 0064410137
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99, 043935806X
4. The Thief Lord
Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $6.99, 043942089X
Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $19.95, 0439531640
6. 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
Louis Sachar, Yearling, $6.50, 0440419468
8. The Tale of Despereaux
Kate Dicamillo, Timothy B. Ering (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 0763617229
9. Thanksgiving on Thursday
Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $3.99, 0375806156
10. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning
Lemony Snicket, HarperTrophy, $10.99, 0064407667
11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $7.99, 0439136369
12. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Ann Brashares, Delacorte, $8.95, 0385730586
13. Because of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, $5.99, 0763616052
14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $8.99, 0439139600
Brian Jacques, Philomel, $23.99, 0399237240
1. Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy
Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $16.95, 0689852916
2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, Robert Sabuda (Illus.), S&S, $25.95, 0689847432
Ernest Drake, Helen Ward (Illus.), Douglas Carrel (Illus.), Candlewick,
Matthew Van Fleet, Red Wagon, $12.95, 0152167730
5. Diary of a Worm
Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illus.), Joanna Cotler/ HarperCollins, $15.99,
6. The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $8.99, 039480001X
Tony Kushner, Maurice Sendak, Hyperion, $19.95, 0786809043
8. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), HarperCollins, $7.99, 0694003611
9. On Noah’s Ark
Jan Brett, Putnam, $16.99, 0399240284
10. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 0307120007
11. Stranger in the Woods
Carl R. Sams II, Jean Stoick, Carl R. Sams, $19.95, 0967174805
12. Mr. Peabody’s Apples
Madonna, Loren Long (Illus.), Callaway, $19.95, 0670058831
13. How I Became a Pirate
Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illus.), Harcourt, $16, 0152018484
14. The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95, 0395389496
15. Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton “Last Chance” Dog Pound
Berkeley Breathed, Little Brown, $18.95, 0316713597
ON THE RISE:
23. The Day the Babies Crawled Away
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $16.99, 039923196X
An aptly titled and appealing new story book from the Caldecott winner.
May We Recommend
MY LIFE AS A FAKE, by Peter Carey (Knopf, $25, 0375414983) “Two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey spins another magnificent story filled with characters that you can neither love nor hate but can’t stop reading about! Most of the book is set in Malaysia and features an editor’s journey to discover the truth about her past and the mysterious work that will influence her future. At turns brutal and astonishing, but also poignanta classic Carey work!”Stephanie Good, Canterbury Booksellers, Madison, WI Also a Recorded Books Audio (1402556004, Unabridged Cassette)
GELLHORN: A Twentieth Century Life, by Caroline Moorehead (Holt, $27.50, 0805065539) “Gellhorn was one of the most fascinating journalists of the 20th century, and her biography was long overdue. She was on the front of many conflicts beginning with the Spanish Civil War on, and her stormy marriage to Ernest Hemingway is the stuff of legend.”Joe Murphy, Olsson’s Books & Records, Washington, DC
OTHER FISH IN THE SEA, by Lisa Kusel (Hyperion, $13, 0786888024) “This is a great original debut. The central character of Elly is uniquely portrayed through interconnected short stories that span time and geography to illuminate her desire to find true love.”Jamie Jacobson, Book World, West Caldwell, NJ
Children, Little and Big
CATALYST, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking, $17.99, 0670035661) Teens. “I inhaled this in one sitting. High school senior Kate Malone, daughter of the local minister, keeps her motherless family together and deals with the struggles of one of her classmates. This is a touching look at how important it is not to judge someone by what his or her life looks like on the outside.”Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, My Sisters’ Words, Syracuse, NY Also a Listening Library Audio (0807209392)
THE RANGE ETERNAL, by Louise Erdrich; illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Hyperion, $15.99, 0786802200) “This is Erdrich’s lyrical, touching tribute to the heart of her childhood home: an old-fashioned, woodburning cookstove which the family took for granted until it was gone. A great book to share on the cold winter nights to come.”Barb Bassett, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN