Category Archives: book clubs

The PW Morning Report: Monday, Jan. 3, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 3rd, 2011

Happy New Year!

A Kindle Book Lending Club: Now that Kindle users can lend their e-books, a club has formed on Facebook connecting strangers who want to borrow each others’ books.

A Look At the Future: The Millions runs down the big books of 2011.

And Another Look at 2011′s Big Books: This one’s from the Guardian.

Google Newsstand: The WSJ reports on Google’s efforts to drum up support for its own digital newsstand to compete with Apple.

Year of the Tablet, Take 2: This will be the year of the tablet, really, reports the NYT.

Check Out Indonesia’s First E-Bookstore: From the Jakarta Globe.

Can Berkley Score Another Book Club Hit?

Lynn Andriani -- December 17th, 2010

Berkley is on something of a book club roll. In January 2008 it released the paperback reprint of Kate Jacobs’s The Friday Night Knitting Club, with a 200,000-copy initial print run. A successful marketing and publicity campaign led to paperback sales of more than a million copies. And now the publisher is hoping to repeat that success with another women’s fiction title, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake.

Putnam/Amy Einhorn published Postmistress in February 2010. The novel weaves together the stories of three very different women loosely tied to each other, and moves back and forth between small town America and war-torn Europe in 1940. PW’s review praised its “deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime.”

Like Einhorn’s long-running bestseller The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Postmistress hit the New York Times bestseller list when it came out in hardcover, though it only stayed on the list four weeks (Help has been on 89 weeks as of December 26, and Berkley has no plans to release a paperback, with the hardcover doing so well). Berkley’s paperback sales force thinks the trade paper version of Postmistress has serious potential, though. The book is set to drop February 1, 2011. Like Knitting Club, the first printing is over 200,000 copies, and a Berkley spokesperson said the house “expects to double that within a few months.”

Blake has published one previous novel, Grange House, with Picador in 2000. She’ll go on a month-long national tour to promote Postmistress in February to Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle, among other cities. Berkley also says it’s lining up print, TV, and radio coverage for the book, and Nantucket’s One Book One Island has already selected the book for its 2011 program.

We’ll wait to see if Berkley can ring twice with this one.

The PW Morning Report: Monday, Oct. 4, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- October 4th, 2010

Really, Rain Rain, go away…

Sorry, Franzen: So says Harper UK, issuing an official apology for publishing an error-ridden edition of Freedom. From the Telegraph.

‘Twilight’ Cover Hand Model Wants Recognition: “She even carries around a Gala apple in her purse at times so she can recreate the pose for people.” From the New York Post.

Books in Germany: The Millions looks around the German book world just before Frankfurt, and sees a lot of American books.

A Comic Collection Donated: The AP talks to a college professor who donated his lifelong comic collection–12 boxes worth–to a scholarly library.  It may have been the hardest thing he ever had to do.

Franzen’s Rumpus Interview: We promise the Franzen news will stop before the decade ends (wait, isn’t the decade just beginning?), but there is the interview the Rumpus book club conducted with Mr. Franzen.

Rowling Talks to Oprah: J.K. Rowling talked to Oprah on Friday about things like the fact that she credits her mother’s death as an inspiration for Harry Potter. From ABC Newsnet5.

Oprah Picks ‘Freedom’

Craig Morgan Teicher -- September 16th, 2010

Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom will be the next Oprah’s Book Club pick, according to the AP, which got its info from three booksellers who have asked to remain unnamed–Oprah doesn’t officially announce the pick until Friday.

Here’s more from the story:

Winfrey’s decision tells a story she loves well, redemption, and cites a book that itself redeems a troubled Minnesota-based family. Released in late August, “Freedom” was virtually canonized by critics before publication and has been topping best-seller lists even without Oprah’s approval.

Apparently she has forgiven Franzen, who lost the Oprah seal on The Corrections after making some less-than-happy remarks about his inclusion in the Club for that book.  And, surely, FSG will forgive Franzen, too–they must not have been too happy to lose all those sales last time.  Freedom just keeps getting bigger and bigger…