The Grind - December 28, 2015

the grindHey y'all!It's been a few months since I've been able to throw together this type of post, but winter break has given me a lot of time to read the news. I've spent most of break either bedridden with illness or working at the Oxford Exchange. Speaking of, our January teen book club pick at Oxford Exchange isSpeaking of, our January teen book club pick at Oxford Exchange is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan! I wrote a glowing review of this one last year and look forward to diving into it again. It's on the last Sunday of the month and we would love to have you there!In any case, I started The Grind a year or so ago as a way to condense some of the last bookish news in YA for my readers. It's evolved and it's slowed down a bit but I'm determined to keep it going.When I decided that I really wanted to get involved in the publishing industry, I turned towards literary sources. Now, I read a lot of Publishers Weekly and GalleyCat and Publishing Trendsetter, and I try to always keep up-to-date with both current events and trends that’ll pop up in a few years from deals.What better way to start the new year than catching up on the latest news?

The News

Barnes & Noble is trying to acquire a liquor license.

Hey, that would change things. Read more about that here.

Shelfie has started offering audiobook bundles.

I think this is genius: here's a service, Shelfie, which allows you to access the ebook editions of your print books by snapping a photo of your name written on the copyright page. It might be a great solution for print books in the digital age, especially for those who want to have a more portable edition. I might have to take this up for transporting my library to college! In any case, they just paired up with audiobook distributors for the same thing.

Some publishers partnered with First Book over the holidays to give books to children in need! 

Both Chronicle Books and Penguin Random House took the awesome step of partnering with First Book, an organization which gets books to children in need, to donate books over the holidays. You could use #GiveaBook or retweet their accounts' tweets about the subject to cash in one book. (Still going on: if you go to the site, PRH will match any donation that you give!)

Melville House vs. Harper Perennial vs. Penguin Random House

Follow each of them on Twitter. They have this phenomenal constant banter that's actually gotten a lot of attention lately - including from Newsweek. Props to whoever runs their respective marketing departments.

BookExpo America announced their Children's Book and Author Breakfast speakers.

First off, I'm super jealous of anybody heading to BEA 2016 in Chicago. You KNOW I have a blast during BEA. This year, however, it's during a week of AP exams, so I can't go! Particularly jealous because Sabaa Tahir wrote one of my favorite books of the year. An Ember in the Ashes is phenomenal.

Scholastic started a podcast.

As you may know, I semi-recently got into podcasts. So when Scholastic announced a few weeks ago that they decided to start a podcast on children's literature, I had to subscribe. The first episode? A riveting account of the "magic of the Harry Potter series" (which is perfect because I'm listening to them on audio for the first time) and a charming anecdote about smuggling the seventh book onto a plane.

Somebody wrote a book about a transgender princess.

This is honestly the best. Greg McGoon created a fairy tale formed around themes of self-identity, based on a character Lyric who is assigned male at birth but comes to term with who she knows she is. "Maybe I can't be King someday. But maybe I can still be a leader."? That's solid gold right there. Following the vein of George by Alex Gino - but for a slightly younger crowd - this book puts a lot of thought and acceptance into the hands of a younger crowd. Read more about that here.

Used bookstores - making a comeback?

Although "regular" bookstores have admittedly been struggling against the Amazon tide - a society where digital is prioritized over print - used bookstores have actually been making a comeback. They're still cultural hubs, and often times, they're the only physical stores left.

Books are getting BIGGER.

Studies show that book sizes (amount of pages) have increased by 25% over the past 15 years. Each year produces increases of about 80 pages. Yet again, part of this might be due to the rise in ebooks - people don't have to worry about lugging around books if they're not actually physical. You can read more about it here.

Hemingway's private library and papers may or not be preserved.

NPR reports that Hemingway's residence in Cuba still contains many of the man's personal artifacts. It seems like he never left; his typewriter, uniforms, and papers are still there. Now, the challenge is the fight to preserve them.

The Posts

Hermione is not black but she's not white either... | The Guardian10 Short Books You Can Read Before the End of the Year | The Huffington PostHow diversity in children's books can inspire... | MSNBCThe 15 Best Books of 2015 | Brain PickingsShould Writing Be an Art or a Career? | New RepublicYour Holiday Reading List: 58 Books Recommended by Ted Speakers | TEDHere's the Secret to Finding Time in Your Busy Schedule to Read—for Fun! | The MuseThe Most Moving Personal Essays You Needed To Read In 2015 | BuzzFeed

The Deals

All deals reported are from Publishers Weekly.

Melanie Cecka Nolan at Knopf has bought The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak, a YA novel about a 17-year-old girl suffering from survivor's guilt after a natural disaster devastates her community. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary brokered the deal for North American rights.

Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has acquired an untitled companion novel to Julie Murphy's Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant. Publication is set for 2018; Molly Jaffa at Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Alison Weiss at Sky Pony Press has bought world rights to a YA novel by Helene Dunbar, called Boomerang, in which a teen who was assumed kidnapped returns to the town he ran from with a scheme to save the boy he had an intense, complicated relationship with during his years away, only to find that while he's changed over the past five years, so has the town. Publication is slated for fall 2017; the author was unrepresented.
Rosemary Brosnan at HarperCollins has acquired two new YA novels by Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium trilogy and Before I FallReplica, the first of the two books, tells the story of Lyra, known by the number 24, a replica – human model – who was born, raised, and observed in a clandestine research facility called the Haven Institute. When Lyra escapes from Haven and meets Gemma, a stranger on a quest of her own, earth-shattering secrets are revealed. Publication is slated for September 2016; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Krestyna Lypen at Algonquin Young Readers has acquired The Real Marvelous, a YA novel by Samantha Mabry. In it, a young couple working the maguey plantations of the Southwest in a world plagued by water shortages, injustice, and dark superstition, must flee their old home for a new one that may or may not be cursed. Publication is set for fall 2017; Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffmann & Associates did the deal for world rights.

That’s a wrap! What are y’all excited for?

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