Children's Lit Community Stays Positive
Private equity firms continue to invest in the educational publishing space, with Francisco Partners scooping up Follett School Solutions this week. Children's Institute 9 closed on a hopeful note, as conference-goers reflected on a year marked by resilience and creative problem-solving. After an up week, print book sales dropped again last week as nonfiction sales continue to struggle. PW talked with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Erdrich and bestselling fraternal author duo Lee and Andrew Child about their new books. The New Yorker takes a look at the state of library e-book lending in a world of apps and increasing corporate ownership over the products libraries lend. Talking Influence lays out how social media is reinventing the book club. And the historian Robert Middlekauff has died at 91.
Equity Firm Buys Follett School Solutions
Follett Corp. has sold its K-12 software and content division, Follett School Solutions, to the investment firm Francisco Partners. Britten Follett, who remains in a leadership role at FSS, said that the deal gives the company more funding to expand in the educational technology space. more »
Children's Institute 9: Sales and Moods Up as Conference Draws to a Close
The ninth annual American Booksellers Association Children’s Institute came to a close on Wednesday, marking the second year that the indie bookseller gathering was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. more »
Keys to Parenting with Clarity and Self-Control
Through stories of her work with families, author Claire Lerner empowers parents to solve their most vexing childrearing challenges. (Sponsored) more »

Nonfiction Declines Led to 2.3% Drop in Print Book Sales Last Week

Unit sales of adult fiction print titles rose 18.7% last week, but that wasn't enough to offset more declines in nonfiction. more »
B&NE Post Gains in Q1 of Fiscal 2022

The reopening of most campus stores and higher sales of digital products lifted revenue at Barnes & Noble Education 17.6% in the first quarter ended July 31, 2021, over the comparable period a year ago. more »
Make Your Fall Plans Around These New Releases
From absorbing fiction that will transport you to potent memoirs and headline-grabbing nonfiction, Algonquin Books’ upcoming releases are not to be missed. (Sponsored) more »

A Ghost Persists: PW Talks with Louise Erdrich
Erdrich’s 'The Sentence' (Harper, Nov.) centers on the haunting of a Minneapolis bookstore by the ghost of a well-meaning white woman who fabricated an Indigenous identity. more »
A Reacher Relay Race: PW Talks with Lee and Andrew Child
Brothers Lee and Andrew Child collaborate on their second Jack Reacher thriller, 'Better Off Dead' (Delacorte, Oct.). more »

Job Moves
  • Melody Kellis has been named associate creative director at Amazon Publishing.
  • Tyler Freidenrich has been named associate creative director at Amazon Publishing.
  • Danielle Keir has been promoted to publicity manager at Berkley.
  • Kari Webb, formerly intern at Macmillan’s Square Fish, has joined Random House Children’s Books as managing editorial assistant.
  • Kristin Schulz has been promoted to assistant director of school & library at Random House Children's Books.
Bookstore News
Click here to join the conversation in PW's Facebook group for booksellers, and click here to read ShelfTalker, our children's bookselling blog.
Trade Paperback Bestseller List
'People We Meet on Vacation' by Emily Henry is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list »
Review of the Day: 'White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland' by Dick Lehr
"Pulitzer finalist Lehr delivers... a chilling and finely wrought portrait of the threat of political extremism." more »

Students at Mponda Primary in Balaka, Malawi, head back to school with books from Book Aid International's Inspiring Readers program, which sets up libraries in schools across sub-Saharan Africa.

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