"The Guardian called the book ‘the most compelling autobiography ever to appear under a footballer’s name.’ He is skillful. He is outspoken. He is Zlatan."
KEY BACKLIST Last winter, Cloud publishing partner Penguin rekindled interest in the late Shirley Jackson by giving her best known works the black-spine treatment. Entertainment Weekly wrote up the reissue program, citing both Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro as fans of the 1959 supernatural thriller, The Haunting of Hill House, about four seekers who find more than they bargained for in the titular abode.
Adding to Jackson’s resurgence is another Penguin title, Susan Scarf Merrell’s new novel, Shirley, which intermingles fact with fiction: a young couple moves into the bustling home of Shirley Jackson and her critic husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, in Vermont. Here’s Kirkus:
"When Rose learns of a student who went missing 18 years earlier, she’s unable to resist the notion that Shirley had something to do with it. Merrell is no thriller writer, but this unsolved mystery stokes an atmosphere of quiet menace. Her decision to blend fact and fiction adds to a lingering sense of uncertainty, with set pieces—including a cameo for Bernard Malamud—providing comic relief. A sidelong portrait of a category-defying writer dovetails surprisingly snugly with the drama of one young woman’s coming-of-age."
Summer reading? Why, yes, for your literary types who love more than a few whiffs of horror.
An Indie Publisher Announcement
Now that GoT is over and done with for another year, can you all, like, go back to buying books? Yours ever, the publishing biz.— Zoe Dattner (@ZoeDattner) June 17, 2014
"Christopher Foyle admitted in his speech that no bookshop “has a divine right to exist,” no matter how glorious its history. In its battle with Amazon [Foyles] needs to become more commercially savvy – and its planned 200 author events a year in its new gallery upstairs, and literary tours, should help that."
Good news for our Canadian libraries: Core Backlist for Penguin Canada and Scholastic Canada are live. This means I’ve taken the guesswork out of which titles you should buy to ensure a collection with high circulation and reader satisfaction. (Remember, this marks the first time Penguin Canada has sold ebooks to libraries.)
Drawing on our new publishing partners’ sales data, I’ve shelved best-selling fiction and nonfiction of the last few years for adults and young readers. In other words, all killer, no filler.