Historian Timothy Snyder’s 2017 work ‘On Tyranny’ is the #2 book in the country. Plus Zadie Smith’s pandemic-era essay collection ‘Intimations’ lands at #3 in trade paper, and ‘Memorial Drive,’ poet Natasha Trethewey’s memoir, debuts at #17 in hardcover nonfiction.
Among the big books sold this week are a nonfiction book from former National Security Council member Fiona Hill, a nonfiction book on skyscrapers, and a book about how sports is helping the country to transform its understanding of sex and gender.
HBG CEO Michael Pietsch said that the publisher will not reopen its Manhattan and other offices until further notice and that company employees will receive a six-week notice ahead of any office reopenings.
An improvement in fourth quarter profits for the period ended June 30, 2020, was not enough to prevent earnings for the full year at HarperCollins from dropping 15%, to $214 million. Revenue fell 5%, to $1.67 billion, compared to fiscal 2019.
"Though we very much hoped to be able to meet in person in Indianapolis, the health and safety of conference attendees, ALA members and staff, exhibitors, and other stakeholders are the priority," said Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., ALA president, in announcing the move.
A 38% plunge in sales in its education group in the second quarter of 2020 led to an overall decline of 35.5% in sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt compared to a year ago. Costs cuts limited the impact of the sales drop on the publisher's bottom line.