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Deborah Harkness, Carlos Ruiz Zafon & Eoin Colfer Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 15, 2012–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness: “Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh.” (July 2012)

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Fiction) The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: “Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.”

(Debuted at #9 in Children’s Fiction Series) Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer: “Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen. If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers – or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?” (July 2012)

(Debuted at #10 in Children’s Interest) Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: “Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.” (July 2012)

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Jennifer Hunt Joins Dial Books for Young Readers

Jennifer Hunt has joined Penguin Group (USA)’s Dial Books for Young Readers as vice president of acquisition and development and editor-at-large.

Here’s more from Publisher’s Weekly: “In her new role, she will be responsible for acquiring and developing literary and commercial fiction, from picture books to young adult. In addition to book acquisition, Hunt will liaise with the film/TV/game community on the West Coast.”

Prior to this appointment, Hunt served as editorial director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Some of her authors include Sherman AlexieSherri Winston, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Pseudonymous Bosch, and Cressida Cowell.

Hachette Offers Digital Review Copies on NetGalley

hachette.jpgHachette Book Group (HBG) has joined with NetGalley to organize the distribution of HBG information and products. Through this deal, select reviewers, press, and booksellers will be given access to digital press kits and digital galleys.

Several enhancements will be included with the galleys such as video, audio, tour schedules, author Q&As and photos. The galleys will be readable on Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, Kobo or a desktop.

Here’s more from the release: “The Hachette Book Group titles in NetGalley will expand in the coming months, but you can browse current Hachette Book Group galleys right now, from these imprints: Center Street (enriching & life-affirming fiction & non-fiction) FaithWords (inspirational, faith-building fiction & non-fiction) Grand Central Publishing (mainstream fiction & non-fiction) Little, Brown and Company (mainstream fiction & non-fiction) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (fiction & non-fiction for children & young adults) Mulholland Books (mystery & suspense) Orbit (science fiction & fantasy).”

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Carlos Ruiz Zafon Novel Debuts on Top of Indie Bestseller List

1403 copy.jpgDuring its debut week on the list, “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon topped the Indie Bestseller List in the hardcover fiction category.

After polling hundreds of independent booksellers around the country, IndieBound released the Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Sunday, June 21, 2009. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell topped the nonfiction hardcover list. Here are the top five fiction hardcover books on the list. Nonfiction hardcover list follows after the jump…

1. ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Doubleday
2. ‘Shanghai Girls’ by Lisa See, Random House
3. ‘The Scarecrow’ by Michael Connelly, Little Brown
4. ‘The Help’ Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
5. ‘Gone Tomorrow’ by Lee Child, Delacorte

UPDATE: A previous version of this post mistakenly identified ‘The Angel’s Game’ as a debut novel.

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Book Fair Snubbed By Spanish Writers Over Language Row

Normally, the Frankfurt Book Fair spotlights an entire country and its current literature, not a region. But the 2007 edition decided to make Catalonia – the patch in northeast Spain that considers itself a distinct society within the country – its featured guest, and thus the region picked showcase writers who only publish their work in the Catalan language.

So Spanish writers got upset – so upset, the AP reports, that even after Catalonia backtracked, inviting topflight Spanish-language writers as well, said writers are refusing to go, calling the gesture an insulting afterthought prompted by political interference and serving up a nasty dispute for the normally genteel confines of the world’s largest book fair. One of the boycotters is Carlos Ruiz Zafon, blamed “political commissars who eagerly took over and handled this affair and who decided what kind of image of Catalonia they wanted to project, mostly to their own Catalan constituents, who are the real audience of this whole sideshow, not those attending the fair or the international media.”

The Spanish government and regional authorities have spent $16.5 million promoting the Catalan section – the biggest budget ever spent by any country at the book fair. And Jose Montilla, president of the Catalan regional government, denied that writers who published only in Catalan had been favored. “We have done everything that we could. Invitations have been sent to all authors who were important,” he said.