Press

Read more about updates, press releases, and industry news from Macmillan and our various publishers.

May 2022

Celadon Books to Publish Memoir by Henry Winkler

Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, announced today the acquisition of a memoir by iconic American actor, Henry Winkler. In 2023, Winkler will celebrate 50 years of success in Hollywood.

Macmillan Signs ALA’s Unite Against Book Bans Campaign

Macmillan joins 25+ national organizations to fight censorship and protect the freedom to read.

Don Weisberg to step aside at Macmillan Publishers at end of year; Jon Yaged appointed CEO, Macmillan Publishers US

Don Weisberg announced today that he will be stepping aside as CEO, Macmillan Publishers at the end of the year. Jon Yaged has been appointed his successor as CEO, Macmillan Publishers US. Weisberg will continue in an advisory capacity to Stefan von Holtzbrinck starting in January 2023.

 

April 2022

Macmillan Partnering with NYPL’s Books For All Campaign

We are proud to partner with The New York Public Library in their #BooksForAll campaign, offering a free selection of commonly banned books to anyone in the US, including Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak among others.

A Deal for The Devils: Tor Books to Publish New Epic Fantasy from Joe Abercrombie

Senior editor Lindsey Hall has acquired a new epic trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie at auction, for Tor US, negotiated by Ginger Clark of Ginger Clark Literary, on behalf of Robert Kirby.

March 2022

Announcing the FSG Writer’s Fellowship

Farrar, Straus and Giroux is proud to announce the foundation of the FSG Writer’s Fellowship. In addition to a $15,000 award, the winner of the fellowship will be featured in the FSG newsletter Work In Progress and FSG will host a public reading of their writing. The Fellowship also aims to provide mentorship and an introduction to the publishing industry, through FSG and its networks.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Announces Partnership with Pinna

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will partner with Pinna, the only on-demand audio entertainment service developed and curated exclusively for kids 3-12, to adapt the popular Pinna Original podcast Quentin & Alfie’s ABC Adventures, for a series of books for young readers, to launch in early 2023 with a hardcover picture book, with further books to follow in multiple formats.

Flatiron Books Acquires Book by Beto O’Rourke

Flatiron Books announced today that the Macmillan division’s editorial director Zachary Wagman has acquired North American rights to Beto O’Rourke’s We’ve Got to Try, which will be available on August 23, 2022.

February 2022

Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez Announce Picture Book Collaboration

Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, will publish Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure, the first literary collaboration by Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez, to go on-sale in October 2022.

Celadon Books to Publish the January 6th Report in Collaboration with The New Yorker

Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, announced today an exclusive collaboration with The New Yorker to instantly publish the House Select Committee’s report on the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol as an e-book and paperback edition, with an introduction by New Yorker Editor, David Remnick.

Hayao Miyazaki to Publish Shuna’s Journey in the U.S. with Macmillan

Hayao Miyazaki, the renowned and world-famous Japanese animated film director has signed with Macmillan imprint, First Second, to publish Shuna’s Journey for the first time outside of Japan. Originally published as a graphic novel in 1983 in Japan, this story planted seeds for two of Miyazaki’s beloved films, Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Shuna’s Journey will be published in the United States on November 1, 2022.

Flatiron Books Acquires First Book by Elliot Page

Flatiron Books announced today that the Macmillan division has acquired US rights to actor, producer, and director Elliot Page’s forthcoming memoir, PAGEBOY. Senior Editor Bryn Clark will edit; Pilar Queen and Albert Lee at United Talent Agency (UTA) represented Elliot Page in the deal. PAGEBOY will hit shelves in 2023.

Macmillan Enters into a Sales & Distribution Agreement with Harriman House

Macmillan Publishers announced today that it entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Harriman House, a UK-based, but globally focused independent publisher operating in the business and finance sector. Harriman House publish books across a variety of categories including finance, investing, business and creative marketing.

January 2022

Mariah Carey to Publish Debut Picture Book, The Christmas Princess with Macmillan

Grammy Award-winning recording artist and New York Times Bestselling author, Mariah Carey, lovingly known as the Queen of Christmas, will publish her first picture book, The Christmas Princess in Fall 2022. Co-written with Michaela Angela Davis, and brought to life with vibrant illustrations by Fuuji Takashi, this will be a unique, heartwarming and modern fairytale that, like the author’s historic globally adored song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” is destined to be an instant and inclusive family holiday classic.

December 2021

Leigh Bardugo to Publish First Graphic Novel with Roaring Brook Press

Roaring Brook Press will publish Demon in the Wood, by New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo, the first-ever graphic novel set in the internationally beloved Grishaverse. With exquisite illustrations by Dani Pendergast, the origin story of fan favorite character The Darkling comes to life in this prequel to Shadow and Bone, the hit Netflix original series.

MCD to Publish Grief Is for People, First Full-Length Work of Nonfiction by Sloane Crosley

The MCD imprint at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a division of Macmillan Publishers, has acquired North American rights to bestselling author Sloane Crosley’s next book, Grief Is for People, from Jay Mandel at WME. Expected for publication in 2023, Grief Is for People was acquired by Crosley’s longtime editor Sean McDonald, and will follow MCD’s publication of Crosley’s highly anticipated second novel, Cult Classic, in June 2022.

MSNBC Host Mehdi Hasan Signs with Holt for New Book How to Win Every Argument

Mehdi Hasan, the award-winning British American journalist and host of the eponymous show on MSNBC and its sister streaming service Peacock, has signed with Henry Holt for his new book, How to Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking. Publication is scheduled for 2023.

Serena Williams to Publish First Picture Book With Macmillan

Internationally renowned tennis superstar and businesswoman Serena Williams and Invisible Universe, an entertainment technology company, has signed with Macmillan imprint, Feiwel and Friends, to publish The Adventures of Qai Qai, a picture book starring Qai Qai, the celebrated family doll of Williams, her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their daughter, Olympia, stunningly illustrated by acclaimed illustrator Yesenia Moises. The Adventures of Qai Qai will be published on September 27, 2022.

Jenna Johnson Promoted to VP, Editor in Chief of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Today, Mitzi Angel, Publisher and incoming President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, announced that Jenna Johnson has been named VP, Editor in Chief of FSG, reporting to Angel, effective immediately. Eric Chinski has stepped into a new role as Senior Executive Editor, continuing to report to Angel. 

November 2021

Best-Selling Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Signs with Holt: New Book Starry Messenger Scheduled for Fall 2022

Neil deGrasse Tyson the famed astrophysicist and director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium and best-selling author has signed with Holt for his next book, “Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization,” it was announced today. Tim Duggan, VP, executive editor, acquired North American and audio rights from Betsy Lerner at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group to Publish Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has acquired World English rights to Promise Boys, by award-winning filmmaker Nick Brooks, for seven figures in a highly competitive pre-empt. Promise Boys, a debut YA thriller in which three boys at an urban charter school investigate their principal’s murder during a high-stakes 24-hour day, is a page-turning, murder mystery thriller that shines a light on themes of social justice and educational inequities, shaping this novel to be both a commercial and literary blockbuster.

October 2021

Flatiron Books Acquires Matthew Perry Memoir

Bob Miller, President of Flatiron Books, and Megan Lynch, Publisher of Flatiron Books, have announced today that the Macmillan division has acquired, in a major overnight pre-empt, World Rights to the first book by actor Matthew Perry. The memoir, yet untitled, will be published in Fall 2022 with Lynch editing.

Mitzi Angel to Become President and Publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, America’s preeminent literary publisher of prizewinning and bestselling books and authors, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It has had only two previous presidents, Roger Straus and Jonathan Galassi, who have been illustrious guardians of its legacy. Today, Jon Yaged, President of Macmillan Publishers, announced FSG’s third president, who will guide this important publishing institution into the future: Mitzi Angel, President and Publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, effective January 1, 2022, reporting to Yaged.

Flatiron Books Announces New Nonfiction Imprint with Melinda French Gates

Today Will Schwalbe, EVP Editorial Development at Macmillan, announced a new nonfiction imprint at Flatiron Books, Moment of Lift Books, to be published in partnership with philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls Melinda French Gates. The imprint will launch with three titles, to be published in 2023 and beyond.