THE Big Fall Season

We heard it at BEA. Now get ready to hear it over and over again; this will be a huge fall book season. Nancy Stewart, Ingram’s lead buyer says that, in thirty years in the business, she hasn’t seen “such a dazzling lineup of quality fiction in a season.”

You can’t help but hope, as Leon Neyfakh speculated in The New York Observer a few weeks ago, that this great lineup “has the best chance of any in recent memory to redeem the industry after one of its darkest years,” a theme echoed by the  AP in yesterday’s overview of the season.

But readers are not likely to have more time on their hands this fall. Will the enormous choice actually reduce the size of the audience for each title?

For libraries, this plethora of titles by big-name authors would be a challenge in the best of times. How are you coping? Are you ordering fewer copies of each title than you normally would? Where are you placing your bets?

A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
Homer and Langley, E.L. Doctorow
Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
The Pattern in the Carpet, Drabble
An Echo in the Bone, Diana Gabaldon
Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood
Spooner, Pete Dexter
Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby
Generosity, Richard Powers
Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
A.S. Byatt, Children’s Book
Sherman Alexie, War Dances
Chronic City, Jonathan Lethem
Book of Genesis Illustrated, R. Crumb
Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk
Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving
Angel Time, Anne Rice

One Response to “THE Big Fall Season”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’m ordering fewer copies and checking hold queues frequently. I’m also praying for donations of at least a few titles (e.g. THE LOST SYMBOL). I also watch for “sleepers” like THE HELP. It’s more time-intensive but I don’t have the $$ to do anything else.