Let’s say The Help and The Da Vinci Code were high-water marks in our bookselling history. My prediction is The Night Circus is the 200-year flood. I loved (those books), but this is better…It’s a whole different level of writing…this book is going to be a best seller right out of the shoot.
Hollywood is also a believer. Summit, which produced the Twilight movies, bought the rights in January and is in talks with David Heyman (Harry Potter) to produce. The over-the-top success of the final Harry Potter movie has studios rushing to find more fantasy titles; A Discovery of Witches, (Viking, Feb) last season’s big debut, has been signed by Warner Bros. Deadline reports that the studio plans to put a writer on it immediately. Discovery is the first in a trilogy. Author Deborah Harkness is at work on the second book, Shadow of Night, coming from Viking next summer (no ordering information available yet).
Will it be as big as The Help or The Da Vinci Code? Collection Development Coordinator Wendy Bartlett at Cuyahoga is dubious. While she thinks it will be a best seller, she’s putting her money on another major debut, The Language of Flowers, ordering ten times more copies of it than of The Night Circus.
Large Print; Thorndike, ISBN: 9781410441713, $34.99, 9/7/2011