Two Heavies within Days of Each Other

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The Toronto Star points out that Stephen King’s Duma Key (out today) and John Grisham’s The Appeal (coming Tuesday) are releasing within days of each other. Predicting that people will watch bestseller lists to see how the authors stack up against each other, the Star compares them on issues like which candidate each supports (King is for Obama, Grisham for Clinton), estimated career sales, Amazon status and opening lines. One clear difference — Duma Key is 592 pages long and The Appeal is a relatively short 368 pages (the Star shows slightly different lengths, since they are comparing Canadian editions).

As far as appearances on the Today Show, they are neck in neck. King was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning; Grisham is scheduled to appear on Tuesday.

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