Let The Fall Previews Begin

New York magazine is the first out of the gate with a preview of the fall season in everything from Night Life to Art and Dance.

Sandwiched in between is the Books preview. Typically for NY mag’s book coverage, the focus is high-brow; the main feature is on Hungarian Péter Nádas’s “ornate secular monstrosity that must rank as one of his country’s strangest, most ambitious literary achievements,” Parallel Stories.

Parallel Stories: A Novel
Péter Nádas
Retail Price: $40.00
Hardcover: 1152 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – (2011-10-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0374229767 / 9780374229764

The second feature, “Big-League Payday,” brings the news that, “Book-publishing revenue is up … and the monster advances are back, too” (haven’t they heard that Borders is closing?) and focuses on Chad Harbach’s debut novel The Art of Fielding, which Little, Brown paid $650,000 for in a hot auction against seven other publishers. It also resonated on GalleyChat in July:

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach, Little, Brown, 9/7
Hachette Large Print, 9780316204729
GalleyChat Comments — a “masterpiece” and “Baseball and Moby Dick–what a combination! ”




Also featured is the graphic novel, Habibi.

Craig Thompson
Retail Price: $35.00
Hardcover: 672 pages
Publisher: Pantheon – (2011-09-20)
ISBN / EAN: 0375424148 / 9780375424144

The 18 books NY mag is “also anticipating” leads with The Night Circus, adding to the already over-the-top expectations by calling it a “magical-history tale of star-crossed sorcerer’s-apprentice lovers, the leading contenders to succeed Harry Potter in the pop firmament.”

The rest of the list steers clear of pop.

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