Archive for September, 2012

Miss Peregrine, The Sequel

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

A sequel to the surprise hit, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is now scheduled for publication on June 11, 2013. It is currently being called simply, the Untitled Miss Peregrine Sequel by Ransom Riggs,(9781594746123, 1594746125; $17.99; Quirk Books).

There’s been no news about the film version, however. In December, it was reported that Tim Burton was circling the project, but there’s been no information on whether he committed to it.


Thursday, September 20th, 2012

In a season choked with books by big name authors, it’s difficult to break through at all, let alone achieve a hit, but The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, (Hachette/Grand Central, 10/23), the author’s third novel, has been called the “sleeper hit of the fall.” You can judge for yourself; e-galleys are available via NetGalley.

Hook: About a dysfunctional Jewish family in the Chicago suburbs, it’s been called  the “Jewish The Corrections.”

Cover Blurb: is by Franzen himself; “The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages, but it wasn’t until is final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg’s sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling.” Check out the distinctive cover (click on the image to enlarge it), which makes sly reference to one of the main character’s obsession with food.

Early Picks: On People‘s list of ten Hot Fall Titles and described as “The sleeper hit of the fall” on CBS This Morning‘s fall book roundup (9/17).

Starred Prepub ReviewsBooklist, Kirkus and PW all starred it.

Librarian interest: one of the picks at the BEA Librarians Shout ‘n’ Share, it has also been recommended on EarlyWord‘s GalleyChat.

Holds: Light in most areas, but it’s early.

Two New Stephen King Titles in 2013

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Close on the heels of the announcement that Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep will be published on September 24, next year, comes the reveal of the cover art for another new King title, Joyland on the Entertainment Weekly Web site.

The publisher, Hard Case Crime is known for bringing crime novels from the ’40’s and ’50’s back to print in appropriately retro covers. They also publish a line of original titles (including an earlier title by King, Colorado Kid, 2005).

Dr. Sleep, (S&S/Scribner) the sequel to The Shining, was originally set for release on Jan. 15. A new date of Sept. 24 was announced yesterday on King’s web site. We have contacted the publisher and are awaiting information on the new ISBN.

Justin Bieber’s Mom

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The subtitle of Pattie Mallette’s memoir, Nowhere But UpThe Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom (Baker Books) makes her celebrity status clear. Her early years were not easy, however. She suffered sexual abuse and turned to drugs and alcohol to try to heal the pain. At 17, she became pregnant and refused an abortion. She named her son Justin. His last name, Bieber, came from his father.

The author appeared on the Today Show this morning and the book is being covered by dozens of news sources, including the L.A. Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

It was not reviewed pre-pub, so not many libraries own it. The libraries that do are showing surprisingly few holds, however. It’s currently at #286 on Amazon’s sales rankings.

Stewart Interviews Rushdie

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Salman Rushdie was interviewed on the Daily Show last night by Jon Stewart who calls Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton (Random House; Random House Audio),”an incredible story.”

PERKS To Open On Friday

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Emma Watson and her co-stars from the film version of The Perks of Being A Wallflower presented an exclusive clip from the movie on MTV’s First Look last night, followed by a 30 min interview.

Six additional clips are available here.

Below is the most recent trailer:

The movie opens in NYC and LA on Friday and expands to more theaters the following week.

The actors all attest to their love for the book. Since the film’s director is also the book’s author, we would expect it to be faithful to the original (read a comparison here). Clearly, others want to be prepared to do their own analyses; libraries are showing heavy holds on both the original and the movie tie-in version.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: MTV Books – (2012-08-14)
ISBN / EAN: 1451696191 / 9781451696196

Groovin’ To The Classics

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Brace yourselves — officially licensed “Fifty Shades of Grey” products are about to hit shelves (including a version of the iconic necktie from Van Heusen).

EMI Music hosted a launch party in NYC for a classical music “soundtrack” on Monday, which uses the book’s cover art. It includes 15 classical pieces selected by E.L. James, the trilogy’s author (it should be safe even for those libraries who have shied away from stocking the books).

The VP of Classics at EMI predicts it will sell 15,000 copies in the first week.

What’s Your #LiteraryAlias?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The hottest title arriving today, in terms of media coverage, is Salman Rushdie’s memoir of his nine years in hiding after a Fatwah was issued against him, Joseph Anton (Random House; Random House Audio). The NYT‘s Michiko Kakutani heralds it today saying, “after several disappointing novels, [this memoir] reminds us of [Rushdie’s] fecund gift for language and his talent for explicating the psychological complexities of family and identity. ”

All the news stories mention that the memoir’s title refers to the alias Rushdie used during that time, “Joseph Anton.” The name is composed of the first names of his favorite authors, Joseph from Joseph Conrad and Anton from Anton Chekhov.

Based on that, Random House Library Marketing has come up with a clever Twitter/Facebook challenge; “Forced underground, @SalmanRushdie’s alias combined the names of writers he loved—#JosephAnton. What’s your #LiteraryAlias?”

Ours is Edith Attica (when your tweet yours, be sure to use the hashtags).

Some of you may be wondering if Rushdie spills any beans about ex-wife, Top Chef host Padman Lakshmi in the book. The Daily Beast answers that question in item #10 of “11 Revelations From Salman Rushdie’s Memoir, Joseph Anton.”

NPR Joins Team Attica Locke

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Attica Locke appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition today, the release day of her second mystery, The Cutting Season, (HarperCollins; HarperLuxe; Dreamscape Audio; audio and ebook on OverDrive).

HarperCollins reports that more is coming — in PeopleUSA Today, and O Magazine (we’ve rounded up the media attention to date on the Team Attica Locke Facebook page. Be sure to “like” it).

Libraries around the country are getting the word out about The Cutting Season. Kaite Stover, Kansas P.L, selected it for the Oct. FYI Book Club, a special partnership the library has with the Kansas City Star.  The library picks a book, the paper writes about it and together the promote online chat that Kaite leads (see the September pick, The Song of Achilles, here).

Librarians are also reviewing it on their web sites (see this one on my library alma mater, Baltimore County PL’s web site).

Let other libraries know what you are doing by posting to the Team Attica Locke Facebook page.


Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

One of the titles on our  Watch List breaks into the Amazon top 100 today, the debut historical mystery, The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis (RH/Doubleday; RH Audio; BOT; Thorndike).

It was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered last night, with a strong hook; “What would happen if two of the biggest names of the Renaissance — Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci — teamed up as a crime-fighting duo? … The mystery novel pairs the ruthless political philosopher and the genius inventor and artist together as an unlikely detective team on the trail of a serial killer.”

It is currently at #82 on Amazon sales rankings, with an “up” arrow.

Most libraries have ordered lightly and are beginning to show holds.

Reading the TIFF’s Tea Leaves

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Critics are placing bets on which movies will score with the Oscars, based on showings at the Toronto International Film Festival, which concluded over the weekend.

The Silver Linings Playbook won the festival’s top prize, raising expectations that it will be nominated for Best PictureVanity Fair also predicts that Jennifer Lawrence will pick up a Best Actress nomination for her performance in the filmwhile the Wall Street Journal gives kudos to co-star Robert De Niro, saying “the 69-year-old seems positively rejuvenated in David O. Russell’s sensational comedy … portraying a gambling addict and obsessive football fan who believes every factor in his environment — even the placement of his remote controls — affects how his beloved Philadelphia Eagles perform.”  The film, based on Matthew Quirk’s novel, also stars Bradley Cooper and opens Nov 21. The tie-in arrives in October.

The Silver Linings Playbook [movie tie-in edition]
Matthew Quick
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books – (2012-10-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0374533571 / 9780374533571

Several sources commented on the sheer length of many of the films (the Wall Street Journal complains in its headline “When Will It End“?), including the much-anticipated Cloud Atlas which runs 2 hours and 43 minutes (and is called the “Most overwhelming visual experience of the T.I.F.F.” by Vanity Fair). It opens on Oct. 26th, the same day as another long film, Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children which, at 2.5 hours, is slightly shorter. Critics lost patience with the it; the Toronto’s Globe and Mail commented, “With the book’s wryly witty tone mostly gone, all that’s left is plot – diminished yet recitative, like episodic milestones duly checked off on a laboured journey.”

Also  clocking in at over two hours are  Great Expectations (128 minutes; release not yet scheduled) and Anna Karenina (130 minutes; opens 11/16), with Keira Knightley. Critics were divided on the latter, with The Hollywood Reporter saying it “lacks emotional depth, moral resonance,” while Time magazine enthused that it is an  “intelligently ecstatic new adaptation.”

Lee Child On Cruise As Reacher

Friday, September 14th, 2012


Author Lee Child appeared on CBS This Morning yesterday to talk about his new book, A Wanted Man  (Delacorte Press; RH Large Print; RHAudio). The interview begins with comments about the striking physical difference between Child’s character, Jack Reacher, who is six-feet-five and 250-pounds, and Tom Cruise, who plays the lead in the upcoming movie, Jack Reacher. Child insists that Cruise is a “fantastic” Reacher, “How? I don’t know. He’s an actor. That’s what they do.”

Child was involved in the making of the film (including a cameo) and was writing A Wanted Man during production. He says the energy of the movie influenced the pacing of the new book.

Jack Reacher, the movie is scheduled for release on 12/21. It’s based on Child’s 9th title in the Jack Reacher series, One Shot. The new book is the 17th.

LINCOLN Trailer Premieres

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which focuses on the last four months of the president’s life, premiered last night (yes, trailers now have premieres — this one was on Google+ and featured a conversation with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Robert Todd Lincoln). In addition to being online, it was featured on the ABC Jumbotron in Times Square.

Entertainment Weekly’s analysis of the film gives a warning in the headline; “Know your Civil War history before watching Daniel Day-Lewis bring it to life,”

The film opens in a limited number of theaters on Nov, 9, expanding to many more on Nov. 16.

The following is the Google+ presentation:

The movie is based on the later sections of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals.

It is being released in trade paperback and audio tie-in editions (S&S, 10/16).

Official Movie Site:

New Title Radar: Sept 17-23

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The big events this week are the release of memoirs from two very different people: Salman Rushdie and Penny Marshall. We will, of course, be watching and cheering as Attica Locke’s second mystery, The Cutting Season debuts and two new YA series, by Maggie Stiefvater and Libba Bray launch.

Watch List

The Cutting Season, by Attica Locke, (HarperCollins; HarperLuxe; Dreamscape Audio; audio and ebook on OverDrive) is the book we’ll be watching the closest. Libraries across the country have joined Team Attica Locke which will prove the power of library word of mouth by making this a best seller (more here).

Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty by Tip, “T.I.”, Harris and David Ritz (Harper/Morrow) is the Grammy-winning rapper’s sequel to his street-lit debut Power & Beauty, about two teenagers who tangle with an Atlanta gangster. LJ says, “Some mixed response to the first, but the 100,000-copy first printing says that expectations are high.”

Literary Favorites

San Miguel by T.C. Boyle (Penguin/Viking; Thorndike) is set on desolate San Miguel island off the coast of California, where two couples try to run a farm in the wind and rain – first in 1888, and then during the Depression. PW says, “The author subtly interweaves the fates of Native Americans, Irish immigrants, Spanish and Italian migrant workers, and Chinese fishermen into the Waters’ and the Lesters’ lives, but the novel is primarily a history of the land itself…as beautiful, imperfect, and unrelenting as Boyle’s characters.”

Usual Suspects

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown (Hachette/Grand Central; Hachette Audio) is a romantic thriller in which a woman who writes a bestselling novel based on her sister’s murder and becomes the target of an assailant. Kirkus says, “Brown skillfully combines strong characterization with plots that keep the reader guessing all the way. A good old-fashioned thriller and a winner, even though the bad guys are sometimes just a little too bad for plausibility.”

Severe Clear by Stuart Woods (Putnam Adult; Penguin Audio; Thorndike Large Print) is Woods’s 50th novel–and the 24 to feature protagonist Stone Barrington. This time he attends the opening of a hotel on grounds owned by his late wife, and faces a terrorist attack. PW says, “Woods expertly mixes familiar ingredients to produce an intoxicating cocktail that goes down easily.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett (Penguin/Dutton; Penguin Audio) is the second installment in the trilogy that began with the popular Fall of Giants, about interrelated American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh families in the early 20th century. LJ says, “in the hands of a less adroit storyteller, it would be hackneyed, but Follett moves his stock figures through interesting situations and draws the reader in to care what happens to them. The next thing you know, you’ve read all 960 pages of this enjoyable novel.”

Young Adult

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic; Scholastic Audio) is a new series by the author of the best selling Shiver series as well as the Printz Honor book Scorpio Races. In an early review, the Washington Post says, “In contrast to the melancholy werewolves of her popular Shiver trilogy, the Raven Boys are not paranormal critters but the entitled students of elite, raven-crested Aglionby Academy….This first in a planned four-novel series draws readers into a world where time enfolds hauntingly, and magic informs reality”

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Hachette/Little, Brown YR; Listening Library) is a new trilogy from the Printz-winning author of Going Bovine (2009) and Beauty Queens (2011) as well as the Gemma Doyle trilogy. This one features a young woman who goes to live in jazz age New York City with an uncle who runs a museum of the occult, a finds myriad friends and no small measure of mystery. Booklist says, “It’s Marjorie Morningstar meets Silence of the Lambs, and Bray dives into it with the brio of the era, alternating rat-a-rat flirting with cold-blooded killings…Seemingly each teen has a secret ability (one can read an object’s history; another can heal), and yet the narrative maintains the flavor of historical fiction rather than fantasy.” Movie rights were snapped up by Paramount in advance of publication.

Dodger by Terry Prachett (HarperCollins) is surprisingly close to historical fiction, from the author of Discworld. Set in Victorian England, it features a thief named Dodger who leaps out of a drain to rescue a mysterious woman from a brutal attack, just as Charles Dickens and social reformer Henry Mayhew arrive on the scene. “Full of eccentric characters and carefully detailed London scenes, the tale embodies both Dickens’s love for the common man and a fierce desire for social justice.” It comes with a dramatic trailer.


Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie (Random House; Random House Audio) is the esteemed author’s memoir of the nine years he spent living underground after the Ayatollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence on him for the blasphemy of his fiction in 1989. The title refers to his alias, comprised of the first names of his two favorite writers, Conrad and Chekhov. LJ says, “His memoir matters not simply because of startling personal detail but because his experience presaged a global battle over freedom of speech that continues today.” An excerpt is featured in this week’s New Yorker. It will receive plenty of media attention, of course, with interviews scheduled on the Today Show, CBS/This Morning, NPR/Morning Edition and in the New York Times.

500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt Eichenwald (Touchstone) is the former New York Times investigative reporter’s reconstruction of the Bush administration’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and the delusions and deceptions it has spawned around the world. PW says, “Eichenwald’s novelistic approach takes us into the White House offices, courtrooms, and Guantanamo interrogation cells where tense people groped through the chaos of a new world of fear and brutality and tried to harness it to their own agendas. The result is both a page-turning read and an insightful dissection of 9/11’s dark legacy.”

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall (Amazon/HMH/New Harvest) is the TV actress and Hollywood producer’s memoir of her ascent from a Bronx childhood to fame on the sit-com Laverne and Shirley to directing 1990s hit films Big and A League of Their Own. It’s also one of the first books to emerge from Amazon’s proprietary publishing imprint, New Harvest. Kirkus says, “Marshall is as candid about her failures (which include a painful second divorce from writer/comedian Rob Reiner) and her weaknesses (like the one she developed for drugs) as she is about her successes.”

The trailer features Saturday Night Live veteran Fred Armisen.

The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin (RH/Doubleday) looks at the contentious relationship between chief justice Roberts and the President. It will be getting plenty of press attention, including NPR/Fresh Air, PBS/Charlie Rose Show, CNN/Anderson Cooper 360 and Comedy Central/Colbert Report.

Movie Tie-Ins

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (HMH/Mariner Books) ties in to the movie to be released on 12/14/12 and is available in both trade pbk and mass market. Also being released is a behind-the-scenes book for young readers: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — The World of Hobbits by Paddy Kempshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). HighBridge also has a full cast audio.



Thursday, September 13th, 2012

What’s special about the news that Hollywood has bought the rights to yet another YA title? As Entertainment Weekly puts it, “although every studio would like to grab a fresh YA book series in the hope that it can be turned into the next Harry Potter-style film franchise, not every film has the actual producer of the Potter movies overseeing it.”

The debut YA novel, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan BYR) came out in June and hit the NYT Chapter Book Best Seller list for one week, at #8. The first in a planned series, it will be produced for Dreamworks by David Heyman, who also produced Harry Potter.

A few other YA franchises are already in the works. Next year alone brings Beautiful Creatures (Feb 13)Mortal Instruments (Aug. 23), The Seventh Son (Oct 18; based on Joseph Delaney’s the Last Apprentice series) as well as the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire (Nov. 22)

In addition, Divergent was just given a release date of 3/21/14. It is based on the first in the series by Veronica Roth, whose blurb,”unlike anything I’ve ever read” appears on the cover of Shadow and Bone. Lionsgate is still touting a series based on Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, and the screenplay for the film of Marie Lu’s Legend was completed this summer. In July, Paramount acquired the rights to Libby Bray’s forthcoming first book in a series, The Diviners.

To throw a bit of title confusion into the mix, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor was acquired by Universal in December. The second title in the planned book trilogy, Days of Blood and Starlight, is coming in Nov.

That’s just the series; we’ll also be seeing  several films based on YA standalones.

It’s a good time to remember that there have been some failed YA film franchises.