Heavily Anticipated Fall Titles

Among the heavily-anticipated titles on lists like Entertainment Weekly‘s “20 Books We’ll Read in 2015,” were several fall titles that had not yet appeared in catalogs.  Now that publishers’ sales conferences have wrapped up, the fall catalogs have appeared, in anticipation of promotions at BEA, and we have more information on those titles:

9780374239213_454c1 Purity, Jonathan Franzen, (Macmillan/FSG; Macmillan Audio, Sept 1)

Says Entertainment Weekly, “Franzen’s novels never fail to elicit equal parts hype and hate. Purity promises to be a departure from his previous works The Corrections and Freedom.” So, does that mean it won’t inspire hype and hate? Franzen is scheduled to appear at BEA on May 27, kicking off the show, in an interview with Salon critic Laura Miller.
Catalog: Macmillan Adult Fall 2015

9780385353779_2660fCity on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg, (RH/Knopf; RH Audio, Oct. 13)

According to a 2013 story in New York magazine’s “Vulture” blog, this 900-page first novel sold to Knopf for almost $2 million and movie rights to Scott Rudin. Way back then, “Vulture” also offered a list of “28 things you can surmise about Garth Hallberg’s City on Fire by reading Garth Hallberg.” It will be featured in the influential BEA Adult Editors’ Buzz panel.
Catalog: Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2015

M Train, Patti Smith, (RH/Knopf; RH Audio, Oct. 6; No cover yet)

Smith mentioned she’s working on this follow-up memoir to Just Kids in a Rolling Stone interview in October, describing it as not about the past, but “sort of in present tense. I wanted to write a contemporary book or just write whatever I felt like writing about, and it’s things going from literature to coffee to memories of Fred in Michigan.” Catalog: Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2015

9781611137156_f408cThe Witches, Stacy Schiff, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette Audio Oct. 20 )

Schiff’s bio of Cleopatra became a #1 best seller, possibly fueled by talk of a movie version directed by James Cameron, starring Angelina Jolie AND in 3D (that idea now seems to be over). In this book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines the Salem Witch Trials.
Catalog: Little, Brown Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 Frontlist

We also spotted a sequel that librarians have been anxiously awaiting, but sorry, it’s not coming until January.:

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Daniel O’Malley’s Stiletto, (Hachette/Little, Brown,  1/26/16)

The sequel to  The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, (Hachette/Little, Brown, 2012), voted one of the top favorites of the year by librarians and called “a darkly humorous thriller about a paranormal version of Britain’s MI5.”
Catalog: Little, Brown Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 Frontlist

After the jump, make your own discoveries, via links to the recently posted fall adult catalogs from the larger publishers. Tell us what you’re excited about in the comments section.

Hachette/Grand Central

Hachette/Little Brown


Macmillan — Macmillan catalogs are also available in PDF catalogs here


Random House

Simon & Schuster

W.W. Norton

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