Glenn Beck rants about conspiracy theories (this time in fiction), Steve Martin explores the art world, Gary Shteyngart gets romantic, Jimmy Carter unlocks his diary, Laura Bush unlocks her life, and Drs. Oz and Roizen tackle parenting. These are just a few of the highlights you'll find among the books the “big six” are selling at the 2010 London Book Fair.
Among the big books Penguin will be shopping at Earl's Court is Kim Edwards's new novel, The Lake of Dreams. Due out from Viking in January 2011, the book from The Memory Keeper's Daughter author is a multigenerational saga in which a family secret, once revealed, changes everything. Riverhead's big book is Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Scheduled for October 2010, the title, which Penguin says is the author's most ambitious work yet (after bestsellers like The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map), examines the source of ideas; U.K. rights are with Penguin Press. From Dutton is Jennifer Lee Carrell's April 2010 novel Haunt Me Still. Carrell follows Kate Stanley, the heroine she introduced in her bestseller Interred with Their Bones, who finds herself at the center of a murder while putting on a production of Macbeth in Scotland; the book has sold in six countries, and Penguin says it has options in 20 more. Putnam is selling Christopher Farnsworth's thriller Blood Oath: The President's Vampire, the first title in a new series featuring 160-year-old vampire Nathaniel Cade. The book is coming out in the States in May and rights have already sold in Germany, the U.K., and Turkey. Marian Wood Books will be shopping Olga Grushin's The Line (Apr.), her Moscow-set follow-up to The Dream Life of Sukhanov; rights have sold in France, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Norway, Russia, and the U.K. From Amy Einhorn Books is This Is Not the Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson (Apr.). The memoir expands on a piece Munson wrote for the New York Times's “Modern Love” column—the story wound up becoming the column's most-searched-for, according to Penguin—in which she chronicles a spiritual journey in the wake of a life-altering event; rights have sold in Australia and the Netherlands. From Hudson Street Press is Dr. Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley's Emotional Style (winter 2012), which posits that people have an “emotional style” that can be changed to make our lives more stress-free and happier; rights sold in Germany and Spain with bids in Brazil, Holland, and the U.K. From Portfolio is Stan Slap's Bury My Heart at Conference Room B (Aug.), about how companies can create emotional commitment in their managers; rights sold in Brazil. Also from Portfolio is Randall Lane's The Zeros, a memoir that the imprint is comparing to Liar's Poker, in which Lane, an entrepreneur, chronicles the time he spent working on Wall Street during its greedy heyday.
One of St. Martin's big books in London is Tatiana de Rosnay's A Secret Kept (Sept.). Rosnay, who wrote the bestseller Sarah's Key—SMP says that title has sold more than one million copies—delves into complex family relationships, further threatened by secrets, in the new thriller. Also from SMP is Linda Castillo's A Cruel Truth, the second title in the author's bestselling series featuring police chief Kate Burkholder. In Truth (June), Burkholder struggles with a case involving the brutal murder of an Amish family. From Thomas Dunne, there's J. Curt Stager's in-depth examination of the long-term effect of global warming, Future Earth, scheduled for winter 2011. Thomas Dunne also has a new title for doctors—and patients—from the dean of continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, Sanjiv Chopra. In Doctor Chopra Says: Medical Facts and Myths Everyone Should Know (Sept.), Chopra, writing with doctors Alan Lotvin and David Fisher, provides the latest medical information, compiled from thousands of M.D.s from across the globe. On the YA front, also from Thomas Dunne, is the first title in a new paranormal series, The Demon Trapper's Daughter. Set in a world with “demon trappers”—modern-day ghost busters, of sorts—the book, by Jana Oliver, follows the teenage daughter of one of the world's best trappers who's put into a dangerous situation when a powerful demon starts killing trappers en mass. The first title, a paperback original, is scheduled for winter 2011. From Farrar, Straus & Giroux is a novel from Foreign Babes in Beijing author Rachel DeWoskin. In Big Girl Small (Apr. 2011), a teenage dwarf with a phenomenal voice struggles at her high school for the performing arts. FSG will also be selling rights to Jimmy Carter's White House Diary (Sept.), which collects the daily diary the 39th president kept during his four years in office. Then there's the April book from Eliza Griswold, The 10th Parallel, in which the author investigates why so many violent conflicts have erupted near this invisible line around the globe. FSG/Sarah Crichton Books has Cathleen Schine's just-published novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport, which currently has, according to Macmillan, more than 40,000 copies in print. Holt has Bo Caldwell's City of Tranquil Light (Oct.), set in the early 20th century, about a Midwestern farmer who travels to northern China to become a missionary after receiving a call from God; it's been sold in Italy. Also from Holt is Kate Racculia's novel, set at an upstate New York boarding house, This Must Be the Place (July); it's sold in Germany and Spain. From Times Books is journalist Jere Van Dyk's memoir, Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban (June); rights have sold in the Netherlands. From Metropolitan Books is Gilbert Achcar's The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (May). Achcar, a political scientist, examines Arab reactions to the Holocaust; the book has sold in France, Italy, Lebanon, and the U.K.
On the fiction side, HC has Meg Cabot's new adult novel, Insatiable (June), which is a modern-day sequel to Dracula from the bestselling author of the Princess Diaries; rights have sold in Brazil, France, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, and the U.K. From two-time Pushcart nominee Susan Henderson is Up from the Blue (Sept.), a debut novel about an 18-year-old girl trying to understand her mother's disappearance. There's also Brian Leung's Take Me Home, a new novel from the winner of the Asian-American Literary Award and author of Lost Men. And from Joyce Maynard (To Die For) is The Good Daughters, which follows two girls born on the same day in a small New England farm town. On the nonfiction side, there's Between Two Worlds by Roxana Saberi, a memoir from an Iranian-American journalist who was falsely imprisoned; rights have sold in Germany and Italy. In a look at human-canine relationships, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (When Elephants Weep) offers up The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving. From Mathew Syed is Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham and the Science of Success (Apr.), an examination and breakdown of the success that drives so-called prodigies, by a prize-winning U.K. sports journalist and table tennis Olympian; rights have sold in Germany, Japan, and the U.K. From HarperStudio is former Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Aaron Cohen's book on why certain business partnerships succeed, Working Together (Sept.). From HarperOne is Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Debbie Ford's The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self (May), an examination of our dark side by the three popular spiritual leaders; rights sold in Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. From Flat Belly Diet author Cynthia Sass is Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches, which outlines a 25-day weight loss program.
The big Ballantine book in London is Templar Legacy author Steve Berry's forthcoming novel, The Emperor's Tomb (Nov.), the latest entry in his bestselling series featuring former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone. According to RH, there are more than eight million copies of Berry's novels in print worldwide. On the nonfiction side, from Bantam is Ian Ayres's Carrots and Sticks (Sept.), a behavioral economics book about “commitment contracts,” or agreements backed by the promise of either a reward or a punishment; rights sold in China, Japan, and Korea. From RHPG is David Brooks's How Success Happens (June 2011), which offers a new take on human behavior from the New York Times op-ed columnist. On the fiction side, RHPG has Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel (July), which the publisher calls a “bighearted tale about love and a global credit meltdown.” And from Spiegel & Grau is Joseph Braude's untitled nonfiction book about the Moroccan Security Service. The book, scheduled for March 2011, unravels the mystery behind a murder in Casablanca and, per the imprint, delivers “a penetrating, street-level exploration of an Islamic metropolis poised between East and West, in the vein of In Cold Blood.” [Random's other publishing groups—Knopf/Doubleday and Crown—declined to make the titles they may be taking to London available in advance.]
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Among the big titles Free Press is shopping in London are Joel Osteen's currently untitled Christmas book, scheduled for November. From the bestselling publishing team of Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz is the latest in their You series, YOU: The Smart Parent: The Owner's Manual to Your Child's First Five Years. Another big name on the S&S list is Laura Bush, whose memoir, Spoken from the Heart, is being published by Scribner in April. Scribner also has Patton Oswalt's Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (Nov.), a book of essays from the comedian/character actor that the imprint calls “not so much a memoir, but a collection of hilarity.” Scribner will also be shopping Onion film critic Nathan Rabin's My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man Journey's into the Heart of Cinematic Failure, a collection that celebrates some of the most colossal and notorious movie failures of all time. On the fiction front, from Threshold, is Glenn Beck's new thriller, The Overton Window (May), about a PR exec who unexpectedly finds himself trying to stop a secret government plot to destroy the country after he realizes his new girlfriend's seemingly outlandish conspiracy theories are true. From Touchstone is The Obelisk (Jan.), the first thriller in a new series by Howard Gordon, the executive producer and writer of the hit TV show 24. From the house's flagship imprint, there's Jonathan Eig's Get Capone! (Apr.), a nonfiction book that reveals new information about how Al Capone was actually captured, a version in which famed lawman Eliot Ness was not responsible for putting the Chicago gangster behind bars. And from New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers is The Killing Machine (Oct.), which traces the history of the semiautomatic rifle from the Civil War through to the present day.
Grand Central Press has Steve Martin's new novel, An Object of Beauty (Nov.). About an ambitious young woman who takes the New York art world by storm, the book, per GCP, “parallels the soaring heights—and, at times, the dark lows—of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today”; rights have sold in the U.K. From the bestselling author of The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield, is The Twelfth Insight (Sept. 2011), the fourth book in his Celestine series and the author's first since 1999. From Little, Brown is Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra, a biography of the Egyptian queen from the Pulitzer Prize—winning author; rights have sold in Denmark, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Also from LB is Emma Donoghue's Room (Aug.), about a five-year-old who's spent his entire life in a single room, held captive there (unknowingly) with his mother; rights have sold in the Czech Republic, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the U.K.