August 16 is the 20th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and, not surprisingly, there's a lineup of books tied into that event. Here are some of the big books coming out that month:
Child Bride (Harmony; 50,000 first printing), a biography of Priscilla Presley, from lawyer and true crime writer Suzanne Finstad. Priscilla, who was interviewed for the book, is said to be worried about things that might be revealed to a world that has previously had only her own Elvis and Me.
Elvis: In the Twilight of Memory, a memoir by early girlfriend June Juanico (Arcade; 40,000 first printing), will include excerpts (including direct Elvis quotes) and never-before published photos. Juanico's agent on the book was Peter Guralnick, who interviewed her for his award-winning Last Train to Memphis and writes this book's introduction. Guralnick is also completing the second and final volume of his Elvis biography for Little, Brown, to be published in the fall of 1998 and has also committed to doing Elvis Day to Day, a photo-laden chronology to be cowritten by wife Alexandra and discographer Ernst Jorgensen for which Ballantine reportedly paid a $500,000 advance and plans publication sometime in 1999.
Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Br ske (Dutton; no first printing set), which will first be serialized in Vanity Fair and then in Cosmopolitan, is by the team that wrote the 1996 bestseller Howard Hughes: The Untold Story. The book will include an examination of the only copy left of a now-expunged 600-page, court-ordered portrait of the final years of Presley's life (including the bulk of his medical records).
And don't expect Elvis fever to end. Agent Frank Weimann is shopping a book proposal from Elvis's private investigator, William Miller Jr., who signed a 20-year confidentiality agreement (witnessed by none other than Frank Sinatra) and can now reveal such dirt as the existence of illegitimate children and the invalidity of the Presley will. There's already been a piece on Miller on the crossroads of Elvis culture, "Hard Copy."