Here at BookPage, we follow an industry database of book deals called Publishers Marketplace. Deals run from obscure foreign rights to multi-million dollar film deals, highly-anticipated literary novels, celebrity memoirs and more. It’s always interesting to start the day by checking up on the latest deals, and it’s a thrill to learn that a favorite author has a new book in the works.
The past few days have brought news of four novels that will be popular for very different reasons:
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of Jersey Shore will write a novel. Yep, you read right—a novel. By Snooki. The same Snooki who told New York Times writer Cathy Horyn that she’s only read two books in her life: Twilight and Dear John. (Not that I have anything against Stephenie Meyer and Nicholas Sparks. But two books in her life?) Snooki’s novel will be titled A Shore Thing, and according to Publishers Marketplace it’s about “a girl looking for love on the boardwalk (one full of big hair, dark tans, and fights galore).” Simon & Schuster’s Gallery will publish the novel in January 2011.
Kiran Desai, the Booker Prize-winning author of The Inheritance of Loss, has signed a deal to write a novel called The Loneliness of Sonia and Sunny. Knopf’s Sonny Mehta reportedly paid $2.5 million for the book—on the basis of a four-page manuscript! Even if you’re not a big follower of industry news, you probably know that huge advances for literary novels are few and far between these days, so this is major news—particularly in the wake of a Wall Street Journal article about low advances for literary authors in the e-book market.
Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, will publish another novel in 2013. Bill Thomas of Doubleday bought the novel, along with a short-story collection, for six figures. BookPage’s Stephenie Harrison interviewed Bender for our June issue and called her novel a “literary confection” filled with “the foreign and the fantastic.”
Jonathan Lethem, author of (most recently) Chronic City and the NBCC award-winning Motherless Brooklyn, will publish a new novel titled Dissident Gardens. This one’s “a family epic spanning three generations of American leftists, set in the real-life neighborhood of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, about the disillusionment ideology brings.” Lethem will also publish a collection called The Ecstasy of Influence: “part autobiography, part manifesto for past and present work, and part ‘greatest hits’ and ‘lesser-known b-sides’.”Doubleday’s Thomas bought Lethem’s works, as well.
As you can tell, it’s been a busy week for fiction deals. Are you appalled by the thought of Snooki’s novel—or curious? Eager for more news on the details of Desai’s proposal? Looking forward to Lethem and Bender?