Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Avoiding Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown's first new novel since international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, hits stores on September 15th. To avoid Brown mania, publishers are moving up the fall release dates of some of their highly-anticipated books, including books by William Trevor and Nick Hornby. The Guardian reports the comments of a senior executive at Penguin:

When we heard that Dan Brown's book was due out on September 15 there was a fair bit of reshuffling. William [Trevor]'s book was originally down for release in early September, and Nick [Hornby]'s book was initially due for publication at the end of September, but if you're fighting for the dearth of space on supermarket shelves and on best-seller lists when Brown is out, you've clearly got no chance of getting a book to number one, so we decided to go early. It has very much been a case of dominoes falling around Dan Brown.

Other significant names releasing books this fall ahead of Brown (in the UK) include JM Coetzee, Iain Banks, Fay Weldon, Rachel Cusk, and Margaret Atwood.


Lit and Life said...

Where as I'm looking at avoiding Dan Brown in an entirely different light! I have read three of his, partly because they were given to me, but by the time I was reading the third one it became abundantly clear that Brown starts with a formula and works around that. No amount of action can compensate for that.

Harvey said...

I'll be reviewing the new Trevor novel (along with one by Nicholson Baker) for Shelf-Awareness in August.

Other major authors with fall releases include: John Irving, E.L. Doctorow, Philip Roth, Jonathan Lethem, Lorrie Moore, Richard Powers and Jonathan Franzen, just to name a few.

Zibilee said...

I am in the minority in that I can't stand Dan Brown. I think his writing is schlocky, clunky and sensationalistic. I will not be lining up to get a copy of this book.