March 15- March 22, 2007 Edition

Del Rey Acquires
Pulitzer Prize-Winner
Michael Chabon’s New Book

NEW YORK, NY/12/12/07–Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today the acquisition of Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon’s GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD (Del Rey hardcover; $18.95; on-sale November 6, 2007).

GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD is the story of a pair of wandering adventurers–swords for hire, horsethieves, flimflam artists, unlikely soul mates–who get caught up in the schemes and battles that follow a bloody coup in the great medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars. Hired as escorts for a fugitive prince, they soon find themselves the half-willing generals of a mad rebellion as they attempt to restore the prince’s family to the throne.

“I’m tremendously excited to bring to Del Rey a writer whose previous work has brought so much enjoyment to fans of our genre,” said Del Rey Editor-in-Chief Betsy Mitchell. “This new story features all the exotic locales, adventure and intrigue a reader could want, told in a spellbinding voice.”

The story is currently being serialized in The New York Times Magazine. The Del Rey hardcover edition will contain new material by Chabon and will be illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by award-winning artist Gary Gianni. Del Rey purchased world English rights for the book in a deal brokered by Mary Evans.


Michael Chabon’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was originally written for his master’s thesis at UC Irvine and became a New York Times bestseller. His second bestseller, Wonder Boys (1995), was made into a critically acclaimed film featuring actors Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. Random House published his third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, in 2000. It received widespread acclaim and won the Pulitzer Prize. Chabon is also the author of two collections of short stories, A Model World and Other Stories (1990) and Werewolves In Their Youth (1999), and a young adult novel, Summerland (2002), which won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature. He has also written articles and essays, a number of screenplays and teleplays (including contributing to the screenplay for the second “Spiderman” film), edited the 2005 Best American Short Stories, and writes a regular column for the magazine Details.


Del Rey ( was founded in 1977 as a division of Ballantine Books under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, alternate history and manga. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading international media companies.