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Publishers Rely on Big Guns in Tough Times

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September 10 – September 17, 2009 Edition

Publishers Rely on Big Guns in Tough Times

NEW YORK, NY/Authorlink News/09/10/09–Struggling against a tough economy, publishers are turning to more safe bets in their fall lineup of books. The list this year is noticeably heavy with famous names, including Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Nick Hornby, Phillip Roth, John Irving and others.

Dan Brown’s THE LOST SYMBOL (Doubleday), sequel to THE DA VINCI CODE, will have a massive run of 6.5 million copies.

Vladimir Nabokov’s posthumous work, THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA (Knopf), will release in draft form in November. His son has spent 30 years deliberating on whether to publish the novel or destroy it, as his father wished.

Among other new works by big-name authors include Phillip Roth’s THE HUMBLING, Jon Krakauer’s WHERE MEN WIN GLORY, Nick Hornby’s JULIET NAKED, and JOHN Irving’s LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER. Margaret Atwood’s THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD (Nan A. Talese Books) releases September 22.