Author News and Book Reports
Nancy Horan and James Patterson sizzle all summer; stay tuned for some cool fall books
Many of the summer's bestselling authors were on hand to autograph their books at BookExpo America this year. Two of the hottest books of the summer were by first-time novelist Nancy Horan, whose hit novel Loving Frank (Ballantine Books; August, 2007) landed on the independent booksellers bestseller list (BookSense) upon publication, and frequent high-flyer James Patterson, whose latest thriller The Quickie (Little, Brown and Company; July, 2007) is no one-night stand. The secret's been out all summer about Daniel Silva's (last seen at the National Book Festival 2006) latest thriller, The Secret Servant (Putnam; July, 2007), and Jeffery Deaver's The Sleeping Doll (Simon & Schuster; June, 2007) hasn't had a moment's rest since publication. Likewise, Pete Hamill's North River (Little, Brown and Company) has seen a steady stream of sales all summer long, while Peter Walsh's self-help bestseller It's All Too Much (Free Press; December, 2006) has been hot since last winter. And just published, we have Douglas Preston's (video recorded at BEA 2006) supernatural thriller The Wheel of Darkness (Grand Central Publishing; August, 2007), written with Lincoln Child. If you're not burned out by these sizzlers, stay tuned for some very cool books this fall, including Walter Mosley last seen at BEA reading from his new novel Blonde Faith (Little, Brown and Company; October, 2007), Tom Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher (St. Martin's Press; October, 2007) and Paul Krugman's commentary, The Liberal Conscience (W.W. Norton; October, 2007), which start shipping to bookstores next month.