A flood of books is coming Via mediabisto's Galleycat comes word that we're about to be deluged with new books by A-list authors. (Perhaps it began with Bob Woodward's latest inside-Washington chronicle, State of Denial, which is moving well but which unfortunately was eclipsed on the news last night by coverage of now ex-Congressman Mark Foley's indescretions -- or his victimization -- and the latest congressional scandal that is ensuing. But I digress.)
Galleycat points to Josh Getlin's article in a recent L.A. Times Josh Getlin of the LA Times which "proposes that 'the largest number of new titles by brand-name authors in recent memory is hitting bookstores' this fall, and has people like Michael Cader wondering 'whether this is too much at once, whether the market can handle it.'"
There are new books from bestselling 'blockbuster' types such as John Grisham, making his first foray into nonfiction; John Le Carré; Stephen King; Michael Crichton; Robert Ludlum; James Patterson; Dean Koontz; Michael Connelly; Tess Gerritsen; David Baldacci; and Danielle Steel, all of whom rarely, if ever, publish a sales dud.
"And then," notes Galleycat, "there's a bunch of literary fiction ("Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, Isabel Allende, Richard Ford, Mary Gordon, and Charles Frazier") and a bunch of high-profile nonfiction ("Bob Woodward, Frank Rich, Bill O'Reilly, Andrew Sullivan, John Ashcroft and Sen. Barack Obama"), plus a couple other A-list authors thrown in for good measure (although the idea that the forthcoming memoir from Gore Vidal is going to burn up the bestseller lists strikes me as rather wildly optimistic).
Sounds like a lot of reading. I doubt any of it makes it to my list. I'm with the cat, who says: "So count me in among the 'not impressed by all those big names' camp." Galleycat also notes that the Times article doesn't mention any potential sci-fi blockbusters. I wonder if it even mentions the Christian book market? There may be a potential bestseller there, too.