Mitchell Says Jacob de Zoet May Be the First of a Trilogy

David Mitchell is planning a couple sequels to his latest book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Well, maybe. Capital caught the news at Mitchell’s Three Lives reading last Thursday:

Mitchell announced news that he claimed he hadn’t even yet shared with his publisher: that Jacob de Zoet will be followed by two more books dealing with the theme of immortality and delving further into the realm of speculative fiction.

Mitchell’s publisher, Random House, seems less fond of speculation.

“We have no official comment about David’s plans for his upcoming novels,” a rep told Capital in an email. “He simply likes dropping hints at readings.”