In a perfect world–you know, the one where we don’t spend all day analyzing our feelings about exactly why it’s so disgusting to offer $10,000 for certain un-touched photos of a certain someone’s certain magazine shoot–our bookshelves would be filled with the kind of diversity not found on a certain someone’s TV show.
But it’s not, so we have to take what we can get: A female-dominated list of top fiction/non-fiction books checked out of the New York Public Library, where five of the entries are comprised of E.L. James (two books), Danielle Steel (ditto) and Sheryl Sandberg.
Author Dan Brown books are often described as “blockbuster novels.” But how did the author of bestsellers such as The Da Vinci and Angels & Demon learn how to write “blockbuster novels” in the first place?
Easy. He read a book called Writing the Blockbuster Novel.
Has Vanity Fair brought Death of a President back to life?
According to the blog for online bookseller AbeBooks, William Manchester’s 1967 account of the Kennedy Assassination, which was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair this month, has outsold Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol four-to-one on the company’s website since Read More
A little after 8 o’clock on Monday, Sept. 14, Knopf Doubleday chairman Sonny Mehta walked outside Gotham Hall, where he was hosting a book party for Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, for a smoke.
The Transom asked Mr. Mehta, who was wearing an expertly tailored dark blue suit and carrying his thin wooden cane, what Read More
There was a time not so long ago when authors never had to worry about handing in their manuscripts on time. Deadlines back then were a formality—something publishers took about as seriously in the course of contractual negotiations as they did the profit-and-loss statements they used to justify their acquisitions. If an author hit their Read More
After years of painful waiting, Doubleday finally has Dan Brown’s follow-up to mega-best-seller The Da Vinci Code and has announced plans to publish it on September 15. The book, titled The Lost Symbol (not The Solomon’s Key, as it was originally called), will have an initial print run of five million, which according to the Read More
Trident Media Group C.E.O. and literary agent Daniel Strone oversaw two of the season’s most high-stakes book auctions last week, fielding eye-popping offers from publishers across the city without giving them so much as a proposal for either project. Sarah Silverman’s book, which Mr. Strone sold to HarperCollins on Thursday, went for Read More
Good-sport superstar Tom Hanks has done his best to detoxify the religious controversies swirling around The Da Vinci Code by appearing on Saturday Night Live to promote the film. When a man in the audience with a Christ-like beard stood up to proclaim, “I forgive you, Tom,” Mr. Hanks rose to the bait by asking Read More