There’s no title yet, but by the end of next year Salman Rushdie is expected to complete a memoir for delivery to Random House, with publication expected in 2012. What’s more, in a bold move, Random has acquired the rights to publish the memoir in all its territories, releasing English-, Spanish-, and German-language editions worldwide from Australia to Argentina to Austria. The multilanguage editions will be released simultaneously with the audio and digital formats. Though the work is still in progress, Rushdie can be expected to range over his life and career, from his lonely days at British public school to the time he spent hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued his infamous fatwah. I have waited a long time to write this memoir, until I felt I was ready to do it, Rushdie says. I’m ready now.
Originally set for publication in November, Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking. ISBN 978-0670022205. $30) has been pushed back to March 2011. This will give the publisher some breathing room to build on a surge of interest in the title. There’s a 60 Minutes piece in the works, for instance. The decision to embargo the book will pique more interest, even if it frustrates reviewers. Many libraries will want to purchase.
Upon its publication in August, Philippa Gregory’s The Red Queen (Touchstone. ISBN 9781416563723. $25.99), an evocation of the War of the Roses from the perspective of Henry VII’s mother, immediately hit the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best sellers lists. And for Gregory, the battle continues. She’s just signed a deal giving world rights (including translation and audio rights) to Touchstone for three more books set during the war. The first, scheduled for publication in 2012, is tentatively titled The Kingmaker’s Daughter, with the following books tentatively titled The White Princess and The Last Rose.
French-Mauritian novelist Nathacha Appanah’s The Last Brother (Graywolf. ISBN 9781555975753. pap. $15) won’t sell as many copies as Gregory’s books. But this February 2011 publication, about a nine-year-old who meets a Jewish refugee his age on the isle of Mauritius in 1944, is drawing some attention. When the galley was pitched on Shelf Awareness, the publisher got over 350 requests‚ it was expecting about 50‚ with 86 librarians among those seeking copies. And word has just arrived that the novel is a Discover Great New Writers pick for Spring 2011. Incidentally, Graywolf bought this book from UK editor Christopher MacLehose, from which it also bought Per Pettersen’s phenomenal Out Stealing Horses. Now that bodes well.