Published in 2006, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne became a worldwide publishing hit. Nearly seven years later, there are 25 million copies in print, in 50 different languages. Byrne followed up with two more bestsellers—The Power in 2010 and The Magic in 2012—and today her publisher, Atria Books, announced that her next book, Hero, will be coming out on November 19.
According to the press release, "Hero brings together the wisdom and insight of twelve of the most successful people living in the world today. By following their seemingly impossible journeys to success, Hero reveals that each of us was born with everything we need to live our greatest dream—and that by doing so we will fulfill our mission and literally change the world."
What do you think? Will you be adding Hero to your TBR list?
Forthcoming books are announced every day, but this week, there have been two big announcements that have us buzzing with anticipation—so of course we wanted to share the news with you!
First up is The Maramon Convention (Scribner), the forthcoming second novel from award-winning writer Abraham Verghese, whose Cutting for Stone was one of our Readers' Choice: Best Books of 2009. Set in Kerala, India, during the 1940s, The Maramon Convention follows "the life of a precocious girl who escapes her town in southern India to become a pioneering physician in spinal surgery." According to the announcement, the novel will be "another epic story, imbued with medicine, family, and matters of faith, imagining one person's resolve to make the crooked straight." No word yet on when the book will be published, but we'll keep you posted.
Next up is The Library Book (Simon & Schuster), from Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker and whose most recent book, Rin Tin Tin, was one of our Best Books of 2011. The Library Book is described as a "love letter to an endangered institution, exploring their history, their people, their meaning, and their future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world, told through the lens of the author's quest to solve a crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out in 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying 400,000 books, and why?" Again, no word on the publication date, but we'll let you know as soon as we hear.
What do you think, readers? Which of these forthcoming books are you most looking forward to reading? Or is that an impossible question?
We love when writers and critics get along! Last night, at a NYC ceremony packed with writers, literary critics and other publishing folk, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the winners of their 2012 book awards.
Among the distinguished recipients is Ben Fountain, with whom we were thrilled to share a table at last year's Author in the Round dinner, part of the Southern Festival of Books. Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk—one of our Best Books of 2012—won in the fiction category.
Here's a complete list of the winners:
Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner)
Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press)
D. A. Powell, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf Press)
Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (Belknap Press: Harvard University Press)
What do you think of the winners? How many of them have you read, and which ones will you be adding to your list of books to read?