Big Names, National Tours | Wyatt's World

Collection development librarians have traditionally thought of works by big-name authors as "no-brainer" buys. Now it seems it’s time to rethink that and start asking, could this writer sell out a stadium?

Collection development librarians have traditionally thought of works by big-name authors as "no-brainer" buys. Now it seems it’s time to rethink that and start asking, could this writer sell out a stadium? Below are five books publishing this fall from those who likely could.
 

  • Elevation by Stephen King (Scribner).
    King's official website includes an FAQ that explains why his signings are deliberately low key (otherwise the venues are mobbed) and tickets are not  sold online. His latest presents a change in tone for the fright master. Set in Castle Rock, ME, it's been described as an uplifting call for a less-divisive era.

 

  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron: Macmillan).
    Thanks in part to Reese Witherspoon and HBO, Moriarty has PR contacts on three continents, as the TV adaptation of her novel Big Little Lies has made her's a blockbuster name. This new book takes place in a health resort, with nine guests wondering if they should cut and run.

 

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown).
    With the release of her memoir, the former first lady embarks on a ten-city tour, selling seats via TicketMaster. Reportedly, the book spans Obama's childhood through the presidential years, offering lessons on living.

 

  • Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson (Little, Brown).
    Patterson seems to do more TV appearances than author signings, but based on his popularity and multiple series, he could easily pack a stadium. This latest “Alex Cross” installment sees the long-running series character caught in a deadly case with national consequences.

 

  • Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon (Touchstone: S. & S.).
    Tickets to Witherspoon's tour are tour are also on sale. Becoming a leading figure in literary promotion and adaptation, the actress here presents a debut lifestyle guide based on her Southern upbringing.


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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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