Jeffrey Eugenides‘ first novel in nine years (and his first since the Pulitzer Prize winner MIDDLESEX) will be published by FSG in October. Catalog copy describes THE MARRIAGE PLOT as “a brilliant, funny, and heartbreaking novel about the glories and vicissitudes of young love”, with the 576-page novel priced as a $28 hardcover.
FSG will also publish Roberto Bolano‘s previously undiscovered manuscript THE THIRD REICH in November, with an excerpt running in the spring issue of The Paris Review – the first time the magazine has excerpted a novel in nearly 40 years.
In his forthcoming memoir, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick reveals he nearly resigned just weeks after taking office in 2007 because his wife had been admitted to hospital for depression and they “were dreading four years in the public eye.”
Former Rocky Mountain News books editor Patti Thorn and literary agent Patty Moosbrugger have partnered to launch BlueInk Reviews, a fee-based review service for self-published authors. A third partner, Jody Rein, was originally involved with BlueInk but according to Thorn, “has since left to pursue other ventures. We were terribly sorry to lose her.”
In UK news, Daniel Mallory has been promoted to associate publisher for Sphere.
Simon & Schuster UK will launch a chick lit microsite, Books In The City, on February 14. The site, edited by a character known as BookMinx, will “feature competitions, give-aways, exclusive content, author videos, interviews, articles, a blog and Facebook and Twitter feeds.”
Publishing Technology plc will supply its new advance Contract, Rights & Royalties system to Sterilng Publishing, which previously operated on the VISTA-branded Royalties system.