Vintage will publish EL James‘ next novel GREY on June 18 as a trade paperback and ebook. The sequel to the FIFTY SHADES trilogy will be told from Christian Grey’s perspective, with the June 18 publication date apparently chosen to commemorate the character’s birthday. James said in the announcement on her website: “Christian is a complex character, and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story. It’s been a great pleasure to return to my happy place — writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage.”
Vintage publisher Anne Messitte added: “When Erika mentioned to me that she wanted to explore Christian’s viewpoint and reopen the story, I was incredibly excited for her and for her readers. This book has all the compelling attributes of its predecessors, and I can’t wait for Fifty Shades fans to experience the work again from a perspective they have long desired.” GREY will be published simultaneously in the UK by Arrow.
In other forthcoming title news, Yale University Press will launch “Why I Write“, a new series of books based on the keynote addresses given at the Windham-Campbell Prizes. This year’s keynote will be given by Hilton Als on September 28, with Patti Smith to follow in 2016.