Penguin has bought the rights to Jonathan Safran Foer’s next book, Escape from Children’s Hospital, which is a fictionalized account of a real explosion JSF experienced at a summer science camp when he was nine. The incident “left Safran Foer's best friend without skin on his face or hands,” and left the author “unscathed by inches.” The book will be released in early 2014.
They didn’t win the Pulitzer, but the three books nominated have seen a spike in their Amazon sales. Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams jumped from #990 to #98, Karen Russell’s Swamplandia went from #984 to #155, and The Pale King is now #561 (paperback) and #625 (hardcover).
Ted Hughes’s 92-year-old brother Gerald has written a memoir about their childhood in Yorkshire, England. The manuscript was “discovered” at the London book fair this week,
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