As leaves begin to shed their green coats in favor of warm reds, yellows and oranges, the weather cools and the days grow shorter, publishers too are feeling a shift in the season. Fall has traditionally been the most important time of the year, when publishers release some of their biggest and most-anticipated books by authors well-loved and brand new.
This past year and a half has been a difficult time across all sectors, and publishing’s ever-changing landscape has felt oftentimes brutal shifts, from mass layoffs to the closure of publishing and printing houses, the continuing fight over the Google settlement and the struggles of bookstores big and small. Interspersed within this is the consistent re-examination of the industry itself, changing ever-more quickly due to technology, and leaving us wondering how today and tomorrow’s readers will find and share and read their books.
Yet the excitement of fall prevails. And this year, some are even calling it a “storybook season.” Joseph Kahn of the Boston Globe notes that “the number of quality novels and story collections coming out this fall compared with last is striking,” reflecting upon this season’s major focus on fictional tomes from big names such as Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and Stephen King’s Under the Dome. At latest counts, The Lost Symbol has already sold over 2 million copies in under two weeks. The focus is not just fictional, however, and popular nonfiction authors and works will be represented in force. But, as happens, fiction garners a more vocal fanbase.
Publishers are counting on this particular fall to help buoy the slumps we’ve all felt. And their efforts are already showing promise: aside from Dan Brown’s record-breaking numbers, bookstores are pre-ordering books in larger quantities in anticipation of readers hungry for something new.
Below are some of the season’s more notable and anticipated titles:
Notables of the season:
- Catching Fire by Susanne Collins (9/1)
- The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (9/8)
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (9/15)
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (9/29)
- The Wild Things by Dave Eggers (10/1)
- A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (10/6)
- What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell (10/20)
- Ford County by John Grisham (11/3)
- Under the Dome by Stephen King (11/10)
- Too Much Happiness (11/17) by Alice Munro
- Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (11/24)
Do you have any books being released this fall that you are excited for—either as a reader, author or publisher? Let us know!