Random House Loses Big Authors; Charlaine Harris Dominates the Bestseller List
- Iris Johansen (to SMP)
- Tami Hoag (to Penguin)
- Kelley Armstrong (to Penguin)
- and most recently, Donna Tartt (author of The Secret History, one of the more amazing books I've read) (to Grand Central)
In other publishing news, Charlaine Harris is dominating the NYT Mass market list. It's a good thing that NYT has expanded the list from 15 to 20 books and that the Sookie Stackhouse series only has 7 mass market books because otherwise they'd have to rename the list to the Harris Bestseller List.
For the last two weeks, Harris has had nearly all of her books on the main or extended list and this upcoming Sunday will see all of the Sookie Stackhouse titles on the main list. The reason for this renewed interest is, of course, True Blood, the HBO original production produced and written by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). I think that there are nine weeks left to the True Blood television show and so it will be interesting to see if the book interest remains commesurate. If nothing else, the Sookie success will help pay for Penguin's new acquisitions.