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Books by Tom Hanks, Egan, Rushdie, Didion headed to London Book Fair

Salman Rushdie
Agencies in the U.S. and U.K. will bring Salman Rushdie’s “The Golden House” to the London Book Fair. Image: AFP Relaxnews

Titles by a number of major authors and celebrities will be among the offerings from agencies at this year’s London Book Fair, which opens March 14.

The London Book Fair serves as a global marketplace for rights negotiation not only in print publishing but for audio, TV and film.

From the United States, major books that will be pitched to international audiences, reports Publishers Weekly, include “No Time to Spare” by Ursula K. LeGuin, an essay collection by the science fiction writer; “Manhattan Beach” from Jennifer Egan, the author’s follow-up to “A Visit From the Goon Squad” set in 1930s and ’40s New York; and “Uncommon Type”, a short story collection by actor Tom Hanks.

Also headed to the fair is “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz, the first in a new series by the best-selling author; and psychological suspense “Bonfire” by “Jessica Jones” actress Krysten Ritter.

The debut short story collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides, called “Fresh Complaint” is among the offerings, as is Joan Didion’s “South and West” which features extended excerpts from the author’s notebooks.

Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Golden House,” Louise Erdrich’s “The Future Home of the Living God”, a memoir by Corretta Scott King, and “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are likewise headed to the fair.

From the United Kingdom, the same Rushdie and Adichie titles join manuscripts from Anthony Horowitz, Jim Crace and Howard Jacobson, according to The Bookseller.

“The Word is Murder” is the first in a U.K.-based series of crime novels from Horowitz, while Man Booker Prize winner Jacobson’s “Pussy” is a satirical response to Donald Trump’s presidential victory.

Fellow Man Booker winner Crace is represented with “The Melody” which follows a musician near the end of his life who lives in a family home by the sea.

The 2017 fair has chosen Poland as its market focus, with a cultural program set to feature 12 Polish writers. Among them are Olga Tokarszuk, the country’s most widely translated female writer, who will be spotlighted in the fair’s “author of the day” program along with former U.K. Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and Man Booker prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle, whose “The Commitments” was published 30 years ago and whose new novel “Smile” is due out later this year.

An online hub for the London Book Fair features five-minute interviews with a number of authors as well as LBF Talks, a series of webcasts offering London Book Fair content.

The event runs from March 14 to 16. JB