Monday, February 05, 2007

Times Picks Up Another Novella

February 05, 2007
By Giles Elliot

SOURCE:The Bookseller

Ian Rankin is the latest author to have new fiction picked up for serialization in the New York Times.

The Rebus creator has just completed a novella, provisionally entitled Doors Open , about a heist in Edinburgh. The standalone story features a cast of original characters and will be published in 14 parts in the magazine section of the newspaper each Sunday from this March or April.

Rankin follows a growing number of writers tackling the revived serial genre, such as Alexander McCall Smith with the “44 Scotland Street” series in the Scotsman, and Ronan Bennett in the Observer with Zugzwang . Orion has no immediate plans to publish the Rankin novella, but deputy CEO and publisher Malcolm Edwards said that it will appear in book form "at some time."

Previous fiction serializations in the New York Times include Patricia Cornwell's At Risk, Michael Connelly's The Overlook and, most recently, Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road.

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