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Five Million Bill O’Reilly Broadway Hardcovers in Print

oreilly.jpgIn these dark days for publishing, one political author can still sell books. Today Broadway Books announced that Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly has more than one million copies in print of his memoir, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity“—entering its 18th printing since the book debuted last September.

O’Reilly now has five million hardcover Broadway books in print, and his memoir stayed on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers list for 39 weeks. His television show averages 4,770,000 total viewers per night, an increasingly rare author platform in this digital age.

Gerald Howard, the anchor’s Broadway editor, had this statement: “As an author, Bill has demonstrated time and again an uncanny ability to connect with his audience, with candor, insight, and disarming humor … We are thrilled that his fans have come to ‘A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity’—especially since it is by far his most personal book yet—in such great numbers and congratulate him on his achievement.”

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Doubleday Executive Editor Wins 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

geraldhoward.jpgDoubleday executive editor and VP Gerald Howard has won the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction’s 2009 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

Howard will receive his award at the Library’s November 9 annual dinner in New York City. This is the fifth year the award has been given out, and past recipients included Harcourt editor Drenka Willen and Farrar, Straus & Giroux president Jonathan Galassi. To find out more about the winner, check out this GalleyCat interview with Howard.

Here’s an excerpt from the release: “Mr. Howard has been with Doubleday since 1998. In his tenure at Doubleday, he has worked with Kate Christensen, Pat Barker, Walter Kirn, Chuck Palahniuk, Bill Bryson, Muriel Spark, Robert Bingham and Gore Vidal.”

Gargoyle Rep Makes Ugly Face at Pre-emp

So I was catching up with the Vulture blog at New York, and I saw where Janklow & Nesbit agent Eric Simonoff had reportedly waved off a million-dollar pre-empt for The Garygole, a novel by Andrew Davidson described in the item as “a densely packed story about a car-accident victim in the burn ward befriended by a mysterious woman who claims to be a stone carver in a fifteenth-century German abbey.”

A Google search on Davidson and publishing-related matters turned up a children’s illustrator, but when I emailed Simonoff to learn more about the submission, he immediately let me know we were talking about an altogether different fellow. The debut novel was originally sold to Random House Canada last year, and Davidson has been revising diligently for the last four months based on editor Anne Collins‘s notes. “I have been raving to editors in New York and London for months about this book to the point that some of them questioned my sanity,” Simonoff added. “But it delivers on all promises… Let’s just say, it is really really really good. It is both genuinely literary and enormously commercial.” He also noted that editors who’ve seen the manuscript compare it to authors like Umberto Eco, Michael Ondatje, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and… Chuck Palahniuk?

OK, that’s got my attention, and Simonoff’s the agent who got Vikram Chandra seven figures for Sacred Games, so he presumably knows from big books; let’s just hope whoever eventually signs Davidson to what Michael Cader will undoubtedly call a “major deal” really does score a The Shadow of the Wind rather than, say, the next The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

UPDATE: The Vulture followed up last night with a report that Gerald Howard at Doubleday won the auction, reportedly for $1.25 million.