Jeffrey Eugenides Is the Newest Times Square Billboard Model

Plus: The Amanda Knox memoir speculation begins

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Today in publishing: the Super Thursday sales numbers are in, how much Amanda Knox's memoir could sell for, and a giant picture of Jeffrey Eugenides has landed in Times Square.

  • Of the more than 200 new books that were released in the United Kingdom last week on 'Super Thursday,' only six hardback titles (including Lee Child's thriller The Reach, Peter James' Dead Man's Grip, comic Lee Evans' memoir The Life of Lee, the new Jamie Oliver cookbook Jamie's Great Britain,  and Jacqueline Wilson's children's book Hetty Feather) sold more than 10,000 copies during their first three days in stores. That's down from the ten Super Thursday titles that cracked the 10,000-copy threshold in 2010. Overall spending for the week finished at just over £30 million, the best single week tally this year, but off from the £36 million British booksellers reported making during last year during Super Thursday week. [The Bookseller]
  • It's been less than a day since the Amanda Knox verdict came in, but the consensus is already emerging that any book deal she signs will be worth "millions." How many millions? British publicist Max Clifford, who has served as an intermediary on such things, ventures a guess, telling The Guardian that Knox "could easily make £5m to £10m" from a publisher if she writes the memoir herself. [The Guardian]
  • Jeffrey Eugenides' said last week that his new book The Marriage Plot sprang from his desire to write a novel about "three young characters, one of whom happens to be obsessed by the 19th-century novel." That hasn't stopped publisher Farrar, Straus, and Giroux from putting the image of a stoic, vest-clad Eugenides on a giant new Times Square advertisement for the book, which New York Times Dealbook reporter Peter Lattman captured in all its windswept glory. All we can say is, The Marriage Plot looks like the best summer movie since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. [Runnin' Scared and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux]

  • Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has written a young adult novel called Playground about a bully named Butterball who's a nice guy at heart, but doesn't know how to show it. The book's introduction and first three chapters are available to read online, and they're stronger and more compelling than you might expect. The introduction, however, is gloriously goofy, and makes the book sound like a cross between a psychological case history and a potboiler from the 1920s. 50 says the protagonist is autobiographical and the book was written to show bullies "how and why that happened, and whether or not he can move past it." He does gets bonus points for managing to work in the book report-approved tease,  "You'll have to read the book to find out."  [Entertainment Weekly]
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