Last fall, myself and readers of this site joined the ranks of Helen DeWitt’s fans when we read her novel The Last Samurai. Unfortunately, being a writer of the first rank doesn’t always mean you an get your books published (ask Sergio De La Pava about that), as DeWitt self-published her second book as a PDF on her website (and somehow garnered a review in the London Review of Books).
But, it seems that there are still presses out there willing to publish good books by good writers. I have been informed by New Directions that they will publish a new novel by Helen DeWitt, titled Lightning Rods and scheduled for this fall. Like many of you, I eagerly await this one.