New Directions To Publish New Helen DeWitt Novel

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.

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I had heard that noemi press was going to publish your name here this fall. Do you know if those plans have changed or will we get two Dewitt books this fall?

Did Sergio De La Pava try to get his novel published in the mainstream? Is there an account of it anywhere? It’s a great novel.


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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