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This week in publishing: Big book deals for five leading ladies

Expect to see new books from a duchess, members of a former first family, a soccer superstar, and a literary legend in the near future.

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Julia Alvarez returns


Julia Alvarez is best-known for her highly successful novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, but it’s been nearly 15 years since the bestselling author has published an adult novel.  Now she returns with Afterlife, a book that her publisher Algonquin describes as “a luminous look inside the mind of a literature professor, an immigrant trying to rediscover who she is after the sudden death of her husband.” The book is due out on April 7, 2020 and, though no cover art is available, the title is already available for preorder.

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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton team up

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are writing “The Book of Gutsy Women” with Simon & Schuster. The book will include 100+ portraits of women from history as well as modern-day heroines including Marie Curie, Greta Thunberg, Ellen DeGeneres, and Manal al-Sharif. The book will launch on Oct. 1 and is available for preorder now.

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A potential children’s book from Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle rides in a carriage in London with her husband Prince Harry
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HRH The Duchess of Sussex is reportedly penning a children’s book about her rescue dogs, a sources tells The Sun saying that “Meghan is going to become a published author and is very excited about it.” Proceeds from the book will likely go to charity. The royal family has not yet confirmed the news, so we may not see official details about the reported book for some time. 



Megan Rapinoe scores a two-book deal

Megan Rapinoe celebrates her team's victory at the World Cup
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After her star performance at the World Cup, Megan Rapinoe has never been hotter. Now she turns to publishing, penning both an book for adults and a middle-grade title for Penguin. Both titles will feature social justice themes, the publisher reports. Rapinoe’s adult book is slated for a fall 2020 release, while the MG book does not yet have an expected launch date.