September 17, 2020

Obama memoir might land right after election


Just last week we wrote about how in the days leading up to the 2020 presidential election the book world would be buzzing about Evan Osnos’s volume on Joe Biden. But now it looks possible that—as has been the case for much of this latter part of his career—Biden might be again be overshadowed by one Barack Obama.

So speculates Ian Mohr, whose recent article for Page Six amplifies the rumors and whispers that Obama’s much-anticipated memoir could drop just after the election–on November 10, or November 17 depending on which rumor or whisper you’re listening to.

We currently await an official announcement from the Penguin Random House imprint, Crown, who has already published the wildly successful Michelle Obama memoir.

That announcement is expected any minute now. But in the meantime, one of the strongest indicators that Barry’s book is on the way is the season of fancy footwork PRH has done in regards to moving publication dates for other projects. It can look a lot like clearing the runway for a huge book.

Sure, much of that movement has to do with the altered retail landscape that is the new reality of pandemic living, as well as the severe supply chain issues that are plaguing every publisher big and small. But make no mistake about it, planning to publish what promises to be the book of the year while printers are backed up, booksellers are operating with restrictions, and the holiday (reprint season!) approaches requires an incredible amount of clear runway here in 2020.




Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.