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M&S to publish new David Davidar novel

Yes, you read that headline right. McClelland & Stewart president Doug Pepper has announced the acquisition of a new novel by ousted Penguin Canada president David Davidar, entitled Ithaca. From the press release:

Set in the international world of book publishing and his most ambitious novel to date, the book is scheduled for publication in Fall 2011.

“We’re thrilled to be publishing Ithaca,” Pepper said. “With this book David turns his keenly observant and passionate eye on a subject he knows well, giving us a rich, layered, and poignant novel about the publishing industry at a time of its greatest change in a century. Honest, witty, and edgy, the book’s message is ultimately hopeful, about the power of great story-telling and how it has endured and, despite the cataclysmic changes of the last several years, will continue to endure.”