Random House imprint One World announced Thursday that it would publish two new books from Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of which will be fiction. Chris Jackson, the editor behind Coates' bestseller, Between the World and Me, acquired the books for One World. According to The New York Times, Jackson was "named the vice president, publisher, and editor-in-chief of ... One World" in April, and is "charged with revitalizing the [25-year-old] imprint, with an official restart in fall 2017."
Coates has already made a name for himself in publishing, through his work as a national correspondent for The Atlantic; his 2008 memoir, The Beautiful Struggle; his 2015 National Book Award winner, Between the World and Me; and his upcoming Black Panther revival. Now, the 40-year-old writer will tackle fiction for the first time, and fans — myself included — want more info on his first fiction.
Random House and One World have not let slip any further details, except to say that the first of Coates' two new books would hit store shelves in 2017. Given what we know about Jackson's One World revamp, however, we can surmise that Coates' third book will be among the first for the publisher in its Fall 2017 season.