200609180315Brad Meltzer has achieved what we suspect is an unprecedented double — topping the NY Times Bestselller list AND the Diamond chart in the same month. Congrats to Brad. He’s also in the midst of barnstorming the US in a major book tour. You can see his upcoming appearances (today TWO appearances in Chicago) in the jump.

Warner Books (the publisher of David Baldacci and Nelson DeMille) and DC Comics (the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) announced today that novelist Brad Meltzer has become the first author to top The New York Times Bestseller List and the Diamond Comic Distributors Top 100 Sales Chart simultaneously. Meltzer’s new thriller The Book of Fate—which debuts atop the New York Times list on September 24—features a decade-old presidential crossword puzzle, a disturbing secret buried in Masonic history and a 200-year-old secret code invented by Thomas Jefferson. Issue number One of Meltzer’s Justice League of America, which tells the story of the re-formation of the world’s greatest superhero team, anchored by Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, is the overall top comic book in both dollars and units the Diamond Comic Distributors Top 300 Sales Chart for the month of October.

“There’s one name on the cover of every book, but only a fool thinks it’s a one-person show,â€? said Meltzer. “Warner built this. DC Comics built this. And most important, they built it together.â€?

“The appearance of THE BOOK OF FATE as the #1 title on the New York Times fiction bestseller list only days after its publication is not only a testament to the book’s broad appeal and Warner’s strong marketing campaign, but also indicates how the core audiences for both Brad’s novels and his comic books have coalesced into a groundswell of interest and enthusiasm for all things ‘Meltzer,’â€? said Jamie Raab, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Warner Books.

“It’s exciting to see this convergence of events, which demonstrates the cross-marketing potential of readers of comics and novelsâ€? said Paul Levitz, President & Publisher of DC Comics. “We’re thrilled for Brad, and hope this spurs more people to sample the creative worlds of comics and graphic novels.â€?



Warner Books and DC Comics teamed-up to create a unique and synergistic promotional campaign by publishing the first chapter of The Book of Fate in the pages of the eagerly anticipated issue number Zero of Meltzer’s Justice League of America. This cross-promotion provided comic book fans with an exclusive early look at The Book of Fate, a novel which is chock full of plot twists, conspiracies and double crossings that should resonate with comic book fans accustomed to jaw-dropping cliffhangers and deadly secrets

The Book of Fate’s logo was featured prominently on the No. 12 car for Fitz-Bradshaw Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series at the Richmond, Va. race held September 8 at the Dover International Speedway. The idea came to Meltzer because a pivotal scene in the book’s opening chapter features a presidential assassination at a racecar event.

“People called all our marketing ideas ‘experiments.’ They weren’t experiments to me,â€? said Meltzer. “They were proof that a reader is a reader.â€?

Meltzer’s books have a total of almost six million copies in print, have spent over eight months as New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into over a dozen languages (from Hebrew to Bulgarian).

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Monday, September 18
Borders Books & Music, 12pm
150 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Monday, September 18
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka, 7pm
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN
Tuesday, September 19
Borders Books & Music, 7pm
34300 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Wednesday, September 20
Brookline Booksmith, 7pm
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Thursday, September 21
Chester County Book Co, 7pm
975 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Monday, September 25
Mysterious Galaxy, 7pm
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #302
San Diego, CA 92111

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Tuesday, September 26
Book Soup, 7pm
8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
Wednesday, September 27
Vroman’s, 7pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA
Thursday, September 28
“M” is for Mystery, 12noon
86 E. Third Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401

CORTE MADERA, CALIFORNIA
Thursday, September 28
Book Passage, 7pm
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL, WASHINGTON, DC
Friday, September 29-Saturday, September 30
Washington, DC

PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Tuesday, October 3
Poisoned Pen Central, 12:15pm
215 E Grant Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Tuesday, October 3
The Poisoned Pen, 7pm
4014 N Goldwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

DENVER, COLORADO
Wednesday, October 4
Tattered Cover, 7:30pm
9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS
Saturday, October 7
Hastings, 7pm
2200 S. IH-35, Suite B1
Round Rock, TX 78681

1 COMMENT

  1. Congrats to Brad. Now he needs to prepare himself because coming next to a website near you, THE BRAD MELTZER lash back.

    JMS was the darling of comics when he came to Spiderman but his departure from Fantastic Four to move on to Thor has been the start of lots of snarking. Meltzer’s a good writer but I can see this down the line for him too.

  2. Meltzer is a good writer? Really? I have not read his prose work, but his comics works, most notable Identity Crisis had demonstrably poor plotting and a stunning lack of awareness in its portrayal of gender. If that doesn’t make one a poor comics writer, what does?