Cover Trend Alert: Dear Authors, We See What You’re Up To

Good things come in threes—the number used to define a bona fide trend (even if it’s years in the making). With the publication today of Adrienne Kisner’s Dear Rachel Maddow, it’s time to inform you that our dear authors are using epistolary titles with celebrity recipients:

Collage: Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner, Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt, and Dear George Clooney by Susin Nielsen

Publishers Marketplace also recently announced the acquisition of We Love Anderson Cooper, by Rachel Maizes, slated for publication in spring 2019 by Macmillan/Celadon. If we can get one more Dear Journalist title, that will be a subtrend worth trumpeting. (Would anyone actually want to write a letter to Sean Hannity?)

Other fictions with real people in the titles have appeared from time to time, too.

Collage: I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehn, Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weinberger, The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O'Hagan, and Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Can you think of any more?

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of six books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Matchstick Castle (2017). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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  1. kofoedsl@unk.edu' Sharon says:

    “I Love You, Michael Collins” by Lauren Baratz-Logsted might fit this trend.

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