September 30, 1996 12:00 PM


It raced through 17 hardcover printings, roped $3 million for film rights and snagged Robert Red-ford as star. Now, Nicholas Evans’s The Horse Whisperer will make publishing history when Dell rustles up 2.25 million copies this fall—the largest single paperback run for a first novel.

OUTRAGE IS OUT Australia and the U.K. won’t issue Outrage, Vincent Bugliosi’s indictment of O.J. Simpson. A less demanding standard for libel would allow Simpson to sue Bugliosi and publisher Norton for claiming he’s a murderer.

EASY GIVEAWAY Walter Mosley gave a boost to Black Classic Press when he waived his usual six-figure advance and offered the small Baltimore house his first, unpublished Easy Rawlins mystery, Gone Fishin’. “There are black authors who make millions for mainstream presses,” he says. “Once in a while, you can give a book [to a small press]. It’s not that hard.”

MO’ BETTER ‘BALL Filmmaker and New York Knicks fan Spike Lee scored a six-figure deal to write The Best Seat in the House, about his love of basketball. Approached by a Crown exec at a Knicks-Bulls game this spring, Lee agreed to a June ’97 pub date, freeing him just in time for the playoffs.

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