Publisher Won’t Tell Bookstores About Book It Demands They Sell

NEW YORK - MARCH 10: Financier Bernard Madoff leaves Manhattan Federal court March 10, 2009 in New York City. Madoff attended a court hearing regarding the conflicting status of his legal representation in his multi-billion dollar fraud allegations. His lawyer, Ira Sorkin, has told a judge his client is expected to plead guilty to 11 counts including money laundering, perjury and securities, mail and wire fraud. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/2009 Getty Images

Little, Brown is publishing a book in November by someone about something. The publisher announced the title to retailers only as an untitled book by an anonymous author that's "the inside story of life with one of the most controversial figures of our time," and while this isn't the only occasion on which a publisher has asked bookstores to stock a book sight unseen, this one is unusually tantalizing: According to the Times, an internal Little, Brown memo lists one of the book's authors as Catherine Hooper, who is Andrew Madoff's fiancée. (Why the Times pointed out that she is his "glamorous, dark-haired" fiancée in particular remains to be seen.) Madoff or no, there will be a 320-page hardcover book out in November for $26.99. Get excited. [NYT]