A Novel Idea

J.J. Abrams to collaborate with Austin author Doug Dorst

Doug Dorst in July, 2010
Doug Dorst in July, 2010 (photo by John Anderson)

The New York Times reported yesterday that J.J. Abrams, filmmaker (Star Trek) and television innovator (Lost), has tapped Austin author Doug Dorst (Alive in Necropolis) to write a new novel.

Said the Times' Arts Beat blog:

The publisher Little, Brown said on Wednesday that it had acquired a book that Mr. Abrams, the director of “Star Trek” and a creator of the television series “Lost,” “Alias” and “Felicity,” had conceived and will be written by Doug Dorst, the author of the supernatural crime novel “Alive in Necropolis.” … Just what that project is neither Mr. Abrams nor Little, Brown is indicating, except to say that it is planned for a fall 2012 release on the Mulholland Books imprint.

The Chronicle didn't have any better luck getting hard facts about the collaboration; a Little, Brown rep politely sidestepped our advances, saying only that "all the plans are under wraps for now." Color us intrigued.

Dorst's most recent book is The Surf Guru, which the Chron named one of 2010's best books, calling it "wildly whizzing and very finely written."

More Doug Dorst
Pub Date Announced for Doug Dorst + J.J. Abrams Collaboration
Pub Date Announced for Doug Dorst + J.J. Abrams Collaboration
Austin author and Hollywood player co-birth a book

Kimberley Jones, April 30, 2013

More by Kimberley Jones
AFS Turns Over <i>A New Leaf</i> Tonight
AFS Turns Over A New Leaf Tonight
Hello, Goodbye series continues with Elaine May comedy

Oct. 27, 2016

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
Tricks and treats with Tyler Perry

Oct. 28, 2016


Doug Dorst, J.J. Abrams, The Surf Guru

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)