Posted on August 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve already taken a look at what captured readers’ attention during the first few months of the COVID pandemic and associated lockdowns.

Dare we look ahead during such uncertain times?

Sure, why not — after all, one thing that seems fairly certain is that readers will keep picking up books.

The Observer spoke with several publishing industry insiders to learn what they expect to be popular this fall.

Unsurprisingly, given the past few months’ focus on social justice, many of them expect the interest in diverse voices to continue.

Another point to consider: that many book releases were delayed as publishers sought to adapt to shutdowns, so you might find the typical summer fare — crime, romance, upmarket women’s fiction — piling up this fall, maybe even into the spring.

Check out the full fall 2020 book forecast in the Observer.

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