Meet Nicholas Sparks at Books and Books

Sept 18th, 2010. 7:30 p.m.

altNicholas Sparks, one of America’s most beloved storyteller, continues to soar with nine #1 New York Times Bestsellers and seven films – six already released as major Hollywood movies – while fans everywhere await the release of his sixteenth novel, Safe Haven on September 14th, 2010. Film rights for Safe Haven have already been acquired by Relativity Media. The studio, along with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill, plan on fast-tracking the movie into production.

Safe Haven is both a love story and a spiraling tale of mystery and suspense. With a secret that has forced her to hide her identity and escape a past that still haunts and terrifies her, Katie – a young, beautiful woman – suddenly appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport.

Knowing her self-imposed isolation cannot last forever, Katie grows confident, safe and happy with the new life she has created for herself with Alex, a widowed grocery store owner – whom she loves and confides in – and his two adoring children, her new neighbor and friend, Jo, and a steady job at Ivan’s restaurant. Deciding to finally go for the driver’s license she has always wanted, Katie unknowingly opens the door to a very troubling and violent past.

Safe Haven is a novel about the darker forces of love, and what can happen when fear is replaced by belief in oneself, in second chances, and in the power of forces that must be accepted but can never be fully understood.

Nicholas Sparks is the author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah. His previous novel, The Last Song, was an instant #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly bestseller and has sold over one million copies. The novel was adapted into a Disney film starring Miley Cyrus and produced by Hairspray director Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibot. Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, was released last year. The movie tie-in edition of the book debuted at #1 on the New York Times mass market bestseller list and has sold over five million copies combined with the hardcover edition which also debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times list. Seven of his novels, including The Notebook (1996), A Walk to Remember (1999), Message in a Bottle (1998), Nights In Rodanthe (2002), Dear John (2006), and The Last Song (2009), have been adapted into major motion pictures. The Lucky One (2008) is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. in early 2011. To date, the films have grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide. There are over fifty million copies of Nicholas Sparks’ books in print worldwide, translated into more than forty languages.

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