Del Rey & Lucasbooks Announce Extension of Star Wars Pub Contract & New Multi-Book Series

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PUBLISHING CONTRACT AND NEW MULTI-BOOK SERIES NEW YORK, NY - September 15, 2008 - Maintaining a relationship
that began more than 30 years ago, LucasBooks and Del Rey are
slated to publish another 45 STAR WARS titles from 2009 through
the end of 2013. The titles will include 35 novels and 10
nonfiction books. Since 1976, when Judy-Lynn del Rey took a chance on an unknown
movie called STAR WARS and published the tie-in novel to
unprecedented bestsellerdom, Del Rey Books has published a wide
range of STAR WARS titles, including movie and video game
tie-in novels; original series and stand-alone novels; as well
as character guides and non-fiction film books. Every hardcover
STAR WARS novel from Del Rey/LucasBooks has been an instant New
York Times bestseller, and 2008 saw STAR WARS in the #1 spot
twice on the New York Times list with Revelation, the eighth
book in the recent STAR WARS: Legacy of the Force series, and
with STAR WARS: The Force Unleashed, the tie-in to the upcoming
video game from LucasArts. In 2007 alone, the total number of
STAR WARS books printed under the Del Rey/LucasBooks imprint
was over 1.5 million copies. "Our relationship with Lucasfilm is treasured," said Gina
Centrello, President and Publisher of the Random House
Publishing Group. "We are extremely proud of our STAR WARS
publishing program, which is the cornerstone of the Del Rey
list." Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, said "The
legacy of STAR WARS publishing began with Del Rey. For more
than 30 years they have been a superb partner with an
unflinching commitment to keep STAR WARS fans informed,
entertained and enthralled." Among the titles launching in 2009 are the first three in a
new STAR WARS multi-book, multi-author story arc following
directly in the footsteps of the Legacy of the Force series.
The nine-book, three-author series, STAR WARS: Fate of the
Jedi, will break new ground by being the first multi-book STAR
WARS series to be published all in hardcover. The series,
which will be published over the space of three years, will
launch in April 2009 with Outcast, by Aaron Allston; the other
two authors planning and penning the nine novels will be
Christie Golden and Troy Denning. Also to come is The Making of
The Empire Strikes Back, to be released in 2010 in conjunction
with the 30th anniversary of that film, along with a
continuation of the hugely successful series of STAR WARS
Essential Guides. ABOUT DEL REY BOOKS: Del Rey Books ( was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House
Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn
del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the
best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history.
In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga, which has grown
to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. ABOUT LUCASBOOKS: Lucasfilm, STAR WARS(TM) and related properties are trademarks
and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of
Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & (c) Lucasfilm Ltd.
All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are
properties of their respective owners. # # #

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