Anybody who can't wait to get their hands on Jon Krakauer's latest book is going to have to wait a bit longer. Publisher's Weekly is reporting that the author's The Hero - a meditation on the nature of heroism centered on football player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afganistan - is on hold indefinitely.
The book was scheduled for release mid-October, but PW writes that Krakauer "has withdrawn the title," and that he's unhappy with the manuscript. Doubleday was planning a 500,000-copy first printing; now the publisher is assuming the book won't be ready to hit shelves until 2009.
Krakauer is the author of three of the best nonfiction works I've ever read: Into the Wild (made into a mediocre movie by Sean Penn; nice job, Sean); Into Thin Air (about the Everest disaster of which he was a part) and Under the Banner of Heaven (about Mormon fundamentalists). All are absolutely riveting, and I was really looking forward to this book.