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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announces the publication of comicbook legend Stan Lee’s “A Trick of Light”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced it will publish A Trick of Light, one of the last creative works by comicbook legend Stan Lee, on September 17, 2019. Years in the making, and his first novel for adult readers, A Trick of Light inhabits Stan Lee’s Alliances, an entirely new universe created in a unique partnership between Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Ryan Silbert’s Origin Story, and Luke Lieberman. Joining Lee in the writing of the novel is the celebrated author Kat Rosenfield.

A Trick of Light is a superhero origin story about the unlikely friendship between Cameron, a gifted young man struggling with newfound fame after a freak accident gives him the ability to manipulate technology with his mind, and Nia, a hacker and coding genius with a mysterious past. The two must combine their powers to fight the dangerous physical and online forces threatening to wipe out the human race. The novel tells the story to be revealed in a global Audible Original event later this month.

“Our yarn is filled with tantalizing technologies that will make you hunger for tomorrow, while our characters strive to find the answers today,” wrote Stan Lee in his introduction to A Trick of Light. “They’ll ask the questions we all have about love, friendship, acceptance, and the search for a higher purpose.”

“When Stan Lee passed away last fall, the world lost a genius whose fountain of creativity kept flowing to the very end,” says Bruce Nichols, SVP, Publisher, at HMH. “We are so grateful that one of his final projects was his first-ever novel for adult readers, and we are proud and excited to be publishing it this fall.”

Stan Lee is known to the world as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the entertainment industry. His co-creations include The Avengers™, Spider-Man™, X-Men™, as well as hundreds of others. Lee was the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment®, which he co-founded with production partner Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman. (All trademarks are owned by Marvel Entertainment, LLC.)


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