These books were right next to each other at Barnes & Noble:
Of course, the easiest way to achieve that is for Steve Toltz to have a name that’s alphabetically adjacent to John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces.
I wonder if authors see a boost by being located physically near the stars. Does a horror writer surnamed Kings sell better than Zabrowski? Or are the best-selling writers so well-distributed alphabetically that there isn’t much effect?
Also, I’ve always thought the cover art for A Confederacy of Dunces was goofy and not very good. Is there a story behind it?