A second JD Vance book is failing, publisher says

NEW YORK (AP) — A second book by “Hillbilly Elegy” author and U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance who had been under contract to Harper has been canceled, the publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The book, currently listed on Amazon.com and until recently on the HarperCollins publishers website, is titled “A Relevant Faith: In Search of Meaningful American Christianity.” The Harper imprint never officially announced the book, listed at 320 pages and with different release dates on different sites, but confirmed that a deal had been struck.

“Harper and Mr. Vance mutually agreed some time ago not to proceed with the previously contracted book,” a spokesperson told the AP. The publisher declined to say when the book was discontinued, or why.

Vance converted to Catholicism in 2019, saying at the time that he grew up without a strong attachment to any branch of Christianity, but “became persuaded over time that Catholicism was true”.

A spokesperson for Vance did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment, including whether Vance might release the book through another publisher.

Vance, who this week prevailed in a bitter Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Ohio, shot to national stardom with the best-selling “Hillbilly Elegy.” Her memoir of her childhood in the struggling Ohio steel town of Middletown and her roots in Appalachian Kentucky was signed by Harper in 2013 and published months before Donald Trump’s stunning victory in 2016. But during and after the election, he was sought after by those who questioned Trump’s appeal to rural communities who once voted Democratic.

In 2020, “Hillbilly Elegy” was made into an Oscar-nominated film directed by Ron Howard and starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

Vance had been a harsh critic of Trump, but changed his mind and was endorsed in the primary by the former president. He will face Democrat Tim Ryan, a 10-term congressman, in the general election race to fill the seat vacated by retired Republican Senator Rob Portman.