Ace Books have confirmed that the sixteenth novel in Jim Butcher's urban fantasy Dresden Files series, Peace Talks, will be released on 14 July 2020, after a six-year wait. The book's release will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the series.
Butcher began publishing The Dresden Files in April 2000 with Storm Front. The books have been a huge hit, with sales approaching 10 million. Butcher released almost a book a year until 2014 when Skin Game was released, whilst also working on other projects.
The long delay for Peace Talks has been due to a number of personal crises, including building a new house and having to move into suboptimal temporary accommodation in the meantime. Butcher reported a few months ago that these problems had been overcome, leading to the book's completion.
Butcher is envisaging around twenty-three books in the series in total, and is hoping to return to a much more normal production rate from now on.