Gawd! March 2006 does not seem to be getting any closer. No matter. Soon as TJ Waters' book, Class 11, is available for pre-order at Amazon, I'm on it! Picks from Publishers Lunch Weekly:
Rita Rudner's TURNING THE TABLES, a story of a sting in a Vegas casino, to Shaye Areheart at Shaye Areheart Books, by Alan Nevins at The Firm (world)
Dan Shapiro's THE WHITE COYOTE, about the world of illegal migration as ranchers and migrants face off in an ongoing fight for survival, to Shaye Areheart at Shaye Areheart Books, by Judith Riven at Judith Riven Literary Agent (world).email@example.com
Dan Fesperman's THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO, to Sonny Mehta at Knopf, in a two-book deal, by Jane Chelius of the Jane Chelius Literary Agency.
UK rights to Nick Sayers at Hodder Headline, moving from Transworld, by Sarah Molloy at AM Heath, on behalf of the Jane Chelius Agency.
Kristin Harmel's THE BLONDE THEORY, about a cerebral female lawyer who tests the waters as a ditsy blonde to see if she can improve her dating life, to Amy Einhorn at Warner, in a nice deal, by Elizabeth Pomada at Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents (world)
[excellent agents, Pomada and Larsen]
David Andress's 1789: The World Turns, the year when cotton was first planted commercially in the southern U.S., when the U.S. Bill of Rights was first published, when the Spinning Jenny went into production, and the year of the French Revolution, to Eric Chinski of Farrar, Straus, in a very nice deal, by Ivan Mulcahy of Mulcahy & Viney (US).
Mark Schiff and Ritch Shydner's STANDUP ROAD STORIES, in which top comedians describe their experiences on the road, including entries by Jerry Seinfeld, Mike Myers, Larry David, Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Chris Rock, Colin Quinn, Joan Rivers, and Paul Reiser, to Rick Horgan at Crown, by Dan Strone at Trident Media Group (world).
Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey's untitled book about "how he wrestled with his sexuality and his faith -- from the expectations he faced as a young man, to the divided persona he created in order to meet them, a story of what happens when the public and political collide with the personal -- and of one man's search for authenticity," to Judith Regan at Regan Books, by Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly.
Michael Morwood and Penny van Oosterzee's THE HOBBIT'S TALE: The Discovery of a New Human Species in Indonesia, about the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a diminutive human species nicknamed "the hobbit," to TJ Kelleher at Smithsonian, in a very nice deal, by George Lucas at Inkwell Management (US).
[now this one should be fascinating!]
Journalist and television sports producer Jeff Davis's ROZELLE'S RULE: The Life of Sport's Premier Commissioner, a biography of Pete Rozelle, who built the NFL into the dominant professional sports organization, again to Mark Weinstein at McGraw-Hill, by Paul Bresnick at Paul Bresnick Agency (world).
Cameron Stracher's DINNER WITH DAD, a suburban commuting dad's epic struggle to sit down to dinner nightly with his wife and kids, to Bruce Tracy at Villard, in a pre-empt, by Lisa Bankoff at ICM(NA).
Film rights to A.J. Jacobs' THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY: One Man's Humble Quest to Obey the Bible as Literally as Possible, to Paramount, for Plan B to produce.
[good luck, buddy...]